BASteward From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
Wasn't the Benyhone tartan going to be the new livery of BCal before they were absorbed? I might be mental but I'm sure I saw an artists impression of some of their aircraft at the LGW South once. Anyone else remember this?
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8477 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2299 times:
There's much more to it than that. The company who came up with the World Images thing for BA designed BCal's final livery, which was never implemented. The livery was predominantly white fuselages and a DIFFERENT TARTAN on every tail. Nice huh? That would have worked far better than BA's eventual spin, the World Images, because it would have had a theme and a real relevance to the airline, plus it would have looked incredibly smart. Mock up photos of the tails lined up at LGW exist.
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SAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
Basteward - you're absolutely correct. In 1986, BCal's livery was getting a bit outdated and Adam Thompson decided that it needed a makeover. After a period of evaluation, it was decided that they would use tartan tails - the 'Benyhone' design being the first of many to be used.
The sale of BCal to BA cancelled those plans, and the design languished in Landor's cupboards until BA brought out their world images. Interestingly, because BA bought BCal's assets - including their new and unused livery - BA effectively paid twice for it!
CF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
I'd swear that shortly after Airways or Airliners magazine ran a feature on the BA World Tail colour schemes, someone wrote a letter to the editor and brought up this very point. In fact, if my memory serves me well, some small photos of the BCAL tails (tartans of different colours, as described here) were included. Sorry that I lack specifics but I'm sure I'm not dreaming (umm ....Wunala Dreaming ..... I sure do miss those tails).
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
I would love to see those artist renditions! As long as they kept the rampant lion on the tail, it sounds fab. I miss B.Cal!! My dad was working for B.Cal when I was born, so I always considered myself a B.Cal baby!! Dad never forgave BA for gobbling them up, it almost caused a family rift when I joined BA myself!!
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