Let’s face it – the reason a lot of us have gotten into this whole airline thing is because when we were 8, we thought the colors on the planes were cool. With that, I wanted to share my Top 5 Airline Liveries from Airlines That No Longer Exist. As always, feel free to add your own…
1) Transtar – The deep, deep blue livery isn’t something you see every day. In fact, you never see it. I can’t imagine how hot it got in that plane when it was sitting in Houston for a few hours. But it was unique and made quite a statement with its simplicity (even if that statement was: “Damn, look at that blue plane.”)
2) New York Air – Maybe I just like solid, primary colors, but the candy apple red (punctuated with the Big Apple on the tail) was as recognizable as the bagels they handed out as meals on the airline.
3) Aloha Airlines – Nothing said, “Come have a threesome in Hawaii” more than the swinging font and flower-laden tail of the 1970s Aloha colors. That font was likely outdated the moment they painted it on that plane.
4) Air Afrique – Perhaps it’s just because green is an under-used color on airplanes, but I’ve always liked Air Afrique’s paint job. Or maybe there’s a reason it’s under-used. Especially this two-tone green number. Plus, since no Air Afrique flight ever left on time, you got to check it out for a while.
5) Princeville Airways – I saw this on my first trip to Hawaii a hundred thousand years ago, and it always stuck with me. The tree on the tail (which is the logo of the Princeville development on Kauai) is pretty unique, as you don’t see too many trees on planes (except on Middle East Airlines – but they’re still flying.)