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Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:03 am

It's more of a statement than a question. I've noticed every single airline has a retro jet even JetBlue lol I've always wondered why Delta does not have a retro jet currently flying? I know back in the day they have the 767-200 that was a retro jet the flew for like a month before becoming a museum piece. I know they have the 757 parked out at the museum with the old widget. I just always wondered why Delta has not done what the others have done. I'm not going to lie I 737-900 would look pretty amazing in the old widget Livery. Or even a A320 with the Northwest bowling shoe livery.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:08 am

Delta is all about having a cohesive brand across the board. I don't see it happening.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:15 am

Has a current Delta employee I completely understand that they enjoy their brand. Even if most of us employees do not. But it would be a nice top for them to join the rest of the airline world and show a little bit of pride in their heritage.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:22 am

Actually, Delta kinda sorta had one:



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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:23 am

I think Delta did end up keeping a couple aircraft with the "Northwest Airlines" livery for quite awhile...
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:25 am

Though we'd probably get some pre-1960s retro thing, if they ever did..... I'd love NOTHING more than to see an A350 delivered in 1980s "Widget" colors. :pray: :hearts: :hearts:
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:27 am

There are a huge number of airlines in this world, I would say most, that don't have a retro jet.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:44 am

Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern have painted some heritage schemes. BNSF is still wearing multiple schemes but has painted some freight cars with heritage logos. Perhaps DL could adorn a plane or five with heritage logos by the boarding door or the cockpit?
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:52 am

I am thankful DL doesn't have a retro-color jet. The concept has since become cheap/hackneyed since many other airlines started doing it. The original retro concept was to honor milestones in the airline's history (a major anniversary); or to publicize an event or occasion (i.e. the marketing partnership between the Alaska salmon fisheries industry and Alaska Airlines). But many airlines now do it just because they feel they cannot afford not to. But retro colors tend to muddle the product. So it's great that DL isn't doing much of it. I am pleased, for one, that they are focusing on their customer product rather than how they look to airplane spotters - after all, their customer product is their primary business.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:12 am

Delta painted a 757 in the “widget” scheme and has it displayed in the Delta museum. Although on display, I would supppse you call it a “retro jet.”
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:14 am

It's kind of upsetting, even at the Delta Museum the 747 and DC-9 wear the current livery. While the current Delta livery is clean and well known I wish they would add some "color" to it. Way too white for my liking, at least American has grey paint covering most of their aircraft.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:15 am

For Delta, my pick would be the Convair 880 livery.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NEKN8sFjHdk

Prior to the 1960s Widget livery, the blue was extremely dark — similar to Lufthansa “premium” blue, lol — and the red was an orange red. I actually think DL should have kept these colors for future liveries vs the overused, ubiquitous blue, red and white.

https://www.deltamuseum.org/exhibits/de ... elta-brand
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:26 am

IIRC, the AS retro jet has been repainted in house colors. It world be kind of neat to see the retro livery in the front with the blue and green swoops leading to Chester on the tail.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:18 am

If you think about it, the early 2000s old blue/white/red widget does represent some tumulous times at Delta. The 2001+ curved "Leo era" widget was worse until employees voted for the old widget again.

The current Onward and Upward red widget scheme is the best.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:19 am

Chriswebb775 wrote:
Even if most of us employees do not.


Why not?
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:16 am

BENAir01 wrote:
There are a huge number of airlines in this world, I would say most, that don't have a retro jet.


There is no world outside the USA, how could you forget this?
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:03 pm

Chriswebb775 wrote:
It's more of a statement than a question. I've noticed every single airline has a retro jet even JetBlue lol I've always wondered why Delta does not have a retro jet currently flying? .


Chriswebb775 wrote:
I've noticed every single airline has a retro jet .


First off...do you mean the world or just USA?

If USA, what about NK, HA, G4, F9, SY....so I really don't get what you mean. :confused:
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:09 pm

Obzerva wrote:
BENAir01 wrote:
There are a huge number of airlines in this world, I would say most, that don't have a retro jet.


There is no world outside the USA, how could you forget this?

Oh, my bad, I forgot that everywhere outside the US either doesn't matter or is filled with drugs and crimes and rapists or terrorists and therefore doesn't matter. Im so sorry, I was terribly mistaken.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:35 pm

Delta has a retro jet from 31 years ago, it's N904DL.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:45 pm

Quoting Chriswebb775 (thread starter), “I’ve noticed every single airline has a retro jet . . . “

Chriswebb, no they don’t.

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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:45 pm

every single airline? Honest?
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:46 pm

how many have you noticed?
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:31 pm

IPFreely wrote:
Delta has a retro jet from 31 years ago, it's N904DL.


And yet, it wears the current livery, which means it isn't a retro jet in the context intended by the OP.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:51 pm

DL747400 wrote:
And yet, it wears the current livery, which means it isn't a retro jet in the context intended by the OP.


Some airlines define "retro" as taking a new plane and painting it as if it was 30+ years old. Other airlines define "retro" as taking a 30+ year old plane and painting it as if it was new. Either way provides passengers with a sense of nostalgia.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:11 pm

What's funny is that jetBlue even has one and they're not even 20 years old.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:14 pm

What's funny is that jetBlue even has one and they're not even 20 years old.
 
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:53 pm

e38 wrote:
every single airline? Honest?


Exactly. Thank you...you beat me to it.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:57 pm

PlanesNTrains wrote:
Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern have painted some heritage schemes. BNSF is still wearing multiple schemes but has painted some freight cars with heritage logos. Perhaps DL could adorn a plane or five with heritage logos by the boarding door or the cockpit?


I really wish BNSF would do a retro fleet...I was at the NS Family Portrait event in Spencer NC in July 2012 so I could see all the NS units at once.
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Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:02 pm

aeromoe wrote:
e38 wrote:
every single airline? Honest?


Exactly. Thank you...you beat me to it.

In my opinion, it is pretty obvious what the OP meant. It seemed clear to me. But ... I see he is new here and he hasn't yet learned that the Anal Alices on this site are laying in wait to pounce on anyone that says, "always", "never" or in this case "every". He'll learn. :D

evank516 wrote:
What's funny is that jetBlue even has one and they're not even 20 years old.

I recently saw that aircraft in AUA, love it! I find it interesting because, let's face it, it would only appeal to airline geeks like us ... the rest of the world wouldn't even look twice.
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