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UA Turns 85 Today! Retro Jet Unveiling At ORD 4/6  
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 22628 times:

I thought this deserved a topic of it's own...UA celebrates it's 85th birthday today! A heads up to those travelling through ORD this afternoon, the A320 retro jet is due to be unveiled at a gate event at gate B7 around 1:30pm central time.



Congrats to all the employees who have gotten UA this far! Here's to many more...   

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User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 925 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 22588 times:
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Link or just an internal source and the such?

User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 22532 times:

Congratulations UA, to all its past and present employees. Keep up the good work.

Now......who is going to get the first pics of that retro jet on here?


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 22435 times:

Quoting dumbell2424 (Reply 1):
Link or just an internal source and the such?

Source is Skynet (UA's employee intranet).


User currently offlinechootie From Germany, joined May 2007, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 22138 times:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

Hope they have many, many more to celebrate in the future!!!!            



chootie
User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 22001 times:
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Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):
I thought this deserved a topic of it's own...UA celebrates it's 85th birthday today! A heads up to those travelling through ORD this afternoon, the A320 retro jet is due to be unveiled at a gate event at gate B7 around 1:30pm central time.

Bummer. I'm on 005 tickets for the next six weeks.

I hope it's my favorite livery ("Mainliner" in navy blue)
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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21771 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):
the A320 retro jet

A320 retro jet   I heard it would be a B744 retro jet???

Any how, a big Congratulations to UA...         

EK413



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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21749 times:

I thought it was going to be a B757 retro jet?

User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21698 times:

Funny if they paint it in the old Continental c/s?

They see me troll'N they Hat'N  Smile

[Edited 2011-04-06 07:35:36]

User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21605 times:
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Quoting Giancavia (Reply 8):
Funny if they paint it in the old Continental c/s?

Didn't you know?

There is already a Continental retro jet.
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User currently onlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5957 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21590 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 5):
I hope it's my favorite livery ("Mainliner" in navy blue)

It should be the "Stars and Bars Friendship Livery."

See Post 82 on this thread for a pic on a 752 ... United Will Have A Retro 757 Next Year (by ramprat74 Nov 17 2010 in Civil Aviation)


UA Retro Livery Winner (by pecoua Dec 6 2010 in Civil Aviation)


Happy B-Day United!!!!!!

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 7):
I thought it was going to be a B757 retro jet?

It was originally announced to be a 752 but they changed the aircraft type midway through voting.

[Edited 2011-04-06 07:44:56]


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User currently offlineisitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21555 times:

WATCH FOR THE JET WITH THE GOLDEN TAIL!!!!!!!!!
safe



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User currently offlinecommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11630 posts, RR: 61
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21494 times:

Very cool.

United has an impressive legacy, and has substantially shaped the history and evolution of the U.S. (and I would say even global) airline industry.

That legacy is only rivaled by perhaps a handful of other airlines that are still in existence today.

Perhaps that is the most impressive legacy of all about United, and a few others of similar age - their longevity. In one form or another, these brands have survived all the tumultuous ups and downs in this industry both before and after deregulation. Wow. And not to mention, once they get their integration of Continental sorted out, this is going to be a powerhouse of an airilne with - as I've often contended - arguably the most impressive global network of any U.S. carrier ever assembled in history.

I think that sometimes, in getting caught up in the interesting and intriguing discussions of the industry as it exists today, we sometimes fail to appreciate how much all of us in any way connected with this business - as passengers, employees, enthusiasts - owe to the pioneering airlines that effectively created the airline industry we now have.

There aren't a whole lot of those pioneering airlines left in the U.S. - United, American, Delta, and a few others - but their impact and legacy loom so large over the industry that sometimes it is truly impossible to seperate them from the larger market in which they operate (a market, that is, that they effectively helped create).

[Edited 2011-04-06 07:51:56]

User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21424 times:
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Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 11):
WATCH FOR THE JET WITH THE GOLDEN TAIL!!!!!!!!!

Why?

The Continental retro jet is a 739 that flies out of Houston.

These ceremonies are in Chicago.


User currently offlinemanta From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21205 times:

Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 11):
WATCH FOR THE JET WITH THE GOLDEN TAIL!!!!!!!!!
safe

TED???


User currently offlineairzim From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21203 times:

I just walked by gate B6 where they were setting everything up. The plane was still in hiding.

