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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2890 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6919 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:

Aer Lingus
- 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

CityJet
- 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)

Ryanair
- 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


Shannon-Chicago
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User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 6905 times:

A few come to mind, including:

JetBlue - Names each of their aircraft something witty with Blue, such as "Room With a Blue", "Bada Bing Bada Blue", "Blues Brothers" and "Absolute Blue"

Horizon Air - Named their Dash 8 aircraft after cities they service, such as "City of Medford", "City of Eugene" or "City of Yakima"

Virgin America - Names their aircraft stylish names, such as "Tubular Belle", "Fog Cutter" or "Jefferson Airplane"



ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
User currently onlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6890 times:

Qantas - All 330/737-800/747/767 all named after cities and regions of Australia. Airbus A380 named after Australian Aviation Pioneers (VH-OQA "Nancy-Bird Walton")

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6882 times:

FedEx Express - Aircraft named after employees' kids (first name only)


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6859 times:
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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.

wilco737



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User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6851 times:

KLM name their aircraft too.

The MD-11's are named after famous women

The B744's are named after cities

The A332's are named after landmarks in Europe

The B772's are named after landmarks too

The B773's are named after Dutch National Parks

And I think the B737's (NG) are named after birds and animals, whilst the Classic B737 are named after famous Europeans, like one B733 is named Roald Amusden.



seemyseems
User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6841 times:

Austrian Airlines and Austrian Arrows named its aircrafts by Austrian and European cities.

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Arrows
OE-LVC named TIRANA  Smile

Fatmir



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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2890 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6830 times:

Jet2.com have cities/countries ie Jet2 Ireland, Jet2 Belfast on their aircraft.


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6728 times:



Quoting Mfricke (Reply 1):
Virgin America - Names their aircraft stylish names, such as "Tubular Belle", "Fog Cutter" or "Jefferson Airplane"

Most Virgin airlines do/did:
Virgin America
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Blue
V Australia
Virgin Sun (defunct)

Those that do/did not use names:
Virgin Express (defunct)
Virgin Nigeria


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7411 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6678 times:

Air France used to name its plane also :

The Caravelle had names of French Regions :
F-BHRV was "Provence" :

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The B707 were named after famous French Castles (Châteaux) :
F-BHSC was "Chateau de Fontainebleau"

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The first A320 delivered to AF were also named after French and European Cities :

F-GFKA was "Ville de Paris"
F-GFKB was "Ville de Rome"
etc ...


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6670 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...



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6648 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)


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E.R. "Russ" Baker


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G.W."Grant" McConachie


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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.


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