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User currently offlineDtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1552 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 8917 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.

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User currently offlineNeptunescar From Maldives, joined Dec 2003, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 8824 times:

Pan Am had the best names...

Some of the 747s and 727s I flew on:

Clipper Neptunes Car
Clipper Dashing Wave
Clipper Gem of the Skies
Clipper Racer
Clipper Wizard
China Clipper II

You call it the world, we call it home. Pan Am.
User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 8802 times:

jetBlue uses the word "blue" on each aircraft. "Blues Brothers" rings a bell.

User currently offlineSimongkhon From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 8789 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.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 8741 times:

Air India has named every single aircraft that they have operated. Since I'm bored I'll list all the jets from memory (yes, I'm a dork).

Boeing 707s (Himalayan Peaks)

VT-DJI : Nandadevi
VT-DJJ : Gaurishankar
VT-DJK : Everest
VT-DMN : Kanchenjunga
VT-DNY : Dhaulagiri
VT-DNZ : Nanga Parbat
VT-DPM : Makalu
VT-DSI : Lhotse
VT-DVA : Annapurna
VT-DVB : Kamet
VT-DXT : Trishul

Boeing 747-200/300s (Emperors)

VT-EBD : Ashoka
VT-EBE : Shahjehan
VT-EBN : Rajendra Chola
VT-EBO : Vikramaditya
VT-EDU : Akbar
VT-EFJ : Chandragupta
VT-EFO : Kanishka
VT-EFU : Krishna Deva Raya
VT-EGA : Samudra Gupta
VT-EGB : Mahendra Varman
VT-EGC : Harsha Vardhana
VT-ENQ : Himalaya*
VT-EPW : Shivaji
VT-EPX : Narasimha Varman

(* - Second hand aircraft purchased from SQ)

Airbus A300/A310 (Rivers)

VT-EHN : Ganga
VT-EHO : Godavari
VT-EHQ : Cauvery
VT-EJG : Jamuna
VT-EJH : Teesta
VT-EJI : Saraswati
VT-EJJ : Beas
VT-EJK : Gomati
VT-EJL : Sabarmati
VT-EQS : Krishna
VT-EQT : Narmada
VT-EVE : Periyar
VT-EVF : Mahanadi
VT-EVG : Kosi
VT-EVH : Tungabhadra
VT-EVI : Brahmaputra
VT-EVU : Godavari*
VT-EVW : Cauvery*
VT-EVX : Luni
VT-EVY : Ganga*
VT-AIA : Tapti

(* - Name reused after retirement of A300B4 fleet)

Boeing 747-400s (Tourist Sites)

VT-ESM : Konark
VT-ESN : Tanjore
VT-ESO : Khajuraho
VT-ESP : Ajanta
VT-EVA : Agra
VT-EVB : Velhagoa
VT-EVJ : Fatehpur Sikri
VT-AIC : Sanchi
VT-AID : Kaziranga

User currently offlineSWAFA30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8654 times:

WN has several.

Here are a few that come to mind:

Triple Crown
LoneStar One...has the new interior and its new Canyon Blue tail
Silver One...new interior
Spirit One...Launched the Canyon Blue Livery
Nevada One
New Mexico One
Shamu One
Shamu Two
Shamu Three
California 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.

User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8656 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:

Can they pick them themselves?

Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12204 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8652 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)

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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6201 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8599 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.

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineSk945 From Sweden, joined May 2002, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8588 times:

"Huge" is a old Nordic name and have nothing to do with the English. Right now its a Q400 named Huge Viking. The smalest plane in the fleet.

User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8567 times:

Some other airlines that name their planes:

- Aloha names their planes after Hawaiian kings and queens.

- Hawaiian names theirs after the islands of Hawaii

- Qantas has Australian cities, birds, etc.

- Austrian and Tyrolean have Austrian cities, regions, etc.

- SAA has South African cities, rivers, etc.

- Iberia has famous Spaniards, regions, famous sites, etc.

- TAP has famous Portuguese people, cities, etc.

- Alitalia has cities, regions, and a few people

- British Airways used to have interesting names, first cities, lakes, rivers, castles, etc., then the world color schemes, but now they're pretty much all "Chatham Historic Dockyard," how boring.

There are plenty of others, those are just some I have flown on. My vote for cleverest aircraft names, by the way, are VS's "Maiden Toulouse" and SK's former "Huge Viking." Brilliant.  Smile

Anyway, I agree that it's a great tradition, and I wish more airlines would name their planes.

Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8554 times:

KaiGywer, Huge is an old medieval/Viking name, preferably not pronounced as the English word for "big" But you're right, it's a very good name for the 747!

