BaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
Does anyone know if there is a list of British Airways aircraft names? I'm particularly interested in the names of their old L-1011s, many of which had names such as 'The Red Devil Rose' (G-BEAL). I'm pretty sure I once flew on one called 'The Lakeland Rose'. I'm a bit curious about the meaning of these names?
BaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
Hmm. Interesting. Thanks for that. I guess they are names of different rose varieties. I did a search on 'Elizabeth Harkness' and it returned a link to roses.co.uk. I'd always thought they were names of some famous ships or something.
Looks like they may have renamed some of the 1011's later on. I looked for G-BGBB ('The Lakeland Rose') but the aircraft seems to have a different name. I can't quite make out what it says, but it's definitely not 'The Lakeland Rose'.
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2441 times:
I flew on G-BGBB from Bahrain to London in 1989. Aircraft name was Bridlington Bay.
Around this time some Tristars (roses became bays)and 747-100/200's (explorers and cities became waters)were renamed- it was hard to keep up with the changes.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
Yup - they were initially all called after roses - but later on many were called after Bays. Certainly flew many times on Red Devil, Red Ensign and Morning Jewel many times all the way to Kuala Lumpur during the 80s.
When BA repainted their aircrfat into the Blue Landor colours, many seemed to have been renamed and seem to remember flying on Bay of Biscay and Morecombe Bay (?) - also to KUL - but that was such a long time ago now - sadly...