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Do You Like BA´s World Tails, It Seems Only Me...  
User currently offlineTOMASKEMPNER From Mexico, joined May 2001, 389 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2248 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.

My favorite tail is the one of Scotland

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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16368 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

Benyhone Tartan is good.....and still has a British theme. But the rest....all crap.

What the hell does Deftblue Daybreak and Ndebele have to do with British efficiency and service?

When I fly BA, I want a slice of British culture.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

YYZ717: That's why they are called World Tails, not British Tails.

There were some ugly ones, but overall i think it was a good idea. They did something that made their livery stand out... not just the same boring planes over and over again....


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
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I think the Union Flag one is nice because it dosen't display any wacky paint scheme.

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I love the world tails!!! My favorite world tail is the "colum". BA should keep some world tails and some "old tails".

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User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2163 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.

User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

I like some of them. They should keep Benyhone, Chelsea Rose, Landor, and some of the other British taills and get rid of the rest

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16368 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

ya! This Canadian says that British-ness is something to be proud of! Fly the flag BA!




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2110 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  Smile


Boeing747 万岁!
User currently offlineNfx From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

its a step back for BA that they get rid of their "world tails"


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cosmopolitan like no airline before

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

I don't think it was as good a scheme as the one which preceded it, but they were pretty nice! Gave each aircraft an identity, which with the new scheme they just don't have, all the same  Sad

Bring back the world tails!


User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2096 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.

Dave


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1609 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

I thought they were fabulous! What a great idea: showing you are the "World's Favourite Airline" by adopting a livery that reflects cultures from around the world. They were very distinctive as well.

User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

Tomas I liked the tails too (as do many who don´t admit; don´t indentify with a loosing concept).

Now that it is too expensive/impracticle everybody is stumbling over each other to say they never liked it ...

I think the UK was a bit too conservative / patriotic for this true international piece of art.

Imagine a tail everybody can´t dislike artiscally, operationally or financially.

Man, that would be a DULL one !


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Thank you BA for taking the risc of being creative !!

(and I´m not even a BA fan ...)

cheers

Keesje


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2088 times:
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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.

Arsenal@LHR



In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineThijs_wieman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2080 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....

Thijs


User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2055 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.

Regards,
VS11


User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

You guys have a point there.. but nevertheless the world tails have brought me much fun and some 'guessing games' while spotting!


Boeing747 万岁!
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6235 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

I definitely like the BA World Tails, it gave the airline an International flavor .
Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

I like the World Tails, what else did you expect?!

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

I thought it was a great idea! Most of them were really attractive in my mind. The Union tail is nice, but a bit boring.

User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2018 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

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

There were the operational problems mentioned, but the reason they were chopped is that many important customers hated them too, and not just British people.


User currently offlineSilverstreak From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2007 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.

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2001 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...  Angry
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/profile.main?username=Benyhone


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

I think they're great!

DC-10


25 Post contains images Baec777 : BAEC777 = British Airways Executive Club Boeing 777, That mean I like British Airways & all of their Tail Liveries !!!!! Don't count me as part of the
26 Blink182 : I loved the World Tails. I thought they were one of the most creative and unique things that an airline came out with in a long time. I am pretty mad
27 Post contains links and images VapourTrails : OK they're not bad.. I like some of them.. Click for large versionPhoto © Michael Kelly Click for large versionPhoto © Steven Kaplan Click f
28 Pressclub : Is Air Tahiti hiring cockpit crew? Any info?
29 Post contains images VapourTrails : Air Tahiti World tails - that's a thought..
30 TNboy : They were generally good, but why the fuss? The vast majority of passengers (including those who complain) would have boarded through airbridges and p
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