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How Do You Pronounce The Planes Names?  
User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8342 times:

Following the 10000/10.000/10,000 battle, I remember to have always wondered how people do pronounce the names of planes.

In French we usually pronounce this way:

A380: A trois cent quatre vingt (A three hundred and eighty)
A340-600: A trois cent quarante six cents (A three hundred and fourty - six hundred).
747 : sept cent quarante sept
787 : sept cent quatre-vingt sept
777: sept cent soixante dix sept

I think in English it's for example "A three eighty". What about other planes ?
And what about other languages ?

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8331 times:

A380 = A three eighty
A340-600: A three forty six hundred
747 : seven four seven
787 : seven eight seven
777: triple seven


User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8313 times:

Personally, I say:
A380 "A three eighty"
747 "Seven-forty-seven"
787 "Seven-eighty-seven"
777: "Seven-seven-seven", or "Triple Seven"

Other planes:
707: "Seven-Oh-Seven". Even though the middle character is a number, it is usually pronounced as a letter.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24926 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8304 times:

A380 = three eighty (or flying whale  Wink )
340 = three fourty (or will it get off the ground  Wink )
747 = Seven four seven (or Jumbo Jet)
787 = seven eight seven
777 = seven seven seven (or plane with massive engines  Wink )



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8296 times:

Don't lie, Kirkie - you call them all "Um big silver bird fly in sky, uggghhh".  Smile

User currently offlineEmmenezMoi From France, joined Apr 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8276 times:

In German I think 747 is sieben vier sieben (seven four seven).
A380 I think is A drei hundert achtzig (A three hundred eighty)
Don't know about the others.

Please correct me if I'm wrong!!



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8157 times:

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 2):
Personally, I say:
A380 "A three eighty"
747 "Seven-forty-seven"
787 "Seven-eighty-seven"
777: "Seven-seven-seven", or "Triple Seven"

Other planes:
707: "Seven-Oh-Seven". Even though the middle character is a number, it is usually pronounced as a letter.

I do the same as CitationJet, save calling the 777 a "Triple Seven." Other pronunciations of mine:

717 = "Seven Seventeen"

Since I also am a military av buff, I tend to do this for aircraft that have three digit model numbers:
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker = "KC One Thirty-Five"
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk = "F One Seventeen"
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark = F One Eleven"

And for Russian jets, I'll say "MiG," "Yak," and "Il" as a word, but break down "Su," "Mi," "Be," "Tu," and "An" into their component letters (For instance "Look, there's a MiG-29 flying next to an S-U 27")

[Edited 2005-05-03 18:26:13]


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User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8118 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 6):
And for Russian jets, I'll say "MiG," "Mil," "Yak," and "Il" as a word, but break down "Su," "Mi," "Be," "Tu,"

Mil and Mi are basically the same design bureau.

-N60659



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8108 times:

Gah, good catch N60659. Fixed it in the original.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8088 times:

"a three eighty"
"a three forty"
"a three twenty"
"a three thirty"
"a three fifty"
"a three hundred"
"a three ten"
"seven forty seven"
"seven sixty seven"
"seven seven seven"
"seven one seven"
"seven thirty seven"
"seven fifty seven"
"seven eighty seven"

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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8037 times:

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 9):
"seven forty seven"
"seven sixty seven"
"seven seven seven"
"seven one seven"
"seven thirty seven"
"seven fifty seven"
"seven eighty seven"

What about the 707?



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8019 times:

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 2):

Personally, I say:
A380 "A three eighty"
747 "Seven-forty-seven"
787 "Seven-eighty-seven"
777: "Seven-seven-seven", or "Triple Seven"

Other planes:
707: "Seven-Oh-Seven". Even though the middle character is a number, it is usually pronounced as a letter.

I do agree with Airbus but i do 747 and so on differently. I always said Seven four seven and seven eight seven.
For the americans seven o seven might be strange but as i was living in england we never say zero there. Always "o". So for me thats not a character but a number....

