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User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 733 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Does anyone remember when BA used to name aircraft i.e. city of...../ Loch..... / .....Forest, does any other airline keep up this tradition & does anyone know why BA got rid of the names?

Kind Regards

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17003 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
Does anyone remember when BA used to name aircraft i.e. city of...../ Loch..... / .....Forest, does any other airline keep up this tradition & does anyone know why BA got rid of the names?

Aren't they still named?

Airlines that name aircraft:
SK - xxx Viking
VS
IB
AZ
KL
and plenty of others.



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User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

The BA names went at the time of the World tails when the name of the artwork plus the country of origin and the artist waere all displayed on various parts of the aircraft.

Airlines all over the world name aircraft. Take a look at JP World Airline Fleets next time you are in an aviation book store.


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

I remember flying a British Airways DC10, I think it was called Forest of Dean.

User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

Ahhhhh BCAL .......

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User currently offlineCV747 From Iceland, joined Jan 2000, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

All CV aircraft have names:
City of Luxembourg
City of Esch sur Alzette
City of Schengen....

Icelandair has old viking names: Leifur Eiriksson....

Luxair has names of Luxemburg Castles:
Chateau de Vianden
Chateau de Bourglinster...

Swiss has names of Swiss mountains.

Pilatus, Rigi, Piz....


User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

LH names them after cities/towns/hamlets...

I really like naming a/c - I am not geeky enough to remember whether I have been on G-CIVA etc, but I can remember flying on the Tubular Belle and the Ruby Tuesday and the Lady Penelope etc. I think BA should do it - name them after famous British people. Eg the big ones would be largely historical figures (744s could be the Robin Hood, the Ivanhoe, Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill etc) and the short-haul fleet could also include some living people (great for PR to name some after living worthy people, with unveiling ceremonies etc)



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User currently offlineCV747 From Iceland, joined Jan 2000, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

I think most airlines name their aircraft.
I was just thinking of Pan Am and their Clippers, SAA has names, KLM named their aircraft after aviation pioneers.
But the best is Norvegian, they do not only name the plane after famous Norvegians, but they put a big picture of them on the tail.

Would not work in Luxembourg...not enaugh famous people... Big grin  praise 


User currently offlineThaiaggie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

All TG planes have name too. Aircraft is name after Thai provinces, heroes, flowers, or something special.


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User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Quoting Philb (Reply 2):
Airlines all over the world name aircraft. Take a look at JP World Airline Fleets next time you are in an aviation book store.

The best advise as there are numerous airlines naming their planes about towns, gods, national parks, famous places, famous people, blue fun (jetBlue), saints, employees, customers, the boss' wife, ladies (Virgin), spirit of..., castles, rivers, mountains, lakes, islands,....endless.


User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
does any other airline keep up this tradition

Mexicana does. Almost every plane if not everyone has a name of one of their destinations on it. Example: Orlando, San Jose, Puebla, San Luis Potosi

Henpol747



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1535 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Qantas names all their aircraft.

747s have names like City of Adelaide, City of Brisbane etc.



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User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Quoting Henpol747 (Reply 10):
Mexicana does. Almost every plane if not everyone has a name of one of their destinations on it. Example: Orlando, San Jose, Puebla, San Luis Potosi

I don't see the point in those names....rather lame and highly uncreative if you ask me.

Quoting Breiz (Reply 9):
blue fun (jetBlue),

jetBlue DEFINETLY has the most creative and cool names of all the airlines out there. It is fun to watch and see which one you will get. They actually put some thought into the names and each one is unique.


User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

EI - They name their aircraft after Irish saints. I especially like this one as it's my 6 year old daughter's name. In old Irish history there was many a story told about Aoife (eefa) who was said to be the greatest woman warrior of all time and was the mother of Cuchulainn's son (legendary dude in Irish history). The name means Radiant & Beautiful! Dunno bout this stodgy 146 tho...

