AmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3305 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7685 times:
What airlines put a bit more thought into their exteriors like naming aircraft or have other traditions? 3 of Ireland's 4 airlines have these traditions:
- Names all aircraft after saints (English version on port side, Irish version on starboard side) ie. St. Patrick/Pádraig, St. Laurence O'Toole/Lorcan Ó'Tuathail
- Blesses newly delivered aircraft before their first flight
- All aircraft bear the Irish flag
- Names all aircraft after Irish islands ie. Inis Mór, Lake Isle of Inishfree
- Each aircraft bears the Air France KLM logo
- Each aircraft bears the twelve stars of the EU (on the top of the tailfin)
- Names selected aircraft after places (ie. Pride of Scotland, City of Nykoping)
- Uses selected aircraft to send "messages" to competitors (ie. Arrivederci Alitalia, Say NO to BA fuel levy)
- All aircraft bear the flag of Ireland
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7625 times:
Lufthansa: all airplanes have the Name of Cities in Germany, except one 343, which is named Gander/ Halifax as a thank you for the people in Gander & Halifax after 9/11 who helped the passengers as much as they could.
Some 744s have names of German "Bundesländer": Bayern, Sachsen- Anhalt etc.
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1835 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7436 times:
Iberia has always named its aircraft after Spanish cities, coasts, national parks, famous people and most recently after endangered animal species.
Their 747s used to be named after famous Spanish writers: Tirso de Molina, Cervantes, García Lorca, etc...
The DC10s were all named after Spanish coasts/beaches: Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, Cornisa Cantábrica, Costa Dorada, etc.... Btw, "Costa Brava" (EC-CBN) was lost after a landing incident due to windshear at BOS in 1973 when it was just a few months old (no injuries among pax).
Currently IB has its fleet named as follows:
A340-600: Famous Spanish writers, painters, composers, scientists: Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio Machado, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Dalí, Gaudí, etc...
A340-300: Famous Spanish women: Rosalía de Castro, Agustina de Aragón, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María de Molina, etc...
A319/320/321: Spanish Cities, Monuments, Nature, Animal endangered species: Bárdenas Reales, Benidorm, Búho Real, Lince Ibérico, Ciudad de Baeza, Lago de Sanabria, Castillo de Loarre, etc...
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28762 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7414 times:
Canadian Airlines' first 3 747-400s were named for the founders/long-time CEOs of the 3 largest predecessor airlines -- Grant McConachie (CP Air), Russ Baker (Pacific Western Airlines), Max Ward (Wardair). I don't think the 4th Canadian 744 had a name.
Maxwell W. Ward (registration also bears his initials, G-GMWW)
All Wardair aircraft were named for famous Canadian bush pilots (how Max Ward got his start). One of his A310-300s (photo below) was named for Grant McConachie, who was also a bush pilot in Canada's north before becoming Canadian Pacific Air Lines' first president.