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First US Airways A330 To The Paint Shop  
User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 23
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 24397 times:

Picked this up on my flight tracker, at the moment...

USA9243 A333 BFM-ARA eta 2108z

No doubt, in a week or so, the first pics will be forthcoming!

JSD


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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 853 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 24381 times:

About bloody time.

Can´t wait to see her in new c/s....

Micke//  wave 



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2891 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 24257 times:

The new c/s is going to look great on the A330! Are there any spotters where they are painting the a/c that can show us the progress?


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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 24141 times:

Now this is exciting news! I've been waiting for this for a long time.


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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11384 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 24083 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 2):
The new c/s is going to look great on the A330!

Sad to see the old colors go, honestly. I'm all for a mixed fleet. The old and the new look so cohesive next to each other.



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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 23909 times:

 cry  It'll be sad to see the old colours go  Sad But oh well! At least I got a picture of one of these beauties while in the amazing C/S!

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User currently offlineEtops1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 23880 times:

its a/c N273AY. in case you guys are wondering .

User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9856 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 23804 times:

Indeed it is about time and I agree with the ones who think the A330 will look stunning in the new US livery. I'm looking forward to the first photos!!! Big grin

A388


User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 23660 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 2):
Are there any spotters where they are painting the a/c that can show us the progress?

None that live in New Iberia, LA directly (if there were, in years past, we would have seen pics of Air India 777s, Qantas Wunala Dreaming 747-400ER right away)...it's a good 3hr plus drive from the Houston area, and I'll be out of town when it likely comes out. Shame, as it'd be worth it!

JSD



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User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 23633 times:

Quoting A340Spotter (Thread starter):

So, this particular A330 will be painted in this scheme I presume?


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This scheme is very smart and attractive IMHO.I think that the A330 will look spectacular  bigthumbsup ! Can't wait for the photos.

Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlineORDRyan28 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 988 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 23543 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 4):
I'm all for a mixed fleet. The old and the new look so cohesive next to each other.

Oh, I couldn't agree with you more. I love seeing a mixed fleet. When you're out spotting, you want to see diversity, not the same color scheme for the same airline, no matter how good looking the colors are.



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User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 23446 times:

Another note: The Trans-Atlantic 757s have just begun refitting with new interiors, Envoy sections AND winglets. These aircraft are expected to all be completed for the start/restart of PHL TA services this season.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26538 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 23406 times:

Well, New Iberia is only about 2 hours from here and is supposedly a rather pretty little town. I may well have to make a trip. Anyone know when she is out?


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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 23316 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 1):
About bloody time.

Can´t wait to see her in new c/s....

 checkmark  She'll be the prettiest A330 in the sky...



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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 23237 times:

Just a couple of days ago, I booked my first transatlantic itinerary (and first widebody flights), and it wound up being on US. Never mind that I would have preferred FI or CO, but at any rate my transatlantic legs are PHL-CDG-PHL on the A330. The first flight is mid-May, and the return is late June. I hope at least one of those flights is in new colors - I'd be happy to get one of each, actually. But since the A330 fleet is just nine planes, they might get painted pretty quickly, but then again I know its hard to find time to get international widebodies in the shop as well. Anyone have any guesses as to how quickly US plans to finish the whole A330 fleet?

User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 23052 times:

Preview



Not bad IMO Big grin


User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22694 times:

They seem to have re-engined them as well  Wink


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User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22631 times:

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 16):
They seem to have re-engined them as well

Its just a Photoshoped image  Wink


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8677 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 22377 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 13):
She'll be the prettiest A330 in the sky...

Agreed. US will have bitchin 330 out there.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineADiZzy From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 20900 times:

I will be flyin this babe to CDG in a couple of months........hopefully she will be in the scheme!


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User currently offlineHBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 20397 times:

How can they go from a brilliant magnificient stunning beautiful great black colour sheme to this boring white sheme ?? I'm so disapointed !!!

User currently offlineMah584jr From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20116 times:

Quoting A340Spotter (Thread starter):
USA9243 A333 BFM-ARA eta 2108z

I figured as much. I saw the plane leaving PHL yesterday at a rather unusual time. I remember the flight number was like 9595 or something. Had a feeling this one was headed for paint.


User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20064 times:

Quoting Etops1 (Reply 6):
its a/c N273AY. in case you guys are wondering .

Thanks for the info. I was actually wondering.


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19964 times:

Quoting HBJZA (Reply 20):
How can they go from a brilliant magnificient stunning beautiful great black colour sheme to this boring white sheme ??

Because of the America West merger (who have hubs in the hot cities of Phoenix & Las Vegas), they opted for a white livery because it will be lest subject to fading in the sun, and the cabin will stay cooler in the planes that go through Phoenix and Las Vegas, especially in the summer.

Never mind that the A330 doesn't go to PHX or LAS, but of course they are painting all the non-special-scheme aircraft in the same scheme.

At least they kept color on the bottom third of the fuselage! But anyway that was US's official explanation for choosing a white livery.


User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19674 times:

A little off topic but here is the first US 737-400 in the new colors and a historic one at that.


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Thanks to Jay Selman for another great "First" photo.

