In my mind, AA
's livery has actually improved with age. It's amazing that it was introduced in the late 60s, and the changes in the commercial aviation world this livery has witnessed. It is the Dick Clark of liveries.
Awaiting takeoff at ORD
on a recent flight, I observed a UA
777 and a AA
777 next to each other. I was struck at how much better I thought the AA
77 looked - clean lines enhancing, not burying, the 777's imposing size and beauty. The UA
777, by contrast, seemed smaller and "weighed down" by all the dark grey paint. It was the difference between a natural beauty and an atrractive girl that wears too much makeup.