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User currently offlineGnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

I notice that virtually none of Continental's aircraft carry the typical NxxxCO registration that one might expect apropos to the airline. That is, they differ from Delta's N126DL or American's N433AA. Continental's aircraft registrations are, for example, N15659. Why does Continental not request or reserve N-numbers with letters on the end that would be visually specific to Continental Airlines? Just curious...

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User currently offlineCO767-224ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

I don't know the exact reason, but CO has always done reg #'s this way. The last three digits of the reg # almost always correspond to the ship # in CO fleet. Hence, N77001, is Ship #001 (the first 777, incidentally).

User currently offlineMarkus From United States of America, joined May 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

This is also the same with the Continental Express fleet. For example reg number N15967 would be ship #967 from our RJ-145 fleet. This particular plane would be a LRJ model based in IAH and incidentally one of our newest jets.

Cheers,
Markus


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5057 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

I agree. I was on two CO flights this weekend and I was on plane N14342, which had the ship # "342" on the gear door.


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User currently offlineIahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3442 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1344 times:
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Here's how it works: The FAA does not allow the letters "O" or "I" to be used.... to avoid confusion with the numbers "0" and "1". Therefore "NxxxCO" is not possible.
Some of the older A300's were Reg. "NxxxC", and some of the 'used' aircraft still have the original Reg. #. But All new planes are "NyyXXX" (y= random #, X= fleet #).



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