Next year marks the 85th anniversary of United Airlines. The company is asking its employees to vote for one of five retro liveries that will grace a repainted Boeing 757-222 jet as part of the celebration. As much as I’ll complain about the company, I have long and fond ties with United. My father worked most of his adult life for them, I worked for them the summer after high school, Tawn flew with them for a few years, and several of our friends are current or former UA employees. Needless to say, I spent many hours standing by for flights on United as a non-revenue pass holder.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share the five livery options with you and get your input. Which do you think is the nicest?
#1 – 1930 scheme that was originally on the Boeing 247.
#2 – 1950s livery that was originally on the Douglas DC-6.
#5 – The Saul Bass “Rainbow and Tulip” livery which was introduced in the mid-70s and lasted until the early 90s when a battleship grey livery was introduced. This is actually a slight modification of the original logo, which had the windows going through the red – the middle – stripe with a slightly smaller “United” logo above the stripe.
So, what do you think? Which livery would best celebrate the 85th anniversary of the oldest commercial airline in the United States?