MIAMI — In its weekly Arrivals newsletter, American Airlines (AA) updates its employees on the efforts of getting all AA and US Airways (US) aircraft painted in the new AA colorscheme, launched in 2013 after announcement of the merger between both airlines.
In the most recent Arrival issue, it is informed that although the repaint of AA / US fleet has been halted “because every plane in the fleet is needed for the busy summer flying season,” half of the aircraft to get the new AA livery have been painted (312 out of 626 aircraft).
All AA / US wide-body planes have already received the new colors, as well as 38% of the medium-to-short haul fleet. The last of the US mainline aircraft will be completed by mid-2016, while the old AA livery will be around a little longer as the Boeing 737-800 fleet paintjob will be the last to be completed by 4Q 2017.
No Mad Dog in New American Colors
The newsletter also confirmed that those planes heading retirement such as the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 will not receive the new livery. Once the backbone of domestic AA fleet, and the biggest of the type in the world with almost 380 aircraft, will be finally be retired by the end of 2017 as well, and presumably the airline will retire its iconic silverbird scheme once the last MadDog leaves the flight line.
American Airlines is also half way of repainting its regional fleet. As of this date, 85% of Envoy’s fleet is in the new livery. In the case of US Airways Express operators the numbers range from 68% in the case of Piedmont to none in Air Wisconsin. It is expected that the Envoy fleet will be completed in May 2016, while US Airways Express fleet will be 100% New American by the end of next year.