Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 913 times:
I have been wondering about Alitalia’s registration policy quite some time. Has anyone an idea why they almost always use the five vocals A, E, I, O, U for the first five aircraft of any type? After having finished the vocals they start with B, C, D and so on. Examples:
BIKA (delivery date 03/99, construction number 951)
BIKE (dd 05/99, cn 999)
BIKI (dd 01/00, cn 1138)
BIKO (dd 03/00, cn 1168)
BIKU (dd 0500, cn 1217)
BIKB (dd 05/00, cn 1226)
The same can be found for their growing A319 (BIMA, BIME, BIMI, BIMO, BIMU…) and upcoming B777 (DIMA, DIME, DIMI, DIMO, DIMU, DIMB) fleets.
B763 are not affected, but they are partly Irish-registered.
PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 809 times:
Alitalia have done this ever since they started. Don't exactly know why but it does happen with other airlines and some US carriers have done the same thing, starting in the middle of a number sequence and then working backwards before going forwards. There are even examples in the past of airlines working completely in reverse order.
Whilst on the subject there are some other oddities.
BOAC went out of their way to avoid the VD "last two". Know alls used to joke that it was because no-one would fly on a diseased aircraft. Truth is that the Britannia 312 G-AOVD crashed prior to delivery to BOAC and when the VC10 was allocated a registration block in the then very formal and strictly consecutive British register beginning G-ARV, BOAC refused to accept G-ARVD.
Another BOAC oddity Was 100 series Britannia G-APLL. The rest of the series was registered in the G-ANB series. 'PLL had been G-ANBG and was a bit of a jinx aircraft and was a bit of a hangar queen.
It quickly gained the "no bloody good" appellation. After a while management decided to try to improve matters and this was, for the 1950s, an extremely rare occurence of a British aircraft being re-registered within the register.
The aircraft ended up with BKS (later Northeast) and the last remnants - and I think they were the last 100srs Britannia remnants in the UK - were visible at Newcastle, on the fire dump in the shape of the main undercarriage, for many years.