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AA/TWA Interim Livery Coming Soon!

Wed Jun 06, 2001 2:56 am

In the Friday, June 1 issue of the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper, Mark Abels, Director of Corporate Communications for TWA Airlines LLC., said that by the end of the summer, a TWA/AA combined livery will be appearing on TWA's airplanes as an interim step towards converting TWA's fleet to the AA livery. How cool! Get out those cameras. I'm guessing the "TWA" logo on the tail and the "Trans World" lettering on the fuselage will be replaced with the "AA" logo and the "American" script respectively, keeping the red, white, gold and blue paint and possibly the globe. Can't wait to see it.

In other transition notes, Mr. Abels said the TW 717, 757 and MD80 fleets will be converted to AA's "More Room Throughout Coach" configuration by the end of the summer. The 767's will be done by October.

Last Friday also marked the first day that "American Way" appeared in TW seat pockets. I'm proud to say I flew on TW that day (early in the day) and was able to grab a couple of brand new copies for my rapidly-expanding TWA memorabilia collection.

It's happening folks. Sad but exciting at the same time.
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RE: AA/TWA Interim Livery Coming Soon!

Wed Jun 06, 2001 3:32 am

Yes, it's really sad, because I liked TWA's new livery very much.

BTW, why do you think the "interim" livery will have TW-colours and AA-titles? TW will be integrated next year, so I think that interim sheme will be just the other way round: AA-colours with TW-titles. Up to now, TWA still exists, so you can't write AA on the aircraft. But an interim-sheme with AA-colours and TW-titles would enable a quicker re-painting into full AA-colours when TWA gets integrated next year.

What do you think?
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RE: Ndebele

Wed Jun 06, 2001 5:28 am

Good point. I just assumed it would be easier and quicker to take the TWA logo and script off as the first step. Since it would take more time to strip the entire aircraft of paint than to switch a couple logos, and since the time frame for this "interim livery" is quite soon, I assumed just the logos would be switched, but I could be wrong.

By the way, Mr. Abels also said the DC9's probably won't have anything done to them inside or out since American will be retiring them as soon as possible.
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RE: Ndebele

Thu Jun 07, 2001 12:00 pm

I bet AA will unveil a transition livery with the AA bare metal and TWA name still on the aircraft. Or they may do like when the acquired Reno Air and kept the all-white fuselage and added the red and blue stripes. Air Canada still has their Canadi>n transition livery on quite a few aircraft, which is the AC maple leaf and all-white fuselage with a mini "proud wing" goose beside the CP name.
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RE: AA/TWA Interim Livery Coming Soon!

Thu Jun 07, 2001 12:05 pm

According to what a friend and fellow Airwhiner told me, AA will have to literally reskin the TW a/c which they intend to keep in order to get the polished aluminum look. So I would agree with TWFirst's prediction of TW colors with AA titles.
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RE: AA/TWA Interim Livery Coming Soon!

Thu Jun 07, 2001 2:24 pm

As much as I will hate to see TWA's colors go I will be excited to see the interim colors.

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RE: AA/TWA Interim Livery Coming Soon!

Thu Jun 07, 2001 2:35 pm

Gotta love those hybrids.

If you look at past mergers, you'd notice that most airlines keep the the basic colors and just add the titles. This is a quick fix until they fully take over and repaint the planes completely. When AA took over AirCal in the '80's they kept the basic AC colors and added AA titles. For the Reno Air takeover they painted the tails silver and stripped off the Reno titles. Later on they just painted the planes white/gray with the full AA titles because the planes aren't going to be around for long so why go through the trouble of stripping them to bare metal? So I'd have to agree with TWFirst on this one.

Also TWA is now OWNED by AA. So yes they run separately, but AA want's to slap their name on the plane they have every right to do so.
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RE: AA/TWA Interim Livery Coming Soon!

Thu Jun 07, 2001 10:51 pm

I think the newest TW planes in the current TW livery will get the interim livery first.

I would hazard a guess that the MD-80 series planes TW has will start going to full AA livery first, starting with the planes that have to get C or D checked or about to get a repaint anyway.

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