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What airlines name their airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:41 am

What airlines name their airplanes after people, places or objects? I personally think it gives the airplane more of a "personality". KLM has different methods of naming their aircraft. I have been on several KLM planes where the names are stuck in my head "Sir Geoffry DeHavilland", "Sir Frank Whittle", "City of Nairobi", "Annie Romein" and various others.

Northwest used to have names on all of their 757's before the "bowling shoe" scheme. I can remember "Amsterdam" and "Boston". Why didn't NW keep these names when they went to the "bowling shoe" scheme? They seem to have a few 744's and one 753 with names.

What airlines names their airplanes, and what are some of your favorite names.

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What airlines name their airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:45 am

Pan Am had the best names...

Some of the 747s and 727s I flew on:

Clipper Neptunes Car
Clipper Dashing Wave
Clipper Gem of the Skies
Clipper Racer
Clipper Wizard
China Clipper II
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What airlines name their airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:48 am

jetBlue uses the word "blue" on each aircraft. "Blues Brothers" rings a bell.



 
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RE: Airplane Names

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:55 am

SK are using names from the old Viking saga, appropriate for a Scandinavian airline as the Vikings lived in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. (For ppl who don't know and who might care, SAS is jointly owned by the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian states).
TG use names on cities, provinces and places in Thailand, as well as names of ancient heroes, Kings and mythological persons or creatures from Thai folklore.
All the a/c in these two airlines fleets have names.
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:13 am

Air India has named every single aircraft that they have operated. Since I'm bored I'll list all the jets from memory (yes, I'm a dork).

Boeing 707s (Himalayan Peaks)

VT-DJI : Nandadevi
VT-DJJ : Gaurishankar
VT-DJK : Everest
VT-DMN : Kanchenjunga
VT-DNY : Dhaulagiri
VT-DNZ : Nanga Parbat
VT-DPM : Makalu
VT-DSI : Lhotse
VT-DVA : Annapurna
VT-DVB : Kamet
VT-DXT : Trishul

Boeing 747-200/300s (Emperors)

VT-EBD : Ashoka
VT-EBE : Shahjehan
VT-EBN : Rajendra Chola
VT-EBO : Vikramaditya
VT-EDU : Akbar
VT-EFJ : Chandragupta
VT-EFO : Kanishka
VT-EFU : Krishna Deva Raya
VT-EGA : Samudra Gupta
VT-EGB : Mahendra Varman
VT-EGC : Harsha Vardhana
VT-ENQ : Himalaya*
VT-EPW : Shivaji
VT-EPX : Narasimha Varman

(* - Second hand aircraft purchased from SQ)

Airbus A300/A310 (Rivers)

VT-EHN : Ganga
VT-EHO : Godavari
VT-EHQ : Cauvery
VT-EJG : Jamuna
VT-EJH : Teesta
VT-EJI : Saraswati
VT-EJJ : Beas
VT-EJK : Gomati
VT-EJL : Sabarmati
VT-EQS : Krishna
VT-EQT : Narmada
VT-EVE : Periyar
VT-EVF : Mahanadi
VT-EVG : Kosi
VT-EVH : Tungabhadra
VT-EVI : Brahmaputra
VT-EVU : Godavari*
VT-EVW : Cauvery*
VT-EVX : Luni
VT-EVY : Ganga*
VT-AIA : Tapti

(* - Name reused after retirement of A300B4 fleet)

Boeing 747-400s (Tourist Sites)

VT-ESM : Konark
VT-ESN : Tanjore
VT-ESO : Khajuraho
VT-ESP : Ajanta
VT-EVA : Agra
VT-EVB : Velhagoa
VT-EVJ : Fatehpur Sikri
VT-AIC : Sanchi
VT-AID : Kaziranga
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:34 am

WN has several.

Here are a few that come to mind:

Triple Crown
LoneStar One...has the new interior and its new Canyon Blue tail
Silver One...new interior
Spirit One...Launched the Canyon Blue Livery
Nevada One
New Mexico One
Shamu One
Shamu Two
Shamu Three
California One
Nolan Ryan Express
The June Morris
The Donald G. Ogden
The Rollin King
The Spirit of Kittyhawk...not really a theme plane...just a plaque slapped on the forward windscreen.


