Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1810 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3137 times:
I remember when the original PA named all their 747's. For example there was the "Maiden of the Seas." I found the concept rather clever. Has any other carrier done this? I yeah, I just realized that FI does this! When I flew to KEF and back on the "Svandis."
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6219 posts, RR: 79 Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3076 times:
Many carriers name their aircraft on a regular basis. Examples (in addition to the ones already mentioned):
Air Tahiti Nui
Al Rais Cargo
Blue Dart Aviation
Gemini Air Cargo
Thomas Cook (Belgium)
Other carriers used to name their aircraft, but stopped doing so. Examples:
ZuluLima From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 266 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
There's also Frontier, who names the animals on the tails. I think those are also the names of the planes themselves, but no names appear on the fuselage. Frontier's seem to be the least serious; some are downright corny. Examples: Mustang "Sally" or Rabbit "Stu".
I like that FedEx gives theirs common first names (after employee's children), they have two planes with my name in service (A300, 727), but this can kind of backfire when the employees don't use taste when naming their children, like "Zebradedra" or "Xenophon". Also, does anyone know why N492FE is named "Two Bears"?
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 942 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
We had nicknames for some of our aircraft, but we weren't allowed to paint names on them.
We had a white J41 with US Airways Express that was really supposed to be a spare, but US Airways Express was in black lettering anyway. I think we called it the "White Ghost". We had N555HK J41 also with USExpress, we called "Tripple Nickle". My favorite was N829HK we got from CrossAir, started out as US Airways Express. With US Airways Colors, it would triple up as that, United Express, and American Connection. The nicest thing I could think of with that would be "Identity Crisis", but right before I left the airline, they'd already painted it with our own colors and just used it as a spare.
When I was in the Air Force there was a 141B flying around with no paint. Someone painted a Coors Lite logo next to the main door and it was called the "Silver Bullett". One last one I can remember though, was a 130H, I think from Dyess on a three month rotation at Mildnehall back in the Bravo Squadron days. The last three of the tail number was 666 and we called it "Damien". That was '91 or '92, if not both and politically correctness was already run rampant, as well as "Total Quality Management" in the US Military (and ya'll civilians thought we were gung ho Clinton haters, but old man Bush did start it). We weren't allowed to paint some evil nose art on it.
I don't know if those examples count for anything. We definately need to see more names and nose art on aircraft.
EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8306 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2635 times:
Quoting Banco (Reply 4): My old airline had one that constantly went wrong and whose registration finished with PS. It was known as Piece of Shit across the company. Does that count?
SAA had an A-300 regustered ZS-SDD that seemed to have more problems than the other 300s in the fleet, which earned it the name "Double Disaster". My wife operated a flight on it once and when approaching JNB there were no green lights indictaing locked landing gear. A few circuits and a fly by the tower gave the crew the assurance the gear was down and they landed without incident. SDD is now in the ocean as an artificial reef.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 6679 posts, RR: 17 Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
Quoting Klwright69 (Thread starter): I remember when the original PA named all their 747's. For example there was the "Maiden of the Seas." I found the concept rather clever. Has any other carrier done this?
The consistent factor in the names of PA aircraft was the word "Clipper". Often during their lifetime they were renamed. So N747PA (19639/2) was named "Clipper America" when it was delivered to PA in October 1970. Then ten years later in 1980 it was renamed "Clipper Sea Lark". Within a year in June 1981 it received its third and final name "Clipper Juan T Trippe".
Others carried more than three names during their service with PA. So, for example, N733PA (19640/6) was named "Clipper Young America" (December 1969), "Clipper Constitution" (1974), "Clipper Washington" (1976) and "Clipper Pride of the Sea" (1980).
To my knowledge the only other airline to adopt a similar approach is SK. Indeed it could be said they were even more consistent naming all their aircraft "Something Viking" where "Something" was usually a Nordic name. However their first 742, SE-DDL (20120/114) was named "Huge Viking" from delivery in 1971 until November 1981 when it was renamed in line with the rest of their fleet "Bjarne Viking". Their second 742, OY-KHA (20121/167) adopted their standard convention from the start being named "Ivar Viking", a name it retained from delivery in November 1971, when it was re-registered LN-AEO in February 1981 and, apart from during a period in 1982-83 when it was leased by Nigeria Airways, up until it left the SK fleet in March 1986.
Today the name "Bjarne Viking" is carried by an SK MD-81, SE-DMB (53314/1946) which is in store art Riga while "Ivar Viking" is the name currently assigned to SK's MD83 LN-RMN (53295/1922) that is currently leased out to Aligiant.
LH has had a consistent policy of naming its aircraft after German places. So its early 741s D-ABYA (17746/12), D-ABYB (19747/29) and D-ABYC (19748/44) were named after the German States of "Nordrhein-Westfalen", "Hessen", and "Bayern" respectively. Today these names are carried by aircraft in LH's 744 fleet. So D-ABVY (29869/1261) is named "Nordrhein-Westfalen", D-ABVM (20101/1143) "Hessen" and D-ABVU (29492/1191) "Bayern", although LH also uses the names of German towns and cities on some of their 744 fleet and on all their smaller aircraft.
This raises the issue as to whether the above 744s will be renamed when LH's 748i and 380 fleet are delivered. Until 1997 BA had a consistent naming policy for its aircraft. Its 741 and 742 fleet carried the names of major British cities. So, for example 741 G-AWNG (20269/150) was named "City of London". But it was renamed "Rutland Water" in March 1989 and when BA's first 744 G-BNLA (23908/727) was delivered three months later it carried the "City of London" name originally assigned to its older half sister.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3192 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2554 times:
BW also used to do so; the DC-9's were named after Trinidadian celebrities (Hasely Crawford, who won 100m gold in the 1976 Olympics and Janelle Penny Commissiong, who won Miss Universe in 1997) as well as after national birds (Scarlet Ibis, Cocrico and Humming Bird). The TriStars were also named after various Caribbean Islands - hence Sunjet Antigua, Sunjet Barbados and the like. The naming ended when BW brought in the green livery in 2000 - this would be its final livery.
Surfpunk From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
Quoting ZuluLima (Reply 11): Don't they still have one named "The Bernie Epple"?
I have no idea. I'm over 10 years separated from my days at MSP, and NW didn't have any 753s when I left (they had only just started receiving the 56xx-series 752s. It was still named that as of July 2006, according the picture here: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1160429/M/
I don't know if N582NW has been given the new livery yet, and if so, if she still bears the Bernie Epple name.
Regardless, it is still a nice tribute to their longest serving FA.
Afterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1112 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
Garuda Indonesia used to name their aircraft.
747-200s - names of Indonesia's main/largest cities
DC-10 - names of Indonesia's main/largest islands
DC-9 - names of mountains (IIRC)
F-28 - names of rivers