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Companhia dos Carris de Ferro de Lisboa; “Carris”; CCFL

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Lisbon bus company
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Jul 2004
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About the flag

The colors and motives of these flags follow the bus livery and in general the company’s corporate image.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Jul 2004

Apparently, the thickness of each ring is identical to the distance beween the flag edge on top and bottom and the logo. The overall ratio seems to be 2:3, matching the national flag.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Jun 2004


Bus rooftop flaglet

Lisbon bus company
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Jun 2004

In Lisbon buses and tramways do not usually carry flags, apart from one or two turism street cars. However, recently the Lisbon urban transport company (Companhia dos Carris de Ferro de Lisboa) celebrated its 150th anniversary and all the buses were decorated with a pair of small crossed flags on the front roof. These were: the “civil” municipal flag, white over black gyronny, no arms, and the company’s logo flag, two large rings, white and blue, on yellow.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Apr 1998

This flag has been in intermittent usage in some special holidays and seasons, crossed sometimes with the municipal flag (always without the arms) and others with the national flag.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Jun 2004


Bus rooftop flaglet version 2006

Lisbon bus company
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 June 2006

This flag has been in intermittent usage in some special holidays and seasons, crossed sometimes with the municipal flag (always without the arms) and others with the national flag.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Jun 2004

Following its certification for 2006 as ISO 9001 compliant, Lisbon bus company Carris fitted the rooftops of its fleet with company flag crossed with a black on white LOB of the certifying company (Apcer) and management system (IQNet) logos. ISO 9001 award flags (used by the certified companies) are usually yellow (at least in Portugal) and indeed Carris facilities show a regular ISO 9001 award flag, which is almost indistinguishable from the company flag. Perhaps for that reason, and for its small size (2030 cm), this atypical design was chosen.
This month, June 2006, in support of the national team at the World Soccer Championship, again national flags crossed with company flags adorn the Lisbon bus rooftops, but now the company flag, its small size notwithstanding, has the certifiers's logos in dark blue at the bottom fly.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 June 2006

ISO 9001 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 June 2006
detail: ISO 9001 certification logo

Full lettering flag

Lisbon bus company (off.)
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Jun 2004

The official company flag, hoisted at the company facilities, includes the lettering and a much smaller logo, a motive for our vexillological sorrow.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Jun 2004

This usage seems to have vanished. Lately the only flag in use in company facilities is the one with the big logo, lacking the small letter when used in small format.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Mar 2005


Previous flag (orange)

Lisbon bus company
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 Jul 1999

The flag with the previous logo on a bright orange background is apparently still flying atop the Santa Justa Elevator (a commuter facility in Lisbon that works like a normal vertical lift, unlike the other three Lisbon “elevators”, which are funiculars — was built in the late 19th. cent. by the same team that designed the Eiffel tower in Paris). I supposed it out of use after the new logo was used, since 1997 (by then new buses were recolored yellow instead of the previous orange).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 Jul 1999


Previous flag (white)

Lisbon bus company
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 Jul 1999

Logo on white background was an often vatiation.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 Jul 1999


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