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Unusual Airline Call Signs  
User currently offlineHailstone From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 410 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10073 times:

tried to find something through the search function, but could not find anything - even though this has probably been posted......

what unusual call signs are there (and what are their origins) ?

south african = springbok (sp?) >> plenty of sprinboks in SA
china airlines = dynasty >> reference to a chinese emperor's dynasty ?
aer lingus = shamrock >> plenty of those in ireland
british airways = speedbird >> where does this come from ??

anybody care to add ?



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4791 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10025 times:

Canada 3000's callsign was: Elite

I can think of other airlines that deserved that callsign a bit more  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5061 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9987 times:

CPAir / Canadian Pacific was "Empress".


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User currently offlineAeroyu From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2000, 178 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9888 times:

I heard "speedbird" for BA is due to BA won a speed contest long long time ago.


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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9808 times:

Trans States = Waterski?
AirTran = Citrus


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9788 times:

New York Air: APPLE

Air Florida: PALM


User currently offlineDevil505x From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9749 times:

Falcon Air Express= Panther Florida Panthers? I don't know are there panthers in Florida?
PSA = BlueStreak?

Doesn't Transtates just go by "Trans States"?


User currently offlineHailstone From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9710 times:

pe@rson,

i did bother to look up your profile - you were accepted for tertiary education ??

for somebody widely travelled as stated in your profile, i am surprised that a typo in your 'nick' would cause such a reaction.

and yes, it is not my first language - but i can articulate myself in more than one, which, i dare say, you apparantly cannot.



User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9566 times:

America West= Cactus? What the heck?

User currently offlineWilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9517 times:

National (R.I.P.)=Red Rock


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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4218 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9502 times:

our callsign (Pinnacle Airlines..Northwest Airlink) is Flagship.

American Trans Air- AmTran
ACA- Blue Grass
Chicago Express- Windy City
ASA-Candler
Spirit- Spiritwings
Southeast- Sunking



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9436 times:

ACA is Blue Ridge





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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8456 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9393 times:
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SAA's callsign is "Springbok" because the "flying springbok" was the airline's emblem until the current colour scheme was adopted.

Just like "Speedbird" is British Airways' callsign, because the speedbird was the logo of their predecessor, BOAC, and early BA liveries had the speedbird emblem on the aircraft


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User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9348 times:

TACA= Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (Tragedias Aereas Cada Ano= in English "Air Tragedies each Year").


User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1130 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9348 times:

Devil505x,

Trans States callsign is Waterski. I cant recall the exact reason, I believe it had to do with one of their original destinations served many waterskiers or their owner was fond of waterskiing.

I cant say anything for the name of Falcon Air, but yes, there is a small population of real panthers in Florida. Its an endangered species native to the Everglades. Go here for more info: http://www.panthersociety.org/

I've always liked:

American Eagle = EagleFlight

GreatChecko



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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4218 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9314 times:

lol- whoops.....meant to type blue ridge.. my fingers decided not to follow my brains instructions. it happens!


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineDevil505x From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9257 times:

When Trans States flies into AVP they don't use the call sign "waterski"

User currently offlineJetskipper From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9225 times:

Then it's not Trans States!

Continental Express......JetLink (this was their callsign long before the RJ's showed up onsite)


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3793 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9220 times:

Canadian North- "Empress"
Valujet was "Critter"
Pan Am- "Clipper"

DeltaRules




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User currently offlineDevil505x From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9186 times:

Sure its TransStates they are flying the USairways express routes

User currently offlineUnattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9154 times:


http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1241292/



http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1241292/



Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9147 times:

For those who do not know what a Springbok, aka "Spring Buck," is. A leaping springbok can clear 3.5 m, and can reach speeds of 90 km/hr, bounding 15 metres in a single leap.

http://www.wildlifesafari.info/springbok.html




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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2842 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9106 times:

Trans States started as Resort Air in the midwest in the early 80's and flew to a newly built airport near Lake of the Ozarks in MO. I can't remember the name, it's been a while since I flew in there, but it was built for the US governor's convention. Waterski likely evolved out of the Lake of the Ozarks service from STL.

http://www.transstates.net/history.html

[Edited 2004-03-12 23:10:36]


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User currently offlineAirdude66 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9023 times:

Valujet = Critter Nickname of their logo/mascot

Pinnacle = Flagship ????Any ideas where that came from


User currently offlinePSAjet17 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8916 times:

Rj777
America West= Cactus? What the heck?

When America West began flying, there were two other airlines operating at many of the same airport with similar sounding names; American Airlines and Western Airlines. To avoid confusion, Cactus was adopted as the callsign name for HP since they are homebased in the Arizona desert.


25 Komododx : Devil505, Yes, there are a number of panthers in FL. And I guess you don't like hockey too much, huh? Florida Panthers, NHL, play at the Office Depot
26 Marcopolo747 : A few more interesting callsigns : VSS = waterbird VM = viaggio ME = cedar jet CI = dynasty
27 DeltaRules : Mesa- "Air Shuttle" DeltaRules[Edited 2004-03-13 05:23:40]
28 Maiznblu_757 : Northwest Airlines callsign is Northwest. Strange if you ask me.
29 Hailstone : unattendedbag as i wrote, i knew it was discussed, but could not find it through the search function. thanks
30 FlyingColours : Our new start up AV8 (Man-Air) did use "Pennine" but it caused lots of problems because it was getting people mixed up with "Pennine Radar" - I could
31 JFKviaPHX : jetBlue is "jetBlue"
32 Mozart : - Helvetica of Switzerland is "Arabella" - Air Caraibes is "French West", because it is from the French West Indies - Air Atlantique is "Charante", a
33 WingnutMN : Fed Ex is "Air Spur" Any reasons behind that name? WingnutMN
34 LV : When you say National as "Red Rock", you mean the one that just closed a few years ago right? If so, Red Rock is a nature perserve/park near Vegas, an
35 FlyCaledonian : Speedbird for BA goes back before BOAC. The original Speedbird was the emblem of Imperial Airways. After the Second World War when BOAC was formed tha
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