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The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 6:19 am

Hi,
What airline paint scheme do you think looks the best? I like the new Delta scheme (so sue me   ), and the new America West and TWA schemes. What's yours?
By the way, are airlines allowed to paint their aircraft darker colors, such as dark blue or black? I hardly ever see any like that, except for Suncoast's scheme.

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LH423
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 6:43 am

My favourite NEW colour scheme would have to be the new British Airways colours. The Union Flag colours, I mean. I think that the old tail on the new body would have looked the best, but I still like the 'Flag' colours the best. BUT, my favourite of all time are the Swissair or Air France colours. They are simple white, with accents of colour, and Air France stylised French flag on the tail, likwise for the Swiss flag on Swissair's tails. This is, however, my opinion.

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Federico
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RE: LanChile

Thu Sep 30, 1999 6:49 am

LanChile's new colors look great... on the 767s and the A340 that are on delivery (check out the airbus site in the news section) and the 737. It's one of the sharpest out there today.
Saudi's new one is great. Delta's is ok too very retro.  

As far as airlines being able to paint the planes darker colors...yes. LanChiles is dark blue. US Airways, Northwest thick red etc.


 
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RE: Best New And Old Colour Schemes

Thu Sep 30, 1999 6:52 am

My vote goes to Air Jamaica for the best colour scheme - I think their planes are totally beautiful, with the purple, blue, yellow, and the stylised bird emblem on the tail. Their livery is truly exotic! The best old colour scheme I've seen is one of two liveries used by Modern Air - a polished silver fuselage and engine nacelles with just an orange, brown and gold (?) slanted stripe on the forward part of the fuselage, a triangular-shaped emblem of the same colours on the tail, and the titles on the fuselage. Very smooth on their ultra-sleek Convair 990!
 
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RE: Best New And Old Colour Schemes

Thu Sep 30, 1999 9:08 am

Ok, I've got a long list, so I've seperatedit into regions. Here they are:

North America:
TWA
USAirways
Midwest Express
Mexicana
Air Canada

South/Central America:
LanChile
Varig
TACA

Asia/Oceania:
Cathay Pacific
Garuda Indonesia

Europe:
British Midland
Debonair

Middle East:
EL AL
Royal Jordanian

Africa:
South African Airways
Air Namibia

But of all listed, if I had to choose just one, it would probably have to be Trans World.
 
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RE: Best New And Old Colour Schemes

Thu Sep 30, 1999 9:41 am

I love the new US Airways scheme. What a difference it makes. It's much more classy. I also think TWA's has done a nice job. I think Delta was better off before. AmWest and Air Jamaica are also some good ones. Oh, and I almost forgot. QANTAS is nice. Simple, yet elegant.
 
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 10:02 am

Hi All-
I think that US Airways is beautiful! Its rather conservative, isnt one of those schemes that makes you wanna barf, and uses darker colors which arent very prominent now adays with lots of airlines leaning towards white as their dominate color. Also the grey flag looks excellent on the dark blue.
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 10:03 am

I think that United's is the best. They wanted to take their old image, and revamp it to create a more business-like appeal. They did so while retaining the everlasting "flying U".

I also think that Aloha's paint scheme is cool. Absolutely fitting for Hawaii's #1 airline!
 
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 12:03 pm

I would have to say United, I like darker colors and their planes look great under airport lights at night. Second would be Air Canada, It maintains a global player business like scheme, but doesn't make it too intimidating.
 
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 12:26 pm

Hey.

I really like Air Tahiti Nui's scheme on their A340. Looks amazing! Incredibly original as well.

A few of my other favourites are:
Canadian (the new Goose)
Quantas
America West
Virgin Atlantic

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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 2:03 pm

I agree with Ilyushin96M & Excelsior767. Air Jamaica's airbuses are some of the most beautiful planes flying - Their tails with the hummingbird (Lovebird) on them is just beautiful.

Look at photo 47259

The thing is with the new Air Jamaica scheme: you either love it or hate it - there is no middle ground. I love it  

Other faves are:

Casino Air (tails)
Air 2000
LanChile
America West
South African
TAM
 
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Delta

Thu Sep 30, 1999 3:19 pm

Delta. Period.
 
CB777
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Thu Sep 30, 1999 3:48 pm

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES!!!!!!!!!!!
 
MD 11
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Canadian Pacific Of Course!

Thu Sep 30, 1999 9:24 pm

Hi
I think,all the major US-carriers are really pretty,especially North-West, United Airlines and USAir.
But the best paintschemes of every time were the old colours of Canadian Pacific (CP-Air) and Northwest!!!!!!!!!!!

Outside US Lan Chile and JAL along with Saudi Arabian are very nice, too!
The carriers with mainly whit-dominated schemes are also nice, but I think there are too much "white planes" out there, it's getting boring!
 
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Fri Oct 01, 1999 2:10 am

I will agree with MD-11 CPAirs scheme was really neat but If it were still around today it would be Hidieous. Good For it's time!!
Today' best colour scheme would have to be Air Canada. It is not to often when flying abroad and seeing something that reminds you of home. but when you get to the Airport there is Aircanada with it's great looking scheme with the huge leaf on the tail and the green along with it to remind you of the great expanse of land that our country has!!

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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Fri Oct 01, 1999 4:20 am

Europe:
Air France
Alitalia
Braathens (new c/s)

America:
Continental
Air Canada
Varig

Asia/Australia:
Air New Zeeland
Garuda Indonesia
Pakistan International

Africa/Middle East:
Egypt Air
South African Airways
El Al
 
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Fri Oct 01, 1999 9:13 am

OK here is my list:

-Air Canada
-Canadian
-US Airways
-United
-Continental
-Eva Air
-China Airlines
-all the Star Alliance schemes
-ANA
-Japan Airlines
-Northwest
-FedEx
-Air France
-British "Union Jack" scheme
 
B777
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Fri Oct 01, 1999 9:13 am

OK here is my list:

-Air Canada
-Canadian
-US Airways
-United
-Continental
-Eva Air
-China Airlines
-all the Star Alliance schemes
-ANA
-Japan Airlines
-Northwest
-FedEx
-Air France
-British "Union Jack" scheme

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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Fri Oct 01, 1999 11:57 am

I think the best schemes are:
1. US Airways--this is by far the classiest in the world (esp. now that BA has screwed theirs up). The navy blue and grey looks great and the red on the tip of the tail is a great addition. The stylized American flag as a logo is also very classy and patriotic.

2. TWA-TWA did a great job with their new scheme--they kept the recognizable old TWA but added classy red, blue and gold trim. The faded Globe in the front is a nice touch

United's is also pretty decent, esp. the tail.

In terms of logos, Northwests' is the most clever--the N with the accent that turns it into a W.

From a European carrier my favorite is Aer Lingus--I love the colors and the Shamrock.
 
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RE: The Best Looking Airline Paint Scheme?

Fri Oct 01, 1999 4:26 pm

North America:

(in no particular order)

Alaska----(black and green w/eskimo)
Horizon---(sun on horizon)
Frontier---(animals on tail)
Midwest Ex---(nice blue & white)
Reno Air---(now gone, mountains on tail)
US Airways--(classy navy, red, and white)
TWA----(red, navy, white)
Canadian---(with >) Canadi>n

Caribbean:
Air Jamaica

South America:
Varig/Rio Sul

Asia:
JAL
Thai
Singapore

Europe:
Aer Lingus
Alitalia
British