John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 6 Posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
Sort of update it a bit, to better reflect the combination of UA/US? Do you think UA would keep the US Airways stylized flag? I personally hope they get away from that drab grey fuselage. The US Airways colors definitely have a more classier look. But, then again, my opinion is very biased. All UA would have to do is reverse the colors from bottom to top, top to bottom. I think we can put this to the test, during the transition (interim) period, when they slap a United sticker on the former US Airways' aircraft. Can anyone picture this, right now? Hmmm. Anyone have any thoughts they might like to add?
Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 683 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1070 times:
I do not think United will keep, nor modify the stylistic flag of US Airways. An altered United livery sounds like a strong possibility, given the large number of aircraft that need to be painted. I happen to totally love the orange, red, blue stripe combo, and the imfamous United "U" on the tail. These are United trademakrs, and wil stay no matter what, in my opinion. I thinka reversal of colors on the fuselage would be a nice idea: dark blue on top, and grey on the bottom, with he tri-color strip between. Grey tail with a larger "U".
Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 999 times:
Before the merger, UA had already planned to update the livery in a few years to reflect the new U N I T E D titling now being seen on UA-related publications. From a UA design team representative whom I asked about a week before the merger announcement:
"Usually airline identity programs start with painting the plane and then making everything else match. In UA's
program we are changing all the things customers come in contact with first, then we'll change the livery as final indication that a true and meaningful transformation has taken place. That said, we don't plan to make any livery changes for few years."
Now, though, I would expect a livery change to be made once the DoJ approves the merger and US is formally merged with UA next year.
Imkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 983 times:
I envision a tale with a dark blue to light blue to white gradient, with an embossed/embedded cut-off "U" as you see an all their printed publications now. I predict that the fueselage will be solid, royal (i.e. lighter than Navy) Blue on the bottom, and a navy blue or black thick band of cheatline starting above the door where the red/orange/blue used to be on UA planes and white/red used to be on the US Airways planes, and a white top with large black block letters U N I (funky T) E D a la Delta and the classic United "U" in red and blue next to the name. The engines would also be royal blue. For a visual hint at my idea, surf over to united.com and take a look at the coloring there!
Texairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 963 times:
I think United's current livery already looks like a transition livery. Explain how an airline with red, royal blue, and orange has aircraft that are predominantly dark/midnight blue and grey? The "U" on the tail looks totally out of place to me. I think they need to go back to the 80's livery.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10052 posts, RR: 12 Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 954 times:
United grey/blue - looks nice. Its different, looks somewhat classy to me.
It only doesn´t wheather very good. I saw a shiny 747-400 next to a very dirty 777 with faded colours last weekend. But even that looked special next to Continentals more boring brandnew 777.
But United should keep its outstanding livery, its still fresh, I like the typeface - nothing´s wrong about it.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 946 times:
I've always hated that gray "grim reaper" paint scheme. The design team should have at least incorporated the sweeping "U" next to the UNITED AIRLINES titling. This would've brought a little color to that otherwise depressingly drab fuselage. What was Stephen Wolf thinking when he went with that hideous design? Although I realize the Company needed to update its image, I still miss the old cheery & bright white fuselage of the 70s & 80s.
Whatever they change it to (if they change it at all) couldn't be any worse than what we see now.
Asdf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 947 times:
How is the change I suggested going to make United's livery into Continental's? Continental has a white body with dark blue text, and a light gray bottom. The one I suggested has a white body with dark blue text. Everything else stays the same, which means that United's planes will keep the dark blue bottom, which Continental's planes do not have. I think the change would make their planes look alot like those of British Airways. Sorry if I didn't make myself clear.
ORD From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1371 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 947 times:
United no longer uses the orange, red and blue (except for the thin stripes on the planes). Those aren't their colors, and haven't been seen January 1993. That's your explanation as to why everything is gray and dark blue. It's called change.