American’s new livery – in good company?

American Airlines new “soaring spirit”, in the words of chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi, livery is definitely a change.

It replaces the carrier’s polished aluminium aircraft with the iconic red and blue eagle logo with an enlarged American across the fuselage and a stripped red, white and blue adaptation of the American flag on the tail.

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American Airlines

Good or bad (and the popular consensus seems to be bad), American’s tail design certainly has company – whether it is the company it wants to keep is another question.

Defunct US regional carrier Colgan Air flew a red, white and blue flag on the tails of its aircraft.

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Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst at Hudson Crossing, says that the livery reminds him of “the liveries of both Dominicana and Cubana”.

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Flickr user BriYYZ

The more one digs, the more it appears that American’s design consultants got their inspiration from a variety of past liveries of state-run (and formerly state-run) Latin American carriers (Cubana being the exception).

Then again maybe they just watched Team America: World Police the night before the big pitch.

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