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Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:52 am

Why do airlines print the aircraft type on the side of their aircraft, e.g. "Boeing 747-400" or "Airbus 340-600" etc?

Is this for the benefit of passengers, or aircrew, or groundstaff?

Or perhaps even the aircraft manufacturer insist on this as a condition of sale?!

I'm not complaining of course, as it makes our hobby easier, but does anyone know the actual reason why?
 
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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:58 am

Certain types of planes have very positive connotations to them. It's really the airlines bragging. The 747, 777, "Super 80", etc. Passengers specifically ask for the first two much more often than you might think, and the latter just sounds cool.
 
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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:03 am

It depends very much on the airline. I have seen many airlines without it. You have to know what kind of aircraft it is.
 
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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:28 am

Some of it might be for ground crew. That way they have quick reference on where to pull the nosewheel up.
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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:44 am

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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:51 am

Some of it might be for ground crew

I've seen these on the underside of the fuselage in front of the nose gear. For example, UA had "SP" printed on their 747SPs for that very reason.

I believe the original question concerned the ones which are visible to PAX, however. I don't believe it's a manufacturer requirement, but the fact that a specific font and format is typically used seems to indicate the "house" tends to promote the practice.

There is definitely some sort of "wow" factor involved, especially when descriptive names such as "Friendship", "Whisperliner", "Astrojet" are tacked on. However, it's been pointed out that AA dropped the "DC-10" and left "Luxuryliner" after the trijet had its highly publicized rash of accidents.

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Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:53 am

It may also help to prevent from the mechanics
trying to put 737-400 brakes on a 737-700.
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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:42 am

To add on to the EA 757 with "757" on the tail, remember these:


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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:07 pm

HikesWithEyes
"It may also help to prevent from the mechanics
trying to put 737-400 brakes on a 737-700."

You obviously have no knowledge when it comes to maintenance. When you look up the m/m for a brake change, it is tail specific. There fore, any parts it calls out for will only be for that tail number. You could also do a broader application when researching the m/m, then it will list the tail number or s/n effectively along with the m/m.
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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:41 pm

One of the longest designations I ever saw on the side of an aircraft was on ZS-SAS (RIP) and ZS-SAR...."Boeing 747 Super B Combi"


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RE: Why Are Aircraft Types Printed On Aircraft?

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:51 pm

it's for the stupid pax...
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