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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6681 times:

Gosh...to go back to the 1980's and early 1990's...

For you young folks today who drool over the likes of JetBlue, "New" United, "New" Northwest, plus the seemingly endless supply of all white fuselages with a blue or grey stripe on the tail....

well those of us who experienced the Old Days will forgive you for simply not knowing better.


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User currently offlineBriboy From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6623 times:

You want colour? Here is some colour Canadian style:


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

You know, I could almost tolerate the "You can have any color you want...as long as it's white." (to horribly misquote Henry Ford) mentality if it weren't for the endless sea of frigging Airline Blue cablins.

I don't know that I could tell you the difference between a Northwest, United, Delta, American, or Continental aircraft unless I had seen the outside of the thing before boarding.

Yes, Blue is "soothing". I'm not asking for scarlet-red cabins (though it would look kinda cool) just some variety. Maybe a little green, or a different shade of blue. Maybe even just change the color of the carpet. Something. Anything. (Just not leather, please.)

I've seen pictures of cabins from the 60s and 70s, so I know it's possible to get the seats in colors other than "Airline Drab Blue Check".

Lincoln



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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6585 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 2):
Yes, Blue is "soothing". I'm not asking for scarlet-red cabins (though it would look kinda cool) just some variety. Maybe a little green, or a different shade of blue. Maybe even just change the color of the carpet. Something. Anything. (Just not leather, please.)

On Delta's aircraft with the refurbished interior, Delta has been changing the bulkheads from the dark blue with stripes to a light gray. What is also interesting is the color of the PSU. Delta's newer aircraft, including the 767-400ER, 777-200ER, 737-800, and newer 757-200s have all-white PSUs. On Delta's older 757s with the refurbished interior, they have replaced the brown PSUs with gray ones. On many of the MD-88s with the refurbished interior, the black PSUs have also been replaced with gray ones.

I remember my first Delta 767-300 flight in 1996, and the aircraft had a mixture of red and orange seats. Now on the 767-300s with the refurbished interior, they are all blue leather.



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User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 1):
You want colour? Here is some colour Canadian style:

CP Air orange was the best c/s ever. It looked good on every a/c it was painted on.


User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1555 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6551 times:

hrm... where has all the color gone, you ask, and you show mostly planes that were Orange and Red... seems they just traded one pair of colors for another to me.


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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

Here was some good color:

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and this is what we have today:

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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6494 times:

You like color?

Here you go:  Smile


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User currently offline3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6460 times:


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User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6277 times:

BN was always colorful. I went out to DFW a couple days after they shutdown. To see all those jets crammed in around 2W was sad, but also pretty. Very bright. Too bad airlines don't do more varied c/s like that anymore.

User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

Yes the worse offender of the no colour colour scheme is Star Alliance....
I mean it was sort of okay with all the airline participant logos running down the fuselage....But now.....it looks like they found a giant typewriter and sinply took a whgite fuselage and typed it out in black...Then thet hideous black and great logo...Come on guys...
And yes, they endless sea of Whitye fuselages with ew mediocre loho and large block titles....Whoopdee doo....
Some one forgot to post a colour scheme that I think is cool and that is of Wizz Air.....reminds me if Purple and Pink Jelly beans....
United should have put some red and orange back into their variation of blue....would have looked much better. Delta could have done better than thet weird tail....
the new USAirways....Dont like it much....it still looks too "Stephen Wolf"......Matter factly so does the new United.....
Therer seems to be a total lack of green in colour schemes.......Can you al tell I miss Ozark!?!?!?!
I think that people need to start designing paint schemes and stop letting the computers do it.....

Access-Air



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User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5403 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6186 times:

Styles change. Today "hot" colors are out and "cool" colors are in. This will change, just stick around a while.


I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6079 times:

Well....The I guess from the look of it, that White is "White Hot", right?????

I would love to see the Lufthansa Retro scheme RE-Introduced onto their entire fleet!!! Imagine that!!!!

Would love to see the old Dark Blue and Gold Speedbird logo back on British Airways.

Delta and their Wavey Gravy Tail has to go....

Northwest really should reconsider their "nwa" and fix that wrong pointing logo on the right side of their planes....

USairways needs to think of something a little less....how should I say, not too original? Can we say Liesure Air colours with a few fancy highlights? Or the original Presidential Airways that flew BAe146s and B737s.....Lets go back to the drawing boards boys...

Mexicana's new colours or should I say the lack thereof???

Continental is due for a new one too.....and not some new wavy computer generated crap...

Id like to see the use of cheatlines and silver bellies again.....Black noses and black visors.....

AirTran needs to go back to the cream colour...That White makes the Teal Red and Blue look gross....

Jet Blue, they need to not look so Jet Generic.....

Southwest is okay although Id love to see that Blue section also substituted for some green too...A green that compliments the gold and orange not a baby shit or puke colour...

And the list goes on, but I wont....

Access-Air



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User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6015 times:

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
For you young folks today who drool over the likes of JetBlue, "New" United, "New" Northwest, plus the seemingly endless supply of all white fuselages with a blue or grey stripe on the tail....

well those of us who experienced the Old Days will forgive you for simply not knowing better.

Well, things change. Just move on.
I like airCal livery, but I also like the actual United!
I don't like the old (70's) NW, but I like the new one!

So, it's all about personal taste, not about age.

Do I want to see an airplane in pink and magenta? no, thanks.

Do I want the interior of the airplane all in yellow,brown,red and lime green? ...no.

Do I want a flight attendant wearing hot pants and knee high boots? ...well, yes  Sad


usadreamliner


User currently offlineCoyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5960 times:

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
Where Did All The Color Go?

The same place as all the service?


User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5863 times:

Thanks for putting "some color back" ..man you guys are cool.

I'm drooling at the elegance of that Pacific Western 767.

And that is nothing.. all the colorful Latin, African and European color schemes that today are nothing but ugly white flying pills, with the obligatory blue engines and tail. gnasher 


User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5660 times:

Speaking of color...........

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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4247 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5499 times:

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 16):
Speaking of color...........

Not to be rude, but that looks like graffiti to me. I know it is "different", perhaps even "interesting", but it doesn't appeal to me very strongly.

I should also point out that all white color schemes (and better yet, polished metal) also have a savings when it comes to an airline's bottom line. With jet fuel pushing $65 per barrel (sometimes more, sometimes less), saving a few hundred pounds in paint is a no-brainer. Also, lighter colors (and again, polished metal) are better are reflecting the heat in hot climates, keeping the cabin cooler. Not to mention that there is an added expense in maintaining busy patterns such as the older Ecuatoriana livery or Singapore's Megatop livery from a few years back, but it probably costs more to clean an all-white aircraft (ahem, Air France).

Mostly white color schemes doesn't have to mean boring, in my opinion. There are some that I think are classy and professional by the lack of their overtly flamboyant color schemes - CO & BA come to mind. I suppose that any livery becomes "boring" when you see it a thousand times a day at any given megahub.

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 2):
I don't know that I could tell you the difference between a Northwest, United, Delta, American, or Continental aircraft unless I had seen the outside of the thing before boarding.

This is true - but I'll take blue/gray over the crazy cabin colors of the 1970s.



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 16):
Speaking of color...........

That's when airlines used to let real artists!!! instead of blah blah marketing firms headed by Photoshop Joe design airplanes. My favorite special liveries of all time right there if I had to pick one.. now.. out of those 4 which one do I pick?!?

Quoting Richierich (Reply 17):
Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 16):
Speaking of color...........

Not to be rude, but that looks like graffiti to me. I know it is "different", perhaps even "interesting", but it doesn't appeal to me very strongly.

We understand you brother, your slightly younger and grew up in a different, more boring era  Wink in our opinion  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5307 times:

COLOR?

I believe we fellas at CO have a nice solution for that.


