American Airlines workers vote on tail paint jobs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says more than 60,000 employees voted and a majority want to paint red, white and blue horizontal stripes on the tails of all AA planes.

The company plans to repaint more than 1,100 American, US Airways and US Airways Express planes. New jets ordered by American already bear the election-winning look.

It's unlikely that any passengers pick an airline based on the paint job, but airline employees and aviation geeks can spend hours debating the subject.

American introduced a new logo and began a fleet-wide repainting of its planes a year ago. The carbon-composite bodies on many new jets made it impractical to keep the polished-metal look that American had sported since the 1960s.

The new livery, as a plane's appearance is called, drew mixed reviews, with some of the snarkiest comments aimed at the new tail.

Doug Parker, who became CEO of American Airlines Group Inc. last month after American merged with US Airways, said that it would be too costly to start painting over the bodies of freshly painted planes, but he let employees pick the look of the tail.



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