Airlines change their colours quite regularly, but sometimes it can be a wrench to lose a familiar or loved scheme as a new one replaces it.
Here we take a look at some of the airline liveries that we’re about to lose forever:
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is replacing its beige/blue/red livery with the new blue and silver scheme introduced a couple of years ago.
The outgoing livery is still a little controversial, having replaced the iconic white livery with striped representing the Scandinavian flags. But it will still be a shame to lose this one.
The new Aer Lingus livery is replacing the familiar livery which featured more green along the fuselage.
While the new one is very smart and retains much of the feel of the old one, it will be a shame to lose the familiarity of the bold greens.
When United merged with Continental Airlines, it retained Continental’s livery and painted its own aircraft into the familiar globe scheme.
Now, an updated version of the livery with two shades of blue is gradually replacing the older one.
Icelandair recently introduced a new scheme which is far different to the more traditional one we know and love.
It had already, in fact, started introducing a hybrid version with its new 737 MAX aircraft.
For how long the old one lasts (on the Boeing 757 and 767 fleet) we don’t know.
Alitalia closed down last year and was replaced by ITA Airways, who took on much of the Alitalia fleet.
As a result the former carrier’s livery is still flying on a little longer, but the aircraft are being painted in ITA’s all-blue scheme.
The basic Alitalia livery dates back decades, even though it was modified slightly. It will be a shame to see it disappear.
A controversial new livery announcement recently sees Condor replacing its elegant greys and yellows, with the heart on the tail, with a new scheme of vertical stripes in different colours, representing beaches and holidays.
Only a few of Aegean Airlines’ fleet still wears its older scheme.
The airline’s new blue and white livery is taking over, bringing it up to today’s design standards.
What do you think? Are these schemes better or worse than the old ones? Leave a comment below!
We have produced two photographic books of lost airline liveries from days gone by.
Packed full of older airliners and schemes now consigned to history, these books make great aditions to the aviation enthusiast’s bookshelf!