Aviation News

April 6, 2011

PHOTOS: United Airlines Reveals Retro “Friend Ship” Livery

Today, United Airlines revealed their retro “Friend Ship” livery on an Airbus A320 at Chicaco’s O’Hare International Airport.

United Airlines Retro Airbus A320 Friend Ship N475UA

United Airlines Retro Airbus A320 "Friend Ship" (N475UA). (Photo courtesy of United Airlines)

Hundreds of United employees showed up to celebrate not only the new retro livery, but also United’s 85th birthday.

United can trace its roots back to 1926 when they carried mail under the “Varney Air Service” name. Then the airline was purchased by William Boeing and merged with his other ventures as “United Aircraft and Transport Corporation.” In 1928, several airlines were combined as “United Air Lines.” Since then, the airline has successfully grown and had many different liveries.

Late last year, United employees were able to vote on which retro livery they wanted from five choices and the “Friend Ship” livery won.

The retro livery will be flown throughout United’s North American route system.

United Airlines Retro Airbus A320 Friend Ship N475UA

United Airlines Retro Airbus A320 "Friend Ship" (N475UA). (Photo courtesy of United Airlines)

This story was a joint venture between AirlineReporter.com and NYCAviation.com.


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  • Ahh…The friendly skies

  • I love this livery.

  • Valuable info. Hope to work out more wonderful posts from now on.

  • Anonymous

    they did a lousy job replicating the great livery from 1972.  The blue is too dark, the Bookman typeface on the tail is neither italic nor boldface.  The correct style can be seen in this commercial:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDHBbUhh9OM