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How Many Airlines Still Name Their Planes?  
User currently offlineTFFIP From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 203 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19684 times:

How did VS choose the names? I went to the USA recentl on Tubular Bell and I think the VAmerica one I moved onto had the same name?

SAS have almost hidden the Viking name it's very small to read.

FI seem to have lost interest.

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User currently offlineSANAV8R From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19688 times:

I can think of

LH
KL
They have most of their fleets name I believe

Others
IB
B6 Incorporate the word blue
F9 Names the animal on the tail
QF (A380s at least)
VA
DJ
VX
TK
AD

[Edited 2009-09-14 00:36:25]

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19646 times:

Out here Air India,Spice Jet & Blue Dart.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19608 times:

All of QF's aircraft except for regional aircraft have names. Most of them are named after town and cities in Australia, with the A380's named after Famous Aviatiors.

User currently offlineJU068 From Vanuatu, joined Aug 2009, 2609 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19566 times:
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CY names their aircraft. The A-330's are named Kyrenia and Ammochostos after the two cities in the occupied area and the 319 and 320 are named after ancient Cypriot kings and cities like the newest addition A-319 named Larnaca.

A3- OA- SU- RO- JA- OS- Croatian...


What do you mean that they are loosing interest in FI? In august when I flew on them the planed on the CPH-KEF was named Snjofell or something like that and then a week later KEF-CPH Askja... And most of the planes I saw at the KEF terminal had a name...

[Edited 2009-09-14 01:05:47]

User currently offlineTravelExec From Spain, joined Dec 2007, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19507 times:

EI uses the names of Irish saints.

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1871 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19512 times:
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Only 2 Planes (only 1 active) in DL 's fleet have names.


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19458 times:

VG, OR (ArkeFly on some B738), HV (on some B737)


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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9333 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19451 times:

Niki does, so does LX, just to mention 2 which have not appeared yet.

To answer the question about Virgin and Tinker Belle , well, look with what Sir Richard started his empire. The company rocks..

If there is an owner behind an airline, he will certainly name his babies. Niki Lauda did with Lauda Air and does it with Niki. Fedex names its aircraft.

For other carriers , like LH, it is a long time and established tradition. LH has a long list of cities who'd like to have their name carried around the globe.



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User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1894 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 19349 times:

Don't forget Alitalia too


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User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 19326 times:

A small but beautiful airline: Air Tahiti Nui's 5 A340s are all named after French Polynesian islands.

F-OJTN = Bora Bora
F-OJGF = Mangareva...btw, GF stands for Gaston Flosse, French Polynesia's former megalomaniac president, and Mangareva is his mother's birth island...
F-OSEA = Rangiroa
F-OSUN = Moorea
F-OLOV = Nuku Hiva


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3332 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 19235 times:

Martinair does. Spirit used to have some named aircraft, but the names are going away as the aircraft receive the new color scheme.

User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1817 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 19226 times:



Quoting SANAV8R (Reply 1):
B6 Incorporate the word blue

So does vueling.


User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 19175 times:

I love it how airlines does this, it gives the aircraft its own "personality" and often opens a window into the culture, history and geography of its country. I wish more airlines would do this.

Other airlines that name their planes of the top of my head are:

Thai
Malaysia Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian
Austrian
Air Pacific
South African Airways
Air Mauritius
Egypt Air
Air Asia X
Biman
Nepal Airlines
Blue1
TAP Air Portugal
Iberia


User currently offlineJU068 From Vanuatu, joined Aug 2009, 2609 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 19167 times:
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Didn't know Qatar name their planes! After what?

User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19140 times:
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I thought AY did for awhile...do they still?

Quoting TFFIP (Thread starter):
How did VS choose the names? I went to the USA recentl on Tubular Bell and I think the VAmerica one I moved onto had the same name?

