hailstone
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Unusual Airline Call Signs

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:47 pm

tried to find something through the search function, but could not find anything - even though this has probably been posted......

what unusual call signs are there (and what are their origins) ?

south african = springbok (sp?) >> plenty of sprinboks in SA
china airlines = dynasty >> reference to a chinese emperor's dynasty ?
aer lingus = shamrock >> plenty of those in ireland
british airways = speedbird >> where does this come from ??

anybody care to add ?

 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:54 pm

Canada 3000's callsign was: Elite

I can think of other airlines that deserved that callsign a bit more  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:02 am

CPAir / Canadian Pacific was "Empress".
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:23 am

I heard "speedbird" for BA is due to BA won a speed contest long long time ago.
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:39 am

Trans States = Waterski?
AirTran = Citrus
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:43 am

New York Air: APPLE

Air Florida: PALM
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:54 am

Falcon Air Express= Panther Florida Panthers? I don't know are there panthers in Florida?
PSA = BlueStreak?

Doesn't Transtates just go by "Trans States"?
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:04 am

pe@rson,

i did bother to look up your profile - you were accepted for tertiary education ??

for somebody widely travelled as stated in your profile, i am surprised that a typo in your 'nick' would cause such a reaction.

and yes, it is not my first language - but i can articulate myself in more than one, which, i dare say, you apparantly cannot.

 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:19 am

America West= Cactus? What the heck?
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:59 am

National (R.I.P.)=Red Rock
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:05 am

our callsign (Pinnacle Airlines..Northwest Airlink) is Flagship.

American Trans Air- AmTran
ACA- Blue Grass
Chicago Express- Windy City
ASA-Candler
Spirit- Spiritwings
Southeast- Sunking
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:19 am

ACA is Blue Ridge


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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:28 am

SAA's callsign is "Springbok" because the "flying springbok" was the airline's emblem until the current colour scheme was adopted.

Just like "Speedbird" is British Airways' callsign, because the speedbird was the logo of their predecessor, BOAC, and early BA liveries had the speedbird emblem on the aircraft


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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:37 am

TACA= Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (Tragedias Aereas Cada Ano= in English "Air Tragedies each Year").
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:37 am

Devil505x,

Trans States callsign is Waterski. I cant recall the exact reason, I believe it had to do with one of their original destinations served many waterskiers or their owner was fond of waterskiing.

I cant say anything for the name of Falcon Air, but yes, there is a small population of real panthers in Florida. Its an endangered species native to the Everglades. Go here for more info: http://www.panthersociety.org/

I've always liked:

American Eagle = EagleFlight

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:49 am

lol- whoops.....meant to type blue ridge.. my fingers decided not to follow my brains instructions. it happens!
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:37 am

When Trans States flies into AVP they don't use the call sign "waterski"
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:43 am

Then it's not Trans States!

Continental Express......JetLink (this was their callsign long before the RJ's showed up onsite)
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:46 am

Canadian North- "Empress"
Valujet was "Critter"
Pan Am- "Clipper"

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:51 am

Sure its TransStates they are flying the USairways express routes
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:58 am


http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1241292/



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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:00 am

For those who do not know what a Springbok, aka "Spring Buck," is. A leaping springbok can clear 3.5 m, and can reach speeds of 90 km/hr, bounding 15 metres in a single leap.

http://www.wildlifesafari.info/springbok.html

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:07 am

Trans States started as Resort Air in the midwest in the early 80's and flew to a newly built airport near Lake of the Ozarks in MO. I can't remember the name, it's been a while since I flew in there, but it was built for the US governor's convention. Waterski likely evolved out of the Lake of the Ozarks service from STL.

http://www.transstates.net/history.html

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:28 am

Valujet = Critter Nickname of their logo/mascot

Pinnacle = Flagship ????Any ideas where that came from
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:26 pm

Rj777
America West= Cactus? What the heck?

When America West began flying, there were two other airlines operating at many of the same airport with similar sounding names; American Airlines and Western Airlines. To avoid confusion, Cactus was adopted as the callsign name for HP since they are homebased in the Arizona desert.
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:01 pm

Devil505,

Yes, there are a number of panthers in FL. And I guess you don't like hockey too much, huh? Florida Panthers, NHL, play at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, FL, just west of FLL

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:13 pm


A few more interesting callsigns :


VSS = waterbird
VM = viaggio
ME = cedar jet
CI = dynasty

 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:22 pm

Mesa- "Air Shuttle"

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:23 pm

Northwest Airlines callsign is Northwest. Strange if you ask me.
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:38 pm

unattendedbag
as i wrote, i knew it was discussed, but could not find it through the search function. thanks
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:21 pm

Our new start up AV8 (Man-Air) did use "Pennine" but it caused lots of problems because it was getting people mixed up with "Pennine Radar" - I could just picture a crew talking to them thinking they were the controllers.

My Travel / Airtours - "Kestrel"
Air 2000 - "Jetset"
My Travel / Premiair - "Viking"
TNT - "Nitro"
Maersk - "Blue Star"

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sat Mar 13, 2004 10:22 pm

jetBlue is "jetBlue"
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sun Mar 14, 2004 5:47 am

- Helvetica of Switzerland is "Arabella"
- Air Caraibes is "French West", because it is from the French West Indies
- Air Atlantique is "Charante", a region on the French Atlantic Coast
- Air Gabon is "Golf November", it's IATA sign is GN
- Transaero from Russia is "Transoviet", after all these years!
- Air Jamaica is "Juliett Mike", it's IATA sign is JM
- dba is "Speedway", from its former days as Deutsche BA, a BA ("Speedbird")-subsidiary
- Scotair is "Suckling"
- FlyBE is "Jersey", its former company name
- Middle East is "Cedar Jet", national symbol of LEbanon
- Hapag Lloyd Express is "Excellence"
- SN Brussels Airlines is "S-Tail", because there is an s on the tail

Plus some others, but have to run, I'll add them later
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:04 am

Fed Ex is "Air Spur"

Any reasons behind that name?

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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sun Mar 14, 2004 10:43 am

When you say National as "Red Rock", you mean the one that just closed a few years ago right? If so, Red Rock is a nature perserve/park near Vegas, and since it was based in Vegas...boom, there's your answer...
 
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RE: Unusual Airline Call Signs

Sun Mar 14, 2004 10:52 am

Speedbird for BA goes back before BOAC. The original Speedbird was the emblem of Imperial Airways. After the Second World War when BOAC was formed that airline took on the logo and callsign, which was then inherited by BA in 1974.
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