Cheers



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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7941 times:

I hear Gkirk automatically calls the An-22 by its American name , "Cock"

-SA006 Big grin



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7925 times:

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 9):
"seven fifty seven"

"seven five seven"



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7517 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7901 times:

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 9):
"a three eighty"
"a three forty"
"a three twenty"
"a three thirty"
"a three fifty"
"a three hundred"
"a three ten"
"seven forty seven"
"seven sixty seven"
"seven seven seven"
"seven one seven"
"seven thirty seven"
"seven fifty seven"
"seven eighty seven"

The only exception to Gigneil's above-listing would be my pronouncing the 717 as the "seven seventeen".

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 10):
What about the 707?

seven oh seven

Let's not forget the 727 or should we say seven twenty-seven.



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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7897 times:

i say a380-a three eight o
747-7 forty 7
777-7 sevendy 7
717-717
a340-a three four o
a319-a three one nine
a320-a three 2 o


User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7887 times:

A380= Airbus A380
A343/5/6=Airbus A 340
747=seven fourty seven
757=seven fifty seven
767=seven sixty seven
777=wow


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7875 times:

Thanks for the answers.

I'm a bit surprised to learn that English speaker mostly say "seven four seven". It's a bit annoying to say, and it's even worse for "seven seven seven".

The words "sept cent quarante sept" doesn't sound like a number in my ears but like a single word, and immediately the impression of an enormous and impressive size comes to my mind. While 7 - 4 - 7 sounds a bit like a lottery game ...  Smile


User currently offlineOzLAME From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

This is similar in a way to the "What year is it' thread, but anyway..

In Australia:

Boeing 707 = "seven-oh-seven" or "seven-oh"
Boeing 717 = "seven-one-seven" or "seven-one"
Boeing 720 = "seven-twenty"
Boeing 727 = "seven-two-seven" or 'seven-two"
Boeing 737 = "seven-three-seven" or "seven-three"
and so on, except for the 777 which is "triple seven"

Airbus A300 = "three hundred"
Airbus A310 = "three-ten"
Airbus A319 = "three-one-nine"
Airbus A320 = "three-twenty"
Airbus A321 = "three-two-one"
Airbus A330 = "three-thirty"
and so on.

Most of the time the words "Boeing" or "Airbus" (or 'B' or 'A') are not said in my experience, as we know what is being referred to (and we are somewhat lazy when we speak here). A conversation might include the phrase, "QANTAS is getting some more seven-fours" or "I used to work at Ansett on the three-twenty".



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12092 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7871 times:
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User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

I think it varies depending on how you learnt the aircraft. If like me you learnt from 733,734,735,772,319 etc as presented in timetables and in the customer side of the airline industry you tend to refer to them by individual number rather than as a total number. It's to do with how you say the phonetic alphabet over the radio I think because you don't refer to a 747-400 as a 'seven forty four' on the schedule, whereas I do call them 7-4-4 if I see one on approach - it saves blabbing out "It's a 7-4-7-400" to become '"It's a 7-4-4"

When I'm reading them in aviation mags though they become like below. Airbus 318/319/321 lose the 'A' so that it becomes "Look it's a 3-19/3-18/3-21" but the widebodies keep the a so it's A330/A340.

I've confused myself now. Usually I don't even realise what I say because I don't say it out loud, the recognition is instantaneous and gets written straight away into the notebook in airline shorthand as 'NZ 320 ZK-OJG' as soon as the pic has been taken anyway.


User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7841 times:

Generally say them as Gigneil does, with a few variations:
777: triple-seven
717: emm-dee ninety-five  Smile
A380: manatee!  Silly


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7828 times:

Quoting Sebolino (Reply 17):
I'm a bit surprised to learn that English speaker mostly say "seven four seven". It's a bit annoying to say, and it's even worse for "seven seven seven".

Honestly, I hear very few people say anything besides Seven Forty Seven and Triple Seven. I only hear Seven Seven Seven when people are reading it and don't really know what they are talking about.

Harry



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4779 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7810 times:
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I say:

A380 - "A Three Eighty" (and so on for each Airbus)

737 - "Seven Three" (at work I can get away with simply calling them "Threes", "Fives", or "Sevens" when referring to -300s, -500s and -700s)
747 - "Seven Four"
757 - "Seven Five"
767 - "Seven Six"
777 - "Tripple Seven"

For the different variants, for example 747-400, I say "Seven Four Four-Hundred"



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User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7797 times:

i often leave off the last 7 in boeing products if i'm simply referring the the model as a whole.

