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Reasoning Behind Specific Aircraft Registration?  
User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 883 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

I'm curious how airlines decide what registration to give each of their aircraft. For example, both AA and DL number the majority of their 757 aircraft with N6__(such as 615AA); AA also has a few N1__AN. JetBlue has all their A320s at N5, 6, or 7__(JB) and E190s at 1 or 2__JB. Is there any particular reason for this? (Ex: Why didn't B6 make all their A320s a 3__JB, such as N345JB?) Is it solely based on the registrations that are available, particularly if there are blocks of consecutive numbers?

Soxfan  Smile

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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
Is it solely based on the registrations that are available, particularly if there are blocks of consecutive numbers?

Usually. Also, it makes identifying the type of aircraft a lot easier if you put them into blocks of N6_ or N8_ etc.

When I was at ramp training with US at PHX, one of the first things they taught us was how to tell our A319s, A320s, 733s and 752s apart. First our instructor would explain physical differences in appearance, and then he would explain that all A319s are in the 800 series, all A320s are in the 600 series, all 733s are either 100s or 300s, and all 757s have 900 series registrations.

Not that I needed that explained to me Big grin

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

When I worked for Loganair in the early 1980s they operated two Shorts 330's, mainly on GLA & EDI to BFS services. Now at that time the sequential new aircraft registrations began G-BXXX. For the LC 330's the first was allocated G-BGNA, the second needed a swift change before entry into service as someone from senior management at LC had to point out to the CAA that it was not a good idea to operate an aircraft into BFS with the registration...

G-BIRA ! (It was quickly changed to G-BIRN)

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

The Irish Aviation Authority lets (or did let at one time) airlines choose their registrations. For example you can still see Aer Lingus A330s flying around with airport codes it serves/served EI-DUB, EI-LAX, EI-ORD, EI-JFK etc

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