Al
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Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 8:32 am

CX747 mentioned in another topic that KL currently have the "record" of longest life of a paint scheme. The current two tone blue came into effect in the early 80's or very very late 70's from memory - certainly well after Tenerife in '77.
I would have thought AA held the title with the current three stripe cheatline and the stylised eagle between the A and A on the tail having been introduced in 1969.
Yep - 30 this year !! My info could be wrong and it is talking of another AA design very very similar to their current one. Anyone clarify for sure?
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 8:48 am

How long has Southwest's current livery been around?


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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 9:12 am

I concur. The oldest surviving livery scheme of a major airline would probably be AA's scheme. I wish I could tell you when the current scheme was first introduced, but I know that the older lightning bolt scheme was still around in 1971. Although, as you know, airlines can spend several years to process all their aircraft through the paint shop.
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william
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 1:30 pm

Delta's old widget livery,still flying on many planes,so it counts. I wish they would have kept the old livery and applied to a metallic background like AA's. It would have been very classy.
 
montenegro
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 5:27 pm

That is a good question. I'd like to direct your attention on the ALITALIA livery that is well doing since the 70-es, I think that THAI and SINGAPORE has long-living livery.
It is a strange thing some of them after all this time seams so up-to date.

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Al
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 7:12 pm

SQ can be dismissed as a competitor as thay have had a few minor variations over the years such as different style cheatline, a different gold colour added etc. Delta can also be dismissed as they are several months into a change of livery. So we are down to AZ AA WN and TG. Any more takers ??!!! :-))
 
ge90
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 8:47 pm


Thai livery was created over twenty years ago, in 1975 and seems it has never been changed. That's old enough? I think they should change it soon, though it still looks up to date.
 
Paul
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Wed Jun 16, 1999 10:44 pm

What about Iberia an TAP . I can't remember they ever had a different color scheme.
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Thu Jun 17, 1999 2:42 am

I have heard that Etiopian Airlines is the oldest continuously used livery around. Check out photo ID 28579 on this site. This is a true classic and it looks like it has been around for 30 years or more.
 
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RE: Oldest Surviving/current Livery ?

Thu Jun 17, 1999 2:50 am

God I would never have thought of it but Ethiopian probably IS the oldest. And one of the best ever. Even the Amharic script looks cool. If there is ever a competition for the most "short-lived" scheme, I hope and pray that it is the new Virgin one. Bleeeuuuggggghhh!!
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