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US Airways 737-200 News

Tue Jul 11, 2000 2:07 pm

I read today on Airlinersonline.com today that several 737-200's have now been painted in the new US Airways color scheme (Not Metro Jet). Who would have predicted that one? Thats a very interesting move that I thought would never happen. I can't think of a reason for this can you?

RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Tue Jul 11, 2000 8:19 pm

Something tells me that the merger with United will not go through. I am surprised that they were not painted in MetroJet colors, since the majority of the 737s in the US Airways fleet that are being painted with the new color scheme are the 300 & 400 models.

RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Tue Jul 11, 2000 11:22 pm

Painting 737-200s in the new c/s? Well, that seems to spell out the fate of the UA/US merger. One would think that US would have stopped painting its a/c altogether (aside from ones going to MetroJet) if the UA merger really had a chance of making it past the DOJ, since it would be a waste of money as they would be painted in UA colors soon enough.
I was fairly sure the DOJ wouldn't allow the merger to begin with- it looks like the airlines have realized it now too.
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RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Tue Jul 11, 2000 11:41 pm

Just saw from the database on this site that US Airways repainted their DC-9's partly in new colors. For example, they painted the distinctive flag on the tailfin and the new company name (US Airways) on the fuselage along with that flag. However, besides that the entire plane has been left as it had originally looked with the mostly-unpainted fuselage and the red cheatline.
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RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Wed Jul 12, 2000 12:34 am

I think the DC-9s that was half new half old were one that was used on the US Airways Shuttle. They needed them until a good number of the A320s came in. I don't think there are any more DC-9s running the Shuttle however.  
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RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Wed Jul 12, 2000 12:46 am

The thing about painting is that it is required to remove all the paint from jets when doing the D check to check for cracks, erosion, etc. So, when you repaint the plane after the D check, why paint them in the old colors? I wouldn't be surprised if this is what happened.

(Although I have not seen any of these repainted planes.)
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RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Wed Jul 12, 2000 12:57 am

They are after D check so they will sell those planes soon. And like DLX said; why not repaint them in new c/s.

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RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Wed Jul 12, 2000 3:19 am

On the contrary, I think this is a sign that the merger is on the up and up. If US Airways are indeed painting 737-200s in the new scheme after D-checks (and not in *metrojet* c/s), this seems to signify that United wants an easier integration of aircraft after the merger. Why?

Suppose that the merger goes through. No doubt, in the transition period, United will simply put "United" titles over the present US Airways planes. (This is what historically happens in merger transition periods). Now, to main a consistent look of the soon to be completely merged US Airways and accordingly new United, United would like to have as many US Airways a/c as possible look the same with United titles. If there were more red metrojet a/c flying around, the liveries would thusly be more incosistent. This is contingent, however, upon metrojet being rebranded post-merger.
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RE: US Airways 737-200 News

Wed Jul 12, 2000 4:07 am

The repainting in the new blue colors would have nothing to do with the UA merger at all. The point is very simple. You have to repaint the plane. You have three options:

1) Old colors
2) New colors (blue)
3) Metrojet colors (red)

Obviously 1 makes no sense, so the choice is between 2 and 3. Is this plane going to be used on metrojet runs? No? Then paint them blue. That's what happened. Remember, not all the 732s were ever intended to enter the MJ fleet. UA did not fit in the equation.

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