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New Colors For American Airlines  
User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Of the airlines in the United States nothing will be more difficult to change then the American Airlines scheme. I have read many threads regarding the scheme should never be changed, although a few beleive a change is due. Once American announced they were refurbishing the interior and orders for new planes, I was thinking the exterior will soon follow. I beleive the day will come eventually. Only when is the question.

So to help you brainstorm about this new scheme, I created a brand new website for enhanced planes. Inside is a new fantasy scheme for American Airlines. I created the scheme based on what people have staited before..."Keep the cheatline"..."I liked the retro look". Don't worry, a new scheme doesn't mean you have to get rid of the bare metal fusulage. That was the most popular request, "No white whale." Enjoy!

http://ryefly.tripod.com

After seeing it answer this. Has the time come for American to head to the paint shop or should they continue service for many more years with what they have?

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Hmmmm... I don't quite like the tail. The red/white/blue cheatline is not the most important thing, but some sort of cheatline. You need to keep the double A's and eagle though.

I do like your improved AC livery... the painted belly makes a world of difference.



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4776 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

For the new AA scheme, I think the tail is 80s-looking...I just don't like that font on the new AA scheme.

But the Air Canada one with the dark belly and winglets looks fantastic! Seriosuly...that makes the airplane look SO much better. You should really submit this to Mr. Milton (CEO of Air Canada).


User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

I like it becuase its a change.. I think their scheme is great but its dated.. keep the silver for some reason yours screams Flying Tigers @ me.. dont know why.. I like the painted belly how bout a differnt stylized eagle then the one they use now or better yet bring back the retro egal.. I think everyone loved the retro 757 maybe a red white and blue lgihting bolt with a new AA on the tell or a deltaflotish ameircan flag draped over the tell.. nah thats 2 much what i want to see is some more airtran planes concorde 747 Fokker 100 a320 etc

User currently offlineEraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

I've always like the Pan Am colors, but it really has not changed since the '60's and is not the same airline.. What about the tail in the same Pan Am blue painted solid, with the globe insignia reversed in white?

User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Thanks for your comments. I will take them into consideration if I improve further with this scheme. I tried the zig zag stripe as the retro scheme had but with todays colors and it just didn't look good. As for the tail. I tried about 5 different versions including a modern eagle logo but settled with what you see. I am sure I could have done better although it will begin to grow on you the more you look at it. If I come up with something I just can't resist the change will be made. I am happy with the rest of the plane however.

User currently offlineCOexERJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

I love the DC Air paint job with the Washington Monument on the tail. That is awesome!!!

User currently offlineStratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Good job   The AA one looks good in a retro sort of way... for me anyway. I vote for a change. If enough talents were gathered, they can certainly come up with a modern livery that contains all the favorable elements (bare metal, etc).

The SAS 744 is exactly as I'd imagined... that livery looks best on a 744. AC with the belly looks great.

The JetBlue 767 works great... Have you guys seen JetBlue's own interpretation of their livery on stratocruiser and DC-6 (I think?) If not, check out their e-postcards.

Not making requests here, but I've been fantasizing about a modern interpretation of Braniff's ultra scheme. Thought I'd share  


User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

they should go for silver paint like Virgin Atlantic, and fly the American flag on the tail, a stylised version ofcourse 


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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

I would rather keep the current scheme as it looks fine to me. Silver colour..... Cool!

Furthermore, it has been around for some time I suppose.


User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

I don't know whether someone already pointed it out, but it kinda looks like Eastern Air Lines to me.... what with the cheatline running up the tail.

That said, I think it looks too dated. How about a little something slightly more 'chic'??

FLY DELTA JETS and sail UNITED STATES LINES



N 8 6 3 D A


User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Actually, i quite like the AA livery, even though it looks a little dated.

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

Horrible suggestion. The old livery is cool and isn't dated at all.

ContinentalEWR


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3032 times:


Hi! I like the way you did those changes, nice work and it's always nice to imagine how airliners will like in some airlines, so congratulations!
About AA well they are unique, no matter we love it or hate it they will always carry on with the metal theme, that's why I like them!!! Perhaps if you not put so many colours it will look great, in my opinion it looks like a south american livery, but it's not bad at all!
By the way, could you think of doeing kinda of revision to my country airline TAP/Air Portugal?
Thanks a lot!


User currently offlineFlybulldog From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

I think American is one of the best looking schemes around. I wouldn't change a thing!

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4488 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

Dear RyeFly,

Great fantasy schemes....especially the AirTran A340 and Eastern 777. Nice work. I for one hope *never* to see a plane with DC Air on it, although the scheme you propose is pretty good. Reminds me of Frontier...perhaps various DC monuments and buildings on tails?

