White Tail

Closed Thread

Old May 2, 19, 8:17 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Malta
Programs: BAEC Bronze
Posts: 617
White Tail

An exciting event (for me, anyway). While in the LGW lounge today I watched as a WhiteTail took off! I doubt Iíll ever see that again!
gypsyjaney is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 8:18 am
  #2  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: SE1, London
Posts: 21,736
Iím going to express confusion...
IAMORGAN, orbitmic, muji and 4 others like this.
Swanhunter is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 8:21 am
  #3  
Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: TPA/ABZ
Programs: BA Lifetime Gold. GGL/CCR.
Posts: 8,532
I thought a White Tail is a kind of deer?
golfmad is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 8:24 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: London
Programs: BA Gold, Accor Gold
Posts: 859
Fairly uncommon in the major UK airports, although in some parts of the world they are a regular sight.
bhbloke is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 8:26 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NT Australia
Programs: QF gold-> platinum
Posts: 783
Originally Posted by bhbloke View Post
Fairly uncommon in the major UK airports, although in some parts of the world they are a regular sight.
thereís one gets around Australia quite regularly

i firmly believe the plane does not wish to be associated with Tigerair
nancypants is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 8:37 am
  #6  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Minneapolis: DL DM charter 2.3MM
Programs: A3*Gold, SPG Plat, HyattDiamond, MarriottPP, LHW exAccess, ICI, Raffles Amb, NW PE MM, TWA Gold MM
Posts: 80,252
Originally Posted by golfmad View Post
I thought a White Tail is a kind of deer?
I would have guessed a bird in this context, maybe a hawk or an eagle. I think I've heard of white tailed deer and red tailed hawks. For the deer, my impression is that the animal's rump is white rather than the actual tail, although you tend to see the white when the tail moves as the animal runs.

So what kind of airplane is it?
MSPeconomist is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 9:02 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: LON/PEK
Programs: BA Silver; IHG Spire; Hertz 5*; Starbucks Gold(!)
Posts: 1,365
Was G-LCYY lost?
Deltus is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 9:07 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Programs: BA Blue, EI Silver, Honours Gold, Marriott Gold
Posts: 681
It could be G-POWU, a Titan A321 which is operating for easyJet in all white. There might be others, Thomas Cook take aircraft from Canada and SkyLynx. They are often hybrid, rather than all-White. Given itís now the summer season at LGW, anything could be spotted.
BrianDromey is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 9:14 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 6,999
There must be hundreds (thousands?) of completely white liveried aircraft flying the skies. Often operating as wet leases or charters, or just awaiting painting.
nancypants likes this.
rossmacd is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 9:17 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: LON/PEK
Programs: BA Silver; IHG Spire; Hertz 5*; Starbucks Gold(!)
Posts: 1,365
Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
There must be hundreds (thousands?) of completely white liveried aircraft flying the skies. Often operating as wet leases or charters, or just awaiting painting.
Exactly - I don't understand why the OP thinks this is a once-in-a-lifetime event, unless "WhiteTail" means something other than an aircraft with a white tail...
Deltus is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 9:37 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northumberland (The big bit between Newcastle & Scotland).
Programs: BAEC & VS.
Posts: 224
As it is a BA forum could be referring to the retro BEA schemed A319, white tail with small red BEA square and is based at Gatwick these days.

Last edited by Bat 21; May 2, 19 at 9:45 am
Bat 21 is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 10:07 am
  #12  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Brighton. UK
Programs: BA (GOLD), VS
Posts: 10,117
Small? It's a good 20% if not more of the tail section and hard to miss.
UKtravelbear is online now  
Old May 2, 19, 10:17 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: UK
Programs: BA Pyrite
Posts: 135
I suspect it was a Hi Fly Malta A340 taking off at about 2.15pm today on its way to Beja, Portugal.
Not really BA related, apart from the point about watching it from the Gatwick lounge.
Zzzap is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 11:03 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Programs: BAEC Bronze
Posts: 305
Norwegian have a number of leased long haul aircraft operating for them from Gatwick currently. Donít know if any of these are in an all white livery though: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...atwick-in-s19/

To bring this back to BA, I do think this puts them in quite a competitive place on NYC and Orlando from Gatwick. The BA Economy Basic fares are usually in the same ball park as Norwegian but include improved free food and drink and are largely on densified but refurbished 777s with good IFE, WiFi etc which in my view is going to be superior to some of these leased in aircraft.
lcylocal is offline  
Old May 2, 19, 11:09 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Programs: BAEC Gold, *A Gold, Alitalia Freccia Alata, 9 stamps on my CaffŤ Nero card.
Posts: 792
Originally Posted by gypsyjaney View Post
An exciting event (for me, anyway). While in the LGW lounge today I watched as a WhiteTail took off! I doubt Iíll ever see that again!
Is this it? https://www.aeronewstv.com/en/lifest...hite-tail.html
If so don't pay attention to some of these comments above. If you get excited by this good for you and happy plane spotting.
AAtticus is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread