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User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

When will US have an aircraft in full Star Alliance colors? Also, is there an "official" Star livery or do the members have input into how their particular planes look?

How many "USAirways.com" planes are there now, or planned?


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User currently offlineUS Airways From United States of America, joined May 1999, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

From what I heard they will have about 9 mainline aircraft painted in the full Star Alliance livery by the end of the year, including 3 757's and 4 A319's. Not sure about the other 2. 4 new regional jets will also be painted in the livery upon delivery as well.

I know there plan was to put 10 aircraft in the "dot.com" livery.



Jonathan



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

How many "USAirways.com" planes are there now, or planned?

The "dot com" planes were accidents. USAirways contractors messed up paintjobs and caused fatigue cracks in the lap joints. The FAA requires these be inspected every 30 days. Thus, it is not economical to paint the aircraft, strip the paint, and paint the aircraft again. So, they came up with a "new livery" to give them an excuse. I hope no more are planned as that would mean more jets have cracks.



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User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

The dot.com livery is kind of cool though, ignoring the tail it's almost a retro livery, sort of following suit of American and Delta in recent years with their retro special schemes... although with US it was unplanned Big grin

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

I must admit the new tail on the metal fusulage does look pretty cool. Like that hybrid DC-9 a while back.


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User currently offlineJerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

Used to ride this one BOS-IAD fairly often.

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I like the retro look the 737's sport (even if it was a mistake).

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I still think the current US livery is a great one as well.

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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

Yes, the dot com livery was an accident to begin with, but they're going to paint 10 in this livery eventually to make it look uniform.

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

I really like their current scheme. With UAL and its new paint scheme, US Airways is the only mainline US carrier with a dark scheme.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Yes, the dot com livery was an accident to begin with, but they're going to paint 10 in this livery eventually to make it look uniform.
I still love that story.  Laugh out loud

-Will



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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

I'm pretty sure the accident you guys are talking about is false. I think somebody said that before we found out what really happened. I'm 99% sure that the dot.com livery is because of the 10 737's ages. The FAA required US to do the inspections because of the age of the planes. If somebody could confirm that, I'll appreciate it.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

SonOfACaptain: The accident in question was a wear problem on a few 737-300's that has since been fixed with metal plates over the fatigue spots. However, these plates must be inspected fairly often, and that entails removing all paint from the upper fuselage. Instead of doing every few weeks (I think it's about that often), they decided to paint these 3 or 4 planes in the dot com livery so there is no paint to strip & replace. Now, they're doing 10 in this livery for a round number.

User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

I'm pretty sure the accident you guys are talking about is false. I think somebody said that before we found out what really happened. I'm 99% sure that the dot.com livery is because of the 10 737's ages. The FAA required US to do the inspections because of the age of the planes. If somebody could confirm that, I'll appreciate it.

-SOAC


I am 99.9% sure that is untrue. If this is true, why aren't NW's DC-9s flying with stripped paint?

AAndrew


User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

~"I am 99.9% sure that is untrue. If this is true, why aren't NW's DC-9s flying with stripped paint?"~

Funny.. I was thinking the same thing..  Big grin



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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Yeah, yeah, yeah. When I said old I meant wear, it just came out wrong. Sorry about that, I got bumped from 7 flights today and I'm really tired and can't think straight. My dad told me a whole lot about the dot.com situation, but my old age is kicking in and I can't remember much anymore.  Big thumbs up

-SOAC



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User currently offlineN628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

The 737 paint issue has to do with an FAA issued AD dealing with aircraft lap joints. A third party paint contractor was caught by the FAA using razor blades to take old paint, damaging the lap joints. US, Boeing, and the FAA are jointly working on a permanent repair, but in the meantime, repetitive inspections are required.

And they want to send more maintenance out to 3rd party vendors?


User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

~"I am 99.9% sure that is untrue. If this is true, why aren't NW's DC-9s flying with stripped paint?"~

This is a 737 problem NOT a DC-9 problem. US is phasing out all of their 737s. The -200s have been gone for years and the -300s/-400s have been slowly being phased out for 319s and 20s. For these 10, this is their last USAir livery so let them feel special  Smile



Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

I miss the old livery..the red, orange on the bare metal look!  Smile


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User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

7E72004 - That was nice, but then I even liked the original late '70s USAir livery. The current scheme has to take the cake - classy all the way! The only thing I'd change would be remove everything that says "USAirways" and replace it with "Piedmont" - oh that the take over would have been the other way around.  Angry


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

what was the late 70s livery KYAir? i was born in '75 so i don't remember too much from the 70s  Big grin
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User currently offlineNucsh From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

I love the USAirways scheme as it is now. The older one was ok, but the only one that come close to being as good as this one is the old Red/Orange scheme.

Right now, its just something about the "USAirways Blue" that pulls it all together.  Smile



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1409 times:

I don't mind the current livery, i just like the original name...USAir...many people i talk to today still refer to it as USAir and not USAirways... Smile


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User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

The original USAir livery was basically the Allegheny color scheme with an odd, stylized "USAir" logo - the U and S were kinda joined. There are a few pics in the photos section.

I agree with the name, too, 7E72004. Most people still call it simply USAir. The way it was written in the last livery, "USA" just jumped out at you. If I can't see Piedmont on the newest livery, I'd like to see simply USAir! The name and livery were changed to convey a more business-like look. The livery worked great, the name just doesn't do it for me. Now I'll wait for someone to reply that in a few months, I won't see USAirways on the side of any plane flying - they'll all be parked at Mojave. Cynics.



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