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That scheme, is as The Wu Tang Clan would say, "Aint Nuthin Ta Fuck Wit".  Wink



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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

Quoting COIAH756CA (Reply 19):
That scheme, is as The Wu Tang Clan would say, "Aint Nuthin Ta Fuck Wit".

Quite honestly, I think that aircraft looks like it was taxiing past a paint factory that exploded more than a planned out scheme.

But it is certainly a pleasant bit of color.

(On a related note, anyone near Cleveland/Beechwood, OH it looks like there's going to be a Peter Max exhibit this weekend)

Lincoln Big grin



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User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5128 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 20):
Quite honestly, I think that aircraft looks like it was taxiing past a paint factory that exploded more than a planned out scheme.

That's what's so great about it.



Long live Denver-STAPLETON. RIP the old and best KDEN
User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1090 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5086 times:

Re: Cabin colors... TK have a pink shade now..

I love the old schemes , and I say old as Im only 24 and I cant remember the previous vintage schemes shown above.. I have flown on my fair share of vintage airliners and one of my personal schemes was the old all red and white AC scheme with the red maple..

I do also admit their is a lot of white about... too much infact..
but thats not everyone:

COLORS OF TODAY:


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Nice eh ??

Seems to me that yes theirs a lot of white out their but their sure is a lot of color...
I think its simply a fact that you dont always see these nice colorful birds at your local airport but in fact see a lot of birds that are more white..


User currently offlineIrobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5053 times:

Air Canada did try and revive a funky color scheme with their "Zip" discount carrier a few years ago. That Helvetic F100 reminded me of them. Saw them flying into London CYXU a few times. 737-200s if I remember correctly. They might be still out in Mojave.

User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 18):
Not to be rude, but that looks like graffiti to me. I know it is "different", perhaps even "interesting", but it doesn't appeal to me very strongly.

We understand you brother, your slightly younger and grew up in a different, more boring era in our opinion

Hey, no problem Richie. You can't help it if you are dull.


25 Post contains links and images Mandala499 : Did I hear you guys scream COLOURS???? As one who is fortunate enough to enjoy the old colourful days, and still able to experience the more colourful
26 Richierich : I may not be as young as you think. Dull, no. Practical, yes. Next time, might I suggest actually quoting me instead of quoting a person who quoted m
27 Post contains images MIAMIx707 : Continental has one of the most boring liveries ever for a US major. Peter Max doesn't count, it's only one plane (seen only in a few airports) You g
28 LTBEWR : I believe that the simplier, white dominated paint schemes are the idea of the image makers to make these airlines look 'professional'; that they are
29 Richierich : I should also point out that when BA went to their World Liveries schemes, with several very intricately different tail designs, they received nothing
30 MIAMIx707 : No doubt Indonesia and the rest of Asia is where's at right now if you want to see airlines whose fleets are painted in attractive paintschemes (not
31 Access-Air : The key word in the above statement is "CHEAT LINES." They simply dont exist anymore....There is no personality in airline colours..... Quite a snobb
32 Noelg : I think it's quite funny that while today we talk about all the "Eurowhite" colour schemes, in the olden days were people talking about all the orang
33 Post contains images MIAMIx707 : There's nothing wrong with cheatlines. They give the plane more elegance, make it look more sleek, and most importantly: less boring! But for some re
34 Access-Air : Thats why I said that......I love and miss cheatlines......I also miss seeing black noses and black visors..... My guess the reason for al the "EUROW
35 MIAMIx707 : same here... one of the few airlines to keep the dark nose today is Malev. Visors look pretty cool also.
36 Post contains images ThereAndBack : You're not the only one who thinks that...I don't understand how anyone can confuse turquoise with pink! Now you can see there is no pink shade in TK
37 Richierich : Sorry Access-Air, that was not my best reply ever. It just seems that all some people do on this site is pine for the good old days (when flying was
38 Post contains images BEYBOS : more color = more fuel high fuel prices = less colorful aircraft i guess that answer u r question
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