Flyinguy1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 52 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5491 times:
Does anyone know when Delta is going to finish painting all of their aircraft into the new scheme ("wavy gravy")? Is there a target date? When do they paint the aircraft? During maintenance checks? How many aircraft are left to paint (percentage of fleet already in new scheme)? I know these are a lot of questions, but I really want to know the status of the scheme transition.
Wilax From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5322 times:
I don't have any of those answers, but I just wanted to chime in. I can't believe I still see that old 1970's scheme flying over my house. I even saw an MD90 at SNA in old colors. I would have argued that they didn't get any MD90's in that livery. The wavy-gravy came out in 1996 or 95, somewhere in there, I believe, so that would mean that they haven't repainted some aircraft in at least 7 years. Maybe they just spot-painted old aircraft where necessary in the old colors to save money...
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1708 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5310 times:
"Deltaflot" or "wavy Gravy" came out in 2000. The previous colors before those were the '97 Ron Allen colors, and then the widget scheme. And the aircraft are being re-painted as they go in for D-checks. There are are handful of jets still left in widget, and a fair amount left in '97 Ron Allen. As for exact numbers, that's beyond my scope.
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HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5245 times:
I didnt think that there were any 767-300s still in the widget scheme, but I seen one at MCO a couple days back. I haven't seen too many widgets lately, other than the MD-90 from DFW that comes to MCO in the afternoon
RockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5224 times:
I think they should keep one of each aircraft in the widget livery just for shits and giggles. Let the lagacy live on. Wavy Gravy is decent though. Love it on the B757s and B732s but not too hot on the MD88s and MD90s.
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2769 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4947 times:
As of now there are 32 planes in the Widget scheme. Most are 737 which is what is being painted right now. There are also 8 MD-90 that are in Widget scheme. I don't know when they will be done.
For the One Millionth time, Delta does NOT strip and and paint each aircraft at 'D' check. During out heavy check they get touched up by brush. Full strip and paint gets done on a dedicated paint line that usually has nothing to do with heavy check. The 737-200 that are coming out of the desert are getting both at the same time. They are the only ones being done this way.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4923 times:
I think I only saw 4-5 widgets today in ATL, it was around 10-ish. Saw a solid line of new c/s jets along one of the councourses today..was kinda nice, looked like the future to me! I did happen to see DL's first 777, still in the middle scheme.
There's still a healthy amount of Ron Allen schemes running around, they look alot less dated then the Widget.
I hope they leave one Widget as a retrojet If AA can do it, so can DL.
JeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4886 times:
I am a big fan of the Ron Allen (partly beacuse it retains the cheatline, something rarely seen these days) scheme and dont undertsand why it was changed again after 3 yrs. The "wavy gravy" scheme is OK except for the engine cowls look like crap. They should either get the same treatment as the tail or a Delta logo of some kind but the way the sharply cut off dont match the grace of the tail.
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Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4818 times:
I guess they'll probably finish painting all their aircraft in the current scheme around the same time that Northwest retires the last DC9... of course, they'll probably already have two new color schemes by then...
FFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4469 times:
DALMd88; I think you mentioned a long time ago, that Delta is only allowed (by city?) to use one paint line out of three. For some environmental reasons. Do you think that DL might want to use all of them? I happen to sell technology, which would filter out all of the paint fumes of the return air system... You will get a good commission if you help me to sell this to Delta! You say that Delta doesn't have money for that? Sigh...I knew that.
WesternDC1010 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 332 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4346 times:
The question SHOULD READ:
'When is DL Going To Finish Painting their CURRENT SCHEME?'
This 'Deltaflot' or 'Wavygravy' scheme looks like they rushed put the aircraft back into service before they could finish it properly. Also, the waves look like the aircraft snagged a polystyrene bag somewhere in flight and dragged it all over the place.