 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:34 am

PanAm is the classic!

Then, Virgin Atlantic offers nice names too...
G-VFOX Silber Lady Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VOGE Cover Girl Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VMEG Mystic Maiden Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VSHY Madame Butterfly Airbus A340-600 2002
G-VWOW Cosmic Girl Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VROY Pretty Woman Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VROM Barbarella Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VLIP Hot Lips Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VGAL Jersey Girl Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VROS English Rose Boeing 747-400 2001
G-VXLG Ruby Tuesday Boeing 747-400 1998
G-VFAR Diana Airbus A340-300 1998
G-VELD African Queen Airbus A340-300 1998
G-VAST Ladybird Boeing 747-400 1997
G-VTOP Virginia Plain Boeing 747-400 1997
G-VHOL Jetstreamer Airbus A340-300 1997
G-VSEA Plain Sailing Airbus A340-300 1997
G-VAIR Maiden Tokyo Airbus A340-300 1997
G-VBIG Tinker Belle Boeing 747-400 1996
G-VSUN Rainbow Lady Airbus A340-300 1996
G-VHOT Tubular Belle Boeing 747-400 1994
G-VFAB Lady Penelope Boeing 747-400 1994
G-VFLY Dragon Lady Airbus A340-300 1994
G-VSKY China Girl Airbus A340-300 1994
G-VAEL Maiden Toulouse Airbus A340-300 1994
G-VBUS Lady in Red Airbus A340-300 1993

They also have awesome regs:
VFLY, VSKY, VFOX, VBUS, VSUN, VTOP, VAIR, VBIG, VROS, VGAL, VSHY, VMEG...

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:35 am

Simongkhon, how related they are to the viking era, I don't know, but all SK planes have XXX Viking as their name. One that I remember that don't sounds "vikingish" must be Huge Viking (very fitting name for the B747)
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:42 am

Mexicana names their planes- most of them have names of cities they fly to or have flown into like "San Juan".
They also hae one called Juan Pablo 2nd after the pope, as this was the aircraft that carried the pope during his last visit to Mexico.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:44 am

KaiGywer,
"Huge" is a old Nordic name and have nothing to do with the English. Right now its a Q400 named Huge Viking. The smalest plane in the fleet.
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:49 am

Some other airlines that name their planes:

- Aloha names their planes after Hawaiian kings and queens.

- Hawaiian names theirs after the islands of Hawaii

- Qantas has Australian cities, birds, etc.

- Austrian and Tyrolean have Austrian cities, regions, etc.

- SAA has South African cities, rivers, etc.

- Iberia has famous Spaniards, regions, famous sites, etc.

- TAP has famous Portuguese people, cities, etc.

- Alitalia has cities, regions, and a few people

- British Airways used to have interesting names, first cities, lakes, rivers, castles, etc., then the world color schemes, but now they're pretty much all "Chatham Historic Dockyard," how boring.

There are plenty of others, those are just some I have flown on. My vote for cleverest aircraft names, by the way, are VS's "Maiden Toulouse" and SK's former "Huge Viking." Brilliant.  Smile

Anyway, I agree that it's a great tradition, and I wish more airlines would name their planes.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:49 am

KaiGywer, Huge is an old medieval/Viking name, preferably not pronounced as the English word for "big" But you're right, it's a very good name for the 747!

As far as the SK a/c names go, I'm not sure if they're all Viking names, but they sure are old...  Big grin

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:49 am

LOT Polish Airlines names only it`s Boeing 767 planes. They are named after former Polish capitals, except for SP-LPB named after City of Gdańsk, which actually hasn`t ever been a capital.

