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User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

As all of you know American Airlines has kept the same color scheme for a very long time, since the late 60's. I think it is time that American works on a revised color scheme. What do you think?

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39667 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2550 times:

No way what are you talking about!

American Airlines has one of the best color schemes!

That is the last good thing about AA.
Would you rather them paint there planes white with a painted tail like everyone else?
Just look at this beauty!

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Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2522 times:

I agree with the above post. That design does NOT look dated at all. I think AA still has a magnificent design and hope they never change it.

I can't even envision them with anything better. The only thing I'm not too crazy about is why they took the shiny silver coating off all of the tails. The pale gray tails make the MD11's, the m80s and 727s all look kinda odd.

Does any knowledgable AA people know why they had to do this? (They apparently *had* to for a legitimate reason. I'm just wondering what it was).


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2510 times:

Maybe the tails weren't polish-able aluminum?

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2500 times:

I believe the reason why the vertical tail surfaces don't have that polished aluminum look is the fact today's jets all use composites for their vertical tail surface skins. But I can't wait the retro "Astrojet" scheme that is supposed be on a new-delivery 777-200ER due later this year.  Smile

User currently offlineGanymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2492 times:

I fully agree with Superfly !

AA's colour scheme is somewhat timeless looking.The bare metal overall is cocky !!!It kinda makes AA's planes look like the great classic Zephyr Trains !How could one even think of dropping this scheme in fav of a new one?

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 Smokin cool

Ganymed


User currently offlineAY-MD11 From Finland, joined Feb 2001, 472 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2481 times:

Im Big!!Fan of AA and there c/s hope it will last forever and ever!!! Big grin


 Big thumbs up
AY-MD11


User currently offlineKLM747 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 669 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2441 times:

I agree with the guy above!  Big thumbs up

KLM747 Big grin


User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2428 times:

I agree with the two guys above  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineL'Espace180 From France, joined Sep 2000, 938 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2425 times:

What is the matter with this scheme ?? I find it really not nice at all... they really should update it...how about they try the eurowhite (which Air France launched) ?

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2429 times:

Don Carty in a recent American Way article said that AA would not be changing its colour scheme for a long time. So don't get your hopes up. The most we could hope for is more planes in the "Astrojet" scheme.

I think that the current color scheme is great...and timeless. I don't really wnat them to change it.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineDeltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2421 times:

In December's AA inflight magazine, the chairman wrote a whole article about their livery. It won't be changed. In addition to all of the cosmetic pluses mentioned above, the planes weigh a little less because of less paint, which translates to greater fuel efficiencies. There is also a safety factor in that cracks can be spotted a lot easier than if there were paint over them.

User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

The color scheme is dated IMHO. Keep the "bare metal" and update the rest. Grey on Silver looks tacky.


My wife can't wrestle, but you should see her box.
User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
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The Scheme is possibly the best one out there! A CLASSIC! The colors look best on the 767, 757, MD-11 and MD-80
-AA777


User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

Add me to the list of "don't change the livery" proponents. Other than putting out some more retro's, I'd say don't change a thing.






Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineSuper em From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

The masses have spoken.The scheme stays.I wish Delta had never changed their colors.That was my second favorite scheme.Plus it seems like as soon as an airline changes colors,they start to get into financial trouble.

User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

That's a good metaphor that can be applied in all aspects of life!

I do agree that AA show keep there colors the same.

I love the silver birds!

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User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

The AA color scheme is classic, as WAS the old old Delta scheme which has also been around forever.

I do like the "AstroJet" scheme, its beautiful. If they paint a 777 in it I will die, it will be beautiful! The 737-800 and the 757-200 in AstroJet colors look stunning. The inclination toward all-white schemes is awful, they look so dirty so fast!!


User currently offlineEWR Spotter From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

I think that American has a great scheme. Those planes are the best when the sun hits them and gives a nice reflection or picture opp. They are also great just because of the reflection they give off of anything on the ground around them especially when they are on final.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39667 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

OH NO YOUR GONNA DIE!!!!

American Airlines is going to paint a few 777 in the 'Astro Jet' livery.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

What other "major" airline has the bare metal scheme? AA has countless numbers of things that I really like about them, and their color scheme is one of them. I would be pissed if they were to change it. It is a classic scheme and extremely well known through out the world. I also like the mix by painting some astrojet schemes, I can't wait to see the 777 Astrojet. Good job AA! Keep up the good work!
rgds,
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

I agree with those saying that AA's scheme is GREAT!!!

But, just a question: If you look at AA's 727s, why do they use grey paint on the second engine nacelle, where they paint the USA flag?? It looks quite ugly in my opinion.

Regrads,
JA


User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3866 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Silverbirds forever!

User currently offlineILOVEPLANES! From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Southwest has Silver One... anywayz... why should American change their livery?

FLY SOUTHWEST!


User currently offlineBrenjoro_QF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

I have heard that parts of their planes had to be painted because of the reflections in the sun.

25 Post contains links and images Aus_spotter : I don't think AA should change their scheme. I love it just the way it is. I love getting photos of the planes when the sun is shining on them....esp
26 Post contains links and images Classic707 : AA's colors are a timless classic, they looked great in 1970, and the look great today. Click for large versionPhoto © AirNikon Click for large v
27 Sr176 : Hopefully they keep the silver body and are just update the outdated AA on the tail. It has even a big advantage, they save a remarkable number of kg
28 Kangar : I think the AA livery is too plain, looks OK on a new plane, but after a couple of years they start to look beat up. It's retro , no doubt, but it's a
29 Matt D : Just like I predicted it would. Somone came along (it's been about a month and a half since the last of these perpetual questions were posted) and ask
30 Post contains images SEVEN_FIFTY7 : >>"...perhaps Johan can create a new board where the only topic allowed is to discuss whether or not American should have a new livery."
31 RyeFly : Matt D- I have to say I aggree with the letter your recieved. This site gets a lot of new users and they may not know of the archives. Also there are
32 Liladesi : As a specialist in graphic design for airline brands and aircraft livery designs I'm looking forward to get feet on the ground in the Americas. There
33 SEVEN_FIFTY7 : Really, Liladesi? Well tell us what you think of some of the newer liveries such as DL, UA, WN, US, Finnair, BWIA, etc. Also, what improvements do you
34 Che : No! Definately not. I really like the classic bare metal sheme. It dose't seem old at all. It will always seem nice and new. AA did a great job! che
35 Early Air : I have taken a good look at the AA planes and I realize I like their color scheme!
36 Post contains links and images Baec777 : American should stay the way they are... Best Metal-Shining Livery ~! Click for large versionPhoto © Gordon Ho Click for large versionPhoto ©
37 Boeing757fan : "Color" Schemes. COLOR? AA? COLOR? COLOR BLIND? Time for a pleasant change, and give those 757's some respect.
38 Post contains links and images Classic707 : Easten, Flying Tigers, Northwest Orient, USAir and Western all had the bare metal look. Thety all looked great! Click for large versionPhoto © Jo
39 AerLingus : Egh. I don't care for the old Orient livery at all.
40 Post contains images LoveField : also GLBurchill@Earthlink.net. American's livery is timeless, attractive and economical for American. The Email that I sent to a certain user on this
41 Liladesi : Did you receive our reply yet or not? Regards, Norbert Lambriex
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