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User currently offlineA340600MAN From United Kingdom, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 144 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5494 times:

Hi All

After reading the discussion about KLM's new A330 and the names they are applying to the aircraft it set me thinking about BA and the lack of names on their aircraft.

In years gone by, all BA aircraft had the following names

BAC 1-11 Counties
B737 Rivers
B747 British Cities
B757 Castles
B767 European Cities
B777 Famous Aviation Related People (I Think) Only 2 or 3 named
TriStar Roses

I know the names were removed when the world tails arrived, but why not replace the names now the world tails have been removed.

I always look for the aircraft name when watching aircraft. I think it gives you a small insight into the airline and the country it's operating from.

Perfect example of names. JetBlue and Lufthansa.

So come on BA !! Why no names ???

Any views

Len


Fav aircraft has to be A340-600
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User currently offlineKeego From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

Aer Lingus name all their fleet after Irish saints,
ie, St Patrick, St Colmcille, St Brigit and so on!! the 3 names mentioned are all on the A330's. they have the name in Irish on one side of the nose and on the other side in English


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5446 times:

It would be nice to have names back, I think naming aircraft gives them a little more of a personal touch.

I remeber G-DOCL was 'River Lune', the river which flows through Lancaster.

Was Lancaster ever featured in any of the other names?



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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5373 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 2):
It would be nice to have names back, I think naming aircraft gives them a little more of a personal touch.

I remeber G-DOCL was 'River Lune', the river which flows through Lancaster.

Was Lancaster ever featured in any of the other names?

One of the two 747-2B4Ms BA leased from MEA (G-BLVF) in the mid-80s was named City of Lancaster, though the name never made it onto one of BA's 747-436s.

I also think it would be a bice touch to restore the aircraft names. The A320 family could revive the County theme of the 1-11s, while as the original 777-236s (G-ZZZx) were named after aviators, maybe the rest of the 777s could be named after pioneers - British explorers, scientists and inventors. Also, rather than restore the European city theme to the 767s, they could adopt the theme used by the regional 767s and name them all after British authors and poets.



Let's Go British Caledonian!
User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1914 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5345 times:

Quoting A340600MAN (Thread starter):
So come on BA !! Why no names ???

Not exactly true.
Some A319s, and other ac, are named "Chatham Historic Dockyard". Why the same name to so many planes, even to promote the museum? Beats me.


User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2354 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5332 times:

Aloha and Hawaiian both name their planes.

Aloha's 732s are named after Hawaiian Royalty or Ali'i (Liholiho, Kekaulike, etc), while the 73Gs are named after Hawaiian stars/navigators (Hilo, Makali'i, Olopana, etc.).

Hawaiian's aircraft are all named after Native Hawaiian Birds, (Pueo, I'iwi, 'A'apapane, Kolea, etc.)

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5306 times:

Quoting Breiz (Reply 4):
Some A319s, and other ac, are named "Chatham Historic Dockyard". Why the same name to so many planes, even to promote the museum? Beats me.

Aircraft with the Utopia 'World Tails' carried the name of their tail design. The official name for BA's union flag tail is "Chatham Historic Dockyard", so some aircraft still have that name on their nose.


User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5287 times:

Even though G-BNLB is now "Chatham Historic Dockyard", I will always know it's old name was "City of Edinburgh".


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I wish they would name their aircraft again, it gave the airliners an ID. If you understand what I mean.  Smile

Thanks
Mike


User currently offlineGh123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5278 times:

Is G-CIVF still 'St Albans'?

User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5252 times:

Man I miss their names. I can remember flying on River Axe, a 737-200. Still at least Virgin have got the names, makes it more fun to see what your plan is actually called don't you think

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