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What Airlines Need New Colors 4 The New Millenium?  
User currently offlineATA757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

exactly...Which airlines need new colors?

1) Southwest
2) Northwest
3) Sun Country
4) Canada 3000
5) American

I think some airlines will go back to the 'retro' color scheme in the future. It has already started happening in sports...New York Jets recently changed their uniforms to what they looked like in the '70's, the new arena for the NBA's Indiana Pacers is completely retro-themed (except fort the state-of-the-art sound systems).

I think American's 'Astro scheme' looks better than the present one.

Southwest needs to get out of the '60's.

Northwest has an awesome logo, but is too plain.

Sun Country is about as bad as ValuJet was...kiddie-looking.

Thanks for any input,
Pendleton, IN

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User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Southwest without a doubt needs a face lift. Some others...Midwest Express and American (tired of the polished aluminum).

User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Southwest. NW paint scheme would looke better if the symbol covered the whole tail, not just a small part of it. And Canada 3000 needs one.

User currently offlineAwaramper From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

I agree. Southwest should get out of the 60's. I like Delta's colors but it just seems like they should add something. DHL is another color scheme that is kind of plain. Horizon Air could use a new color scheme.

User currently offlineAsqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2174 times:


What is wrong with Horizon Air's color scheme? It is pretty good and I like their colors. It fits in well with Alaska's color scheme.


As for those that do need a new paint job there is only one real airline that is in DESPERATE NEED of a new scheme,

American! I am sick of that big silver bird! Too many memories of bad flights!

User currently offlinePni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

If any airline nedds a new paintscheme it´s Scandinavian, even though they changed it´s paintscheme a year ago, it´s awful.
You can´t see the company logo or the airline name.

User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5615 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
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Yes, I agree with the comment about Americans retro scheme.

It's absolutely beautiful.

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently offlineMD 11 From Germany, joined Sep 1999, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

What a bad taste people can have!!!
All these coments written before a absolutely not my opinion!

NW has a great paint-scheme! (Although the old one was better!).
And American: Its not bad! I like it, because there are no more airlines with this polished aluminium. Makes them something special!
SAS: A really great scheme! (Too, a bit different from all the others!)
Southwest: Ok, i like it, but I can understand when some people do not like it!

REALLY ill-favoured are ALL the red-china carriers!!!!!!!
Look at any of them, and you have to agree!

At last I have to say, good taste is somthing you cannot dispute about.

Never mind,

MD 11

User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

I agree with all the main land Chinese Carriers.. like China South , East , North and Air China.. they'are all pretty bland , I would think Malaysia Airlines could do with some re-designing .. and Air india .. also Aeroflot   terrible

User currently offlineMD 11 From Germany, joined Sep 1999, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Thai747, you're right.

I forgot some other: TAPAir Portugal, Iberia and Aerolinas Argentinas. Not a very nice picture to look at.

But the worst of all: OLYMPIC!! You won't believe it when you see a plane of them: It looks like a russian carrier from the 50's!!!
Even worse then some china-carriers!!!!

User currently offlineChautauquasaab From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

American might need a bit of freshening, per my original post about SAS. American's livery has, however, aged far better than most, and continuity of design is important to reinforce brand identity. As for NWA, I think their aircraft look rather like bowling shoes. Air France has a livery that is timeless, as does Alitalia. BA can't seem to make up its mind, and comes off as schizophrenic, although the new union jack tail is nice, I don't think it has graphic "staying power". It will look unfashionable all too soon. So maybe American has the right idea in not changing...

User currently offlineFederico From Belgium, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

1) I agree, all airlines from China
2) Cubana
3) CSA
4) Hawaiian Air
5) Iberia
6) Malev (maybe)
7) Libyan
8) Aeroflot
9) Aerolineas Argentinas (new colors actually in December...???)
10)Air France
12)Air New Zealand (I like the old one better)
14)Air Pacific
16)Avianca (should bring back the AV onb the tail at least)

I could go on.... 

Argentino in Seattle

User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1702 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
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I dont think American will ever change, and I hope they dont. Well, maybe they'll change the typeface and/or logo a little. Their aircraft look great all polished, as long as they are kept clean. Air France is great, I hear they will be changing it next year though, but not a lot, something minor. Continental's is nice, although boring to some it is clean, and doesnt seem to go out of style. I think Iberia needs a minor change. Aerolineas Argentinas is supposed to be getting a new look next year, as is Olympic, actually, I heard Olympic is supposed to get it in December. I agree that the Southwest livery needs changing, who knows, maybe ole Herb got a deal on those color paints since no one else wanted them!  


User currently offlineAngelAirways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

1)Air malta need a new paint scheme. The tail is OK but the name on the side is written in Times New Roman Capitals and looks boring.
2) I agree olimpic airlines ;(
3) Lypian arab airlines (good 727s, disgusting gold pain scheme) ;(

I don't think Balkan needs new colours. The red and green look nice. They should just change the shape of the lines to look modern .  

