Ramzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
French A340s used to come to BEY at least once a week during a certain time period last year, they were always carrying troops or other officials, never the president. Not sure about the registration, but I'm certain they carried troops as UN convoys used to wait with buses to transport the troops to the South. So I guess that would indicate it being coincidence, but I'm sure someone knows better than i do...
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished - that will be the beginning.
I think that you'll find the F-RA** is a special section of the French register reserved for the French Air Force(Armee de l'air).
II remember seeing a French Air Force A310 at LPA a few years ago that displayed both its c/n & the last 2 of its F-RA** reg, 418/F-RADC. The c/n was on the tail & the last 2 of the reg on the nose wheel door!
For all those non-Malay or Bahasa speakers out there
"Raja" means "King"
Coincidence or deliberate, as these aircraft are used to transport French government officials, including the President if I am not mistaken ?
Note - the aircraft was already in service before N Sarkozy came to office
Hold your horse!
This is simply in accordance with a registration system established long ago and with nothing to do with Sarkozy:
F-A... Civilian ac before 1945
F-AZ.. Collection ac
F-B... Civilian ac after 1945
F-D... Civilian ac in Morocco (not in use anymore of course)
F-G... Civilian ac since 1976
F-H... Civilian ac since 1999
F-M... ALAT (French Army ac)
F-O... Overseas territories
F-P... Homebuilt ac
F-R... French Air Force - Transport
F-S... French Air Force - Liaison
F-TE.. French Air Force - Training
F-TH.. French Air Force - Nuclear activities
F-U... French Air Force - Fighters
F-VN.. Civilian ac in Vietnam (not in use anymore of course)
F-W... Civilian prototypes ferry flights
F-XC.. French Navy
F-YC.. French Navy
F-ZB.. Sécurité civile and Customs
F-ZV.. Military prototypes and ferry flights
F-RAJA is therefore a coincidence. And to make sense in French, it would have to be spelled RADJAH.
BP1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3000 times:
On the A-340 Front
Serial #9 = Royal Jordanian Air Force
Serial # 26 = Qatar Government
Serial # 46 = Brunei Government
Serial # 61 = Egypt Government
Serial # 151 = Libyan Government
Serial # 204 = Saudi Arabian Government
"First To Fly The A-380" / 26 October 2007 SYD-SIN Inaugural