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What Is This? (Ugliest Livery!)  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2804 posts, RR: 14
Posted (15 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Just what is this thing on this BWIA 737-800, it looks like an automobile's hubcap!

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Really - even if it is something else, it doesn't look very nice! Kind of like putting an umbrella on there or something, sure it's an object but... what for?!

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User currently offlineAvia_Arg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

I personally don't thinks it is ugly...but it's not a hubcap!!!

It's a musical instrument! Actually the West Indies and other islands of the caribbean area are know for them. I wish I'd remember the name of it...it's a the tip of my tounge. Steel drums? I don't remember...sorry.

But yeah once again not ugly at all...better that going all white with a pretty tail


User currently offlineKLM 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1222 times:

I believe the instrument in question in known as a steel pan. This unique form of percussion is a Caribbean legend...what better symbol for BWIA? I don't think it looks bad at all.

I believe the first steel pans were old oil drums that were meticuluously cut and shaped. The steel pan has a very distinctive sound that is known throughout the Caribbean.

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1178 times:

I like the paint scheme very much. BWIA keep up the good work! The ugliest paint scheme is British Airways world and union jack logos. Virgin did a better job in representing the U.K

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6666 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

I agree with 747-600X. It is pretty ugly. It may be different and eye catching, but ugly all the same. I am not sure if it's better or worse than the old scheme, which was getting very dated.

I for one, loved the BA schemes. It was a breath of fresh air from their stuffy old image. Safe and conservative perhaps, but a bit more appeal to the young and a fresh outlook on things were provided by the new scheme. It was impossible to produce tails that everyone likes, but they did their job in representing the various cultures from where they originated. Well done to them I say. Too bad they succumbed to pressure and reverted to having the Union Flag on their planes, which by the way is also a nice tail.

User currently offlineTacoboeing From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

i think the ugliest is areoflots, I saw pictures of yak42s that had the lines panted on jagged you could tell that someone just came up and painted it with a brush. Also some of brittish airways new ones are ugly, and also american airlines, Why did they leave all theyre planes silver?

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2937 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

I think BWIA's new livery IS the ugliest I have ever seen - that green is just awful...let alone the rather absurd design.

User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

I agree, it is quite hideous, but at the same time unusual. BWIA obviously wants there airplanes to stand out.

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 day ago) and read 1153 times:

This new livery of BWIAs is ugly because its CYAN! Who uses CYAN (well... there's always that weird Internet sight Airliners.Net which uses shades of it for just about everything...)? But still, the shade of it they are using is like baby blue cyan, if that makes any sense. It's a very artificial color. American, however, is beautiful. The silver is unique, unmatched on any airline. I just love the reflections all over. By the way, where is BWIA based?

User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 16 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

BWIA have a great scheme, much better then boring colours like Air France, Delta, American, United, and all those white schemes.

I was in the Uk in January and saw the L1011 9Y-TGN do a go around right in front of me. The new colours are very special.


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6666 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (15 years 14 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

They're 'special' all right....and yes they're different to the Delta's and American and stuff, which also have very boring schemes, I agree, but that doesn't made BWIA's anything less than hideous. I wouldn't want to come face to face with a BWIA in the middle of the night. I shiver thinking about it.

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (15 years 7 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

This is apparently a very controversial livery... just think, we'll have a peaceful concourse at an airport someday, and all of a sudden a BWIA will pull up and just out of nowhere there'll be a brawl with people hurtling chairs and carry on baggage at each other!

So... does any one know where BWIA is based?

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