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UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:35 pm

I haven't seen one in a while. I fear the end is near.  
Anyone have reg #s? Since UA reds are trackable on FlightAware, very valuable information!   



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I know the Bat Gray colors are gone from mainline. I saw a CR7 wearing them a few weeks ago @ MIA How many UAX are still wearing those????

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RE: UA-how Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:44 pm

Please refer to this Website:

https://sites.google.com/site/unitedfleetsite/mainline-fleet-tracking

The only mainline aircraft left with Tulips are

3 777s
13 744s
4 757
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RE: UA-how Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:47 pm

Tons of UAX tulips lurk around IAH. And the occasional tulip 757. I can't believe how fast they picked up the painting.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:52 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
UA-how Many Tulips Left?

Not enough.  
Quoting STT757 (Reply 1):
The only mainline aircraft left with Tulips are

3 777s
13 744s
4 757

I do remember seeing a 744 with Tulips at SFO last week. (at the international terminal)

I have also seen Tulips on ground handling equipment - Bag carts, tuggers, etc. I have seen rampers wearing yellow vests that still have the Tulip, as well... However, I am not sure this is really what you're looking for.

By the way, whatever ended up happening to that big Tulip in the UA terminal at DEN? Is it a CO globe now?  

Darn, these mergers... Every time I fly UA and see the new logo I get a little sad.  
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:56 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 1):

OMG......that's it?????!!!!! WOW!
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:58 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 1):
The only mainline aircraft left with Tulips are

3 777s
13 744s
4 757

Any reason why they are slower with the 744 fleet?
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:59 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):
OMG......that's it?????!!!!! WOW!

Yup, they just finished the Airbuses. I think they'll finish the 757s next.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:12 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
Anyone have reg #s? Since UA reds are trackable on FlightAware, very valuable information!

Um, you do realize that we have a WHOLE THREAD dedicated to UA fleet updates, including a list of airplanes that have been repainted, and it's been an open thread since before the merger?

United/Cont. Existing Fleet Upgrade Status 14 (by LipeGIG Dec 10 2012 in Civil Aviation)

Also, the person who replied up above neglected to include the many 767-300s that have yet to be repainted.

Good riddance, I say; a livery only earns its keep if you work to maintain it, which United couldn't be bothered to do with EITHER of their last liveries.
Someone on here recently was ranting and raving about United's perfect image pre-merger; obviously, they hadn't seen any United aircraft in the last few years. Like these two:

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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:21 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Also, the person who replied up above neglected to include the many 767-300s that have yet to be repainted.

Whoops, sorry:

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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:09 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):

NOPE------I thought those were about changes in the interior, didn't realize that had livery information, sorry.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:29 pm

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 3):
Not enough.

I agree. I miss the UA colors. Just had a trip through ORD, IAH, and DEN, and there's precious few tulips left. The only mainlines I saw was one 744 at ORD (N120UA) and one 763 at IAH (N659UA). Thankfully I flew on a UAX blue aircraft, possibly for the last time.

I did see one CR7 taxiing in the battleship gray at ORD, but unfortunately I was on the escalator into the B/C tunnel and had no chance of taking a picture.

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 3):
By the way, whatever ended up happening to that big Tulip in the UA terminal at DEN? Is it a CO globe now?

That was something I checked for at DEN. There was nothing there, and I'm positive I was looking in the right place. It was sad.
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:53 pm

I wish United would sell some of the thousands of tulip plaques as they come down. Even if their are a handful of them on some birds, they will all be gone. Owning a 3D tulip will be a piece of nostalgia for those of us who love her. I have a big piece of a PanAm 707 fuselage in my living room (with a window   ) and PanAm cuff links. I have VARIG port glasses and VARIG espresso cups. I covet these items as they are now antiques. What I want is a tulip now. I have some UA tulip glasses - but I want a sign!
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:04 pm

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
at was something I checked for at DEN. There was nothing there, and I'm positive I was looking in the right place. It was sad.

