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Last AA Livery Change  
User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3412 times:

I'm trying to find out when AA made its last change of livery for the actual one of course, but I simply can't.

Can anybody tell me about that information?

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User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

You mean this one???


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 Big grin

LVZXV




How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

No Sir.

I mean American Airlines.

Thanks.


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

Judging from photos in the A.net database, it looks like the current livery debuted in 1970. Here is the earliest photo in the database that carries the current livery:


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"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Sorry, that was cheeky! 1975, if you're thinking of the "real" AA.  Yeah sure

LVZXV




How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Going along with what Ssides said, I believe the "new" livery was introduced in 1969. I have a source with that information somewhere at home, and I'll post later if I can't find an internet source that corroborates that date.

It's been said a thousand times, but it's remarkable how up-to-date American's corporate identity remains to this day. How many other logos from the late sixties do you see still in use? And those still around are generally dated -- though not AA's.



New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

N844AA:

AZ's is also from the sixties--older than AA's in fact. It's not my favourite, but somehow (when clean) it seems to suit anything from the DC-8 to 777. In the case of AA, theirs' is a colour scheme which any aircraft will grow out of--it's a polished bare metal finish with three stripes. I think it's the simplicity that allowed it to work from the 707 to the 777 (AA is mostly comprised of metallic Boeings instead of composite Airbuses), but as has been said in other forums, the A300 proved more of a headache. The Boeings too are starting to look a little funny due to increased use of composites, but as a corporate image, AA is pretty timeless.

LVZXV




How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

Wasnt the current AA livery introduced in 1970, at the same time that AA was putting the 747-100 into service? I do not remember ever seeing an AA 747 in the old "lightening-bolt" scheme.

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

A/C N7528A a Boeing 720B introduced the new or current color scheme in 1968!

User currently offlineBlackBox From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

In my mind, AA's livery has actually improved with age. It's amazing that it was introduced in the late 60s, and the changes in the commercial aviation world this livery has witnessed. It is the Dick Clark of liveries.

Awaiting takeoff at ORD on a recent flight, I observed a UA 777 and a AA 777 next to each other. I was struck at how much better I thought the AA 77 looked - clean lines enhancing, not burying, the 777's imposing size and beauty. The UA 777, by contrast, seemed smaller and "weighed down" by all the dark grey paint. It was the difference between a natural beauty and an atrractive girl that wears too much makeup.


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5312 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2778 times:

Here's one interesting note. When the new livery was being designed, the tail had only the letters "AA". There was no eagle. Employees were quite angry about the lack of the eagle, which had been included in all prior liveries and logos. So, they got passengers to write management to complain.

So, when the first aircraft was rolled out with the new livery, there was an eagle on the tail.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2719 times:

Ckfred,

That is incorrect, the above mentioned a/c, a Boeing 720 was rolled out without the eagle in 1968 when the new scheme appeared.


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2715 times:

AA's current livery did indeed debut in 1970. It started with the delivery of the 747 and then 707 and so forth.  Big grin


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2695 times:

Iflyatldl,

It arrived in 1968. See Great Airliners Series, Volume Seven. Shows two pics of the aircraft, one in 1968 as the roll out A/C as mentioned above and another in 1969.



User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2621 times:

I think this livery looks better now as the "polished metal" look has vastly improved. I don't know about some of you, but I think the "polished metal" looks great! Just think of other liveries with the same look, either now or in the past, and you might like it!
Examples:
US Air
Piedmont 737s
JAT
Laker Bahamas
Western(last c/s)


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2551 times:

Dtwclipper: I will have to check that out! Makes for a good excuse to go to Borders! Appreciate it! Big grin


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2505 times:

Iflyatldl,

No problem!

Pages 25 & 26. Let me know if you find anything good.

Dtwclipper


User currently offlineOrd From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2440 times:

"Here's one interesting note. When the new livery was being designed, the tail had only the letters "AA". There was no eagle."

That "original" design also had no white cheatline, just the blue and red lines.


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2397 times:

Wish someone had a source to download that pic.  Sad


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineAirways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2381 times:

American Airlines adopted its current livery in April 1969.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2313 times:

1970 sounds about right. I've seen drawings in a book of the final concept of the DC-10. It was shown in the 'old' American Airlines 'Lightenbolt' livery.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

"American Airlines adopted its current livery in April 1969"

Airways6max

Incredible. That means that next month AA will "celebrate" 35 years using the same livery?

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thanks everybody for the information!

I think this is going to be part of the Guinness Records...


User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Air India's is old too. And LOT's. At least 30. Does anyone know when they were introduced?

XV




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