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Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"  
User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

Hi All-

I've noticed this for a while, and just haven't been able to find any real connection between the two carriers. So...what's with the uncanny similarity in liveries? Have I missed something all these years?


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Channel Airways bought most of CO's dozen or so Vickers Viscounts when CO retired the type in 1966/67 and didn't want to have to spend a lot of money on the livery so they only made minor changes to CO's livery, basically just the name. I guess they then adopted that modified CO livery on their other types.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3441 times:

Sometimes when an airline purchases planes from another airline (or over another airline altogether), the general paint scheme stays the same until there is a chance to repaint the plane, usually at the "D" check:


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User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Ah...very good. Yes, I am familiar with the practice, I guess it just never occured to me that they would paint types not even used by the 'donor' airline. In all my experience, the aircraft with these hybrid schemes have always been with the original ('donor') fleet at one time or another and the new name is just more or less painted over the old scheme as in the examples you provided. Adapting your entire fleet to match the 'donor' scheme must be very rare.
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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
Sometimes when an airline purchases planes from another airline (or takes over another airline altogether), the general paint scheme stays the same until there is a chance to repaint the plane, usually at the "D" check:

The Channel Airways situation was a a little different and rather unusual, as they only made a few minor changes to CO's livery on the Viscounts they bought from CO, then adopted that livery on the rest of their fleet.


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But only about a year after they retired the Viscounts, CO adopted the "black meatball" livery (1968 if not mistaken).


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21589 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
But only about a year after they retired the Viscounts, CO adopted the "black meatball" livery (1968 if not mistaken).

That's likely the key. They sold the planes and decided to change liveries, and made a deal with channel to use the old livery as well, which would explain why they painted other planes into this scheme while CO was painting their planes out of this scheme.

As old schemes go, that golden jet colors are pretty nice.



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User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 5):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
But only about a year after they retired the Viscounts, CO adopted the "black meatball" livery (1968 if not mistaken).

That's likely the key. They sold the planes and decided to change liveries, and made a deal with channel to use the old livery as well, which would explain why they painted other planes into this scheme while CO was painting their planes out of this scheme.

As old schemes go, that golden jet colors are pretty nice.

Right...looks like it was all about timing. CO was getting rid of theirs, so Channel just kind of took it over. Interesting that Channel even decided to put the "Continental" portion of the Golden Jet livery on the planes!


User currently offlineEdina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

As an aside, Channel had several rows of what they called "family" seats where the seat layout was 3-4, and were renowned for fitting an eyewatering number of pax into each type they operated - 139 in the Trident 1 IIRC


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