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Why Is NW's A319 Reg's End With NB And Not NW  
User currently offlineJetJock From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 40 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

Does anyone know why Northwest's A319's have the registrations of N***NB and NOT N***NW?? This is something that I cant understand why. If you know, please let me know. Thanks

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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4029 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Simple... if they used the NW suffix for the 319s they would end up with duplicating N numbers, which they can't have. To take that further, it stems also from the internal fleet numbering system NWA uses. For example... A320 ship #3201 has an N number of N301NW. If your logic was applied to the 319 fleet, ship #3101 would have the same N number of N301NW. So, NWA had to go with something different. Hope this helps.


AZJ


User currently offlineJetJock From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 40 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3787 times:

Thanks, yes that makes sense, and it helps alot! Thanks Azjubilee! Helps soo much.

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
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This is also true for ATA and AirTran. AirTran's is AT, but some of ATA's aircraft was in AT before they changed it. Now they are TZ as you can see on their 737's and 757-300s


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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

I think the NW planes that end in "US" are even more awkward.

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

Try this....most of the A319's are leased from a company called
H N B corporation.....N B? hhmmmmm

I liked the Reg numbers ending in U S. It was a tradition by NW dating back to the Electra's of 1959. Northwest U S also included DC-8's, 707-320C, 320B, 720B, Electra's,
727-100's, 200's and equipment used today. I went to the prop book and so far have not found any NW props ending in U S.
safe



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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3700 times:

Perhaps tradition, but US Airways is better suited for "US" registrations, not to mention that the majority of US planes have "US" registrations.

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlinePvd757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3420 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

I was once told it stood for the leasing company/bank that fronted the cash for the airplanes...Nations Bank, hence the NB?

User currently offlineFlyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

There is no aircraft in the NWA fleet of N301NW. N301US is ship 3201 and was the first A320 to join the fleet in 1989. At the time. NWA Tail numbers all had US as the lettering (Original NWA that is). Needless to say when USAir at the time switched to this, NWA had to go with NW, NB, and even a 320 with an NA. (N350NA)

Safe Flying  Smile



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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4029 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

There might be no N301NW, but it still illustrates the point I was trying to make.


AZJ


User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

When NW was using "US" there was no US Airways. US really wouldn't work for Allegheny or Piedmont, US Airways predecessors.

SATL382G


User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Perhaps tradition, but US Airways is better suited for "US" registrations, not to mention that the majority of US planes have "US" registrations.

Just about half of US Airways aircraft have "US" registrations. (My count is just under half, 140/282, but I'm likely off.) About a quarter have "AU" registrations, about a quarter have "UW" registrations, and a lone 757 has a "VJ" registration.

Most of the instances where US has recently given planes "UW" registrations are where NW was already using the "US" registration.



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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3490 times:

Just about half of US Airways aircraft have "US" registrations. (My count is just under half, 140/282, but I'm likely off.) About a quarter have "AU" registrations, about a quarter have "UW" registrations, and a lone 757 has a "VJ" registration.

Well, AU, UW, and VJ do not interfere with other US airlines or make things all that complicated compared to NWA with "US".

-Will



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Piedmont was not one of the first pieces of US. US bought Piedmont around the same era as PSA


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User currently offlineFlyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Reply #9. You just hate it when a flight attendant knows more than you. A pilot! ! !

My point has now been made.

Safe Flying  Smile

You can always tell from the tail numbers at NWA when the aircraft were acquired.

NW-NB-NA All aircraft after about 1990.
US-All NWA purchased aircraft before 1990.
Whatever else, merger or acquired from EA. (ie) N8933E
Some merger numbers,
RW
NC
RC
N
L
And whatever else you can come up with.







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User currently offlineNwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

Ive always thought the NB stands for "New Bus", as in new airbus... just a little thought that rolled around in my head sitting on the jumpseat.


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User currently offlineFlyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

Some pilots have said that NB stands for one of the Checchi companies called "New Bridge." Could be true or could not be? Anyone know ?

Safe Flying  Smile



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