Skystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
Ansett named it's A320-211 Skystar, in the aftermath of the Habsheim A320 accident and also to try and reverse the trend of referring to aircraft simply as numbers, ala 727, etc, to return to the days of "Electra", "Trident", etc.
Ansett named its 747-300 on the launch of its fully fledged international services to HKG & KIX in 1994. They were so named because at the time, noone could really touch AN for its legroom.
34-38" (86-97cm) of seatpitch in Economy,
54" (137cm) of seatpitch in Business.
83" (211cm) of seatpitch in First Class.
Subsequent international aircraft have been named "Spaceships", although this is now really only the case in Business Class (no longer BusinessFirst).
Tullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1806 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2814 times:
AN also went for the name Skystar because it didn't want the A320 to simply be referred to as the Airbus as Australian Airlines (now Qantas) referred to their A300s as Airbuses so they didn't want confusion.