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Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:05 am
by Veigar
Not necessarily your favorite, but what do you guys think was/is the most iconic airline livery/brand throughout the years?

Researched a bit and no one had really discussed this before. I'll start by saying the classic AA livery. (Also, unrelated, but Delta's interim livery is completely forgotten. And for good reason.)

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:21 am
by MileHFL400
Emirates, you can see it at pretty any major airport and recognize it as Emirates.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:31 am
by SASViking
Pan Am. Still to this day you see T-shirts, bags etc. with their logo on

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:33 am
by seahawk
Pan Am, Varig and BA Landor.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:33 am
by torin
Pan Am - been defunct for years yet still see the logo around

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:35 am
by micstatic
to me the old american livery

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:39 am
by Channex757
Singapore Airlines. Even with tweaks, still timeless.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:47 am
by Motorhussy
Alitalia.
CP Air.
Qantas.
Pan-Am.
UTA.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:53 am
by Internaute
Qantas has to be up there...instantly recognisable even outside the aviation world.

SQ I agree...and might add Thai too.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:02 pm
by BlueSky1976
BA Landor, KLM with thick blue cheatline and polished bottom and classic Aeroflot with Soviet Union red flag on the tail and navy double cheatline.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:06 pm
by WPvsMW
Pan Am. In Honolulu, we still have a Pan American Building (in which I used to work... it was THE travel industry center in town even into the early 90s).
https://www.panam.org/global-era/693-pa ... ing-hawaii

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:14 pm
by BrianWilkes
QANTAS

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:14 pm
by MADPYRO
Old American for me.... The bare metal was timeless... They kept it around for around 50 years too

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:29 pm
by caoimhin
Pan Am, old AA, and EI.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:50 pm
by klm617
Pan Am.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:51 pm
by Mortyman
Pan Am
KLM

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:52 pm
by klm617
The Braniff Flying Colors livery of the 1970's

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:01 pm
by CDGIAD
Pan Am, SQ, TG, TWA, Swissair, maybe LH.

These brands/logo are easily found on t shirt, bags, a bit like Adidas or Absolut Vodka.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:34 pm
by jfklganyc
Lufthansa until they just screwed it up

Japan also. That bird is classic and I believe they also screwed it up for a while and brought it back

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:08 pm
by macsog6
QANTAS

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:30 pm
by LongHaul101
British Airways. Landor and current

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:38 pm
by Pudelhund
I think BA Landor is in a league of its own. While there are many iconic airlines, their icon status is not much enhanced by their livery, but rather more just a correlation of being the livery of an iconic airline. BA Landor ushered in the Marshall era where BA became a world-leading airline and it was also a unique, proud, immediately recognizable livery.

Other contenders may be the old American Airlines livery and Singapore Airlines.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:42 pm
by Flanker7
Royal Jordanian absolute great livery.
KLM with the thick cheatline and the darker blue top.
Boac

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:47 pm
by bfitzflyer
the nwa red tail. loved seeing the lined up

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:08 pm
by SRQKEF
My top ten, in no particular order:







Edit: Almost forgot KLM!


Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:28 pm
by LH748
Qantas, KLM, Air Tahiti Nui, South African Airways

Lufthansa was among them until they sent it down the drain

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:01 pm
by richiemo
I'd have to agree with Pan Am. (honorable mention to Delta's 70s, 80s and early 90s - and a shout out to National's Sun logo for pure fun)

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:38 am
by TheEuphorian
TG Both the 1975 livery and the current one.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:16 am
by Flyingdevil737
Definitely the Qantas livery post-1988

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:53 am
by BWIAirport
I always thought the Delta widget livery on the 757 looked razor sharp

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:23 am
by Veigar
Definitely agree with Pan am here, completely forgot about that. Shame what LH did.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:46 pm
by Mortyman





Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:32 am
by CarlosSi
Always AA for me. The tri-colored cheatlike, the red and blue AA on the tail, and those titles with white outlines have it that neon-sign look.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:10 am
by steveinbc
Classic icons in my book are/were:
PAN-AM
BOAC
Air Canada
American (polished fuselage)
QANTAS kangaroo

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:34 pm
by KPDX
I don't think there is any other appropriate answer here but Pan Am. :D

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:49 pm
by MartijnNL
jfklganyc wrote:
Lufthansa until they just screwed it up

I am not sure if Lufthansa screwed it up. Last week I travelled for the first time on one of their aircraft in the new livery. I think the overall appearance is pretty modern, especially compared to the old colours.

jfklganyc wrote:
Japan also. That bird is classic and I believe they also screwed it up for a while and brought it back

The crane on Japan Airlines was indeed classic. But changing the colours to the 'Arc of the Sun' livery was great as well, just like the makeovers of Icelandair and SAS for example. Personally I loved the red tails, maybe because they were all around when I visited Japan for the first time in 2008. I was very sad when Japan Airlines went back to the crane logo.

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:00 pm
by KLDC10
American Airlines (Old Livery)
KLM
Singapore Airlines
SWISS/Swissair
BOAC
BA Landor
Pan Am
TWA (Double Red Stripe)

Re: Most iconic livery?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:40 pm
by n729pa
Pan Am
Qantas
Swissair
Alitalia
KLM
BA ...Landor
Lufthansa. ...classic
Singapore Airlines

Worth a mention Gulf Air (Tristar livery)
Air Canada...red tail white maple

Funny except for Pan Am and I suppose Swissair for obvious reasons, from the main list, if someone came from 1979 they would still recognise the airline today by it's colours even if you removed the titles from it. That is perhaps part of the secret to an iconic design.