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User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 983 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Just wondering--except for WN why don't many North American Airlines have exclusive liveries showing off different things about their respective countries? For example, ANA has the Gundam 777 for Japan, Air India Express has several unique liveries for locations around India....

[Edited 2011-06-09 14:54:51]


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User currently offlineFlyAA757 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

How about the animals of Frontier?

User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

Right, the animals of Frontier are special liveries, but it still doesn't show landmarks of the country in which they are based in.


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User currently offlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

AS: Salmon Thirty Seven, Alaska Statehood, Spirit of Disneyland
US: Nevada / Arizona
WN: Arizona One, Lone Star One, Maryland One, California One, Florida One, New Mexico One, Illinois One, Shamu



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2894 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

A lot, I would assume, would have to do with costs and returns on the investment. With so many of the airlines here in the US going through horrible rollercoasters over the last decade, is it WORTH paying to design a paint job, re-paint an aircraft, maintain that very specific paint job on that one plane (often times meaning that the airline will also have to maintain a separate paint inventory for this one plane...and plane paint is VERY expensive), and risk giving up your standard brand recognition (very important to the airlines) because people won't recognize what airline flies that plane since it's not the airlines standard paint job? You also have to consider the fact that in a 24 hour day, how often is a plane close enough to people to have this expensive paint scheme? Many airlines are pushing planes longer and longer all the time to squeeze every penny out of them...a plane doesn't make money sitting on the ground, after all. So all this money to re-paint the plane and maintain it in that very special paint job, and who is actually going to SEE this paint job? The customers in the terminal, and people near the airport seeing it taxi/take off/land...and whatever special thing you have painted on the plane better be biiiiiiiiiiig to be able to be seen.

Now, one thing airlines do is celebrate special events (anniversaries, a certain amount of aircraft in the fleet, corporate sponsorships, etc.) and in some cases its an investment that can have a return (as in the corporate/sport sponsorship). You'll see A LOT of those. My airline alone has quite a few of them:

Our 100th A320 (its a pride thing to reach a milestone like that):


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Our 10th Anniversay A320 (not many start-ups lately have made it 10 years):


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Photo © Eric Dunetz-Southpaw Captures



Our Real Salt Lake A320 celebrating us being the official airline of that soccer team:


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Photo © Javier Cáceres - AirImagesPR Spotters



Our NY Jetts A320 (celebrating us being NY's hometown airline and being the official airline of the NY Jets):


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Photo © Angel Moreno, PR Spotter



...and our specially painted A320 celebrating our commitment to be NY's hometown airline:


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Photo © Hector A Rivera-SJU Aviation Photography



Most of these special paint jobs have a chance at getting a return on their investment.

Other airlines also support causes. American Airlines has some planes that have ribbons painted on them for Breast Cancer Awareness and a yellow one for supporting our troops:


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Basically, the airlines need to ensure that a statement is going to be made if they invest the $$ into making a special paint job. States and monuments and whatnot would be difficult to do so that people would know what that paint job is about.

Just my   

~H81



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User currently offlinehomsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

AirTran has a few liveries as well, promoting various sports teams. I guess you could tie that to celebrating a specific location.


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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Wasn't the Continental Peter Max airplane named "New York One"? There is an image of the Statue of Liberty near the rear fuselage and the titles "NYC 2000" near the front:


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[Edited 2011-06-09 16:51:58]

User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2894 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 6):
Wasn't the Continental Peter Max airplane named

I miss those "Never Ending Peter Max" threads LOL!



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User currently offlineMainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 414 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1694 times:

Not around anymore, but I'd say this one highlighted a few landmarks:


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