There’s been so much consolidation in the U.S. airline industry over the past 40 years or so that it’s almost impossible to remember all the players that have left the field due to acquisitions and mergers. But American Airlines has been using paint to stir up some colorful memories of its past.
The carrier has devoted nine aircraft to what it calls its Heritage Fleet, painting them in the liveries of earlier airlines that have all been folded into the American Airlines brand over the decades.
US Airways, the latest merged carrier to lose its identity, is remembered in one of the repainted jets. Other old liveries you might see flying around with American’s name but an earlier airline’s colors include AirCal, Allegheny, America West, PSA (Pacific Southwest), Piedmont, Reno Air and TWA. There’s also a plane with the original American Airlines logo and livery.
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