I, like you, would be appalled if our tax dollars were going for this repaint. However, that is not the case in any way, shape, or form. Any post 9-11 government funds that were received by the airlines, were received by ALL
of them, in proportion. If you are referring to the ATSB loan guarantee, there are a couple of misconceptions that you have. The first one is that ATSB loan guarantee would be the government making a loan to UAL. This is not the case AT ALL
. This is the ATSB guaranteeing 90% of the loan so that private lenders can loan the money to UAL at a competitive rate. The other misconception you have is that this guarantee has already been made. It has not, it is still being evaluated.
Again, like a couple of others have stated, the repaint is not costing additional money. Quite the opposite, it is SAVING money. It is a less complex scheme, and aircraft that are being painted have to be repainted ANYWAY.
I am not trying to be rude here, just trying to clear up a few misconceptions so that people will understand how much better run UAL is than it was a couple of years ago, and that it is seemingly on the road to recovery.
All of that being said, I like the new colors, and really look forward to seeing them for myself in the near future.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields