airxliban
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Did Cathay Change Regs...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 2:24 pm

Did cathay change regs in when the chinese took over Hong kong? old pictures of CX aircraft shows the registration to start with VR but now they are B (B as in China I suppose). Did this change take place in 1997 or whenever it was that the Brits handed over Hong Kong?

Why is it that Taiwan doesn't have its own registration? CI and Eva registrations also start in B.
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kaitak
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RE: Did Cathay Change Regs...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 2:28 pm

Yes they did; HKG used to be VR-H, now it's B-xxx. (I thought it had to be B-Hxx, but Dragonair has 747 freighters in the B-Kxx series).

The reason Taiwan also uses the B- registration is that both it and China claim to be, well, China.
 
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RE: Did Cathay Change Regs...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 6:28 pm

Air Hong Kong's A330s will be registered B-L-- series as well....maybe it's a free-for-all on the B- regs!
 
tsentsan
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RE: Did Cathay Change Regs...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:04 pm

Also another question..

Why do aircraft in Hong Kong have B-(alphabets) whilst China and Taiwan aircraft have B-(numbers) ??

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lutfi
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RE: Did Cathay Change Regs...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:11 pm

Because China & Taiwan follow FAA regs (CNAC was set up with Pan Am) and so follow US in using numbers. HK follows UK regs, so uses letters.
 
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RE: Did Cathay Change Regs...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:13 pm

Why do aircraft in Hong Kong have B-(alphabets) whilst China and Taiwan aircraft have B-(numbers) ??

One theory I have is that the aircraft were already rego-ed. Hence, in order not to complicate issues (logistics and engineering), they simply changed the "VR" to "B" with the remainder unchanged.

Unlike China and Taiwan, the aircraft they had were rego-ed with a prefix "B" followed by number since day one.
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RE: Did Cathay Change Regs...

Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:03 am

In general, Mainland China uses 4 digit numbers and Taiwan uses 5 digits. There are a few exceptions, with Taiwan still having at least one airliner carrying a 4 digit registration - An ATR42 of TransAsia Airways carries the registration B-2203, as does an A320 of China Eastern. There used to be several duplications back in the days when the 2 Chinas weren't speaking to each other.

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