SP-LOA "Gniezno"
SP-LOB "Kraków"
SP-LPA "Warszawa"
SP-LPB "Gdańsk"
SP-LPC "Poznań"
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:50 am

KaiGywer

Lol, Huge is in fact a Scandinavian name, nothing to do with the English word huge, i.e. very large. I don't know, maybe someone at SK saw the connection ppl in the English-speaking world would make nameing that a/c Huge Viking and thought it was fun. And yes, Astrid Viking (A340), Eystein Viking (A330), Svea Viking (B767), Svipdag Viking (A321), Ymer Viking (B737) and so on are all names from old Scandinavian mythology.
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:53 am

Well, as Finland is "the land of thousands lakes", SK's finnish subsidiary Blue 1 uses the names of biggest lakes and rivers here.

Regards,
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:54 am

SK945, oh, ok  Smile But still though, I think putting Huge on the 747 was NOT a coincidence. Now that it's long gone, they felt like putting it on another plane. However, there are more names that are more modern, like Rolf Viking, Dag Viking, Einar Viking, and many more. It seems that on the DC9/MD80 fleet, the names are rather random, but if you look at all the newer planes, it seems that they are trying to create a theme, like you said, with old viking names. Hence Huge Viking being put on a Q400  Smile
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:01 am



Horizon Air names their D-8-200s after citys in Washington State.

Like the City of Walla Walla....Yakima....Wenatchee......ect
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:11 am

BmiBaby has an aircraft called 'Golden Jubilee Baby'.

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:14 am

I saw a NW 319 or 320 the other day, "The City of Duluth"
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:22 am

I saw a NW 319 or 320 the other day, "The City of Duluth"

Really? I wonder why only a few planes of NW are receiving names. I flew on the 753 "Bernie Epple" when it was first delivered. I thought maybe NW was going to name them all. Didn't happen.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:34 am

Aeroflot names a few planes. I remember flying on an A310 from moscow to dulles called "Skriabin"

there are more aircraft,but all the ones named ive found ae a310s.
btw,air france should name any aircraft that has flown into SXM "clipper of the fence" Big grin
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:35 am

Aer Lingus names all their aircraft after Irish Saints. I've flown the St. Maeve and the St. Mella. I can't remember some of the other names. Most of them are complicated. Typical Irish.

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:41 am

Lufthansa names their planes after German towns or states.
But they have also called one of their A340s "Gander Halifax" (D-AIFC).
This is to thank the cities of Gander and Halifax for letting the LH planes land at their airports on 9/11 and taking care of 7 of their planes and all of those passengers.
Where have all the tri-jets gone...
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:45 am

Hello,

Lufthansa gave names of german cities and federal states to their aircraft. More or less the size of the aircraft is in line with the size of the city by population. The only aircraft having a name of a non-german city is the A340-300 D-AIFC named "Gander-Halifax" in recognition of the efforts of the people from these two cities towards all stranded PAX on Sep11, 2001.

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:46 am

LH names its planes after German cities.
and some of the 744 are named after german (oh my god what is that called in english) "Bundeslaender" like "Baden-Würrtemberg", "Nordrhine Westfalia"  Wink/being sarcastic...

KLM 777s are named after UNESCO world heritages
like "DArjeeling Highway, Epidaurus, Chichen Itza, Boroboudour,.." except BQA named after KLMs founder.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:48 am

Northwest used to have names on all of their 757's before the "bowling shoe" scheme. I can remember "Amsterdam" and "Boston". Why didn't NW keep these names when they went to the "bowling shoe" scheme?

Can someone tell me how NW's scheme is nicknamed "bowling shoe"? Thanks.

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:50 am

I've always heard the "bowling shoe" scheme used in this forum. I'm guessing because the colors or stiping looking like bowling shoes you would rent. Not sure though.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:00 am

IB has named ALL planes:
A320:natural and national parks of Spain (and the ex-A300 the same)
A343:females spaniards writers
MD87 and A321:towns of Spain
B747:male spaniards writes
B757:countries of LatinAmerica
A346:famous spaniards painters
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:18 am

CP Air (formerly Canadian Airlines) named all their fleet Empress of XXX,
i.e. Empress of Vancouver, Empress of Japan, etc. - had a classy sound to it...


