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Gulf Air's New Special Paint Scheme Aircraft  
User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7930 times:

I have heard from a friend in Europe that Gulf Air will unveil a new "special paint" scheme aircraft, promoting a "big event" by the end of the year. The design is being kept strictly confidential and GF is not discussing it with anybody, at least for now. It would be interesting to see another special paint scheme aircraft from Gulf Air, since they have introduced a series of unique liveries over the last decade.

So, has anybody heard anything about this? What aircraft type? When we get to see it?

[Edited 2009-10-09 09:16:11]

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User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7695 times:

Sounds like for the upcoming Bahrain Air Show in January 2010. Gulf Air will also be introducing a new livery which will be most likely be unveiled in time for the 60th anniversary celebrations; March 2010.

User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7277 times:

It could also be related to a UNESCO worldwide event which if my memory does not faily me, will be held in Bahrain in the next 1 or 2 years. I have a feeling this could be it. It's much more interesting and benefitial to Bahrain to market this event on its GF aircraft rather than a low-key start-up air show event.

User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6116 times:



Quoting GF-A330 (Reply 1):
Sounds like for the upcoming Bahrain Air Show in January 2010

Wouldn't that be a bit late now?


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1640 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

I'd initially heard/read that GF was going to unveil a totally new brand/livery by the end of 2009. Perhaps this is it?
In any case, I don't think GF needs a livery redesign-just the occassional special scheme like EY does for the F1 races in Abu Dhabi.


User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5684 times:

Gulf Air will not introduce a new livery to rebrand the company. This project was canceled few month ago. However, GF will modify the current livery with minor changes only. The first aircraft delivered today to Bahrain with the new interior and the modified livery. Has anybody seen any photo yet?

User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1751 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5472 times:



Quoting EastCoast (Reply 5):
Gulf Air will not introduce a new livery to rebrand the company. This project was canceled few month ago. However, GF will modify the current livery with minor changes only. The first aircraft delivered today to Bahrain with the new interior and the modified livery. Has anybody seen any photo yet?

Really, what aircraft was delievered today?



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User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

I think it's the A320.

User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

I really don't understand why they need to alter the livery... it's so darn good the way it is!


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User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

According to James Park Associates marketing dept, they are working on a new livery for Gulf Air which will be revealed soon.

The new LHR lounge at T4 also designed by JPA is going to be launched next week.


User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4858 times:

From what I have heard, James Park Associates “new design” for Gulf Air was dropped. After several attempts they failed to provide a decent design to convince the government of Bahrain, as well as the staff of Gulf Air. A friend of mine who saw the design told me it was not impressive, so the management of Gulf Air decided not to proceed with it. JPA did some enhancement work to the current design, which was unveiled yesterday on a A320, but the GF staff was not happy about it.

User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1751 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4856 times:



Quoting EastCoast (Reply 10):
A friend of mine who saw the design told me it was not impressive, so the management of Gulf Air decided not to proceed with it. JPA did some enhancement work to the current design, which was unveiled yesterday on a A320, but the GF staff was not happy about it.

Do you have a picture of the A320?



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4856 times:



Quoting Vasu (Reply 8):
really don't understand why they need to alter the livery... it's so darn good the way it is!

Indeed, one of the best out there!

Quoting EastCoast (Reply 10):
JPA did some enhancement work to the current design, which was unveiled yesterday on a A320, but the GF staff was not happy about it.

Hmm, doesn't sound good...  Sad



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User currently offlineTerry From Qatar, joined Jul 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4856 times:

Here is the perfect answer to Gulf Air's conundrum:

Change the blue curvey line dividing the gold and white fuselage to red. Same with the engine nacelles.
Instead of bi-lingual Gulf Air / Tayaran AlKhaleej, go one language only Gulf Air / Bahrain, Arabic on one side English on the other.

As many have said, the existing livery is great BUT image needs refreshing and Bahrain ownership needs emphasis. The new red preserves the best of the past, is bright and obviously a change, and is proudly Bahraini.

And cost is negligible, I would think


User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4856 times:



Quoting Terry (Reply 13):
As many have said, the existing livery is great BUT image needs refreshing and Bahrain ownership needs emphasis. The new red preserves the best of the past, is bright and obviously a change, and is proudly Bahraini.

Agree with Terry that the Bahraini ownership needs more emphasis and as the Bahraini flag is red & white they would seem to be the preferred colours but Bahrain Air has the jump on GF using these colours.

Interesting that they have not gone back to the company that came up with the existing colour scheme.



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User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

Here's what I found :

updated Gulf Air livery


The new aircraft also boasts eco-friendly paint. The environmentally sustainable chromate-free paint uses 15% less paint when applied to the aircraft, which in turn allows the aircraft to weigh less, which results in less fuel burned and ultimately less aircraft CO2 emissions produced.

[Edited 2009-10-13 11:40:38]

User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

Oh no, it looks like GF got inspired by the copied version of their livery on that Paraguayan airline.

User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1640 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

The font used on 'Gulf Air' is just hideous. I don't know why airlines HAVE to tamper with perfectly good liveries.

User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1751 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4125 times:

OMG! The font should be changed right away! A graceful paint scheme with a horrendous title!


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User currently offlineSmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4060 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 17):
The font used on 'Gulf Air' is just hideous. I don't know why airlines HAVE to tamper with perfectly good liveries

I agree so cheap looking compared to the old font!!!!
Whilst the colour difference could be down to poor quality pic or changes in the paint, if the cost reduction is significant that can be justified but there is no reason to change the font to some thing so cheap!!
And the Arabic looks much better below the english title but I can understand being a middle eastern airline that they would want them on the same level, although if anything the Arabic lettering should be above the English...


User currently offlineEightball From Saudi Arabia, joined Oct 2007, 280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

The font that they used for the 'Gulf Air' title in that updated livery is going to stick out like a sore thumb.


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User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

GF, please change it, it's awful.  Why did they change it?
You have your own identity on the font style, why would you copy Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as they have the large English style and small Arabic font style.   This needs to be corrected immediately!!!


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4361 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

If that is you LCC department, fine, that bird looks like he never left a tiny cage!

User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3765 times:

This is awful, one of the best color schemes being downgraded to a cheapo style just by this little change... it looks cheap, it feels cheap, but I guess an idiot payed millions for this makeover  Sad


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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6280 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3742 times:

It seems the gold is gone and has been replaced by a standard yellow which simply wont have the same effect but I'm sure it saves a lot of weight. The new font is awful, they've gone from something quite simple but unique to something bland and tacky which looks like it could be from Microsoft Word! I understand the change in paint to a lighter version but I don't think the change in font was necessary.

I do like the larger tail logo though.


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