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Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:12 pm

A question that popped into my mind. What is the shortest-lived livery that any airline has used? Excluding special / heritage liveries, have there been "regular "liveries that were phased out before they made it onto every plane in an airlines fleet?
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:14 pm

Air India and TAAG both had new liveries on 777s at Paine Field that were repainted into standard colors before they took delivery.
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:00 pm

United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:03 pm

Flair :lol: :?
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:17 pm

Speedalive wrote:
Flair :lol: :?

Ha. Was thinking the same thing for the Canadian scene.

I don't think Impulse managed to get their fleet fully painted with the bright blue scheme by the time of being taken over by Qantas.

flyBE's purple livery will be a short lived scheme that is unlikely to see even a significant portion of the fleet. I believe they also have another recent scheme that won't survive.

Just about all of the VS schemes since the late 90s has not lasted a full cycle before being replaced by a tweaked scheme. At any given time they had two or three different versions flying around.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:21 pm

Didn't LH change parts of their new Livery after painting a few planes with it?
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:26 pm

The original Air West livery was also very short lived. It's still one of my personal favorite all time liveries with the varying two colors (e.g. red and orange; or blue and green). It lasted from the Air West merger until the Yellow Banana paint scheme was adopted.
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:30 pm

caverunner17 wrote:
Didn't LH change parts of their new Livery after painting a few planes with it?


They changed to a lighter shade of blue after realising in the typically grey and overcast weather that it looked black!
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:38 pm

Alaska managed less than a year with their liveryfrom Feb 2015 until they undertook a full brand refresh in Jan 2016 (dates according to Wiki). The short-lived livery featured the new word-mark, tweaked colors, and a different winglet design.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:44 pm

NK's "tropical" livery, the Euro white body, blue tail and yellow and green 'S' on the tail was fairly short lived. That didn't make it onto the whole fleet before they came out with the banana boat scheme. Heck there are still some A319's running around in the silver digital scheme they had.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:48 pm

I kind of miss DL's late 90s livery.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:48 pm

TWA in American Airlines colors wasn't there long
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:50 pm

Ted or Song come to mind.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:50 pm

Delta’s “Ron Allen” livery only lasted a few years before “Deltaflot/Wavy Gravy” came along.
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:56 pm

ExpressJet when they operated their own branded service
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:57 pm

What about RootsAir? Didn't it get absorbed by AC?
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:10 am

I don't think airlines that folded soon should count.

How long did UA's blue tulip livery last?
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:13 am

Every flybe livery the last 5 years, madness.
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:26 am

Republic Airlines (mk1 1979 to 1986) Final Livery before merger with Northwest.
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Republi ... 9-51/535/L
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:28 am

rajincajun01 wrote:
United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.


Good catch!
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:31 am

FlyRow wrote:
Every flybe livery the last 5 years, madness.


Especially the new and currently a one off version. I think a single A320 got the final British Caledonian livery which was out of date by the time they ferried it from Airbus to Gatwick ?
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:35 am

September11 wrote:
rajincajun01 wrote:
United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.


Good catch!

Was that ever applied on an aircraft though?
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:37 am

rajincajun01 wrote:
United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.

Same could be said for DL's post merger livery with NW colors... A little different but same concept.

On that note, if experimental liveries count, then I know NW had an experimental livery in the 1990s that was put on a DC-9-50 and 757. LH also ran a yellow experimental livery on a 737 in the late 1980s. Joon may count too considering they're integrating back into AF soon. There's also UA's 747 retirement livery, too.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:39 am

Delta777Jet wrote:
TWA in American Airlines colors wasn't there long



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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:39 am

rajincajun01 wrote:
United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.

Never was painted on actual plane.

Neither should the current dreck, either.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:39 am

Does bankruptcy count? Independence Air went belly up less than 2 years after it broke off from regional flying for the majors. Really chaps my hide that I never got to use the $50 credit they gave me for a flight delay.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:41 am

Image
There's also this one, too.
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:41 am

EA CO AS wrote:
Delta’s “Ron Allen” livery only lasted a few years before “Deltaflot/Wavy Gravy” came along.