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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:20 am

Swiss international airlines is going to name all their new A340-300's that it will recieve this year... they already have 3 in service. They are going to name them all after that tallest mountains in Switzerland...
The first one has already been named Matterhorn, but i dont know about the rest. Im sure someone knows where to find the list of A/C and the names assigned....
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:22 am

Not mentioned before: Martinair, the Dutch charter airline. It call's it's planes with names from the Royal family. Like:

* Queen Beatrix (PH-MCL, B767)
* Prins van Oranje (=Willem Alexander) (PH-MCE, B747)
* Prins Pieter Christiaan (PH-MCI, B767)
* Prins Constatijn (PH-MCH, B767)
* Prins Claus (PH-MCF, B747)
* Prins Bernhard Junior (PH-MCN, B747)
* Prins Johan Friso (PH-MCG, B767)
* Prinses Maxima (PH-MCU, MD11)
* Prins Floris (PH-MCM, B767)

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:28 am

Is there a complete list of KLM names listed somplace?
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:36 am


SWISSAIR used to name its aircraft after Swiss Cantons and cities, on top they would place de cote d'armes under the name. MD-11 "Bern" had the bear symbol under it.

JAL used to give names according to fleet type, for instance : MD-11 "J-Birds" received the names of Japanese birds, CV 880s received the name of trees.

BA always names its craft after British geographic themes, very classy.

AZ has promoted many famous Italians like Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano, Marco Polo, Dante Alighieri, and also Italian cities and regions.

MX gives Aztec names to its planes.
OA prefers Greek heroes and gods.

I hope airlines will keep this nice trend.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:25 am

The original Piedmont Airlines named there aircraft after cities they served,
Ex: Pride of Charlotte

Aloha Airlines aircraft are all named after ancient Hawaiian "Kings".
I know that a Captain at Aloha once wrote up in the logbook that the name of one of the Kings (which included about 20 letters with lots of H's and K's and U's) was mispelled and had maintenance come out to MEL it before departure!!! Can you believe that? Hilarious.
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:28 am

Now, Hawaiian actually names their aircraft after Native Birds of Hawaii. Examples include 'Apapane & I'iwi (Honeycreepers), I'o (hawk) and Pueo (owl).

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:38 am

Interesting. I haven't flown on Aloha for a few years--last time it was Hawaiian royalty.

MX names its planes after cities and historical sites in Mexico (e.g., Cuernavaca and Mitla), and also cities it serves in the rest of Latin America (e.g., Caracas) and the U.S. (e.g., Nueva York). A couple of the 757s have different names, such as the one that carried and is named after the Pope.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:12 am

I just love the fact that many airlines name their a/c. Also Airlines as :

Luxair, Braathens, Tarom, Tunisair, THY Turkish, Jet2, Icelandair, Cyprus AW, Azzura Air, Air Mauritius, Air Macau, FedEx, Egypt Air, Virgin Blue/Pacific Blue, VLM, Norwegian, MAS 747's.

It's a pity that BA doesn't name their a/c like they used to.
 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:37 am

United too have a handful named after customers and employees.

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:39 am

Dtw757, to post the complete (historic) list would be too long and many names have been used before, but here are the a/c with names registered to KLM at this moment :

