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User currently offlineAndyDTWnwa7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5273 times:

I realized this the other day when spotting and than after reading the 'what's with the white' thread I thought I should post this.
Delta, CO, UA, and US ALL have white over blue liveries with blue tails. Now we can speculate as to the benefits of white but when 4/5 of the major (international) airlines in the US have liveries that are pretty close I guess it just surprises me. Any thoughts?

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18677 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5215 times:

Well, the colors of the U.S. are red, white, and blue. So a U.S. carrier will probably feature those three. Red is jarring when used in excess, so DL and US use it sparingly. UA doesn't use any red anymore other than on their titles.

As for CO, it is white over grey, not white over blue. I wish it were white over blue; it would look much better.


User currently offlineAndyDTWnwa7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

Wow I am pretty embarrased to say the least that I let the CO thing by me without thinking twice. I do like US's livery. And DL's livery I think looks classy. The tail in a way pays tribute to NW (red and facing same way the compass did). Now that may not have been intentional considering the new livery came out pre-merger but I still like to see NW alive in Delta.

User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11116 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

I think most would agree that - like it or not - AA's bright-silver livery is fairly distinctive and recognizable, and definitely easy to spot (assuming the sun's not reflecting off the aluminum and right into your eyes!).

But, generally speaking, I think it all depends on how closely you follow these sorts of things.

Perhaps the average random traveler around the world may not be able to readily differentiate between mostly-white United and mostly-white Delta and mostly-white Continental, etc. (to say nothing of the many non-U.S. carriers that have also moved to white), but for most people here on A.net, for example, I doubt there would be much of a problem easily telling one from another.


User currently offlineLASoctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5096 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Red is jarring when used in excess

Although, I must say, it looks nice on Avianca's fleet.



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User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4924 times:
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Quoting LASoctoberB6 (Reply 4):
Although, I must say, it looks nice on Avianca's fleet.

Indeed! I was just thinking that myself.



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User currently offlineThegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

It's pretty easy to spot a southwest (WN) bird either in the Orange scheme or the Canyon Blue scheme...


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18677 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4742 times:



Quoting LASoctoberB6 (Reply 4):

Although, I must say, it looks nice on Avianca's fleet.

Looked GREAT on the NW Bowling Shoe livery, I have to say. But it's an accent, not the whole fuselage.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7255 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4352 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Red is jarring when used in excess

But some like it hot:

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but neither of them are American.


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8488 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4301 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Well, the colors of the U.S. are red, white, and blue.

so are the colours of the flags of France , the UK , Panama , New Zealand , Australia and dozens of other countries , but apart from AF the flag carriers of those countries dont seem excessively fond of red white and blue . Although personally I think the OP is just having an affectionate poke back at those ( predominantly but not exclusively ) US posters who seem to always make comments about "Eurowhite" schemes .



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3896 times:
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Quoting VV701 (Reply 8):
But some like it hot:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 8):
but neither of them are American.

We did have an all red carrier once; New York Air...

Also Mesaba's Saab 340s are mostly red.



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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2864 times:



Quoting AndyDTWnwa7 (Thread starter):
Any thoughts?

Yea. They're getting boring. Although I can't say I dislike any of the current liveries, I do agree that they're starting to look the same. A mostly white fuselage with the tail in the primary colors and logo of the airline.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 3):
AA's bright-silver livery is fairly distinctive and recognizable, and definitely easy to spot (assuming the sun's not reflecting off the aluminum and right into your eyes!).

And a fuel saver too. Less paint = less weight. I have a book published in the mid or late 90s and at that time (when oil was significantly cheaper than it is now), it said AA saved nearly $400,000 a year on its MD-80 fleet alone by not painting the main fuselage.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

F9 is easy to spot.... except for the tails.... never know which animal it is from a good distance though...


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2681 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Well, the colors of the U.S. are red, white, and blue. So a U.S. carrier will probably feature those three



Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 9):
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Well, the colors of the U.S. are red, white, and blue.

so are the colours of the flags of France , the UK , Panama , New Zealand , Australia and dozens of other countries , but apart from AF the flag carriers of those countries dont seem excessively fond of red white and blue .

I disagree for AF and BA. They only colours they use are red, white and blue..

Quite a few other countries base their liveries on the colours of their national flags, for example Swiss (red and white), Alitalia (red, white, green), JAL (red and white), Austrian (red and white), South African Airways (red, white, blue, green, black, yellow), and others.

For many years, AC's livery was red and white. That livery was introduced about the same time as the current Canadian flag (red and white).


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