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Airline Name/reg'n On Wings?  
User currently offlinetymnbalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 953 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

Remember "back in the day" when airlines painted their names and the a/c reg'n number on the wings of aircraft? Was this a requirement at one time? This practice seems to have fallen by the wayside for many carriers.

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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12595 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

As far as the registration is concerned,I think it depends on the regulator in each country. My understanding is that most countries require the registration to be painted on the underside of the aircraft wing.

User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4763 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Alitalia still paints their name on the wings to this day.


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Quoting tymnbalewne (Thread starter):
This practice seems to have fallen by the wayside for many carriers.

True for the name ... but many airline still display the reg. number under the wings ...


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User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1800 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5143 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 3):
True for the name ... but many airline still display the reg. number under the wings ...

And a couple paint their names on the belly


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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7394 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4937 times:

I wish Air New Zealand would display their name under wings... It's such a classy touch which harks back to military insignia and the proper old fashioned carriers - whereas on the belly is crass and a bit "new money/LCC" advertising hoarding..

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4914 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 3):
but many airline still display the reg. number under the wings ...

Isn't it a legal requirement to have it under the wings? On top is still common in Russia and I've seen it with a few South American airlines too.


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User currently onlinemarky From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

Annex 7 to the Chicago Convention requires the registration marks of an aircraft to be carried on the underside of the port wing, and most countries follow this. There are some exceptions that file a 'difference' with ICAO and don't follow this requirement - the USA being the most notable.

User currently offlinealwaysontherun From Netherlands Antilles, joined Jan 2010, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4888 times:

What about KLM's logo on the winglets of the MD-11 and B744.
Nice touch.....

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User currently offlinegatechae From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4781 times:


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Its not under the wing, but I've always thought JL 's "rising sun" on the wings to be cool.



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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4751 times:

So, what's the purpose of writing the name/reg on the wings? How come US carriers don't do it?

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4576 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

Quoting gatechae (Reply 9):
Its not under the wing, but I've always thought JL 's "rising sun" on the wings to be cool.

ANA has that too:


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It doesn't appear on every Japanese aircraft however, so I don't know what the significance is exactly.

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User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4452 times:

Quoting chrisair (Reply 10):
So, what's the purpose of writing the name/reg on the wings?

Could it be for identification purposes on the ramp for fuelling/baggage loading to help avoid servicing the wrong aircraft? Or perhaps when written on top of the wing it would help identification from the air in flight or god forbid in the event of an accident?


User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

It is written on the tops of the wings in China (as well as underneath). The port wing has the carrier's name on top, and the starboard wing has the registration.

Often helpful for getting the reg'n mid-flight, just by looking out the right window.

Presumably it helps those in the control towers too.

I wish more countries would follow this excellent lead!


User currently offlineBoeing77w From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3669 times:

Annex 7 of The Chicago Convention lays down the guidelines for aircraft markings/registration. The UK CAA requires the aircraft registration to be visible with the naked eye at 500ft above ground level, 500ft being the minimum altitude above the ground an aircraft may fly in normal flight - Rules of the Air, Rule 5.

User currently offlinerailker From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

CARs states that "marks on the wing are optional" (min. size of lettering, 50cm (19.68 inches)), and that if you don't have the registration printed onto the wings, the minimum size for the lettering on the fuselage doubles. Height of letting normally 'not less than 15cm (5.9 inches)'. If marks aren't displayed on the wing, 'they must be 30cm (11.8 inches) in height' ... or if your plane isn't that big, they have to be as big as you can fit otherwise.

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12965 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 4):
whereas on the belly is crass and a bit "new money/LCC" advertising hoarding..

IMHO it's better than doing nothing with that space.

Quoting gatechae (Reply 9):
Its not under the wing, but I've always thought JL 's "rising sun" on the wings to be cool.

And one of my recently departed friends definitely did not, having seen them over Pearl Harbor, then having spent the next few years shooting at them, and in tern getting shot at by them.



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User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Many airlines in Europe also paint the registration on the starboard upper wing as well, as do some other Asian carriers.

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And, yes, Alitalia still paints its name and logo on both upper wings.

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