US Airways livery
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (July 2012)|
US Airways' aircraft livery has varied both under the US Airways and USAir name. In general the Express and Shuttle divisions have had liveries that closely parallel the company-wide livery at the time.
In 1979 US Air introduced its new livery, a primarily unpainted plane, with an orange, red, and brown running strip, and a stylized US Air title, with the "A" written as a triangle. The "A" was very similar to the "A" which had been used in the final Allegheny Airlines livery/logo. Variations of this livery existed, and included the basic livery on a white fuselage.
In the late 1980s, at the time of Piedmont Airlines being acquired, the company changed its colors to red, white, and blue. The livery adopted under this scheme continued to utilize a primarily unpainted plane, instead with a red running strip, topped by a blue running strip. US Air was converted to a more standard logo, written in a serif font. The tail of the livery was painted blue with red stripes.
Upon the company's re-branding as US Airways a new livery was introduced, the upper portion of the plane was painted in very dark blue, the lower portion of the plane in light grey, separated by a white and red running strip. The US Airways title was painted in a white serif font, accompanied by a stylized flag logo. The tail of the airplane was also painted in very dark blue to match the upper fuselage, with the stylized flag painted on the tail in grey. In addition the company's MetroJet division had a livery derived from this livery, instead with a bright red in place of the blue, and the title MetroJet, in place of US Airways. The tail and underbelly of the livery remained the same as the US Airways mainline livery. Additionally, during this period several planes were painted with the Star Alliance livery, which featured the Star Alliance logo on the tail of the airplane, and the title Star Alliance painted prominently on the airplane. Other members of the Star Alliance also have similarly painted logo planes.
After the 2005 merger of US Airways and America West Airlines, a light grey livery was chosen to better meet operational needs due to the summer heat at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport hubs inherited from America West. As of March 2007, 155 planes have been painted in the new US Airways livery. The first plane was painted in the new US Airways livery in 2004.
The livery incorporates colors from the four airlines that became US Airways:
- Allegheny (red and blue)
- America West (white, orange, turquoise, and waving gray lines)
- Pacific Southwest Airlines (red and orange with a black smile)
- Piedmont Airlines (also red and blue)
The logos of these four airlines are painted in miniature near the main cabin door.
Starting in January 2014, following the merger of US Airways with American Airlines, all jets will be progressively painted in American Airlines livery. The first jet to re-enter revenue service was an Airbus A319, tail number N700UW, which previously sported a Star Alliance branding.
The post-merger US Airways has continued the America West tradition of logo jets and currently only uses Airbus A319 aircraft for these special liveries. US Airways has established marketing agreements with four NFL franchises, all located in the airline's hubs or focus cities:
- Philadelphia Eagles: An Airbus A319 operated by US Airways, introduced in October 2006
- Arizona Cardinals: An Airbus A319 operated by America West Airlines, introduced in December 2006
- Carolina Panthers: An Airbus A319 operated by US Airways, introduced in September 2007
- Pittsburgh Steelers: An Airbus A319 operated by US Airways, introduced in August 2007
- Nevada: An Airbus A319 operated by America West Airlines, introduced in May 2007.
- Arizona: An Airbus A319 operated by America West Airlines, introduced in May 2007
Various aircraft also appear in the Star Alliance color scheme, which US Airways joined prior to the merger with America West.
Former logo planes
- Teamwork Coast to Coast: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines which symbolizes America West flying coast to coast.
- Arizona: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines with full aircraft paint
- Arizona Diamondbacks: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines previously in the Diamondbacks former team colors. Repainted into regular U.S. Airways livery over the winter of 2006.
- Nevada: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines painted with full aircraft paint
- Ohio: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines
- Dot-Com Scheme: Several Boeing 737-300s operated by US Airways were striped of their paint and marked the return of a bare-metal scheme at the airline. Up to 10 planes exhibited the "USAirways.Com" livery so the fuselage could be easily examined, due to crack issues around various joints of the fuselage.
- Unauthorized PSA Smilies: Since the merger with Pacific Southwest Airlines various aircraft have been painted with officially unauthorized black smiles on the underside of the nose of the aircraft.
In addition several airplanes have been painted with heritage liveries, incorporating the look of the previous airlines, but including the US Airways titles. US Airways has displayed considerable historical care in the design of the heritage liveries, repainting the same airplane to achieve a more historically accurate livery.
The Piedmont heritage plane was repainted in a more accurate blue, the airplane type was painted on the tail to match the Piedmont standard, and the US Airways title was changed to red, to better reflect the Piedmont livery.
The Allegheny heritage plane was repainted with a more accurate grey underbelly, a more appropriately sized running strip, and the registration was moved above the window, to more accurately reflect the Allegheny livery.
The PSA heritage plane was repainted with a larger more accurate smile.
British Aerospace 146 in initial USAir livery
McDonnell Douglas DC-9 in final USAir livery
Boeing 737 in initial US Airways livery
Airbus A320 in post-America West merger livery
Airbus A319 in 1980s America West Heritage Livery
Airbus A319 in Pacific Southwest Airlines Heritage Livery
Airbus A319 in Piedmont Heritage Livery
Airbus A319 in 1994 America West Heritage Livery
Airbus A319 in Philadelphia Eagles livery
Airbus A319 in Arizona Cardinals livery
Airbus A319 in Carolina Panthers livery
Airbus A319 in Pittsburgh Steelers livery
- USAir 737-300 in Red, Orange, and Brown livery at airliners.net
- USAir DC-9-31 in Red, Orange, and Brown livery on White at airliners.net
- USAir 767-200 in Red, White, and Blue livery at airliners.net
- US Airways 737-300 in Dark blue livery at airliners.net
- US Airways 737-200 in MetroJet livery at airliners.net
- US Airways 757-200 in Star Alliance livery at airliners.net
- Spanair MD-87 in Star Alliance livery at airliners.net
- USAirways A320 in current (2005-) livery at airliners.net
- US Airways Selects White Livery To Preserve Aircraft from Heat (Official Press Release: August 23, 2005)
- First US Airways Aircraft Takes to the Skies in American Airlines Livery
- US Airways A319 in Philadelphia Eagles livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in Arizona Cardinals livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in Carolina Panthers livery at airliners.net
- US Airways Partners With the Pittsburgh Steelers US Airways press release
- "US Airways' Steeler's themed aircraft" Flight Global, 31/08/07
- US Airways A319 in Nevada Battle Born livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in Arizona livery at airliners.net
- America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Teamwork Coast to Coast livery at airliners.net
- America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Arizona livery at airliners.net
- America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Arizona Diamondbacks livery at airliners.net
- America West Airlines Boeing 757 in Nevada Battle Born livery at airliners.net
- America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Ohio livery at airliners.net
- The PSA History/Oldtimers Page
- Four US Airways A319s. One each in Allegeny, Piedmont, and PSA heritage liveries, one in US Airways dark blue livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in initial Piedmont heritage livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in the more accurate, repainted Piedmont heritage livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in initial Allegheny heritage livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in the more accurate, repainted Allegheny heritage livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in PSA heritage livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in mid-1990s America West heritage livery at airliners.net
- US Airways A319 in 1980s America West heritage livery at airliners.net