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User currently offlineImkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1308 times:

What, in your opinion, is the classiest airline tail? I think that United's is... the purplish-bluish stripes mixed with the dark navy blackish-blue stripes are timeless, elegant, contemporary, and professional; coupled with the trademark and clean-cut "U", I think United has the best tails in the sky.

Kudos also to Virgin Atlantic, Continental, Philippine Airlines, Lufthansa, and British Airways.

BTW, I think that all of United's "U" symbols should be outlined by white as they are on the current striped tail as they look more defined and bold than without the white outline on colored backgrounds (such as on the new United Shuttle fueselage).

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User currently offlineLaserjet From New Zealand, joined Apr 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Air New Zealand's koru tail is very classy and also well
recognised throughout the world.


User currently offlineAnzff From Australia, joined May 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

Air New Zealand's tail is definately one of the clasiest around.
Unfortunately most pictures of it show it to be plain navy blue, when in fact it is a deep green colour which gradually changes to navy about halfway up. If pictures show the change, it appears to be very abrupt. In real life it looks superb, appearing to be green or blue depending ont he light, and the angle you see it.


User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

British Airways (of course! - however some of the World Images arent that great...but when they're good they're fantastic - my favourite is "Chelsea Rose")

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Although, a close second place goes to Air Canada (claaasssy!)

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And in third place goes........Air New Zealand (I agree with the previous comments on this one)

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Cheers!  


User currently offlineUK FLY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

Here are some pics of my top six........


6:


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FUTURA
At last they replaced the cheap and tacky yellow tail.
elegance. (for a spanish Charter Airline)
The best Tail in Spain!

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Icelandair.
another Tack to Class
The best tail in Northern Europe!



4:


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Ansett Australia
nice in the right light
The best Tail in Australia!

3:

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Britannia
shear eleglance and beauty.
The best Tail in britain!
Best Charter Airline Tail!

2:

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Air New Zealand.

The only picture on the database that showed the teal!
the rest were just blue.
Best tail in new zealand (and Asia)

1:

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Saudi Aribian
Like the ANZ tail only some photo's turn out right and here are those photo's
The Winner!!!!


UK FLY






User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

First I would have to say Air Canada. Totally awsome.
Clean looks, represents the country well.

Second Aer Lingus, A little to much green on the overall plane, but the same as Air Canada, Represents the county well.

Third, British Airways. The older Colours were much better than the World Colours. To bad they never kept them. Mind you the New Tail of the Union Jack looks great!!

Fourth, Quantas. Just says it all.

Airman99o



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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

I agree with Airman99o that the old BA tails were great. They oozed class, and I think the design was timeless, yet ahead of its time when introduced in '84/'85. (Does that make any sense...?)

The new BA tail design, post 'World Colours' looks great too, but my vote for best tail would have to go to Continental. It's such a simple idea, but looks fantastic. The 'blur' effect really works, don't you think?  

~NJTurnpike


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User currently offlineCapt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

I think the "classiest" tail would have to be that of Northwest Airlines. I'm actually surpirsed that this hasn't been mentioned yet. When you look at the tail, notice that the circle is actually a compass with the little tri-angle/arrow pointing to the northwest! The negative red space also allows you to see both an N and a W. This unique symbol nessled in the top corner of the all red tail makes it a very classy and modestly elegant looking tail. Whoever came up with this was a marketing genius! Truly, the most classy and the most cleaver as well!


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Other classy tails are Air Canada and United. Air Canda is a very close second to Northwest. The colors are just wonderful to look at. I love that big maple leaf surrounded by the forest green; also very cleaverly done. It goes so well with the white fuselage and big red title. I agree with Imkeww about United: It is a very elegant looking tail.

Jim


User currently offlineTheodule From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

To my mind, the classiest tails are Aeroflot (white and the russian flag), Air France (only the french flag...)

User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1064 times:

Simply one of the most recognisable tails in aviation history!


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User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1056 times:

The Canadian proud wings.


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User currently offlineDeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

Delta and Continental have some of the classiest!


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and..........


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User currently offlineEuroschu From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

I am shocked no one has mentioned South African's new tail! Beautiful colors, unique & representative of the country. I also like Swissair --- simple, yet powerful --- and Icelandair --- nice touch & exotic. Domestically I'd have to go with Continental. Delta's new tail actually looks great in person, but may be a little too "out there" for a lot of tastes --- similar to BA's former "world" tails.

User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

I like JAT's, of course. The new and the old. You have to look at the whole plane and not just the tail to get the full effect.



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The old is very classy. I mean what is more classy than an airline displaying its abbreviation on the tail. The silver is also beautifull.


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and the new







User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

I like Varig's new colors.............


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User currently offlineConvair880 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1021 times:

Loved the logo jets of Western Pacific, especially Stardust Casino with the showgirl on the tail.....


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User currently offlinePeter From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1007 times:

I think that the two best are the newest Delta one, and the old British Airways tail. Going to the designs BA has now was a mistake.

User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 995 times:

I would have to say my favorites is Continental's, becuase the gold and blue together have always appealed to me.

User currently offlineAWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 982 times:


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User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 972 times:

I like Delta's new tail along with Virgin's, CO SIA looks great along with AZ, Qantas, Icelandic and Canadian. I already miss the geese that once adorned the Canadian tails  


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 955 times:

...Are Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Ansett Australia, Garuda Indonesia, Thai, Pakistan International, Saudi Arabian, Air Seychelles, South African, Sabena, British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, Air Canada and Continental.


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineUS521 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 938 times:

1: Cathay Pacific
2: US Airways
3: Delta (old)
4: BA (Union Jack,and those wierd ones)
5: Pan Am (the new one)
6: Qantas
7: Thai Intl.
8: Dragon Air
9: Canadian Pac. (the goose)
10: Continental


User currently offlinePeter From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 906 times:

Legend is nice. 

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User currently offlineMartinped From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 900 times:

AerLingus - Representing the country with its soft defined image of the national emblem. This is my no.1

Frontier - Superb imagery.

KLM - TIME FOR A CHANGE HERE GUYS.... ITS TIRED LOOKING


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