British Airways - World (Utopia) Tails

British Airways really stirred things up with their "World Tails". People either loved them or hated them. Feelings were so strong that Margaret Thatcher gave the tails her thumbs down and the CEO of BA lost his job. In the mean time Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airlines capitalized on the situation calling his airline "Britain`s Flag Carrier". Whatever the opinion you may have, these tails have proven to be a big hit with photographers!

Some of the art was applied with variations on different aircraft. The variations come from the application of different parts of the original artwork to the tails of the aircraft. In some cases, such as Crossing Borders; the variations result in unique tails. In other cases the variations are more subtle, for example; the Colum art on 747s G-BNLC and G-CIVP looks similar but is not the same.

Currently no aircraft remain in the World Tail colors.

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Last Update: 21 Jan 2010  

Utopia Tails

SchemeCountryArtworkPhotos

Animals and Trees

Kalahari Desert

Benyhone Tartan

Scotland

Blomsterang (Flower Field)

Sweden

Blue Poole

England

British Olympic Team

England

Chelsea Rose

England

Colors Down the Side

England

Colum (Dove)

Ireland

Crossing Borders

Egypt

Delftblue Daybreak

Netherlands

Golden Kohkhloma

Russia

Grand Union

England

Koguty Lowickie

Poland

Nalanji Dreaming

Australia

Ndebele Emmly

Africa

Ndebele Martha

Africa

Paithani

India

Rendezvous

Hong Kong

Spring Primavera

Romania

Water Dreaming

Australia

Waves & Cranes

Japan

Waves of the City

USA

Whale Rider

Canada

Wings

Denmark

Wunala Dreaming

Australia

Youm-al-Souq

Saudi Arabia


Deutsche BA

SchemeCountryArtworkPhotos

Avignon

Germany

Bauhaus

Germany

Bavaria

Germany

Calligraphy

Germany


Regular Colors

SchemeCountryArtworkPhotos

Landor

England

Union Jack

England

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