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User currently offlineB727fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 299 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 9393 times:

Just for fun, a few liveries which have been completely changed and/or unchanged since 1970s

Here is my list for US & Europe:

AA (unchanged)
CO (complete change)
DL (complete change)
NW & TWA (R.I.P. however they did a 180!)
US (complete change)
UA (complete change)


Alitalia (modified, almost unchanged)
KLM (modified)
AF (modified, almost unchanged)
IBERIA (modified, almost unchanged)
BA (complete change)
LH (change)
Czech (complete change)
TAP (complete change)


Would be interesting to find the ones which have stayed pretty much the same! for me personally, AA is a classic.


Ahhh, the goold old times! I wish the golden age of aviation (when we used to board a wide body w/ service for an hour flight) make a comeback but with affordability  

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User currently offlineJQflightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 945 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9365 times:

QF has only been modified 


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User currently onlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8525 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9342 times:
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Quoting JQflightie (Reply 1):
QF has only been modified 

I wouldn't say that - the OP said "since the 1970s" - at that time QF had a winged 'roo and a cheatline , the current livery is a modified version of the one introduced around 1984 .



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User currently onlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8525 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9212 times:
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SQ has only been modified slightly since the 70's - I am trying to think exactly when they added the rather tacky gold stripe to the rear of the fin and to the cheatline , was it in the early 80s ? I still have never figured out why they did it as it looked much better before that .

Original livery


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Current livery - with amended font , faded yellow and silly stripe .

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User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9179 times:

I do believe AA has one of the oldest, if not THE oldest unchanged liveries still flying.

Although, if you really wanted to get technical, it could be argued that AA has, indeed, 'modified' their livery in that the tail on all aircraft are painted solid grey rather than have a patchwork of painted composite and bare metal (case in point with the MD-80s, older photos show bare metal, newer ones show a painted tail).

Who knows what will happen with the 787.



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User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9090 times:

Air India
Jet Airways
Northwest

All the above changed their liveries within the last 8 years


User currently offlineYXwatcherMkE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9046 times:

YX Changed/modified their livery from when they started as Midwest Express Airlines to Midwest Ailrlines.


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And how knows what the new livery will be later this year.

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I miss the 60's & 70's when you felt like a guest on the plane not cattle like today
User currently offlinebookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8925 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 2):
QF had a winged 'roo and a cheatline

And a rather great livery it was too!


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A couple of liveries that I think have been vastly improved over the last decade or two from their prior guises:


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(Cathay Pacific aircraft, to me, always look so classy parked at a gate.)


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User currently onlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8525 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8915 times:
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Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 7):
A couple of liveries that I think have been vastly improved over the last decade or two from their prior guises:

and a couple which have gone the other way - from the sublime to the truly awful


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User currently offlineAirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8763 times:

Since1970 AC has changed 3 liveries including the Font style as well. Here are few pics of AC from 1970 til present but not in specific orders.



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User currently offlineDFWEagle From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1071 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8727 times:

Quoting JBo (Reply 4):
I do believe AA has one of the oldest, if not THE oldest unchanged liveries still flying.

Introduced in 1968, making it 42 years old this year.

IMHO, it still looks absolutely fantastic - easily the best airline livery around today. I hope it doesn't change for a long time.



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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8358 times:

As has been observed in other forum threads, Royal Air Maroc has only had relatively minor modifications since the 1960s:


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User currently offlineYXwatcherMkE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8227 times:

Here are some pic's of SY liveries that have changed over the years.


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I miss the 60's & 70's when you felt like a guest on the plane not cattle like today
User currently offlineAirJamaica From Jamaica, joined Aug 2006, 2509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7995 times:

Quoting B727fan (Thread starter):
Would be interesting to find the ones which have stayed pretty much the same! for me personally, AA is a classic.
Quoting DFWEagle (Reply 10):
Introduced in 1968, making it 42 years old this year.

IMHO, it still looks absolutely fantastic - easily the best airline livery around today. I hope it doesn't change for a long time.

AA sport their livery quite well over the years and it fits them perfectly I think. No need to change it. I like the design of the eagle between the two A's on the tail. Simple but effective.


JM has been modified over the years :


Then

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For some the current livery is too colorful but one thing is certain. Love it or hate it, these aircraft stand out at any given airport night or day, rain or shine.


The thing with livery changes on airlines is sometimes the carrier change for the better, sometimes for the worst which again all depends on one's personal like/dislike.



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User currently offlineIrregKing From Germany, joined Feb 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7641 times:

also Austrian Airlines has undergone some changes...


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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2290 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7436 times:

Two airlines come to mind with me,

Olympic Airways/Airlines/Air :


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Southwest Airlines:


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User currently offlinethrufru From Marshall Islands, joined Feb 2009, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6979 times:

Several years ago, I was having a conversation with some friends at the crew check-in counter in dispatch. We were talking about airline logos/liveries, particularly the classic circular ones, ie: the Lufthansa Crane, the JAL Crane, The Continental meat ball and so on.

I commented on how I didn't expect to see any changes, especially among the first two. The next day, JAL introduced their new livery. Argh. At least Air France still has the little sea horse of the old logo on the front of the fuselage.


