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User currently offlineJsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3288 times:

I have recently been sorting through some pics that I took in London during 1998-2000 and I wondered whether someone from Portugal could tell me who all the TAP Air Portugal A320s/319s are named after - eg CS-TNC is 'Pero da Covilha'.

I guess these are all named after famous Portuguese persons but it would be nice to hear if there is a common theme to these - ie all painters, writers, poets, etc.

I think it is great that numerous airlines continue the theme of naming their aircraft. It gives the rest of us not from that country some insight, or at least encourages me think more about the places and people from the airline's home base.

Many thanks

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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 3251 times:

Personally I find looking out for aircraft names a lot of fun, and yes, it does offer somwhat of a window into another countries culture and history etc.
I flew on 2 TAP A319s earlier this year:
CS -TTJ Viana Da Mota
CS-TTE Francisco D'Ollanda

I also flew another one, an A320 I think it was, named Humberto Delgado, but cant remember the registration.

Also when we boarded CS-TTE they actually announced "Welcome aboard our A319 aircraft named Francisco D'Ollanda..." which I thought was a nice touch.

Air New Zealand unfortunately no longer christen aircraft with names, and when Air Lanka became Srilankan that stopped as well. However, on the plus side I'm glad to know that Qantas has revived that tradition.

User currently offlineJsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3208 times:


I agree with you. It gives the airline more of a 'personality' if not for a better word. I wish the airline would tell you about the significance of the person or the place - it would make a nice touch. Do you know the significance of the Air Portugal names?

You are right - Air NZ seem to have ceased the practice of naming their aircraft. I do not know whether they plan to start again when the new A320s are delivered. It would be good.

QF had stopped for a bit, but are now back to naming their aircraft again. It is certainly a nice touch. Virgin Blue continue to name their aircraft which is also great.

Pan Am and BA always had a good tradition of naming their aircraft -the "Elizabeth Harkness Rose" sounds so much better than 'L1011' G-BBAJ!!!

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

James, I have all that info.

I'll scan it & email it to you. Give me 5 min.


I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineDETA737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

Here is a list of all of the A319s and A320s ever operated by TAP. Those with and * next to them are no longer operated by the airline. As you can see most of the planes have been christened after Portuguese cultural figures.

1. CS-TNA Grão Vasco (16th century painter)
*2. CS-TNB Gil Vicente (16th century playwright)
3. CS-TNC Pero da Covilhã (16th century explorer)
*4. CS-TND Garcia da Orta (16th century doctor)
*5. CS-TNE Sá de Miranda (16th century writer)
*6. CS-TNF Fernão Lopes (15th century historian)

7. CS-TNG Mouzinho da Silveira (19th century member of parliament and writer)
8. CS-TNH Almada Negreiros (20th century writer and painter)
9. CS-TNI Aquilino Ribeiro (20th century writer)
10. CS-TNJ Florbela Esperanca (20th century poet)
11. CS-TNK Teófilo Braga (1st president of the Republic in 1910)
12. CS-TNL Vitorino Nemésio (20th century writer)

1. CS-TTA Vieira da Silva (Maria Helena, 20th century painter)
2. CS-TTB Gago Coutinho (geographer who flew across the South Atlantic in 1922)
3. CS-TTC Fernão Pessoa (early 20th century writer)
4. CS-TTD Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso (early 20th century futurist writer)
5. CS-TTE Francisco d'Ollanda (16th century painter and humanist)
6. CS-TTF Calouste Gulbenkian (Armenian-born oil tycoon and patron of fine art, his fortune was bequeathed to the Portuguese state)
7. CS-TTG Humberto Delgado (General and leader of the opposition to the Salazar government, ran for president in 1958)
8. CS-TTH António Sergio (20th century writer)
9. CS-TTI Eça de Queirós (19th century writer)
10. CS-TTJ Viana da Mota (20th century composer)
11. CS-TTK Miguel Torga (20th century poet)
12. CS-TTL Almeida Garrett (19th century romantic writer)
13. CS-TTM Alexandre Herculano (19th century poet and novelist)
14. CS-TTN Camilo Castelo Branco (19th century romantic writer)
15. CS-TTO Antero de Quental (19th century poet)
16. CS-TTP Josefa d'Obidos (17th century painter)

User currently offlineJsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

DETA737 - many many thanks for your input!

This is extremely helpful. Where did you get this information?

User currently offlineDETA737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

I had a list of the names of the aircraft from a while ago and I can't remember where I got them. As for finding out who the people were, I knew many of them from Portuguese history already and as for the others I have a Portuguese encyclopædia so I just looked up the biographies of the people I didn't know.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 3155 times:


Just to add a little bit of salt to this matter TAP started to use names on their airplanes since the arrival of the L1049G. The Super Constellation had names of famous discoverers or generals. With the arrival of the Caravelle TAP named them from the 3 tiny portuguese possetions in India ( I think it was like a reclaim to the world due to the invasion by India ); CS-TCA - Goa, CS-TCB - Damao and CS-TCC - Diu. Then with the arrival of the 707 TAP started to use the name of the portuguese colonies around the world and some names related to portuguese history like; CS-TBA - Santa Maria, or CS-TBD - Lourenco Marques. With the arrival of the 25th April 1974, TAP opted to re-name those colomy names to actually independent states ex: portuguese colonies. Then it came names of portuguese cities and now again names of famous portuguese people.

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