As far as the SK a/c names go, I'm not sure if they're all Viking names, but they sure are old...  Big grin

best regards,


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User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8554 times:

LOT Polish Airlines names only it`s Boeing 767 planes. They are named after former Polish capitals, except for SP-LPB named after City of Gdańsk, which actually hasn`t ever been a capital.

SP-LOA "Gniezno"
SP-LOB "Kraków"
SP-LPA "Warszawa"
SP-LPB "Gdańsk"
SP-LPC "Poznań"

User currently offlineSimongkhon From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8542 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.

User currently offlineFinnWings From Finland, joined Oct 2003, 640 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8530 times:

Well, as Finland is "the land of thousands lakes", SK's finnish subsidiary Blue 1 uses the names of biggest lakes and rivers here.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12204 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8517 times:

SK945, oh, ok  Smile 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  Smile

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User currently offlineRsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8467 times:

Horizon Air names their D-8-200s after citys in Washington State.

Like the City of Walla Walla....Yakima....Wenatchee......ect

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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8406 times:

BmiBaby has an aircraft called 'Golden Jubilee Baby'.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12204 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8388 times:

I saw a NW 319 or 320 the other day, "The City of Duluth"

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User currently offlineDtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1552 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8336 times:

I saw a NW 319 or 320 the other day, "The City of Duluth"

Really? I wonder why only a few planes of NW are receiving names. I flew on the 753 "Bernie Epple" when it was first delivered. I thought maybe NW was going to name them all. Didn't happen.

User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8263 times:

Aeroflot names a few planes. I remember flying on an A310 from moscow to dulles called "Skriabin"

there are more aircraft,but all the ones named ive found ae a310s.
btw,air france should name any aircraft that has flown into SXM "clipper of the fence" Big grin

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User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8262 times:

Aer Lingus names all their aircraft after Irish Saints. I've flown the St. Maeve and the St. Mella. I can't remember some of the other names. Most of them are complicated. Typical Irish.

EI Rocks!

Long live Aer Lingus, the Flying Shamrock!
User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2963 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8220 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.

Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineLcagmdeleven From Germany, joined Dec 2003, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8203 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.


User currently offlineJMO-777 From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 500 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8189 times:

LH names its planes after German cities.
and some of the 744 are named after german (oh my god what is that called in english) "Bundeslaender" like "Baden-Würrtemberg", "Nordrhine Westfalia"  Wink/being sarcastic...

