Jran225 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 308 posts, RR: 8 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1699 times:
just a little question that I had. Yesterday I saw Champion Air 722 (N817EA) at KDCA. I have noticed that many 727s still carry registration numbers ending with EA. Does this mean that they previously belonged to Eastern Airlines and if so, why weren't they re-registered?
Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
The registration mark doesn't belong to the airline - it's simply the identification mark that is applied to an aircraft. Whilst some airlines will re-register airraft when they buy them there is no legal requirement for them to do so. The registration mark is simply assigned to the new owner.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17294 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1638 times:
Sometimes, an airline needs an a/c in service ASAP, and instead of reregistering an a/c, they just transfer the a/c's current registration to the new operator. Or in some cases, they're too cheap to reregister and put a new registration on the a/c. Delta had a few 727s that still had their Eastern registration, and they right now have four ex-TZ 757s that still retain their old TZ registrations. Northwest still has a/c that retain their original Republic, North Central or Southern registrations. US Airways had a number of DC-9s that still had their Allegheny registration (the old Vista Jet registrations ending in VJ).
Gr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1587 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
Yep. Northwest apparently does not re-register used aircraft. Their DC-9-30s registered N8900E-N8990E are all ex-Eastern. The DC-9-50s have a N401EA-N421EA series. Beware, however, a DC-9-10 or -30 with a registration ending in EA is NOT former Eastern (many are former Emerald). Many charter outfits do not re-register either and there are many ex-EA 727s still with Eastern numbers (N88XXE or N8XXEA).