DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8914 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
The number/letter (if your not in the US) is the plane's ship number. THe airline assigns a number to each plane. For example, N303DL is a Delta 737-232. The registration is on the fuselage, but on the tip of the tail and on the landing gear door is the number 303. G-VIIC (BA 777-236) has IC on its landing gear door and tail tip. Some airlines have them in different places (ie the new DL, BA colours don't have the numbers at the tip) but have them on the door. The number gives the airline another way of easy identification (the number is also used on logbooks, etc.)
Ramprat From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2535 times:
Air Canada has fin numbers for their aircraft. Each type of aircraft has a range.
747 combi's are 341,42,43 ex-CP 381,82,84,85
320's- 201-232 ex-CP 401-416
319's- 251-28? 737's 500 series
DC-9's- 700 series F-28's- 100 BAE-146's-200 series
767's-600 series Dash8's 800/300 series.
One of these numbers will appear on the tail and front gear doors of AC aircraft with the registration on the fuselage.
Sonic99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
Even easier yet from Air Canada, take a look at their fleet site. A welcome addition to any airline website - at least someone at Air Canada seemed to realize that the flying public and spotters alike would be interested in the a/c type they see based on the tail number. Can't say that much about other airlines around the world.