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West COLOMBIA.. New Livery... New Goal!  
User currently offlineWimpycol From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 484 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3051 times:

Hello, HALLO y HOLA!!!!


West Caribbean Airways changed their name!!
Their just "WEST" now, and they also have a totally new image... see their website http://www.wca.com.co

AND WOW look to the next pictures!!!
http://www.wca.com.co/mc_donell.html
http://www.wca.com.co/atr_42_320.html
http://www.wca.com.co/let_410.html

What do U think of it??
A good new livery?? Ugly... or ???

For me the new colors and image are better... they give the company a more "advanced" look. Not the normal Euro white stuff and it's a totally very smart idea! I think another great livery in the Colombian SKY!!!

The First plane to wear the new livery is one of their ATR-42's. Its all ready flying around!!

West is consolidating even more their HUB here in Medellin, they are operating their MDs based more and more in MDE


What a nice advertisement...
http://www.wca.com.co/promociones1x15.php
fly 15 times with WEST.. Don't get rid of your used tickets and get a flight with WEST to SAN ANDRES.... hotel included!! With 3 days and 2 nights and diner!!
CANT FIND THIS IN EUROPE!!!! MAYBE AFTER 80 FLIGHTS WITH KLM and then for free to Tenerife.... jajaja no way Jose!!! (just my thoughts)


"WEST una manera diferente de volar"
It really is.. can't wait to fly with them again!!

Saludos Regards
Willem Alberto AKA The Flying Dutchman Smile


Colombia... can't wait to be there again!!!!!!!!!!
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User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

What can I say... Excellent news...


I just found out about the new image last night and apparently today the whole aviation community here in Medellin knows about it.

Great colors, great livery, excellent use of aircraft fuselage for painting and nice to see a fresh and less tropical look on West, and definitely leaves Avianca with their hideous look right down on the dipers (hope to see what they'll come up with).

I can't wait to see the ATR in the new scheme, it's right now based in Medellin (EOH) but will most certainly be rotating and flying throughout the whole country.


Thanks Wimpycol, very nice indeed.




SOUTHAMERICA


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Hallo Willem, konta bai? (a lil' papiamento)

I saw the livery a few days ago when I went to their website... But something that caught my eye is what appears to be an A320 in WCA's "old" livery in the main page... Weird...

"...definitely leaves Avianca with their hideous look right down on the dipers..."
- I second that! I love the new livery... I only miss the pretty girl that used to be in their main page, whom I referred to as "Adriana"... lol!

KdX in TLH


User currently offlineWimpycol From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 484 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

SouthAmerica:
and definitely leaves Avianca with their hideous look right down on the dipers (hope to see what they'll come up with).

HAHAHA... you can say that again!!! Smile)

Funny to see that Colombian airlines are doing great and changing their livery!
Aires Colombia
LAS Colombia
Aerosucre Colombia
TAMPA
and now WEST
and Yes as SouthAmerica: just mentioned..AVIANCA is possible the next one!

regards
Willem Alberto



Colombia... can't wait to be there again!!!!!!!!!!
User currently offlineMiamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

What the heck is that? That logo looks like a copy of United. I was hoping to see some stunning livery from the hype of the first post, not something this butt ugly!

I absolutely loved the purple/green colors they had, the font in the name and all was very original. Some color on the fuselage is all they needed, not this eurocrap. Not very innovative, like a LAN livery backwards. Also reminds me of Bmi and the Excel group's livery, but not as good as any of these three.

As if there wasn't enough blue and white airplanes, yet another livery change for the worse.


User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

I do like this one a lot.
The old one was quite simple, and yet I still liked it, but this one surpasses it.
Can't wait to see the ATR or the next plane the paint.

Most of the color changes have been good, except for Tampa's one, that colors are nice but I liked the Germany flag colors better, and oh, I still haven't seen AeroSucre's (by the way, there's an AeroSucre 727 parked at general Aviation ramp at MDE like a month ago with the right engine removed).

Thumbs up for West!



I gladly accept donations to pay for flight hours! This thing draws man...
User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Miamix707,


I sincerely do not understand your position towards all these liveries man. I've seen you say plenty of times that you're totally against white bodies, and they give you one fuselage painted with blue and red and you don't like it either...  Confused

What where you expecting, a cheatline? Man, West was using the cheapest colors in the publicitary market, not to mention that both their look and name gave the tropical Caribbean feel, thing that certainly they were not intending since they closed the focused operation in San Andres and moved it to Andean Medellin. This change was more than necessary.



