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Did Cathay Change Regs...  
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4511 posts, RR: 53
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Did cathay change regs in when the chinese took over Hong kong? old pictures of CX aircraft shows the registration to start with VR but now they are B (B as in China I suppose). Did this change take place in 1997 or whenever it was that the Brits handed over Hong Kong?

Why is it that Taiwan doesn't have its own registration? CI and Eva registrations also start in B.


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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12427 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Yes they did; HKG used to be VR-H, now it's B-xxx. (I thought it had to be B-Hxx, but Dragonair has 747 freighters in the B-Kxx series).

The reason Taiwan also uses the B- registration is that both it and China claim to be, well, China.


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

Air Hong Kong's A330s will be registered B-L-- series as well....maybe it's a free-for-all on the B- regs!

User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Also another question..

Why do aircraft in Hong Kong have B-(alphabets) whilst China and Taiwan aircraft have B-(numbers) ??




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User currently offlineLutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 771 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Because China & Taiwan follow FAA regs (CNAC was set up with Pan Am) and so follow US in using numbers. HK follows UK regs, so uses letters.

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Why do aircraft in Hong Kong have B-(alphabets) whilst China and Taiwan aircraft have B-(numbers) ??

One theory I have is that the aircraft were already rego-ed. Hence, in order not to complicate issues (logistics and engineering), they simply changed the "VR" to "B" with the remainder unchanged.

Unlike China and Taiwan, the aircraft they had were rego-ed with a prefix "B" followed by number since day one.



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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

In general, Mainland China uses 4 digit numbers and Taiwan uses 5 digits. There are a few exceptions, with Taiwan still having at least one airliner carrying a 4 digit registration - An ATR42 of TransAsia Airways carries the registration B-2203, as does an A320 of China Eastern. There used to be several duplications back in the days when the 2 Chinas weren't speaking to each other.

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