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User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Where do airplane manufacturers get their product names from? For example: why does Boeing call their airplanes 737s or 767s? Is there some sort of way that the company decides on a name? I know that drug companies use some sort of psychological lettering for their products. Does the airplane industry have the same property?


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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1662 times:



Quoting 787seattle (Thread starter):
Where do airplane manufacturers get their product names from?

Originally, engineering. Today, marketing.

Boeing used to just assign sequential model numbers...e.g. the 247 was the 247th airplane design they did (not all designs got produced, hence the gaps). 707 wasn't the 707th design...I'm not sure there's any definitive evidence of how it got that number, although it sounded good. All the Boeing airplanes following that just went in sequence (the original 717 is what we know as the KC-135). There's massive speculation on what they'll do after 797 (or even if there will be a 797).

Douglas did something similar...DC-1 through DC-10 were all sequential. It switched to MD after the merger but they kept the sequence going with the MD-11. The DC-9 switched to MD for marketing but it's technically a derivative of the DC-9, so the MD-81 is really a DC-9-81. This eventually became the (new) 717 after MD merged with Boeing.

Airbus originally started with capacity...the A300 was originally designed around 300 passengers. They went sequential through the A310, A320, A330, and A340. They jumped to A380 for marketing reasons, but reverted to sequential for the A350.

Quoting 787seattle (Thread starter):
For example: why does Boeing call their airplanes 737s or 767s?

Until the 787, it was pure sequential. Now that marketing is so deep into it, it's not clear if the next one will be a 797 or not.

Quoting 787seattle (Thread starter):
Is there some sort of way that the company decides on a name?

Yes, but it varies from company to company.

Quoting 787seattle (Thread starter):
I know that drug companies use some sort of psychological lettering for their products. Does the airplane industry have the same property?

Definitely...branding and marketing are heavily involved today.

Tom.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25191 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

Lockheed aircraft were mostly been given names related to stars and other celestial bodies -- Vega, Electra, Orion, Constellation, Starliner, Lodestar, Neptune, Hercules, Jetstar, Shooting Star, Starfire, Starfighter, Starlifter, Galaxy, Tristar and others. A star was also included in Lockheed's logo and is still part of the current Lockheed Martin's logo.

Many Piper aircraft have been named for native Indian tribes or names related thereto -- Cherokee, Apache, Comanche, Aztec, Navajo, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Seneca, Seminole, Chieftain, Tomahawk etc.

[Edited 2008-09-16 20:38:46]

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1470 times:
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Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 1):
the MD-81 is really a DC-9-81.

The designations of the MD-80 series (80, 82, 83, 88, etc) roughly coincide with the year of their certification or first flight.

2H4



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