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What Airline Needs A New Paint Scheme The Most?  
User currently offlinePbb152 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 654 posts, RR: 4
Posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4686 times:

Just as the post says. What airline do you think most desperately needs a new paint scheme? Please do not reply British Airways, because I believe the World Images will be gone within the next 5 years and I have read many posts regarding a dislike for this scheme. That said, I think the corporate logo and paint schemes most in need of an update are:

Iberia---Very 70's looking
Cathay Pacific----It's fairly new, but I think it looks terrible
Aerolineas Argentinas----They went back to their 70's scheme, and it definitely WAS a step backwards (although the other scheme was not too good either)
KLM-----Come on, baby blue. What's up with that?

Only my opinions, I'd like to hear yours!

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User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4151 times:

I think KLMs livery is one of the best around - I love flying in those blues. Its interesting to find Northwest altering their colours to look more like KLM when they starting working together. I think MAS definately needs an update - and as I have posted before - watch that space as MAS is rumoured to be revealing a new corporate identity - presumably when they take delivery of their new fleets (of A32X and B77X)

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4110 times:

you forgot about alitalia, their livery just doesnt look good. Some of the new liverys need to go aswell(continental, untied, and usair)

User currently offlineTomindc From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4096 times:

Well, it just proves "eye of the beholder" as I think both CO and US liveries are terrific! Agree that KLM and Iberia are tired.

User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

Everyone has mentioned big airlines!

well here is my rundown

monarch (UK) ( my fav. airline, but come on Cheatlines are out)

spanair (Spain) altered their logo, but well!!

BA (UK) they could do better than that

AA (US) definitely

User currently offlineDelta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4082 times:

Olympic Definitely needs a new livery. It is so ugly and looks like the have had that livery since the 50's. Oh i also dont like airtrans.

A. Hemingway
Richmond VA

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

I surprised that no one ever mentioned Air China. Gray just doesnt look good on aircraft.



P.S I would like to see all qualiflyer members to adapt the quailflyer symbol on the tail.

User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

JAL is first on my list for new colors with Air France close behind.

User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5446 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4048 times:

I love the BA etnic tails.

I hate: SR: it is so boring
Ryannair: Boring
KLM: Too blue
Easyjet: Orange


Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1519 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

AA - the worst
OS - also very ugly
CO is quite good with the golden globe
MH fine but can be more imaginative
KA - very weird dragon!!
NH - hate those words on the tail
FE (Far Eastern Air Transport) - they even have FAT written on their tails!!! (www.fat.com.tw)
B7 (UNI Air) - extremely boring
BA new colour - I still think the chelsea rose is the best
BM - as I said, I don't like words on tails
TWA - the globe is cool, but again, hate the TWA on the tail
JL - what's that on the tail?
DL - bad
Southwest - very old fashioned, hard to believe they didn't introduce a new scheme when the 737-700s arrived!
Air India - very old fashioned
NZ- please bold the title, they are too thin, hardly visible on large aircrafts.
ALL mainland chinese airlines except "china yunnan" -- please be aware that this is 2000, not 1900!!!! Just look at what they draw on "China general aviation"!! GEES!


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

Southwest and is gawdy, but its one of the few airlines that offer easy recognition when viewing in the air from the ground. Brand recognition is a good thing.

As far as cargo, Kitty Hawk and Kitty Hawy Intl has to be the worst. Extremely generic.

I'm partial to blue and gray so I like UA and USA. the paint looks good on the RJs too.

"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

IMO,Delta. I thought their old livery needed updating as it had a decidedly 50's look to my eyes,but now that I see their "new" paint scheme...the older one never looked so good till now. No offense to any Deltoids--it's a fine carrier but I just think the paint jobs are a touch staid.

User currently offlineKlwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2528 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

CO is good
US is just fair. I don't like the flag.
DL not so good, it's not as classy looking as the carriers listed below.
AA, LH and KLM all have regal, stately liveries that I really like.
I agree with the queen. BA's designs are a little overboard. Long live the union jack design!
TW has probably the best I think, the globe is meaningless for TW though, because they go so few places. Ever think of that?
I also like ATA's.
The old CO had neat livery even though some have called it a "meatball." I still kind of think of them as that airline flying off into the golden, tropical sunset. I mean they still fly to all the sun destinations in Mexico, Central and South America, and off course all those islands in the South Pacific like New Caledonia, Guam, and Bali. But of course the new livery is more contemporary.

