kyair
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USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 1:58 am

When will US have an aircraft in full Star Alliance colors? Also, is there an "official" Star livery or do the members have input into how their particular planes look?

How many "USAirways.com" planes are there now, or planned?
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 2:37 am

From what I heard they will have about 9 mainline aircraft painted in the full Star Alliance livery by the end of the year, including 3 757's and 4 A319's. Not sure about the other 2. 4 new regional jets will also be painted in the livery upon delivery as well.

I know there plan was to put 10 aircraft in the "dot.com" livery.



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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 7:45 am

How many "USAirways.com" planes are there now, or planned?

The "dot com" planes were accidents. USAirways contractors messed up paintjobs and caused fatigue cracks in the lap joints. The FAA requires these be inspected every 30 days. Thus, it is not economical to paint the aircraft, strip the paint, and paint the aircraft again. So, they came up with a "new livery" to give them an excuse. I hope no more are planned as that would mean more jets have cracks.
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 8:08 am

The dot.com livery is kind of cool though, ignoring the tail it's almost a retro livery, sort of following suit of American and Delta in recent years with their retro special schemes... although with US it was unplanned Big grin
 
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 8:18 am

I must admit the new tail on the metal fusulage does look pretty cool. Like that hybrid DC-9 a while back.
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 10:32 am

Used to ride this one BOS-IAD fairly often.

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I like the retro look the 737's sport (even if it was a mistake).

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I still think the current US livery is a great one as well.

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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:09 am

Yes, the dot com livery was an accident to begin with, but they're going to paint 10 in this livery eventually to make it look uniform.
 
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:17 am

I really like their current scheme. With UAL and its new paint scheme, US Airways is the only mainline US carrier with a dark scheme.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Yes, the dot com livery was an accident to begin with, but they're going to paint 10 in this livery eventually to make it look uniform.
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:25 am

I'm pretty sure the accident you guys are talking about is false. I think somebody said that before we found out what really happened. I'm 99% sure that the dot.com livery is because of the 10 737's ages. The FAA required US to do the inspections because of the age of the planes. If somebody could confirm that, I'll appreciate it.

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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:35 am

SonOfACaptain: The accident in question was a wear problem on a few 737-300's that has since been fixed with metal plates over the fatigue spots. However, these plates must be inspected fairly often, and that entails removing all paint from the upper fuselage. Instead of doing every few weeks (I think it's about that often), they decided to paint these 3 or 4 planes in the dot com livery so there is no paint to strip & replace. Now, they're doing 10 in this livery for a round number.
 
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:43 am

I'm pretty sure the accident you guys are talking about is false. I think somebody said that before we found out what really happened. I'm 99% sure that the dot.com livery is because of the 10 737's ages. The FAA required US to do the inspections because of the age of the planes. If somebody could confirm that, I'll appreciate it.

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I am 99.9% sure that is untrue. If this is true, why aren't NW's DC-9s flying with stripped paint?

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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:45 am

~"I am 99.9% sure that is untrue. If this is true, why aren't NW's DC-9s flying with stripped paint?"~

Funny.. I was thinking the same thing..  Big grin
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 12:05 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah. When I said old I meant wear, it just came out wrong. Sorry about that, I got bumped from 7 flights today and I'm really tired and can't think straight. My dad told me a whole lot about the dot.com situation, but my old age is kicking in and I can't remember much anymore.  Big thumbs up

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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 3:36 pm

The 737 paint issue has to do with an FAA issued AD dealing with aircraft lap joints. A third party paint contractor was caught by the FAA using razor blades to take old paint, damaging the lap joints. US, Boeing, and the FAA are jointly working on a permanent repair, but in the meantime, repetitive inspections are required.

And they want to send more maintenance out to 3rd party vendors?
 
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RE: USAirways Livery

Fri Jul 23, 2004 3:47 pm

~"I am 99.9% sure that is untrue. If this is true, why aren't NW's DC-9s flying with stripped paint?"~

This is a 737 problem NOT a DC-9 problem. US is phasing out all of their 737s. The -200s have been gone for years and the -300s/-400s have been slowly being phased out for 319s and 20s. For these 10, this is their last USAir livery so let them feel special  Smile
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RE: USAirways Livery

Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:18 am

I miss the old livery..the red, orange on the bare metal look!  Smile
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RE: USAirways Livery

Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:36 am

7E72004 - That was nice, but then I even liked the original late '70s USAir livery. The current scheme has to take the cake - classy all the way! The only thing I'd change would be remove everything that says "USAirways" and replace it with "Piedmont" - oh that the take over would have been the other way around.  Angry
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RE: USAirways Livery

Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:39 am

what was the late 70s livery KYAir? i was born in '75 so i don't remember too much from the 70s  Big grin
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RE: USAirways Livery

Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:45 am

I love the USAirways scheme as it is now. The older one was ok, but the only one that come close to being as good as this one is the old Red/Orange scheme.

Right now, its just something about the "USAirways Blue" that pulls it all together.  Smile
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RE: USAirways Livery

Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:47 am

I don't mind the current livery, i just like the original name...USAir...many people i talk to today still refer to it as USAir and not USAirways... Smile
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kyair
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RE: USAirways Livery

Sat Jul 24, 2004 2:11 am

The original USAir livery was basically the Allegheny color scheme with an odd, stylized "USAir" logo - the U and S were kinda joined. There are a few pics in the photos section.

I agree with the name, too, 7E72004. Most people still call it simply USAir. The way it was written in the last livery, "USA" just jumped out at you. If I can't see Piedmont on the newest livery, I'd like to see simply USAir! The name and livery were changed to convey a more business-like look. The livery worked great, the name just doesn't do it for me. Now I'll wait for someone to reply that in a few months, I won't see USAirways on the side of any plane flying - they'll all be parked at Mojave. Cynics.
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