At first, you see that the paint is noticeably weathered but still beautiful in its own right. In fact, I contend that the 12 year-old paint job, as-is, was arguably more attractive than a brand-new paint job with most of the larger airlines who sport “Eurowhite” liveries (can you tell that I do not like bland liveries?)
The paint scheme that Sun Country planes sport is what many AvGeeks would refer to as a “jelly bean” livery; i.e. at the very minimum, a brightly-colored plane. There is however some dissent in the community that argues a true “jelly bean” requires that each plane be slightly different, for example the historic liveries of Braniff seen below.
The similarity of Sun Country’s livery to that of Braniff might not be by mistake. According to Sun Country’s website the airline was founded in 1982 by a group of former Braniff pilots and flight attendants.
Within the aviation enthusiast community (more specifically among plane spotters), there is a passion for colorful and diverse liveries. We’re thankful to Sun Country for doing their part to brighten the skies.
For more about what goes down at Jet Midwest, check out the introductory post I wrote about them in July.