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Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?  
User currently offlineJulesmusician From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10692 times:

Following this sad story about Daniel Swaddle, see http://www.jules-pages.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/danielswaddle.mpg are any airlines still naming their aircraft and if so what determines what they are called? Can you even suggest names if you work for the airline?

J

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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10687 times:
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It seems to be uncommon among US airlines.

I've noticed names on KLM and BA aircraft (at least the larger ones for sure).

I wish more airlines would do it - particularly for the bigger ships.



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17036 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10658 times:

SK still names all planes "xxx Viking". This can be humorous, like their 747 named "Huge Viking" (Huge is an old norse name). Ironically, "Huge Viking" is nowadays a Dash-8.

VS names planes and often has "meaningful" regs likge G-VFLY and G-VROC.

AI, AZ and LH all name planes, just to mention a few.

Quoting Molykote (Reply 1):

I've noticed names on KLM and BA aircraft (at least the larger ones for sure).

BA and KL name all planes.

[Edited 2005-12-25 14:12:25]


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10654 times:

Virgin Atlantic name EVERY single aircraft...

Not long ago they sold for charity the ability to have your name on the side of our next A340-600 (G-VFIZ).

I think if you sent them a letter with some good suggestions they might take them on board...



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17036 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10628 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 3):
Virgin Atlantic name EVERY single aircraft...

Also, VS names are normally original or funny or cool. Many other airlines are a bit more serious.
Some examples:
Tinker Belle
Miss Kitty
Jersey Girl (to celebrate Newark)
Cosmic Girl
Virgin Lady
Indian Princess
etc...

Full list: http://www.v-flyer.com/aircraft.asp



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User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10628 times:
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OU does it as well. The a/c are named according to their type:

A319s / A320s are named after Croatian cities
ATR-42s (just the three of them) are named after Croatian regions



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3571 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 10586 times:

LH always names their planes, usually after German cities or L�nder. This can actually lead to some airplanes getting famous because of their name.

The most famous incident was a 737-200, named "Landshut" which was captured by RAF terrorists (not the Royal Air Force, a German terorist group called Rote Armee Fraktion  Wink ).

Even today, everybody knows it as the Landshut-Entf�hrung. I don't know whether LH ever named a plane Landshut again, but somehow I doubt that. The name is written on the airplane, and usually there is an official ceremony where the name is given to the plane.

I think it is a good tradition, what I found interesting, though, is the fact that names are connected to certain planes. In German trains, for example, the name is connected to the train-number, so the train leaving Hamburg bound for Munich at 11 o'clock always has the same name. Maybe this could be a cool concept for aviation as well, giving individual routes an individual product.


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3520 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 10582 times:

El Al names their airplanes.

I know they have Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv which are 744s.



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10585 times:

every of jetBlue's A320 planes are named

I find one of their plane's name interesting:

"Devil With A Blue Dress On"



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1544 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10565 times:

Qantas name their bigger aircraft like 747s etc.
747s are usally named after cities and towns.



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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10563 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 4):
Also, VS names are normally original or funny or cool. Many other airlines are a bit more serious

they also often tie in with the reg's

G-VGOA - Indian princess
G-VROC - Mustang Sally
G-VLIP - Hot lips
G-VNAP - sleeping beauty?? i think
G-VEIL - Queen of the Skies


User currently offlineA330Fan From Ireland, joined Aug 2005, 207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10560 times:

On some (but, I think all) EI aircraft it has the name written on one side in english and then written on the opposite side the name written again in Irish. It's a nice touch I think.


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User currently offlineStoicescu From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10553 times:

TAROM has all their ATRs and 737 named after Rumanian cities and their A310s (not flying this days) named after Rumanian regions.

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10546 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
every of jetBlue's A320 planes are named

Furthermore, if I'm not mistaken, they all have the word "Blue" somewhere in their name (Blue Skies Ahead, Canyon Blue, Can't Get Enough of Blue, La Vie in Blue, Baby Blue, Ole Blue Eyes, Blue Moon, Mystic Blue, Blue-T-Ful... well, you get my point)

Lincoln



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10534 times:

It's entirely up to the airline, obviously.

KLM organized a competition among its passengers to think up the names for its A330s - the winner came up with city square names.

Also KLM often choose names beginning with the last one of the registration - PH-BFA Atlanta, PH-BFB Bangkok and so on. This serves no purpose other than maintaining a tradition. thumbsup 

VLM of Belgium have temporarily named aircraft after their employee of the month. thumbsdown  As every sailor knows, you shouldn't change the name of your ships.

Peter



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User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10505 times:

I have names for many of the airplanes I work on, usually some variation of "pig" or "junk" ... Not really official, though.

Canadian Pacific Airlines used to name their airplanes "Empress of ...". Air Canada never has, as far as I know.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10493 times:

Out here AI names their Aircraft.But no the General public does not decide.
AI names their B742s after Emperors,The B744s after places of architectural or tourist interest in India,A310s after Rivers & B772s after Ragas.
Blue Dart [BDA/DHL] has them named after Visions ie Visions I, Vision II, Vision III etc.
Spice Jet has them named after Spices.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineORDSPOTTER From Poland, joined Apr 2005, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10483 times:

LOT POLISH AIRLINES names their planes after cities in Poland.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineIFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 10435 times:

Alitalia names all of its planes.

Except A320s, each aircraft is christened by category / subcategory but names are always related to Italian art, history or geography.

For example, all A300s received the name or nickname of a famous painter from the Middle Ages to the XVII century.

All DC-9s were christened after Italian regions (I-ATxx regs) or Italian islands (I-DIxx regs); also all A319 are named after Italian islands (I didn't check if they reused names from withdrawn DC9s).

