Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5905 times:
All quiet on the western front.
Is there no 777, 767 or even 747 in UAs vast fleet that needed a D-check and subsequent paint-strip in the last 6 months?
Unbelievable to me.
Or has the new paintscheme been reviewed so badly that the airline thinks about dropping it?
BREmer From Germany, joined May 2004, 551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5851 times:
I don't think UA is going to drop their new scheme. Maybe they just don't have the money to repaint their fleet big time at this point. I know it's a little awkward but that's the only explanation that seems reasonable.
I was in ORD last month and saw several RJs that already had the new colors, though.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5820 times:
I know they are only reopainting aircraft when they need to, but still it seems odd that none of the 40 or so 744s, none of the 767s (even a higher number) and no 777 was due for it in the past 6 months! We are talking about roughly 150 aircraft here, not a dozen!
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4091 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5708 times:
If it makes you feel any better, plenty of CRJs and ERJs have been painted recently.
The first 744 should be painted in November. Remember, most of UA's 777s are less than 6 yrs old, and the older ones may have had D-checks before the new livery was introduced. Same goes for the 767s, 757s, 747s. The 747s in fact are mostly newer than the triple sevens (UA ordered more 744s when they bought the 777s, 30 I think).
Dvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5618 times:
I seriously doubt the new livery has been that poorly received. I think it's a vast improvement over the drab Wolff scheme, and it looks even better first-hand than in photos (I've seen it on a 737-300).
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
ORDZW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5470 times:
There are more United Express aircraft in the new colors because they are new to the fleet. Chautauqua and Shuttle America just joined the United Express family, so their aircraft were repainted right into the new color scheme. Also, some express carriers are receiving brand new aircraft off of the line, so they are being painted with the new colors right away. These aircraft never wore the old blue/gray scheme.
Look at all the newly painted aircraft in that picture! Granted, the introduction of new aircraft to the Express fleet is largely responsible for this view at IAD. However, I have to admit that I've seen a newly-painted UA aircraft pretty much every time I've flown this summer. They have been mostly 737s and (Skywest) CRJs, but they are out there.
United has a large fleet. They aren't painting new planes left and right like Delta, but instead taking a slower and more pragmatic approach, like Northwest.
D950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4991 times:
UA had to worry about TED, getting the A320's redone. They chose the 733's I believe that were in the "shuttle" livery because they were mostly white anyway. I have seen only one 757 in the new livery, once in SFO, and once in ORD. I know of one 777 in the new scheme, saw it @ VCV. I fly UA a lot (75k miles) and have not been on any newly painted craft yet!!
Resting on your laurels is a synonym for flirting with disaster
Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1577 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3820 times:
...a couple of modifications I would like to see on the paintscheme:
#1/ change the font from black to blue
#2/ instead of the triple blue stripes (which look too choppy), use a fade technique like on the tail.
Although the new colors look "cleaner", the variation on the already done BA/ Canadi>n (first scheme)/Varig...etc etc etc doesn't show much originality...in fact only the tail is really eye-popping. In that vain, I will ONLY say cudos on the tail....
To make my point...look at this link: (a casual proposal for Allegiant Air)
Miamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
Nothing wrong with the Allegiant livery really. That fantasy livery is a beauty except for little detail that makes a big difference -the upwards curve near the nose. That is ugly, just like Air Tran's and a few other new european liveries that did it to their aircraft.
Back on topic, about the United livery:
Na, you're a designer, do you like UA's new livery? I didnt like the gray of the old but this one is not my cup of tea either. What would you do to improve it, in case you dont like it too much as it is.
I would have preferred if they had taken the 3 lines of lighter to darker blue and made it into thick stripes. So i'd be 3 shades of blue on the underside, instead of just one shade everywhere. Too many airlines have that same blue underside already. Still undecided if I like that tail also.
FA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3014 times:
(my 1st a.net post!)
I think that anything would have been an improvement over the previous UA livery. I always thought that the gray and navy blue made the airline seem cold and stoic. At least the new livery lightens it up, even if its simpler and common looking.
I love the tail (even the Ted tail too). I'm not so sure about the three bands of blue, though. To me, it looks awkward.