SOUTHAMERICA


User currently offlineWimpycol From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 484 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

Hello Komododx

Nice to hear from you!! I'm fine THANKS , dank je wel!!! and how are you?

But something that caught my eye is what appears to be an A320 in WCA's "old" livery in the main page... Weird...
Yes your right.... very weird indeed.. it also can be an B757... but it's definitely not one of their planes!!!


By the way:
One of their ATR's (HK-3943) has been grounded since last week after a flameout engine just after take off from EDR, all the seats are without the cover and everything inside is a mess. Don't know when it will fly again!

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And;
if you look closely to the new livery of WEST....
no more COLOMBIA titles. Just like TAMPA!!
Anybody more info on this???
Wasn't there some rule that all Colombian based airliners had to show the COLOMBIA titles on their fuselage??

Saludos
Willem Alberto



Colombia... can't wait to be there again!!!!!!!!!!
User currently offlineMiamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

hola muchachos

Hola Southamerica, como te va?

Yes you are right, I think slapping a colored tail on a white aircraft is by far the ugliest visual trend, unfortunately here to stay. However there is something imaginative about the WCA font and the purple and green choice of colors that make it look different, exotic and tropical.. although the latter is apparently from what you said, not a good thing??

I'm glad everybody likes the livery, sorry I'm the only one who doesn't like it. Maybe if I didn't live in the states I'd think the change is better, it's certainly a more modern scheme than the other aircraft seen at Colombian airports. Honestly if i went to Colombia to take photos I would be interested in their current livery more, as well as the older looking schemes of LAS, Aerosucre etc, which while old, look very Colombian, exotic, and yes much, much more interesting  Smile

I just think these colors stand out more, and yes even look better. Some color on that fuselage and i'd LOVE this livery.


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By the way how do the new supposed Aerosucre colors look?



User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

It looks very fresh. The former colors were very cheap, looked like some cheap small caribbean airline which operated 2 DHC-6 on inter-island fligths. These ones are more serious.

User currently offlineA300AA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

In my opinion, it looks very good, very modern, but it doesn't seem like a Colombian Airline.
Also today when we land in BOG, I saw in the AV hangar an aircraft painted with a yellow tail, and its belly blue, is this the new livery for AV? Or is just a leased AC for high season


User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

I agree with Miamix707, it is a vulgar copy of United livery, but I really wasn't expecting anything better.

"WEST una manera diferente de volar"

Perhaps, Still I won't give them a try If I can fly with AV instead even If I have to pay more, anyway none of its destinations attract me so there is no problem.



Wasn't there some rule that all Colombian based airliners had to show the COLOMBIA titles on their fuselage??

I am not sure about it, anyway, you know, if they could they would have written "Antioquia Federal" instead.

Juan
SKBO


User currently offlineWimpycol From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 484 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Yes RCS763av

I agree and I think that WEST is trying to focus more and more on the whole Colombian market and to become an keyplayer in it and compete with AV, Republica etc.. so they have to change their image from a Caribbean airline into (a future) bigger Colombian airline.

But they still have a big way to go!! look below!!

Avianca holds a 34 pct market share in Colombia, for the first half of 2004,
AeroRepublica with a 28.9 pct share,
SAM, with 10.2 pct,
Satena, with 8.84 pct,
Aires with 8.12 pct and
West Caribbean, with 7.87 pct

So I can understand their change

Regards!
Willem Alberto



Colombia... can't wait to be there again!!!!!!!!!!
User currently offlineWimpycol From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 484 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

JuanR
Perhaps, Still I won't give them a try If I can fly with AV instead even If I have to pay more, anyway none of its destinations attract me so there is no problem.

Well I've flown AV/SAM (BOG-Cartagena-BOG) and WEST BOG-MDE-BOG last june.. Both flights.. very good...very nice indeed.... even the pilot from WEST was so cool... we could enter the cockpit during flight and after landing it was all mine!!! jajaja and he was reading a newspaper in seatnr1....by the way he was from BOGOTA and is also the CEO or SEARCA.. que tal no???
BELIEVE AV, WEST, SAM and ACES.....10.000 times better than KLM!! you cant find any service!!

A300AA
In my opinion, it looks very good, very modern, but it doesn't seem like a Colombian Airline.
Also today when we land in BOG, I saw in the AV hangar an aircraft painted with a yellow tail, and its belly blue, is this the new livery for AV? Or is just a leased AC for high season

Maybe you saw the new B767 of AV still in the old East African colors!!

