This year marks the 85th anniversary of United Airlines. In a post last November, I mentioned that they were holding a contest for employees to vote for their favorite previous livery. The winning livery would then be painted onto a “retro jet” to commemorate the anniversary. Five previous color schemes were presented, voted on, and I recently saw that the Airbus A320 painted in the winning colors recently took to the sky:
I’m quite excited because of the five liveries, this was my favorite. It is the one I associate with my early childhood in the 1970s. I remember drawing airplanes when I must have been in my early elementary years and this was the color scheme I could recreate from memory.
The other four liveries that represent the different eras of United Airlines.
While I’ve had my rough patches with United over the years, it is the company that my father, my husband, and I (not to mention countless friends) all worked for at various points in our lives. Happy 85th anniversary to the Friendly Skies. May the merger with Continental make the skies friendly once again!
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.
#4 – 1970s livery, the “Stars and Bars” which I remember from my earliest years.
#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?