I was wondering the same thing. Last I heard it was going to be finished in Toulouse before delivery I guess those plans changed.
Same. I saw it for first flight in Toulouse and the sistership in primer. Saw one again today in Hamburg Finkenwerter, both in that horrible white scheme. Even with the stripes added later it is going to be a dog of a livery compared to any of their previous liveries. It baffles me why on earth would MH not want it delivered in full livery for training - given that their first A380 has been parked up for sometime and having already been repainted once in the old liveries...
I hope the A380 does better for MH than the branding clowns they hired have.
something From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15732 times:
Quoting CapEd388 (Thread starter): 1 - Why is the livery on their first A380 missing the blue strokes, which are present in the rendering? Did they make a change in the livery or are they going to add the strokes at a later time?
Actually, the last thing I heard from MH on the day of the delivery was ''we are not sure if we can get the full colors done before we start London flights''.
Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 3): It baffles me why on earth would MH not want it delivered in full livery for training - given that their first A380 has been parked up for sometime and having already been repainted once in the old liveries..
The rest of the paint is actually a sticker. Airbus doesn't apply sticker, for the most part. Etihad and Saudi tails are usually blank until delivery. Most government jets look pretty naked too. Or all the special paint schemes Shenzhen airlines and friends fly - all applied in China. It's probably a cost saving measure. Note that not all A320 are even painted in TLS or XFW either. Some go to MST, some go to DNR etc.
Pohakuloa From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 15281 times:
On 19 May 2012, a 738 (9M-MLN) destined for MH came through HNL on the first leg of its delivery flight in a very noticeably blank livery (all white save the Malaysia Airlines font up front). Unusual as it is the first and only one thus far to show up bare here.
This delivery could be relatively aligned with the delivery of the A380 at MH. Does anyone know if 9M-MLN is getting a special livery? Or perhaps this is MH's way of being secretive in possibly debuting a new livery on both their new super jumbo and on their new smaller aircraft as well? With the "unfinished" paint jobs on both birds, could it be a special livery for both aircraft or
It hasn't even been 2 years since the new "swiped stripes" livery has been funneling through here for MH, although I like the look of this livery compared to the grey bellied livery. I would imagine a whole new livery may be a bit premature time wise, but a special livery in commemoration of something could make sense. Kudos to MH on receiving and adding a tick mark to the A380 operator column.
je89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14550 times:
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Quoting Pohakuloa (Reply 5): On 19 May 2012, a 738 (9M-MLN) destined for MH came through HNL on the first leg of its delivery flight in a very noticeably blank livery (all white save the Malaysia Airlines font up front). Unusual as it is the first and only one thus far to show up bare here.
9M-MLN was painted mostly white because it was their first B738 to be delivered after the decision to change their livery. To what - I really have no idea, and honestly wouldn't be surprised if they knew either.
Quoting Pohakuloa (Reply 5): Or perhaps this is MH's way of being secretive in possibly debuting a new livery on both their new super jumbo and on their new smaller aircraft as well?
This is what I suspect, despite MH already unveiling the renditions of the new livery on their website. Guess we'll just have to wait and find out!
aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13604 times:
Perhaps MAS just did not want the final new livery to debut on a B737-800 and therefore rather receive this B738 in all-white. After 9M-MNA is re-delivered to them in Kuala Lumpur on 30 June 2012, they could easily apply the full livery to the B738 9M-MLN (plus any other aircraft that is/are delivered between now and then).
9M-MNA arrived in KUL yesterday (30May) and is scheduled to undertake all manners of ground handling tests and on 5 June, it will conduct a demonstration flight for its staff as well as invited guests. The following day, it will depart Kuala Lumpur and head back to Toulouse (and possibly Finkenwerder - where it will receive the remaining elements of its new livery and the Premium Economy seats will be replaced by regular Economy Class seats).
In my conversation with the airline's media relations team, they definitely know what the final new livery is like ... but remain secretive about it. We just have to depend on those dependable eyes around Finkenwerder to tell us what the final new livery looks like.
smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10665 times:
I must confess I am a huge fan of the new livery, I just hope the blue is extended more universally through their brand. Currently, uniforms, seat covers, advertisements, lounges, etc nothing is the same, what element convenes a strong brand? There is no uniformity. I like the blue it is simple classy, modern and elegant.
I wonder which airline will be the first to introduce a special scheme on the A380? With that much weight in paint form perhaps it will only be a gulf carrier who can afford it?
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10655 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10331 times:
The new MAS livery is cheap-looking and hardly better than the interim one used on the A330F. And from all colours they chose blue and dropped their traditional red. How creative and outstanding for an airline! To change the logo to one colour is rubbish too. Seems they hired the same cheap agency as JAL and asked them to something Egyptair-like but less good. In any case, MAS´ A380s will be the least good-looking yet.
something From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9165 times:
Quoting peanuts (Reply 13): How much does an average paint job/sticker job weigh?
Painting an A321 is 150kg worth of paint. An all white A388 carries about 700kg. Other colors weigh more and may have other drag coefficients. A dirty fuselage can increase fuel consumption by up to 2%. LH washes their long haul aircraft every 90 days, washing an A380 takes about 10 hours and uses about 10 000 liters of water.
Eurowhite is more than a lack of creativity. It can be an economical advantage.