AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18887 posts, RR: 64 Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
It could be either Corsair or Air France, and I'm leaning towards the latter.
Using Photoshop on examples of both, it was easiest to maintain sharp edges on the tail and isolate the titles between the windows on each deck with AF, though not impossible to do with Corsair with a fine eye to detail.
According to the database here, AF sent both -200SUD's and -300's to SXM, and we don't know the age of the photo that was altered. It could have come from a stock photo agency. Since KLM doesn't have a white belly, it would take too much time to reshadow it, so KLM is only a long shot to me.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1371 times:
The credit says that they got it from a stock footage place, so that company most likely did the altering. As for why they did it, it makes it easier for somebody who needs a pic of a plane without worrying about paying the airline for usage of their logo. For example, a magazine might want to write about SXM and use a photo. They would use this picture so they wouldn't be showing a bias towards an airline and they don't have to deal with copyright of the airline's logo.