Nothing evokes wanderlust quite like an aeroplane tail fin. Fun and colourful or corporate and business like, they’re graphic representations of both the airline and the countries they represent…


Alitalia. Classic Italian design (Shutterstock)

British Airways. Still ruling the airwaves (Shutterstock)

British Airways. Still ruling the airwaves (Shutterstock)

KLM. Royal style (Shutterstock)

KLM. Royal style (Shutterstock)

Pan Am. Timeless, despite no longer being with us (Shutterstock)

Pan Am. Timeless, despite no longer being with us (Shutterstock)

Royal Bhutan Airlines features Druk, the Thunder Dragon from Bhutanese mythology. He is holding a jewel to represent wealth (Shutterstock)

Royal Bhutan Airlines features Druk, the Thunder Dragon from Bhutanese mythology. He is holding a jewel to represent wealth (Shutterstock)

The Taegeuk featured on the Korean Airlines tail fin is the national symbol of the country and is based on the principle of yin and yang (Shutterstock)

The Taegeuk featured on the Korean Airlines tail fin is the national symbol of the country and is based on the principle of yin and yang (Shutterstock)

Enjoy the luck of the Irish with the shamrock of Aer Lingus (Shutterstock)

Enjoy the luck of the Irish with the shamrock of Aer Lingus (Shutterstock)

The Air China phoenix. Also an artistic representation of the work 'VIP' (Shutterstock)

The Air China phoenix. Also an artistic representation of the work ‘VIP’ (Shutterstock)

Alaskan Airlines. Alaska’s iconic Eskimo first appeared in the early 1970. Everyone north of Barrow claims it was based on their grandfather (Shutterstock)

Alaskan Airlines. Alaska’s iconic Eskimo first appeared in the early 1970. Everyone north of Barrow claims it was based on their grandfather (Shutterstock)

Pualani, the Island Girl with a hibiscus in her hair, is known as 'The Flower in the Sky', embodying the spirit of Hawaiian Airlines (Shutterstock)

Pualani, the Island Girl with a hibiscus in her hair, is known as ‘The Flower in the Sky’, embodying the spirit of Hawaiian Airlines (Shutterstock)

Robbie Burns. One of Norwegian.coms tail fin heroes (Shutterstock)

Robbie Burns. One of Norwegian.coms tail fin heroes (Shutterstock)

The upbeat smiley face of TUI (Shutterstock)

The upbeat smiley face of TUI (Shutterstock)

The stylised lotus flower of Vietnam Airlines (Shutterstock)

The stylised lotus flower of Vietnam Airlines (Shutterstock)

The Thai Airways logo is a stylised magnolia blossom. Turn it sideways, however, and it becomes a representation of 'way', the traditional Thai greeting (Shutterstock)

The Thai Airways logo is a stylised magnolia blossom. Turn it sideways, however, and it becomes a representation of ‘way’, the traditional Thai greeting (Shutterstock)

The iconic maple leaf of Air Canada (Shutterstock)

The iconic maple leaf of Air Canada (Shutterstock)

The stylised unfurling fern frond of Air New Zealand (Shutterstock)

The stylised unfurling fern frond of Air New Zealand (Shutterstock)

Swords and palm tree of Saudia (Shutterstock)

Swords and palm tree of Saudia (Shutterstock)

The hills are alive. Edelweiss Airlines in Switzerland (Shutterstock)

The hills are alive. Edelweiss Airlines in Switzerland (Shutterstock)

Horus, the sky deity in ancient Egyptian mythology, graces the tail fins of Egypt Air (Shutterstock)

Horus, the sky deity in ancient Egyptian mythology, graces the tail fins of Egypt Air (Shutterstock)

The JAL crane symbol of long life, prosperity and good health. It is red because that is the colour of happiness (Shutterstock)

The JAL crane symbol of long life, prosperity and good health. It is red because that is the colour of happiness (Shutterstock)

The golden kris of Singapore Airlines is based on a bird from local mythology (Shutterstock)

The golden kris of Singapore Airlines is based on a bird from local mythology (Shutterstock)

Lufthansa features stylised crane in flight, designed by Otto Firle in 1918 (Shutterstock)

Lufthansa features stylised crane in flight, designed by Otto Firle in 1918 (Shutterstock)

The Turkish Airlines logo depicts the world's highest flying bird, the wild goose. It can rise up to 29,035 feet (Shutterstock)

The Turkish Airlines logo depicts the world’s highest flying bird, the wild goose. It can rise up to 29,035 feet (Shutterstock)

The Ukraine International Airlines logo. Is it a bird? Or a flying rabbit? You be the judge (Shutterstock)

The Ukraine International Airlines logo. Is it a bird? Or a flying rabbit? You be the judge (Shutterstock)

The 'brushwing' symbol of Cathay Pacific (Shutterstock)

The ‘brushwing’ symbol of Cathay Pacific (Shutterstock)

The China Eastern swallow represents hope, excellence and passion (Shutterstock)

The China Eastern swallow represents hope, excellence and passion (Shutterstock)

The famous flying kangaroo of Qantas (Shutterstock)

The famous flying kangaroo of Qantas (Shutterstock)

The happy dolphin of Maldivian Island Aviation Services (Shutterstock)

The happy dolphin of Maldivian Island Aviation Services (Shutterstock)

A red panda gracing the tail fin of Frontier Airways (Shutterstock)

A red panda gracing the tail fin of Frontier Airways (Shutterstock)

The flying goat of Cyprus Airways (Shutterstock)

The flying goat of Cyprus Airways (Shutterstock)

Azul planes feature a graphical representation of South America (Shutterstock)

Azul planes feature a graphical representation of South America (Shutterstock)

Spice up your life on Spice Airways (Shutterstock)

Spice up your life on Spice Airways (Shutterstock)

Simple. Striking. Swiss (Shutterstock)

Simple. Striking. Swiss (Shutterstock)

The South African Airways tail fin is a colourful representation of the Rainbow Nation (Shutterstock)

The South African Airways tail fin is a colourful representation of the Rainbow Nation (Shutterstock)

United Airlines. They fly the globe, you know (Shutterstock)

United Airlines. They fly the globe, you know (Shutterstock)

A tiger print tail on a Tiger Air plane (Shutterstock)

A tiger print tail on a Tiger Air plane (Shutterstock)

Air France. Simple and effective (Shutterstock)

Air France. Simple and effective (Shutterstock)

Air Dolomiti. Squint and you'll see the famous peaks (Shutterstock)

Air Dolomiti. Squint and you’ll see the famous peaks (Shutterstock)

You're a star on Air Maroc (Shutterstock)

You’re a star on Air Maroc (Shutterstock)

The All Nippon Airways pikachu (Shutterstock)

The All Nippon Airways pikachu (Shutterstock)

The Air Asia Junior Flyers Club (Shutterstock)

The Air Asia Junior Flyers Club (Shutterstock)

Nok Air's Angry Birds livery (Shutterstock)

Nok Air’s Angry Birds livery (Shutterstock)



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