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US Airways Livery And 2006 In Review  
User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1360 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

It’s that time of year again: carolers a-caroling, chestnuts roasting, long security lines, the savory aroma of Chick-fil-A wafting through the concourse. For those who are interested, my column this week features a look-back at the most notable air travel stories of the past twelve months (with ample illustrations culled from the Airliners site).

And naturally, it wouldn’t be Ask the Pilot without a piddling diversion into airline color schemes…

“…With its latest livery, U.S. airways goes from first to worst. The scheme it supersedes, with its smoky, post-apocalyptic gray and unadorned outline of the American flag, was cool, clean, and classy. All that is gone now, replaced by a lethargic white base and a childish red stripe. The design was conceived after the 2005 merger between U.S. Airways and America West, presumably as a gesture of partnership and assimilation. The flag and font are U.S. Airways; the lightly sprayed fuselage jags are America West. Couldn’t they just have given every employee a watch? ….”

To read the full story, click here:
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2006/12/22/askthepilot214/

Entry to Salon is free.

Thanks, and best to all,

PS


Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author
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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5113 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6939 times:

Quoting Aviateur (Thread starter):
“…With its latest livery, U.S. airways goes from first to worst. The scheme it supersedes, with its smoky, post-apocalyptic gray and unadorned outline of the American flag, was cool, clean, and classy. All that is gone now, replaced by a lethargic white base and a childish red stripe. The design was conceived after the 2005 merger between U.S. Airways and America West, presumably as a gesture of partnership and assimilation. The flag and font are U.S. Airways; the lightly sprayed fuselage jags are America West. Couldn’t they just have given every employee a watch? ….”

I have to disagree with the review. At first I was not impressed with the new livery. But, I have to go back to the first.

When HP changed their paint jobs from the original to the before merger, I had the same feelings as the author of the article. I was not impressed. Then it grew on me.

When US changed their bare metal scheme to the dark blue, I had the same exact feelings as the author. Then it grew on me.

When the merger happened, I had the same feelings. But, now it is starting to grow on me.

I think the new paint job is a reflection of both US and HP. The new paint reflects a new change. Hopefully for the better.



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3307 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6671 times:

Quoting Aviateur (Thread starter):
“…With its latest livery, U.S. airways goes from first to worst. The scheme it supersedes, with its smoky, post-apocalyptic gray and unadorned outline of the American flag, was cool, clean, and classy. All that is gone now,

There's nothing classy about dripping beads of sweat while sitting on a full flight on the tarmac in PHX or LAS, which could've been prevented if the cabin was was painted a light color. Livery was changes, colors were lightened, problem solved.



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User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1360 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6632 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 1):
There's nothing classy about dripping beads of sweat while sitting on a full flight on the tarmac in PHX or LAS, which could've been prevented if the cabin was was painted a light color. Livery was changes, colors were lightened, problem solved.

Yes, the heat issue is a problem, as is the fact that heavy colors don't weather well. But US could have (should have?) used a silver base, like the one NW chose. The aluminum look is always a safe fall-back.

PS



Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author
User currently offlineBoeingguy1 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 3):
Yes, the heat issue is a problem, as is the fact that heavy colors don't weather well.

Evidenced by the many 737 Classics with the paint comming off... I know those planes were safe, but christ... whenever I flew the EWR-CLT leg, I always overheard a woman saying that the damn thing would fall apart mid flight  Smile



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User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6594 times:

I disagree. I work on the ramp in PHX, and I must say the US 757's in the new scheme are some of the best looking A/C out there. Our Mesa CRJ 900's are pretty sexy too!


Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
User currently offlineFCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 3):
The aluminum look is always a safe fall-back.

The aluminium look sucks on Airbuses, though - too much composite. Given that both airlines are majority Airbus...



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 1):
I was not impressed. Then it grew on me.

I felt the same way about the new US liveries, and now its not even bad at all.



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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2449 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6495 times:

I didn't like the new livery at first having only seen pictures of it. But once I saw one in person, its much better. Pictures don't do this livery justice...witht he sun shining on it, it really is a thing of beauty.


