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User currently offlineAnthonyspider From Australia, joined May 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4843 times:

Haven't checked database but was wondering what the oldest liveries were going around? After all the QF vs. SIA stuff going around here in AUS i just wondered how old the SIA livery was? Out of the major airlines SIA would have to be one of the oldest i believe?

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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

I think AA's is even older. I belive their current livery is from the 60's? But I'm sure my american friends know that better than me.
Iberia's livery has been around a while as well, as is Alitalia's, but I don't know the date of introduction.
Of course SIA's livery was modified slightly, the yellow becoming gold.



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User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

I think that AA have the oldest livery - definitely intoduced in the 60's. Also Iberia - introduced in 1977. Indian Airlines don't seem to have changed at all over in 30 years or so, either !

User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8579 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4795 times:
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Quoting EurofleetLHR (Reply 2):
Indian Airlines don't seem to have changed at all over in 30 years or so, either !

Indian have just introduced a new livery a few weeks ago - new a/c are being delivered with it



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User currently offlineEmrecan From Turkey, joined Feb 2000, 940 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

TK has the same tail livery since 1967. I am not sure about the exact time but I have photo album of TK and there is a pic of DC7 having the same tail that TK using today.
In 1967 pic , the colour of the plane is same as today's retro A320 of TK.

This is what I know, any info is appreciated..

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User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4728 times:

I think Olympic have one of the oldest liveries. Over the years there have only been slight variations like lighter/darker blues but the overall scheme has stayed the same.


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User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 702 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4669 times:

In europe, AF IB, both been around nearly 30 years.

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User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 4641 times:

What about AI?

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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11752 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 4632 times:

I believe AA's is still the oldest in continuous use, having been introduced in 1968 and having undergone no change at all since then.

[Edited 2006-02-23 14:36:43]

User currently offlineCessnaLady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 4580 times:

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What about KL? They've been "like that" since I can remember...

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User currently offlineNycfly75 From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 760 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 4552 times:

Dont forget Alitalia! Been around since the 70s I believe..Looked great then looks great now!

User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 4525 times:

Quoting Nycfly75 (Reply 10):
Dont forget Alitalia! Been around since the 70s I believe..Looked great then looks great now!

I agree, that one hit the jackpot. It's from 1969, and was done for the 747 introduction. It's a Landor design I believe and it's hard to imagine improving on it.

AA's present livery is from the same year, but (trivia bit) was never applied to the BAC 111, even though AA continued to fly them until 1972. Also, no 990s in that scheme either Sad.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 4508 times:

I remember reading in a recent Airliners or Airways magazine that Air India's livery is one of the oldest going around. It was changed somewhere along the line but then they reverted to the original livery.

These photos, taken nearly 40 years apart, show the similarities

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User currently offlineMartin21 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 4458 times:

Quoting CessnaLady (Reply 9):
What about KL? They've been "like that" since I can remember...

Nope, there have been several different paintjobs over the years.


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User currently offlineGearup380 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 85 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 4344 times:

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 5):
I think Olympic have one of the oldest liveries. Over the years there have only been slight variations like lighter/darker blues but the overall scheme has stayed the same.

They just introduced a modernized paint scheme


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User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

Quoting Gearup380 (Reply 14):
They just introduced a modernized paint scheme

You're right, never noticed that but I suppose it's still the same except they've taken the cheatline away. Don't know if that's any better but mind you with the financial difficulties they've got I don't suppose they can afford something totally different. Would love to see Olympic become the flag carrier Greece deserves.

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User currently offlineSR100 From UK - England, joined Dec 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Until recently, Ethopian's livery was the winner, having introduced it in the 50s. Since they have changed to the modernized all white livery, I assume AA is the winner.
Another long lasting contestant was Varig, but they also changed their livery and have modified it several times since.

There is a picture of an American B720 with the current livery from 1968 around, when they first applied the new - current - livery to an aircraft. For some reasons, just the eagle above the AA was missingon the tail.