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User currently offlineDelta717 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 457 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

B6 names all of their aircraft. Cleverly inserting the word "blue" into the phrases.

Eg: "I Got Blue Babe"


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4865 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

KLM names them after landmarks, people and cities. All of their MD-11s I've flown on have been are named after distinguisehd women.

Maria Montessori
Ingrid Bergman
Annie Romein
Any Johnson
Maria Callas
Marie Curie
Anna Pavlova
Audrey Hepburn
Mother Theresa

I think there are a few missing in this list.

TG names them after famous places also. I recall flying on the City of Ayodayha. Back when UL was Air Lank they too were named.

RA has 2 757s Karnali and Gandhaki. One is a Hindu Goddess the other a holy shrine.

I personally love the idea of naming aircaft, it a little more special than regular dull aircraft regs.

YOWza



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User currently offlineTheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

AirIndia names its aircraft in the following way

B747-200 - Indian Emperors (1 ex SQ aircraft VT-ENQ named Himalaya)
B747-300 - Shivaji and Narashima Verman (Kings)
B747-400 - Holy places (temples and caves)
A310-300 - Indian rivers

There have been a number of heated arguments within Indian right wing politics about the name of AIs aircraft, and a number of names have been changed. B747-200 VT-ENQ for example was originally named Shivaji from purchase from SQ, but a right wing Indian political party objected to a second hand aircraft bearing in the name of a king they highly revered. When the two 747-300s were purchased, Shivaji finally made its debut on a brand new aircraft. The sister aircraft VT-EPX was named Auranghzeb, but the same political party argued that this was a travesty as Auranghzeb was not in the same league of ruler as Shivaji. I'm sure another Anet member posted some information about this not too long ago.



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User currently offlineLVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Virgin Atlantic names its ships as well --

MB


User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

As did Lauda Air ... Johann Strauss, Wolfgang Mozart (this one lost in the Thai jungle in 91, RIP), even Ayrton Senna.


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User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

I think this has been discussed before - follow the link where you'll find a few interesting names. My favourite is UAL which named their planes after frequent flyers!

Best Aircraft Name? (by BMI701EGCC Nov 3 2004 in Aviation Polls & Prefs)

I think it's a great idea, which follows from nautical tradition. But that begs the question - if you re-name an aircraft is that bad luck too?



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User currently offlineTransair737 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 15):
KLM names them after landmarks, people and cities. All of their MD-11s I've flown on have been are named after distinguisehd women.

Maria Montessori
Ingrid Bergman
Annie Romein
Any Johnson
Maria Callas
Marie Curie
Anna Pavlova
Audrey Hepburn
Mother Theresa

I think there are a few missing in this list.

One that comes to mind is Florence Nightingale (PH-KCD) which I saw departing from the North Runway at YVR earlier this month!


User currently offlineTransair737 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

Going back a few years Canadian Pacific used to call their aircraft Empress of ... usually cities, countries, provinces or regions they flew into. Just a few examples:

737 - Empress of Winnipeg
DC-10 - Empress of Lima
DC- 8 - Empress of Athens
747 - Empress of Italy
and going way back a Comet 1A was Empress of Hawaii

Naming aircraft is a rather neat way to identify them, although a registered aircraft may have it's name changed, and brings a little extra conversation at the airport for spotters and non spotters alike. Too bad more airlines don't do this in 2005!


User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3371 times:

Does Hooters Air name their aircraft?


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User currently offlineDENplanenut From United States of America, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3347 times:

Frontier has named most of its airbus fleet, since each aircraft has a different animal.

Here are a few axamples:

Grizwald

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Klondike and Snow

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User currently offlineHawaijahaz From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3331 times:

Quoting TheBigOne (Reply 16):
AirIndia names its aircraft in the following way

B747-200 - Indian Emperors (1 ex SQ aircraft VT-ENQ named Himalaya)
B747-300 - Shivaji and Narashima Verman (Kings)
B747-400 - Holy places (temples and caves)
A310-300 - Indian rivers

Sean has a really great article about history of all AI planes operated that you can check out on
http://www.airwhiners.net/whine_cheez/20040726.htm

You can find more details of the naming controversy there.

