Time for some fun. Whilst the world is going ‘Fifty Shades’ mad, I set myself the challenge of finding 50 different shades of grey airline liveries.
Well, I managed to find ten, old and new. So I present them here for your enjoyment! There are some really great liveries and many important airlines have chosen grey as their identity.
Which others can you think of? Leave a comment below!
1. American Airlines
Both old and new, American took many years to grow out of the polished grey look, and even now retains a light grey scheme.
2. Spirit Airlines
Their new livery looks like a New York taxi cab, but the previous one was every shade of grey and looked great!
By Jelson25 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
3. Qatar Airways
The first operator of the Airbus A350, which wears their smart grey scheme with red titles.
4. United Airlines
OK, their current (Continental) livery isn’t grey… and neither was their previous livery. But the one before THAT was definitely grey. Known as their battleship scheme, it was prolific in the 1990s.
The UK low cost airline’s main colour scheme features a grey body and red tail, as seen on their Boeing 737s and 757s.
6. Royal Jordanian
This is a very dark shade of grey, but nevertheless it’s one of the smartest airline colour schemes in my opinion.
7. Royal Netherlands Air Force
So we’ve gone military here, but it’s another great grey scheme and one of the last operators of the Douglas DC-10, so worthy of inclusion!
The Russian national airline dumped its white and blue scheme last decade and now sports this classy grey, blue and red scheme.
9. Thomas Cook Airlines / Condor
The European leisure airline updated its livery in 2015 and I can count two shades of grey amongst the white and yellow, so it definitely counts!
By Adrian Pingstone
10. Northwest Airlines
I still miss this airline. Most of their colour schemes over the years featured some shades of grey, with their final livery (seen here) was about 80% grey.
By Makaristos [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
So, which other airlines can you think of that use grey in their livery? Post a comment below.