On the left is your last generation American Airlines livery. In the middle is the retro Astrojet livery (N951AA) and on the right is American’s new livery (N908NN). Photo by Joe Statz / JetPhoto.net
Joe Statz grabbed this picture of three liveries of American Airlines all lined up at Dallas Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) and was willing to share it with all of us to enjoy.
Yes. The Astrojet is an amazingly retro design, but I don’t think a fleet made to look like that today would go over too well. I think that the last American Airlines livery will also start to look more retro and classic, but again, is not a design made for 2013. I still think the new livery is surely not an evolution, but a revolution. I still like it.
American Airlines Boeing 757 (N679AN) with Astrojet livery.
Last weekend I talked about American Airline’s retro Astrojet livery on a Boeing 737. At the time I did not realize the Astrojet livery was also on a Boeing 757.
Looking around I found a few more photos of the Astrojet livery from back in the day. Check out these photos: the livery on a Boeing 707, a magazine ad with a Boeing 707, a Boeing 727 (see the BAC1-11 in the background?), a full image of a BAC1-11, and a Convair 990.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800 with its retro Astrojet livery. Photo from Boeing.
I am currently in Tampa, FL and while driving around I spotted a silver plane with a red logo on the tail. I could tell it was most likely a retro livery, but couldn’t place it. Luckily a few fine Twitter folk (@vivekmayasandra and @Shokikuchi) suggested it might be American Airlines Astrojet livery and sure enough it was!
This special livery comemerated American Airline’s 50th next generation Boeing 737. The airplane was delived to American at the end of 2000. The Astrojet livery was seen on American’s first Boeing 727s in 1964.