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10 European Retro Jets

by Matt Falcus

Fans of colour schemes from days gone by <link to Lost Europe book> love it when an airline acknowledges its heritage and paints one of its aircraft in a former livery.

This has been going on for quite a few years and it always surprises me when another one turns up without much fanfare.


Here are 10 European retro jets to watch out for:


Lufthansa 747-800 D-ABYT

Lufthansa Retro 747-830

Lufthansa Retro 747-830 (c) Erik Ritterbach


Aer Lingus A320 EI-DVM

aer lingus retro a320

Aer Lingus A320 retro livery aircraft


Air Malta A320 9H-AEI

Air Malta retro 9H-AEI (c) Erik Ritterbach



KLM 737-800 PH-BXA


Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach



Austrian Airlines A320 OE-LBP

Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach



LOT Polish Airlines EMB-175ER SP-LIE

Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach



TUI (Hapag-Lloyd) B737-800 D-AHLK

D-AHLK Hapag Lloyd Retro (c) Erik Ritterbach



Condor B767-300 D-ABUM

By BriYYZ from Toronto, Canada (Condor Boeing 767-300 D-ABUM Uploaded by FAEP) [CC BY-SA 2.0]


TAROM 737-700 YR-BGG

By Razvan Socol (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons



Lufthansa A321 D-AIDV

Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach




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JOHN TURNER June 9, 2017 - 5:06 am

WANTED TO KNOW: If there is anyway in the USA or elsewhere where I can still get a ride on a DC 8 ? Used to really enjoy the ride on this older heavier Jet than more modern jets today. Please advise & THANKS, John Turner

Matt Falcus June 9, 2017 - 9:27 am

Hi John, no sadly there are no passenger-carrying DC-8s left flying, and only a few cargo examples still flying. Sad times!

Paul Tomson July 4, 2017 - 6:30 pm

A few more that I know of and have seen are Condor A320 D-AICA, SAS A319 OY-KBO and Turkish A330 TC-JNC.

Matt Falcus July 5, 2017 - 9:46 am

Yes, there are some great examples out there. Thanks Paul!


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