Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17653 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3850 times:
Many airlines do assign by type. For example BA Concordes were G-BOAA, G-BOAB and so forth down to G-BOAG. The reason was that G-BOAC was a tribute to BOAC and was the first Concorde in the BOAC/BA fleet. So yes, there can a lot of significance in regs.
So yes, many spotters can tell the type by reg in many cases.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
sancho99504 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 587 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3549 times:
America West was easy because the a320s are N6XXAW, A319s are N8XXAW, 733s are N3XXAW, and 752s are N9XXAW, so at PHX when at the gate looking at the inbound flight information, the screen would read SEA for destination, 2055 for departure, -72 for minutes to departure, or in some cases +12 for minutes past departure, N323AW for a/c type, and 898 for flight number......pretty easy to know a/c type without seeing the bird
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3485 times:
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Quoting cpd (Reply 8): Anything 9V-SQ.... is always A380, same as a VH-OQ.... registrations, just like A6-ED..... ones, or VH-OG..... are nearly always B767-338/ER, and VH-OJ..... ones are nearly always B747-438.
Err ... 9V-SQ* are B777-200ERs. 9V-SK* are A380s.
For airlines that have different registration series for different aircraft, it's quite easy to tell the aircraft type just by the registration. But for some other airlines, it might be a bit more difficult.
With CX, B-HNA/B/C/D/L are all B777-200s, and any other B-HN* registrations are B777-300s.
B-HL* and B-LA* are A333s.
B-HO* and B-HU* are RR-powered B747-467s, while B-HK* are PW powered ex-SQ B747-412s.
Yes, they do. At my airline N5XX and N6XX and N8XX differentiate between two a/c types and brand new deliveries starting from a specific year. From the outside the average spotter wouldn't know the subtle differences and from an operational standpoint, they do vary on the inside configuration-wise to working crew. For one specific type of a/c we have 3 different galley configurations...the new-old, second-hand, and the brand new, updated version.
FRAIAD From Germany, joined Feb 2011, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3348 times:
LH designates specific regs to certain aircraft types, too. As far as I can identify it, Lufthansa mainline looks like this:
D-AIM - Airbus 380
D-AIK - Airbus A330-300
D-AIF and D-AIG - Airbus 340-300
D-AIH - Airbus 340-600
D-AIR - Airbus A321-100
D-AIS and D-AID - Airbus 321-200
D-AIP, D-AIQ and D-AIZ - Airbus 320-200
D-AIL and D-AIB - Airbus 319-100
D-ABT and D-ABV - Boeing 747-400
D-ABE, D-ABX and D-ABW - Boeing 737-300
D-ABI and D-ABJ - Boeing 737-500
So, in general, D-AI for Airbus and D-AB for Boeing.
kl5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3092 times:
KLM usually has registrationblocks for certain types of a/c
PH-BV* - Boeing 777-306
PH-BQ* - Boeing 777-206
PH-BF* - Boeing 747-406
PH-CK* - Boeing 747-406F
PH-BD* and PH-BT* and PH-BP* - Boeing 737-300/400
PH-BX* and PH-BC*- Boeing 737-800/900
PH-BG* - Boeing 737-700
PH-AO* - Airbus A330-200
PH-KC* - MD11
Like Lufthansa it seems the (PH-)B** is for Boeing (Excpetion the 747-frighters) and (PH-)A** is for Airbus
For KLM Cityhopper it's more or less the same
PH-EZ* - Embraer ERJ-190AR
PH-KZ - Fokker 70
PH-KL* and PH-OF* Fokker 100
ofcourse there is always chance for some "odd-ball" regi's
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
Do they really give the aircraft registration on the screen? I have never seen that. I think it's a great idea, because on many of my flights I can't see the registration or nose number due to the way the airplane's parked. Also, If it's at night, or if there are no windows at the gate, as at some gates at ATL.