AL From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2 Posted (15 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
CX747 mentioned in another topic that KL currently have the "record" of longest life of a paint scheme. The current two tone blue came into effect in the early 80's or very very late 70's from memory - certainly well after Tenerife in '77.
I would have thought AA held the title with the current three stripe cheatline and the stylised eagle between the A and A on the tail having been introduced in 1969.
Yep - 30 this year !! My info could be wrong and it is talking of another AA design very very similar to their current one. Anyone clarify for sure?
Hmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (15 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
I concur. The oldest surviving livery scheme of a major airline would probably be AA's scheme. I wish I could tell you when the current scheme was first introduced, but I know that the older lightning bolt scheme was still around in 1971. Although, as you know, airlines can spend several years to process all their aircraft through the paint shop.
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Montenegro From Italy, joined May 1999, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
That is a good question. I'd like to direct your attention on the ALITALIA livery that is well doing since the 70-es, I think that THAI and SINGAPORE has long-living livery.
It is a strange thing some of them after all this time seams so up-to date.
AL From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
SQ can be dismissed as a competitor as thay have had a few minor variations over the years such as different style cheatline, a different gold colour added etc. Delta can also be dismissed as they are several months into a change of livery. So we are down to AZ AA WN and TG. Any more takers ??!!! :-))
TAAG747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
I have heard that Etiopian Airlines is the oldest continuously used livery around. Check out photo ID 28579 on this site. This is a true classic and it looks like it has been around for 30 years or more.