AC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 820 posts, RR: 13 Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6500 times:
I was looking at the WS 73NG fleet and I noticed that apart from one single -700 series, C-GWJE FIN # 244, there isn't any other a/c that FIN # ends with a '4'.
It seems that WS skips that number. There is # 003 then 005, 203 then 205 etc, but none other than the one mentioned above that ends with four. Anyone know the reason for this? Is there some superstition with the number four?
I'm just curious.
Bok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6393 times:
I am next to positive that 4 is considered unlucky in certain Asian cultures. When I was at the Vancouver airport Mariott, there were no floors that included 4s. Maybe the large Asian population in Canada has something to do with it?
As for the reason for no fin #'s ending in '4', I've heard the "unluckyness" of the number 4 in some Asian cultures, but I've also heard that there were a couple of high profile crashes (one with Western Pacific, I think) where the fin numbers of those aircraft involved ended in 4.
Not sure what link/relationship Westjet had/has with Western Pacific, but i find it rather interesting how an event specific to one airline affects the decisions of another (business practices aside, of course)
CF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5895 times:
Quoting Bartonsayswhat (Reply 5): i'm pretty sure in japan 4 is associatied or sounds the same as the word for death. i know there was a lot of talk a few years ago in Formula 1 when takuma sato was assigned number 4
''4'' is pronounced as shi in Japanese, which is same to the word ''death.'' ''9'' is pronounced as ku in Japanese, which is same to the word ''pain.'' So the two are considered as unlucky numbers. Hospitals usually have neither 4th or 9th floors.
AC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 820 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5833 times:
Seems strange to me that an Canadian airline that does not fly to Japan would do this. I know there is a large Asian population here in Canada, but seems a little silly to me.
Imagine all companies doing things like this to suite foreign cultures.
No offence of coarse to any person of Asian origin.
In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26668 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5793 times:
Quoting AC_B777 (Reply 8): Seems strange to me that an Canadian airline that does not fly to Japan would do this. I know there is a large Asian population here in Canada, but seems a little silly to me. Imagine all companies doing things like this to suite foreign cultures. No offence of course to any person of Asian origin.
The number 8 definitely is considered lucky in Chinese, and I have read that the connection is stronger in HKG due to the Cantonese dialect. Quite a few flights from HKG seem to favor 8 in the flight number, especially to Canada which has a very large HKG emigrant and expatriate community, especially in YVR and YYZ.
CX has used flight number 888 for years on their HKG-YVR-JFK flight. Their other two flights to YVR are 838 and 836, and their flights to YYZ are 828 and 826. AC's HKG-YVR nonstop is flight number 008.