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keep the bare metal, but an American Eagle like variation on the tail would do the trick.
A better look would be a modern variation on the 70s theme, just the right amount of retro combined with 21st century. At any rate lose the two-tone U that still looks like a W to me.
The green looks awfully depressing on these birds for some reason.
Photo © Johan Kellerman
Photo © Art Brett
Elements that may look good alone (painted engines, logos on a patterned tail) miss for some reason here.
Photo © Michael Carter
Their design which came out in 75 or 76, I think, was the first "white Eurojet" variation and when you first saw it in the 70s, it blew you away! It was so undeniably French, so chic, in the way a Citroen, Parisian fashion, Edith Piaf, or escargots, or fine cheese was so French. Living in Queens under the flight path for JFK, it made me daydream about International Travel, where I would grow up and go to exotic destinations and have hot, sexy French stewardesses feeding me delicious food and great wine, and then maybe feeding me themselves. OK, so that part never worked out, but I can stare at that llivery for days and the memories flood back. To me that is more timeless than any other.
Photo © Johan Ljungdahl
Ugly. No doubt about it, but that is its value. I believe its very ugliness is intended to send a calculated message. It screams, "let the majors worry about liveries and images, we're gonna fly you from point A to point B cheaply and in reasonably good humor. You want image and a spiffy tail on your plane? Then prepare to pay, sucker!"