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Favorite All Time Airline Livery  
User currently onlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1988 posts, RR: 24
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4152 times:
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Given that the new UA livery sparked umteen threads and and hugely diverging opinions, what do you think makes an effective airline livery? Going back as far as you care to, what would be your all time favorite airline livery, and more importantly, WHY? If selecting a national "flag" carrier, to what degree should national character be reflected in the livery of that flag carrier? (if relevant)

I'll start it off... I think that SQ's 1970's livery was probably the most attractive all-around livery I've seen. The graceful logo to me conveyed a sense of graceful service, the sharper angle of the cheatline "cut" projected a sharp, cutting-edge company, and the navy-blue/yellow color scheme projected a crisp corporate image.


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Please do not include one-time special promotions, or continue the now dreary new UA livery debate. I would like to know what elements of a livery enthusiasts, airline employees, and passengers consider relevant and/or important.



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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

My vote for best livery would have to go to Egyptair

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LANChile, Korean Air and Saudi Arabian are also amazing

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As for Lufthansa, even though it's a nice livery I really think they should get a new one. It doesn't do justice to the A340-600s

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User currently offlineBA747400 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

I would have to say British Airways Landor. I don't like the new livery at all...It seems too "relaxed." I think that the landor colours expressed Royalty and Class.
I have to say; I do not like how everyone is going white! It seems like every airline in the world now has a new livery with white; no personality IMHO.

Anyone else agree?

Regards,
Mike


User currently offline5T6 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Well...I'm not sure why, but I've always like the old TWA "Double Globes" from days gone by.


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Guess it just makes me nostalgic for the good 'ol days!  Crying

Regards,

Mike



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User currently offlineVCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

In this days of troubles i remind Alitalia. Its livery is still one of the most elegant.

User currently offlineGoAibusGo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 274 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

For me it is KLM





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User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

I love Air Jamaica's use of color. They used a lot yet it doesn't look busy.

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ABSOLUTE FAVORITE: ROYAL JORDANIAN, by far. A very classy, sophisticated and regal livery. Timeless. 100 years from now it will still look great.

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User currently offlineBA747400 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

I agree GoAibusGo the new KLM Livery is very nice. Its so similar to the old one, yet so updated and clean.

-Mike


User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3925 times:

I don't really have a favourite but I do like Buzz/Ryanair BAe 146.

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User currently offlineAA623BDLSJU From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 354 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

I love these kinds of topics.

5th place: JAL

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4th place: Lan Chile

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3rd place: Aer Lingus

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2nd place: Royal Jordanian

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1st place: Air Tahiti Nui

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User currently offlineAzmi From Lebanon, joined Nov 2003, 111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

The one and only.



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User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3799 times:

This was the best...


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PRINAIR : Puerto Rico International Airlines
User currently onlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1988 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3746 times:
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but WHY? Simply voting for your national carrier or your favorite airline is not what I was after!!! What elements of a particular livery (not airline) make it effective?


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User currently offlineGoAibusGo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 274 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

PA110,


KLM is far from my favorite airlines.
But I simply like their livery and always have. Would it help that Delta's current livery is a very close second.





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User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

The EA livery was created in the mid to late 60s but still looked modern and fresh in the 90s (EA shut down Jan.91)

It gave a sense of motion and it looked elegant. The darker blue shade was known as Ionosphere blue.

In the regional category the best in my opinion was Prinair.

Every aircraft had the same livery design but a different color. It was a colorful airline that served the Caribbean well. At one time it was the largest regional airline in the world.


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PRINAIR : Puerto Rico International Airlines
User currently offlineZander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

Oh...it's hard to only choose one but if I just have to do that it will be Delta Air Lines widget livery. Why? At first very beautiful livery with a distinctive look. I also like that it includes black which isn't that common...
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User currently onlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1988 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3639 times:
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Prinair,
I loved your airline! I flew it often between SJU and STX. The folks at the SJU airport counter were wonderful to interliners.



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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

How about special "paint jobs"?


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User currently offlineAznCsa4QF744ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

I think Qantas new painted special Scheme is the best.
VH-OEJ Wunala Dreaming (Presenting the Australian outback)

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User currently offlineCptGirmayTesfa From Peru, joined Oct 2003, 406 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3459 times:

my favourites because of the beautiful way that the colours/logos represent the respective nation:


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User currently offlineBWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

Air Jamaica has a beautiful livery.

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However for me the best in the sky is BWIA.

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User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2688 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

I personally would say that I like AA's three previous colorschemes a lot. Loved the astrojet livery of the 1960s and the Retro colors of the '50s. TWA's last three liveries were all spectacular. I love them as much or maybe more than AA's liveries. My two favorite airlines will always look the best to me in livery and any other form. Two glorious airlines, now one.


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User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Can't find it on the database by my vote goes for the now defunct Zambia Airways represented by the colours of the Zambian flag. On the 707s it looked superb. Also, Dan-Air London 727s, what a 'plane should look like. Current day - British Airways.

User currently offlineL10FAV From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

I'm not really sure why, but for me there is no question. It reminds me of the days when Varig won all kinds of awards for great service.


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User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2688 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

L10Fav, I like that livery on Varig. But I can swear that Varig must have mimicked Pan Am with this livery. They look far too much alike for there to be no connection. I will say this--Varig made a good choice on the livery they were going to imitate. I loved all the Pan Am liveries there ever were. No doubt Pan Am did more for the world than any other airline has ever been able to do. TWA did even more I guess than Pan Am because they established a domestic presence as strong as Pan Am's global presence, as well as nearly as strong a global presence as Pan Am...maybe as strong. Basic summary...if Pan Am and TWA had never ventured so far outside of their territory, maybe no other airline would have. But clearly, over 40 airlines are as or almost as global now.


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25 Syncmaster : I have waayyy to many to even begin to list. Absolute most favorite has got to be...ahhh I can't decide. To begin: -UA, both NC and OC -CO -DL, NNC -N
26 Post contains links and images Aerosvit : My favorites...and in no particular order. View Large View MediumPhoto © John Higgins View Large View MediumPhoto © Kazim Alikhan View Large
27 Post contains links and images TriJetFan1 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Mel Lawrence I love this
28 Post contains links and images TWA902fly : View Large View MediumPhoto © Guido Allieri just something about a 747 and TWA double red with the blank red TWA tail. so simple yet so.. TWA, bu
29 Thrust : The Delta widgets were some of the best 747-100 colors I have ever seen, I agree TriJetFan1. Too bad there were so few, and too bad they only lasted s
30 Post contains images AA623BDLSJU : I just remembered one of my ultimate faves. How dare I for get this one. Canadian Airlines, DUH!!! [Edited 2004-02-26 05:41:30]
31 Post contains links and images Myk : how about : View Large View MediumPhoto © Dean Barnes - AirTeamImages and View Large View MediumPhoto © Søren Geertsen Saudi Arabia and BWI
32 Post contains links and images La Carlota : My all time favorite: Cathay Pacific View Large View MediumPhoto © Eduard Brantjes
33 Post contains images RyanairA320 : My Absolute Favourite is Aer Lingus!! I love it!! RyanairA320
34 Post contains links and images Captaink : These you guys have to see in person in the bright caribbean sun... They look so stunning.... View Large View MediumPhoto © Jordi Grife - IBERIAN
35 Post contains links and images Clrd2go : Mine would be View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr.
36 Post contains links and images 747400F : View Large View MediumPhoto © Lars Söderström the true queen
37 Post contains images KEno : My vote goes to the new Australian Airlines. They simply catch the essence of Outback Australia perfectly.
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