#FlashbackFriday - 17 Great Retro Airline Liveries

Air Retro

During a United Airlines event at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, I saw an Airbus A320 painted in the carrier's Friendship livery, used in the 1970s. I've always been a fan of the old-school liveries, which is why I created my Pinterest board, Retro Airline Liveries. The board has photos of airline paint jobs from the past, and below are 17 examples.

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United AIrlines

By RuthAS (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of United Airlines' Friendship livery, here's an example of it on a Boeing 747 parked at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. 

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American Airlines

By Nandhp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is the American Airlines Astrojet livery painted on a Boeing 737. The livery was used by the Fort Worth-based carrier in the 1960s.

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Continental Airlines

Photo courtesy of Contri/Flickr http://tinyurl.com/o2g7ar3

This is the Jetstream logo designed for the Houston-based carrier in the 1970s by famous graphic designer Saul Bass. His other works include AT&T, Dixie (the paper plates/cups company), Quaker Oats and the YWCA.

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Northwest Orient Airlines

By Eduard Marmet [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here is a Northwest Orient Boeing 747 parked at London Gatwick Airport in 1983. 

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Delta Air Lines

Photo courtesy of the Delta Flight Museum

A Lockheed L-1011 takes off at the Atlanta-based carrier's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Widget logo was introduced in 1962 to signal the airline's entrance into the jet age.

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Air France

By Konstantin von Wedelstaedt [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

French flag carrier Air France painted an Airbus A320 in a livery it introduced in 1946.  The airline used the classic livery to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2008.  

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Finnair

Photo courtesy of Finnair

This Airbus A319 is sporting a livery that was used by the Helsinki-based carrier on its fleet of Convair aircraft in the 1950s. It was done to celebrate the airline's 85th anniversary in 2008. 

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British Airways

Photo courtesy of Przemysław Jahr

The London-based carrier unveiled this livery, created by Landor Associates, in December 1984. It featured gray, blue and bright red, keeping the Union Jack on the tailfin and adding the airline's coat of arms. It also included the iconic red Speedwing across the fuselage.

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Cathay Pacific

By Communi core by S.Fujioka (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hong Kong's flag carrier adopted this livery, with the Union Jack on the tail, in the 1960s.

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Lufthansa

Photo courtesy of AirwaysNews.com

This Boeing 747-8i flown by the German flag carrier was painted in a classic livery as it celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016. The only thing different is that the original design had a bare metal fuselage.

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KLM

By Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia (KLM (Retro livery), PH-BXA, Boeing 737-8K2) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This Boeing 737-800 is painted in the Dutch flag carrier's livery from 1960 to 1970 to celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2009. KLM is the oldest carrier still flying under its original name. 

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Swissair

Photo courtesy of Aero Icarus/Flickr

Swiss Air Lines leased this Douglas DC-4 in 1997 from South African Airways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flag carrier's trans-Atlantic flights that started in May 1947.

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America West

US Airways retro jet in the America West livery. By Konstantin von Wedelstaedt [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

After Phoenix-based America West merged with US Airways in 2005, the latter created a series of retro jets harkening back to its predecessor airlines. Here is a US Airways Airbus A319 jet in the original America West livery.

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Allegheny Airlines

Piergiuliano Chesi [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Allegheny Airlines was a predecessor carrier to what became US Airways, now American Airlines. This McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jet was delivered to the carrier on March 30, 1970.

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Air Canada

By Eduard Marmet [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The country's flag carrier used this livery, seen on a Boeing 747-100, from 1965 through 1988. The livery was adopted after Trans-Canada Airlines was renamed Air Canada.

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Hawaiian Airlines

By RuthAS (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 This is a Hawaiian Airlines Convair 640 parked at Honolulu Airport in 1971.

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TWA

By Matthew Anderson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (creativecommons.o...], via Wikimedia Commons

This Constellation aircraft, dubbed the Star of Switzerland, flew for TWA in the 1940s and 1950s. It was restored and donated the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

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