For example; 737 = seven three seven, shortened to seven three.

In the same way, I might refer to an A340 as a 'three forty', leaving off the A.

Another abbreviation would be the shortening of 737-500 to 735 or 'seven three five'.



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25 HorizonGirl : Whenever I fly on those aircraft, I always hear the pilot say- Three-nineteen and Three -twenty-one. Which is correct? Devon
26 AirWillie6475 : I don't think it matters because when you say separate numbers you do that so you don't confuse the other person but in the case of aircraft people kn
27 Post contains images OzLAME : There is no 'correct' or 'incorrect'. If that's what you say in North America, that's fine by me. There are no A319s or A321s in Australia at the mom
28 Post contains images HorizonGirl : UH, I accidentally clicked the Suggest deletion instead of the quote button! What happens now!?!? Anyways, I was going to say they the A319CJ is a gre
29 UAalltheway : A380: "A-three-eighty" A340-600: "A-three-fourgty-six" 787 : "seven-eighty-seven" 777: "seven-seventy seven"
30 Vatveng : Airbus: A three hundred, A three ten, etc. Boeing: From the 720 through the 787 I say seven twenty, seven twenty seven, seven thirty seven, etc. But f
31 UA772IAD : Essentially, I'm: 767- Seven sixty seven, or if I want to sound cool when talking to pilots: ...yea, I like the sixty-seven, too" I like triple seven
32 HAWK21M : A380 = A three eighty A340-600: A three four six 747 : seven four seven 787 : seven eight seven 777: triple seven regds MEL
33 COAMiG29 : reguarding the L-1011 i say L one oh one one however ive heard L ten-eleven lockheed lady and tri/three holer what do yall say?
34 Post contains images OzLAME : L-ten-eleven. If someone mentioned 'three-holer' to me I would automatically think he/she was talking about a seven-two
35 AR1300 : 707 siete-cero-siete 717 siete-uno-siete 727 siete-veintisiete 737 siete-tres-siete 747 siete-cuatro-siete 757 siete-cinco-siete 767 siete-sesentaysie
36 ExFATboy : I either say "L-ten-eleven" or "TriStar". If someone said "three-holer" to me, I'd ask them whether they meant a DC-10, MD-11, TriStar, or 727. And if
37 FriendlySkies : 707: seven oh seven 717: seven seventeen 727: seven twenty-seven or tri-motor 737: seven thirty-seven or guppy 747: seven forty-seven, seven four seve
38 Post contains images OzLAME : Yet you say "seven-seventeen" Each to their own.
39 ACdreamliner : Airbus A 300 A 3 10 A 3 18 A 3 19 A 3 20 A 3 21 A 3 30 A 3 40 A 3 50 A 3 80 Boeing 7 'Oh' 7 7 1 7 7 27 7 3 7 7 47 7 57 7 6 7 Triple 7 7 87 MD MD-80 et
40 Post contains images Mygind66 : 737 in spanish: Little pig! Enrique
41 ACdreamliner : i call it the TriStar, or L 10 11
42 TRVYYZ : Boeings: 747: Seven-four-seven 767: seven-six-seven etc except for 777: Triple seven 707: Seven-naught-seven All Airbus: A310: A-three-ten A340: A-Thr
43 Post contains images Fanofjets : In Dutch: 707 - "zeven nul zeven" 717 - "zeven een zeven" or "zeven zeventien" 727 - "zeven twee zeven" or "zeven zeven-en-twintig" 737 - "zeven drie
44 ACDC8 : B707 - seven-oh-seven B717 - seven-seventeen B727 - seven-twenty-seven B737 - seven-thirty-seven B747 - seven-four-seven B757 - seven-fifty-seven B767
45 RootsAir : Muich much easier to say it the Swiss way 777- Sept Cent septante sept 787-Sept cent huitante sept for some obsucr reason i said A380(A trois cent qu
46 Post contains images DC8FriendShip : Give it time, child, give it time. Now, when you're taking off in the left seat, that will be a real thrill! Also, sticking to the subject- B-52--Buf
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