SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1294 times:
After visiting Dublin, I noticed that quite a few of Aer Lingus' 330s have registrations that are also the codes of the airports that they fly to, such as EI-DUB, EWR, JFK, LAX, and ORD. What I found interesting was that the actual name of the plane did not relate to the reg (such as something like "New York" for EI-JFK) and some of the planes had regs that did not correspond to cities (such as DAA, CRK - although "CRK" is an airport in the Philippines) as well as cities that did not have planes registered after them.
All of this made me wonder if the regs were chosen randomly or not.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3819 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
I was sitting with the cockpit crew of an Aer Lingus A330 enroute from Dublin to Boston (they loved having visitors; but obviously pre-9/11) several years ago and I asked why no 'BOS' aircraft. They said that registration had already been taken. Still, it's rather dangerous to be registering aircraft in the name of cities: what if Aer Lingus decides that 'EWR' or 'LAX' will be discontinued?
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2574 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
Aer Lingus are just following Virgin Atlantic's lead, they haven't really done anything that unusual - Virgin Atlantic's fleet has been registered with stylised registrations, several with reference to destinations, and British Airways' regional B737-300 fleet was registered to inculude the airport codes of the cities they flew to.
G-Ofra (Can't type it in CAPS due to a forum scrip error)
British Caledonian had a B747 registered G-HUGE. British Airways had a B747 freighter registered G-KILO, and their B777 G-RAES is a tribute to the Royal Aeronautical Society!
Some of Monarch's fleet have been registered to include the initials of former staff, for example Alan J Sutton was managing director of the airline for many years, so it's no surprise they have an A300 registered G-MAJS. Airtours International's MD-83 fleet also incorporated director's initials.
Very often seemingly "random" registrations have some significance to the airline...