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User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1188 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

I don't know if this question has a real answer, but I was wondering why airlines are so eagerly heading toward all-white color schemes. In some cases they look elegant, but in most cases they look so bland and dirty. Since the 1990s, most airlines seem to be opting for this minimilist look. Why is this?
Whatever happened to cheat-lines, colorful bellies and engines?

Look at the images of the Gulfair special 50th anniversary schemes on the A330/A340/767s. Now that's what I call a color scheme!

PS talking of color schemes, why do British Airway's 757s have little black rings around their noses? It's not on any of their other jets? I

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User currently onlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8360 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

I do agree that many airlines seem to be doing a white-painted plane with liveries only on the tail and the upper front fuselage of the plane.

It seems the only airlines in 2000 that seem to have colorful liveries (e.g., colors not dominated by white) are:

American Airlines
United Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Midwest Express
Asiana Airways
Korean Airlines
KLM Airlines
Aer Lingus
British Midland Airlines

User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

White paint is cheap! I wish there were a nicer answer but that's it!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months ago) and read 1359 times:

RE: Pmk, I think you're right!
White paint is cheap and so is the quality of service we are getting now on airlines.
I cannot stand all white jets, they are so boring! I cant believe that British Airways and Air Canada went to this color scheme.
My favorite colors are:
American Airlines
Southwest (I used to hate! Now appretiate its uniqueness)
Deltas old and second (not the new one)

My favorite is Olympic Airways A-340

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Photo © Darcy Stevens

Isn't that a beautiful aircraft!

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months ago) and read 1350 times:

If they just went for the money, they´d paint them not at all: less weight - less fuel.

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

hate those white whales , hey ive been wondering about the black rings too, the 737s also have them .

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineTexairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

I wouldn't classify BA as a "white" carrier". There is plenty of color on those birds.

User currently offlinePeter From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

I love the white liveries. I think that they look great.

User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

It's funny, no one ever said anything about Air France with their totally white fuselages, blue lettering and tail emblem. Though I never thought of their livery as boring. Now that there are so many other white-body liveries, Air France just blends in.

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

Sorry to disappoint some of you but have you seen Malaysia Airlines' new paint scheme - all white...

...but they have plumped for a unique royal blue tail which tapers at an odd angle above the rear cabin. Thank go they got rid of that horrid 'Kite' and replaced it with the regal star and crescent - Malaysia's emblem.

Incidently - the kite IS special to Malaysia but somehow MAS managed to distort it into that hideous shape over the years. I DO hope they keep a little kite by the doors...as its a local symbol of perpetual flight.

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Yeah and what about Air Canada and their white fuselage, red letters, and maple leaf on black backround.
I prefer the old Air Canada with the encircled maple leaf and broad red cheatlines.

Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1262 times:

That Air Canada background on the tail is dark green, not black. All the same, I find that AC's scheme is very attractive and I prefer it to the old one. It is simple yet very classy.

White planes are not necessarily ugly as long as some sort of thought goes into their tail emblem, cheatlines or even the lettering. BWIA's new Dash 8s, for example, are white with the old BWIA logo on the tail, pink on the dorsal tail fairing, green on the nacelles and the "BWee Express" lettering in pink. All in all, a very beautiful scheme.


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineEvilboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

Anything beats Southwests paint job. Those Southwest planes look like big flying pieces of hippie dog poop. They even had a unique paint scheme that flew into the airport the other day, it looked like a giant flying "hotdog"

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