Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17625 posts, RR: 65
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 13341 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.
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TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 4550 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 13299 times:
LH always names their planes, usually after German cities or Lï¿½nder. 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 ).
Even today, everybody knows it as the Landshut-Entfï¿½hrung. 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.
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)
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HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13206 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.
IFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13148 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, ...)
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13119 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
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8590 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 12966 times:
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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