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BA Colors Questions

Tue May 11, 1999 3:05 am

I have some sales materials that BA presented at the start of the 'Utopia' world colors program. It would seem that many of the original proposed designs are getting widespread exposure, but some have had very limited application. One of those was "Paint Down the Side" by an artist in southern England. It is by far
my favorite, but has only had application to a turboprop, as far as I know.
Can anyone explain why this attractive design is not used more often? Too
time consuming to apply, perhaps ?

Also, a rumour says that in the long run, BA will settle on the 'Chelsea Rose'
to be applied fleetwide, and as the various a/c go in for D checks over the next
5-6 years, they will all be repainted this way. Can anyone confirm this?
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RE: BA Colors Questions

Wed May 12, 1999 12:48 am


I don't think that they will got for the Chelsea Rose as the airline is 'British' Airways and not 'English' Airways.

If they are to go fleet wide with a design I think it should be the Union Flag as on the Concorde. The best one I think.

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RE: BA Colors Questions

Wed May 12, 1999 7:48 pm

Yeah I heard that they were going to paint some more of the 747s with the Concorde livery. Did anyone else hear that they had to re-paint a 767 with that colour scheme because the Queen was travelling on it?
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RE: BA Colors Questions

Wed May 12, 1999 9:14 pm

Am I the only one who thinks that the Queen should fly Monarch?
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RE: BA Colors Questions

Wed May 12, 1999 10:08 pm

My personnal opinion is that I like the way BA is converting their fleet to this new livery style. Its a way of looking to BA with few years in advance to other airlines. Every time you look to a BA aircraft you dont know whats gonna happen, maybe you see a "Chelsea Rose" tail, maybe you'll see a diferent one, its nice and I can tell you its a great marketing strategy, everybody will look and comment BA tails, last year when I flew from Faro to Boston via London my kids were delighted to see all those colorfull tails. Unfortunetly we just flew in one new aircraft with new livery, it was a B. 767-300 G-BNWR with "Chelsea Rose", but after a few months latter we saw also 2 B. 737-400 that we flew from Faro to London with new liveries, one with "American Waves" and another also with "Chesea Rose" tail and my kids were very excited to see their new liveries, so its just a matter to get used to and everybody soon will stop talking about "Union Jack", BA will always be BA!!!
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RE: BA Colors Questions

Wed May 12, 1999 10:32 pm

Hi everybody,

the 767 repainted in Union Jack-cs was G-BNWR and the Queen flew to Korea on it. It was reported that more 767s, 777s and 747s are sheduled to get this livery, especially the ones used on North American routes, as the Union Flag design is said to be very popular there.
It is true, the Colours down the side livery has so far only been applied to a Brymon Dash 8. Although I am no fan of the "silly tails", I have to admit that it wouldn't look bad on a 747. Maybe CV880's assumption, that it hasn't been painted on other fins because of cost reasons, is correct. The Chelsea Rose livery seems in fact to be more common than any other design and it also features on the first 747-400F in full BA livery operated by Atlas Air. As far as I remember, BA had intended to present 50 different designs. So far I haven't seen that many. The latest one is the Saudi Arabian one, I think (correct me if I am wrong), and it has only been applied to a single 737. Therefore there seems in fact to be a trend to standardise on a few designs.

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