TOMASKEMPNER From Mexico, joined May 2001, 389 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1251 times:
I´ve been reading post after post and noticed that a large number of people hate BA´s world tails. I think that the World Tails livery is great, and besides its really exciting to watch different tails at your airport everytimes that a BA flight arrives.
I think that the old BA livery was very boring and this one is quite fresh, but it seems I´m the only one.
Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
I hate the world tails. Shameful, as Baroness Thatcher called it. If they're so ashamed of their British identity, then perhaps they should change their name to world tails airways. Most dreadful and unbecoming of.
Mr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 23 Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1113 times:
I don't see why all the bashing to BA. I believe they just wanted to make their fleet more attractive, unique and stand out, nothing else. Why make it so complicated? The 'British Airways' titles are still on every single aircraft. I find them very creative, makes the fleet stand out among others. But some are not really nice I say too
Thadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 396 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1099 times:
From an operational viewpoint, they are a nightmare.
Pilots are often directed to take off/taxi/whatever after a certain aircraft has landed/departed/crossed runway/whatever. For some ports that only see a BA flight once a day or less, meaning that flight crews only see a BA aircraft once a week or less, this can cause confusion as to what aircraft they are supposed to wait for, and confusion on the flight deck is somethign to be avoided at all costs.
I believe (but not 100% certain) that this is the reason the British CAA directed BA to change the tails.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7791 posts, RR: 23 Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
I hated the world tails, and like i mentioned before in other posts, they made the planes look "untidy" and "messy" if u know what i mean. The old landor scheme was a classic, but was too old that needed a change, so the union jack colours looks really smart and attractive, gives it a more of a British feel and look to the BA fleet.
Thijs_wieman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1083 times:
I think the tails where great. But I know they where hated by some air traffic controllers. And, ofcourse by some pilots too. They didn't know fir which aircraft they had to wait for. I think BA lost its identity as an airline. They are being confused all the time. But, I think the idea of giving each plane a identity was great. Unfortunately it didn't work.....to bad....
VS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 978 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1058 times:
I love the world tails. I am not a fan of BA but the tails were something I have always admired. The idea was creative and the implementation was very aesthetic as well.
The world tails were really a celebration of a cosmopolitan spirit especially as BA claimed to be the "world's favourite airline".
However, it seems to me taht the only people who did not like the tails were British. Probably, they felt offended, I have no idea.
Although being confusing for other pilots/ATC might be a good reason for their termination, the problem with BA and the world tails in my opinion was that BA could never really adopt that cosmopolitan spirit that the tails symbolized. To me BA, has been having quite an identity crisis.
I have seen many of their compaigns and they seem to emphasize the British part of BA service and otherwise as if someone who is not British would fly them because they are British.
Anyway, I really regret the tails being removed.
Bmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1449 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
I LIKED THE WORLD TAILS ALSO BUT A THINK THEY ENDED UP WHITH TO MANY DIFFRENT VARATIONS THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD ABOUT 6 TO 8 DIFFRENT ONES OR HAVE EVERY PLAIN DIFFRENT TO EACH OTHER BUT THAT WOULD BE WELL DEAR THOUGH. OR WHAT ABOUT HAVEN SIMBOLS OF PLACES THEY FLY OR HAVE NASHIONAL OR REGONAL FLAGS ? THAT WOULD BE KOOL
Silverstreak From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1010 times:
I thought the World Tails were great and hate to see them go. The new version with the abstract Union Jack seems to me to be the most unBritish design ever! The World Tails scheme said to passengers and onlookers that BA was definitely a world carrier with to consider using, if just by the many color schemes from the different BA international destinations. Also, the World Tails scheme also said that a British company could think global and modern, too. Today it takes more than coloring a map red or flying a national fly to be a world player. You have to know and respect "the other guy". Using artists from other countries was a brilliant idea.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2895 posts, RR: 25 Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Ndebele is just my third favourite World Tail.
My favourite World Tail is Colour Down The Side (which can be seen on only one single aircraft, a Brymon Dash-8). However, Johan decided that an a.net username should have 14 letters only, so I could not take ColourDownTheSide, which would be a quite good username, I think.
My second favourite World Tail is Benyhone (that Scottish one). I wanted to call myself Benyhone - but that name had already been taken! Yes, somebody called himself "Benyhone" before, and guess what - he did not even write a single post! Benyhone, if you read this... http://www.airliners.net/discussions/profile.main?username=Benyhone