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User currently offlineENCRJ From Italy, joined Nov 2004, 97 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9260 times:

Which airline livery is the oldest (among those currently used)?
Lufthansa? Singapore? Alitalia? I don't know.

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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7519 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9189 times:

You forgot American:


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This livery been around since 1968-69.



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User currently offlineEi2ksea From Ireland, joined Jul 2004, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9183 times:

It was Ethiopian until their new colours were unveiled this year - i think the colours were in use for about 30+ years if not even more.

Alitalias are from the mid eighties whilst Lufthansa have made numerous subtle changes to their colours - the present all white body is from the early nineties. Singapore have had the same colours for quite some time (1970s maybe) but have changed their font style.



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User currently offlineCBphoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1552 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9163 times:

If you don't include that little trail Scheme, I am sure Air India has to be up there somewhere!
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User currently offlineSpantax From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9116 times:

I think the Iberia one is also quite old. Maybe 25 years? I don't' know exactly.


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User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9088 times:

How about the longest livery in existence? That honor might have to go to the nostalgic "Widget" scheme...oh, how I miss seeing those birds! I'm gonna be depressed when I arrive back home in Seattle in a few months and I won't be able to lay my eyes on a widget!!!


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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4748 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8964 times:

Alitalia's colour scheme was introduced in 1970 with the delivery of the first 747-143 "Neil Armstrong" I-DEMA.

The only change on the livery since them is removal of the gold "alitalia" titles near every door.

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-g



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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3761 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8921 times:
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Air France current livery is over 25 years old. It dates from the late 70's.

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User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8907 times:

A quick note about SQ's livery. They have changed their livery since the 1980s, albeit very slightly. If you look at these two pictures of 743s from 1987 and 1991, you will note a few changes:


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The main change is that they have dispensed with the brighter yellow in favor of the darker gold. A couple of more changes is that there is now a vertical gold strip on the rudder and there is a orangish cheatline that flows just below the windows in the middle of the purple.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8823 times:


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Air India....Although there was a plan to change it,stalled midway.
Indian Airlines....Never ever changed theirs.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2349 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8814 times:

ENCRJ,

LH's color scheme is quite new compared to other airlines paint jobs. It has only been around since the early 90's. American, Air India, Iberia, Alitalia, Varig, and Air France have been around since the 60's-70's.



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8800 times:

I used to think the AA scheme was getting old and needed to be changed but the more i look at it it looks good. Even though it was started a long time ago, it is one of those schemes that still carries a good look  Big grin


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User currently offlineGoAibusGo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 275 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8770 times:

Royal Air Maroc = 1960s (don't know witch date, check the photo below of 1962 !!)


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American = 1969
Alitalia = 1971
Air India = 1971
Singapore = 1972 (but enhanced with gold colors instead of yellow in 1987)
Thai = 1975
Air France = 1976 ( on a Concorde)
Lot = 1977 (this one I am not shure)
Iberia = 1978
TAP = 1980



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User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7411 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8733 times:

American 767

Air France livery is almost 29 years old... It was introduced in January 1976, to celebrate the introduction of the first Concorde F-BVFA in th fleet...


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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8653 times:

What about Olympic? It looks old... fashioned.  Big grin


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Is the livery in this 717 it's new image or is it just an hybrid?


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User currently offlineLUV4JFK From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8599 times:

I think the crown goes to American Airlines since it's been around since the late '60's. That's at least 35 years so far and counting...

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User currently offlineSXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8533 times:

For many people around here Olympic's livery looks great and No!!! the Euro-white 717's livery is not a new image. These are the remnants of Olympic Aviation now Olympic Airlines.
No Offence
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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8520 times:

Monarch Airlines (A UK Charter Airline) decided to change their livery in early 2002, up until then they had the same livery since they began in the 1960s! (at least to my knowledge, If I'm wrong please correct me).

LH is a fairly new livery in comparison to some.

When did Qantas change to their current one?

Phil
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User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2898 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8499 times:

With the exception of one 767, the Martinair livery hasn't changed since the early 70s.

And the KLM livery was the same from the early/mid 70s until recently, some of the a/c still have the old livery.



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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4748 posts, RR: 45
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8427 times:

GoAirbusGo,

Alitalia was 1970. when I-DEMA arrived FYI.



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User currently offlineGoAibusGo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 275 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8351 times:

Alitalia,

thank you.
I read 1971 in an airline livery book I have. You 'll know better, since you are from Italy.

Thanks again for the correction.

Greetings from the Caribbean.


User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4748 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8339 times:

GoAirbusGo,

Actually from the USA, but AZ's my baby. They introduced the current "Tricolore A" in 1969/1970 to coincide with the introduction of the "Jumbo" 747.

http://corporate.alitalia.com/en/group/history/history_1970.htm

Regards Smile
-Gus



Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlineGoAibusGo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 275 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8312 times:

Oh, yes sorry. than the greeting go out to you in the USA, then ! Embarrassment

User currently offlineTrappedInMKG From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8262 times:

American's is old, but I don't want to see it go away, simply because I'm afraid that if they change it, they'll come up with something horrible. The act of changing a bad livery and making it worse has been a theme lately... I wasn't crazy about the NW bowling shoe, but their new c/s is scary and nonsensical. AC's Aquafresh scheme is quite possibly the worst new scheme to come out in the past five years, and the Deltaflot livery gets honorable mention in the same category. The moral of the story is that if you have a nice looking livery (AA, AF, LH, AZ, SQ), don't screw with it.

User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7724 times:

Alitalia's is certainly old. I remember in 1978, Junior Highschool on the ball field, I saw an Alitalia 747 flying really very low for a landing into JFK. It seemed to shake the entire ground. It was overcast with low clouds that day. I will never forget that.


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25 Henpol747 : RAM, Alitalia, Olympic, Air India, American, Air France must be among the oldest liveries around!! Cheers, Henpol747
26 F4f3a : what about aeroflot until they changed to there new livery. I think the old one was around for a while.
27 Miamix707 : other very old liveries (and all still look great) are: Ariana Royal Air Maroc Air Zimbabwe Iraqi Airways Cameroon Airlines Lybian Arab Airlines Sudan
28 Post contains images Miamix707 : I Agree with TrappedInMKG, just like you don't change some logos, no matter how old they are: Mercedes, Coca-Cola, etc you just don't change the elega
29 Post contains images UA772IAD : What about WN? Their oldest 737s (Shamu 1&2, for example) still sport that weird tan-orange livery. AA's is also pretty old, but I like it. I can't im
30 Thai A330 : How about Thai ? I have seen it this livery for ages.
31 ClassicLover : Qantas was 1985 with the arrival of the Boeing 767-238ERs. This was the first time the airline had an aircraft type apart from the Boeing 747 since th
32 Post contains images EL-AL : El Al Israel Airlines had the blue livery for 49 years, from 1949 till 1998. Today, still some B747-200s and B757-200s still fly in the old colors. fr
33 Miamix707 : There are enough differences in the 1970s update of EL AL's livery than the one from 1949 to say it's the same livery. I love the EL AL color scheme f
34 Godspeed : What??? Did u all forget about MartinAir???
35 TACAA320 : I think AZ has the oldest.
36 Post contains links and images AlitaliaMD11 : Godspeed Martinair Just got a new livery, so there off the list. View Large View MediumPhoto © Johan Knijn View Large View MediumPhoto © Jus
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