PH-BDA Willem Barentsz
PH-BDB Olivier van Noort
PH-BDC Cornelis de Houtman
PH-BDD Anthony van Diemen
PH-BDE Abel J. Tasman
PH-BDG Michiel A. de Ruyter
PH-BDI Maarten H. Tromp
PH-BDK Jan. H. van Linschoten
PH-BDN Willem v. Ruysbroeck
PH-BDO Jacob van Heemskerck
PH-BDP Jacob Roggeveen
PH-BDR Willem C. Schouten
PH-BDS Joris van Spilbergen
PH-BDT Gerrit de Veer
PH-BDU Marco Polo
PH-BDW Leifur Eriksson
PH-BDY Vasco Da Gama
PH-BDZ Cristopher Columbus
PH-BFA City of Atlanta / Atlanta
PH-BFB Bangkok / City of Bangkok
PH-BFC Calgary / City of Calgary
PH-BFD Dubai / City of Dubai
PH-BFE Melbourne / City of Melbourne
PH-BFF City of Freetown / Freetown
PH-BFG Guayaquil / City of Guayaquil
PH-BFH Hongkong / City of Hongkong
PH-BFI Jakarta / City of Jakarta
PH-BFK Karachi / City of Karachi
PH-BFL Lima / City of Lima
PH-BFM Mexico / Mexico City
PH-BFN Nairobi / City of Nairobi
PH-BFO Orlando / City of Orlando
PH-BFP Paramaribo / City of Paramaribo
PH-BFR Rio de Janeiro / Rio de Janeiro
PH-BFS Seoul / City of Seoul
PH-BFT Tokyo / City of Tokyo
PH-BFU Beijing / City of Beijing
PH-BFV Vancouver / City of Vancouver
PH-BFW Shanghai / City of Shanghai
PH-BFY Johannesburg / City of Johannesburg
PH-BPB Jan Tinbergen
PH-BPC Ernest Hemingway
PH-BQA Albert Plesman
PH-BQB Borobudur
PH-BQC Chichen-Itza
PH-BQD Darjeeling Highway
PH-BTA Fernao de Magalhaes
PH-BTB Henry Hudson
PH-BTC David Livingstone
PH-BTD James Cook
PH-BTE Roald Amundsen
PH-BTF Alkexander von Humboldt
PH-BTG Sir Henry Morton Stanley
PH-BTH Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
PH-BTI Niels Bohr
PH-BUK Louis Blériot
PH-BUN Anthony H.G. Fokker
PH-BUR Indus / The Indus
PH-BUV Sir G. de Havilland
PH-BUW Leonardo Da Vinci
PH-BXA Zwaan / Swan
PH-BXB Valk / Falcon
PH-BXC Korhoen / Grouse
PH-BXD Arend / Eagle
PH-BXE Havik / Hawk
PH-BXF Zwaluw / Swallow
PH-BXG Kraanvogel / Crane
PH-BXH Gans / Goose
PH-BXI Zilvermeeuw / Herring Gull
PH-BXK Gierzwaluw / Swift
PH-BXL Sperwer / Sparrow Hawk
PH-BXM Kluut / Avocet
PH-BXN Merel / Blackbird
PH-BXO Plevier / Plover
PH-BXP Meerkoet / Crested Coot
PH-BXR Nachtegaal / Nightingale
PH-BXS Buizerd / Buzzard
PH-BZA Blauwbrug / Blue Bridge
PH-BZB Pont Neuf / Pont Neuf
PH-BZC Brooklyn Bridge / Brooklyn Bridge
PH-BZD Koning Hussein Brug / King Hussein Bridge
PH-BZE Ponte Rialto / Rialto Bridge
PH-BZF Golden Gate Bridge / Golden Gate Bridge
PH-BZG Erasmusbrug / Erasmus Bridge
PH-BZH Tower Bridge / Tower Bridge
PH-BZI Bosporusbrug / Bosporus Bridge
PH-BZK Zeelandbrug / Zeeland Bridge
PH-BZM Ponte Garibaldi / Garibaldi Bridge
PH-BZO Karmsund Bru / Karmsund Bridge
PH-CKA Eendracht
PH-CKB Leeuwin
PH-KCA Amy Johnson
PH-KCB Maria Montessori
PH-KCC Marie Curie
PH-KCD Florence Nightingale
PH-KCE Audrey Hepburn
PH-KCF Annie Romein
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:42 am

Piedmont used to ! They were called "Pacemaker_____." I flew "Pacemaker City of London" 767-200ER three or four times :CLT-TPA. That was one of the NICEST 76-2 configs. I've had the pleasure of traveling on. Big grin
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:04 am

