Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1760 times:
Perhaps a mix of Ego and Nostalgia made them go back to the Soviet/Communist era style, by the way the original version of this livery did not have the 'double headed eagle' logo, and looked better without it.
Wasilenko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1741 times:
It is still too expensive to repaint the whole fleet and this scheme does not have valid symbolism even though the eagle blazon is official blazon of Russian Federation. In other words an airline that was formed by SOVIET RUSSIA can not fly in such colours.
In addition to this the standard colours of Tu-154, Tu-134, Il-62, Il-86 and Il-96 is very good and fit well with Russian environment. The reason why people don't like it is because most of the Aeroflot planes that they see now days have not been cleaned or painted for ages.
Da man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1703 times:
It was an experimental scheme that was used only on the A310 when they first got them as a chance to clean up their image for western travelers. It was abandoned when surveys found that western travelers actually liked the old scheme better!
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1670 times:
A Delta style livery would be ideal for SU, since they love to fly the flag. Turn the tail design upside down, change the shades of colour a bit, replace sky Blue with a very pale Grey (White would not look good) and you got the Russian flag. Add Aeroflot titles.
Aviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1468 times:
This livery was introduced when Aeroflot introduced the A310 into service in the early 1990s. The reason it didn't appear in normal SU livery is that the aircraft were operated not by Aeroflot, but by RAL on a contract basis for Aeroflot, so what you see in the first photo in this thread is actually the livery for RAL, even though it says Aeroflot on the fuselage. After the crash in 1994, RAL was closed down, and the aircraft were transferred to Aeroflot, and repainted in the standard SU livery.