Dtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1424 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7558 times:
What airlines name their airplanes after people, places or objects? I personally think it gives the airplane more of a "personality". KLM has different methods of naming their aircraft. I have been on several KLM planes where the names are stuck in my head "Sir Geoffry DeHavilland", "Sir Frank Whittle", "City of Nairobi", "Annie Romein" and various others.
Northwest used to have names on all of their 757's before the "bowling shoe" scheme. I can remember "Amsterdam" and "Boston". Why didn't NW keep these names when they went to the "bowling shoe" scheme? They seem to have a few 744's and one 753 with names.
What airlines names their airplanes, and what are some of your favorite names.
Simongkhon From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7430 times:
SK are using names from the old Viking saga, appropriate for a Scandinavian airline as the Vikings lived in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. (For ppl who don't know and who might care, SAS is jointly owned by the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian states).
TG use names on cities, provinces and places in Thailand, as well as names of ancient heroes, Kings and mythological persons or creatures from Thai folklore.
All the a/c in these two airlines fleets have names.
SWAFA30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7295 times:
WN has several.
Here are a few that come to mind:
LoneStar One...has the new interior and its new Canyon Blue tail
Silver One...new interior
Spirit One...Launched the Canyon Blue Livery
New Mexico One
Nolan Ryan Express
The June Morris
The Donald G. Ogden
The Rollin King
The Spirit of Kittyhawk...not really a theme plane...just a plaque slapped on the forward windscreen.
Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 20 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7297 times:
PanAm is the classic!
Then, Virgin Atlantic offers nice names too...
G-VFOX Silber Lady Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VOGE Cover Girl Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VMEG Mystic Maiden Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VSHY Madame Butterfly Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VWOW Cosmic Girl Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VROY Pretty Woman Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VROM Barbarella Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VLIP Hot Lips Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VGAL Jersey Girl Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VROS English Rose Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VXLG Ruby Tuesday Boeing 747-400 1998
G-VFAR Diana Airbus A340-300 1998
G-VELD African Queen Airbus A340-300 1998
G-VAST Ladybird Boeing 747-400 1997
G-VTOP Virginia Plain Boeing 747-400 1997
G-VHOL Jetstreamer Airbus A340-300 1997
G-VSEA Plain Sailing Airbus A340-300 1997
G-VAIR Maiden Tokyo Airbus A340-300 1997
G-VBIG Tinker Belle Boeing 747-400 1996
G-VSUN Rainbow Lady Airbus A340-300 1996
G-VHOT Tubular Belle Boeing 747-400 1994
G-VFAB Lady Penelope Boeing 747-400 1994
G-VFLY Dragon Lady Airbus A340-300 1994
G-VSKY China Girl Airbus A340-300 1994
G-VAEL Maiden Toulouse Airbus A340-300 1994
G-VBUS Lady in Red Airbus A340-300 1993
They also have awesome regs:
VFLY, VSKY, VFOX, VBUS, VSUN, VTOP, VAIR, VBIG, VROS, VGAL, VSHY, VMEG...
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12043 posts, RR: 42 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7293 times:
Simongkhon, how related they are to the viking era, I don't know, but all SK planes have XXX Viking as their name. One that I remember that don't sounds "vikingish" must be Huge Viking (very fitting name for the B747)
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5990 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7240 times:
Mexicana names their planes- most of them have names of cities they fly to or have flown into like "San Juan".
They also hae one called Juan Pablo 2nd after the pope, as this was the aircraft that carried the pope during his last visit to Mexico.
Simongkhon From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7183 times:
Lol, Huge is in fact a Scandinavian name, nothing to do with the English word huge, i.e. very large. I don't know, maybe someone at SK saw the connection ppl in the English-speaking world would make nameing that a/c Huge Viking and thought it was fun. And yes, Astrid Viking (A340), Eystein Viking (A330), Svea Viking (B767), Svipdag Viking (A321), Ymer Viking (B737) and so on are all names from old Scandinavian mythology.
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12043 posts, RR: 42 Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7158 times:
SK945, oh, ok But still though, I think putting Huge on the 747 was NOT a coincidence. Now that it's long gone, they felt like putting it on another plane. However, there are more names that are more modern, like Rolf Viking, Dag Viking, Einar Viking, and many more. It seems that on the DC9/MD80 fleet, the names are rather random, but if you look at all the newer planes, it seems that they are trying to create a theme, like you said, with old viking names. Hence Huge Viking being put on a Q400
Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2890 posts, RR: 18 Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6861 times:
Lufthansa names their planes after German towns or states.
But they have also called one of their A340s "Gander Halifax" (D-AIFC).
This is to thank the cities of Gander and Halifax for letting the LH planes land at their airports on 9/11 and taking care of 7 of their planes and all of those passengers.
Lcagmdeleven From Germany, joined Dec 2003, 19 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6844 times:
Lufthansa gave names of german cities and federal states to their aircraft. More or less the size of the aircraft is in line with the size of the city by population. The only aircraft having a name of a non-german city is the A340-300 D-AIFC named "Gander-Halifax" in recognition of the efforts of the people from these two cities towards all stranded PAX on Sep11, 2001.