US Airways livery

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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. The current US Airways livery is being replaced with the new American Airlines livery, in accordance with their merger.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] With US Airways' departure from Star Alliance, all of these aircraft were repainted into the new American Airlines livery.

Current livery[edit]

After the 2005 merger of US Airways and America West Airlines, a light grey livery[7] 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.[8]

The livery incorporates colors from the four airlines that became US Airways:

The logos of these four airlines are painted in miniature near the main cabin door.

Since January 2014, following the merger of US Airways with American Airlines, all jets have been progressively painted in the new 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.[9]

Logo planes[edit]

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:

Former logo planes[edit]

  • Teamwork Coast to Coast: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines which symbolizes America West flying coast to coast.[17]
  • Arizona: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines with full aircraft paint[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • Nevada: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines painted with full aircraft paint[20]
  • Ohio: A Boeing 757-200 operated by America West Airlines[21]
  • 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.[22]

Heritage liveries[edit]

In addition several airplanes have been painted with heritage liveries, incorporating the look of the previous airlines, but including the US Airways titles.[23] 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. Additionally, the aircraft have been re-registered with suffixes representative of the original carriers.

The Piedmont heritage plane[24] 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.[25]

The Allegheny heritage plane[26] 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.[27]

The PSA heritage plane was repainted with a larger more accurate smile.[28]

The America West mid-1990s livery heritage was repainted in August 2014 to include the new American Airlines logo.[29] Additionally, there is a 1980s livery heritage plane reflecting America West's original livery, with a US Airways logo on the front.[30]

Gallery[edit]

Standard liveries[edit]

Heritage liveries[edit]

Sports liveries[edit]

State liveries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USAir 737-300 in Red, Orange, and Brown livery at airliners.net
  2. ^ USAir DC-9-31 in Red, Orange, and Brown livery on White at airliners.net
  3. ^ USAir 767-200 in Red, White, and Blue livery at airliners.net
  4. ^ US Airways 737-300 in Dark blue livery at airliners.net
  5. ^ US Airways 737-200 in MetroJet livery at airliners.net
  6. ^ US Airways 757-200 in Star Alliance livery at airliners.net
  7. ^ USAirways A320 in current (2005-) livery at airliners.net
  8. ^ US Airways Selects White Livery To Preserve Aircraft from Heat (Official Press Release: August 23, 2005)
  9. ^ First US Airways Aircraft Takes to the Skies in American Airlines Livery
  10. ^ US Airways A319 in Philadelphia Eagles livery at airliners.net
  11. ^ US Airways A319 in Arizona Cardinals livery at airliners.net
  12. ^ US Airways A319 in Carolina Panthers livery at airliners.net
  13. ^ US Airways Partners With the Pittsburgh Steelers US Airways press release
  14. ^ "US Airways' Steeler's themed aircraft" Flight Global, 31/08/07
  15. ^ US Airways A319 in Nevada Battle Born livery at airliners.net
  16. ^ US Airways A319 in Arizona livery at airliners.net
  17. ^ America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Teamwork Coast to Coast livery at airliners.net
  18. ^ America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Arizona livery at airliners.net
  19. ^ America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Arizona Diamondbacks livery at airliners.net
  20. ^ America West Airlines Boeing 757 in Nevada Battle Born livery at airliners.net
  21. ^ America West Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Ohio livery at airliners.net
  22. ^ The PSA History/Oldtimers Page
  23. ^ Four US Airways A319s. One each in Allegeny, Piedmont, and PSA heritage liveries, one in US Airways dark blue livery at airliners.net
  24. ^ US Airways A319 in initial Piedmont heritage livery at airliners.net
  25. ^ US Airways A319 in the more accurate, repainted Piedmont heritage livery at airliners.net
  26. ^ US Airways A319 in initial Allegheny heritage livery at airliners.net
  27. ^ US Airways A319 in the more accurate, repainted Allegheny heritage livery at airliners.net
  28. ^ US Airways A319 in PSA heritage livery at airliners.net
  29. ^ US Airways A319 in mid-1990s America West heritage livery at airliners.net
  30. ^ US Airways A319 in 1980s America West heritage livery at airliners.net