Saludos
Willem Alberto



Colombia... can't wait to be there again!!!!!!!!!!
User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

Hallo Willem, Ik ben moe maar ik ben goed! (Wow, I realize I REALLY have to work on my dutch!)

Just wanted to thank you for the Satena pics in that Let you sent and also thanks for the exclusive pics of the second 762 for QT.

Haven't had time to write an email since I've been very busy and took some days off around thanksgiving to go to the Caribbean, to Honduras, on TA. I'll post the trip report and my very negative opinion of TA later in the week.

Tot ziens!

KdX in TLH


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

I saw the livery a few days ago when I went to their website... But something that caught my eye is what appears to be an A320 in WCA's "old" livery in the main page... Weird...

I couldn't find it... where did you see it? I speak a bit of spanish so navigating the website wasn't a huge difficulty, but all I saw were MD-82/83


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

DFW,

Go to http://www.wca.com.co , then hit "Entrar". You'll get a new window. In the bottom center hit "Saltar Intro" and then you'll get their main page. To the center right and bottom right you'll see two pictures. The bottom right is a Let. The center right seems like an A320

KdX in TLH


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Ahh.... I gotcha. Personally, I don't know if it's an A320...



compare to these A320 tails-


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User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

I am not sure about it, anyway, you know, if they could they would have written "Antioquia Federal" instead.

Juan
SKBO


What's your thing with us paisas?

And yes, we could have written that, after all it's a Paisa airline, isn't it?



I gladly accept donations to pay for flight hours! This thing draws man...
User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2752 times:



Juanr,



Very very objective your comments - no obssession nor hatred that could be seen whatsoever. Thanks for your great imput.

I am not sure about it, anyway, you know, if they could they would have written "Antioquia Federal" instead.


Regretfully they didn't.


Same with Tampa, the number one cargo carrier of northern South America, which is based in Medellin.





SOUTHAMERICA


User currently offlineBogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

I think the livery is very nice, and very unexpected. I like this kind of surprises. I left Bogota last night and also saw a strange tail kind of red - orange near the Aerorepublica hangars at the bottom of 13 L. Unfortunatelly we took off at 13R, so I missed it completely. I wonder if AV has the sounding new livery ready for their 85th anniversary this weekend.

User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

What's your thing with us paisas?

This is no place to discuss that if you really want to know open a new thread on the non-aviation forum.

And yes, we could have written that, after all it's a Paisa airline, isn't it?

Sure, and that is why I'll never fly with them.

On the other side, regarding the A320 plane in the old colours, I would say it is a fake picture.

And regarding my comments on the livery, the questions Willem asked were:

What do U think of it??
A good new livery?? Ugly... or ???


Which mean that no objective answer could be provided so my answer is as good as anyone's. Some people will never learn.

Juan
SKBO






User currently offlineTavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 836 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Well great news that West is doing well, i really loved the old colors but these colors rocks too, i hope to see them soon..

Gus
SKBO



Colombian coffee, the best...take a cup and you will see how delicious it is.
User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2704 times:


Sure, and that is why I'll never fly with them.

Oooo now West should be really scared ! Is this the moment when we are all supposed to sit down in cry? hahaha  Nuts


Some people will never learn.

Indeed, some will never learn to control obssessions... again the quoted user just looks plain ridiculous when he destroys his own arguments by asking the simple question: "Would you think the same if the airline were from XX part (not Medellin)? hahah how dumb.




Bogota and Tavong,


Thanks for your participation. For me it was also a pleasant surprise and ironically I haven't had the oportunity to see the newly-painted ATR myself. Let's wait and see, as it seems AV's new image will be the one to follow.


Cheers.


SOUTHAMERICA


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10009 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Nice to see another new livery although I do have to say I liked the colours of the older livery, turquoise blue & purple. Those colours were much more Caribbean like. The new livery reminds me of BonairExel while the tail logo reminds me of United Airlines' new tail logo.


