Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24308 posts, RR: 21 Posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2458 times:
Are there any plans to leave one or more aircraft (I guess probably Airbuses) in the navy blue US Airways livery a la WN? I've not seen it discussed, but given that they have lots of other aircraft including a handful in the immediately pre-merger HP scheme, it would seemingly make sense.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
I doubt it. Only because, they just changed the livery. There was no name change involved. The plane will still remain US Airways. Now if the merged airline was called HP, I'm sure a navy US plane would remain. Plus, those navy planes are heavier than the white ones, which means on the same route, a navy plane would have a higher fuel cost.
The problems with the dark paint aside, there really isn't anything "legacy" about the previous US livery. The current livery is largely based off that one and it's not exactly a distant memory at this point like Allegheny, Piedmont or PSA. The USAir livery would look great and would be much more appropriate for a "retro" livery IMHO.
as some of the AL birds that got the '75 livery treatment just prior to the Sept. '79 AL-US name change simply had USAir titles added (I think the date on this particular photo might be in error, but nonetheless it's a visual example).