rampkontroler
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Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:24 am

Hi All-

I've noticed this for a while, and just haven't been able to find any real connection between the two carriers. So...what's with the uncanny similarity in liveries? Have I missed something all these years?


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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:35 am

Channel Airways bought most of CO's dozen or so Vickers Viscounts when CO retired the type in 1966/67 and didn't want to have to spend a lot of money on the livery so they only made minor changes to CO's livery, basically just the name. I guess they then adopted that modified CO livery on their other types.


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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:44 am

Sometimes when an airline purchases planes from another airline (or over another airline altogether), the general paint scheme stays the same until there is a chance to repaint the plane, usually at the "D" check:


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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:51 am

Ah...very good. Yes, I am familiar with the practice, I guess it just never occured to me that they would paint types not even used by the 'donor' airline. In all my experience, the aircraft with these hybrid schemes have always been with the original ('donor') fleet at one time or another and the new name is just more or less painted over the old scheme as in the examples you provided. Adapting your entire fleet to match the 'donor' scheme must be very rare.
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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:04 am

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
Sometimes when an airline purchases planes from another airline (or takes over another airline altogether), the general paint scheme stays the same until there is a chance to repaint the plane, usually at the "D" check:

The Channel Airways situation was a a little different and rather unusual, as they only made a few minor changes to CO's livery on the Viscounts they bought from CO, then adopted that livery on the rest of their fleet.


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But only about a year after they retired the Viscounts, CO adopted the "black meatball" livery (1968 if not mistaken).


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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:53 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
But only about a year after they retired the Viscounts, CO adopted the "black meatball" livery (1968 if not mistaken).

That's likely the key. They sold the planes and decided to change liveries, and made a deal with channel to use the old livery as well, which would explain why they painted other planes into this scheme while CO was painting their planes out of this scheme.

As old schemes go, that golden jet colors are pretty nice.
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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:45 pm

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 5):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
But only about a year after they retired the Viscounts, CO adopted the "black meatball" livery (1968 if not mistaken).

That's likely the key. They sold the planes and decided to change liveries, and made a deal with channel to use the old livery as well, which would explain why they painted other planes into this scheme while CO was painting their planes out of this scheme.

As old schemes go, that golden jet colors are pretty nice.

Right...looks like it was all about timing. CO was getting rid of theirs, so Channel just kind of took it over. Interesting that Channel even decided to put the "Continental" portion of the Golden Jet livery on the planes!
 
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RE: Continental And Channel Airways "Golden Jets"

Sat Sep 15, 2007 2:07 am

As an aside, Channel had several rows of what they called "family" seats where the seat layout was 3-4, and were renowned for fitting an eyewatering number of pax into each type they operated - 139 in the Trident 1 IIRC
Worked on - Caravelle Mercure A300 A320 F27 SD3-60 BAe146 747-100/200/400 DC10-30 767 777 737-400 757 A319 A321