Well nearly all airlines have and do operate planes with tired paint jobs at one time or another. Considering that CO
rolled out their current color scheme in c. Feb 1991, and this picture was taken over three years after that, well ANY paint job that old is going to look dingy.
And in most cases, never EVER say how much you "dislike" a color scheme and how "relieved" you are that it was changed.
...you will eventually look back and miss it. ESpecially if you didn't bother documenting it when you could.
Back in the mid 1980's when I was a dumb young kid and knew no better, I was ELATED when AirCal, PSA, and Western were going to disappear from ONT
respectively. At the time, that was pretty much all I saw and was yearning for some variety. As they disappeared and the replacement paint jobs came on line, I thought it was the coolest thing.
All along....I watched.
...but never photographed.
Then one day I realized the stupidity of my short sightedness and I kick myself to this day for not siezing those photo ops when I had the chance. So I started when I could and got everything I could right up until 9/11. And already, a LOT of that stuff is vintage.
I guess the moral of the story is: no matter how drab, ugly, or dull a color scheme is TODAY, get it while you can. Unless it's American Airlines, chances are, it won't be around forever. Terminals 1 and 5 at LAX
were at one time RULED by PSA and Western respectively. Today, they are but memories. Same thing today: What's commonplace today will be tomorrows nostalgia. Things ALWAYS change eventually. Color schemes get changed....airlines merge or shut down....equipment types get added and abandoned.....it's never static.
One day, you kids will be glad you did.