User currently offlinesupersomondoco From Colombia, joined Dec 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6612 times:

For those who think "a threat without pictures is worthless", here you go:

Avianca:


1968


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Early 70's


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1977


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1978 Revision


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1982-2002

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2002-2006 (Alianza Summa era)   


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2006 to date (The new Avianca)


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Hybrids/Special, interesting Schemes

Avianca 80 años


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Avianca "Lite" and Bancoquia logojet


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After de Aviancaciones logojet, the html code went wrong, sorry, but you can see interesting liveries, hybrids there

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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5671 times:

OK have had several in early 90s, before they settled with the triangle tail scheme. Which they changed lately into IMHO awful "diamond" scheme. Guitar pick, no less. Shame one of the first to wear it was the special - anniversary plane with Brandenburg scheme.

So went the time for the plane:

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This is one of the interim schemes then


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Some planes in Triangle scheme also sported Czechoslovak Airlines titles briefly.


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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

easyJet has the same livery since they started, now almost 15 years ago. The only swapped the phone number for the web adres:


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24629 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5340 times:

Quoting AirCanada014 (Reply 9):
Since1970 AC has changed 3 liveries including the Font style as well. Here are few pics of AC from 1970 til present but not in specific orders.

You're missing the original AC livery introduced when they changed their name to Air Canada in 1965, although it began appearing on a few aircraft in late 1964. That livery used a darker shade of red, had a narrower fuselage cheatline, a black glareshield below the cockpit windows, a smaller logo on the tail, and the Air Canada name on the fuselage in black instead of red.


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I don't think the livery with the dual cheatlines on your DC-9 photo ever made it onto the entire AC fleet.


User currently offlineaircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1703 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5023 times:

Quoting AirCanada014 (Reply 9):
Since1970 AC has changed 3 liveries including the Font style as well. Here are few pics of AC from 1970 til present but not in specific orders.

The second from original, which you show first, is still my preferred AC livery. Can't really get accustomed to the toothpaste one...

IB's is quite a few years old as well, and still elegant, in my eyes at least.


User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 4501 times:
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TWA changed drastically in 1996.

User currently offlinekevinasaurus From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 4419 times:

WestJet hasn't changed, although they've not been around for even a decade and a half.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16793 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

Quoting 7673mech (Reply 22):
TWA changed drastically in 1996.

For the better, livery wise. The post 1996 TWA livery is one of my favorites, looked especially good on 757s.


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25 Post contains links and images AirCanada014 : Since1970 AC has changed 3 liveries including the Font style as well. Here are few pics of AC from 1970 til present but not in specific orders. View L
26 B727fan : AA is a true classic AF was probably the pioneer in simple All White which has endured many years. I also wont be surprised to see CO current scheme t
27 Post contains images lvhgel : AR Latest (Boring for my taste) 90s (The Iberia Era) 70s and 80s (The best AR Color Scheme ever)
28 contrails : AA changed their tail livery in the 70's (I think - I wasn't spending much time hanging around airports at the time). Back then there was an eagle on
29 Post contains images PHLBOS : There still is an eagle in the AA logo (sandwiched between the double-As) and it's looked the same since the current red, white and blue cheatline sc
30 SXDFC : Has AA ever even considered changing its image?
31 contrails : That's it. Thanks for clarifying this. As I said, I wasn't hanging around many airports back then.
32 PHLBOS : Not that I'm aware of. While they've tinkered with the 'AA' font and eagle over the decades (prior to the current 1968 logo); they've kept the basic
33 Post contains links and images rikkus67 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Aris Pappas The original delivery scheme for "Air Canada" branding, starting in late 1964 for 1965. This replaced the "
34 alitalia744 : Figures our disagreement wouldn't end with DL vs. CO. I actually preferred the simplicity (although agree it lacked connectivity to the name) of the
35 Post contains images EK413 : It aint broke so why try fix it EK413
36 Post contains links and images spacecadet : ANA is like the Japanese version of AA. Minor tweaks, nothing major in the last few decades. 1986: View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr.
37 rikkus67 : It truly was a sad day when the crane left the tail of JAL. Although I understand the design of the current tail, being that of a stylized Rising Sun
38 Post contains links and images PHLBOS : Did ANY AA birds ever roll out WITHOUT the small blue eagle between the double-As? If they did, it must've been very short-lived. The earliest photo
39 ckfred : If I remember correctly, Raymond Loewy (sp?), the famed industrial designer, devised the current scheme. The AA didn't have the eagle in the initial
40 DFWEagle : No, it was Massimo Vignelli.
41 PHLBOS : I guess the new logo first appeared on various signage, literature, etc. before it actually the planes were painted. That's similar to what happened
42 AirframeAS : That does not even qualify, IMO... that is a complete change. The Canyon Blue was never around to begin with.
43 Viscount724 : I have two books on 707/720 history. Both books include the same 1968 photo at JFK of the first AA aircraft in the new livery (720B N7528A). It does
44 Post contains links and images Jalap : Here's my favourite "oldie", been around since 1975, and just look at the variety of plane types, what other unchanged livery has been worn by a 707,
45 Post contains links and images emirates2005 : Not exactly in the 70s, but EK changed too. 1990s View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank Schaefer modified to: View Large View MediumPhoto © Konstantin
46 PHLBOS : Thanks for the update/clarification. I realize that the number of older/vintage photos in A.net's database is, by no means, abundant and plentiful (c
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