Jetdoctor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2570 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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VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2547 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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QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1856 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2513 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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Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2397 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
Toner From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2392 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.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7259 posts, RR: 14 Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2366 times:
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)