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User currently offlineChris From Canada, joined May 1999, 160 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

What are the oldest airline color schemes that you can think of that are still in use. Some that come to mind are American, Alitalia, KLM. Any others you can think of?

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User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

Current LOT`s livery comes from mid 70`s (I think it was introduced in 1976-1977).
Kuba


User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

How about Monarch, and Caledonian before it became JMC

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10818 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

Air China´s livery looks like from the 60s (I know they abolished their communist flag on the tail a decade ago), oldfashioned and ugly. Same about Aeroflots standard livery - it looks even worse.
What about Olympic´s colours? Must be 20 years around or more. Iberia´s paintjob is 20 years old, too (still like it).
And Air France, the grandfather of "white" liveries. A real classic. Over 24 years they changed the typeface only.


User currently offlineLaserjet From New Zealand, joined Apr 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Singapore Airlines have not changed their livery to any dramatic degree for a long time.

User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

You're forgetting about AA.

User currently offlineTRiStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

Ethiopian Airlines' livery dates back to sometime in the Sixties and it really shows - a real classic!



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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

What about Egyptair? When did they adopt their current livery?


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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

AA's been around quite some time with the silver planes. Southwest has had the same colors since 1971.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1480 times:


Hi! I found out that some airlines still use their liveries from many years, let me tell you:

Alitalia - from early 70's
Air France - From mid 70's
Iberia - From 1974
TAP - From 1978
Kuwait Airways - From mid 70's
Ethiopian - From mid 70's
Royal Air Maroc - From early 70's

Those really need to wash their faces, they're getting quite old!!!


User currently offlineB777captain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Everyone forgot about Air India!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineF-WWKH From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

Tristar500 got it: Ethiopian Airlines
It dates back to teh 50s and is -bytheway- still one of the greatest (if not THE) liveries around. It just looks good on every airlines, from Lockheed Herc to Boeing or whatever!!!


User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

What about Aeroflot? Aren't they still flying under same livery after Russia's breakdown?

User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1448 times:
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I didnt forget Air India! As I was about to post, my computer decided to do its own thing   Anyhow, their current livery dates back to their introduction of the 747. Very classy...I dont think ANYONE has done what they have with their windows...totally unique and almost timeless...I think the only thing they need to modernize is the logotype...Something a little more fancier. Otherwise one of the finer whitetop liveries...

If you watch Boeing documentaries on the 747, or in books about 747s, the Air India plane always shows up or is mentioned.

Sammy


User currently offlineJet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Caledonian was only formed in 1988, so their livery wasn't thatold.
Monarch's livery was last modified in 1983, but it originally dates from the early 1970s!!!


User currently offlineKWI From Kuwait, joined Apr 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

in responce to CV990, Kuwait Airways has changed its livery in 1993. take a look at the differnence on this website. look at the livery of a KU 767 and the livery on an A340

hope you see the difference 
KWI






















User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
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Actually, Caledonian was formed in 1961 with a DC-7. Later it changed names to British Caledonian when it merged with British United Airways...then the name Caledonian was brought back as a charter arm of Bristish Airways, BA AirTours. Overall their livery hadnt changed much since the early days...just minor modifications...the lion remained...

Sammy


User currently offlineJet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1431 times:

Caledonian Airways (the last one) was formed in 1988. It was a totally separate venture from the old British Caledonian/Caledonian-BUA/Caledonian company. The aircraft, staff and management were ex-British Airtours and the livery was based on that of British Airways. Granted the lion was kept but that's about it!

This is sort of like the Pan Am situation, would you say Pan Am that operates today was formed in 1999, 1996 or before? They may have the same name as the old airline, and in this case exactly the same livery, but they are not linked.

Here's a few photos of times past;

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Photo © Bruce Highland



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Photo © David Unsworth



Well, that's enough nostalgia for now    
JET SETTER


User currently offlineTWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

AirAfrique has a very old livery. There livery is at least from the early 70s, possibly older. Although dated, I think it has class. Often times changing liveries every 10 years really isn't classy, elegant, or smart. South African's present livery is awful compared to the old classic springbok. EgyptAir, revently redid their livery. It's tail looks more appropriate on the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas, what with the flashy blue. It was insitituted in 1998 I think.

User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

While Delta has updated their paint scheme twice in the past few years, many of their older planes still sport the old livery that was introduce din the 60's.


User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Air India did change their livery in 1989, but reverted back to it in 1993 after customer disapproval.(it was an all white fuselage with a red sash up the tail, with a sun at the top). Other airlines that you may think haven't changed, have 'updated' their livery, but kept the essential identifiers. (you don't think KLM will change the blue fuselage and white tail, do you?)

User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1396 times:
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Pronto, I, among others, try to forget that experimental livery of Air India  

Sammy


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