IB's is also outdated as others have mentioned.

I also think that SAA's livery is interesting and distinctive, along with Iran Air's. Yes I am serious. Tell me what you think.

User currently offlineSwissair169 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

I would say American Airlines.An airline who doesnt need a new paint scheme is surly CROSSAIR!They changed the scheme 3times in 15years!!!!

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4005 times:

American Airlines needs a change followed by Air France white and grey with less colors does not look too good on a plane.

User currently offlineAb.400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3997 times:

I hope LH will wake up their creative-designers when the new A340´s come.

User currently offlineNWA104 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

Here are some airlines that could use a new paint job: Alitalia, American (bring back the bolt), Southwest (could use a livery that reflects more of the United States than the current scheme.), Air JMC(barf!), Japan Airlines (looks like a cigarette!), and Iberia. What do you think? : )

User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

It's amazing nobody mentioned Aeroflot. The old and the new are both bad. The new is even worse than the old.

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Lufthansa's logo is great, but the all-white planes look very generic
SOUTHWEST- Reminds me of a '70s living room
AIRTRAN- What could be more dynamic than a big lower-case "a?"
NORTHWEST- The red/grey thing, although unique, sucks.
AEROFLOT- The new one, with the '80s teeny-bopper nacelles.
PIA- Just too dated & unimaginative
PAN AM- For being a sheep in wolf's clothing
EASTWIND (If they're still around) I hate that damn bee! I hate that airline!

Bring back the cheatline!

"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3979 times:

- Yes, Aeroflot is really horrible. Both old and new paint schemes.

- Yes, all Chinese carriers except Cathay Pacific have tasteless and outdated liveries. They all look like remains from the 50s.

- From the big airlines I think the next candidates for repainting beside the already mentioned Eastern uglies should be All Nippon (looks a bit cheap, I think JAL looks better), Alitalia (used to be nice - in the Seventies!), KLM (basically nice, but needs some refreshing, especially the boring tail), Continental (why did they change from read to blue? Only the tail looks nice) and Malaysia (Horrible grey underside)

- Coming from Germany I beg all airlines over here except LH (should start thinking though), Condor (thank God they abolished grey) and LTU to repaint their fleets:
Hapag-Lloyd: orange and blue - what a colour combination, right for a cheap gas station!
Aero Lloyd: plain boring
Eurowings: even more so
Hamburg International: cheaplooking Lufthansa copy
Air Berlin: Dark red, white, grey. Whoow, Grandpa!
and so on...

User currently offline220389 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

I think the Canada 3000 airlines and Royal airlines need a change in their
colour scheme. Canada 3000 had those same colours for 10 years!! Befor that
air 2000 had those colours!!! Royal's colours are ugly too!!!

User currently offlineBoeing 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

Here's a few airlines I think need a new c/s:

Aerolineas Argentinas - Worst livery change I've ever seen in my life!! From a totally unique one to something that looks like it's copied from Iberia! The tail? Don't ask.

Monarch - Ugliest livery of ANY airline I've ever seen! The gold and black has got to go! So does the logo on the tail!

Air JMC - Would've been a neat c/s if it weren't for the barfesque green! Just looking at it makes me want to find a barf bag - fast!!

Canada 3000 - This airline could use a new and refreshing c/s!

Southwest - Looks like its management is stuck in a '70s time warp - like the Brady Bunch!

Also, all mainland Chinese and Taiwanese carriers except for China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Eva Air need to really update their liveries, especially with the economic success these guys have had(apart from the crisis, I mean)!

User currently offlineEuroschu From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

I love Delta, but I would have to vote to replace their new boring livery ---- not really any better than the old one & the "Delta" on the tail lacks class.

I also believe Eva Air needs an update & I completely agree on KLM ---- one of the worst & dated livery around!

American also needs to get with the times....

User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3953 times:


All need a change in paint scheme!

