Start lobbying the employees...
they get to decide!
Yesterday, American Airlines Group CEO Doug Parker sent the following message to the employees: "While I enjoy debating the merits of certain aircraft liveries as much as anyone, I have always believed they are not particularly important to the success of an airline. For our team members who work in, around and on these aircraft day in and day out, it matters a great deal, but I have yet to find a customer who based their purchase decision on the exterior design of the airplane. I think our livery should represent the American well - it should be professional, and it should be cost efficient - but it is not a make or break decision for the airline. And since it is important to our team members, I think our team members should decide."
But wait! When I went to the site to register my vote, the following note was prominently displayed: "This isn't a ‘vote’ on the new livery … rather it is a way to get your thoughts before we make a decision on how we are going to paint the planes in the future." Well, at least they're asking for our opinion, even if they don't necessarily plan on abiding by it. Oh...there's more. Part of the decision has already been made. There will be "no more buffing - we have to paint."
There are numerous reasons for this decision. American can’t continue with the traditional polished aluminum because, well, their planes are no longer made solely of aluminum. "There is no good way to convert the US Airways fleet to polished silver because of the materials used on Airbus aircraft." US Airways was the single largest operator of Airbus A320 series aircraft in the world, and the new American has orders in place for many more of the type. Also, in addition to continued deliveries of the A320, American has orders in place for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, both of which are composite aircraft that cannot be converted to a shiny metallic look.
Here's the real kicker. The decision is between two possible options (pictured below). The body will remain the same - only the tail is up for discussion. So choose your favorite and make your opinion known. It's in the hands of the employees.