There are few threads on this topic: viewtopic.php?t=597231
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:47 am

Experimental NW one-and-done of the bowling shoe:

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Northwe ... 9-51/54665

 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:49 am

N292UX wrote:
rajincajun01 wrote:
United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.

Same could be said for DL's post merger livery with NW colors... A little different but same concept.

On that note, if experimental liveries count, then I know NW had an experimental livery in the 1990s that was put on a DC-9-50 and 757. LH also ran a yellow experimental livery on a 737 in the late 1980s. Joon may count too considering they're integrating back into AF soon. There's also UA's 747 retirement livery, too.

NW's experimental livery in the 1990s on a DC-9-50 and 757.




LH's yellow experimental livery in the late 1980s on a 737.


Air France's grey experimental livery (cheatline) in early 1990s on 737, 747 and 767.




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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:57 am

Noise wrote:
What about RootsAir? Didn't it get absorbed by AC?

This photo at rival website captures Roots Air fleet and livery well: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/25453
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:59 am

PIA's 'Markhor' livery only made it on to one A320 in May 2018, before the livery was removed (by order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) in July of the same year.


A 777 was prepped ready for the new livery, but never received it.
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:01 am

Braniff changed liveries through the 1960s, 1970s, and early 80's. I count four.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:11 am

KICT wrote:
Air India and TAAG both had new liveries on 777s at Paine Field that were repainted into standard colors before they took delivery.


It was painted in this short-lived new livery and repainted before delivery.


Current livery:


Air India has two brushes with short-lived livery.
The old Maharajah livery


In 1990s on their A310 and 747. It created such a huge controversy the India Parliament actually passed a mandate to force AI to revert to its original livery.




Again in 2007, the short-lived new livery on B777-237LR.


The new livery (currently being used fleet wide).
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:15 am

JannEejit wrote:
FlyRow wrote:
Every flybe livery the last 5 years, madness.


Especially the new and currently a one off version. I think a single A320 got the final British Caledonian livery which was out of date by the time they ferried it from Airbus to Gatwick ?


In June 1987 although not technically a BCAL owned and liveried A320, one of the prototypes F-WWDD half painted in Air France colours and half painted in BCAL colours visited LGW for a formal press and company occasion, the aircraft did a fly past and parked in front of Hangar 3/5.

Although not in full BCAL colours it was the ONLY occasion that LGW saw an A320 with the BCAL livery.

At the time of the first visit of the prototype A320 at LGW in June 1987 BCAL was very much operating as a fully independent airline.

BCAL was approached by BA regarding a merger (take over) in July 1987.

The first delivery of the A320 was in Spring 1988, BCAL had been taken over by British Airways and the first aircraft G-BUSB was painted in full BA colours in Toulouse and was delivered to British Airways at LGW at the end of March 1988.

The delivery flight from Toulouse to LGW was undertaken by Captain. John Duncan, A320 Fleet Manager.

At the time of the BCAL takeover by British Airways in Spring 1988 other than G-BUSB there was one other BCAL A320 on the production line in yellow primer albeit with the BCAL fin that example being G-BUSA.

So in that respect the BCAL livery was not out of date when F-WWDD made it's first and only appearance at LGW in June 1987.
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:44 am

I don't think we should count experimental liveries, hybrid merger schemes, minor tweaks (like the UA Saul Bass with the larger titles that came out in the 1980s), or liveries that were merged/folded out of existence. The better question is what are the top 5 shortest lived liveries that were designed, rolled out, and introduced in revenue passenger service - and then dropped. So far in this thread, I think the PIA livery meets this standard. In the U.S., the DL Ron Allen scheme and Air West (unless you count the Howard Hughes takeover as the demise of the original Air West) meet this standard. What are other examples.
 
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Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:47 am

Cunard wrote:
JannEejit wrote:
FlyRow wrote:
Every flybe livery the last 5 years, madness.


Especially the new and currently a one off version. I think a single A320 got the final British Caledonian livery which was out of date by the time they ferried it from Airbus to Gatwick ?


