AM: New. Bare metal has never done it for me. Only AA
successfully pulls it off in my opinion, and even then I'm not in love with it.
: Hmmm... Eurowhite with a black tail vs. Eurowhite with a white tail with green dots. Yawn. I'll vote Old in this case, at least there was more contrast with the black tail.
: In the case of the 717 specifically: Old. I'm split on AirTran's liveries, though. I absolutely love the new scheme on the 73G. I hated the old livery on the Ryan A320s, I thought they looked terrible. But in the case of the 717, I just can't get used to a blue BR715. And I hate how the cheatlines curve up at the nose. It makes my favorite plane look like a duck! I've always suspected that when AirTran was looking at artists' renderings of possible new liveries, all they saw were pictures of 737s and after they picked the current 737 livery, somebody remembered "Hey, what about the 717 fleet?" to which the artist replied "Aw, crap, we gotta paint those too? Well, we'll just make it fit on the 717. What's the worst that could happen?"
ATA: New. It looks more professional without being too stuffy. And I really like blue and gold together.
: New. I like the tail especially. The older one was just boring and uninspired. It looked like most 1990s "we gotta update our '70s look" quickie updates... a desperate attempt to look "modern" by people who were stuck in the Orange Shag Carpet Era.
: New. The "handwritten logo" thing is so
: New. They actually bothered to take the engine into consideration when designing the tail art. And the whole thing just looks more "Hawaiian" than the old paint.
JAL: No preference. The registry on the wing is kind of cool, but you can't see that part of the wing on the "old" picture so it might or might not be on the old livery. I like the logo on the tail of the old paint.
Midwest: New. The colors may be the same but I like the tail logo on the new scheme better. And again, they bothered to paint the engine (although there's that blue BR715 again... at least the rest of the plane matches it!)
: Old. The old Northwest livery may have been nothing special, but the current Northwest paint is my absolute least favorite livery ever! It's hideous! "Let's just paint the whole thing gray." Blah. It looks like a galvanized bucket.
Spirit: Old. For exactly the same reasons as Northwest. Galvanized gray bucket with splashes of darker gray and black paint. Ugh!
: New. I really like the Canyon Blue. I also like how they kept the gold but used it to separate the blue, red, and orange. The new paint is also glossier than the old. I like my walls flat but my planes glossy
Sun Country: New. Is it just me, or does that 727 look like a Dr. Pepper ad from 1983?
: New. That old gray looked stuffy and corporate, especially with the uniform blue lines on the tail and the Times New Roman font. The giant tulip on the new tail is a nice touch... great new use for a classic logo.
US: New. The old paint looked like a United plane flying upside-down. And it was my least favorite shade of blue. I'm not in love with the tail on the new livery but the rest of the plane looks great.