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Airlines Logos inspired by Birds

It should not be a huge surprise to find many airline logos based on birds but have you ever wondered what are the most popular birds on airline logos. I did some research on this and the results are below. 

The two most popular birds are the crane and the eagle. The table below has a longer list. 

 Image Air Jamaica - Red-billed Streamertail
 Image Air Koryo - Crane
 Image Air Lithuania - Crane
 Image Air Mauritius - A red paille-en-queu
 Image Air Macau - A Dove with the wing also forming the shape of a lotus
 Image Air Niugini - A raggiana bird of paradise
 Image Air Seychelles - A pair of white fairy terns
 Image American Airlines - An Eagle
 Image Canadian Airlines - A Canada Goose
 Image Cebu Pacific - An Eagle
  Centralwings - A Skua
 Image China Yunnan Airlines - A peacock

Condor Airlines - A Condor
 Image Gulf Air - A Falcon
 Image  Kingfisher Airlines - A Kingfisher bird
 Image  LOT - A crane
 Image  Lufthansa - A crane
 Image  Mexicana - An eagle
 Image  Silk Air - A Seagull
 Image  TAROM - A swallow
 Image  Xiamen Airlines - A crane

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BIAL - Bengaluru International Airport Logo - Design and History

Airport Logos

The city of Bangalore (Bengaluru) has undergone rapid expansion in the last two decades and desperately needed a brand new airport. The new Bengaluru International Airport will go live this weekend on the 23rd of May, 2008. The new airport  has been redesigned to handle 11 million passengers. The redesign will see an increase in the size of the terminal, number of aircraft stands, new taxiway layouts and supporting infrastructure.

I was intriguiged by the logo of the airport and wanted to figure out what the logo represented. In my opinion, the logo represents a flower with three petals in teal, red and yellow. The flower obviously is used to represent Bangalore as a "Garden City". The words Bengaluru International Airport are in clear text with Bengaluru prominent in teal. Also the branding is using "Bengaluru" instead of "Bangalore".  The shapes of the petals and the convergence of the petal tips also gives me a feeling of Indian-ness to the logo. Why those colors were chosen, I am still not clear. Looking at the branding information and images of the airport interiors, it does seem like all aspects of the branding use these colors, which is excellent. You can see this in the images below.

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Brussels Airlines Logo - Design and History


Brussels Airlines is a Belgian airline based at Brussels Airport. It operates to over 50 destinations in 20 European countries, as well as long-haul flights to East, Central and West Africa. Brussels Airlines was created following the merger of SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) and Virgin Express.

The logo the letter b in lower case, made up of a series of red elipses.

  •   The "b" in a contemporary design style, symbolises both Brussels and Belgium.
  •   In graphic terms, the "b" is made up of a series of ellipses that represent the extended network of the airline, as well as the ground lights on an airport runway.
  •    The blue is a reminder of the values that are carried forward from SN Brussels Airlines while the red recalls the "low cost" colours of Virgin Express. In the airline sector, blue is generally reassuring and reliable while red is youthful and dynamic.  

Most planes have an altered 'b' logo after superstitious travellers complained about the thirteen dots bringing bad luck. The logo now contains fourteen dots.

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Delta Airlines Logo - Design and History


Delta Air Lines, is a major United States airline headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia that operates an expansive domestic and international network, spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. In terms of passengers carried (approximately 119 million in 2005),Delta is the second-largest airline in the world (behind American Airlines).

The current Delta Airlines logo is a comprises of two 3-dimensional triangles representing a larger triangle with the world DELTA next to it. The logo's origins can be traced back to 1959 logo which was the first time, the design was introduced. The logo (also called the widget) was inspired by the swept-wing design of the DC-8 airplanes. The red, white and blue represented the colors of the American flag. The logo has undergone some changes over the years with the the logo being placed sideways, made softer etc, but the current logo is probably the most significant change with the introduction of the solid red color. The 3-dimensional red widget logo reflects Delta's successful transformation into a highly-differentiated, customer-focused airline

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Qantas Logo - Design and History

Qantas Logo 2007

Qantas is the the national airline of Australia. Quantas was founded in Winton, Queensland in 16 November 1920. The name was originally "QANTAS", an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". I never knew that. Good trivia question.

Qantas recently unveiled a new logo in July 2007. The change to the logo was prompted due to the changes in the structure of the tail of the aircrafts. Qantas took this opportunity to make the design of their new logo a little more contemporary. The new logo was design by Hans Hulsbosch of Hulsbosch Communications.

Some of the changes in the new logo are below

1. The feet of the kangaroo are more visible and do not appear to touch the ground.
2. The tail of the kangaroo appears to be pointed more upwards than before.
3. The italicized font of the airline 'Qantas' is different and shows a more significant lean.  

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This section contains details of the design and history of some of the popular hotel logos.  If you have any information about the history of some these logos, please contact me.

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