Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2574 posts, RR: 59 Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1805 times:
Clean looking and fresh. Unique. Distinctive. Very STAR Alliance and Very British. The "fake" impression had me a bit worried with the wavy lines, but this is much more businesslike. Can't wait for the A330!
Still remains to be seen whether the Union Jack will be painted Blue and Red or not.
But before you criticise, remember BMI could have gone for an uninspired all-white livery, with a logo on the tail...
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1431 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
I've liked most of the new color schemes that have come out (yes, including Southwest's) but this one is just baaaaddd... as BranVan3K said "Who let Delta's designers near the engines?" Does not look professional in the least... yech. Reminds me of a charter airline, certainly not a scheduled passenger airline with high standards.
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7716 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1622 times:
This isn't a joke, isn't it?
They have GOT to be totally kidding. The new livery has WAY too many "busy" details and just doesn't look good. Looks like Sir Michael Landor may have had a few too many pints of room-temperature British beer designing this livery.
Well, there's another airline that has created a fine mess of their livery. And I thought WN's new livery was bad enough.
They need to run on over to www.suncountry.com and see how a PROPER implementation of a new livery works.
FlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2260 posts, RR: 11 Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1573 times:
Overall, I think it could be better, but it's not that bad. I think the tail looks especially nice, very creative. I don't think the "Delta-like" engine design is all that great, it doesn't seem to match the rest of the livery.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2574 posts, RR: 59 Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1566 times:
It looks like a lot of people are not giving this one much of an chance!
Any major image change may be a bit of a shock and look strange at first.
BMI's old livery was introduced in 1986, and has only been subjected to modifications since then. In that period of time, the company has undergone some major, fundamental changes to the way it operates. It is now a major player in both the Domestic and European market, it is about to lauch Trans-Atlantic service, it is part owned by Lufthansa and SAS and a member of a major alliance.
A company (in any industry) that has undergone that sort of change and grown will gerally want a new image to reflect that change to their customers. With this change, BMI are clearly wanting to change the way they are seen. To be thought of an airline that flies to Washington and Chicago, rather than one that just flies to Edinburgh and Amsterdam.
BMI have kept the deep blue roof and tail, but in a much more stylised form. But gone are the grey belly, engines and tailplane - the removal of the grey gives a brighter, fresher, cleaner look.
The lowercase bmi titling in blue, compliments the fuselage colouring very well.
The red accents on the engine and tailplane just provide some colour and contrast to the rest of the scheme.
As it has been pointed out by several people, it is not yet clear whether the Union Flag will be fully painted on the tail - I would expect that it will.
BMI needed a change, this one appears to be a pretty good one. Clean lines and distinctive colours - and one that will definately stand out from the crowd of white-painted aircraft!
These pictures are snaps of an aircraft on a test flight, the livery may not be complete, and the photo quality isn't the best - Maybe wait for some official photos once the final scheme has been confirmed before condeming this scheme.