British Airways used to have a variety of themes for its aircraft including: -

A320 (Ex-BCal order) - UK islands
BAC 1-11 - British counties & regions
BAC/HS 748 - Scottish Glens
BAe ATP - All started with prefix Strath, e.g. Strathdon, Strathclyde
737-236 - UK Rivers
737-236 (Bought for British Airtours) - all prefix Sun (Changed to Rivers later)
737-436 - UK Rivers
747-136 - Famous Elizabethans, then UK cities, then UK lakes & inland waters
747-236B - UK Cities
747-436 - UK Cities
757-236 - UK Castles, e.g. Caernarfon Castle, Old Wardour Castle
767-336 - European Cities, e.g. City of Dublin, City of Turin
777-236 (Five A series aircraft) - Famous aviators, e.g. Sir Frank Whittle
DC-10 - UK Forests
L1011 TriStar - Originally varities of Roses, then Bays around the UK

L/H 767s operated regionally were named after UK writers, e.g. Robert Burns, William Wordsworth and William Shakespeare.
L/H 757s operated regionally were named after a UK writer - Robert Louis Stevenson (GLA based aircraft) and a UK conducter - Sir Simon Rattle (BHX based aircraft)

In addition Caledonian Airways aircraft (Formed after merger with BCal as charter arm) named all their aircraft after Scottish Lochs.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:11 am

Yes, BA had some of the classiest aircraft names around. Too bad they've abandoned the practice. Maybe they'll start it up again once all the planes are painted in the Union Flag livery? One can hope...
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:21 am

KI (Canadi>n Regional) used to name its aircraft "The Spirit of ..." destinations it would fly to.... the Spirit of Campbell River, the Spirit of Saskatoon, and so on....

Canadi>n mainline used to use "Empress" names for its mainline aircraft, but in the later years just named its four 744s after the founding presidents of the company; "Maxwell W. Ward," "Russ Baker (I believe it was, anyway)," "Grant McConachie (sp?)" .... and the fourth one I can't recall.

The famous "Signatures" DC-10 was called the "Spirit of Canadi>n"....
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:23 am

Be nice to think so FoxBravo. What about themes for the new A319s/A320s/A321s and the 777s?

I think British artists, writers and composers for for the A319s/A320s/A321s respectively while for the 777s either UK counties or famous British explorers/inventors/scientists.

As a lot of the 744s were not named the majority of UK cities would be covered by the fleet if all 57 regained/gained names.

I've also seen a picture of a BA 767 at Seattle named Severn Bridge. Does anyone know what the reg of this aircraft was? My guess is G-BNWA and that BA originally intended to name the 767s after UK bridges, thus fitting in with its theme of UK places, buildings and geographical features. Only a guess but if anybody could shed some light on that I'd be most appreciated.


Additionally GB Airways names their aircraft after mountains near destinations they serve, e.g. Mons Teide (On Tenerife).

British Midland in its DC9 days named those aircraft after famous Diamonds - the Diamond being part of its logo then.

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:10 am

But the best name still is the 767 of BA:

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:14 am

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Would you have the names for the F100's that were strictly in the KLM fleet for 1997. I think there were only around 5 or 6. You can send them to the e-mail address on my profile if you have them.
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:44 am

Canadi>n NORTH and Canadi>n Regional used to name their aircrafts after citys. Examples would be "Spirit of Prince George", "Spirit of Yellowknife", "Spirit of Normal Wells", and so on. I dont think Canadian North continues that tradition, or maybe they do just in inuktuk or something that i unfortunatly cant read (wanna learn that sorta language though).



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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:47 am

B747-437B, I am truly impressed, and thank you so much for providing some nostalgia from my childhood.

I can remember as a kid flying BNA-JFK-BOM-BLR and back every summer and looking forward to which aircraft I would be flying. For some reason "Emperor Shah Jehan" was always my favourite.


 
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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:52 am

Varig has now named their two 777s

PP-VRA - Otto Meyer (Varig's founder and first president)
PP-VRB - Ruben Berta (Varig's best president. The Ruben Berta foundation, named after him, now controls Varig.....and some will say, have helped to almost destroy it)

Vasp had named two of its 737-300s (Sampa and Rio)

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RE: What Airlines Name Their Airplanes?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:57 am

FedEx holds a lottery and names their aircraft after the children of employees.

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