Is the old CO globe still in A? They could just move it over to B.
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:08 pm

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 3):
By the way, whatever ended up happening to that big Tulip in the UA terminal at DEN? Is it a CO globe now?
Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
That was something I checked for at DEN. There was nothing there, and I'm positive I was looking in the right place. It was sad.

Yeah, those have been gone for at least a year. I remember making a note of it in a trip report I wrote after going through there at the time.

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 14):
You may know about my habit of going to Denver’s Concourse B and walking from one end to the other whenever I have the time; Monday was no exception. Seeing the transformation of United’s territory to fit the new brand has been interesting. I saw workers going down the line, gate by gate, replacing panels and signs as I walked past on a previous jaunt. Besides all of that, there was always one curiosity on my mind since the merger was announced and the brand decision made. Each time I went through the middle section, I wondered when the day would come when the giant tulips would be relieved of their watch over the vast hall. I received an answer:

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I’m not necessarily a die-hard tulip loyalist, but I have to admit that it looks unusual to see nothing on that wall anymore.

Last I saw, the wall was still blank. I doubt they'll put anything up there.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:10 pm

Quoting maxamuus (Reply 12):
Is the old CO globe still in A? They could just move it over to B.

I didn't make it over to A. I had a fairly tight connection and couldn't wander past the B hub area. So I can't answer that one, sorry.
 
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:11 am

United just changed the logos on their Ops center on Touhy road just a second from my house to the new globe. Still was sporting pre-battleship!
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:21 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Good riddance, I say; a livery only earns its keep if you work to maintain it, which United couldn't be bothered to do with EITHER of their last liveries.

I can't say that I have seen any blue tulips that have seemed unkept. The Battleship Grey colors were HORRIBLE to begin with, but they really, as you said, did nothing to keep it up.

This whole business with this merger has upset me. One one hand, I love the UA tulip, and am greatly disheartened to see it go. On the other CO holds a sentimental place in my heart, as my first flight was on a COEX E45X. I really wish both liveries would stay.  
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:27 am

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 16):
I can't say that I have seen any blue tulips that have seemed unkept. The Battleship Grey colors were HORRIBLE to begin with, but they really, as you said, did nothing to keep it up.

There were some issues with some of the blue tulips peeling, but I think that was because of problems with the paintshop and not due to UA neglecting them. With the Battleship Grey UA seemed to just stop caring about them as soon as they went bankrupt.
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:31 am

We still get UAX/OO EMB-120s here in CEC in the stealth paint job (they disappear in our daily fog) and the less-common final blue/white Tulip, though mostly we get the bare metal with red/blue SkyWest logo (which IIRC is a throwback to when OO operated briefly as a Western/WA connection, and later as DL connection).

I haven't seen a Brasilia in the new UHC globe here yet.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:51 am

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
I agree. I miss the UA colors.

   Me, too.

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
Just had a trip through ORD, IAH, and DEN, and there's precious few tulips left.

I can only imagine. Though I would assume that there wouldn't be as many Tulips in IAH, considering that was a CO hub? (right?)

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
Thankfully I flew on a UAX blue aircraft, possibly for the last time.

Yeah, my last "Tulip Ride" was probably a 752 in August 2011. (UA 243, PDX-SFO)

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
That was something I checked for at DEN. There was nothing there, and I'm positive I was looking in the right place.

Thanks for the info.

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
It was sad.

Sad indeed.  
Quoting VC10er (Reply 11):

I wish United would sell some of the thousands of tulip plaques as they come down. Even if their are a handful of them on some birds, they will all be gone. Owning a 3D tulip will be a piece of nostalgia for those of us who love her.

I would love this, too.

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 13):
Yeah, those have been gone for at least a year. I remember making a note of it in a trip report I wrote after going through there at the time.

Thanks for sharing that image. That is definitely where the Tulip once reigned...

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 13):
Last I saw, the wall was still blank. I doubt they'll put anything up there.