PG


25 Glidepath73 : Even LX named their a/c's after the peaks of the alps. All longhaul a/c's got names of peaks which are higher than 4000 meters. Their first delivered
26 KEno : Malaysia Airlines only name their fleet of 747s. These are named after state/federal capitals in Malaysian Federation + 3 holiday islands (Langkawi, T
27 Udo : Unfortunately MX stopped naming aircraft on introducing the new colors. So they slowly disappear... Absolutely, yes. But Virgin Atlantic and Virgin B
28 Post contains links and images Udo : Just as a sidenote for all those interested in aircraft names and unusual registrations: 'Skyliner' magazine will feature an article about interesting
29 DeltaA380 : I once sent a message on the Delta employee comment site suggesting we name all our aircraft after Platinum Medallion frequent flyers; what better way
30 Post contains links and images VirginFlyer : Air New Zealand have recently started naming their 747s after New Zealand tourist spots, complete with decals. (I am not certain whether it had anythi
31 Post contains images Illusion : Turkish Airlines named their fleet with the city names of Turkey... Some are small touristic towns... 5 A310-340 have the names of 5 different rivers
32 Toering : I name all the planes I fly on "baby". "Hey, baby...............so uhhhh , your the one thats going to give me the ride eh"?
33 JetTrader : Not sure if they still do but Spanair used to name their aircraft Sun______ Some I recall are:- SUNBEACH SUNLOVER SUNLIGHT SUNJET SUNGOD SUNSTAR SUNSH
34 Post contains links and images BoeingFever777 : VS has all there A346's named! G-VATL "Miss Kitty" G-VOGE "Cover Girl" G-VEIL "Queen of th Skies" G-VFOX "Silver Lady" G-VGOA "Indian Princess" G-VGAS
35 Udo : VS has always named all of its aircraft. Regards Udo
36 Sabena332 : Some of AF's older A 320s have also names, I remember that I flew on F-GFKF which had the name "Ville de Madrid". Patrick
37 Fly_yhm : Zoom Airlines Has named there 767-300 City of Halifax City of Ottawa City of Toronto Also I believe that FedEx names there aircraft as well. not sure
38 HAWK21M : Seans Article says it all. I always wondered why 9W,S2,IT,AD & IC dont name their Aircraft. Although Spicejet names theirs after spices & BDA/DHL nam
39 Aloha73G : Aloha and Hawaiian name their aircrafts as well. AQ 732s are named after Hawaiian Ali'i/Royalty and the 73Gs are named after navigators and stars . HA
40 N60659 : The three ex-UA 777s are names after Indian Classical music tunes (or raagaas): VT-AIJ (ex N790UA) - Neelambari VT-AIK (ex N205UA) - Megh Malhaar VT-
41 Post contains images UK777 : Hi KLM B767s are named after bridges of the world PH-BZF - 'GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE' PH-BZH - 'TOWER BRIDGE' PH-BZC - 'ROOKLYN BRIDGE' PH-BZE - 'PONTE RIAL
42 TimRees : This could end up with most of the contents of JP Airline fleets being regurgitated! Other airlines still naming their aircraft fleets include: IB, AZ
43 IRelayer : Iran Air names its 747's after cities and regions: IE, Khuzestan Don't know if they do it with the newer Airbuses or Tupolovs... -IR
44 OzLAME : Virgin Blue name all their a/c with the exception of the Gillette Jet, most of which pun on the word 'blue' in some way e.g. "Blue Belle". I am always
45 Ha763 : More specifically, the 717s are named after indigenous birds found only in Hawaii. The 767s are named after longer ranged native birds.
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