Fun fact about VS: Most of the reg #'s match up with the name. For example:


G-VSEA Plain Sailing
G-VGAL Jersey Girl
G-VLIP Hot Lips
G-VROS English Rose
G-VROY Pretty Woman
G-VFOX Silver Lady
G-VOGE Cover Girl
G-VEIL Queen Of The Skies
G-VGOA Indian Princess
G-VMEG Mystic Maiden
G-VSHY Madam Butterfly
G-VSSH Sweet Dreamer
G-VNAP Sleeping Beauty
G-VGAS Varga Girl
G-VWKD Miss Behavin
G-VRED Scarlet Lady
G-VWIN Lady Luck
G-VFIT Dancing Queen
G-VFIZ Bubbles
G-VBLU Soul Sister
G-VWOW Cosmic Girl
G-VROC Mustang Sally
G-VBIG Tinker Belle
G-VFAB Lady Penelope
G-VHOT Tubular Belle
G-VSUN Rainbow Lady
G-VBUG Lady Bird
G-VDUM The Blonde Bombshell



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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19115 times:

Didn't know Qatar name their planes! After what?

I have seen some A320s in Dubai carry some kind of a name. Not sure if it's a person or a place.
Also, one of their newest B777s is named "Gaza"


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18948 times:

BA used to name their 737's after UK rivers and their 747s after UK cities. The 757's were called after UK castles.

I think BA should start this again. It would give a bit of British personality to the fleet. It would be nice to see River Wandle written on an A320.

Lauda used to name their planes too. I flew on James Dean to and from Australia once.


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1862 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18878 times:
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Miami air has some planes named, I flew on the N739MA "Ely" I think the 738MA is named "Diane"


Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18860 times:

Southwest names some planes, as did Northwest (City of [blank] or Spirit of [blank]) in the Orient and Bowling Shoe days. And I think FedEx still names their planes after employees' kids.


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User currently offlineJU068 From Vanuatu, joined Aug 2009, 2609 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18857 times:
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Who was the first one to name their planes?

User currently onlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18856 times:

Air Algerie has named its entire A330 fleet, and at least some of its B737s.

Regards
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2890 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18841 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 15):
G-VDUM The Blonde Bombshell

Ha! Good one.

CityJet (the AF subsidiary) name theirs after Irish islands.



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User currently offlineJQFlightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18823 times:

[quote=QantasA333,reply=3]All of QF's aircraft except for regional aircraft have names. Most of them are named after town and cities in Australia, with the A380's named after Famous Aviatiors.

I think they still have Bird's names aswel, please correct me if im wrong, but i think one of the 734's name is Falcon.



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User currently offline757767lover From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 18552 times:



Quoting Babybus (Reply 17):
I think BA should start this again. It would give a bit of British personality to the fleet. It would be nice to see River Wandle written on an A320.