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The "W" on the new West Colombia livery looks identical to the new United Airlines tail logo. If they would have used the same colours as the older livery, it would have been better. But it's always nice to another livery flying around  Wink/being sarcastic

Saludos amigos,

A388  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


25 Post contains images SOUTHAMERICA : A388, Thanks for the comment. I liked the colours of the older livery, turquoise blue & purple. Those colours were much more Caribbean like You are in
26 757MDE : This is no place to discuss that if you really want to know open a new thread on the non-aviation forum. Ohh but how worse could it be than a single
27 Ghost77 : Two things: 1. Barely two months ago, West Caribean revamped its web site. Now, it proves it was a waste of money, as they have changed it again compl
28 Airplane : Hey guys, any problems with the ATR in high altitude fields, or is it good ? Im not familiar with its performance. Cheers, JP
29 SOUTHAMERICA : Hey Ghost77, Long time no see, where have you been? 1. Barely two months ago, West Caribean revamped its web site. Now, it proves it was a waste of mo
30 Post contains links and images Komododx : DFW, Mmmm good point... I think the A320 came to mind just because VX used to operate them in Colombia, not that I'm suggesting that WCA took them...
31 Komododx : By the way, did anyone read the post regarding Southeast airlines ceasing ops? Some user pointed out that carriers in the US with "west" in their name
32 SOUTHAMERICA : Komododx, Great memories arise when seeing the dolphin-painted ATR I must admit. That was also a nice scheme, though if it had been West's choice som
33 RCS763av : West is also the only airline that lfies the ADZ-Providencia route, with 4 daily flights operated by a LET-410. Juanr, whats with the hate against pai
34 Post contains links and images Miamix707 : Just like the old-school rap song "why is it".. Why is it... that Colombian aviation threads end up with people arguing? How about lighten up and have
35 Miamix707 : It's very interesting that the East African 767 is there, funny I thought it could be that one, since that's the only airline with an orange tail and
36 Miamiair : I like the new colors. I am glad to see Colombian aviation blossoming after the demise of ACES. Competition creates better service, and all the player
37 Post contains images Hardiwv : Miamix707: I got your point, and I totally subscribe to your point of view ref. livery in LatAm: usually the basic dual white x blue, with expressive
38 Post contains images Komododx : SOUTHAMERICA, Thanks for all the info! Hardivv, Hallo! As you probably read, WCA wants to get away from the "caribbean" color scheme since they now fl
39 Hardiwv : WCA wants to get away from the "caribbean" color scheme OK, if this was their intention, they got it! since you posted the pics, that I really like BW
40 Post contains images SOUTHAMERICA : Miamix707, OK OK, I must admit I over-read you, but it annoyed me a bit at first when I expected a decent positive comment about the livery knowing yo
41 Post contains links Juanr : Oooo now West should be really scared ! Is this the moment when we are all supposed to sit down in cry? hahaha I really don't care if they cry or not,
42 Post contains images SOUTHAMERICA : It is so extremely amusing to see how this guy pays so much attention to us, oh well, uncontrollable problems, sad, nothing that can be done, our Med
43 Wimpycol : Hi Komododx Hallo Willem, Ik ben moe maar ik ben goed! (Wow, I realize I REALLY have to work on my dutch!) Just wanted to thank you for the Satena pic
44 Post contains images SOUTHAMERICA : Wimpycol, They could do better and ask some friends of mine to take some photos of their aircraft in Colombia!!! Indeed, and now that you now a specia
45 Juanr : As if there were any interesting thing to see at EOH.... Juan SKBO
46 Post contains links and images Wimpycol : Miamiair : I like the new colors. I am glad to see Colombian aviation blossoming after the demise of ACES. Competition creates better service, and all
47 Post contains images Wimpycol : HOLA Southamerica, Yes I remember very well that nice place!! I only can say WOW... it just remind my me of a spotter place nearby one of the runways
48 SOUTHAMERICA : Wimpycol, You are completely right. It is a smart move to change things in favour of a simpler name, basic publicity concept, simpler things are easi
49 Post contains images Hardiwv : Was Landor resposible for the previous livery (very similar to the actual one - only the VARIG titles were smaller) or for the actual one (billboard s
50 SOUTHAMERICA : Hardi, OK, thanks a lot for the info. I also like the newer revised look a lot better. I love how the handwritten "Brasil" titles blend in with the s
51 Post contains images PPVRA : This is my favorite of RG's fuselage commercials: ...most of the other ones don't look half as good...
52 Post contains images Hardiwv : PPVRA: Very nice! I haven't see this one before...and I got hungry now! I love Kopenhagen chocolates!! ) Take care, Hardi
53 Post contains links and images Miamix707 : Hardiw: Thanks for understanding where I'm coming from. I personally would have distributed the colors different on the Air Jamaica livery, but still
54 Post contains links and images Miamix707 : By the way Hardiw, the Pluna and Varig schemes, if it wasn't for Uruguay / Brasil letters, don't really resemble each other. See, details go a long wa
55 Post contains images Hardiwv : Miamix707: You have a point regarding the livery of PU and RG. However, I still like RG livery, especially the compass rose on the tail. Let us not fo
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