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First Photo: Continental Retro Livery 739ER  
User currently offlineGothamSpotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 586 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40320 times:

Wow, this is a gorgeous plane.

   Continental Retro Livery 737-900ER: First Look

[Edited 2009-06-20 12:55:04]

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User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40330 times:

 bigthumbsup  Sure do like the cheat lines on the old schemes.

User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 988 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40249 times:

Very nice! Nice retro colours CO have, still with the grey base.

I've always liked the fonts CO use, what is the one called from the livery before now?

Proud European
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17160 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40145 times:



Where's that photo taken, looks like one of the EWR hangars?..

Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineThestooges From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40126 times:

I personally think they should have done the old meatball scheme (the last livery), that would have looked really cool !!!

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40103 times:

Quoting Thestooges (Reply 4):
I personally think they should have done the old meatball scheme (the last livery), that would have looked really cool !!!

IIRC, they held an employee poll for the design of this jet, and this was the winning design. The "meatball" liveries may still be a touchy subject for more senior employees since those liveries are associated with some pretty rough times for the airline. This is probably why this design won out.

User currently offlineT5towbar From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 640 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 40039 times:

It won't be at EWR till Friday morning.
It's probably at Boeing.
Larry and some selected members from the hubs will be picking it up and bringing it to IAH on Thursday. Then it's supposed to come to EWR and CLE this Friday. I guess afterwards it goes into revenue service.

A comment from an Ex CON: Work Hard.....Fly Standby!
User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 39846 times:

looks nice but I was told CO was also looking at the "gold" and "meatball" paint schemes which would have made a bigger contrast with the other planes. Again, this looks nice but in the tarmac it would get lost since it has a lot of white.

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 39740 times:

Now if I'm REALLY REALLY lucky, this will be one of my CO flights LAX-HNL-LAX in late OCT.
I have my seats, now I hope this is my bird because the print-out shows a 739 on the route for both legs.

If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 39456 times:

Wow, that bird is REALLY, REALLY boring.
You almost can't even tell it's "retro". Except that we know it is.
They should have done bare metal on the bottom.

A Continental Gold Elite, who was really pushing for a GOLDEN JETS bird.

User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2256 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 39239 times:


Where's the meatball?

User currently offlineCo757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 38935 times:

Absolutely Beautiful !!!!!!!!!! Happy 75th Birthday Continental !!!

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16231 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 38730 times:

Looks great!! I would have preferred the Golden Tail, but this looks awesome too.

Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 10):
Where's the meatball?

That was a nice livery, but there are too many bad memories associated with it.

Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinePellegrine From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Mar 2007, 2520 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 38508 times:

Me likey.

The retro font is very '30s New York.

oh boy!!!
User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 38202 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):
A Continental Gold Elite, who was really pushing for a GOLDEN JETS bird.

Too bad Gold Elites didn't get a chance to vote.

User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5596 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 37784 times:

Very nice!!! It's funny that a lot of these retro liveries go so well on modern jet aircraft.

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User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 879 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 37726 times:

I dont think its finished being painted. Somethings missing but im not sure what it is. The golden jet paint job I was hoping for was the 60s style. Where the gold was painted partially up the tail below "Continental" and "Golden Jet" as well. As an employee of the Meatball Golden jet era. I have to say it would have been nice to see a retro scheme with the black meatball. Once it was repainted red on the tail the company went to crap.

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User currently offlinePHX Flyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 37082 times:

It looks nice, but like many here I really would have loved to see the original "Golden Tail" design.

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User currently offlineJacobcal From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 36836 times:

WOW! Thanks for posting! It looks very good!! It's not the livery I voted for but seeing on the the plane makes me glad it won. Happy Birthday Continental!!!!

Thanks again!!


User currently offlineFiestaFlight From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 35863 times:

Yes, the Golden jet scheme would of been much more unique, cool and colorful. Lots of nostalgia for those, because I got some good 707 rides growing up. Still have a postcard with one of those too!

