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Alitalia's Strange Registration Policy?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 3:48 am

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)

BIXA (dd 03/94, cn 477)
BIXE (dd 05/94, cn 488)
BIXI (dd 06/94, cn 494)
BIXO (dd 07/94, cn 495)
BIXU (dd 11/94, cn 434)

BIXB (dd 05/95),(cn: 524)

Embraer 145:

EXMA (dd 04/00, cn 250)
EXME (dd 06/00, cn 282)
EXMI (dd 07/00, cn 286)
EXMO (dd 08/00, cn 299)
EXMU (dd 09/00, cn 316)

EXMB (dd 10/00, cn 330)


DUPA (dd 03/92, cn 468) (delivery date exception here)
DUPE (dd 11/91, cn 471)
DUPI (dd 12/91, cn 474)
DUPO (dd 07/92, cn 500)
DUPU (dd 08/92, cn 508)

DUPB (dd 04/93, cn 534)

DAWA (dd 12/83, cn 1126)
DAWE (dd 12/83, cn 1127)
DAWI (dd 02/84, cn 1130)
DAWO (dd 05/84, cn 1136)
DAWU (dd 05/84, cn 1137)

DAWB (dd 05/84, cn 1138)

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.
Any ideas?

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RE: Alitalia's Strange Registration Policy?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 3:59 am

Hi Udo!

Each airline has the own method to register a new aircraft.
Some airline begin from A then B-C-D...and so on.

If you check more carefully other airline registration, you will note that a lot of other airline uses the "Alitalia's method".


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RE: Alitalia's Strange Registration Policy?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 4:21 am

years ago most airliners used to start registering in the middle of the aircraft cause there were pax who thaugt it was a bad sign to fly in the first aircraft (..-..a) of the fleet.
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RE: Alitalia's Strange Registration Policy?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 5:07 am

Maybe it's because it's easier to pronounce the regos with vowels in the end  Confused

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RE: Alitalia's Strange Registration Policy?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 5:29 am

makes no sence
india bravo india kilo alpha
india bravo india kilo bravo
india bravo india kilo uniform

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RE: Alitalia's Strange Registration Policy?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 6:49 am

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.