DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2071 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1567 times:
There are currently 130 a/c painted in the newest livery. 246 are in the 1997 livery and the remaining 222 are in the old livery or "flying widget" variety. According to the company news magazine "Delta Digest" dated July 17, 2001 "The tentative plan is to accelerate the paint line to get the oldest logo out by mid 2002." I hope this can be done but the plan seems a bit ambitious and overly optimistic considering that mid 2002 is less than a year away. However, I seem to recall that CO did their whole fleet within a year at the behest of Bethune so who knows, maybe DL can pull it off.
DeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1393 times:
I honestly don't understand how they can take so long to paint all their planes. It has been over a year now since the livery change, and they have only painted 130 planes?!? I travelled through Atlanta on Delta yesterday and saw a whole terminal full of Delta planes in the whole livery! We had a new livery plane (brand new 737-800) and a 767-300 in old-new colors (paint looked great). I saw one of the remaining L1011s...it looked horrible. Delta had allowed the white part of the plane to turn almost black...with paint chipping off and everything. I would never want to fly on the plane for a million years. The new livery and look is great, I wish they would speed it up, come on Mullin!
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1369 times:
A few weeks ago I also saw the new/new livery on an Md-90 for the first time; looks like they are finally starting to paint these birds. I must say it is a big improvement over the old/old scheme which always looked rather "dirty" to me on the Md-90s.
Jrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1334 times:
Delta is moving as rapidly as it can on repainting its fleet. But remember, if a plane is being painted then it isn't flying and making revenue for the airline. The company needs all the revenue it can get.
However, remember that Delta is going to be taking 3 planes out of service for maintenance for a while. I'm sure that this will help accelerate the painting.
Micstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
I think the new livery is great. One of the better ones for a US airline. The only problem I have with the new scheme is the unfinished look that the silver bottom creates. They should have used all white.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5476 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1275 times:
If you think that is slow, Cathay Pacific took forever to paint their whole fleet!
I really wish they kept the old-new scheme, that one rocked. However,I like the wavy flag because they re-introduced the widget.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1248 times:
The sideways widget in the mid to late 60s was ...well, maybe more than a "test scheme" ...but only got sprayed on the DC-9s because company execs felt the regular "vertical" widget couldn't be displayed prominently enough on the smaller fuselage.
Obviously someone at some point went "Uhhhh....No."
Cbqfan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1242 times:
While were discussing DL's paint schemes...
Has the 'Spirit of Delta' been repainted? Haven't seen for awhile and it looked pretty bad the last time it was in LAS.
As for taking forever to repaint a fleet, you folks should look to the railroads. Union Pacific's the worst - three years now and they can even decide on a numbering sequence for their locomotives! Let alone get them painted...
LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3783 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1205 times:
As far as Delta taking so long to paint their aircraft in the new livery, when Southwest announced that they were changing their livery, this was part of the press release:
Our existing fleet will be retrofitted over time into the new livery." Southwest expects to receive 25 Boeing 737-700s in 2001; 27 in 2002; and up to 26 in 2003. Southwest currently has orders with the Boeing Co. up to 2012. As for its existing planes, retrofits will be done over the course of the next ten years as part of Southwest's normal maintenance program.
I'm assuming that means the new interior AND the exterior paint but I could be wrong.
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2504 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
As of lately only one paint line has been in use in ATL. The other two "paint bays" have been used for letter check and mod work. Some of the 767 were done at PAE by Boeing. As of Sept the PAE line expands to two aircraft and somebody in PHX will be doing two at a time also. So every day up to five aircraft will be in paint process. The first MD11 is to be done in ATL in Nov.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1595 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
With the USAir/UAL merger falling apart, I find it unlikely that a CO/DL merger would be happening now.
The AA/TWA merger was more like a good buy for some more planes and routes, than a real merger.
I also found it sad that the rumor about one of the last L-1011s, 740DL not being painted in the "Wavey Gravey" Livery.
The rumor was that at the end of it's "C" check " back in April it was going to be painted in the "New-New" aka Wavey Gravey. But it was stoped because the it was needed back on the line.
The reason I heard was that Delta really want's to get the cabin changes to 767-400s done with.
QFATWA From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1094 times:
I am interested in the DL livery changeover and recently spent some vacation time visiting DFW, CVG and ATL to view the Delta operation.
Thanks to a response on airliners.net, I met a DL Engineer/Mechanic who treated me to a tour of the ATL base.
I have an almost up-to-date list of liveries (new, mid & old) and am updating it regularly, along with fleet additions and deletions.
This topic has created some interest - I am not highly skilled in computer knowledge. Would anyone care to create a "Delta Fleet Fan" web site, which would continue to update the fleet - additions, deletions and livery changes. I would provide the full fleet list and status of each aircraft to the web-site creator.
Enthusiasts could track the changes and advise the creator of changes, as well as adding some photographs. I would provide updates as provided to me by my contact.