The meatball jets were great too, but I feel they are almost "too recent" for a retrojet livery today.
The pictured 739 I think is maybe "too safe", and nothing special except for some classic fonts. Seems more reminiscent of the prop era ,not the jet era.

The best part of the Golden jets was the sinister looking blacked out "mask" around the flight deck windows.
(That russian tycoon's 767 bizjet has a similar but thinner masked area, which is very cool.)

This is how the employees wanted to be represented, so I respect that.

User currently offlineN31029 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 35498 times:



Only thing better, in my humble opinion, would have been a "Proud Bird with a Golden Tail."

Thank you for the photo!!!


John 3:16
User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3263 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 34669 times:

IMHO, the "Meatball" logo was one of the best airline logo's/brands ever, in any era. Same goes for the NA "Sunking" livery, and EA's "Hockey Stick". Runner-up: SO's last livery.

Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2270 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32462 times:

Not bad, but I was hoping for a meatball. To me that screams Continental.

User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2943 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32321 times:

I'm not one that typically like those old paint schemes but that is wicked cool.

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User currently offlineCOflyerBOS From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 31412 times:

Nice. It looks better than I thought it would. I was hoping for the Golden Tail too, but this is a nice touch for my favorite Stateside airline.

25 CO737800 : I love it, great job CO
26 William : Nice photo..........funny when I look at the pic I keep hearing the theme to "Airport" in the background...........lol.
27 T5towbar : I actually voted for the "Golden Jet", but this one looks pretty good on the 737. I'm looking forward to seeing it on Friday. As far as the "Meatball"
28 SierraAir : One of the first things Continental did in the early 90s as they were beginning to emerge from financial hardships was to purge the meatball. It has a
29 Post contains links AznMadSci : Wahoo! Let the "Will I Get the Retrojet on my Next CO 739ER Flight threads begin! For those keeping tabs, it's #436 that will grace the skies with thi
30 VirginFlyer : Well, this was for CO's 75th anniversary, wasn't it? 2014 will be their 80th anniversary, perhaps we could see a 787-9 in the Golden Bird colours? V/
31 BMI727 : Sounds good to me. But as with the first one, the 787 will presumably fly mostly internationally where the Golden Bird scheme would receive little re
32 M404 : Congratulations Continental for 75 years. I was disappointed you couldn't stay with SkyTeam but wish you well. Nice to see som NWA ese
33 JacobCAL : That is something I would love to see! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. JacobCAL
34 STT757 : I would love CO to introduce a New York Air livery 737-800, and a PeoplExpress 737-900ER.
35 Viscount630 : Isn't that the idea of the retro-scheme???? Looks very good to me!
36 Pawsleykat : I personally think it's gorgeous tbh. I can't wait to see pics of this beauty flying on the database. Well Done Continental! JG
37 T5towbar : So would I.........
38 LY777 : looks nice. But why do every airline tend paint an aircraft with a retro livery?
39 Drerx7 : nostalgia...plus its the 75th anniversary.
40 DocLightning : Because it's fun and it looks cool? It doesn't earn them any money, but it's pretty cheap to do (the a/c needs to get painted one way or another). Wh
41 Isitsafenow : Now your talkin' Continental! Hopefully some of you are correct and this one is next. safe
42 Post contains links GothamSpotter : UPDATE: She's out of the hangar!
43 Tylerdurden : Oh geez...that looks horrifically plain. What a huge missed opportunity....!
44 GothamSpotter : Isn't it pretty close to the original? Maybe I just like it so much because I strongly dislike CO's regular livery.
45 Post contains links and images VirginFlyer : A few photos have now made it into the database here: View Large View MediumPhoto © Rick Schlamp V/F
46 AirframeAS : Does anyone know if this aircraft will do a DEN turn?
47 IAHcsr : Not in the next few days, No.. IAH EWR CLE MCO is it prior to 'induction' into service.. It just departed BFI en-route to IAH as CO 1934 ..
