Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > British Airways | Executive Club
Reload this Page >

Should BA follow Aer Lingus with a new livery?

Should BA follow Aer Lingus with a new livery?

Old Jan 17, 19, 5:24 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: City of Kingston Upon Hull
Programs: BAEC Silver
Posts: 4,767
Should BA follow Aer Lingus with a new livery?

Ok folks, Aer Lingus has a new livery in what appears to be an “IAG house style” based on the Iberia livery. Should BA follow suit?
kanderson1965 is offline  
Old Jan 17, 19, 5:30 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 185
Definitely not. The BA livery is iconic - if they want to increase revenue right now focus on the product & service, not frivolous branding changes.
Shingi, Oggers, PrimaVista and 3 others like this.
APUBleed is offline  
Old Jan 17, 19, 5:47 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Programs: BAEC Blue, EK Skywards Silver
Posts: 5
I suspect they’ll have an aircraft painted in each of the historic liveries (I hope they include one of the Utopia designs) for the 100 year anniversary.

Doubt they’d change the livery due to the hysterics over the last attempt.
nancypants likes this.
chinagrove is offline  
Old Jan 17, 19, 5:54 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Locked down in the jungle
Programs: BA Gold for Life, SQ PPS Club, UA Premier Gold 2mil,
Posts: 85
Doesn’t look terrible - certainly better than IB’s. But I prefer the old one. Maybe the green paint is more expensive than white.

(can’t copy the damn photo in here for some reason - just Google it).

As for BA, I never much cared for the meaningless ribbon, and I hated the politically correct “we are the world” tail designs of the 1990s. Bring back the crest! It screams Britishness, and would be particularly apropos given the Brexit drama. People (especially non-Brits) want to fly a great British brand - be proud of it, and stop this mushy generic globalized nonsense!

Last edited by Clack; Jan 17, 19 at 6:10 pm
Clack is offline  
Old Jan 17, 19, 6:09 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Programs: BAEC Gold, Hilton Diamond, Bonvoy Silver
Posts: 175
Originally Posted by kanderson1965 View Post
Ok folks, Aer Lingus has a new livery in what appears to be an “IAG house style” based on the Iberia livery. Should BA follow suit?
No.
BingBongBoy and mikeyfly like this.
Infinite Possibilities is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 12:41 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: London
Programs: BA Silver
Posts: 1,759
Its probably tome for a change isn’t it
The cutrent one harks back to Maggie Thatcher and a remnant from the world tails

Perhaps we should have a Theresa May head on the tail a bit like Alaska Airlines :-)
Crampedin13A and nancypants like this.
allturnleft is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 12:58 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: UK/Australia
Programs: BAEC Gold, UA2MM, WY Gold, QF Gold
Posts: 2,097
Originally Posted by allturnleft View Post
Its probably tome for a change isn’t it
The cutrent one harks back to Maggie Thatcher and a remnant from the world tails

Perhaps we should have a Theresa May head on the tail a bit like Alaska Airlines :-)
That would be quite frightening... Just leave the present design alone. It's fine, and better than most.
Grace B is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 1:03 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NT Australia
Programs: QF WP
Posts: 3,344
Originally Posted by allturnleft View Post
Its probably tome for a change isn’t it
The cutrent one harks back to Maggie Thatcher and a remnant from the world tails

Perhaps we should have a Theresa May head on the tail a bit like Alaska Airlines :-)
a shiny penny to the first person who produces a mock up of this!!
NoTiersForMe and BAfromZRH like this.
nancypants is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 3:48 am
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: JER
Programs: BA Gold/OWE, several MUCCI, and assorted Pensions!
Posts: 30,268
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I find the current livery elegant and, more importantly, British. The Union Flag is unmistakeable, even in the stylised form in use by BA.

And think of the expense of repainting the fleet, that would take ages to implement fully, leaving it looking a mess for years..
T8191 is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 3:53 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Programs: BAEC Gold
Posts: 152
When a plane is repainted, is it taken back to bare metal first, or existing scheme over-painted? I wonder because of the increased weight implications of additional coats of paint.
xPositor is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 4:08 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Washington (home); KSA (work)
Posts: 81
I very much miss the classic speedbird of the 1960s. It was as iconic as the Lufthansa/JAL crane and the AirFrance seahorse.

So yes...get rid of that insipid ribbon (what the hell is it called? Speedmarque?) and bring back speedbird!
Dover2Golf and nancypants like this.
Vaterland is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 4:11 am
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: London
Programs: BA GfL (GGL/CCR)
Posts: 1,316
Originally Posted by xPositor View Post
When a plane is repainted, is it taken back to bare metal first, or existing scheme over-painted? I wonder because of the increased weight implications of additional coats of paint.
Taken back to bare metal and then repainted. There are lots of videos on Youtube showing the painting process of planes.

Pilot37
xPositor likes this.
Pilot37 is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 4:15 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,478
Rumour has it that there will be no new livery. Just a few planes painted with the 100 logo, which you can see on uniform lapels now. It looks like a first year foundation art course student has done their very best work. I hate it.
Can I help you and Dover2Golf like this.
Waterhorse is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 4:26 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: TLS/London
Programs: BA Gold, SPG Plat
Posts: 442
I am a fan of the current union jack design, and far from being meaningless it is supposed to be a stylised version of the flag flown by Nelson at Trafalgar! Whilst fact checking I came across this website that gives historic liveries (based on someone's model plane collection - I suspect he's a member here!) so you can see the range of past BA ones...
ant_west is offline  
Old Jan 18, 19, 4:26 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Hong Kong
Programs: BA Bronze (OWR)
Posts: 653
Recent new liveries have all tended to replace designs that were starting to look dated. 80s/90s/early 2000s styles etc. BA's livery doesn't look dated at all in my opinion.
skipness1E likes this.
zeltergiset is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: