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Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:03 am

Given that the new UA livery sparked umteen threads and and hugely diverging opinions, what do you think makes an effective airline livery? Going back as far as you care to, what would be your all time favorite airline livery, and more importantly, WHY? If selecting a national "flag" carrier, to what degree should national character be reflected in the livery of that flag carrier? (if relevant)

I'll start it off... I think that SQ's 1970's livery was probably the most attractive all-around livery I've seen. The graceful logo to me conveyed a sense of graceful service, the sharper angle of the cheatline "cut" projected a sharp, cutting-edge company, and the navy-blue/yellow color scheme projected a crisp corporate image.


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Please do not include one-time special promotions, or continue the now dreary new UA livery debate. I would like to know what elements of a livery enthusiasts, airline employees, and passengers consider relevant and/or important.
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:18 am

My vote for best livery would have to go to Egyptair

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LANChile, Korean Air and Saudi Arabian are also amazing

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As for Lufthansa, even though it's a nice livery I really think they should get a new one. It doesn't do justice to the A340-600s

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RE: Favourite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:22 am

I would have to say British Airways Landor. I don't like the new livery at all...It seems too "relaxed." I think that the landor colours expressed Royalty and Class.
I have to say; I do not like how everyone is going white! It seems like every airline in the world now has a new livery with white; no personality IMHO.

Anyone else agree?

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:44 am

Well...I'm not sure why, but I've always like the old TWA "Double Globes" from days gone by.


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:46 am

In this days of troubles i remind Alitalia. Its livery is still one of the most elegant.
 
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:52 am

For me it is KLM





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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:53 am

I love Air Jamaica's use of color. They used a lot yet it doesn't look busy.

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RE: Favourite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:55 am

I agree GoAibusGo the new KLM Livery is very nice. Its so similar to the old one, yet so updated and clean.

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:06 am

I don't really have a favourite but I do like Buzz/Ryanair BAe 146.

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:12 am

I love these kinds of topics.

5th place: JAL

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3rd place: Aer Lingus

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:49 am

The one and only.



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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:50 am

This was the best...


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:10 am

but WHY? Simply voting for your national carrier or your favorite airline is not what I was after!!! What elements of a particular livery (not airline) make it effective?
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:19 am

PA110,


KLM is far from my favorite airlines.
But I simply like their livery and always have. Would it help that Delta's current livery is a very close second.





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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:32 am

The EA livery was created in the mid to late 60s but still looked modern and fresh in the 90s (EA shut down Jan.91)

It gave a sense of motion and it looked elegant. The darker blue shade was known as Ionosphere blue.

In the regional category the best in my opinion was Prinair.

Every aircraft had the same livery design but a different color. It was a colorful airline that served the Caribbean well. At one time it was the largest regional airline in the world.


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:49 am

Oh...it's hard to only choose one but if I just have to do that it will be Delta Air Lines widget livery. Why? At first very beautiful livery with a distinctive look. I also like that it includes black which isn't that common...
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:49 am

Prinair,
I loved your airline! I flew it often between SJU and STX. The folks at the SJU airport counter were wonderful to interliners.
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RE: Favourite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:55 am

How about special "paint jobs"?


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:14 am

I think Qantas new painted special Scheme is the best.
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:30 am

my favourites because of the beautiful way that the colours/logos represent the respective nation:


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:15 pm

Air Jamaica has a beautiful livery.

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:21 pm

I personally would say that I like AA's three previous colorschemes a lot. Loved the astrojet livery of the 1960s and the Retro colors of the '50s. TWA's last three liveries were all spectacular. I love them as much or maybe more than AA's liveries. My two favorite airlines will always look the best to me in livery and any other form. Two glorious airlines, now one.
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:25 pm

Can't find it on the database by my vote goes for the now defunct Zambia Airways represented by the colours of the Zambian flag. On the 707s it looked superb. Also, Dan-Air London 727s, what a 'plane should look like. Current day - British Airways.
 
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:27 pm

I'm not really sure why, but for me there is no question. It reminds me of the days when Varig won all kinds of awards for great service.


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:37 pm

L10Fav, I like that livery on Varig. But I can swear that Varig must have mimicked Pan Am with this livery. They look far too much alike for there to be no connection. I will say this--Varig made a good choice on the livery they were going to imitate. I loved all the Pan Am liveries there ever were. No doubt Pan Am did more for the world than any other airline has ever been able to do. TWA did even more I guess than Pan Am because they established a domestic presence as strong as Pan Am's global presence, as well as nearly as strong a global presence as Pan Am...maybe as strong. Basic summary...if Pan Am and TWA had never ventured so far outside of their territory, maybe no other airline would have. But clearly, over 40 airlines are as or almost as global now.
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:42 pm

I have waayyy to many to even begin to list. Absolute most favorite has got to be...ahhh I can't decide.

To begin:

-UA, both NC and OC
-CO
-DL, NNC
-NW
-TZ
-AS

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:47 pm

My favorites...and in no particular order.


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that dark blue and black delta widget... nothing will replace that

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:57 pm

The Delta widgets were some of the best 747-100 colors I have ever seen, I agree TriJetFan1. Too bad there were so few, and too bad they only lasted seven years. Would have loved to see them flying beside the L-1011s and MD-11s. The widgets were wonderful colors for all aircraft, big and small.
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:33 pm

I just remembered one of my ultimate faves. How dare I for get this one.

Canadian Airlines, DUH!!!

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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:39 pm

how about :


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Saudi Arabia and BWIA are really great !
 
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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 10:03 pm

My all time favorite:
Cathay Pacific


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Thu Feb 26, 2004 10:33 pm


My Absolute Favourite is Aer Lingus!!


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:16 pm

These you guys have to see in person in the bright caribbean sun... They look so stunning....


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RE: Favorite All Time Airline Livery

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:48 pm

My vote goes to the new Australian Airlines. They simply catch the essence of Outback Australia perfectly.


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