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User currently offlineCaliforniasoul From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

As an AA employee, I found out I was quite in the dark about our retro 757 and 737. Turns out the 757 was converted back to the current AA livery last year and that the 737 is due to be converted in '05. When I asked why, I was told that the cost of one-off decals was way out of line with our "turnaround plan." I asked if we could come up with some kind of fund-raising to cover the costs (since the retro birds are excellent ambassadors for the company), but got the cold shoulder........

Breaks my heart to see them go.


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User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

I agree, the AA retro-jets were attention-getters. What would have really worked was to have had one of each aircraft type & variant in those colors. My favorite was the 738-type livery. They probably could have got a better deal from the manufacturer to produce quantity. Sad to see them go. I thought it was a wise marketing move. Heck, the sports teams got it all started with their throwback jerseys. It was a natural move for airlines to follow suit.


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User currently offlineChicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Thats sad.....enjoy the 737 while we can!


Go White Sox!!!!
User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

I remember when the 757 was first done....right around when the first 777 was delivered. My Dad worked at AFW at that time and took delivery of the retro 757 (5EL-N679AA). My dad flew to Seatle to pick the plane up and do the test flights an such then flew with the crew to AFW, the plane was deliverd with no paint on it. I believe they did the decales in Bay 5 at AFW. Dont really remember but i did fly on the plane from AFW-DFW for its first revenue flight.......what an AWSOME experiance feeling a 757 TO with no pax on board. I got a picture of the airplane not to long ago at ORD (when i was working their) with the regular livery. I have a picture on my wall in this room with my dad and his crew chief standing in front of the plane once it was all done......VERY gorgeous airplane. It will be missed very much. However the 737 is VERY gorgeous as well.

User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3595 times:


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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

Heck, I liked them both! I'll sure miss seeing them. Did anyone ever see the retro 757 in ATL? I never did and I know they were still flying a couple 757's a day into ATL, before the repaint.  Smile


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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5234 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

I saw AC's retro A320 painted the Trans-Canada scheme at LGA this week. It apparently has been in that scheme since 1997. If AC, which is in bankruptcy, can afford to keep one plane in a retro scheme, AA can afford to keep two planes in the retro scheme.

User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1950 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

Did anyone ever see the retro 757 in ATL?

It had overnighted at ATL at least twice.



This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineFunFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

I think that AA should just change all of there liverys to the Retro sceme.


Since you know anything would be better than what they have now Big grin



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User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Sure us A.neters would LOVE the retro colors on there planes. However the company being so much into the "business travelers" probably wouldnt think its such an appealing airline but a "retro" airline that isnt looking into the future but is reflected upon the past. Not good for business. I personally like the scheme they have now, its my favorite. This is probably because i grew up all my life around AA and the planes.

User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

I've got fond memories of them all! Big grin


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineAA623BDLSJU From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 354 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

So sad. So...so sad. I remember the time time I got to see them for my very own eyes. The 737 and 757 Retrojets were in SJU. Incidentally that was the same day when I saw the AA/TWA livery.

All 3 are good looking.


User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2690 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Pretty much every U.S. carrier except for UA (Star Alliance 767) and SWA is getting rid of their special schemes. Peter Max is in the twilight of it's life on N77014, a CO Boeing 777-224ER, and Delta removed the Soaring Spirit from its Boeing 777-232ER, N864DA, as well as the Spirit of Delta, N102DA, their second Boeing 767-232 and their overall second 767. Too bad for AA..too too bad.


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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

American employees loved the Retrojet as well. In fact, there was a group of employees that was going to solicit donations from fellow employees to keep the 757 flying in Retrojet colors. However, management would have none of that and repainted it back in July. I was lucky to catch it twice at DFW in the days before it was repainted.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offline747srule From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

I like the retro,but just remember that chrome will get you home!!


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User currently offlineCaliforniasoul From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

"American Airlines.........all retro, all the time"

I like the sound of that.........

Maybe bring back Mark Lindsay's song SILVERBIRD for a new ad campaign.


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