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Airline Liveries

Sat May 08, 1999 2:04 pm

What is the best airline paint scheme in your opinion? This also includes dead airlines. And who needs a paint scheme change?

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RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 08, 1999 7:05 pm

Well, BA has a stylish one. I kinnda like that...

Also, Canadian, with the duck-like bird on their tails is nice too!

Somebody on this forum recently said that Virgin was gonna have their planes repainted in silver and red - that would ROCK!!!


Iberia and most of Middle east carriers prolly need change... Also, there're too many of typical white fuselage paint schemes, which can be boring like AirFrance and Lufthansa (although I like these airlines..).

Alexander Alexeyev
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 4:25 am

I kinda like delta and Eastern. I like Eastern. Is anybody a pilot for Eastern?

RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 5:24 am

I think the best paint sheme is the NorthWest airlines sheme...
but I do also like a lot the paint sheme of KLM... and I think they have the best service... I really love that company. (they have a nice movie before the flight begins...)



RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 10:33 am

I think Air Jamaica Rocks! Have you seen the new Vibrant colourscheme??? WOW!

Also.... SOuth African Airways new scheme is pretty nifty and bright.
Also Like Malaysian's
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 11:07 am

I like Air Seychelles. They have a great service too. I also liked Air New York.
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 11:59 am

Four come to mind. Air Florida's bright blue and green, Northeastern's pink and blue cloud scheme, Capitol Air's SkySaver/Star Spangled scheme, and ValuJet. All were bright and cheerful.

RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 1:58 pm

By far TWA. Every plane TWA has looks perfect in their new paint scheme.
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 09, 1999 5:20 pm

My name says it all.

Their old colours are the best - but the new ones not too bad either!

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RE: Airline Liveries

Mon May 10, 1999 3:06 am

Varig has a beautiful new livery in my opinion, so does Trans Brasil.

I also like Alitalia and United's.

FMAL, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

RE: American/Britannia Airways

Mon May 10, 1999 3:31 am

Gotta BE American by a long way.........just great the polished look is still being used after all these of my other fav`s is Britannia airways over here in the UK......the worlds largest charter airline.......check it out if u dont know it......not too elaborate but catchy......


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RE: American/Britannia Airways

Mon May 10, 1999 4:01 am

I really like British Airways new colors. Eastern Airlines was nice too when they were around.

RE: American/Britannia Airways

Mon May 10, 1999 11:37 am

I think I've said this before, but I'll say it again...
I think that polished aluminum paint schemes are the best, because they are the only ones that allow the intricate beauty that is inherent in the aircraft to show through. I think that the airplane itself, not the paint that's poured onto it, is what is attractive. That said, my favorite is American's polished look with just enough color to add interest. USAir's colors were nice too, when they were largely polished. Just as an aside, too much polished aluminum does not look so good. I have seen 747's that are completely polished except for the words "Northwest Cargo" (I'm pretty sure it was Northwest). That was almost as bad as the planes that are plain white with the airline's name - there's just no interest in monotony.

RE: Airline Liveries/ Thai,...

Tue May 11, 1999 10:36 pm

I like classical airline liveries such as British Airways, Qantas, Air France and particulary Thai Airways.

The majestic Thai Airways livery was created over twenty years ago, under a brief that called for a reflection of Thai heritage in both colour and form. A huge Royal Orchid motif covers the tail fin, in shades of magenta, gold and purple. Thai's distinctive livery incorporates the colours associated with Thailand: the shining gold found in its temples, the magenta of its shimmering silks and the rich purples of its orchids.

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RE: Airline Liveries

Tue May 11, 1999 11:11 pm

my favorite airline liveries are Delta and Eastern
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RE: Airline Liveries

Wed May 12, 1999 12:45 am

I liked the billboard Pan Am livery designed by Airbus Industrie.

I remember seeing an A310 overflying Aberdeen, Scotland a few years ago and you could see the lettering without binoculars!!

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RE: Airline Liveries

Wed May 12, 1999 1:23 am

Lanchile Airlines new and old liveries are the best. Ferom Classy to sassy,.

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RE: Saudi Arabian!

Wed May 12, 1999 1:25 am

I think that Saudi Arabian has the coolest looking livery, especially on their 747-400's!!! It looks so professional, and so's hard to describe. I think that SW and AA need a liver change (SW more than AA).

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RE: Airline Liveries

Fri May 14, 1999 12:01 am

I think there's no best but I love Thai airways livery, it looks majestic and elegance, it shows its cultures.
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RE: Airline Liveries/Aer Lingu

Fri May 14, 1999 3:53 am

It's Aer Lingus, in my opinion. The two-tone green paint perfectly captures the beauty of Ireland. The shamrock tail is also unique.
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 15, 1999 4:13 am


I like the Air France one.

Air France wanted to change its livrery in 1992, and made tests on its B747-400. But they did not change finaly.
You could see grey bottom, silver line or blu-white-red winglets.

See the photo ID number 32846 to have an exemple.

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Virgin Sun

Sat May 15, 1999 4:25 am

This is what I call a really nice livery. No words...

Luis, Faro, Portugal

RE: Virgin Sun

Sat May 15, 1999 6:59 am

My favourite is definitely KLM. It just looks great, especially the 747s.

