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Question Regarding Forthcoming CO/UA Paint

Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:54 pm

For the screeners,

When a CO plane gets the United title treatment, do you want us to place the airline name under United Airlines or United Airlines (Continental Airlines)? Technically, it'll be United (operated by Continental Airlines) through the time it takes to get the single operating certificate merged (mid 2012). Appreciate the insight ahead of time.

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JSD
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RE: Question Regarding Forthcoming CO/UA Paint

Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:04 am

Hi JSD,

We'll probably go with "United Airlines (Continental Airlines)", especially if there's a visible sticker. I have to admit, however, that this seems a little silly if the sticker is miniscule, as with the "Delta" and "Northwest" stickers that have been worn by Northwest and Delta aircraft over the last couple years. There's been a little talk within the editorial team about revising our rule for naming airlines, but then it would be very difficult to decide when a title or sticker would qualify and when it wouldn't. Stickers that are too small to be seen in a profile shot are often legible in nose shots and so on.
I hope that helps.

Regards,

Edward
 
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RE: Question Regarding Forthcoming CO/UA Paint

Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:27 am

It would be easier would it not to just add the new name to photos of planes taken AFTER the merger was approved, and those before hand - just have the names of their previous respective airlines.

EG: N105UA remains as United Airlines if the photograph was taken prior to the merger date, while after, perhaps it just simply becomes United (or whatever the new airline is finally called).
 
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RE: Question Regarding Forthcoming CO/UA Paint

Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:48 am

Hi cpd,

Well, it would be easiest to simply call them Continental if they have big Continental titles, and United if they have United ones. But I think we'll switch over to a "United Airlines (Continental Airlines)" regime, valid only from 1 Oct 2010 until the operating certificates are merged. A lot will depend on the size of the stickers. Below are some examples of aircraft with a second set of small titles.


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Regards,

Edward

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