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G-BNLX Name?  
User currently offlinemusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 861 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

I see from my records that I flew on G-BNLX SFO - LHR on 15 Sept 2000, and it was named "City of London".

Was this a short term promotional thing connected with an inaugural flight to a new destination, or what?

Many thanks - musang

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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

At that time all BA mainline aircraft were named, each series of aircraft had a theme, in your case UK cities, others I can remember were castles and rivers. I'm not sure when it was dropped, but it was probably soon after you travelled on City of London

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

This seems odd, as the name City of London was carried by G-BNLA, whilst G-BNLX was named City of Worcester. However, this was when BA named their aircraft when carrying the Landor colours. In 2000 I think that G-BNLX would have been in a World Tails colour, so maybe it was a temporary name for promotional purposes on G-BNLX?


Let's Go British Caledonian!
User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

The photo trail (on this website) confirms 'City of Worcester' whilst in Landor Colours, then painted in 'Waves of the City' livery in the Utopia period. Then to Union Flag - it had 'United Kingdom' written in small print at the front of the aircraft at the time of painting. I can't see any record of it being named City of London' which was, as FlyCaledonian states was worn by G-BNLA.

User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Another thought - are you 100% certain you flew on 'LX as in some lights or at some angles an A might appear to be an X!

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24917 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 2):
This seems odd, as the name City of London was carried by G-BNLA, whilst G-BNLX was named City of Worcester.

BA 747-136 G-AWNG was also named "City of London". It was later renamed "Rutland Water".


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User currently offlinebluesky73 From UK - England, joined Oct 2012, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Shame that BA dropped the names. I know they weren't as creative as the Pan Am clipper names but still better than no name. Also like the virgin names and the link with the reg.

Does anyone have a link to or a full list of the names for the TriStars, 757s, all 747s etc? If I remember correctly the BAC111 were county's.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24917 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Quoting bluesky73 (Reply 6):
Does anyone have a link to or a full list of the names for the TriStars, 757s, all 747s etc? If I remember correctly the BAC111 were county's.

See this 2009 thread which has many names in several replies.
Names On BA Planes (by Tonyflyboi Jan 18 2009 in Civil Aviation)#1


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

The 748s were named after whiskeys. Glen Livet etc

User currently offlineviscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1342 times:
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The Tristars were named after English Roses  


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User currently onlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

I flew on G-AWNH in 1986 ORD-LHR "City of Elgin"....never heard of it until then, shame they dropped the names though. I was on Lufthansa at the weekend and our plane back from FRA was "Gera" and just on the side near the front galley on the way out I noticed a plaque that told you about the name/place.

Tristar and roses...of course that brings back memories! I loved the Tristars and miss them.

I suppose if BA still had a naming policy, G-XLEA would be "City of London"


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7401 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Quoting musang (Thread starter):
I see from my records that I flew on G-BNLX SFO - LHR on 15 Sept 2000, and it was named "City of London".

G-BNLX was painted in the World Images (Utopia) Waves of the City livery in January 1998 and entered service as such on 22 January with the name "Waves of the City" on its nose.

It continued to operate in these colours and with this name until it operated ISB-MAN-LHR (BA128) on 24 January 2000. It was then ferried LHR-CGB (BA9173P) and was delivered to Marshalls of Cambridge to befitted with the then new First Generation Lie-flat J Class seats and the also new W Class cabin. While at Marshalls its tail (but not its fuselage or engines) was repainted in the current Union Flag scheme. However the "USA" titles it had carried in its previous livery were painted out and the "Waves of the City" name was overpainted.

'LX was ferried CBG-LHR (BA9177E) on 23 March and re-entered service on 29 March (LHR-JFK, BA177). Together with sister ship G-CIVW its operations were then focused on this specific flight and its return (BA177/174), the first BA flight to offer its Business Class passengers a virtual guarantee of travelling with a lie-flat seat. To mark this situation 'LX was named "City of New York" but I am unsure whether this name was painted on it while it was still at CBG or after it was returned to LHR. Here are a couple of images where the name can almost be read:


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Not that long after - but I have bot determined when - 'LX's name was changed again. Here it can be seen to be "United Kingdom":


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The first of the above photos was taken in August 2002. However 'LX had been carrying the "United Kingdom" name for at least five months at that time. Here you cannot read the name but given the choice of the two names it must be "United Kingdom":


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So as far as I can determine 'LX was named "City of New York" in September 2000.

In the early part of the last decade when the above photos were taken, BA quite commonly used the "City of Xxxxx" name for aircraft launching a new service. Here are some other examples:

772 G-VIIA in Waves of the City livery temporarily renamed "City of Denver" for launch of LHR-DEN service 1 September 1998. "Waves of the City" name restored by end October.

772 G-YMMB in Union Flag livery temporarily named "City of Phoenix" for launch of LHR-PHX 772 service 25 March 2001. Name removed by 14 April.

772 G-YMMF in Union Flag livery temporarily named "Spirit of San Diego" for launch of LHR-SAN 772 service 25 March 2001. Name removed by mid April.

772 G-TMMG in Union Flag livery temporarilly named "City of Chicago" for launch of LHR-ORD 772 service 8 December 2000. Name removed by 14 April.


User currently offlinemusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 861 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Quoting TimRees (Reply 4):
are you 100% certain you flew on 'LX

I didn't photograph it unfortunately, but confident it was 'LX. I have my whole life's passenger flying recorded (starting with a BOAC Junior Jet Club Logbook, now an Excel spreadsheet!

I'll be embarrassed if I got it wrong, and thanks All for the fascinating replies.

Regards - musang


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