I suspect you're probably right.
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:58 am

I personally miss the tulip. I have a 1/100 Saul Bass 763 model. No one is allowed to touch it.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:10 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):

The white-Blue scheme was maintained and Well. The Grey was LOUSY Paint scheme that NOBODY at United even liked !. ICK !!
As boring as the Globe paint job is?
It's STILL Light Years in advance of that Blue//Grey "Civil War" Paint Job!!
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:33 am

I flew LAX-SFO on a Tulip 752 last June...N589UA. It was the only tulip plane I saw at either airport. Sad. I always loved the tulip (and CO). Seems that this merger has destroyed them both :'(
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:42 am

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 10):
That was something I checked for at DEN. There was nothing there, and I'm positive I was looking in the right place. It was sad.

The tulip is definitely gone from the center core of the DEN B Concourse and as yet hasn't been replaced with the globe. I kind of hope they do put it up though. I'm also curious when they will change the Continental hangar in DEN to United.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:44 am

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 21):

Do I need to post a pic of N175UA to show you peeling blue-U paint?
Or how about N646UA, which has looked like crap since before the merger?
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:49 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 24):
Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 21):
Do I need to post a pic of N175UA to show you peeling blue-U paint?
Or how about N646UA, which has looked like crap since before the merger?

I'm not saying your wrong, but there are always going to be a few bad ones in the batch.


I flew US from JFK to CLT in the beginning of November and at T7 @ JFK, we were parked next to a N517UA, which was still a tulip. About 10 minutes before we started boarding our a320, another tulip landed on 31R and gave me probably my last view of a tulip in action.   I feel lucky to have seen two tulips at one airport.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:19 am

I'm sure they'll put up a Globe in B... they had one in A for years and it would be only appropriate.

I think the ground branding efforts have gone quite nicely... pretty well put together, especially places like the lobby of SFO.

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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:31 am

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 16):
I really wish both liveries would stay.

Something like this ?

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Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:47 am

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 27):

That's actually really cool. Yes, I would like something like that!  
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:04 am

Please refer to this Website:

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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:21 am

Quoting VC10er (Reply 11):
I wish United would sell some of the thousands of tulip plaques as they come down.

A lot of them probably ended up in employee hands (along with a lot of the old Continental signage that got taken down to be replaced with the United globes).

Quoting Caspian27 (Reply 23):
I'm also curious when they will change the Continental hangar in DEN to United.

When (if?) they decide they're keeping it long term? They still haven't replaced the external signs on jet bridges here in BNA... we have two with globes that still say Continental and two with tulips that date back to the battleship era. And then there are a few (very few) pieces of GSE that still say Continental. (None of the GSE said United pre-merger).

It is interesting when we get one blue tulip ERJ in the middle of a line of globes here for the RONs, though.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:55 am

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 21):
The white-Blue scheme was maintained and Well.

Not too sure about this one I shot last week:

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x35/jwhite9185/IMG_8071.jpg

I was also going to mention that I saw a 767 in the old livery at LHR last week, but its already been covered.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:51 am

The battleship gray CR7 was here in ATL the other day. That one has been here a lot lately. It must be the only CR7 in that scheme because its always the one with the white nose cone.

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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:55 am

Quoting comairguycvg (Reply 32):
The battleship gray CR7 was here in ATL the other day. That one has been here a lot lately.

Probably Mesa, they have a few battleship CR7's. I only miss the Worldwide Service that was on that scheme. Certainly they could have kept that.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Good riddance, I say; a livery only earns its keep if you work to maintain it, which United couldn't be bothered to do with EITHER of their last liveries.
Someone on here recently was ranting and raving about United's perfect image pre-merger; obviously, they hadn't seen any United aircraft in the last few years. Like these two:

haters gunna hate! I'll certainly miss seeing the Tulip. Still my favorite livery of all time. I even liked the battleship gray a lot as well. It's amazing how fast they repainted nearly the whole fleet considering they never finsihed painting it over from the battleship gray in years.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:24 pm

Quoting JHCRJ700 (Reply 34):
haters gunna hate! I'll certainly miss seeing the Tulip. Still my favorite livery of all time. I even liked the battleship gray a lot as well.