In June 1987 although not technically a BCAL owned and liveried A320, one of the prototypes F-WWDD half painted in Air France colours and half painted in BCAL colours visited LGW for a formal press and company occasion, the aircraft did a fly past and parked in front of Hangar 3/5.

Although not in full BCAL colours it was the ONLY occasion that LGW saw an A320 with the BCAL livery.

At the time of the first visit of the prototype A320 at LGW in June 1987 BCAL was very much operating as a fully independent airline.

BCAL was approached by BA regarding a merger (take over) in July 1987.

The first delivery of the A320 was in Spring 1988, BCAL had been taken over by British Airways and the first aircraft G-BUSB was painted in full BA colours in Toulouse and was delivered to British Airways at LGW at the end of March 1988.

The delivery flight from Toulouse to LGW was undertaken by Captain. John Duncan, A320 Fleet Manager.

At the time of the BCAL takeover by British Airways in Spring 1988 other than G-BUSB there was one other BCAL A320 on the production line in yellow primer albeit with the BCAL fin that example being G-BUSA.

So in that respect the BCAL livery was not out of date when F-WWDD made it's first and only appearance at LGW in June 1987.

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Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:52 am

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
Experimental NW one-and-done of the bowling shoe:

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Northwe ... 9-51/54665



That livery might have been better than NW's last livery...
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:14 am

The light blue United livery was pretty short as well.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:17 am

Pan Am from the classic 60's livery - Clipper Crest of the Wave was a test toward Billboard.
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:44 am

BoeingGuy wrote:
The original Air West livery was also very short lived. It's still one of my personal favorite all time liveries with the varying two colors (e.g. red and orange; or blue and green). It lasted from the Air West merger until the Yellow Banana paint scheme was adopted.


Yes! My first thought on this as well. 1968 until 1971, don't recall seeing any Air West schemed aircraft at my local airport (TUS) after 1972. My second thought, from about that same time, a year later, was the first Texas International scheme, with the purple. Lasted from the time of the name-change from Trans-Texas in 1969 until the infamous Mr. Lorenzo took over in 1972. Again, the airline's fleet was repainted into the new 'Lone Star' scheme fairly quickly.
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:45 am

seat1a wrote:
Braniff changed liveries through the 1960s, 1970s, and early 80's. I count four.


But they were three different and unrelated airlines.
 
 
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adambrau wrote:
Pan Am from the classic 60's livery - Clipper Crest of the Wave was a test toward Billboard.

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Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:19 am

mga707 wrote:
seat1a wrote:
Braniff changed liveries through the 1960s, 1970s, and early 80's. I count four.


But they were three different and unrelated airlines.


I'm referring to the original Braniff which was in business through those three decades. I believe the original Braniff ceased operations in the Spring of 1982.

The Company had a pretty ordinary livery until 1971 with the 'End of the Plain Plane' campaign and the BI logo on a white tail and solid color on the fuselage; commonly referred to as the 'jelly bean fleet'. There was a new livery introduced with two-tone paint scheme and a white cheatline, BI on the tail and the 'Flying Colors' campaign. Then the Ultra livery came in the late 1970's. This is all part of Braniff I (as some call it).
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:28 am

Hopefully the new Aer Lingus livery.. I don’t believe any more planes have been repainted in almost a month..
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:38 am

What was thy united light blue livery called?
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:47 am

UA444 wrote:
rajincajun01 wrote:
United’s post merger livery with Continental’s font.

Never was painted on actual plane.

Neither should the current dreck, either.



I have never agreed with you so strongly (or at all) but for sure the aircraft should have the name of the
AOC on it ;-)
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:51 am

caverunner17 wrote:
Didn't LH change parts of their new Livery after painting a few planes with it?


Also the first thing that came to my mind, probably due to it being so recent.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:11 am

egnr wrote:
PIA's 'Markhor' livery only made it on to one A320 in May 2018, before the livery was removed (by order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) in July of the same year.


A 777 was prepped ready for the new livery, but never received it.


So the new livery was banned and gone? Why?

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