I dont think American's scheme should be changed at all. A scheme doesnt have to be less than 5 years old in order to look good. I always wonder why people look at a classic theme that's been around for generations and feel the need to see it changed. Often when an airline changes it's scheme, the new one is worse than the old one, so why mess with a good thing?
's scheme is really attractive...as a kid I always noticed the AA
jets at the airport more than any others because of how shiny and nice they looked. The red white and blue scheme always made me want to fly them....till I got older and discovered their fares were always too high for me to afford a trip on them. But that's beside the point.
I do, however, love the retro scheme and I like the idea of doing a good portion of the fleet in the retro scheme. Maybe 1/4 of the fleet would suffice. Half would be too much, but, I'd LOVE to see a retro Super 80 or 767 Luxury Liner. Very nice.
Here's a bit of trivia for you:
doesnt paint their planes. Except for perhaps the engines.
The red/white/blue stripes, the tail logo, and the "American" titles are all stickers. Very durable stickers....ever see planes parked at Victorville...missing their "Delta Air Lines" titles, but still wearing the rest of the sceme? It's because those titles were stickers.
chose to do their entire fleet in stickers. There's very little weight in a sticker compared to paint, and what paint there is on the engines is minimal compared to the weight of an entire plane painted.
The retrojet is also stickers. Thus fitting a 1/4th of the fleet in them wouldnt have much of a weight penalty at all.