Lufthansa is my favourite airline, but their livery isn't great at all. The LH tail looks great, but the rest is too simple, just the word Lufthansa. I think their old livery was better...


RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 15, 1999 9:31 pm

It's hard to pick a clear winner... of all the recent livery changes, TWA has been one for the better, while British Airways, Canadian, Transbrasil, Air Pacific, Air New Zealand and Finnair have changed to worse liveries.

I liked the last AirCal colours, and the old and the new (not as much) of Horizon Air. Also, the previous liveries of Canadian, Air Canada, and British Airways, and Cathay Pacific's new colours!

RE: Airline Liveries

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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 16, 1999 9:15 pm

My preferences (B747-400, 777s and A330-340s)...

1. British Airways (old)
2. Air France
3. Qantas
4. Lufthanza
5. Cathay Pacific
6. Thai Airways
7. Singapore Airlines
8. Japan Airlines
9. KLM
10. EVA
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RE: Airline Liveries Air NZ

Tue May 18, 1999 12:00 am

The best: Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Mandarin Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways.

Who needs paint jobs: Without a doubt Air Lanka, Tap Air Portugal, Air Mauritious sorry for spelling, the hideous Royal Air Maroc and please someone paint Air Malta.

Who dislikes any of the new designs. The only one I don't is the new Vietnam Airlines. The blue stripes looked elegent, this new green look is awful.

RE: Airline Liveries

Tue May 18, 1999 6:50 am

I like many of the newest liveries around.

British Airways
South African
Air Namibia
Saudi Arabian

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RE: Airline Liveries

Tue May 18, 1999 12:46 pm

My two favorties for U.S. airlines are TWA and Continental.

Among foreign ones, my favorite is Varig. Royal Jordanian is also nice.

Re: Airline Liveries

Wed May 19, 1999 11:23 am

Off the top of my head:

I liked the official liveries of Tan and Sahsa, the two, now defunct, national airlines of Honduras, Central America. They also leased many planes, therefore having some mixed/different liveries that were quite interesting to see.

I do like the plain and simple colors (even though there aren't many) of Swissair. It accentuates the cross, symbol of Switzerland. Similarly, Air France's are nice. (Unforutunately, only big names come to mind. They're all that I am aware of for the most part.)

Re: US liveries: I like the new Delta and the (new) United. I am also a fan of Continental's again, plain and simple.

I keep trying to see if AA's could be modified or changed, but I dunno, the blue, white, red stripes are pretty classic. And the news 777's and 738's look really slick in them!

Southwest's could be changed, but then again, that's what makes them so unique. The SW planes really stand out at an airfield! Every now and then I try to imagine something new for them, but it's hard!
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RE: Airline Liveries

Fri May 21, 1999 11:29 am

The best airline paint sheme would have to be United. It is truely beautiful and really has a "new" crisp look to it.

RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 22, 1999 12:05 am

My favorites are United's because it looks professional and "business like" and Aloha's because it looks Hawaiian with the "Bird of Paradise" flower on the tail, and 'Aloha' in red Brush script. What Aloha needs to do, though, is replace their 737-200s with newer ones.
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 22, 1999 10:02 am

Nobody has mentioned one of the most unique liveries (I believe) on any airplanes in the world and that is the one from Royal Air Jordanian. Yes, the black color on aircraft might have its disadvantages, especially in the Middle East, but that is why these planes look so awesome.

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RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 22, 1999 3:58 pm

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RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 22, 1999 8:26 pm

Here's my list of best airlines paint sheme (in the world)...

1. British Airways
2. Air France
3. Cathay Pacific
4. Thai Airways
5. Qantas
6. Lufthansa
7. Japan Airlines
8. Singapore Airlines
9. KLM
10. Philipines Airlines
11. Virgin Atlantic
12. FedEx
13. Korean Air
14. Malaysia Airlines
15. United Airlines
16. Emirates

These Airlines following have the worse liveries...

1. Air China
2. Air India
3. Air Lanka
4. Olympic Airways
5. Vietnam Airlines
6. American Airlines
7. South West
8. North West
9. US Air
10. That's enough

RE: Airline Liveries

Sat May 22, 1999 9:19 pm

These are the ones I like:

1. Eastern (well, its gone but....)
2. American (these paint schemes are classics and could last 50 more years.
3. Delta (new) (old-yuck!)
4. British Airways (new) (shows clever thinking and uniquness of some American agency... and BA) (I didn't like their old)
5. Northwest (their airline isn't much to talk about but the paint scheme is one nice one)
6. KLM (almost identical to NWA's)
7. Air China (I love the swooping paint from the nose and the painted flower).
8. US Airways (new) (very hansome)
9. Continental
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 23, 1999 1:20 am

I think United has the best paint scheme. It's simple yet attractive and they are great colors.
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RE: Airline Liveries

Sun May 23, 1999 4:59 pm

Though United Airlines livery looks quite nice but I guess, it was inspired by the majestic British airways colour sheme...

Anyway, The new United colour sheme looks much better than their old livery.

Blue And Red Liveries Are Too Common

Mon May 24, 1999 12:20 am

Be honest with me for a minute. Every major airline has a shade of red or blue in their liveres. Quite frankly it gets boring! But when Midway #2 came out with their yellow livery, I was surprised! Kind of reminded me of the days of Northeast and their yellow birds...

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