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User currently offlineEmirates773ER From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1449 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

Does BA give name to its aircrafts like some other carriers do? Could someone guide me to a list of the names if there are any, plus how can one use the registration number of a aircraft to look into its history (Production date etc...). Any help will be appreciated.


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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1881 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5593 times:
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THe only plane i know of that miay have been named is A BA 767-300 that says Historic Chatham Dockyards I think the reg is G-BWNH or something with that combination of letters.


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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 1):
THe only plane i know of that miay have been named is A BA 767-300 that says Historic Chatham Dockyards I think the reg is G-BWNH or something with that combination of letters

Chatham Historic Dockyard is the name of the livery that the BA aircraft now wear, not the name of the aircraft itself.

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User currently offlineCXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5549 times:

Before the World Liveries, all the aircraft had names. At least the widebodies did.


What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5502 times:

During the World Liveries season, the name of the design of the tail was on each aircraft, but many aircraft had the same design.

As far as I'm aware, BA don't use aircraft names. Some of them are titled with "United Kingdom" or "Chatham Historic Dockyard" as this is now the design all aircraft in the fleet carry.



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User currently onlineSpeedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 917 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 4):

Yes im afraid the BA planes do not carry names anymore..
Altho internally, you will often find the old Airbus 320 fondly called a 'piece of sh*t' hehe.. only kidding..  Smile

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User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5436 times:

Quoting CXB744 (Reply 3):
Before the World Liveries, all the aircraft had names. At least the widebodies did.

When the Landor livery (and the one before that) was around most of the aircraft were named after either a castle, river or city like -


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Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 4):
During the World Liveries season, the name of the design of the tail was on each aircraft, but many aircraft had the same design.

Like so -


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Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 5):
Altho internally, you will often find the old Airbus 320 fondly called a 'piece of sh*t'

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Quoting Emirates773ER (Thread starter):
how can one use the registration number of a aircraft to look into its history (Production date etc...).

Don't flame me for this but try here - http://www.jetphotos.net/census/  duck 

It's an excellent source of finding out where an aircraft was before and all sorts of other info about it. Under keyword search select registration from the drop down menu and type in the reg in the next box.

Hope that helps!

Nick



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5430 times:

The only aircraft that I can recall BA naming were the DC10s that they acquired on their merger with BCal - see the descriptions of the photos below


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User currently offlineBALandorLivery From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5420 times:

Back in the day:

737's were named after rivers
747-400 cities
747-classics people (i think)
tristars lakes/lochs (i think)
757 castles
767 cities (i think)


User currently offlineBALandorLivery From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

Also looks like dc-10's were forests

User currently offlineBALandorLivery From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

Correction: 747-200 also cities.

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2089 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5349 times:


  • Airbus A320s (Ordered by BCal) were named after UK islands
  • BAe ATPs were named with the prefix Strath
  • Boeing 737s were named after UK Rivers
  • Boeing 747-100s were named after famous Elizabethans by BOAC. Under BA they were named after UK cities, then when those names were wanted for the 747-400s they were named after English and Welsh Lakes
  • Beoing 747-200s were named after UK cities
  • Boeing 747-400s were named after UK cities
  • Boeing 757-200s were named after UK castles
  • Boeing 767-300s were named after European capitals and major cities
  • Boeing 777-200As were named after famous Aviators
  • H.S. 748s were named after Scottish Glens
  • Lockheed TriStars were originally named after varities of Roses, but were later renamed after UK Bays
  • McD Douglas DC-10s (Formerly operated by BCal) were named after UK forests

  • Caledonian Airways (BA's former charter division) named all its aircraft after Scottish Lochs
  • BA Regional named its longhaul 757 and 767 aircraft after famous personalities. It's 737-200s were renamed after local landmarks and geographical features (Manchester based) and Shakespearean charcaters (Birmingham based)



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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
BA Regional named its longhaul 757 and 767 aircraft

Sorry for my confusion, but BA Regional and long-haul doesn't fit in my eyes. What am I getting wrong?

