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User currently offlineBA84 From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 418 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1905 times:
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Which of the world's legacy carriers has kept their original livery to this day?
If none, which airline has retained their livery without changes for the longest time? Lufthansa, Air France, American?

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User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

The tail of AA been the same for a long time...

AC maple leaf been there for ever....


User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4028 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Quoting BA84 (Thread starter):
Which of the world's legacy carriers has kept their original livery to this day?
If none, which airline has retained their livery without changes for the longest time? Lufthansa, Air France, American?

AA has had the same since 1968.
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User currently offlineHBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Probably almost every airline that wears the country flag as a tail logo kept it and is still keeping it with very little changes. I can think of AF and SR LX

User currently offlineFL370 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

i think southwest airlines has had the same livery since the opening day. the design has been the same, just the new blue is the change.

User currently offlineBroocy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

AA has remained unchanged since 1968, as already pointed out. (Good on them too, I think it looks timeless and distinctive!)

I think that except for Air France, as mentioned above, the designs of airlines like WN, AC and SR have changed, especially on the fuselage. For instance, AC has changed from an encircled, angular Maple leaf on a red tail with silver, red and white fuselage to a organic looking one on green dots.

Iberia's has been around unchanged since the 1970's, as has Alitalia's. Singapore Airlines has had a minor make-over of it's original 1970's livery, but the basic design is virtually identical to the design that took flight in 1972. While it is not unchanged, I think the variations are minor in comparison to other airline livery changes.

Other designs still around that are more than 20 years old are Qantas, Royal Jordanian, ANA and Malaysian.


User currently offlineSmokescreen From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

Air India's earliest jetliner photo on the db is a 707 from 1960 and the livery looks pretty much identical to todays 777's. They experimented with a different scheme in the late '80's or early '90's, but it was abandoned in the face of popular opposition.

As with the other "oldies but goodies" mentioned above, I hope these classy colours fly for many more years!


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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4747 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

Quoting Broocy (Reply 5):
Iberia's has been around unchanged since the 1970's, as has Alitalia's.

Alitalia's was introduced in 1969 to celebrate the May 1970 arrival of their first 747-143 "Neil Armstrong"



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User currently offlineORDTerminal1 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

I kinda wish AA would drop the A's on each side of the eagle, and enlarge the eagle itself. IMO it would look alot classier.


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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11451 posts, RR: 61
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Quoting BA84 (Thread starter):
Which of the world's legacy carriers has kept their original livery to this day?

That distincition would go to AA, which currently has the oldest, completely un-altered livery in the world, going on 38 years old.


User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2915 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 1523 times:

Quoting ORDTerminal1 (Reply 8):
I kinda wish AA would drop the A's on each side of the eagle, and enlarge the eagle itself. IMO it would look alot classier.

I agree. I love AA's simple livery. However I think they could update the font on the American letters on the side.

Nonetheless it is timeless.


User currently offlineRobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1443 times:
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AA may have a livery that has longevity, but it is certainly nothing like their original livery from TriMotor and DC3 days.

I believe that the answer to the OP's question is NONE. No legacy carrier flies in their original livery.


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