AN727 From Australia, joined Apr 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1283 times:
I am interested to know if any airline names their type of Aircraft for example; Ansett Australia names their A320 the Skystar service and 747-300 Spaceships (due to there had the largest seat pitch) and QANTAS calls there 747-400 Longreach. Thanks
Maidoftheseas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1141 times:
Braniff had names for its planes, like the "ultra chocolate", or "big orange", and the "Fat Alcoa".
Qantas have "nalanji dreaming", and "wunala dreaming"...
and a swissair flight is called "le bus de l'ONU" because he leaves New York and going to Geneva. That's SR 139, ex SR 111.
Pronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1133 times:
CP Air used to give a name to their(I believe it was just international types- DC-10 & 747) aircraft, for example Empress of Asia.
Canadian carried on a Wardair tradition of naming aircraft after Canadian pilots, ironically one of their 747-400s is 'Maxwell W. Ward' and is reg'd C-GMWW
KLM names aircraft after geographical areas that they fly to.
Virgin Atlantic has Scarlett Lady, Lady Penelope, Tubular Belle, etc.
I know it's not really in line with the question, but I saw some of the others...
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3191 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1115 times:
BWIA referred to its 727s as "Sunjets". These first-generation 727s flew with the carrier from 1965 to 1971, when they were bartered for 4 707s to Braniff. Their present TriStars and MD83s are named "Sunjet..." to this day; an island name is attached eg "Sunjet Barbados", "Sunjet Dominica" and so on.
Sammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1686 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
J777, I was originally going to say that, but I wasn't sure. I remember reading press releases during the time they recieved their 777s, but then I said wait, the airline in its current name, is only around 30 years old, but Singapore did become a nation in 1948 or so, did it not?
P.S. Wasn't it Mercury Singapore Airlines (to keep the MSA initials) for a little while?
XQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
Although not official names, Qantas staff have some very creative names for the Qantas fleet......
737 - "Pocket Rocket" or "Joey" (a baby kangaroo) or "Vomit Comet" because of the rough ride sometimes
The 3 GE powered 747-400's from OZ and MH - "The Three Ugly Stepsisters"
The 7 767-300ER's from BA - "The Seven Dwarfs"
Wunala Dreaming - (OK this is a little rude so dont look if you are easily offended.....it is in reference to the all-red colour scheme) "The Flying Tampon" or "The Flying Blood Clot"
A300's - "The Scare Bus"
and they had some nicknames for the Ansett fleet too...
Ansetts A320's - "The Death Star" (in reference to Ansett's name of 'SkyStar') or "The Whipper Snipper" (in reference to the tragic crash early on of the AF 320 at the Paris Air Show into the trees and also its unusual looking winglets that look more like a garden tool!!)
and Air Pacific's old colour scheme was known as "The Flying Lollipop"
AC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
CPAir used to individually name some of it's aircraft, and not just the widebodies. For example, when they had 737-300's they were named for provinces. Also, it should be noted that the names weren't strictly attatched to the aircraft, sometimes they were switched between aircraft (for the purpose of an inaugural flight without changing aircraft routings, I believe). Not all of the fleet always got names, however, I think some 737-200's went un-named, and possibly some other aircraft.
As to naming aircraft types, way back in the '40's and '50's Trans-Canada Airlines and Canadian Pacific, as well as the RCAF, had DC-4M's, which were Canadair-built, RR powered DC-4's known as the Canadair North Star. BOAC also had them, and called the Argonauts.
Canadi>n has given names to some of it's 747's, and both Canadi>n Regional and AirNova/AirBC/AirOntario give names of cities they serve to their aircraft. Air Canada's 767-200 C-GAUN fin#604 is known to employees and enthusiasts as "the Gimli Glider."
Saluki777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
In the early days (1950s) United planes were named Mainliners, then Jet Mainliners after the DC8 arrived. Then with the arrival of the 747 in 1970, United cristened it the "Friend Ship" and then carried it over to the rest of the fleet. Somehow the name has carried on until only recently. Last year, on my way to Honolulu from Chicago on a DC10-30, the electric sign above the podium read "DC10 Friend Ship". This (and United's friendly staff [I fly United exclusively and have never had any problems with their service]) show that although United is "United for a better journey" (their new slogan) the Friendly Skies still live on...
Miafll From Jamaica, joined Jun 2000, 143 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1046 times:
Air Jamaica refers to the A340 used on the London route as the "Atlantic Limousine". Also each jet is named af ter a rgion in the Caribbean. Including "Spirit of Jamaica", "Spirit of St. Lucia", "Spirit of Montego BAy" and so forth.
Trident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
In the 1940's and early 1950's, British European Airways (BEA) re-named almost their entire fleet. The Douglas DC-3/C-47 became the "Pionair", the Junkers JU-52 was the "Jupiter" and the Airspeed Ambassador became the "Elizabethan". Later, in the early 1970's, they renamed their cargo converted Vickers Vanguards to "Merchantman". Apart from the Elizabethan, most of the other names were generally ignored by the travelling public.