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User currently offlineAN727 From Australia, joined Apr 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2181 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

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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

SIA:
747-400s are called "Megatop", 747-400Fs "Megaark", A340´s are called "Celestar".

JAL:
The 747-400s are called "Skycruiser", the 777´s also have a designation that just now doesn´t come to my mind.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

SQ also names their 777s as "Jubilee" - lord only knows why!

User currently offlineSR3496 From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Crossair:
The RJ85/RJ100 are called "Jumbolino", the Saab 2000 "Concordino".
SR3496


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Singapore:
747-300, Big Top

UTA:
747-300, -400, Big Boss

Swissair:
CV-990, Coronado

TAP Air Portugal
SE-210 Caravelle, Caravela

Flying Tigers:
DC-8-63F, Jumbo Jet

JAL:
MD-11, J-Bird

Eastern:
All types, Whisperliner

American:
All types, Luxury Liner



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offline1011 FAN From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Correct me if Im wrong, but, wasnt Luxury Liner only applied to the widebodies, and Luxury Jet to the narrowbodys at AA?

User currently offlineGwa2024 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

1011 Fan, I think you're right.


AA also names all of its MD-80 series "Super 80".


User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
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Weren't the 777s named Jubilee in celebration of the 50th Anniversary (Jubilee) of the nation of Singapore?

Sammy


User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

JL names its 777s "Star-Jets" and names them individually after a constellation.

Anybody remember National and those names... I miss them   .


User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

Delta TriStars used to be called "The Wide Ride."

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Pan American aircraft were "Clippers"

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User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

And who can forget TWA's "Star Stream" 707s?

User currently offlineMaidoftheseas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Hello!!!!!!
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.
greetings


User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2031 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...


User currently offlineJubilee777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Hi Sammy,

SIA named their plane the Jubilee in celebration of the AIRLINE'S 50th Anniversary since it's inception of Malayan Airways (later Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, then SIA) in 1947.

Regards
J777


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2013 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.

 
Trintocan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2005 times:
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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?

Sammy

P.S. Wasn't it Mercury Singapore Airlines (to keep the MSA initials) for a little while?


User currently offlineXQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1996 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"


Cheers!  



User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
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Eastern's 727s and DC-9s were Whisperjets. Their L-1011s and A300s were called Whisperliners.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

My apologies for getting the Eastern and American names wrong; thanks for the corrections.

Others I thought of:
Braniff's 707-227s (and 720s?) were called "El Dorado Jets" (at least while they appeared in the airline's original livery, before the solid-color fuselage schemes)

Piedmont aircraft names all started with "Pacemaker."

If I think of others, I'll post 'em.

Daniel



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1973 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."

Some photos of named CPAir aircraft:

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User currently offlineSaluki777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1963 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...

Saluki777
formerly HawaiiB777


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
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In the late sixties, Lufthansa's 727-100 was "Europa Jet," and the 737-100 was "City Jet."

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineMiafll From Jamaica, joined Jun 2000, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1944 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.

User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1937 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.

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

I have heard that one called the chainsaw...I think thats a funny one.....

At Air Canada, some of the planes have nicknames but nothing official like A340/330 - Super Plastic A320 - mini Plastic, and A319 Micro Plastic....the 737 is the football, and Crj is the Lawndart....



"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
25 Bobo2196 : Northwest named some of their 747-400's after cities in Asia, I.E. "city of tokyo" Also, Braniff named their all orange 747s the "flying pumpkins"
26 Sccutler : Trans Texas (TTA, sometimes called "Tree Top Airlines") called its DC-9's "PamperJets." TTA lives on, of course, as Continental. Funny, isn't it?
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