Georg


User currently offlineEmirates773ER From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1449 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Is there a way to know what aircrft will be serving which particular location in future?


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User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7531 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 12):
Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
BA Regional named its longhaul 757 and 767 aircraft

Sorry for my confusion, but BA Regional and long-haul doesn't fit in my eyes. What am I getting wrong?

British Airways Regional operated 757 flights to the USA and Canada for around two years in the mid 1990s from BHX and MAN/GLA. The current MAN-JFK 767 service was started when all Manchester flights were under the British Airways Regional banner.

[Edited 2006-05-25 00:06:39]

User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7531 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5154 times:

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 12):
Sorry for my confusion, but BA Regional and long-haul doesn't fit in my eyes. What am I getting wrong?

Sorry. I now realise where you are coming from. British Airways Express and not British Airways Regional was the direct equivalent of Lufthansa Regional. British Airways Regional was (but no longer is) that part of the main British Airways fleet based not in London but in the British regions, namely at BHX and MAN.

Hope it now makes a little more sense to you!


User currently offlinePH-KCA From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4957 times:


  • BAC-111s were named after UK counties and regions
  • some B737s (G-BGJE/JM) were named after birds, before they too were named after UK rivers


User currently offlineSmokescreen From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4872 times:

Were the Concordes given names?

User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4857 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 14):

British Airways Regional operated 757 flights to the USA and Canada for around two years in the mid 1990s from BHX and MAN/GLA. The current MAN-JFK 767 service was started when all Manchester flights were under the British Airways Regional banner.



Quoting VV701 (Reply 15):

Sorry. I now realise where you are coming from. British Airways Express and not British Airways Regional was the direct equivalent of Lufthansa Regional. British Airways Regional was (but no longer is) that part of the main British Airways fleet based not in London but in the British regions, namely at BHX and MAN.

Hope it now makes a little more sense to you!

Yes, this makes sense to me. Thanks!

Georg


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2089 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4769 times:

Quoting PH-KCA (Reply 16):


  • BAC-111s were named after UK counties and regions
  • some B737s (G-BGJE/JM) were named after birds, before they too were named after UK rivers

Indeed, forgot to put the 1-11s in there. The 737-236s, which as you point out were those registered G-BGJ_, were all operated by British Airtours, which after the BCal takeover became Caledonian Airways.



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User currently offlineTjc2 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4676 times:

Don't forget 'sweet chariot' after the Rugby World Cup in 2003, albeit a couple of flights.

sweet chariot


Don't know which aircraft this was registration was.

Hopefully we will see this again in 2007?? 

[Edited 2006-05-25 19:26:53]

[Edited 2006-05-25 19:27:31]


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User currently offlineDavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4595 times:

Tjc - beat me to it! I was about to mention Sweet Chariot!

User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7531 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Quoting Tjc2 (Reply 20):
Don't forget 'sweet chariot'

And for those who play with a round ball do not forget the two aircraft currently named 'Three Lions':

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They derive their name from the badge of the English Football Association that appears on these aircrafts' upper rear fuselage:

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User currently offlineMattdavies1988 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4338 times:

Quoting Smokescreen (Reply 17):
Were the Concordes given names?

No Concorde’s were never given official names, however they were affectionately known by the phonetic alphabet, i.e. G-BOAA was ‘Alpha Alpha’, G-BOAC was 'Alpha Charlie' etc.

Also I understand that BA Engineering 'nicknamed' some, like G-BOAD was known as 'Old Reliant' and G-BOAE as the 'Serial Leaker'. They tended to be named from their individual 'personalities'.

Since retirement the various now homes have their own names, eg G-BOAF is known as Foxy and boafi, these are unofficial too though!

I think that’s about correct

As for the L1011 Trisar I know one was called ‘Princess Margaret Rose’

Matt


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