lmml 14/32
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Same Reg'n - Different Plane!

Sun Nov 10, 2002 10:43 pm

How can two different aircraft carry the same registration?


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SAS-A321
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RE: Same Reg'n - Different Plane!

Sun Nov 10, 2002 10:55 pm

Not at the same time....
If an aircraft is scrapped or sold to another country the reg. will be taken from it or given a new one in the country it's sold to.
It's Scandinavian
 
lmml 14/32
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RE: Same Reg'n - Different Plane!

Sun Nov 10, 2002 11:08 pm

I was always under the impression that a reg'd dies with the plane. Especially since this one ends with "PA", which was PanAM's designation. I am obviously wrong. But are there any more instances like the one above?
 
RayPettit
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RE: Same Reg'n - Different Plane!

Sun Nov 10, 2002 11:24 pm

They certainly don't always die with the plane, an example being Qantas earlier B707 and B747 which both used the VH-EB series.
However, anything on the UK register is used for one plane only, unless it has not been taken up for some reason. It is for this reason that a vintage lightplane imported into the UK in recent years can have a period registration (e.g. in the G-AF.. series) because that registration mark was never used at the time.
And by the way 'PA' is not an official FAA 'designation' for Panam - Panam just reserved a range of registrations with that suffix. There would be nothing to stop Mr Hank J Bloggs from registering his new Cessna as NxxxPA, as long it had not been reserved.
That's why Delta have to use slightly different suffixes, their favourite DL may have already been issued to another user.

Ray
 
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RE: Same Reg'n - Different Plane!

Mon Nov 11, 2002 3:31 am

In Germany you find several examples, especially in the Lufthansa fleet, as they have their "series" that they use again and again:

D-ABK* used to be B727-200, later B737-400. See e.g. D-ABKL:

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D-ABE* used to be B737-100, now B737-300. See e.g. D-ABED:

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D-AIB* used to be A300B, now A340-200. See e.g. D-AIBA:

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D-ABI* used to be B727-100, now B737-500. See e.g. D-ABIO:

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D-AIC* used to be A310-200, now Condor A320-200. See e.g. D-AICB:

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D-ADBO used to be DC-10, now dba B737-300:

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But in most cases, there were at least 5 years between retirement of the old reg and delivery of the new reg.