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Merger means new look for almost 700 aircraft

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It will take a lot of paint to get all of those planes to look alike — from 65 to 180 gallons of paint per plane, depending on the aircraft's size. The companies declined to say how much the paint jobs cost. United officials expect to repaint the entirefleet of nearly 700 planes by the end of 2012. That means some planes still might have their older paint jobs after the two carriers start flying as one under a single federal operating permit, which could happen by late next year. So far, 51… (www.chron.com) More...

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mduell
Mark Duell 0
Ugh, that cheesy 90s gold look will spread, raffle drum and all. :(
Ryan198416
Ryan Viveiros 0
I love the imaginative livery they are going with! A toddler could have designed the new United!
lboyette
Lloyd Boyette 0
Lame. in a word.... :(
KauaiGolfer
KauaiGolfer 0
Awful paint scheme. They should keep the newest United scheme instead. Definitely lame.
Glick
Paul Glick 0
Where is Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when we need them?
Glick
Paul Glick 0
Where is Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when we need them?
rdeeringer
Well, Tom Sawyer painted his project white. A simple paint scheme that was probably the lowest cost option. Budgets for decorations should be low at this phase of the current business cycle. One point made is that "some will only need a name change". That refers to the CO fleet, I would think. Yes, the last United scheme was very pleasing, but would have probably cost a lot more for the combined fleet. Has anyone done a study on which planes stay and which are dropped from the fleet? I would bet that there are more ex-CO and less ex-UA, hence requiring fewer total repaints.
rlight
Ronald Light 0
Heck with all that I thought that the overhead compartment worked just fione as a child restraint
williamsvaughn
Wow, from the look of the CO livery with just the UA Brand Identity, looks like CO is the merg-er and UA the merg-ee instead of the other way around. Looks like the livery was definitely a trade-off for cost savings since basically all they had to do is slap on the UNITED name on the CO livery.

At least the last vestiges of the old Steven Wolf livery is finally going away.
KauaiGolfer
KauaiGolfer 0
Unfortunately, Wolf's Airbuses are still part of the fleet. I wonder how much he pocketed out of that deal?