Love it or hate it (and I love it) there is a sad fact that Gemini seem to have struggled with American Airlines livery. We all know what they had – one of the longest lasting universally recognised brand identities on the planet. It was no small event when they took the giant step of completely revamping it.
There were good reasons, the merger with US Airways, a general feeling to modernise and move into the 21st Century and a simple technical issue – you can’t have bare metal when the new generation of aircraft is made from complex carbon fibre polymer either in part or a significant percentage.
Lots of colours were studied but the basic silver-grey was selected from one of the AA directors Audi company car. Having spent several years working for Audi UK and AG that always made me smile.
The representation of the American Flag was a daring piece of modern artistic interpretation, it couldn’t cause offence and it needed to be seen as patriotic. Some people said it was almost too much “in your face’, but I have to say I thought it was brilliant idea and truly outstanding, one of the greatest modern liveries of our time.
Gemini decided to reveal the first new 777-300ER painted in the new livery, N718AN – it was a greatly anticipated model and sold out quickly, not that it was a particularly good one; a fact that is fast becoming clear as Gemini improve their offering and newer models have come thick and fast. I’ve just has the new OneWorld 772 and am about to get the 757-200. American Airlines is now the 4th largest airline contingent at RLSI (after BA, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa).
So its time to have a look at all of them together, and when you do you start to realise we have another rather annoying mix of colours that is really unhelpful to say the least when you’ve got a decent diorama and the same airline looks like somebody couldn’t make up their mind!
I am disappointed I must be honest that there is so little consistency, but the improving overall quality of the models is clearly visible. What we need is colour stability even if it’s slightly wrong, together they like a mish-mash of indecision.
And on a Special Note: There are 5 models due in next week and I’m actually on holiday in Austria so expect a raft of reviews in a weeks time. In the meantime here will be some random posts based on whatever takes my eye! Aviation based of course, 4 flights and 4 airports are involved!