Aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2838 posts, RR: 4 Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
Aircraft liveries have such a big influence on how we perceive airlines and the planes they fly. So without offending any AirTran fans, I have to say it is the most god-awful thing I think I have ever seen on an aeroplane. The 717 is a nice looking aircraft, but in those colours - arrrggghhh!!!!
Having only seen AirTran planes in photos, I'd love to know, is it that bad in person?
FrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
The Tan body is different than all of the airlines of today. If You noticed, Delta also picked the tan for their 757s. So they must think Tan is not that bad or they would not have picked it. I think the A is okay. Not the best, but it is not ugly at all in person. Also. The way to tell a 717 from a DC-9s is to look at the tail. The 717 has a squarer tail. Just a point of interest I thought I would share.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
I like the present AirTran livery, but the original AirTran (prior to the ValuJet merger) was one of the best schemes I have ever seen. I wish they would've kept that one and used it one the DC-9's and 717's. the only modification I would have considered would be using the present font on the old color scheme and getting rid of the old "sun" logo and replacing it with the "A" that is seen today. The paint scheme itself would have remained the same.
Golfhaus From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
Ehhh... AirTran flies into our airport, so I see their planes a lot. I'm not a fan of the way they look. With all the white-bodies out there, the cream/tan color doesn't make it stand out so much as it just makes the plane look dirty.
Panther From Bahamas, joined Jun 2000, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2110 times:
Airtran's livery is very nice, and yes, the livery prior to the merger was excellent. What was flashmeister talking about, Delta choosing tan for their 75's? I don't know why Delta would have singled out a particular aircraft model with its own scheme.
N-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2102 times:
I love AirTran's current livery, but nothing can ever replace my beloved Critter (sniff) .
Still, I think the current livery looks sleek and well-designed. BTW- while the tail is a good indicator of DC-9 vs. B717, I just look at the engines. JT8Ds don't have logos of Rolls Royce and BMW on them, and they certainly aren't high-bypass!
TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2094 times:
I like AirTran's livery a lot actually. It has a nice, clean, ungaudy look to it that is miles more professional than that stupid cartoon on Valujet. The whole livery change really signified an update and refousing of teh airline. Where cartoon painted planes flew cheap paying pax on vacations in an all coach layout, the new 717s fly thrifty businessmen in a 2 class layout. The livery update reflected the airline's entire operations update. Despite the Valuejet crash (which wasn't entirely the airline's fault) I am very impressed with the ATL based airline. They have fought it out well with DL, lowering fares and providing a low cost last minute alternative to FL and PA travellers. Frontier does the same with similar quality. Bravo to both!