In Europe, KLM and Alitalia were the first to introduce a new livery with the introduction of the B747 in 1970/71. Air France and Iberia were much later. KLM didn't have the all light blue top when they introduced the B747.

In my understanding, Olympic's livery changed many times, either the color from a very dark, almost black blue to the lighter blues, then they added and removed different colors.

If you look at the current retro A320 of Turkish Airlines, then the logo might be the same, but not the livery! This might be another threat, which are the longest lasting logos around - I guess Lufthansa...

Same with Air India. With the introduction of the B747 they went to this unique, maharaja palace inspired livery, which they wanted to change some years ago. They had a couple of aircrafts in the new livery already - acutally quite similar to the new Indian Airlines livery from the conceptional idea - but then they had to change it back to the current one.
Again, that would be another threat, who introduced a new livery and then got back to the old one? A few airlines did trials with new liveries, like Air Canada right now, or Lufthansa in the early 90s, or SAS in the early 80s...



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User currently offline0A340 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 4095 times:

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 15):
Quoting Gearup380 (Reply 14):
They just introduced a modernized paint scheme

You're right, never noticed that but I suppose it's still the same except they've taken the cheatline away.

This specific frame was once painted with the subsidiary's "Makedonian" livery.
There are a few more -leased- and two more (-C & -D) frames that were painted with the special Olympic Games livery, which lasted for about a year.
They are not part of any livery-reconsideration livery, just part of 'saving a few bucks' effort. Also, the B717's still carry the aviation livery (white tail etc)


User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting 0A340 (Reply 17):

I thought those regs reminded of something. I remember seeing them years ago in ATH in the Macedonian and the one in Olympic games colours. If i remember rightly the leased ones don't have any IFE at all and are slightly different inside to the rest of the OA 737s. Also they removed the "Aviation" titles from the 717s but you're right they do still carry the aviation livery.

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User currently offlineOwlEye From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 961 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

Quoting Martin21 (Reply 13):
I remember reading in a recent Airliners or Airways magazine that Air India's livery is one of the oldest going around. It was changed somewhere along the line but then they reverted to the original livery.

Air India is in the middle of a re-branding process right now.

An airline which did not change livery since a very long time is Air Mauritius. The company was erected June 14, 1967 as an agent for foreign airline companies. Air Mauritius had its very first flight September 13, 1972 with a Piper Navajo (6 pax) to its sister island Rodrigues. I'm not sure if this Navajo had already the paint design which Air Mauritius still has today.

In 2005 I flew with Air Mauritius from Paris to Mauritius and the current aircraft paint design did not 'feel outdated'. The Air Mauritius aircraft paint design is a classic but 'still going strong' but I can imagine the airline could concider a re-vitalization sooner or later.

http://www.air-mauritius.de/home/files/pressebilder/anflug_mauritius.jpg

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User currently offlineLhrmaccoll From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 3288 times:

If you look at the delivery photos of some of the Air India 747s (early ones) and look at them as they are retired 20-30 years later, you question whether it has actually had more than 1 paint job...
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User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 3085 times:

Quoting EurofleetLHR (Reply 2):
Indian Airlines don't seem to have changed at all over in 30 years or so, either !


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7415 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Quoting SR100 (Reply 16):
In Europe, KLM and Alitalia were the first to introduce a new livery with the introduction of the B747 in 1970/71. Air France and Iberia were much later

Since it was in formed in October 1933, Air France changed its livery only once ! though minor adjustement were made all along its history.

The first "change" occured in the late 50's, when the top of the aircraft, previously bare metal, were painted in white :


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The only biggest change occured in January 1976, when Air France introduced a complete new livery with the inauguration of the first commercial Concorde Flight. The first aircraft to operate a commercial flight with this new livery was Concorde F-BVFA on January 21st 1976, AF085 CDG-DKR-GIG.

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In the mid 90's, AF tested a modified colorscheme, with a grey cheatline, that was finally not adopted.


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