Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8435 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3605 times:
Air Florida used to be "Palm" IIRC - while America West was ( maybe still is until the HP designator disappears completely ) "Cactus" - neither related to their operating names - but both related to their geographical bases I guess .
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LeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3591 times:
I've heard a number of 'unusual' ones... Netjets Europe recently started using 'Fraction' (which makes sense, fractional ownership) instead of 'Skyshare' (was being confused with Ryanair in some places). Others include 'Batman' (G5 Executive Switzerland), 'Snoopy' (Air Traffic GmbH Germany), 'Twinstar' (Daimler Chrysler Aviation). None of these callsigns really appear to link to the name of the aircraft operators!
WAH64D From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 966 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3548 times:
From the UK
Airtours - Kestrel
Air 2000/First Choice - Jetset
Trans State (American Connection) - Waterski
Air One (Italy) - Heron
UNI Airways Corporation (Taiwan) - Glory
Potomac Air, Inc. (USA) - District
Braathens ASA (Norway) - Scanor
Chicago Express Airlines, Inc. (USA) - Windy City (Geographic)
MyTravel Airways A/S (Denmark) - Viking
Polar1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
Former UAX carrier Atlantic Coast = Blue Ridge but now Independence. Shuttle America for Delta Connection = Shuttlecraft. AirTran Airways = Citrus. Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) now owned by SkyWest = Candler. Pinnacle (NW Airlink) = Flagship.
Ilovenz From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 149 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3239 times:
Was there ever an airline that used "Silverbird" as their callsign? For years I thought American did, but maybe I was told that by a drunk.... Critter was my all-time favorite! And the "Critter" was cute too. Too bad he's not around anymore.
Yegger From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
"ooops - edited to add another one
CP - Empress ( from their days as a shipping company when their ships were all "Empress of _________ " )"
The callsign "Empress" has now been taken by Canadian North. There was a lot of debate about this in aviation circles at the time as some felt that the name was still property of Air Canada which CP is now a part of.
"One callsign that always baffeled me was from Canada300, they used "Elite"."
Not sure how they initially got this callsign, but having known several people who worked for that airline when it was around, I can certainly say that it fit the airline well. Canada3000 was a superbly run airline, with excellent employees. However, they only hired people who fit a very particular image/personality - the "elite," so to speak!