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DA,DE,DN,DL Which Is It?  
User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

why does delta have so many 2-letter codes for their registrations?

N863DA

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N810DE

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N176DZ

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N111DN

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N612DL

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These don't even include the D!:
N235WA (well this came from Western)

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N8805E

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N827MH

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N9898 (no letter! very Continental)

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N1501P

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Why does delta have so many Reg # letter combinations! you can fit 1000 for each 2 letter designation (N000DL-N999DL) and i don't think they('ve) have/had that many planes!



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

That's an interesting question. I have asked that myself already, too. In fact, on the MD-88, you find very similar registrations: for example, there is as well N912DE AND N912DL.
You also find this at other US-carriers: For example:
- Northwest: NW, US, NB, etc.
- US Airways: US, UW, AU

And these are all planes that were originally delivered to the certain airline, no second-hand planes or planes that came to the airlines after mergers or acquisitions.

I have no idfea why this is like that.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

As mentioned, some numbers have their roots in the former operator(s) of the aircraft.

That aside, the other main reason aircraft have different letters other than those expected is that the N-numner is already taken. For example, a desired N245DA might already have been assigned to another aircraft (GA or corporate, most likely), so they go for something similar line N245DX or whatever they can get. Doing so allows the airline to keep the N-number consistent with the aircraft's company "fleet" number (if that's what they want) used for various purposes.



User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

that makes sense. but where does something like MH come in?

User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3788 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

I'm wanting to know the answer to the same question! Why do they have so many? Anyway, you're right about the "WA" registrations, they are ex-Western jets.

Here's some more 2 letter codes. There were a lot of different ones for the L-1011 fleet.

N733DS


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N735D


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N736DY


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N756DR


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N760DH


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And this stray 757 reg.-

N752AT (ex-ATA???)


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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

i think it was ex-ATA actually.

i could see lettering the L-1011's by former airline (well almost)

Dear Delta-

there is no M,H,N,Z,P,R or W in the word Delta.

Sincerely-
Billy, age 4.


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

The 752, N752AT is an ex-ATA aircraft.

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
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US Airways and Northwest does that too. Northwest uses the US like US Airways does


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