Browsing Tag: Retro Livery

The Qantas' retro livery on their new Boeing 737

The Qantas’ retro livery on their new Boeing 737

I always love being invited to celebrate a new delivery for an airline, but I wasn’t sure how Qantas might make a 737 delivery special. There have been over 8,000 of the aircraft type delivered and Qantas is already operating 74 737s.

Of course, the big deal about this 737-800 (VH-XZP) is that it is in a retro livery. A livery that flew on the airline from 1974-1981. That is a good start.

John Travolta showed up and celebrated with Qantas

John Travolta showed up and celebrated with Qantas

However, because of all the mindful AvGeeks out there, photos of the new livery have been on the internet for a week. How was Qantas going to make this celebration really stand out?

They were able to use this opportunity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the kangaroo being used as their logo and this month is also their 94th birthday. All great things, but I think overall there were two things that really made this event work: a shiny disco ball and John Travolta.

Retro airline liveries — who doesn’t love this stuff? Aer Lingus recently unveiled their livery from the 1960’s on an Airbus A320 to celebrate their 75th birthday.

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said, “2011 is a very special year for Aer Lingus as it marks the airline’s 75th anniversary. Throughout the 75 years we have carried out our mission of connecting Ireland with the world, transporting millions of customers annually.”

Source: Flight Global

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Today, United Airlines revealed their retro “Friend Ship” livery on an Airbus A320 (N475UA) at Chicaco’s O’Hare International Airport.

Hundreds of United employees showed up to celebrate not only the new retro livery, but also United’s 85th birthday.

United can trace its roots back to 1926 when they carried mail under the “Varney Air Service” name. Then the airline was purchased by William Boeing and merged with his other ventures as “United Aircraft and Transport Corporation.” In 1928, several airlines were combined as “United Air Lines.” Since then, the airline has successfully grown and had many different liveries.

Late last year, United employees were able to vote on which retro livery they wanted from five choices and the “Friend Ship” livery won.

The retro livery will be flown through out United’s North American route system.

This story was a joint venture between AirlineReporter.com and NYCAviation.com.

 

There are a lot of you out there that aren’t too keen on United’s new combined livery with Continental. The more I keep seeing the new livery in photos the more I seem to like it. Not that long ago, I was able to view the new United livery in person at Boeing Field and I have to say it isn’t that bad. Although the new livery is growing on me, it can’t beat some of United’s liveries from the past. I have been hoping that United would be having a retro-livery themed plane and good news; they will.

I have been asking to see the Saul Bass United livery to make a comeback, but after viewing some of their other liveries on a Boeing 757, I am not too sure anymore. We already know what the Saul Bass United livery looks like on a Boeing 757, but we don’t know what the others would look like.

United employees are able to vote until the first week of December. The Boeing 757 will remain in the retro livery until it goes into paint again.

UPDATE (12/13/10): The winner has been announced, see which retro United livery won.

VOTE: Which would you choose? (If you are reading this from the Seattle PI, click here to vote directly on the blog)

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Notice the three separate words for "United Air Lines." This livery is from the Boeing 247

1) Notice the three separate words for "United Air Lines." This livery is from the Boeing 247

This livery was used in DC-4's when the name was just "United."

2) This livery was used in DC-4's when the name was just "United."

United mainliner design from the 1950's and 60's.

3) United mainliner design from the 1950's and 60's.

From the 1970's, the updated Friend Ship United livery.

4) From the 1970's, the updated Friend Ship United livery.

In 1974 the United Tulip was born with the Saul Bass livery.

5) In 1974 the United Tulip was born with the Saul Bass livery.