British Airways - Boeing 747-436 - G-BNLA - 1999 "Chelsea Rose" worldtail

British Airways - Boeing 747-436 - G-BNLA - 1999 "Chelsea Rose" worldtail

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I'm sooo happy with how this turned out! I've been wanting to try this paint before and i did attempt it once before but i failed miserably XD This time though, it was a success! :D Its showcased here by BA's first 747-400 "G-BNLA" Infoooo: In 1997 British Airways adopted a new livery. One part of this was a newly stylized 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 German designs refer to the then BA subsidiary Deutsche BA, and the Australian designs to BA's alliance with Qantas. The adoption of this aircraft livery was seen as a move away from the traditional British image of the carrier. BA claimed that the previous Landor Associates scheme carried an air of arrogance and detachment, and insisted that the new tailfins were popular with international travelers. However, they were unpopular with many people in the UK, despite nine of the designs being inspired by either England, Scotland or Wales. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher showed her displeasure at the designs by covering one of the new tailfins on a model 747 with a handkerchief. She declared, "We fly the British flag, not these awful things." Thatcher also indicated with these fins the airline would lose its identity. 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. They then claimed the title as "Britain's Flag carrier" While the majority of the designs were applied to a variety of aircraft models, one scheme (the stylized 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 Landor 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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes: This scheme is called "Chelsea rose" and was designed by London based fabric designer, Pierce Casey. I couldn't find any good textures for his signature so i just used cursive text XD Thanks to AirbusA330 for the 747 template :) #744 #747 #747400 #747436 #B744 #B747 #B747400 #B747436 #Boeing #Boeing_744 #Boeing_747 #Boeing_747400 #Boeing_747436 #British_Airways #British_airways_ethnic_designs #British_Airways_worldtails #Chelsea_rose #GBNLA #World_tails
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