Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17630 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4468 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
and plenty of others.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
BA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4358 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)
CV747 From Iceland, joined Jan 2000, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4345 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...
Breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1981 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4228 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.
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.
BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4168 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...
TheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4109 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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Transair737 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3961 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!