Skywest adopting AA "paint" livery? ;-)

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  1. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    So who's responsible for maintaining the look (and feel) of regional jets, United or their outsourcing partners?

    I saw three of these battleship grey Skywest CRJ200s at LAX this morning that all looked like they were in the process of joining AA's fleet. ;)

    (I know it's not a safety issue)
     

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    That looks awful! Safety or not, I'm glad I haven't flown in one that looks like that.
     
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    Wow... it looks as old as I feel
     
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    Maybe it is part of an effort to "lighten" the weight of the planes, once paint chip at a time. ;)
     
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    Ouch, that's a bad one.
     
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    Ouch...I hate seeing paint peel from airplanes but it is definitely not a safety issue at all but rather shoddy overkeep.
     
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    Maybe SkyWest just wanted it to match the mainline aircraft still sporting the battleship livery.
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    So who controls when regional aircraft get repainted? And if it's the regional carrier's responsibility, is there no stipulation in the contract about maintaining the fleet in such a way that the average passenger doesn't fear for his/her life when seeing the aircraft?

    Then again, United hasn't exact been a role model...
     
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    I've seen 3 in the past several minutes when I was in PDX this afternoon in the AA style livery
     
  12. I had to take one of these from Santa barbra to Denver. No joke some of the rivits were obviously loose. About 50% of the aircraft's paint was missing.
     
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    I think they're waiting until the grey becomes trendy again and united switches back to that for the livery colors.

    Kinda like fashion....
     
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    Have some pride people! This is your product, it has your name on it. It says a lot about a company that let's its flag look tattered and old.
     
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    I don't think that's AA's livery as much as it's SkyWest's 'native' (non-carrier-specific) livery. I recall seeing a SkyWest RJ in that livery at one of the UA gates at LAX back in December; it was clearly marked as "SkyWest" on the fuselage. Expressjet, despite operating primarily as United Express and Delta Connection, also has their own livery:
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    This photo shows XJ's updated livery; IIRC, their old paint was a white base with a red & blue stripe running down the length of the fuselage. I remember getting an XJ-branded ERJ145 from BNA-ORD back in June of last year, and I'll admit to doing a doubletake when I saw the livery.
     
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    Well there was a time a few years ago that ExpressJet marketed and sold its own flights, I think XM radio was one of their points of differentiation, mostly flights in non-core California to other points in the west. That's where that green livery originated.

    But for UA...with Battleship, 2004 blue strip, and CO-style....I guess the only other time we've had an airline with 3 liveries floating around was Delta in the early 2000s when they had original Widget, slightly modified mid 90s Widget, and the Aeroflot esque flowing flag livery.
     

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