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User currently onlineHNLPointShoot From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4730 times:

I've previously read that British Airways has a few "themes" they use for the registration codes assigned to their aircraft:

G-YMM* (777): Year 2000
G-VII* (777): "7", for obvious reasons
G-BUS* (A320): Play on Airbus
G-LCY* (E170): London City Airport

I'm wondering if there's some meaning behind other codes (like G-EUU* and G-CIV*) that I'm missing, or if BA only does this for specific instances.

(As a side note, the 8th aircraft in the G-BUS* series combined with London's bid for the 2012 Olympics in 2004 made an amusing photo for my American mind.)  

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User currently offlineseansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 843 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

One of the Airbus A318 which operates London City to New York is registered G-EUNA (European Union/North America)

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

Quoting HNLPointShoot (Thread starter):
I've previously read that British Airways has a few "themes" they use for the registration codes assigned to their aircraft

You know I never noticed the significance of those (other than the -BUS series) on BA before.

Quoting HNLPointShoot (Thread starter):
London's bid for the 2012 Olympics in 2004 made

For a while Swissair had an Airbus registered HB-IOC.



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User currently offlineMartynS From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4641 times:

I believe the original 777s were G-ZZZ* as a Z looks something like a 7

Martyn



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User currently offlinedavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4601 times:
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Quoting HNLPointShoot (Thread starter):
I'm wondering if there's some meaning behind other codes (like G-EUU* and G-CIV*) that I'm missing

G-EU for the European Union

G-CIV = 747-400 with IV being Roman numerals for 4

G-BYG = Big aircraft

G-RAES = Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society

G-STB = STretched Boeing


User currently onlineHNLPointShoot From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4479 times:

Quoting david_itl (Reply 4):
G-CIV = 747-400 with IV being Roman numerals for 4

Thanks; I suspected that, but I wasn't sure since it could've meant "C4" or "104".


User currently offlineSkidMarque From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4409 times:

A couple more :

G-BNLA was the first 747-436 in BA service, the reg being picked for Brand New Large Aircraft.
G-BNWA was the first 767-336ER in BA service, the reg being for Brand New Widebody Aircraft.



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User currently offlineSkidMarque From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4409 times:

Quoting SkidMarque (Reply 6):

p.s. was wondering if BA would go with G-EBOn for the A380s when they come long ....



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User currently offlinevhqpa From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

Quoting SkidMarque (Reply 7):
G-EBOn for the A380s when they come long ....

Perhaps G-BUBx (Big Ugly Bus)?




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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24817 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

One of the more original BA registrations, although it originated with British Caledonian, was the DC-10-30 registered G-DCIO.


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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4140 times:

Don't forget the Concorde registrations, G-BOAA, BOAB, BOAC, BOAD, BOAE, BOAF and BOAG as they would have been the BOAC flagship

User currently offlinedavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4074 times:
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Quoting SkidMarque (Reply 7):
p.s. was wondering if BA would go with G-EBOn for the A380s when they come long ....

I reckon G-LAW should be good for them. Large Airbus Widebody. There are only 3 aircraft in that block (S, T and X).

With 12 ordered and 7 options, they could take the block from LAWA to LAWR.


User currently offlinehotplane From UK - England, joined Jul 2006, 1037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

Quoting david_itl (Reply 11):
I reckon G-LAW should be good for them. Large Airbus Widebody. There are only 3 aircraft in that block (S, T and X).

Some of the 767s end in W*. It may get confusing if two aircraft with similar registrations are on tow caliing the last two letters as the callsign.



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User currently offlinedavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3987 times:
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Quoting hotplane (Reply 12):
*. It may get confusing if two aircraft with similar registrations

Okay let's alter the block to:

G-LDD. Large Double Decker. No aircraft registered in that block and I'm not aware of a 3rd letter "D" in their currenct fleet.


User currently offlinevv701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7387 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

Quoting HNLPointShoot (Thread starter):
(As a side note, the 8th aircraft in the G-BUS* series combined with London's bid for the 2012 Olympics in 2004 made an amusing photo for my American mind.)

Apparently he gave BA no choice in the matter. It is suggested that BA had to put the slogan on G-BUSH after he refused to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tony Blair and add his signature of support alongside Tony's on this aircraft:

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By the way you can just see the second half of Tony Blair's signature in the above photo. It is the first signature under the blanked out windows immediately aft of Door 2 and below the letters 'AIR' of 'AIRWAYS'.


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6686 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3863 times:

Quoting david_itl (Reply 11):
I reckon G-LAW should be good for them. Large Airbus Widebody.

Or

G-VLA* very large aircraft/airbus..... except for VLAD (a YAK) and VLAX, a VS 744
G-ULA* ultra...... except 'B and 'S



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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Quoting oly720man (Reply 15):
VLAX, a VS 744

VLAX has been retired for nearly ten years. It was on one of Virgin's old 742s


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3855 times:

Another I believe is is G-GBTA for Guild of Business Travel Agents.

