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How Do Airplanes Get Their Names?  
User currently offlineCessnaLady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8303 times:

Hello. I've wondered always - how is it that carriers name their aircraft? I recall a story of MX naming its first B757 "¿No que No?" (a rough translation would be "So I couldn't?" as an answer to some allegations by AM that MX would never get those birds. Of course, this is unconfirmed. There was another bird named "Siempre Sí" (like "yes, in despite of all"), and antoher one named "Vamos por mas". IMHO, all of them odd names for a/c.

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I wonder if AM (who announced the new liveries will bear each airplanes' names on them) will make some sort of request for name suggestions.

How do other carriers do to define names?

Marie

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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8174 times:

Hey, CessnaLady, long time no see!

FedEx names its airplanes after the children of employees. Whenever there's a new aircraft available for naming, employees worldwide may submit the names of their children, and a lottery pops out the name. Two FedEx airplanes (an A300-600F and a B722F, IIRW) have been named after the children of Mexican employees, a ramp manager and a courier.

Good to see you here in a.net again  wave 

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8172 times:

I always wanted to name a few Pan Am planes myself.

Can't you just see:

flying along side Clipper Queen of the Skys, "Clipper Raging Queen" or......


User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8107 times:

AVIANCA name its planes with names of martyrs or personalities related to Colombian history:

* Bolivar (Simon)
* Colon - Christopher Columbus (in his honor the name of the country)

* Santander (Francisco)
* Americo Vespucio
* Sucre (Antonio)
* Narino (Antonio)

Also, I remember a 747 named "El Dorado" as the famous legend of the indigenous tribes of Colombia. Also the name of Bogota's airport.

Another 747 was named "Cartagena de Indias" as the name of that beautiful city on the Colombian Caribbean coast.

A MD-83 called "Ciudad Santiago de Cali"

I haven't seen any of these names on the since the ugly "Alianza Summa" livery nor on the new livery though.

AV used to put the names on the Left - Front - bottom part of the plane.

[Edited 2005-09-03 23:08:40]
Here is a pic of "Narino" (Narigno with N~) and also a pic of "El Dorado"


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[Edited 2005-09-03 23:22:27]


I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8074 times:

Another one of "Ciudad de Pereira" (City of Pereira) a nice city on the Coffee growing section of the country...


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Enlarge the pic and you will see the name on the Left - Front - bottom.



I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7975 times:


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AI uses Names of Emperors on the B742s.Places of Architectural or Tourist Interest on the B744s.Names of Ragas on the B772ERs.Names of Rivers on the A310s.

The List
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineFaroeFlyer From Faroe Islands, joined Aug 2005, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7960 times:

SK calls all their planes "[old norse name] Viking". I think the names are chosen on random.


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User currently offlineGrimey From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 459 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

EI names their planes after saints, one day there will be a St. Grimey on the side of an EI aircraft  Big grin

Grimey


User currently offlineB727230 From Sweden, joined Aug 2005, 62 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

Quoting FaroeFlyer (Reply 6):
SK calls all their planes "[old norse name] Viking". I think the names are chosen on random.

In the good old days, the largest aircraft in SAS' fleet wore names of kings and other high-ranking vikings. Nowadays good old Huge Viking, worn by the Boeing 747, is used on a Q400... but with everything else turned upside down in SAS, why shouldn't the naming convention be so too?  Wink

After the latest identity change in 1998, when certain people in SAS and Sthlm DesignLab wanted to get rid of the Viking names altogether to finally throw out the last piece of tradition within the airline, the names are now very small in size and placed under the big "Scandinavian symbol" blob on the nose.

There should still be some rules regarding the Viking name though. Names carried by aircraft which have crashed or in other ways left the fleet in other ways than retirement/sale are not to be used again. Until lots of aircraft were re-registered in Norway due to tax benefits there a few years ago, Swedish reg'd planes wore names of Swedish vikings, with the same rules applying to planes registered in Denmark and Norway respectively.



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User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7838 times:

CessnaGirl,
The "names" you mention are more slogans used during commercial campaigns or related to specific events, than real given names.
It's like the "No way BA-AA" painted on some Virgin Atlantic planes to fight the proposed cross-atlantic venture intended by BAw, while the given name on the same ac (this case G-VBUS) would be "Lady in red".

Why are airliners given names? Most likely due to a tradition inherited from the shipping business. Every ship had and has a name. Remember that in the English language, a ship is a she, a lady, hence a ship must have a name.
Aircraft are not much different.
A name gives a personality passengers can relate to. I remember my flights o/b B707 from Air France, all named from famous French castles: "Château de Chambord", "Château de Fontainebleau",... It had quite a style, particularly when being presented the menu with the picture od the said castle. These are now hunted by collectors.
The given names may refer to just anything, capitals, towns, lakes, mountains, saints, celebrities, royalties, animals, spirit of..., clipper ..., customers, employees, the boss' wife, fairy tales,...just anything (that's the fun of it).
As you can see, I do not have a straight answer to your question. I actually doubt there is one.

This question was raised several times on A-net, but I have been able to trace only one past thread:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions...general_aviation/read.main/1690477

If you are flying one of these ac your name refers to, I bet it has a name!


User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7820 times:

Quoting Breiz (Reply 9):
CessnaGirl,

Sorry for the mistake CessnaLady!


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7776 times:

The A330 category-names of KLM were choosen by KLM Flying Dutchman members, so they were the ones to apply the "square" theme to them  idea 


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User currently offlineSpencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7744 times:

I know the different types in BAW's fleet have/had different kinds of names. E.g.. The 757 fleet used to be named after castles; L1011s after Lochs, Bays and Roses; the 747s were named after famous Englishmen and cities; the 737s were River names, etc. etc.
I also believe that AIH has the registrations "named" after its employees/management.
Spencer.



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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

Quoting Breiz (Reply 9):
The "names" you mention are more slogans used during commercial campaigns or related to specific events, than real given names.

Not really. Names such as "Don Antonio", "S.S. Juan Pablo II", "No que No?", "Siempre Si", "Vamos por Más", albeit odd, were regular names used altogether with those of cities served by MX, ranging from "Buenos Aires" (a B763ER), to "Zacatecas" (an A320).

Now, MX is in the process of changing livery. Pity. The new livery is eliminating both the names of the a/c and the cool retro logo that used to be right below the cockpit windows, as well as the elegant green/blue pattern of the tail.


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IMHO, the new livery is sterile and lacks personality.

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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7670 times:

G-MIDJ, an Airbus A321 of Britain's flag carrier, was named "Mr Brightside" by myself.


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7657 times:

Quoting Shamrock_747 (Reply 14):
was named "Mr Brightside" by myself

Tw'indeed.

Also, this spritely young thing, BMI's A321, G-MIDC was named "Junior Jack" by me.


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User currently offlineCessnaLady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7540 times:

Quoting Shamrock_747 (Reply 14):
G-MIDJ, an Airbus A321 of Britain's flag carrier, was named "Mr Brightside" by myself.

And just how did that happen?

Marie


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