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Why Is This Delta 777 In Half AA Colors?  
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

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The third plane from the camera appears to be a Delta 777 but with it's tail painted in AA colors. I'm guessing this is a Delta aircraft (it could be AA with a Delta fuselage) because it is at London Gatwick, not Heathrow and I don't think that AA flies to Gatwick, just Heathrow. My question is, why is this aircraft painted that way?

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3640 times:
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They might have leased a 777 from Delta Airlines or that it is cloudy too and that makes the plane lok like Delta


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User currently offlineDelta fly boy From Japan, joined Oct 2000, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3610 times:

Granted that's really freaky and does look like the DL livery on the body - however, logically I would say that it's just the way the photo angle was taken. I think it's the blue strip that AA also has on the body of it's a/c. I can't see AA flying around with it's biggest competetor's livery. lol

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

You're right. It is AA. I didn't know they flew to LGW. I thought just LHR. I should have looked at the picture a little bit longer than I did. I was just so surprised to see a half Delta half AA plane, that I had to find out why that was the case.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

AA does fly to Gatwick, there are usually three planes of theirs kicking about most mornings

Jer


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

It's just the way the aircraft are lined up.

The red trim that 'appears' to be on the leading edge of the AA 767 is actually the VS 747 parked behind it. You can see the 'Atlantic' on the fuselage.

There has never been any aircraft operated by DL or AA and leased from the other!




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineN839MH From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

Id have to guess, this is a AA aircraft with a shadow below the tail.


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User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 7, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

AA flies to Gatwick twice a day - once each from Raleigh and Dallas.


a.
User currently offlineDeltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

Yyz717- I think you are confused... They are wondering why the AA tail appears to be on the DL fuselage...not why the AA tail appears to have a red trim. Anyways...why do you guys say that it solves the question that AA flies to LGW? Maybe I am confused...but it still looks like the AA tail is on the DL fuselage...I don't see any possibility for photo trickery. What do you guys think?
DeltaOwnsAll


User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

American Airlines does fly to both London Airports into Gatwick & Heathrow. some operated by 767s & 777s.

baec777


User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3428 times:

I forgot.. also an AB6 (Airbus 300-600R).

baec777


User currently offlineDeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Hey guys, something isn't right here. I can't see any other plane in the photo that comes near to tying in with the fuselage of the Delta aircraft other then the AA tail. It is nearly impossible for that tail not to belong with that aircraft.

User currently offlinePeterba69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

Dude, you got three 777's in a row. You can tell by the leading edge of the V.fin. Same for all 3. You've got some cloudy conditions that make it look as if the fuse is white. If you look @ the reflection on the fuse. and compare it to all of the others, notice that it's darker on AA. Polished Alum. for sure.
Merry X-mas & Happy New Year
Peter


User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

The other thing that makes it obvious that something is not right is that Delta uses the North Terminal at Gatwick. VS, CO, AA use the South.

How could a Delta bird be lined up among all those others?

Also, where is the N number and U.S. flag of the Delta bird? Assuming it's a Delta 777, it should have the N number and flag just forward of door 4, which is pictured there.

Maybe the photograph is doctored.



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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

The plane is in total AA colors. Note that there is a blue line on top! And the chrome colored fuselage! It did seem like it was half American Airlines/Delta Airlines at first though!

Continental


User currently offlineSteveraad From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

It seems to me that if you enlarge the photo the white from the two Continental Aircraft is reflecting off of the Chrome AA aircraft
Cheers!
Steve


User currently offlineMeechy36 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

What is so weird about the picture? It is an AA 777 at LGW, we still fly there. The blue stripe is part of our livery, below it would be a white stripe and below that is a red stripe, the aircraft in the picture is a 100% silverbird. The only planes that I know that we had leased from Delta were a few DC-10's in the late 80's that DL inherited from Western, they had a white fuselage, AA colors and no center overhead bins, which made it a bitch for carry-ons.

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Mike-BOS


User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

How hard can this be...?

Continental
Continental
American
JMC
Virgin
Mystery Blue tail fragment above Virgin tail...BA?
British Airways
Delta
Mystery Tail just aft of Delta tail
JMC
JMC


User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

you didn't identify the plane in between the 2nd continental and the AA plane... look closely

User currently offlineEjayMD11 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3299 times:

Yep it's AA, look cloosely you can see the difference in the colors. It seems to be shiny

My Opinion
Ejay MD-11


User currently offlineCaptainAD From United States of America, joined May 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

perhaps it is an A300 which was painted gray... anyone think that's the case here?

User currently offlinePlanelover From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

Interesting photo. Made me look real good. It is a AA though. The "shadow" that someone else mentioned is the reflection of the grey tail on the fuselage. Look at the CO plane in front of it. It has about the same shadow on its fuselage too. The AA is a pretty polished plane! I also think that the red on the tail is from the plane behind it. Does the 777 have a carbon fiber tail? Is that why it's grey? I can't stand AA colors. I think it either needs to be all polished (which obviously can't be done because of the none aluminum parts) or painted in all the same colors. Then it would look good.
Anyways, that what I think.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5483 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

It is the top blue stripe on AA's fuselage. Plus, I can tell a little bit that the fuselage is silver too.
Sometimes if the aircraft is brand new, and the sun is out, the fuselage looks blue.

Also, American flies into LGW, but not nearly as many flights as LHR gets.
Heathrow gets around 15 flights whereas Gatwick gets only 2 or 3, although I think it may only be 1 now, but I could be wrong.
American's DFW and RDU flights are from Gatwick because they aren't allowed to fly from Heathrow to those two airports. In a perfect world for AA, all of their London flights would go through LHR. The Admirals club at LHR is a beauty. The tarmac view frpm the club is also worth mentioning.

rgds,
blink182




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User currently offlineCOboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

I can't believe half you people actually think that is some secret delta/AA hybird plane. lol The red part is obvious that it isnt even part of the AA 777 vertical stab so why is anyone saying it is?? THe next thing is the fuselage. Hello?? its cloudy outside. What color do you think reflects off of a polished aluminum finish? It aint purple folks. About the blue 'delta' stripe. Look at a 'real' AA plane sometime and you'll see thats there there is a (from top to bottom) a blue, white, and red stripe along the fuselage. You can even see part of the middle white stripe by the L4 door. American has its windows on the blue cheat line. Enough with the doctored photo conspiracies, geez. Go open some presents or something. Ok, I am done complaining! see ya

User currently offlineNorthwest_guy From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 217 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

Hmmm, neat picture. Its got to be AA, the white looks a little bit shiny. I guess its just one of those "bad" angle. The light must have been just right.

25 COboeing777 : oh yeah and about the tail. They're painted grey because they arent made of metal. Only AA jets I can think of that have nice "chrome" tails is the 72
26 A330300 : Note that the blue stripe on the DL fuse. is much thicker than AA, and by that, the 777 in the pic is AA.
27 Delta fly boy : LOL - I posted ths first reply like 5 hours ago - saying exactly what everyone said.. I have never seen such repetition in a reply before - lol Merry
28 LGW : Hi. I took this photo and the line up is as follows :- From the front :- CO 772 CO 772 AA 772 JMC 332 VS 744 AIH 332 BA 772 DL 763 AMM 752 (In special
29 Delta777 : American Flies to gatwick. When I was there I remember seeing a huge American plane land right out the window. D E L T A 7 7 7
30 Airplanetire : What aircraft does AA use from Raleigh to LGW?
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