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Method To Aer Lingus A330 Reg's?  
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3185 posts, RR: 18
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3706 times:
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Forgive me if this has been states before...

But after submitting a photo of mine to planepictures, I realized this strange thing. The plane I photographed was EI-JFK. Other A330 pics I saw included EI-LAX and EI-ORD.

I would assume this is not coincidence, and that Aer Lingus has been doing this on purpose- correct? If so- why?


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User currently offlineJetdoctor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3697 times:


Aer Lingus got some of their registrations with the airports they serve. I believe seeing EI-SNN also, but I think this was returned.

As far as why they did this, probably just to be unique. I personally think this is pretty cool.

I know BA did a similar thing with their RR powered 777's. They started with G-YMMA, to signify the new millenium. Y= year MM= 2000 in the old roman numerals, and the A was the first in the fleet, and it went on from there.

My personal point of view, if a special reg is available, they why not take it. It's kinda like personal plates on a car, only for your aircraft.



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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

Following on from that, BA's original 777s (the GE powered ones) were in the G-ZZZx series (Z looks like a 7), and in addition to the -YMMx series, they also had the G-VIIx series (VII being Roman numerals for 7). I haven't picked up on other interesting registration 'puns' at BA, though perhaps there are.

In Australia, a couple of Impulse's 717s had the following registratons:VH-SMH (Sydney Morning Herald) and VH-AFR (Australian Financial Review), as well as VH-LAX (Los Angeles). Impulse originally delivered newspapers. A couple of Impulse's Beech 1900D were in a special livery for the Newcastle Knights Rugby League team, registered VH-NKN and VH-NTL (NTL being the code for Newcastle).


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

I believe seeing EI-SNN also
EI-SNN would have made sense to me. But for any reason it was not EI-SNN but EI-SHN, I don't know why.

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

Yeah, here at LAX, we almost always get EI-LAX about 80% of the time. The other 15% would be EI-DAA and the remaining 5% are the others. I had noticed the EI-LAX registration, but never knew about -EWR or -JFK. Cool!

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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

EI-BOS would have been a natural, but that registration had already been taken. I have been on EI-DUB (St. Patrick), EI-ORD (St. Maeve), and EI-SHN (St. Flannan)...all on flights to or from Boston.

Chris in NH

User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2434 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

Virgin Atlantic did the same thing with their old B742 IIRC, Thay had G-VMIA and others.


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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

VS had or have

V-ATL (atlantic angel)
V-FAB Lady Penelope
V-GAL (jersey girl)
V-LIP (Hot lips)
V-PUF (high as a kite - draw your own colclusions there Big grin)

and some more...but the best ever...?

BA DC-10 - G-DCIO - now thats a reg and a half!


User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Talking of these, anyone know the methods behind Airtours/MyTravels strange registrations. All their aircraft just seem to have strange reg's with no pattern really. I could undertsand if they were in-sequence reg's, thats to save money, but they're not. Examples:

Boeing 757 G-WJAN
Boeing 757 G-RJGR
Airbus 320 G-YJBM

Just to name a few..........


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Talking about strange registrations: Does anybody know reason for BA's 777 G-RAES?

User currently offlineToner From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

In 1958, TWA had furloughed me, and I was out of work. Seaboard and Western had just gotten a contract to fly 4 of their Connies for Aer Lingus for a year. The planes were painted in Aer Lingus colors, and the cabin teams were Aer Lingus, but the pilots were from S&W.

My TWA Connie experience got me hired, and I had a job for at least another year.

The Connies were given the names of Irish Saints. I remember The Patrick, The Brigid, The Brendan, and The Malachy.

I met an Irish lass in Dublin, and married her in 1959. We are married 43 years now. We had Irish Quintuplets - 5 children borabout n a year apart, plus one more a few years later.

Saint's Preserve Us!

User currently offlineBapilot2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 929 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

MYT's registrations are the initials od staff high up in the company. I remember reading it in airliner world decoding it and mentioning which registration is for who.

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User currently onlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7797 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
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It's short for the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Other BA things: the new batch of A319s/A320a are G-EUxx, the old ones are BUSx. Some 747s are BYGx aren't they and others are CIVx, IV being 4 in Roman numerals.

Dan Air used to have G-ILFC...can't quite work out who they leased it from, and bmi/bmibaby 737 G-ECAS is on a similar theme and a couple more examples of self-indulgence being Stelios Haji-Iannou of easyJet (G-OSLH) and Sir Micheal Bishop of bmi (G-SMDB)

Edited to get RAeS correctly identified!


[Edited 2003-02-21 15:59:33]

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

it stands for Royal Aviation (Engineering?)Society I think.

User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

VS had,


Also G-RAES is Royal Aviation and Engineering Society.

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