American Airlines – Gemini, pick a colour please!

The first new livery Gemini produced: N718AN
The first new livery Gemini produced: N718AN

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!

N718AN behind with the latest interpretation on the 788 N800AN. it's a huge difference!
N718AN behind with the latest interpretation on the 788 N800AN. it’s a huge difference! The 788 is very much more where it needs to be but is still a shade too light.
This 737 model is one of the worst Gemini models I ever had, in so many ways but mainly the mould was awful. The colour is almost the same as N718AN but not quite.
This 737 model is one of the worst Gemini models I ever had, in so many ways but mainly the mould was awful. The colour is not the same as N718AN.
The new OneWorld 772ER, again the colour mismatch but it's far more accurate, yet it's not the same as the 788 either!
The new OneWorld 772ER, again the colour mismatch but it’s far more accurate, yet it’s not the same as the 788 either!
The Gemini branded but Phoenix made A321, nicely detailed but yet another shade of silver, though close to the 737
The Gemini branded but Phoenix made A321, nicely detailed but yet another shade of silver, though close to the 737
The new OneWorld 772 with the new 788...not exactly a match are they?
The new OneWorld 772 with the new 788…not exactly a match are they?

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.

Pick a colour, any colour as long as its the same one
Pick a colour, any colour as long as its the same one

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!

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