You can't fix stupid.... - Ron White
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9940 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6465 times:

Last weekend it was the first time for me to see the new US livery and I must say it is one of the nicest liveries I've seen so far. The light grey stripes going to the tail is very nice and the overall livery is just very nice in my opinion. Add to that the very nice special colours US introduced with the heritage liveries (Allegheny, Piedmont, PSA) and the football liveries of the Philadelphia Eagles and now the Arizona Cardinals as well, this airline has some very nice liveries flying around. Good luck to US!! Big grin

A388


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 1):
When HP changed their paint jobs from the original to the before merger, I had the same feelings as the author of the article. I was not impressed. Then it grew on me.


I like the lighter colors better than the darker ones. I was never impressed with the earlier UA nor NW schemes. The US scheme before the merger seemed to represent, for me, East Coast americana. Lighter colors fit into the style of the West, and make sense in the heat of the southwest. The new US livery is growing on me, also.


User currently offlineCharliejag1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6256 times:

Quoting Jmc1975 (Reply 2):
There's nothing classy about dripping beads of sweat while sitting on a full flight on the tarmac in PHX or LAS, which could've been prevented if the cabin was was painted a light color. Livery was changes, colors were lightened, problem solved.

You beat me to it! Before the merger, US didn't operate in hot weather all that much compared to post merger. In the next year, more east planes will find themselves in phx and las tarmacs heating up like none other. As jmc said, the lighter paint job will really help. Besides that, I think it is one of the best-looking schemes in the US right now.


User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 858 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

Well I was not really a fan of our "Flintsones" paint scheme, although I did like the colours. I miss our old "pinstripe" scheme the most, that was classy. The "Darth Vader" scheme of old US really had to go, too dark. The bare metal look was nice, provided you keep it buffed. And by the way, I got the watch. Its already broken.  Wink


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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4097 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6111 times:

I personally liked all three of the liveries (old US, HP and new US) purely in aesthetic terms. I miss the turqoise most of all  Sad

User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11486 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6100 times:

I think the new white livery looks good on its own, but it looks great when standing next to the old-US dark scheme. I know it's a total pipe dream, but I really wish that the airline could keep half the fleet in white and half the fleet in blue. (FWIW, I don't really buy the dark planes in PHX and LAS problem as an issue. Roofing tiles and microchips are black because they are easier to cool off. Counterintuitive, but true.)


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User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1674 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6086 times:

I have truly enjoyed the transformation of liveries that US Airways has been thru. They all represented style trends for their respective decades.

My only beef with the current livery is the way the belly colours end so abruptly when it comes to the nose. I found this slightly revised scheme, and like the way the colours terminate at the nose. My only suggestion to US would be to "complete" the belly colours to the nose....


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...I might add, that the brand theoretically is "U*nited* S*tates* Airways. This current scheme is definitely a more patriotic rendition of such a name.

[Edited 2006-12-23 19:34:38]


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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6039 times:

I had the opportunity to see a US737 in the new colours in DFW a few days ago, and I with the supporters of this scheme. It looks really smart, and better than the other airlines that were parked around it. The dark colours were ok, they were different, but lookinig at the 767s and 737s seems as if it is a bit hard to take care of...


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11486 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6039 times:

Quoting Captaink (Reply 16):
had the opportunity to see a US737 in the new colours in DFW a few days ago

Are there pics of this plane yet?



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 5983 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 17):
Are there pics of this plane yet?

There are a couple pics in the database, here is one. Looks pretty eh..

Before (old coloured 737)

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Tobias Rose - AirTeamImages



After (new coloured 737)

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Jason Whitebird




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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9940 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 5937 times:

Like I have said before, when I first saw the new US livery in AUA last week I was really impressed. I have some very nice photos in the screening qeue here, incl. the Philadelphia Eagles livery, so I really hope they will make it. Once uploaded I will post them here as well.

A388 Big grin


User currently offlineSupa7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Rikkus67, that Modified livery is wonderful. Clearly, it is more beautiful, using the Boeing Dreamliner scheme "wave" as an inspiration. Too bad US did not think of that....

