simairlinenet
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Continental Livery Change Year - 1980s

Sat Apr 07, 2007 7:09 am

Hello,

I'm wondering what year it was that Continental changed their livery in the 1980s from the black meatball to the red meatball. The earliest photo I can find on Airliners.net with the red meatball is 1984. Is this correct, or would it have been in 1982 when Lorenzo took over?

Thanks in advance!
 
IAH777
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RE: Continental Livery Change Year - 1980s

Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:12 am

The red ball is the "scab" ball to CO employees around prior to bankruptcy and liquidation in late 1983, IIRC. I'm sure others have better/more information than I, but I know the red ball is a sore subject for those effected by Lorenzo's antics.
 
Viscount724
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RE: Continental Livery Change Year - 1980s

Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:13 am

Quoting Simairlinenet (Thread starter):
earliest photo I can find on Airliners.net with the red meatball is 1984.

I can't find any references to an official date for that change but maybe someone with CO background will know. Like you, the oldest A.net photo I can find with the red meatball is the following dated March 1984:


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WesternA318
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RE: Continental Livery Change Year - 1980s

Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:48 pm

From what I remember reading, the red meatball came out after CO's first trip through bankruptcy court. I guess Lorenzo was too cheap for a complete makeover, so they just swapped clors on the meatball. To me it reminds me of CO's financial bleeding of those days. Kinda like the abomination the new DL scheme is turning out to be.  banghead   cry 
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