I didn't hate on the livery, I hated on the maintenance thereof. I actually like the "tulip" as a logo; I did NOT like how horrid the planes ended up looking in the end, in particular, the battleships. The Saul Bass rainbow was certainly my favorite, but the battleship scheme looked GREAT when it looked good, but wretched when it looked bad. The blues, well, the UA fanboys above seem to think it always looked immaculate, but they're ignoring the realities of the photo posted in this thread, as well as dozens of others (need I again refer to 646UA?).

So yeah, haters gonna hate, but pay attention to what we be hatin' on, yo.
 
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:24 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 24):



that's a failure of the painting shop , we already are addressing that failure. It appears that was bad prep work. We can't paint airplanes is our own hangars anymore due to EPA constraints. the airplane had to be scheduled back to the paint shop that's booked solid with the NEW Globe paint scheme a few planes out of 700 really isn't that bad in my book. though rushing or using unproven practices for the paint work undoubtedly will lead to problems. Everybody already knows that much it seems.
 
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:42 pm

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Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:09 pm

The best looking United livery of all time.  
Too bad the 747-400 wore these colors for a very short time.
The battleship grey I begain to like when UA decided to change their colors - again.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:11 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 35):
I didn't hate on the livery, I hated on the maintenance thereof. I actually like the "tulip" as a logo; I did NOT like how horrid the planes ended up looking in the end, in particular, the battleships. The Saul Bass rainbow was certainly my favorite, but the battleship scheme looked GREAT when it looked good, but wretched when it looked bad. The blues, well, the UA fanboys above seem to think it always looked immaculate, but they're ignoring the realities of the photo posted in this thread, as well as dozens of others (need I again refer to 646UA?).

word bro! I see what your saying now. Can't argue there. 646UA is THE example of how poorly maintained some of the planes were. The Saul Bass was a great livery as well.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:49 pm

I was very impressed with the Battleship livery when I first started seeing them in the early '90s, 1993?, it was something totally different. But by 2000 they were not looking so good. For whatever reason it wasn't holding up, whether it was how it was painted or the dark colors. US's dark scheme was horrendous and thankfully didn't last too long.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:01 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 35):
I didn't hate on the livery, I hated on the maintenance thereof. I actually like the "tulip" as a logo; I did NOT like how horrid the planes ended up looking in the end, in particular, the battleships. The Saul Bass rainbow was certainly my favorite, but the battleship scheme looked GREAT when it looked good, but wretched when it looked bad. The blues, well, the UA fanboys above seem to think it always looked immaculate, but they're ignoring the realities of the photo posted in this thread, as well as dozens of others (need I again refer to 646UA?).

So yeah, haters gonna hate, but pay attention to what we be hatin' on, yo.

   Have to agree with your post. Never saw so many horrid paint jobs since the days of the merger of PEOPLEExpress with Continental. There were many 'Blues' that were just pathetic, the 'Grays' were even worse. One may not like the 'Globe' livery, but when it fades, it still looks better than the 'Blues' and the 'Grays' when they were faded. And it is very nice flying into DEN, IAD, IAH, ORD, LAX, SFO and seeing the fleet in one color. Then again, I am a bit biased.


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Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:10 pm

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 41):
Never saw so many horrid paint jobs since the days of the merger of PEOPLEExpress with Continental.

I flew on those hybrid CO/PE 727s many times, my last flight on one was August 1994 EWR-STT. That was nearly Eight years after the merger. They painted the 737-100s and 747s quickly into CO colors, but for some reason the 727s lingered on in the hybrid colors for many years.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:37 pm

When a battleship was freshly painted it could look really good. The Tulip on the tail should have been a bit larger though. When battleship faded though it looked like hell. I really did actiually like the blue scheme before the merger and wouldn't have complained if that had been kept.

