Ovelix From Greece, joined Aug 1999, 639 posts, RR: 3 Posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
Correct me if I am wrong
The A330-342 cn 071 was the first ever A330-300 and was delivered to Cathay Pacific in March 1995. Before that, it was demonstrated at Farnborough Air Show 1994 as F-WWKU. After delivery it received the VR-HLA registration but today flies as B-HLA.
Has CX changed the letters???
Trivia: The cn 071 A330 is the most popular A330 photo at airliners.net (Purple Rain at checkerboard approach)
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
Didn't China ordered Hong Kong to change to B-H** because China wants to use VR-*** registrations in future (if they run out of B- registrations )? Note that not only VR-H** changed but also VR-B** and other VR-*** registrations (they changed into VP-***). The VR-A** thru VR-Q** series have been allocated to China as of 1st July 1997. The reason why Hong Kong had to change is that at present China still has B- registrations left.
Yes B-XXXXX is used by Taiwan and Macau uses B-M**.
Ovelix From Greece, joined Aug 1999, 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1043 times:
Registration letters/numbers are something like your car's license plates. They are unique (no two planes have the same reg) and every country has its own prefix. N-XXXXXX is usually US. SX-BEG is Greek. (SX is the prefix). F-WWKU is French ("F" is the prefix).
That means that every plane you see with reg SX prefix is always Greek. Every plane with B is Chinese.
Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
>Didn't China ordered Hong Kong to change to B-H**
>because China wants to use VR-*** registrations in
>future (if they run out of B- registrations )?
While I am not sure about the "reservation" of all VR-*** regs. for China, I can confirm that all British Colony countries' VR-*** regs. were changed to VP-*** (e.g. Cayman Islands: from VR-C** to VP-C**) two years ago.