MD80s are named after Italian cities (without any sort of classification or alphabetical criteria, except for the first two delivered that were named "Milano" and "Roma", the two most important cities in Italy)

A321 are named after famous Italian "Piazza" (city squares).

A320s are a mixed list of famous musicians from all Europe and Italian monuments; MD11s were named after Italian composers.

B767 are named after Italian explorers (like Colombo, Vespucci etc.)

B777 are named after famous Italian touristic resorts (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Portofino, ...)


User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4196 posts, RR: 37
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 10408 times:

Pinnacle has 2 CRJ's that are named...

the first one-ship 8390... "Spirit of Memphis Belle"...

and the 100th one... ship 8944.... "Spirit of Beale Street."



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 10406 times:

Gotta love how UAL was selling aircraft names to people...it's say "Peter so-and-so, Customer". Really original names guys.

Always loved Pan Am's "Clippers"...now that was pretty classy. DL names it's aircraft too- go down to the ramp and check out the belly or main gear doors, and written in the dirt youll sometimes see "Piece of Shit" or something like that, courtesy of a smartass ramper somewhere  mischievous 

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineIsuA380B777 From New Zealand, joined May 2005, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10394 times:

Air NewZealand named it's 747-400 fleet after key New Zealand destinations. The eight planes are named as

Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Christchurch, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Rotorua, Queenstown and Wellington.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8452 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10253 times:
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SAA don't name their planes anymore which is sad.

Previously, they all carried names of South African places or features.

747-200 and SP were named after mountain ranges
747-300 and 400 after cities, except:
744 "The Great North" (named after a province)
744 "Vulindlela" (means "opening the way" in the Nguni language)
743 "Ndizani" (means "soaring to new heights")
737-200 after rivers
A320 after birds
A300 after antelope



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User currently offlineQantasPilot From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10250 times:

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 9):
Qantas name their bigger aircraft like 747s etc.
747s are usally named after cities and towns.

All of our aircraft, bar the BAe 146's, B717's and Dash 8's (well, excluding two of them) are named; It isn't just the 747's.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10220 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 22):
SAA don't name their planes anymore which is sad.

What was the reason for the stoppage.
regds
MEL



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25 Matt72033 : but the ones that have been named still have their names on right?
26 Burnsie28 : Northwest has a few left, they took the names off of the new painted. I think The City of Detroit, The City of Tokyo, and The Spirit of the Northwest
27 HAWK21M : Personally I feel A Name to an Aircraft makes it sound so much better.I remember the AI Names Well & during our discussions at Work We often call them
28 StealthZ : And G-VWKD could only be "Miss Behavin'"
29 Matt72033 : i believe the next 346, G-VBLU will be called soul sista![Edited 2006-01-02 14:43:23]
30 Andz : No idea Mel but with the current chaos in SAA it was either overlooked or seen as something from the "old regime" and therefore not seen as acceptabl
31 Post contains images AR1300 : Jerusalem is a 747 too.So Galil is(I think) And WN has the Spirit of Hope, for the Ronald McDonald house for the children. Also Southern Winds(RIP) u
32 HAWK21M : Thats one common policy out here too.A new party in power will reverse the policies of the previous government.' The latest is Road & City naming. I
33 Post contains links and images FLY2HMO : Don't forget MX. View Large View MediumPhoto © Ricardo Morales Aviation Photography of Mexico MX has named most of their planes for a long time,
34 Post contains images Ghost77 : But unfortunately MX name thing tradition is over with the new c/s! . ghost77 APM
35 Post contains links and images MX757 : CO only has two aircraft with names on them, both 777,s. Ship 001, "Gordon M. Bethune", the honor was bestowed on Gordon right before he retired as a
36 Ha763 : Hawaiian and Aloha also name all their aircraft. Aloha's -200s are named after ali'i (Hawaiian rulers/royalty) and the -700s for Hawaiian navigators o
37 Post contains links and images MissedApproach : AFAIK, the only current Canadian airline that names it's airplanes is Buffalo Airways, http://www.buffaloairways.com/ out of Yellowknife. View Large V
38 Flyingdutchman : MARTINAIR names their planes after members of the Dutch Royal Family: MD-11 PH-MCU Prinses Maxima B747-200 PH-MCE Prins van Oranje B747-200 PH-MCF Pri
39 PWM2TXLHopper : IcelandAir also names all of their 757 fleet.
40 Post contains images HAWK21M : Any Airline name their Aircraft after Politicians regds MEL
41 Post contains links Purpleheepster : Have a look at this relevent website http://www.aircraftinfobase.net/
42 HAWK21M : Nice link Thanks. regds MEL
43 DColeMAN : Jet2.com also name their aircraft after the destinations they fly to. Dale
44 Gunships : FedEx aircraft are named after the children of the employees of FedEx.
45 HAWK21M : How is that decided.Is it on merit/Random. regds MEL
46 Gunships : Employees can register the names via the internet, but I am not familiar with the exact process used by the company to select the names.
47 HAWK21M : Thats a nice gesture.Maybe this can be tried out here. regds MEL
48 Post contains links and images ReidYYZ : Years ago United used to "sell" naming thier new 777's to FFlyers for points. Your name in 6" high letters for, I think, a year. As seen here: View La
49 Post contains images HAWK21M : Talk about Ideas How much would a decal cost an Airline. regds MEL
50 ReidYYZ : It is much cheaper than letting them use the same 100K FF miles on flights.
51 Post contains images HAWK21M : Exactly....Why not increase the Number of names permitted. regds MEL
52 ReidYYZ : It's one thing to cash in 100K FF miles to have your name, it is an entirely different thing (to ones ego) to share with others. And highly unlikely
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