American and US Airways employees vote to “keep the tail”

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The employees of American and US Airways have spoken. The new American Airlines Group, which began operations on Dec. 9, will eventually carry the paint job American introduced in early 2013 with the flashy red, white and blue tail. All US Airways and US Airways Express planes will eventually carry the livery.

Employees of both airlines were given the opportunity to vote on how they wanted planes to be painted. There were two choices. They could vote for the new livery introduced in January. Or they could vote to have American revert the tail to what it was for decades — two interlocking As. But even if the tail changed to the old version, the rest of the paint job would have remained the same as the January 2013 version.

According to American, 60 percent of the employees at US Airways and American voted. There were 31,355 votes cast in favor of the flag tail, and 29,063 votes cast in favor of the AA tail.

According to Jack Nicas of the Wall Street Journal, it takes up to 17 days to fully repaint a widebody airplane. 

Before voting began, this note appeared in an internal American Airlines newsletter.

Before voting began, this note appeared in an internal American Airlines newsletter.

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