I second that

Simon


25 TFJamie : Actually FI have taken up the activity in full swing these days. In the past only Aircraft owned by Icelandair (e.g. not leased) were named but now as
26 Post contains images PlymSpotter : In this case, Tubular Bell, goes right back to 1973 and the launch of Virgin Records. In 1972 Branson signed the unorthodox composer Mike Oldfield to
27 BE77 : BW names them after the cities they serve
28 SkyWestFan : KS "Spirit of Alaska" All planes have a dedication to some city or feature of Alaska. "Spirit of Unalaska/ Cold Bay/ Unalakleet/ the Aleutians etc...
29 T8KE0FF : You've all forgot WW. DJ also name there planes. Do VAustralia name there's too??
30 Post contains links Tharanga : anybody know a website that has a list of LH and KL names, to match against the registration number? I'll offer this page I found for B6. http://www.a
31 Jetstream63 : United has named some aircraft after VERY frequent flyers in the past though not sure how common this is any more. One 777-200ER is also named Spirit
32 QatarA340 : QR names its planes after cities and places in Qatar. Gaza is the only exception as it was named after the city in Palestine.
33 Burnsie28 : While they don't name all of their planes anymore, NW still has a couple, they had more before they were repainted into the 2003 colors (City of Dulut
34 Gr8Circle : Don't know if they were one of the first, but AI started with their Constellation fleet back in 1948, naming them after Indian princess' In the 60's
35 Chootie : Great trivia!!! SPANAIR (JK) do it similar to B6 by mostly using the word "SUN" in some form or the other. For example SUNSPLASH.
36 Adizzy : JetBlue Airways (B6) names all of its planes! I love all the different ones! A320 Fleet Tail Aircraft name N503JB Bluebird N504JB Shades of Blue N505J
37 Guitarist : December 17 1903 the Wright brothers flew an airplane named Wright Flyer 1. Does this count?
38 1stfl94 : British Midland used to name their planes after Diamonds, not if that stopped before they became BMI Have Norwegian stopped naming their planes? Saw a
39 Rara : Hahaha
40 WestWing : That naming scheme was for AI's four "rustbucket" 777s. The 16 new ones are named after states. (I'm only mentioning it for completeness. I am reason
41 Shany : Olympic names it's planes (well not sure about the new Q400 and A319) and SATA. Shany
42 Ojas : The naming of the new B777s after states was a completely dirty political move. They should have gone with the Indian ragas for the entire B777 fleet
43 Shany : Aeroflot also does. Shany
44 Ojas : Which makes me wonder that the places in Qatar would barely enable them to name 10 aircrafts. Unless they start naming planes after areas within Doha
45 KingFriday013 : What about G-VAST? That Boeing 747-41R's name is "Ladybird". Just curious, but the rest of it is really interesting! -J.
46 UAEflyer : You are right the names are after areas in Doha and outside Doha,,, I once read that Qatar have 2000 name. So nothing to worry about naming QR fleet
47 Jonjonnl : I really like the names KL gives their 737-800s and -900s: names of birds. And I like the fact that they have the Dutch name on port side and the Engl
48 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : A couple of airlines of the past that also named their aircraft: British Caledonian - names with Scottish links (places, lakes, historical figures etc
49 LY777 : El Al also names its a/c: for example, for the 777s: 4X-ECA: Galile 4X-ECB: Negev 4X-ECC: Hasharon 4X-ECD: Carmel 4X-ECE: Sderot 4X-ECF: Kiryat Shmona
50 PlaneHunter : These airlines don't name new planes any more. PH
51 JU068 : Didn't LX decorate the inside of their planes with the emblem of the canton after which they were named? I think I read something about it some time a
52 Post contains images SANAV8R : I thought this one renamed 'Spice One' about 2 years ago. Or was it temporary?
53 Moose135 : It's a little known fact that Wilbur used to refer to it as "Bessie"
54 Post contains links TheGreatChecko : Don't forget Frontier Airlines. Each tail has a different animal that has a name. http://www.frontierairlines.com/frontier/fun-stuff/animal-tales.do
55 SalMonela : Not sure it really qualifies, but many DL jets have an employee name on them. 100 "Chairman's Club" staff are selected each year, and they each get t
56 Post contains links Ytib : Hawaiian Airlines names their aircraft. Aloha did as well... http://hnlrarebirds.blogspot.com/200...craft-names-of-aloha-airlines.html
57 BayAreaBlue : AS has the following named aircraft, with the names either on the front left or just aft of the L1 door: N754AS - "Spirit of Alaska" N512AS - "Spirit
58 SANAV8R : I believe CO named one of their 777s after Gordon Bethune (N78001).
59 Viscount724 : Does Aeroflot still name any aircraft? Their A310-300s were named for famous Russian composers/musicians (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov e