The BAe ATP fleet took registrations in the G-BTPx series, which could be said to stand for British Turbo Prop.

The majority of the 737-436 fleet are registered G-DOCx - it's an out of sequence registration series for which I can't a reason for BA to use. Anyone able to shed any light on this?



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6686 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 16):
VLAX has been retired for nearly ten years. It was on one of Virgin's old 742s

Oops, yes... going blind.



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User currently offlineJER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Quoting hotplane (Reply 12):
Some of the 767s end in W*. It may get confusing if two aircraft with similar registrations are on tow caliing the last two letters as the callsign.

BA generally use the last three letters when identifying aircraft, e.g. NLA, OCI, IIV. Although as far as I can tell they would be ok just using 2 at the moment.

Perhaps G-LHRx would be suitable? They of course currently use G-LCYx, and have used G-MANx for the old ATPs.



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User currently offlinevv701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7387 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

Quoting JER757 (Reply 19):
They of course currently use G-LCYx, and have used G-MANx for the old ATPs

The ATPs registered in the G-MANx series were given those registrations by Manx Airlines, later absorbed by British Regional Airlines that eventually became BA Connect. So the 'MAN' does not refer to Manchester Ringway Airport but to Manx and the Isle of Man. (Incidentally Manx also gave one of their ATPs the registration G-MAUD in recognition of a long serving employee named Maud.)

However BA leased seven Boeing 737 300s for use initially by British Airways (Regional). One of them was registered G-XMAN and another G-XBHX. The others were G-OAMS, G-ODUS, G-OFRA, G-OHAJ and G-OMUC. But despite the claims of some that BA is London Airways we have never seen a BA aircraft incorporating either LHR or LGW in their registrations.

This aircraft and three others registered in the same sequence were operated by Highland Division British Airways:

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User currently offlinedavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3596 times:
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Quoting vv701 (Reply 20):
But despite the claims of some that BA is London Airways

Remind us of what BA's UK regional network of international and domestic routes are that do not link with a London airport. I seem to have forgotten them. Having a plane registered with MAN or BHX in them does not mean anything apart from a feeble attempt at marketing - passengers would hardly notice the registration.


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

Quoting vv701 (Reply 20):
The ATPs registered in the G-MANx series were given those registrations by Manx Airlines, later absorbed by British Regional Airlines that eventually became BA Connect.

The BAe Jetstream 41s operated by Manx were also registered G-MAJx - MAnx Jetstream. These were operated by BRAL after the Manx/Loganair merger, and are now in service with Eastern Airlines.

Loganair also had its BAe ATP aircraft registered G-LOGx. Loganair and Manx Airlines were both part of the Airlines of Britain Group at that time - sister airlines to British Midland. I always found it amusing that Manx and Loganair ended up flying as BA franchise carriers.

Other BA franchise carriers had themed registrations: -

* G-CFAx - CityFlyer Avro - RJ100s operated by CityFlyer Express
* G-LGNx - Loganair SAAB 340s
* G-MEDx - A320 and A321 aircraft operated by British MEDiterranean
* G-TTOx - A320 (Three Two O) operated by GB Airways
* G-TTIx - A321 (Three Two I) operated by GB Airways
* G-MSKx - Boeing 737-5L9 and Canadair CRJ aircraft operated by Maersk Air UK
* G-BRYx - Dash 7 and Dash 8 aircraft operated by BRYmon Airways
* G-OGBx - certain Boeing 737 aircraft operated by GB Airways



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

Quoting david_itl (Reply 13):
G-LDD. Large Double Decker. No aircraft registered in that block and I'm not aware of a 3rd letter "D" in their currenct fleet.

Or what about G-BEA* meaning Biggest Ever Aircraft! It would be a really nice reminder of the golden days of air travel and a reminder of how far the airline has come.

Concorde got reg G-BOA* and now the A380s could get G-BEA*

[Edited 2010-07-02 09:08:33]

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 23):
Concorde got reg G-BOA* and now the A380s could get G-BEA*

Unfortunately not unless the CAA changed the rules regarding the reuse of previously issued registrations. Unlike countries like Germany or Australia, once a registration has been used it can only be reused if the same aircraft came back onto the UK register.

Maybe BA could register the A380s in the Isle of Man - M-BEAx  



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25 nicksaab : BRAL and then Connect also used to have Embraer 145's all with G-EMB (EMBraer) from A to Y before selling the routes and some of the newer planes onto
26 vv701 : And Brymon and then BA Connect had seven Embraer 145s registered G-ERJA to 'JG where 'ERJ' equals Embraer Regional Jet.
27 Wrighbrothers : Since the old issue of London Airways has come up.... Technically speaking as you made no specifications, from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen; Campel
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