User currently offlineUSAirPlatinum From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5724 times:

Well, I like both the old US and new US livery, and will enjoy them while they last, until they say "Delta" on the side of the plane. . .


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User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5718 times:

I love the new livery. The old one looks dated and it is transparent in it's '90s origins. All in all, the new one looks fresher and more modern

User currently offlineNY-JFK-LGA From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

The new livery looks really nice on the E-Jets!


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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11486 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

Quoting BA787 (Reply 22):
The old one looks dated and it is transparent in it's '90s origins

How? the new one is just a modification of the old one, really.



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25 ANCFlyer : I had not seen the new livery until my flight to 'Bama in November. It 'appeared' to be okay in photographs . . . I was convinced when I saw that A31
26 Malaysia : Having the current blue and red terminate before the nose cone section has been helpful at when replacing radomes covers with just solid white and no
27 ANCFlyer : For the non-frequent-flyer, this is a plus. I boarded a US F-100 back in CLT in 1998 (or so), the L1 had been replaced with a door from another US F-
28 BA787 : But the modification makes it all the better
29 Molykote : Buy it. The examples you cite do not correlate well to this situation. The darker airplane will both absorb and radiate more effectively than a white
30 Luketenley : Does anyone know if they will do one in the Steelers logo since they still have a very big presence in PIT?
31 Whappeh : We can all hope. I love the special schemes.
32 USAirPlatinum : I'd imagine livery changes aren't at the top of the list right now in Parker's mind. . .
33 Post contains images A388 : I love the special schemes as well The Arizona Cardinals special livery was introduced only recently. How is that explained? A388
34 Post contains images USAirPlatinum : They'll be saying "business as usual" for the next couple of weeks, but if Parker gets the answer from the creditors that I'm expecting he'll get, the
35 Post contains images A388 : You are absolutely right, these special liveries are very great marketing tools as they get attention from both the media as well as passengers. When
36 Post contains images BrettFromCLT : "Livery change" implies painting ALL birds with a modified paint job. Special liveries (one or a few planes with a special paint job) are not "livery
37 Post contains images Steeler83 : Here's to seeing Terrible Towel One at some point in the future!!! Man, are you going to wish you were me on the morning of Christmas Eve. I was wait
38 USPIT10L : With a name like that, WN should get into it!
39 A388 : Man, you were indeed very lucky! I hope to see these aircraft as well one day. I am anxiously waiting on your trip report and photos! Keep me informe
40 Post contains images D L X : Your first sentence was correct, but I would cast doubt onyour second sentence. Do they not have A/C in Phoenix to plug into the planes? If you happe
41 Malaysia : I flew a 733 Silver US with a New US (Dark Blue) L1 and R1 door around 1998 as well. LGA-BWI. I was able to catch a myriad of US operated flights at
42 Rikkus67 : Supa7E7, Malaysia, & ANC, While I agree with the logic of having an all-white radome colour, I still find the front too abrupt. perhaps we could persu
43 D L X : Thanks. Are these 737s all from HP, or have some US 737s been repainted as well?
44 Malaysia : I think its HP only for now.
45 D L X : Thanks. That explains why I haven't seen any at DCA yet.
46 PHLBOS : Actually, there is one US 767 (reg.# N248AY formerly N648US) that is still in the dark blue scheme. Not sure why this one's not been repainted yet; a
47 Post contains images LAXdude1023 : I like the Sports Teams livery that sometimes grace their fleet. In Kona about 7 months ago, I saw the Arizona Diamondbacks plane (757). Its a nice to
48 Post contains links and images A388 : You are absolutely right! This is my nicest photo so far: View Large View MediumPhoto © Roger Cannegieter I went to AUA for a weekend and got lu
49 FL370 : i love the new livery, it gives US airways a fresh look!! and the livary looks simple and fresh and nice!!!! the new cardinals jet is also nice!!!! i
50 Post contains links PHLBOS : Update: N248AY has recently been repainted. (Photo courtesy of Paul Kanegie (www.phlairline.com) http://phlairline.com/spotter/123006.html See photo
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