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AA Livery And The 787  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6586 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15309 times:

I was wondering, now that AA has ordered the 787, I wonder, what will be the future for AA's current livery?

I don't think AA will paint their 787s with heavy and expensive chrome paint. Perhaps they will be painted gray like the A300s used to wear, or they will be painted white like American Eagle.

Does anyone know much about this?


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15294 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I was wondering, now that AA has ordered the 787, I wonder, what will be the future for AA's current livery?

Silver paint...............



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31124 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15281 times:
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I certainly hope they go with chrome paint.

User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15262 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
I certainly hope they go with chrome paint.

Would be too heavy and too expensive. I really don't think AA will use chrome paint.



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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14985 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I was wondering, now that AA has ordered the 787, I wonder, what will be the future for AA's current livery?

I don't think AA will paint their 787s with heavy and expensive chrome paint. Perhaps they will be painted gray like the A300s used to wear, or they will be painted white like American Eagle.

The introduction of the 787 would be a great way to introduce a whole new livery; something more modern and stylish.



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User currently offlinePanAm788 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14942 times:



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):
The introduction of the 787 would be a great way to introduce a whole new livery; something more modern and stylish

If that happened, sooo many people would be infuriated. Think how awesome it would be if DL kept its old livery from the 70s and 80s, if AA gives up the scheme they've had since the beginning of time chances are we'll be missing it in 5 years. Some things are best unchanged.
As for the main post, I'm guessing the gray paint on the A300s will be applied (maybe chrome paint, I hope, but doubtful).



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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8428 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14935 times:
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Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):
The introduction of the 787 would be a great way to introduce a whole new livery; something more modern and stylish.

AA has had the current livery for over 40 years. Something suttle not radical is what AA needs, similar to the 1986 BA relaunch. More Blue less Gary would be my idea.


User currently offlineD328 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14919 times:

What about just plain white like Eagle? Probably the cheapest to do.

User currently offlinePanAm788 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14911 times:



Quoting D328 (Reply 7):
What about just plain white like Eagle? Probably the cheapest to do.

And have arguably the most important widebody not only sharply contrast the rest of the mainline fleet but also have the same livery as a regional? I repectfully disagree.



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User currently offlineThirteenRight From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14915 times:



Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 6):
AA has had the current livery for over 40 years. Something suttle not radical is what AA needs, similar to the 1986 BA relaunch. More Blue less Gary would be my idea.

I completely agree. They dont need a brand overhaul, just a brand freshining. Right now AA seems so dreary, old and corporate (like those new flat business class seats).


User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3332 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14826 times:



Quoting PanAm788 (Reply 5):

I agree. If it ain't broke...

I too hope they go with the chrome paint, but I expect it'll probably be silver. I don't really think they'd go for the gray, it'd be way too off compared to the rest of the fleet.

I also don't expect we'll see a new livery, thankfully IMO.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14788 times:



Quoting PanAm788 (Reply 8):
And have arguably the most important widebody not only sharply contrast the rest of the mainline fleet but also have the same livery as a regional? I repectfully disagree.



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 10):
I too hope they go with the chrome paint, but I expect it'll probably be silver. I don't really think they'd go for the gray, it'd be way too off compared to the rest of the fleet.

I also don't expect we'll see a new livery, thankfully IMO.

I bet, if anything, AA will come up with a special livery for the new flagship. It'll be a 787-only livery, most likely using silver mica type paint a-la Northwest with some sort of refresh on the stripes ... but otherwise maintain the basic AA corporate identity.

In other words, we'll see the same Helvetica-style AA logo on the tail and American titles on the fuselage ... but the rest of the livery will somehow be changed to adapt to the 787's lack of bare metal without appearing completely bland compared to the rest of the fleet. It's probably the only way to make the 787 stand out without completely overhauling the rest of the corporate branding.

Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 6):
More Blue less Gary would be my idea.

