WHITE BOX B-747-4-025 1/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS B747-436 G-BNLS “WUNALA DREAMING TAIL”
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WHITE BOX B-747-4-025 1/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS B747-436 G-BNLS “WUNALA DREAMING TAIL” $189.00
In 1997 British Airways adopted a new livery. One part of this was a newly stylised version of the British Airways “Speedbird” logo, but the major change was the introduction of tail-fin art. Also known as the Utopia or world image tailfins, they used art and designs from international artists and other sources to represent countries on BA’s route network. The signature of the artist was carried near the design on the tail.
The new corporate logo was created by the London-based design agency Newell and Sorrell, who also oversaw the implementation of the tailfin designs.
Virgin Atlantic took advantage of the controversy by applying a Union flag scheme to the front end of its aircraft. In their own 1999 relaunch, the flag was also applied to the vertical winglets of Virgin Atlantic’s aircraft.
While the majority of the designs were applied to a variety of aircraft models, one scheme (the stylised version of the Chatham Dockyard Union Flag) was used on Concorde only. By 1999, BA had repainted around 170 aircraft in its new colours but then Chief Executive, Bob Ayling, announced a review of this process. The aircraft already repainted would keep the new designs, but the remainder of the fleet (still showing the pre-1997 union flag design) would receive a variant of Concorde’s Union Flag design. The announcement was timed to divert some attention from Virgin’s relaunch.
Finally in May 2001 the new Chief Executive, Rod Eddington, announced the entire fleet would receive the new Union flag livery. Eddington argued that while an attempt to increase the airline’s appeal was not a bad thing, the exercise hurt the image of the carrier among its core customers — those that are attracted by the British identity, which the ethnic tailfins diluted somewhat (FROM WIKIPEDIA)
|Dimensions||38 x 38 x 30 cm|