I have added 1 752 and 1 DC9 to the count since I first posted this, so that makes 28 752s and 34 DC9s that are accounted for. The 757-200 fleet is the first of the fleets to reach 50% repainted, not counting the A330s that are all in new colors.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1696 times:
Actually both UAL livery changes where done at Leading Edge in AMA. The Gray back in 1993 and the Blue this year. They also did the Northwest "WorldPlane' and the actual 'Air Force One' aircraft used for the Harrison Ford movie of the same name.
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Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1670 times:
Why AMA? Maybe that company was low bidder....I know NW has many of their 757's in new colors. DC 9? I would guess 30 of them. I was thru DTW Wedn. on NW and noticed about 15 to 20 planes in new colors including three or four Canadairs. I saw DC9-30, 40 and 50's repainted plus a 747 and two A330's which of course are all in new colors. On the A330's, they have 8 now, I believe. I saw N808NW.
I would guess total planes in new colors...40 to 50 excluding the Canadairs.
How many total planes in NW fleet...I am trying to remember the number that was published in their MAY inflight mag.
A320 76?(seventy something)
A319 71?(seventy something)
DC9 10-30-40-50 164
757 200-300 72
DC 10 22
AVro 85 36 (none painted yet)
Saab 64 (Mesaba)not to be repainted
thats not exact but pretty close to their fleet as of May 5th.
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Hammer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1591 times:
Isitsafenow---actually NWA has 7 330's right now, number 7 is coming in a few weeks, number 8 was delivered ahead of it because #7 had a few lightning strikes over in France so it was delayed until May 28th...
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
Amarillo and Texas generally are a great place to do business. Unions aren't near as powerful down here, meaning labor costs are generally low (although I wouldn't be surpirsed if many of Leading Edge's employees are unionized). Plus, it's centrally located, making it easier to distribute the fleet (can you imagine having to send all your planes to SEA or MIA just to be painted?).
As for AMA itself, it's also a smaller airport, meaning you don't have to worry about high traffic or high rental rates interfering with your operation. At most major airports, hangar space is highly valuable, and I bet it would be tremendously more expensive to operate a painting shop at a place like DFW or ORD than an airport like AMA.