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User currently offlineB52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4251 times:

Well...I thought UA was close to completion in repaint of the fleet in the new colors. That is, until I xfr'd on UA @ ORD yesterday....much of the 763 fleet @ the C-even gates (Europe) was in the new paint; but otherwise the new scheme only graced an occasional 737 and 2 of 3 777s (777UA and 772UA!).

Not only the old scheme--but flying ABQ-ORD (E70), we parked next to a 735 in the 'Shuttle by United' scheme. How long has that shuttle been defunct?

It looks like the last update was in February United Livery Repainting Update - 3 Years (by United787 Feb 9 2007 in Civil Aviation) so...have they made any progress since then?

Anyone know of a planned completion date for UA's fleet? Are they up to 50% yet?

Footnote: Several of the LD-3s not only had UAs 'old' blue/grey logo, but the logo from the 70s/80s 'Rainbow' scheme...

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User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

Well, at this point, some of the repainted aircraft need to be re-painted again. They're starting to peel, so it may be a LONG time before the whole fleet is done.


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User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4214 times:

I know that UA is planing to do a retro paint job on one of each type of their aircraft. I was told it was supposed to be like the old livery with the white fuselage with the blue and red tulip logo on the tail, and blue United letters. Personally as neat as that sounds, they should focus on repainting the rest of their fleet. Most all of the express carriers are finished painting their aircraft. Maybe UA is working them too hard and they just dont have time to stop by for paint?


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User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4041 times:

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 2):
I know that UA is planing to do a retro paint job on one of each type of their aircraft. I was told it was supposed to be like the old livery with the white fuselage with the blue and red tulip logo on the tail, and blue United letters. Personally as neat as that sounds, they should focus on repainting the rest of their fleet. Most all of the express carriers are finished painting their aircraft. Maybe UA is working them too hard and they just dont have time to stop by for paint?

I noticed a thread about that, but no official press release. Is UA going to do this or not? If they are, you'd think they'd put out a press release with pictures, if possible. US Airways did when they announced their heritage planes, which look absolutely terrific.



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User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 2):
was told it was supposed to be like the old livery with the white fuselage with the blue and red tulip logo on the tail, and blue United letters

777 in the "Friendship" scheme, pre-1974
747-400 in the "Rainbow" scheme...some of the earlier 744's were delivered in this scheme
767-300 remaining in the Steve Wolf scheme (dark blue/grey)

Personally, I think the 763 in the battleship grey is a BAD idea...while #175 was a 762, I think for a lot of people it will remind them of #175.  Sad I would have rather seen a 744 in the Friendship scheme, and maybe an A320 in the Rainbow.

My plane, N174UA, has been repainted in the new colors.


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3897 times:
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Quoting B52murph (Thread starter):
much of the 763 fleet

If I'm not mistaken, all of United's domestic B763s are still flying in the old colors, and that's the same for their domestic B772s. Spotting a new liveried aircraft in HNL isn't too common (you'll see them in the morning for the Japan flights).


User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

With the summer schedule, UA are going to be working the metal big time so its no surprise if the repainting slows down now. Also one has to also take into consideration that come year end, they are going to be installing the new F & J seats on the international fleet so does it does not make sense for that to be done at the same time as the repaint job??

User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

Quoting Je89_w (Reply 5):
If I'm not mistaken, all of United's domestic B763s are still flying in the old colors, and that's the same for their domestic B772s. Spotting a new liveried aircraft in HNL isn't too common (you'll see them in the morning for the Japan flights).

None of the domestic widebodies have been painted. UA has no spare aircrafts so pulling especially a domestic widebody out means either cancelling the flight, or juggling an equipment augmentation (perhaps 2 757s to cover 1 777 flight). It seems as though the 747s are the most "active" fleet being repainted. I've noticed a few new 744s in blue:

N193UA (8193)
N105UA (8105)
N117UA (8117)
N122UA (8122)

Unimatic shows N178UA booked for maintence for the rest of April, so I'm guessing this is the next to be painted.

777s:
N217UA (2617)
N219UA (2619)
N774UA (2374)

You are right though (OP) I think most of the international 763s have been repainted. I believe that only the PS branded 757s have the new paint, and there are too many Airbus/737s to keep track of.


User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 3):
I noticed a thread about that, but no official press release. Is UA going to do this or not? If they are, you'd think they'd put out a press release with pictures, if possible.

I didnt see any threads, I was just talking to a F/A about it, and she told me they were planing on doing that. Mabye she started the thread!



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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4109 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

Quoting UA772IAD (Reply 7):
I believe that only the PS branded 757s have the new paint

I know at least 2 non-ps 757s have been painted, I saw them at ORD two weeks ago.


User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3700 times:

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 2):
Most all of the express carriers are finished painting their aircraft

I doubt more than a handful have been re-painted. Most of the express carriers carriers a/c in the new scheme are a/c new to the system since the new livery.



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Quoting Floridaflyboy (Reply 1):
Well, at this point, some of the repainted aircraft need to be re-painted again. They're starting to peel, so it may be a LONG time before the whole fleet is done.

I've seen a couple 737's in ROC in new colors that are already peeling the white paint along the top,kind of a shame. Some of the grey planes look better than the new color birds!



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User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

Quoting Doug_Or (Reply 10):
I doubt more than a handful have been re-painted. Most of the express carriers carriers a/c in the new scheme are a/c new to the system since the new livery.

OO Painted most ALL of their 700's that they had before the new scheme came out. Personally they are letting their 120's go to hell. YV has the most 200's and 700's in the NEW UA colors and they have some of the oldest a/c in the UAX fleet. (Most likely cuz the YV planes are in for maintenance the most!  laughing .)



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User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 11):
I've seen a couple 737's in ROC in new colors that are already peeling the white paint along the top,kind of a shame. Some of the grey planes look better than the new color birds!

Yeah, it's the 737s that are peeling the worst. That's what I've seen peeling in BIL.



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User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

Quoting B52murph (Thread starter):
Footnote: Several of the LD-3s not only had UAs 'old' blue/grey logo, but the logo from the 70s/80s 'Rainbow' scheme...

UA has not purchased new LD2/3's since before 2000. They do refurbish damaged cans, but painting is not included.



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User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

I flew on a domestic 757 with new paint on Friday but don't have the reg...sorry.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 12):
Personally they are letting their 120's go to hell.

OO plans on completely converting their 120 fleet to the in house color scheme so they can transfer the aircraft between the two (United and Delta) systems more easily.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 2):
Most all of the express carriers are finished painting their aircraft.

Almost all of the ERJ 145s entered the United Express fleet after the paint change, so that is why they are in the new colors. There are a few grey ones out there. The E170s have all been delivered since the new scheme came out. The CRJ-700s mostly joined the fleet in the new colors. Where you see repainting is when you see CRJ-200s and prop planes. Mesa has been repainting. Skywest has a very grey CRJ-200 fleet. And like was said, the EMB 120s were going back to the Skywest colors.

Quoting UA772IAD (Reply 7):
None of the domestic widebodies have been painted. UA has no spare aircrafts so pulling especially a domestic widebody out means either cancelling the flight, or juggling an equipment augmentation (perhaps 2 757s to cover 1 777 flight).

That's kind of wrong to say since yes they have spare aircraft because they get repainted in the new colors during the heavy maintenance D check I believe. UA does have spare aircraft because the heavy checks take more than just overnight changes. They can take up to three weeks on some planes I believe. I believe that the time period for when the domestic 777s and 767s entered the fleet means that they haven't been due for the maintenance. There are international configured 763s in the new livery.



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User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
OO plans on completely converting their 120 fleet to the in house color scheme so they can transfer the aircraft between the two (United and Delta) systems more easily.

And it's always amusing to hear the FA saying "Thank you for flying United Express Connection from Los Angeles to Orange County. We appreciate your business..."


User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Quoting OdiE (Reply 18):
And it's always amusing to hear the FA saying "Thank you for flying United Express Connection from Los Angeles to Orange County. We appreciate your business..."

Haha. Yeah, I was on an OO flight from BIL-SLC (DL Connection) a couple months back, and the flight attendant, who must have been accustomed to flying from BIL on the UA run, welcomed us all aboard "United Express flight 6593 to Denver, operated by SkyWest Airlines." It was amazing how many people thought they had gotten on the wrong plane.



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User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Quoting RDUDDJI (Reply 14):
UA has not purchased new LD2/3's since before 2000. They do refurbish damaged cans, but painting is not included.

Actually, I've seen a bunch of rehabilitated LD3s with the new UNITED logo and lettering.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 17):
That's kind of wrong to say since yes they have spare aircraft because they get repainted in the new colors during the heavy maintenance D check I believe. UA does have spare aircraft because the heavy checks take more than just overnight changes. They can take up to three weeks on some planes I believe. I believe that the time period for when the domestic 777s and 767s entered the fleet means that they haven't been due for the maintenance. There are international configured 763s in the new livery.

I'm aware of that, my point was that there are no domestic widebodies sitting around SFO/LAX- except in the middle of the night. Those planes are dedicated to Island trips and domestic repositioning everyday. If one goes down for MX a day in advance, service will have to be adjusted with either 2 757s or a 757/767- or a 744 (HNL only) if one is available.

I do agree though, age is another issue. Domestic widebodies are less than 10 years old.


User currently offlineTristarfreak From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

it will be time for a new c/s before the rest of the planes are repainted!!!!!

User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Quoting Tristarfreak (Reply 21):
it will be time for a new c/s before the rest of the planes are repainted!!!!!

I was thinking the same thing  Smile The United Blue C/S might enjoy 5 years in its entirety (the whole fleet in the scheme) before something else is introduced.


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2505 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

FWIW, I happened to notice that while at ORD on Sunday, UA's N383UA (a 733) has been repainted but is peeling on top above the first class section and behind the tailplane. Sad - the new scheme looks so good.

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