WHEN the biggest airline in Europe proudly unveiled its newly painted planes to a crowd of 3000 media and frequent flyers, there was great anticipation.

It would have been reasonable for Lufthansa's executives to have been expecting a round of applause after all their hard work revamping their aircraft. Especially as it has been 30 years since the aircraft last got a makeover.

Instead, the spectators' jaws dropped for all the wrong reasons.

Upon discovering that the airline's classic yellow and blue livery had been ditched for a dark blue, the crowds - who attended two separate events at Lufthansa's hubs in Frankfurt and Munch last month for the unveiling - groaned in disappointment, ThePointsGuy.com reported.

A newly painted Lufthansa 747-8 plane. Picture: Lufthansa
A newly painted Lufthansa 747-8 plane. Picture: Lufthansa

And now, it seems the airline wasted a lot of time and money on the new colour scheme. In what may be a record for an airline, Lufthansa is having to repaint the planes to fix them.

That's because the blue is apparently too dark, especially in overcast skies, and needs to be reverted to a shade similar to what it was previously.

It appears to be a classic case of, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

A Lufthansa plane before being repainted. Picture: Eric Salard
A Lufthansa plane before being repainted. Picture: Eric Salard

Many social media users have also mourned the loss of the classic yellow in the logo.

A spokesperson for the German flag carrier told local aviation site Airliners.de: "After landings in Hong Kong and New York, for example, we realised that the blue paint sometimes looks much darker than it did in the test environment, especially in adverse weather conditions."

So it will modify the "desired deep blue" by adding more red and green, while dialling down the black, the spokesperson said.

The previous Lufthansa livery.
The previous Lufthansa livery.

The question remains, how on earth did they miss such a problem during the design phase? What tests did they carry out for their new design?

"The design was developed in a complex process with numerous experts," Lufthansa said in a press release at the time of the unveiling.

"After intensive preliminary studies, more than 800 designs and own colour developments in the laboratory, the new aircraft design was completed ... The new Lufthansa appearance gives the individual elements a new, modern quality to sharpen their impact."

Either way, it could prove a costly lesson for the airline.