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Best Paint Scheme For The 747?  
User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2688 posts, RR: 10
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8351 times:

The Boeing 747 is one of the most graceful giants in the sky. It looks good in almost any livery in my opinion. If you had to choose one livery for the 747, which airline would you choose? Merry Christmas.

--Thrust


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User currently offlineCpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8291 times:
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I don't know if I can stick with just one! Narrowing it down the best I can, I'd have to say:

China Airlines and Northwest (old livery)


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Virgin Atlantic (current livery) and Iberia


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There are many others that strike me as beautiful on a 747 of any series, but those stand out to me. Of course, ask me tomorrow and I may have a different opinion!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineMoolies From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8257 times:

SAA's Ndizani and there new paint scheme is very cool on a 747.

User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8195 times:

This one was awesome on the '47;


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User currently offlineBN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5613 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8135 times:

1. Cathay Pacfic's 'Hong Kong: Asia's World City' 744

2. Royal Jordanian (current scheme - when the flew the 742s)

3. Avianca Colombia (the old big red scheme)

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User currently offlineAMM744 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8073 times:

AA would be awesome if they ever had the sense to own a 744.

User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8018 times:

Nowdays:IB,NW(old and new scheme),CX,Saudi Arabian,KE
In the past:Avianca,PanAm


User currently offlineGdubin From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7958 times:

Maybe it's just me, and I may be biased because I work for the airline... but..

I think the 747 with the best paint colors was UAL. (The white with Red & Blue insignia) .. Although since they have painted too the blue that we see today, I dont like it ...

Just my Two cents !


Gregg


User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7903 times:


I really like how the actual Virgin Atlantic livery looks on their 747-400s.


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I was also truly biased towards the looks of the 747-400s in BA's World Tails. I loved the Chelsea Rose and the Ndebele Emmly/Matha schemes. The Union Jack doesn't look bad at all though.


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But, in general, I think that almost any livery looks well on the 747-400. Although I do prefer the 747-400 way over the 747-200 aesthetically.


Regards,


SOUTHAMERICA


User currently offlineAnsettAW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 205 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7877 times:

I have to agree with Goose.

The final short-lived Canadian (see above) is hands down my pick for best paint scheme on a 747. Stellar!

AnsettAW



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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7850 times:

I like the British airways livery of the 1980's and the old Pan Am livery.

God bless through Jesus,

Jeff



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7814 times:

I always loved UAs old white colors on the 747, especially on the 400.

BUT.. I can never get over this one..

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User currently offlineNethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7748 times:

Thai Royal Barge HS-TGJ, HS-TGO


Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7738 times:

I like very much the Royal Barge  Big grin

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8002 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7691 times:

I like the current VS livery on their 747-400's.  Big thumbs up

However, the older livery on their 744's was nothing to write home about:


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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 969 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7654 times:

In no particular order:

Boeing's RA001, TWA, Eastern and United's 'Friend Ship'


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User currently offlineEK345 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7600 times:

has to be Saudi Arabian Airlines...


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User currently offlineMpdesa From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7594 times:

By far the most beautiful:


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User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7483 times:

Has to be the big red bird!


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-Q



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User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 7436 times:

I really like the old UA colors.


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User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 7415 times:

Three's a charm for Wunala. I'll kick myself if I never get to see her in person...


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But...QF's standard scheme is a timeless classic. it WAS a timeless classic, as well. Who woulda thought red and white could be so...so...hmm can't think of a word  Laugh out loud. And with a hint of gold from the 80s, I would think it's a bit guady. Not at all!


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And to break up the monotony, United also has some very simple, but effective colors. Very classy and easy on the eyes...


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User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7372 times:

Gone but not forgotten



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User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7311 times:

My top 5 (in no particular order):

TW: Twin globes

PA: "Classic" pre-billboard

UA: 4-Star

BN: "Ultra" Big Orange

BA: Landor



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User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7291 times:

Cheers to the short-lived Goose!

