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Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:00 am

Some airlines change their colour schemes every five minutes. Others keep them a bit longer. I was wondering which current schemes have been around the longest? Can anyone beat LTU?


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Taken in 1976. The scheme could well be older than that.

Anyone have any other examples?
 
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:26 am

I would think that American's is much older than LTU's.


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:27 am

The famous American Airlines


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:30 am

American is probably the oldest....from 1970 (or maybe earlier?)


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Air India has been around a long time too, although they did change briefly in the 90's then changed back again. This one taken in 1978.


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:35 am

How about Ethiopian Airlines? From the looks of it, their colour scheme has been virtually unchanged since at least 1960.

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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:54 am

1977

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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:54 am

Air France is pretty old too.


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1976 - 2003...their color scheme is pushing 30 years old.
 
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:56 am

American's was introduced in 1968 but wasn't seen fleetwide until 1970.
 
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:57 am

Shame you never see it because of all the dirt.  Big grin
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:14 am

I have a book "Civil Aircraft Markings" published early in 1960 that carries a photo of an Olympic DC-6B in a very similar livery to that subtly changed from dark blue/grey to a lighter blue about six years ago. But it is now too far changed for it be 'nearly' the same livery.

I would say Ethiopian's of the past 43 years has had the most staying power, although it has changed a little, notably the lack of 'EAL' on the fin.

Another one that lasted a long time, and is still carried on some VIP aircraft is the old green Saudia livery which goes back at least 30 years.

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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 4:47 pm

Looks as though LTU and Anerican are of the similar vintage - I found this F28 shot from 1970 but the same type the previous year was a different colour scheme.

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Thai's scheme came out in the mid seventies, as did Air France's. This I remeber from my old days of model making. Those Microscale decals have a lot to answer for.

Don't think anyone is going to beat Ethiopian though.
 
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 5:05 pm

Regarding Air India and LTU both made changes to thier colorscheme, but both weren't accepted by the passengers so they turned back to the old ones.


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 5:12 pm

Alitalia, almost 30 years!
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:04 pm

What about Luxair? It's been the same for a looong time...


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:49 pm

Strange no one mentioned VARIG. Before the Landor scheme, they held the last c/s since the 50s.
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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Thu May 01, 2003 2:05 am

And until 1997, Delta would have been right up with Ethiopean with the old 'Widget' livery.

Bring back the widget!

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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Thu May 01, 2003 2:49 am

Until very recently...


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Thu May 01, 2003 4:13 am

i've got an old book called 'World Airline Insignia' from 1973 and the following are all pretty much the same today:


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RE: Unchanging Colour Schemes

Thu May 01, 2003 4:55 am

LOT has also a pretty long-lived colour scheme

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Luxair´s livery has been updated recently with the ´Luxair´- title´s font colour having changed from black green but I do agree that it´s rather an update than a livery change.Let´s not forget the (boring ) white fuselage of the F50 & ERJ´s , the ´reversed ´c/s on the F27´s in the 70s and 80s and the 707´s with a slightly modified cheatline.

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Brasilia´s & Metroliners with the shortlived ´Luxair commuter´colours

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