60 JU068 : SU still does, like it was mentioned previously. I believe their B767-300 are named after writters
61 DIESEL1337 : Tarom RO still names their aircraft. For instance, the names of the ATR aircraft in the fleet are related to the rivers of Romania, the Boeing aircraf
62 NWADC9 : Northwest Airlink got on board as well, with "Spirit of the Memphis Belle", "Spirit of Paducah", "Spirit of Tri/Cities", and the like. The most recen
63 Vhqpa : Historically QF named their Jet fleet after Australian cities and towns. and TN named their aircraft after Famous Aviators (727), Famous People (A300
64 Gemuser : QF has been naming their aircraft, pretty consistantly, since at least the start of Kangaroo Route services in 1934. I'm pretty sure KLM named their
65 YYZRWY23 : Isn't the policy of LH to only name aircraft after German cities? I thought I read that on this forum a while ago, but I am not 100%. The notable exc
66 PanHAM : German cities and states. Gander & Halifax is the noted exception. LH Cargo names some MD11s after Continents or destination cities and also after la
67 Rjm717 : CO also named their first two DC10-30s as Robert F Six (N68060) and Richard M Adams (N12061). The HA 717 fleet are named after local Hawaiian birds a
68 Willd : It was temporary. AB was also renamed "Birthday Girl" for the 21st Birthday of VS. She was then renamed back to Lady Penelope then changed to Spice O
69 JU068 : JU named some of their DC-10's... wasn't one named Beograd?
70 N1120A : I believe her name is Gander/Halifax.
71 Post contains links Bramble : I think the OP should have made a point regarding airlines who name ALL their fleet (or at least the majority) as opposed to those who only name parti
72 Andaman : Not any more, but Blue1 (SASFinland) has named their twelve planes (Avro85/MD90) after Finnish lakes.
73 Post contains links VV701 : There is a site dedicated to aircraft names: http://www.aircraftinfobase.net/
74 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : Without the slash. View Large View MediumPhoto © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
75 Post contains links 757MDE : This is interesting, do you know any examples? ----- Here in Colombia Avianca used to name their Airplanes after Colombian cities but it wasn't a rul
76 DocLightning : The fact that they haven't yet run out of ideas is impressive, given a rather large fleet.
77 DocLightning : My guess is that at most airlines, the decision to name planes probably falls on one or a few people who genuinely have interest in it and volunteer t
78 DocLightning : Hmmm. I might see my last name on the side of a LH bird one day! That would be cool!
79 OB1504 : I noticed that all of Miami Air's -800s are named after women. Are they just random names, or do they have any connection to the airline and/or its s
80 Post contains links and images Birdwatching : Actually, N1120A is right. You just showed a very old photo. It really is "Gander / Halifax" as you see below. Sorry I couldn't find a better photo.
81 FlyDeltaJets : Correction to my last post, there are actually 3 DL planes with names and 2 of which are in service (other that the ones with the Charimans club nomin
82 QatarA340 : Al-Gharaffa is A7-ADE Airbus A320-232 I know Najma is a planes name, Ithink its A321. Yes, the places are around Qatar and not just Doha.
83 Viscount724 : Thanks. Wonder why they changed the name format?
84 ZK-NBT : NZ's 744's were given names a few years back after the main NZ cities ZK-NBS (Bay of Islands) now retired ZK-NBT (Kaikoura) Now Parked ZK-NBU (Rotorua
85 I380North : I have not read all previous posts, But if I remember right: VS B6 F9 W3 (Nigerian startup: Arik Air). I think the planes are named after Cardinal, Mo
86 Bullpitt : Hi all IB has named it's 340-300 with the names of famous Spanish women and the 340-800 with the name of famous Spanish men. my favorites are ec-idf M
87 757MDE : I like Concha Espino
88 LeftCoaster : Cayman Airways names it's aircraft too. Off the top of my head, their 733's are: Spirit of Miami Spirit of Cayman Islands Spirit of Cayman Brac Spirit
89 Fabo : OK names all of them. All but one bear names of cities in Czech rep. and abroad (only Slovakia maybe - though there are no more planes delivered pre-b
90 Flyiguy : United has named some aircraft and some are with Crew, Retiree's or Passengers names on them. I cant name the aircraft but a 777 has a retiree's name
91 SCL767 : Most of BW's B738s are given slogans relevant to each Caribbean destination that they serve: 9Y-ANU: Antigua & Barbuda: The Beach is Just the Beginni
92 Yankeejuliet : many JM aircraft were named as follows; 6Y-JMC: Spirit of New York 6Y-JMD: Spirit of Wesrmoreland 6Y-JME: Spirit of Portmore 6Y-JMK: Spirit of Mandevi
93 RJLover : QX's old Dash-8-200's had "City of ..." titles. Now there is N434MK, which is named after Milton Kuolt, one of the founders of QX (his name and signat
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