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Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:34 pm

Delta introduced a new livery in 1997. The L10s did not wear it, but they were not all gone until 2001.
Maybe I'm mistaken, but I though that was a record of sorts.

So now AA has confirmed that the MD-80s will remain until 2019.
The current livery was introduced in January, 2013. Therefore, in January 2019, the livery will be 6 years old
and there will still be aircraft flying without it.
IIRC....aren't D-checks every 4 years, so some aircraft will have gone through a D-check without a repaint.
Am I correct on this?

MAIN THESIS OF THREAD:
So what other examples of long stretches of livery change, no repaint until retirement?
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Ironically, considering the DL L10 story mentioned...DL had a livery change in 2000.
The 727s were gone by April 2003, yet there were a few of them repainted.

TWA got 1 Tristar into the new colors---gone in 1998, that livery was introduced in 1996 (?)
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:10 am

The PEOPLExpress livery lasted a long time at Continental. Merger was in 1987, here is the livery in late 1995. I'm not sure if any were retired in the PE livery.


727LOVER wrote:
IIRC....aren't D-checks every 4 years, so some aircraft will have gone through a D-check without a repaint.
Am I correct on this?


Not all aircraft are painted at a heavy check. At DL, they are painted on a specific paint schedule independent of heavy check. There is no advantage to painting during heavy check, as no other maintenance can occur while the A/C is taped up.

727LOVER wrote:
The 727s were gone by April 2003, yet there were a few of them repainted.


A few of the 727s were still being painted into the widget livery in 1997 after the new livery was revealed. I guess the patterns were not ready yet(?) Some 727s that did make it into the 2000 livery were just a scuff and respray over the old livery. They were not stripped of the old livery.
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:33 am

DL_Mech wrote:
The PEOPLExpress livery lasted a long time at Continental. Merger was in 1987, here is the livery in late 1995. I'm not sure if any were retired in the PE livery.



You're right..but I didn't count those because as a whole, they got the new livery.


What about USAir's MD-80s & DC-9s?
DC-9s were 1997 (new paint) until retirement in 2001...i know...a few got the tail painted at least.
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:01 pm

QF has some aircraft at the moment lined up for repaint into the new livery (announced just over a year ago) that completely avoided getting the 2007 livery, while several of the 763s were repainted not all that long before being retired in 2014.
 
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:39 pm

As for Russia, Aeroflot-Don received its new Aeroflot like livery in 2007. Its IL 86s were not repainted until their retirement in autumn 2011 (the airline was already named Donavia by then).
 
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:46 am

What about Air France and the Caravelle? Maybe not the longest stretch but IIRC, no Caravelle received the then new livery.
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:56 am

Alitalia still has an A321 that skipped the 2006 livery and has not yet been repainted into the 2015 one.

 
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Re: Longest stretches of new livery/no repaint until retirement

Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:18 am

Malaysia Airlines' 777 fleet never received the 2010-updated livery, or the 2012-updated livery, or the 2014-updated livery right up until retirement.
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