But remember the vinatage liveries,
like AC's black noses


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7195 times:


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It's great Big thumbs up

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25 Post contains links and images IanatSTN : View Large View MediumPhoto © Colin K. Work BA's scheme is so sharp and professional View Large View MediumPhoto © Mike Moores Virgin's sche
26 Tiger119 : I remember seeing a 747, I believe it was a 744 and it was a Formula One special (red Formula One car on the side). And I am pretty sure it was a Qant
27 Post contains images Jaspike : Tiger119: VH-OJC Josh
28 Post contains links and images Tiger119 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Calixius Casper Koh There are other photos of this beauty in the data base on A.net (I'm still looking for them).
29 Post contains links and images 777ER : Air New Zealand's Lord of The Rings scheme..... Air New Zealand's current scheme: View Large View MediumPhoto © Jonathan Rankin The Tail logo is
30 Tiger119 : Jaspike, Thanks, it took me a few minutes to find them.
31 Post contains links and images Suspen : AI's colors look great on a 747, imo (and just plain silly on anything else ) Air France's two-color windowline would have been cool if they actually
32 Post contains links and images Justplanesmart : "Big Orange" View Large View MediumPhoto © Martin Oertle
33 JMChladek : The Qantas Wunala Dreaming livery I would say is the current best special scheme with Ndizani from SAA a close second (reminds me of old BI Calder col
34 Post contains images DC-10 Levo : I'd say the VS livery looks great on the 747: DC-10
35 Post contains links and images EK413 : And the winner is ................................................................. QANTAS VH-OEJ "Wunala Dreaming"!!! Qantas would have to have the b
36 Post contains images SA006 : "The Smartie Box" Rgds SA006
37 Usairwys757 : I would say definatly SA, They look the best on the 747...
38 AirGabon : I like Air France paint scheme for the 747, very classy and shows 747 to advantage when AF plane is clean !!
39 Post contains links and images Aerosol : the best one View Large View MediumPhoto © Y.K. Cummins NG
40 Post contains links and images Lan_Fanatic : This elegant, classy,very british one is the best View Large View MediumPhoto © Sean Codier This one from Japan looks great too! View Large View
41 Post contains links and images Bongo : here's my favorite: View Large View MediumPhoto © Wietse de Graaf And here's what I would like to see someday again: View Large View MediumPhoto
42 Post contains images SA7700 : SAA
43 Post contains images NWAA330 : Regards, NWAA330
44 Post contains links and images Brianw999 : As confirmed by others in this thread, the best has got to be "Wunala Dreaming" View Large View MediumPhoto © Micheil Keegan ...closely followed
45 Post contains links and images Pilawt : This isn't exactly responsive to the original question, which was "which airline ..." But here is my vote for the best B-747 paint scheme ... View Lar
46 Thrust : Certainly the 747 seems to have natural beauty, considering all the different liveries and varying opinions. Wow. Maybe I'll have to ask myself this q
47 Post contains links and images CanadianNorth : View Large View MediumPhoto © Rob Rindt - SPOT THIS! CanadianNorth
48 Positive rate : But...QF's standard scheme is a timeless classic. it WAS a timeless classic, as well. Who woulda thought red and white could be so...so...hmm can't th
49 Post contains links and images Caribb : Most of my favorites are already mentioned.. Virgin Atlantic, NWA, British Airways & Saudia... but I'd also add these to my list Old; Alliance Air & S
50 Post contains links and images AndrewAir : BA View Large View MediumPhoto © KBMphotography VS View Large View MediumPhoto © Ben Pritchard AMc
51 Post contains links and images JMChladek : As I said before, here is one of my all time favorite vintage 747 liveries. View Large View MediumPhoto © George W. Hamlin Red tail logo almost l
52 Post contains links and images ClipperNo1 : Seeing a PA 747 with the billboard titles at FRA in the late 80s was the ignition for my love for aviation, so I have to include this one for sure: Vi
53 Ghsweusa : My favorites Virgin Atlantic British Airways KLM //Gunnar Haglund Sweden
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