User currently onlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5957 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21126 times:

Quoting manta (Reply 14):
Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 11):
WATCH FOR THE JET WITH THE GOLDEN TAIL!!!!!!!!!
safe

TED???

lol....

Doesn't look like the CO retrojet is going to ORD today if Flightaware is correct (that happens once in a while   ) its headed to SAP from IAH.



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User currently offlineaircanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21060 times:

A big congratulations to our Star Alliance member United Airlines, they deserve this since they are still around. I hope they continue their success down the road.

User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2412 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21011 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 5):
Bummer. I'm on 005 tickets for the next six weeks.

The issuing carrier prefix really has nothing to do with the metal you'll be riding on...  


User currently onlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2609 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20673 times:
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What's the registration? When will this plane fly and to where? I hope to maybe catch the departure...

User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20676 times:
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Quoting CODC10 (Reply 18):
Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 5):
Bummer. I'm on 005 tickets for the next six weeks.

The issuing carrier prefix really has nothing to do with the metal you'll be riding on...

Oh yeah -- I know that.

But I'll be doing WAS-IAH-ELP for at least the next four weekends.

Btw, at least one of the trips is a same-plane Skywest CR7 that begins at IAD, changes its flight number at IAH, and then continues on to ELP.


User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 622 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20660 times:

Pictures! I really, really like it. Looks snazzy!



User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3483 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20458 times:

Quoting PWMRamper (Reply 21):
Pictures! I really, really like it. Looks snazzy!

Stunning! I LOVE it!

Jeremy


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20434 times:

Wow, they actually used metallic paint on the belly! Bravo, she looks great!

User currently offlineflying_727 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20411 times:

Love the scheme, not on the bus!