American is also OK.
Pity British airways is dropping the works of art on tails 

User currently offlineSVG From Norway, joined Sep 1999, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

1: In my opinion AMERICAN has the worst scheme in the world.
2: AEROFLOT's scheme is almost as bad as AA's.
3: I like OLYMPIC AIRWAYS, but the airline really needs a new scheme.
Other really bad schemes:
Air India, CSA, US Airways, United Airlines, Southwest,

User currently offlineATA757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

Thanks for all the responses...it seems that almost everyone dislikes the present SWA scheme. But how could anyone dislike USAirways new colors? What an improvement they made from the previous scheme!


User currently offlinePurdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2118 times:

I'm going to have to disagree with you there, ATA757. I have abstained from this thread thus far because I think that most everyone here has heard my thoughts on the timeless beauty of polished aluminum, the only livery that allows the inherent beauty of the aircraft to be seen. Because of this, I have to say that, while I do like the USAirways scheme, it was by no means an improvement over the last USAir scheme - polished aluminum. IMHO, no fully painted aircraft will ever be as attractive as the same aircraft in a polished livery.

User currently offlineNWA Dc-10 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 2107 times:

NWA has a very nice c/s, but they've experimented with some very interresting ones. If you have a bit of time, search for Northwest DC-9s and checkout the grey plane with red Northwest and Logo and the current tail. I don't think it's very far into the pictures... but I doubt NWA will change very soon.

-NWA DC-10

User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (16 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

I believed that American, Southwest, and Sun Country are the 3 with their old schemes....



User currently offlineSRA330-223 From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 158 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (16 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

I think that Japanese airlines should change their color scheme !
Japan Airlines colours are already 10 years "old" and I think they should change this gray/red color scheme ! I think that Japan Airlines needs a better colour scheme which represents the Japanese culture a little more.
For All Nippon Airways it's time to change the blue colours !!!
But the worst colour scheme in Japan is still that one of Japan Air System's A300s !!! Why not painting them with rainbow colors (B777-200) ???

Other airlines : American Airlines, Iberia, Southwest Airlines and ALITALIA !!!

User currently offlineJetplane32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (16 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2091 times:


User currently offlineScanAir From Sweden, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (16 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

Sorry, but did Delta pay any real money for theire new look??
They should try another company, it looks really sad..........
Someone have been pulling theire leg.
It looks even worse than the old one.

Others that need new looks.
British Midland.
Singapore Airl.

User currently offlineGundu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (16 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Sing.Airlines DOES NOT need a new c/s.I think the're doin'well w/ the Rainbow!

User currently offlineATA757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (16 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

I was just reading the responses, and saw that a few don't like Alitalia's; does anyone know how long they have had their current scheme? I think it fits for an Italian carrier.

On the other hand, Iberia...what is this? As bad as ValuJet was! You see USAirways, United, and other professional looking color schemes and then look at Iberia's...I mean c'mon!!! It's not the 60's anymore!!


User currently offlineQF1 From Australia, joined May 2014, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (16 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

I think Cathay Pacific should hurry up and finish all thier aircraft in the new paint scheme. Down here in Melbourne we still often get Cathay Pacific 747's in thier old livery. Talk about slwo, seeing they started painting the new scheme about 5 years ago.

25 Frozensun : Gundu: I think SIA should try something new... for one the navy and gold stripe makes the plane look very dull and sad =( I think the fruit salad live
26 ATA757 : What about Lufthansa? The tail is great but the fuselage is preety boring (according to me).
27 ATA757 : How 'bout Egypt Air?
28 OSL : Northwest...They need to change their flight attendants uniforms as well. Their uniform are like cloeths you ewar at home at a Saturday. I think the E
29 737-800NG : BWIA International Airways launched new colours and name change 2/DEC/99. New name is BWIA WEST INDIES AIRWAYS. The new colors are Sea Green, Grey and
31 Post contains links and images TWA717_200 : Going 180 on the question... Here's the first that doesn't: Click for large versionPhoto © Michael Glick Sexy! And my favorite: Click for large v
32 HZ-AKF : Alitalia....definitely. The stripe down the side is OK but the tail is a monstrosity and hurts the eyes to look at. The current scheme is decades old
33 Montenegro : On my opinion the changes to make are as follows: 1. ALITALIA, it is really time to change, althow it rapresent faithfully the national identity, but
34 TWA319 : Please...let's get rid of some of these (almost) all-white colours!! Air France is OK...but it needs updating, I think! If Philippine Airlines gets ba
35 Slawko : --LOT --Canada 3000 --Aeroflot (They need to come up with one scheme for all of their planes, and not that puke colour on the 737's and 777's) --Skyse
36 CXA340 : I think southwest needs new paint,uniforms, and better service. CXA340
37 ATA757 : I live near Indianapolis, and every time I go to the airport (IND) half the planes you see are ATA n/c! If you go in the morning (especially Sat.) 75%
38 Mas777 : Malaysia Airlines is indeed due for a refurbishment (cf. Thai747). The current design which really was just an update of its original livery designed
39 MEA-707 : What's wrong with Southwest?? Their aircraft are colourful, and their special liveries (whale etc.) are even nicer. Iberia, Air Jamaica, what's wrong
40 ATA757 : ..............stuck in the 60's, along with Sun Country!!! Personally, red, orange, and yellow...BORING!!! ATA757
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