AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5338 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 87703 times:
Having viewed the pic, I'm now choosing to believe that you and Russ are wrong. There's no other reasonable conclusion.
That's way too ugly to be destined for AA.
Looks more like the Chilean Air Force... the one with the solid grey airplane, and the blue rudder.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 16814 posts, RR: 57 Reply 11, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 86704 times:
Quoting EK413 (Reply 8): The American flag certainly is a give away sign this is destined to a US of A carrier and AA from memory is the only carrier which have B77Ws on the Boeing order books...
No, look closely. Enlarge the photo. The flag is skewed to the line of the aircraft. It has a decidedly downward slant to it from fore to aft. It also overlaps the top rear corner of the aft-most window before the L2 door. No flag would be painted on in such a manner. Furthermore, if you look closely, you can see the flagpole rising from the apex of the roof of the low building immediately in front of the aircraft.
I'm not saying it's not AA's aircraft, but I am saying that that flag is not painted on; it's in the foreground.
If this is AA's aircraft, my guess is that this is some sort of primer awaiting a gloss finish. I'm not aware of any commercial carrier that has ever used matte grey.
Darksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 979 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 86654 times:
All I can say is that if that is indeed an AA 77W, I hope the gray is just a base for a special scheme or something better. The last time they tried this on the A300's it really did look pretty rough in person. Even when new.
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qf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2554 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 86462 times:
While I agree that this is probably a base coat, and that the final coat will be painted on literally the night before they are ready to reveal the new look to a big media circus, I think this would be an awesome base colour for a new livery...
With some punchy red, white and blue waves up the side and a big AA on the tail, it would be very bold...
The old Northwest was metallic, the old UA was gloss, and military seems to use matte. Furthermore, I'd be surprised to see a matte paint job, unless I'm missing something about the paint itself. As a car enthusiast, I hear a lot about how much work it takes to maintain a matte paint job and keep it looking good, assuming it ever looked good. Plus, an airliner is going to see harsher environments on a regular basis, since leaving your matte black Lambo in the garage is usually an option.
Also, a gloss finish will have a lower friction coefficient than a matte paint scheme.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
25 tugger: Dumb questions: Why do we know for certain that this is an AA destined aircraft? Just the order book and what is up next? Just the flag? Could it be a
26 tommy767: Actually as much as I love the current paint scheme, I'm a big believer in this could be a good thing. Their corporate image is so tainted, and how el
27 checksixx: ALL passenger airliners being delivered have a clear coat applied.
28 sabian404: Guys, sorry for the image quality, but it was shot with a Galaxy S III at full zoom. The aircraft is currently sporting N717AN as the reg.
29 crapper1: they have to try new things where they are now is not good any lower and they will hit tree tops and then its done with, I think they need to update t
30 DocLightning: I sure hope so, because otherwise there's gonna be a delivery delay! I'll give you a flag pole... Wait... that didn't come out right at all. Does tha
31 AeroWesty: My bet: This isn't the final coat, the plane will be flown down to the PDX paint shop, then flown out under the cover of darkness to some remote spot,
32 DocLightning: No branding would ever be revealed so sloppily as this.
33 BMI727: ...which is why I highly doubt AA will opt for matte paint. Airlines don't have much incentive to have low reflectivity. Yes. There was a Boeing stud
34 macsog6: As much as I am a fan of the traditional bare metal finish, I knew it was going away - it just had to with the Airbus coming into service. I'll reserv
35 superfly: I hate to see the bare polished metal go. I really hope it's not white with painted tail or swirl.
36 sabian404: Photo of it this evening - http://flic.kr/p/dk9qL1
37 Prost: Under that lighting it sort of has a pale grey color to it.
38 Deltal1011man: why? White/grey/NWA metallic for the bus and metal for the Boeing. AA's management is doing this just to do it. smh.
39 JAAlbert: Alright Mister, what do you know that you are not telling us? Your post sounds like you know what the livery will look like - if so, tell us! I actua
40 PHX787: Wellll maybe this might be from my days hanging out at my buddy's detailing shop. Before he painted a car in a darker color, he always put a base coa
41 EA CO AS: Regarding the paint, is it possible it will receive the same sort of silver/gray paint as seen on N569AS, the "Starliner 75" ? Under the right (wrong
42 JAAlbert: Ahah! I think you're right. jeeeezzz, it does look almost white at night doesn't it? But don't give up hope - yet. At least we now have a definitive
43 realsim: If the reg is N717AN, then it's 100% sure it's an aircraft for AA: Here you have the registry information, as you will see, the aircraft is a 777-323,
44 Eagleboy: Yep, can't see any airline boosting about their new 'Grey' rebranding...............unless they want to cash in on the recent literary success of the
45 pdxswa: Come on everyone this is a base coat of all white. This is not newsworthy yes it is AA's first 77W . It is newsworthy when it is painted in full liver
46 USAIRWAYS321: The fact that an AA 777 has a base coat of anything is indeed newsworthy.
47 817Dreamliiner: Agreed. Im actually looking forward to what they come up with.
48 redzeppelin: I quite like the idea of a dark charcoal or gunmetal metallic finish. I hope that's what they do.
49 scbriml: It's clearly grey, not white. Compare it to the 747 parked next to it. I think that's the final colour. If it was just a base coat, would they really
50 airliner371: Does anyone know... Are we looking at an early or late November delivery? I think this is great and highly needed. Hopefully we see a new logo and a m
51 zkojq: Has AA scheduled an event for the new livery's unveiling? Why would they start the registration sequence for a new type at seven? The convention is us
52 VC10er: There is a high likelihood the the Creative Director of the NWA silver scheme will be the same as for the new AA. I can't confirm that, but even if it
53 EK413: Thanks for pointing it to me and after taking a look at the latest photo which has been shared we put to rest the US of A flag theory... I am nervous
54 AviRaider: Can someone post the pic on anet? Because I can't view flickr at work. Thanks!