However, American's existing scheme is timeless. It looks as world-class and up-to-date on a 777 today as it did on a 707 in 1970. The scheme you propose also lacks the eagle; 'letters-only' schemes rarely look good, AirTran's being an exception.

Jim K.
Washington, DC


User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

I agree with Continental EWR..The current AA scheme is still crisp, clean, classic and looks good.

However, If it WERE to be changed I think you are on the correct track. Maybe a white tail with red & blue A's? Just a thought.


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Well, if you want to go really retro, how about doing the tail using the old AA flag pictured on this 1941 timetable cover with the same blue background?

Of course, this would probably look better on a white fuselage, maybe with a blue stripe above and below the windows and "American" in red. It seems most people want to stick to the bare-metal look, though.

BTW, even though I like Continental's current livery and don't want to see them change it, I did kind of like your fantasy scheme for them. That black, white and gold looked pretty classy, IMO.

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineHamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2735 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

Ryefly,

Great work, as always. Although I agree with those that said AA's scheme should be kept as is, its nice to see something different every once and awhile.

Now, a suggestion; How about an A340 in the Qantas livery? It seems this is now pretty much a done deal anyhow.

Hamlet69



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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

As far as AA goes, I think I'd streamline the cheatline a bit - have it narrower, running the length of the fuselage, not stopping short of the tail - and change the script for the lettering for a more modern look. But truly, it's one of the best-looking classic liveries out there and could just as well be left as is.  

User currently offlineAF-A319 From France, joined Oct 1999, 603 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Congratluation! Great Job

User currently offlineEyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2978 times:
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Overall I like the proportioning of the scheme, but I think there is too much blue. Maybe it is because of engines .... I'd like to see more balance with the red and white like there is now. It would also be neat to have a larger AA Eagle (or maybe a more stylized version of it) somewhere.

Nice mock-up.

EyeSky


User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2972 times:



This is a great website. The SAS 744 looks great, as does the Air Canada modified color scheme. They should adopt it! (and pay you a ton of money!)

But something seems wrong with United's A-330. Are the doors correct ?


User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Thanks everyone for your interest. If I come up with something better for American I will post it for ya.

AT. wow very good. The United A330 is actually a 767-300 texture maped onto the Airbus. So it has 767 doors.


User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

A fantasy scheme for Air Portugal (TAP) was also added

25 Exnonrev : Regardless of how much folks try to tinker with it, AA's 1968 scheme still looks better than anything I've seen so far. RyeFly - Your CO 777 looks awe
26 PhilB : As far as I'm concerned, they ought to revert to the late 1950s scheme - and it works on modern airliners with non mettalic surfaces. The B757 in the
27 DCA-ROCguy : Dear All, The American mid-1960s scheme is very attractive--the late '50s red lightning bolt on bare metal, but with the white globe encircled by red,
28 CV990 : Hi RyeFly! Thanks for adding TAP fantasy livery, I like it, at least is more stricking then the present one, the red gives a lot o life to the airpla
29 747-451 : Love the stripes. Only thing I would maybe change is the AA on the tail--use the old one. But you are real close to the mark! "way cool"
30 747-451 : Love the stripes. Only thing I would maybe change is the AA on the tail--use the old one. But you are real close to the mark! "way cool"
31 PhilB : The Mohawk BAC 1-11s were exquisite. I saw them at Hurn on the production line and outside in the sun. Probably my favourite scheme of all time but th
32 777kicksass : They should either go back to their funky lightning colours (a 757 was painted like that for some reason and it looked great), or go for a completely
33 Jaysit : Loved the DELTA colors !! Not too gung-ho on the AA colors though. Looks a bit like a Junior league Baseball team logo.
34 American 767 : Nice work. It's always fun to see what the aircrafts would look like if the airlines were operating them. It's kind of what I posted a while ago about
35 Fqtv : The Air Canada and Continental fantasy schemes look great! Having a dark underbelly adds much more to a white airplane, especially the gold trim on Co
36 NWA Man : The black Continental fuselage just doesn't do it for me, and the AA on the tail for American looks too outdated, as others have mentioned. On the oth
37 Eireman : Am I the only one who thinks that changing the color scheme is a pure waste of money. It is nothing more than a justification by some one of my positi
38 Blink182 : I see silverbirds in giant amounts, and I would not like to see those colors that rye-fly made up, AA is not going to go to another color for the fuse
39 Post contains links RyeFly : Thank you all once again for your wonderful input. I agree American's scheme is a classic. Thats why it was difficult to re design. Its fun to try tho
40 AWA320 : Hey, how about doing an AWA plane?
41 Montenegro : I have onlt to say that your fakes are FANTASTIC. The AA looks fine to me, a litlle too much Air Siam, but fine. I like especially the AC A330 with th
42 Rominato : I love that website! Thanks for sending the link. I know it was already mentioned, but how about throwing in something from Western, PSA, or Hughes Ai
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