25 calibansa333 : AWESOME! Wonderful looking aircraft! Happy B-Day UA.
26 chootie : PERFECT!!!!!! Stars and Bars is my absolute favorite UA c/s.!!!!! Thanks UA, and congrats once again!!!
27 boeingkid : Nice Pictures like it wish I was there. All Airlines should do this
28 Post contains images CODC10 : Looks great... now cue all those who said the serifs on 'United' look hokey! Also, now we have four different United liveries in service!
29 TOMMY767 : AMAZING! They should just stop painting them in CO colors and switch over to this scheme before it's too late!
30 PlanesNTrains : It actually looks better on the bus than I thought it would, but is this a 319 or 320? I read that it was going to be a 319, but it says "320" next to
31 WA707atMSP : This was BY FAR the best scheme UA has ever used. It's a shame it only lasted two years before it was replaced by the orange / red / blue scheme.
32 Larshjort : It's a A320, it has two overwing exits, and it's not a easyJet or Germanwings aircraft, therefore 320
33 FlyNWA727 : +10! I'm so sick of airlines (particularly American airlines) using baby Boeings and Airbus aircraft for these special liveries. Why can't we get a 7
34 Post contains images ouboy79 : Improved exposure across the network perhaps?
35 PlanesNTrains : Thanks! -Dave
36 FlyNWA727 : That crossed my mind but don't 757s get around the block quite often lol?
37 KFitz : ^Oprah got the 757! I've seen that 'farewell' jet at SFO, ORD, and IAD in the last 2 months. she certainly gets around.
38 Post contains images ual757 : Can they PLEASE paint every plane in that livery?
39 Post contains images kgaiflyer : Wow! Stunning is the word.
40 Post contains images OyKIE : yes, Yes, YES!!!!! This livery was spot on! Retro indeed, but it shows a company with a respectful and proud history! Ahh. The golden age of aviation
41 Post contains images Mir : Looks fantastic. Please, UA, PLEASE don't let this one fall victim to replacement panels that don't match the scheme. -Mir
42 isitsafenow : Because I always like the Bob Six Golden Jet of 50 years ago....thats why. But I like the mainliner colors too of UA. safe
43 Post contains images PHLBOS : Actually, AA DID have a 757 in a 1959 Astrojet scheme commorating its 40th Anniversary Jet Service for a few years. Sadly, it's since been repainted
44 Post contains images UAL747 : Okay, I'm actually here at ORD waiting on my WAAAY delayed flight to LHR. (Since when did UA fly the 744 to LHR?) Anyway, it's about 4 hours late leav
45 Braniff747SP : Bloody fantastic scheme! Can't wait to see it. I'd have prefered a Boeing a/c, but, I can't complain! Someone should be shot for that desicion. It's a
46 FlyNWA727 : Sigh... "American airlines" meaning "U.S. airlines". Yes, AA did have a Boeing 737-800 painted in the special 'Astrojet' livery.
47 FRAIAD : I'm a big United fan and I love it! Thanks for the pictures, guys.
48 snn2003 : Wow that is a damn good looking plane! Much love! SNN
49 DLATLOpsSup : ...but they do keep a 737 in that livery. It flies in and out of ATL all the time.
50 bdc767 : Looks GREAT !!!! Can't wait to fly Her. !!!!!
51 TOMMY767 : Phil, thanks for the photos. It seems to (at least based on your photos with the LCD screens in the ORD terminal) that UA might be marketing that "85
52 airlineaddict : That is a pic of Pete McDonald who is the COO of United.
53 ImperialEagle : IMO the best UA livery EVER! They should do the whole fleet!
54 Surfandsnow : Screw the ugly Continental globe, can we please have this be their new livery? I love it!
55 Caspian27 : Totally. What is it about the A320 series that makes that panel just above the inboard flaps have to be replaced so often? Seems every UA Airbus has
56 Post contains images PHLBOS : Last time I checked, AA IS a U.S. airline. Not sure what you're getting at. Not to nitpick but the 738's retro livery is of the 1962 design; the main
57 Post contains images JHCRJ700 : that looks really great! but what i can't understand is why United is doing these repaint jobs when all the planes are being repainted into the new "U
58 ual777newpaint : The Oprah jet was pre-merger, and this plane is to celebrate the 85th anniversary! It's still UA....
59 rikkus67 : In a nut shell, the A320 will see a lot more stations than any bigger aircraft.... Stars & Bars is a great selection (although I liked the versio
60 RmvB4Flight : Clean and sharp and calls to mind a time when flying was something much different than today. I want to hope beyond hope that they bring this back and
61 Post contains images wn700driver : Well, fear not everyone, for I have personally written a letter to Gerard Arpey stating what a wonderful idea it would be to have one of the new 77Ws
62 KLASM83 : What a brilliant looking airplane, that's all I can say.
63 Post contains links KBUF : For all your tracking needs: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N475UA Scheduled to fly ORD-DEN later and DEN-IAH-IAD-SFO-LAX tomorrow.
64 ca2ohHP : That is one sharp looking bird - bravo UA, love the friendship livery. I agree...looks like more thought was put into this one aircraft than the whole
65 MSPNWA : Wow, that's one pretty airplane. That's how you make white work on an aircraft. And although it would have looked even better on a 747, this way dozen
66 B727LVR : Agreed!!! I would love to see that scheme on a 777... Would make for a great commericial IMHO. Happy B-Day United!!!!
67 ER757 : Love it!!!!!!!!! Brings back memories of when I was a kid living near ORD and seeing UA flights departing and landing all the time. I like that they d
68 Antoniemey : I like it. Looks much sleeker and more attractive than the A320s in UA's regular ("old") colors do. The 737 version looks better, in my opinion. And t
69 ozark1 : That paint scheme is AWESOME. Much better than the one Continental chose for their retro 737 (I would have done the original Golden Tail), but kudos t
