Well, we are talking about our new livery and of course because it's my country's airline I should at least say some words. I was born with the "trauma" of TAP livery from the 60's/70's, TAP livery at that time reflected exactely the regime we had, very backwards, nothing new, no colourfull, grey etc. etc. TAP livery at that time also reflected the state of mind and spirit of Portugal and the portuguese, no expectations, no future!!! If you notice too, even the responsibles for the airline were so arrogant that they wrote the name of the airline in portuguese...... so most of the people could hardly understand unless you knew portuguese - " TRANSPORTES AÉREOS PORTUGUESES" - now it's easier because the world is so global and lot's of people can understand at least a bit, but back then it was absolutelt astonishing!!! After the revolution TAP responsibles tried at least to give further information about TAP, so they kept the same livery but below the big TAP on the tail of the airplanes they wrote in tinny little letters - " THE AIRLINE OF
PORTUGAL" - well, at least there was some information saying that TAP was portuguese, but you had to have powerfull binnoculars to see that on the tail. So when I first saw the next livery TAP got I almost got a strocke!!!! Why? Because suddenly TAP guys found out that actually Portugal used the colour green in the flag!!!!!! Si why not use it too on the new livery???? And then "the sun shinned" in our minds, TAP passed from a very boring and grey livery to a nice cool livery with the green in it! But there was still a problem, maybe people would still not connect TAP with Portugal..... so why not add black tittles saying - "AIR PORTUGAL" - and that was the major reason why "Air Portugal" was added, I personally don't think that was necessary! Now what we have is truly a livery that reflects the truly portuguese spirit, the colours are the same of our flag, red and green , but if you look they are not exactely the same, the green is lighter, and the red is darker and when some parts the get even a bit darker too, but for me it shows Portugal has a vacation place. In the enthusiast group that I normally gather with to talk about aviation here in Portugal we call it "the salad", green letuce and tomatoes, and when do we get that fresh salad? Well in the summer!!! So I think TAP reflects always summer time when I see it landing!