KLM 777s are named after UNESCO world heritages
like "DArjeeling Highway, Epidaurus, Chichen Itza, Boroboudour,.." except BQA named after KLMs founder.

~~~ Fly with a Triple Seven and you feel like in heaven ~~~
25 Post contains images SafetyDude : 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
26 Dtw757 : I've always heard the "bowling shoe" scheme used in this forum. I'm guessing because the colors or stiping looking like bowling shoes you would rent.
27 Anxebla : IB has named ALL planes: A320:natural and national parks of Spain (and the ex-A300 the same) A343:females spaniards writers MD87 and A321:towns of Spa
28 Post contains links and images Lucky727 : CP Air (formerly Canadian Airlines) named all their fleet Empress of XXX, i.e. Empress of Vancouver, Empress of Japan, etc. - had a classy sound to it
29 Scf158 : Swiss international airlines is going to name all their new A340-300's that it will recieve this year... they already have 3 in service. They are goin
30 SPL : Not mentioned before: Martinair, the Dutch charter airline. It call's it's planes with names from the Royal family. Like: * Queen Beatrix (PH-MCL, B76
31 Dtw757 : Is there a complete list of KLM names listed somplace?
32 Marcopolo747 : SWISSAIR used to name its aircraft after Swiss Cantons and cities, on top they would place de cote d'armes under the name. MD-11 "Bern" had the bear
33 SRD737NG : The original Piedmont Airlines named there aircraft after cities they served, Ex: Pride of Charlotte Aloha Airlines aircraft are all named after ancie
34 Aloha73g : Now, Hawaiian actually names their aircraft after Native Birds of Hawaii. Examples include 'Apapane & I'iwi (Honeycreepers), I'o (hawk) and Pueo (owl)
35 FoxBravo : Interesting. I haven't flown on Aloha for a few years--last time it was Hawaiian royalty. MX names its planes after cities and historical sites in Mex
36 PH-KCA : I just love the fact that many airlines name their a/c. Also Airlines as : Luxair, Braathens, Tarom, Tunisair, THY Turkish, Jet2, Icelandair, Cyprus A
37 United4ever : United too have a handful named after customers and employees. Mike
38 PH-KCA : Dtw757, to post the complete (historic) list would be too long and many names have been used before, but here are the a/c with names registered to KLM
39 Post contains images Iflyatldl : Piedmont used to ! They were called "Pacemaker_____." I flew "Pacemaker City of London" 767-200ER three or four times :CLT-TPA. That was one of the NI
40 FlyCaledonian : British Airways used to have a variety of themes for its aircraft including: - A320 (Ex-BCal order) - UK islands BAC 1-11 - British counties & regions
41 FoxBravo : Yes, BA had some of the classiest aircraft names around. Too bad they've abandoned the practice. Maybe they'll start it up again once all the planes a
42 Goose : KI (Canadi>n Regional) used to name its aircraft "The Spirit of ..." destinations it would fly to.... the Spirit of Campbell River, the Spirit of Sask
43 FlyCaledonian : Be nice to think so FoxBravo. What about themes for the new A319s/A320s/A321s and the 777s? I think British artists, writers and composers for for the
44 Post contains images Loadcontroller : But the best name still is the 767 of BA: G-BUSH ...
45 Dtw757 : PH-KCA Would you have the names for the F100's that were strictly in the KLM fleet for 1997. I think there were only around 5 or 6. You can send them
46 CanadianNorth : Canadi>n NORTH and Canadi>n Regional used to name their aircrafts after citys. Examples would be "Spirit of Prince George", "Spirit of Yellowknife", "
47 BNA : B747-437B, I am truly impressed, and thank you so much for providing some nostalgia from my childhood. I can remember as a kid flying BNA-JFK-BOM-BLR
48 FMAL : Varig has now named their two 777s PP-VRA - Otto Meyer (Varig's founder and first president) PP-VRB - Ruben Berta (Varig's best president. The Ruben B
49 FedExDC-10 : FedEx holds a lottery and names their aircraft after the children of employees. FedExDC-10
50 Rey777 : Air Tahiti Nui named their aircrafts after islands in French Polynesia Bora Bora (ex A342) F-OITN => one of the most beautiful island in the south pac
51 Aviasian : One of the more curious example must surely be Tri-MG Airlines of Indonesia which named its B727-100F "Noble Witness". Phuket Air's B737-281 HS-AKO is
52 Post contains images StevenUhl777 : Wow, what a cool thread! United too have a handful named after customers and employees ....correct! Not sure when that naming convention started, but
53 Thrust : Virgin Atlantic has named virtually every one of their 747-400s. Some examples include the "Spirit of Sir Freddie", and "Lady Penelope." The classic U
54 Q330 : As FoxBravo said, Qantas names their planes for birds and cities. I believe that their 747s are named after the bigger cities (such as Melbourne and A
55 Aloha73g : Aloha's aircraft are still named after Hawaiian Ali'i (royalty). Some off the top of my head are: Liholiho, Keopualani, Kalani 'O Pu'u, Kekaulike, Auk
56 RyanairA320 : All of the Aer Lingus fleet is named after a Saint
57 Akumas : I know that Qantas name a bit of their fleet after aboriginal "stuff" and Virgin Blue name theres like, Melly Melboune and that..
58 Dtw757 : I believe that there is now a 744 that bears the name William A. Patterson. Yes indeed there is. I have flown the UA 744 "William A. Patterson". Thank
59 Isz1 : Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400s (Cities and Islands) 9M-MPA - Ipoh 9M-MPB - Shah Alam 9M-MPC - Kuantan 9M-MPD - Seremban 9M-MPE - Kangar 9M-MPF - Ko
60 TWISTEDWHISPER : One other thing with SK is that they have a text, some kind of a boilerplate, just on the right of the door, that say something like: "An open mind is
61 B747-437B : I can remember as a kid flying BNA-JFK-BOM-BLR and back every summer and looking forward to which aircraft I would be flying. For some reason "Emperor
62 Garuda : Garuda Indonesia used to name their airplanes before they switched to the present livery. Those that I can remember: Lockheed Electra : Name of Indone
63 Azmd80 : Alitalia names all this planes with names of city ar famous place in Italy. Yesterday I flown from FCO to BDS ona a MD super 80 città di Messina. In
64 Bmacleod : AirCanada did name one aircraft back in 1983 C-GAUN, a 767-200 "the Gimli Glider" after it glided to the Gimli strip after running out of fuel. [Edite
65 Bmacleod : SQ name their 744s MEGATOP
66 Post contains links and images Dtw757 : Anyone have any idea why NW eliminated the names on the 757's? View Large View MediumPhoto © Mike Daniels
67 EZYcrew : Spanair gives its planes names starting with "Sun", like Sunjet, Sunrise, etc... And at Swiss, all our airplanes are named after Swiss Mountains. One
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