Imkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1158 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).
Anzff From Australia, joined May 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 965 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.
NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 919 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?
Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 685 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 920 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!
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.
Euroschu From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 122 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 894 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.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 805 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.