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Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?  
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Why do airlines print the aircraft type on the side of their aircraft, e.g. "Boeing 747-400" or "Airbus 340-600" etc?

Is this for the benefit of passengers, or aircrew, or groundstaff?

Or perhaps even the aircraft manufacturer insist on this as a condition of sale?!

I'm not complaining of course, as it makes our hobby easier, but does anyone know the actual reason why?

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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Certain types of planes have very positive connotations to them. It's really the airlines bragging. The 747, 777, "Super 80", etc. Passengers specifically ask for the first two much more often than you might think, and the latter just sounds cool.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

It depends very much on the airline. I have seen many airlines without it. You have to know what kind of aircraft it is.

User currently offlineTheFLCowboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Some of it might be for ground crew. That way they have quick reference on where to pull the nosewheel up.


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6437 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3669 times:

And then there's.....


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User currently offlineMakeMinesLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

Some of it might be for ground crew

I've seen these on the underside of the fuselage in front of the nose gear. For example, UA had "SP" printed on their 747SPs for that very reason.

I believe the original question concerned the ones which are visible to PAX, however. I don't believe it's a manufacturer requirement, but the fact that a specific font and format is typically used seems to indicate the "house" tends to promote the practice.

There is definitely some sort of "wow" factor involved, especially when descriptive names such as "Friendship", "Whisperliner", "Astrojet" are tacked on. However, it's been pointed out that AA dropped the "DC-10" and left "Luxuryliner" after the trijet had its highly publicized rash of accidents.

Remember this not-so-subtle bit of advertising?


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User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

It may also help to prevent from the mechanics
trying to put 737-400 brakes on a 737-700.



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User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

To add on to the EA 757 with "757" on the tail, remember these:


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User currently offlineN685FE From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 451 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

HikesWithEyes
"It may also help to prevent from the mechanics
trying to put 737-400 brakes on a 737-700."

You obviously have no knowledge when it comes to maintenance. When you look up the m/m for a brake change, it is tail specific. There fore, any parts it calls out for will only be for that tail number. You could also do a broader application when researching the m/m, then it will list the tail number or s/n effectively along with the m/m.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3340 times:
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One of the longest designations I ever saw on the side of an aircraft was on ZS-SAS (RIP) and ZS-SAR...."Boeing 747 Super B Combi"


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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

it's for the stupid pax...


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