70 GlobalCabotage : Great pictures and posts! A classic livery and joy for those of us growing up in the flight path to ORD flight in the 70's (before the tulip). Great j
71 Post contains links and images sovietjet : Here it is...I just got home from ORD after taking the photo View Large View MediumPhoto © Ivan Voukadinov - BGspotters
72 Mir : Evacuation slide for the overwing exits, which needs inspection from time to time. -Mir
73 fanofjets : I have very fond memories of the scheme. It looked best on the DC-8-61 and Boeing 747-122. Beautiful, classic, and exciting scheme (or schemes, as the
74 jetfuel : 4th paint job for the plane
75 Eagleboy : It actually looks 'more retro' than other liveries. Most retro liveries are 1950/60s. This looks as if it came form the late 30's or 40's.
76 AirlineBrat : That livery reminds me of my childhood when I flew on my father's employee and dependents passes. Back then Y class included some pretty tasty meals a
77 goblin211 : darn it! missed it by a day.
78 NorthstarBoy : That livery is so freakin' classy looking. I'd love to see some other UA and CO planes in that livery as well, maybe a dedicated retro fleet consistin
79 ThirtyEcho : This is the airline that bought up the entire production run of Boeing 247s to keep American from getting any. American was forced (boo hoo) to buy DC
80 Post contains images Cactus105 : Looks Glorious on the Scary Bus. The winglets are my favorite part![Edited 2011-04-06 20:45:06]
81 Post contains images mdword1959 : Here's another shot:
82 primetimeDC9 : Why is it so hard for modern day liveries to accomplish what this one does? People in charge need to get more creative with their paint brushes.
83 PacificClipper : She looks fantastic. The metallic silver paint makes a great substitute for polished aluminum. With so many mainline jets in the combined fleet, I thi
84 OA412 : Beautiful! IMHO, the "friendship" livery and the Saul Bass livery are tied as the two best United liveries ever. Now, if only they would paint a 744
85 UAL777UK : Fantastic looking livery, however I would love to see that "twin livery" in the guise of a 747 or 747 on International Ops. I would love to see one a
86 Post contains images quiet1 : Actually, a 747-8i would be nice.
87 aacun : I think it loks awesome..... No doubt..... But didnt the original United go bankrupt already? So then, were celebrating the 85th anniversary of a fair
88 Midcon385 : Love it! Wish all the UAL planes looked like this! Though it's not that I don't like the current COA-inspired or the former UAL tulip schemes, but thi
89 FlyNWA727 : UA exited from bankruptcy five years ago so I'm failing to see what relevancy that has anywhere in this thread in regards to their new retrojet. Clea
90 UAL747 : I wanna know who the read headed kinda cute airliner freak was with his posse?
91 WA707atMSP : I think it looked best on the DC-10, with the 4 stars on the DC-10's #2 engine. It looked spectacular on every type in UA's fleet, though - from the
92 KGRB : I was upset when UA didn't chose the Saul Bass livery for their retro jet, but I must say, it's nice to be proven wrong! This A320 looks fantastic!!!
93 IAHFLYR : The little bus just left IAH.
94 NorthstarBoy : I agree, the DC-10 looked striking in the stars and bars. I also got to thinking that UA should have taken it one step further and reregistered the p
95 pnwtraveler : I loved the 727 in the Stars and Bars. I think it looks great with more visual excitement than the current scheme. I think it could have been updated
96 Post contains images mbj2000 : Such a great scheme, I know some people wont like this, but it looks so european And it's great that they chose the Bus. Why people keep bitching abou
97 Post contains links and images rikkus67 : Remember that Stars & Bars was an interim update for United...(prior to Saul's Tulip). There was also a variation in the Stars & Bars colours
98 B727LVR : Not to change the topic, but on that 727 if you replaced "UNITED" with "DELTA" I wouldn't have looked any closer, to realize that its not a Delta acf
99 RayChuang : While the UA A320 looks great in this retro livery, I wished they painted a bigger plane in this livery, like a 777-200ER.
100 VC10er : Chapter 11 is not "out of business". Had UA liquidated like Pan Am then came back using the "United" asset then perhaps you could say it was not an 8
101 Bluewave 707 : It's too bad that only one A320 got the "Friendship" livery. It would have been nice to see one of each type of the UA fleet receive the livery. An A3
102 Post contains images Aloha717200 : Absolutely freakin' gorgeous. This has to be one of the most beautiful, sleek, aircraft-complimentary liveries I've ever seen the A320 wear. It is ab
103 Post contains links and images rikkus67 : Changing a line from gold to red, thickening it, and changing the font a few times over, does not make it a "new" livery, regardless of which order t
104 Aloha717200 : Okay, I now see what you meant. I thought you were counting the mainliner scheme as one of the variations of the Stars and Bars. I wouldn't call them
105 rikkus67 : Aha! That now makes sense, so we are both right! LOL
106 Post contains links and images ADent : They should have painted a plane that was in the battleship scheme to get rid of one more of those - instead they repainted a plain in the final PMUA
107 MSPNWA : Got my first live view of the jet today, but it was a belly view 7 miles away under a milky sky. So, I'll have to wait to truly get a view of a histor
108 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : Can anyone clarify the difference between the liveries on the following UA 741s? Photos below dated February 1974 and June 1977, both with same livery
109 PacificClipper : Just a few technical/pedantic notes here.... This is the "California Sunset" livery. This is the "Worldwide Service" livery.
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