User currently offlineWindshear From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 2364 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3938 times:

I wanna start by asking you a question, what's wrong with the paint scheme for BA?!!!!!!
Some surgestions for needed hair doos:
Lufthansa:damn it does not even kick dust.
Air france
Air Lingus
I can't think of any more but now I will eventually.
Most of all I not too happy about "most-white-type-of paint-schemes".
Although I love SAS's new look, beatifully designed!!!

"If you believe breaking is possible, believe in fixing also"-Rebbe Nachman
25 Seb146 : I like British. I never know what I'll see next. I really like the Danmark tail with the yellow, blue and red. I also like Aeroflot newer tail. I've o
26 SVG : Worst paint schemes in Europe: 1.AEROFLOT 2.AER LINGUS 3.BRAATHENS (the one with the flag on the tail) 4.TAP AIR PORTUGAL 5.OLYMPIC AIRWAYS Worst pain
27 Julien.M : AIR FRANCE DELTA AIR LINE VIRGIN EXPRESS FINNAIR and certainly a lot of other airlines!:-)
28 Flywithken : I dont think Americans is too bad, however it could be better. BUT...the AA's recently aquired MD-80's from Reno Air are the ugliest thing ever. They
29 Blink182 : definately Olympic Airways-the ugliest and dullest livery i have seen!
30 Post contains images Baec777 : My Opinions are about the color schemes for all major airlines around the globes ... now If I have to tell you what airlines needs new color, and what
31 Apioca : SAS The old was bad, the new is horrific! Looks like a kindergarden let loose with crayons! LH boring as f*** Good ones: BA - ethnic tails are terrifi
32 Julien.M : I think RYANAIR has a very good idea in painting some commercials on their planes! In this way we could find some cool and funny color scheme! and all
33 Tripple Seven : My opinion goes for these airlines : EVA Airways - The livery looks crapy and cheap. Malaysia Ailrines - It needs to change its rather old c/s. Aeroli
34 Delta777 : I think one of the WORST in the air is USAirways, It is very dark and gloomy. I liked their old silver Usair livery better. And I heard that they spen
35 DeltAirlines : Here are my lists: Need a new livery NOW!!!: American Airlines Monarch Hawaiian Air Hapag-Lloyd Korean Air Southwest All Nippon Aerolinas Argentina Ne
36 Julien.M : I already said it but i just want to add ALITALIA, EVA AIR, KLM Cityhopper and certailly some other but ...i don't know at the moment!
37 RWally : Southwest-------Those things look like the 70s TWA------They need to finish painting the rest of their planes
38 Awaramper : Southwest without a doubt. I've heard some pilots refer to them as "Herb turds" JetBlue isn't all that great. Why don't they just settle on one? USAir
39 BH346 : I think the JMC color scheme is sloppy. It needs work. Also, I think the American Airlines scheme makes their planes look old and rusty. I think it i
40 Post contains links and images Teahan : Aer Lingus is lovely but it willl have to change some time allthought it is quite new. Here is a refresher: Click for large versionPhoto © David
41 Julien.M : About DL it's done! they changed their old color in a better one!! (i like the new and in particular the part under the a/c what seems to be like a mi
42 LHMark : Suggestion for SWABENA: A big, light blue cross!
43 Brissie_lions : Airlines adopt schemes for brand recognition. In my book, some fine examples of this are: Finnair, Swissair, South African Airways (all are the flags
44 JJJM : Let's go with the horrible ones first: AMERICAN: It's time to change their colors....time to spend some money. ALITALIA: Boaring DELTA AIRLINES (3rd):
45 Airliners rule : I personally think that all the airlines are fine as they are. My favorites are continental, United, Air Canada, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Quan
46 Tom in NO : Tom's top 10 airlines that need new paint jobs: 1) Delta-yes, I've seen the new one, and I'm not being sarcastic 2) USAirways-black/very dark blue doe
47 CV990A : Southwest has and always will have the worst paint job because the airline is too cheap to spend more money on repainting their fleet. Barf brown is n
48 Brissie_lions : In all of the posts to the original question, I have seen a huge list of airlines listed as requiring new liveries, but not one person has offered a s
49 TWA717_200 : Korean: Should just get practical and go with the old skull and crossbones. Sort of a warning system to pax... You know. Is this thing on?
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