48 Drerx7 : Its actually headed to Hobby first. They should get a good view of it from Smith street if its headed to 12R this afternoon.
49 Lincoln : But if you read From Worst To First, you get a pretty good idea (unless the descriptions of "the way things were" were understated... in which case..
50 Viscount724 : But CO never used that livery on a jet. Since the 737-900 is very reminiscent of the 707, it would have seemed more logical to me to use the "Golden
51 Atomsareenough : Not bad, but clearly inferior to the Golden Jet livery. Maybe they'll do another one, though.
52 IAHcsr : 1934 skipped the stop at HOU and came IAH directly (as originally planned) It parked diagonally across E6 and E5 so as to give good profile to the ter
53 BMIFlyer : Oh yes, I love it. Well done CO
54 ABQopsHP : If the company should eventually paint one in the "Goldenjet (Audrey Meadows ((Bob Sixs wife)) who came up with the meatball scheme) it would be wonde
55 Coalways : Did anyone take any pics at the event in IAH?
56 Post contains links Coalways : Heres a Video of the Bird!!! She is a beuaty http://wms3.streamhoster.com/att/pub/hr/CALRetro2.wmv
57 T5towbar : .... from what I was told, they were quite understated to say the least..... Anyway, I'll see the new bird tomorrow morning. I hope that they will pa
58 WESTERN737800 : Lets hope so. I think this one looks great. I don't know as much about CO as I should. I would like to see them do a red meatball, its just the paint
59 IAHcsr : There were cameras all over the place..of every shape and size. Just how many of the images from those cameras will show up here or elsewhere on the
60 AirframeAS : Can anyone post what the choices were and their respective drawings of what the retros would have looked like on the 739?
61 BMI727 : I think that they were in the previous thread, but they may have been removed.
62 Jpiddink : It could be me, but with all these retro-liveries, I am curious if there is going to be any airline soon that takes this one step further and also ref
63 Post contains links IAD51FL : Here is a crappy video I took at E5 through the window with my digital camera. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu9yNkm4zCI Chris
64 Voltage : So where is it now? Any chance that it's on its way to IAH? I've got a 5:00pm flight today out of IAH and am hoping to see it.
65 Dutchflyboi : Not bad looking at all! Today it is in EWR, and will go on to CLE... not going to IAH today
66 IAHERJ : We are getting 4 more 757-300's(ex ATA birds Boeing owns) at the end of this year as well as 1st quarter 2010. I'd love to see the black meatball on o
67 Dutchflyboi : Not me...I would like to see an aircraft painted in all schemes of the airlines that make up the present CO: NY Air, PE, Frontier, TI
68 28L28L : Forgive me if I've missed this question, but when was this particular scheme applied to CO aircraft in its history. I've looked at DC-7s and Viscounts
69 LY4XELD : The CEO says it was on CO's fleet from 1947-1963 and called the "blue sky" livery. It's in the video posted above with the delivery ceremony.
70 IAHcsr : Blue Skyways ..... Is now in MCO for 'induction' .. which includes installing DirectTV.. Should begin earning it's keep around July 8th... give or ta
71 F9Animal : Congrats CO! I love the paint job on that! What a beauty! I would like to see some others join, including the meatball. But this paint looks so nice o
72 CALTECH : 436 looks nice. The Red, White and Blue Thunderbird emblem is nice, huge too.
73 Post contains links and images RayChuang : I'm disappointed. I was hoping that CO would paint a 737-900ER in the full Golden Jet livery like this: View Large View MediumPhoto © Burger Coll
74 Copter808 : The cost of the paint job was discussed by management and thought to be a rather expensive way of celebrating--until someone suggested having a NEW a
75 Copter808 : This was the livery voted on by the EMPLOYEES, not a decision by the CO leadership. I believe that it took two attempts to narrow it down to a single
76 Post contains links Rampkontroler : It was in Cleveland yesterday, and although I voted for the Golden Jet scheme myself, this Blue Skyway actually looks nice "in person.": http://www.op
77 Post contains links Coalways : Nice Video on CO 75th Anniversery. On CO account on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2qcTQrzqJo&feature=channel_page
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