It seems this was quite the week for a few airlines to show off some very cool retro liveries. We have American showing off their TWA scheme, PIA shows off a classic look, and Qantas has their Retro Roo II livery. They say things come in threes; it looks like airlines really came through on this one.
It is always great when airlines put out retro liveries, but it can be a bit odd (and cool) to see these liveries on different aircraft types that never previously saw those schemes. We take a closer look at these new (old) designs, and the aircraft they are on.
Qantas Airlines Retro Livery
It is just fun saying “Retro Roo II.” Try it… I will wait…
Qantas revealed this retro livery to celebrate their 95th anniversary, and it is one of the classics.
I have a hard time seeing this livery without thinking about it on the Boeing 707, on which it was used from 1959 to 1961.
Qantas was the first airline outside the United States to operate the 707, so at the time, the combination was a pretty big deal to the airline and to Australia.
The big difference is the lack of the polished metal belly, but still is quite true to the original design.
This is the second Qantas 737 to sport a retro livery — a year ago, the airline showed off their livery that was seen from 1971 to 1984.
American Airlines Retro Liveries
American Airlines has taken over the tradition of US Airways in featuring “heritage liveries” (that is the wording they use instead of “retro livery”). They have been great eye candy for AvGeeks, and this week, AA has shown off probably the most iconic livery, that of Trans World Airlines (TWA).
Although the Boeing 707 might be the aircraft that many visualize with this livery, I have always thought of the L-1011. I think the hardest part, visually, for American is they have the retro liveries, but still keep their “American” titles.
The Reno Air heritage livery wasn’t revealed this week (earlier in the month), but I still wanted to show it off. This livery has a special place in my heart!
My dad used to live outside of Reno and I would often fly from Seattle to Reno on the airline. All those flights, and being at the airport, helped my passion for airlines to grow.
As mentioned earlier, I think this livery looks a bit weird, since the “RENO Air” titles were a big part of the design, but now has the smaller American titles.
Pakistan International Airlines Retro Livery
Pakistan International also recently showed off a Boeing 777-200ER (AP-BMG) with a classic livery. The design was flown by the airline during the 1960s.
Love for the Retro Liveries
I always love seeing when an airline shows off a retro livery, either to provide a little special marketing, remember their heritage, or to bring back fond memories. There are many other retro liveries out there and hopefully more to come (Editor’s Note: still eagerly awaiting a United 787 or 777-300ER in Saul Bass tulip!).
Which retro livery (either these or others) is your favorite?