Cheers

LGA777


25 Whappeh : I was skeptical of the new scheme at first, but every time I see it on a new aircraft type I fall in love with it more. On the 319 it was like "Eh" on
26 Etops1 : the 737-400 looks awesome in the new paint.
27 BA777 : Nice, hope they've put the bolt back onto the wing that was lost during the CLT-LGW flight I had on her back in October! Henry
28 Post contains images BN727flyr : This might be a dumb question, but ... if the paint shop is at ARA, what was the reason for the plane to be in BFM?
29 AA737-823 : This scheme seems to look better on longer airplanes. On the 319, you don't get the length of fuselage to differentiate between the up-swoop at the n
30 ScottB : It was never black; the color is a very dark blue. It does look almost black. Well, another plus with the lighter-colored livery is that the peeling
31 Spoke2Spoke : Possibly in BFM for maintenance being performed before the painting? Who decides what ships go to paint/maintenance in what order? This was not the f
32 AA737-823 : This scheme seems to look better on longer airplanes. On the 319, you don't get the length of fuselage to differentiate between the up-swoop at the n
33 NWADC9 : It WAS black on certain aircraft.
34 A330323X : US outsources some of its heavy maintenance at BFM. The A330 heavy checks are there for the first time this year, after Air Canada made a royal mess
35 Etops1 : it was never black. it was dark blue
36 Flyorski : I like the new paint, it looks great on the 767, and I am sure it will look on the A330 as well. I also enjoyed seeing the first pic of the 737.
37 N776AU : I love the new scheme. It goes great on everything!
38 MCOflyer : Does anyone know when the 321's will get it? MCOflyer
39 A330323X : Soon. The 321's are all newer than then 319's and 320's, so they're just now getting around to needing their first heavy maintenance checks, which is
40 LGA777 : Re some of the earlier questions N273AY should be finished repainting on Mar 8th at ARA to be followed by N272AY. I believe the plan is to paint 4 A-3
41 MCOflyer : Cool. Will all 9 be done this year? MCOflyer
42 Etops1 : al 9 should be done this year ready for the summer season.
43 WesternA318 : The 734 looks stunning too..WOW!
44 Captaink : Like ? I can tell you though that black liveries look quite different to the US very dark blue livery.
45 LGA777 : I have a lot of respect for ETOPS1 and his info is usally very acurate so hate to disagree there buddy but as I previously mentioned 4 are scheduled
46 Mah584jr : Those were the planes you must have seen at night.
47 Etops1 : lga777. i am sorry . i got the A330'S confused with the etops 757's. i should have previewed my post before posting it. if you look at the post you po
48 Post contains images Daleaholic : Anybody have an update as to when we'll be able to see the aircraft? Pictures? Thanks
49 PHLapproach : As was said, it will not leave ARA until the 8th. In other news 201UU did a 1.5 hr test flight today and should be leaving soon.
50 MCOflyer : Do the crews bid for these ferry/ test flights or are they assigned at last moments notice? MCOflyer
51 USAIRA330 : I'm not sure I'm going to like the new scheme on the A330s. I really like the new schem it looks excellent, and its obvious why they chose white, due
52 Post contains images Daleaholic : It's the 8th of March I'm curious to see what this aircraft looks like! Please, if anybody can find pictures I'd be very appreciative
53 PHLapproach : 272 was supposed to go down last night. But after being delayed for 3 hours, either the flight plan timed out or it was canned. No news yet on 273. It
54 Daleaholic : Yeh, you're right. If one is preparing to go down there, one must be ready to come out! I really hope US proves me wrong with this scheme on the A330
55 USAIRA330 : I'm with you...i can't wait to see this! The new scheme looks really good on the first 757 with winglets!
56 Etops1 : 273 is schduled to fly to man england tomorrow. so man spotters get your camera's ready .
57 Whappeh : I can not wait to see this! Come on MAN spotters, don't let us down!
58 Wagz : filler filler filler[Edited 2007-03-09 01:46:33]
59 PHLapproach : 273 is getting in at 2:45am. 272 leaves Philly at 8:30pm. So 273 is scheduled for only MAN tomorrow? Not running 1071 by chance?
60 Etops1 : 273 will be flying phl-sju tomorrow as flt 1071. so you sju spotters be ready!!!
61 PHLapproach : THANK YOU!!!! I knew it would have made more sense for them to put it on 1071 in the morning. I'll try to get that first photo up!!!
62 Post contains links Baron52ta : I'd just like to point out that it is blue not black http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1157687/L/
63 LGA777 : Tentetive routings are 3-9 PHL-SJU-PHL-MAN 3-10 MAN-PHL-LGW 3-11 LGW-PHL-LGW As always subject to change, looking forward to some photos. Cheers LGA77
64 Post contains images Steeler83 : Get some stripper music ready Hey, I am wondering, our flight PIT-PHL next Wednesay at 11:30, I believe it's US 1566 A319, is that in the new colors
65 Mah584jr : I'm gonna try to head down and grab some shots of the bird tomorrow morning. Should look fantastic.
66 AlexPorter : That is five days away yet, and they have so many A319s that it's impossible to know for sure this far in advance since swaps happen. However, PIT-PH
67 USAIRA330 : Fantastic news for MAN. Can't wait to see this!
68 Post contains links USAIRA330 : for anyone who is ignorant or just plain blind, check out this thread, first image: First US Airways A330 In New Colors - See It Here (by Clickhappy M
69 LGA777 : And sorry MAN due to a last minute reroute 273 will instead fly PHL-CDG instead, on 3-9, but you should see her in a few days I'm sure. Cheers LGA777
70 Ebs757 : Wow, best 330 livery Ive seen...Great job US
71 Post contains links ANCFlyer : First US Airways A330 In New Colors - See It Here (by Clickhappy Mar 9 2007 in Civil Aviation)
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