vintage airline logos
 
vintage airline logos vintage airline logos
may 06, 2009

vintage airline logos

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as well as having an extensive archive of airplane designs the museum of flight website boasts a collection of almost 150 ‘vintage’ airline logos. of course a large number of them feature the birds, wings and fins you’d expect but there is also some unexpected iconography in the mix.

air florida

aer lingus

condor

air niugini

air afrique

orion airways

saudi air

air france

air alaska

garuda indonesia

zambia airways

compagnie corse mediterianne

trans brasil

via onpaperwings

  • “trans” brasil is surelly unexpected… or not?

    freel6ncer says:
  • The first one is awesome!

    BillyGene says:
  • Nice logos. Really appreciate the ones of Air Afrique and Garuda Indonesia.
    And indeed, Trans Brasil is quite unexpected 🙂

    MJW says:
  • the rainbow has only been a gay rights symbol since the 70s.

    sam says:
  • Doesn’t the rainbow stand for ‘PEACE’

    S says:
  • i like the one of airfrance. what a change!
    when i saw the trans brasil one i also thought “Gay Airlines?”

    mauricio says:
  • Air France ‘Where mythical beasts meet Wireless signals’…

    Aaaah! says:
  • Trans Brasil’s color actually come from a long tradition of representing the “different colors of Brazil”.
    The predecessor of this livery was a different two-color combination to every single airplane, each representing a Brazilian natural resource or aspect.
    The “rainbow tail” came on the early 80’s to bring them all together.
    It used to be a very nice airline, BTW. Too bad it’s gone now.

    [url=http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled-(British-Air/Handley-Page-HPR-7/1353118/&sid=9eb7c5f8fc1fdf79ea23f78ea74d9e81] Handley-Page Dart Herald in the 60’s/70’s livery[/url]
    [url=http://www.airliners.net/photo/TransBrasil/Boeing-767-2Q4/0174603/&sid=9eb7c5f8fc1fdf79ea23f78ea74d9e81] Boeing 767 in the “rainbow tail” livery”[/url]

    Also, I’m really curious: why was that unexpected?

    Jim says:
  • those are popular color in Brazil Viewing them in the contes and in the tail of the plane they just look like another logo

    cezare says:
  • Does anyone have more

    airline freak says:
  • Transbrasil’s logo was very popular here in Brasil – in that time the rainbow doesn’t appear for us as a gay symbol.
    It was a symbol of joy and tropical colors, reinforced with the stylized sun of it’s early visual identity.
    It symbolizes another kind of air company, a warmer and cozy way of flying, very different from the others, wich has very serious and tedious blue logos (a compass for VARIG’s logo, for example, or a simple logotype for VASP’s).
    After some years, the other two companies had it’s visual identity fully redesigned.

    LC says:

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