Don't make fun of Gary. I like Gary. He's cool.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3332 posts, RR: 45
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14736 times:



Quoting JBo (Reply 11):

To me, that just doesn't make any sense. Yes, the 787 is a great new airplane, and certainly the most revolutionary of the last 10 years, but despite it's composites, I just think it'd be tacky to have a new scheme for a new airplane. I don't remember the last time any airline has done such a thing (to my knowledge, it's never happened), and while this plane requires some different treatment thanks to its different composition, I just don't see it happening.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14487 times:



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 12):
Yes, the 787 is a great new airplane, and certainly the most revolutionary of the last 10 years

I'm a Boeing fan... but do you realize you are starting a war with this statement??  biggrin 


User currently offlinePanAm788 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14382 times:



Quoting PZ (Reply 13):
I'm a Boeing fan... but do you realize you are starting a war with this statement??

Ten years ago was 1998 almost 1999. The only passenger jet developed since then that is even questionably more revolutionary than the 787 is the A380. The A380 basically used existing technology and increased it in size. The same was true with the 747 30 years back. While it is a new and an extremely impressive aircraft, it is not revolutionary as the idea is 30+ years old.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 12):

I couldn't agree more. Congrats you are my first respected member  Smile



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User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14347 times:



Quoting PanAm788 (Reply 14):
Ten years ago was 1998 almost 1999. The only passenger jet developed since then that is even questionably more revolutionary than the 787 is the A380. The A380 basically used existing technology and increased it in size. The same was true with the 747 30 years back. While it is a new and an extremely impressive aircraft, it is not revolutionary as the idea is 30+ years old.

To build the biggest airliner in the world IS revolutionary. You revolutionize the industry and building something bigger doen't just mean snapping a bigger wing, tail etc...


User currently offlinePanAm788 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14334 times:



Quoting PZ (Reply 15):
To build the biggest airliner in the world IS revolutionary. You revolutionize the industry and building something bigger doen't just mean snapping a bigger wing, tail etc...

You don't revolutionize the industry with the A380, you change it. A revolution is a brand new idea..and the A380 is a new aircraft fulfilling an old mission. Not revolutionary.



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User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14308 times:



Quoting PanAm788 (Reply 16):
You don't revolutionize the industry with the A380, you change it. A revolution is a brand new idea..and the A380 is a new aircraft fulfilling an old mission. Not revolutionary.

you do revolutionize when you can transport over 800 passengers from one point to the other... that means burning less fuel per seat, and that's exactly what the B787 will do with the new technology, burn less fuel per seat. The B787 will be fulfilling an old mission as well...


User currently offlinePanAm788 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14289 times:



Quoting PZ (Reply 17):
you do revolutionize when you can transport over 800 passengers from one point to the other... that means burning less fuel per seat, and that's exactly what the B787 will do with the new technology, burn less fuel per seat. The B787 will be fulfilling an old mission as well...

ok, I don't want to start a war on this, like you said. But my point is that the 787 fulfills that mission in a new way (technology) and the A380 fulfills it in an old way (size). The 787 is thus more revolutionary IMO.



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User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14266 times:



Quoting PanAm788 (Reply 18):
ok, I don't want to start a war on this, like you said. But my point is that the 787 fulfills that mission in a new way (technology) and the A380 fulfills it in an old way (size). The 787 is thus more revolutionary IMO.

You can't say that because one is bigger you are trying to fullfil a mission in an old way. One is bigger because it is intended to serve a different mission... and to build a plane of this size, new technology had to be developed as well. I don't want to start a A vs B war as well, but I don't think that to say that the B787 is the most revolutionary plane of the last 10 years is fair... (this is hard for me to say since I'm a Boeing fan  tongue  )


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19954 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14245 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 3):

Would be too heavy and too expensive. I really don't think AA will use chrome paint.

A paint scheme on a plane that size adds a few hundred pounds of weight. However, it is actually far more expensive to maintain than a painted livery.

So there is actually a good reason why most airlines choose paint.

For my point, I am in a minority who believes that the AA livery is very dated. It looks every bit its age and I think that they need a serious update.

It looked great in 1978. 30 years later...not so much.


User currently offlineTristarCrazy From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 323 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14223 times:

I think the AA 738 retro jet is hot....like to see a 787 in that with silver...


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User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14200 times:

I think that AA livery is one of the most beautiful ones out there... It is one of the most recognized liveries and even though the same livery has been around for quite some time, I think it still looks modern and clean! It is a classic in the airliners world

User currently offlineJalapeno From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 14152 times:

Uhm,

Can someone give me an airline example of Chrome paint? (Assuming it's different that "Silver")

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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13997 times:



Quoting Jalapeno (Reply 23):

Can someone give me an airline example of Chrome paint? (Assuming it's different that "Silver")

Im not an expert on AA so i'm proberly totally wrong but AA's AB6's were initially painted grey but latter appeared in chrome so I assume AA used chrome paint for this?


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25 AA757MIA : No, A300s were polished as the rest of the fleet.
26 Post contains links and images Beeweel15 : What about this like Virgin Atlantic It is a metallic grey paint which will look good with the livery below Aviation-Design.Net:Design © R P Abraham
27 PZ : Ohh I hope american never goes with that paint!
28 Post contains links and images Bassbonebobo : I believe that AA had chrome paint on their BAC-111's. View Large View MediumPhoto © Burger Collection If I remember right, the bright area abov
29 Captaink : I certainly hope not. I can hardly call AAs scheme beautiful as some have said on here, but it is surely AAs identity. It is a ridiculously well know
30 Longhornmaniac : This is, in my humble opinion, one reason why we won't see AA change its livery for quite some time. This paint has grown into one of the most recogn
31 Hloutweg : The most revolutionary of the past ten years.... so, which is the most revolutionary as of 1998?
32 XaraB : IMHO, none of the planes the past decade have been truly revolutionary, only evolutionary, since they've all just applied "existing technology" and ut
33 AFKL : I will have to agree with you on this subject. Staying more on topic however, I personally believe that AA will have slight livery change with the ar
34 Brilondon : Why would you want to change a classic like AA's livery. I for one admire a company who won't change for the sake of change. That is just stupid. I l
35 BrianDromey : Airbus used not to recommend that the fuselage be polished, but strangely enough they changed their mind when AA was considering removing either the
36 AFKL : Unfortunately, considering the cirsumstances, they will have to! Whether they, or anyone else likes it or not. Sure they can keep the classic red, wh
37 AirNZ : Well, to be accurate, neither is the 787 anything remotely revolutionary except on paper.......plus they can't seem to get it in the air!!!
38 Post contains links Divemaster08 : There is nothing more cooler than the AA colours on the 777! For those who say that the colours are outdated and needs a re-vamp, just go and see the
39 AFKL : That looks horrible!!! ALLARD.
40 Malaysia : Can they powder coat chrome? Even better lets add mercury to the composite mix and sure that will cause serious reactions to the mix plus harm people
41 Post contains images Beertrucker : Here you all decide on that one. White Silver
42 LMP737 : Up close it even looked worse, the paint was applied with a roller.
43 PZ : Why do some AA MD80's have the nose painted black and others not?? I really like how they look with the black nose...
44 Post contains links and images WestJetYQQ : Dated; but not Outdated. That would probably be a very viable option. Air Canada's newer livery uses a metallic blue-ish paint. It looks very stunnin
45 PZ : What a great picture!! After looking at that picture, AA should never change this livery... simply beautiful...
46 Manfredj : the 777 of course!...although came a little earlier. Keep AA the same! It's perfect, coservative and truly American. They won't change it anyway.
47 JBo : I'm pretty sure that's just a glare/reflection off the wing. However, someone *should* define what they mean by chrome paint: A) Actual chrome paint,
48 Trojanclipper : Actually, I remember from when I was in training at AA, the chrome is not paint at all but the actual metal. It was thought at the time that the lack
49 Post contains links and images Bassbonebobo : It most certainly is a different finish. Here are some other examples: View Large View MediumPhoto © Art Brett - Photovation ImagesView Large Vi
50 JBo : I stand corrected. It's a possibility ... but a lot has changed as far as painting standards in almost 40 years. We don't know what kind of technique
51 MKE22 : That is the most awesome livery for the future of AA! I hope to see that in the future, not now, but in the future. That would be sweet!
52 ERJ135 : I'm not at all sure which way AA will go with the 787, one thing is certain it will definitely be different to a 777 by necessity. The complete lack o
53 PZ : Didn't Qantas had to adjust their livery because of the "no paint zones" in the A380?
54 Ssublyme : I'm with others in saying the AA livery could stand to be updated/refreshed whatever you want to call it. To me, there's something off about putting a
55 ERJ135 : I remember this well. The existing livery was applied to the tail of an A380 and it was discovered that the kangaroo's feet appeared amputated due to
56 Viscount724 : I think AA's livery still looks very modern and changing it wouldn't generate one additional passenger. Why waste the time and money? Think of the mo
57 LonghornDC9 : I for one hope that AA somehow manages to keep their current livery. It's instantly recognizable the world over, it's classy, and it's such a nice con
58 Post contains links and images Pianos101 : It looks like a lot of people are forgetting that the 777 (along with some other aircraft) already have major components that are composite, such as t
59 Jacobin777 : Add the money they save with less fuel being spent....[Edited 2008-12-14 16:43:39]
60 Post contains images Beeweel15 : If there is a no paint zone how come there is all that red paint around it. Also on a daily basis I see the Emirates A380 Parked at T4 at JFK and it
61 PZ : If you read his entire post you will see this:
62 Beeweel15 : I do apologize for that. Lets hope we can see an updated livery from AA.
63 DocLightning : It costs a few million dollars to design a new livery. That's change found in the sofa for most airlines. It costs a few million dollars to repaint t
64 PZ : Hasn't AC tried in the past tried a metal livery to "save" money burning less fuel but coming later to the conclusion that you don't actually save mon
65 Post contains images DTW757 : Does anyone think it will look like what AA has said it will look like?
66 DocLightning : No no no. Don't be silly. You can't trust word straight from the horse's mouth! CLEARLY, A.nutters know far more about AA ops than AA does. But 1) th
67 PZ : For me is always the other way around!! Everytime it looks a lot nicer the real airlplane!!
68 EMBQA : There is no such thing as chrome paint. Chroming is a process of treating metalics with an electronic charge and that can not be done here. American'
69 Post contains links and images Mayor : DL's was 1996 as the Ron Allen livery was in 1997. On another note, when DL got the A-310's from PanAm, with DL's Widget color scheme, the belly had
70 Post contains links and images Rikkus67 : hey PZ, regarding the AC bare metal livery... yes it was tried, and failed. It might have worked better with the dark green ("black") tail of the pre
71 Viscount724 : And if memory correct they had to wait for the Airbus warranty to expire before they removed the paint.
72 Post contains links and images 1337Delta764 : Actually, there IS such thing as chrome paint:
73 Antoniemey : You know... that, assuming it could be made in aircraft quality paint and was light enough to be worth it, that would actually probably look better t
74 EMBQA : How do you know that is paint, and NOT actually chrome...? It would be very easy to have each body panel chromed. Oops.. try a little research.. the
75 PZ : with the dark green it would have been a great livery! the other problem is that it doesn't look "clean" also, maybe on a new airplane that would hav
76 Antoniemey : Said owner has way too much time and money on his hands. In regards to AA's forthcoming 787s... I'm expecting grey or white, but hoping for either a
77 Post contains links and images WestJetYQQ : They tested the idea for a while on a 767. They didn't bother to make it as pretty as it could be because they weren't sure. They just wanted to test
78 Beertrucker : Yes they do make chrome paint. I have used it and it does give off that mirror if take the time and do it the way they say to.
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