For all the Tulip missers just keep in mind that the Tulip has much better chances of returning in the future than does the name Continental Airlines. So you got that.  
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:04 pm

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 27):

A little bit of history on Battleship if you care: a group of branding people and designers left their respective agencies including a bunch of LANDOR people and opened " March 1st" (which was the day they opened and what they named the agency) it was created to be one of the worlds first digital & internet agency - they were too early to the internet world, and died. However, before they died, via a connection to Wolf at UA, March 1st took the United branding project (not digital- but they needed the money) ONE person who was a senior creative at LANDOR (but who I thought was not good) led the rebranding. Wolf wanted an Air Force or some sort of super powerful American military look for UA. So they did Battleship. I liked the blue stripes w small tulip, it was classy. But the rest I hated. It was wrought with mistakes as the guy from LANDOR wasn't an airline specialist. Number one early complaint was the grey matched the Tarmac, taxi ways etc, and on a low visibility day, the tower could barely even see a UA 747! They didn't realize (nobody) that the shine on the grey would quickly turn flat and dull.

SO....IMHO The livery you did is very good. Maybe not the final, it could use some tweaking, but a great start.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:12 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Good riddance, I say; a livery only earns its keep if you work to maintain it, which United couldn't be bothered to do with EITHER of their last liveries.

   I'm indifferent whether it's a globe or a tulip or Barney the dinosaur, as long as the entire fleet is painted consistently in a timely manner. Just a tiny bit of upkeep would have maintained the battleship or rising livery in decent shape, but UA couldn't even manage that. This is probably the first time in two decades the United fleet is painted in one color scheme. And it was/is being done quickly.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 35):
The blues, well, the UA fanboys above seem to think it always looked immaculate,

The UA fanboys always remember the admittedly beautiful ad/brand campaign, but never the actual follow through once you see the plane or facilties that looked like Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors", or god forbid, get onboard 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:09 pm

I am going to miss the old Gray United livery.
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:30 pm

Quoting VC10er (Reply 44):

Guess that explains the similarities between the battleship livery and the old BA livery - grey on top, dark blue belly and small logo on the tail.
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:15 pm

I too liked the Tulip paint jobs, i have to admit i find the new livery a bit boring , although i know it is a very expensive project when changing to new colour schemes, lets hope American never lose their nice colours.
 
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RE: UA- How Many Tulips Left?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:47 pm

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 45):
Just a tiny bit of upkeep would have maintained the battleship or rising livery in decent shape, but UA couldn't even manage that.
Quoting DualQual (Reply 43):
When battleship faded though it looked like hell. I really did actiually like the blue scheme before the merger and wouldn't have complained if that had been kept.
Quoting CALTECH (Reply 41):
There were many 'Blues' that were just pathetic, the 'Grays' were even worse.
Quoting STT757 (Reply 40):
But by 2000 they were not looking so good. For whatever reason it wasn't holding up,
Quoting JHCRJ700 (Reply 39):
646UA is THE example of how poorly maintained some of the planes were.

But yet:

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 36):
Everybody already knows that much it seems.

Strfyr, what "everybody" knows and what you know seem to be at odds.

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 36):
It appears that was bad prep work.

Wrong. 646 had perfect paint application- it's simply filthy, disgusting, and neglected.

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 36):
the airplane had to be scheduled back to the paint shop that's booked solid with the NEW Globe paint scheme a few planes out of 700 really isn't that bad in my book.

Don't kid yourself- United couldn't be bothered to paint anywhere NEAR 700 airplanes in the six years they had to do so. Amazing that new UA/CO can get the whole sUA fleet done in about three years, but old UA couldn't manage to do HALF that in DOUBLE the time.
I have yet to see a new globe paint aircraft that needs a retouch. And I see a LOT of United airplanes, a LOT of the time.