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Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:58 pm

Hello folks

Last night I was thinking about aircraft names and it came up to my head that i never saw one with a religious name in relation to a character in the Bible. I have never ssen an aircraft called "Jesus Christ", "Virgin Mary", "John Baptist", etc.

I also wonder if the same goes for airlines not based in a Christian majority country (i.e muslim , jewish, bouddhist, etc.)

Would anyone be able to answer my question. Thank you in advance
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:12 pm

Well, here in Ireland, Aer Lingus give all their aircraft Saints Names.

Just some A330 examples...

EI-DAA = St. Keeva / Caoimhe
EI-EWR = St. Laurence O'Toole/Lorcan O'Tuathail
EI-LAX = St.Mella
EI-ORD = St. Maeve / Maedbh
EI-DUB = St. Patrick / Padraig
EI-JFK = St. Colmcille / Colmcille
EI-CRK = St. Brigid / Brighid
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:16 pm

I flew on a TACA 320 named "Mensajero de Esperanza" – because the pope flew on her once. Pretty religious name I’d say. Routing was MIA-TGU - you need a lot of hope to land there  Laugh out loud

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:22 pm

I know that a KL MD-11 bears the name of Mother Teresa. I'm just not sure if she's been Sainted yet, however.


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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:22 pm

Perhaps this is stretching your definition a touch, but the old Crossair sprung to my mind when I read your post.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:04 pm

Some SE210 Caravelle religious names with Biblical connections:

Alia JY-ACT #200 Jerusalem
Alia JY-ADG #236 Bethlehem
General Electric N420GE #42 Santa Maria (i.e. Mary)
SAN Ecuador HC-BAJ #117 Santa Maria (i.e. Mary)

Others Caravelle names/places with religious connotation:

Iberia EC-BIA #226 Padre Antonio Soler (Monk/Priest/musician)
Iberia EC-BIE #230 Padre Antonio Soler (Monk/Priest/musician)
Indian Airlines VT-DPN #155 Gagandoot (Heavenly Messenger)
Indian Airlines VT-DPO #128 Pavandoot (Messenger of the Wind)
United N1015U #100 Ville de Saint-Nazaire
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:38 pm

How about Buddha air of Nepal.
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:18 am

[quote=Airsicknessbag,reply=2]Routing was MIA-TGU - you need a lot of hope to land there [/quote]


I definitely agree with you on that one !!

[Edited 2005-02-21 18:20:36]
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:52 am

Don't forget Mexicana's 757 "S.S. Juan Pablo II." This plane is a frequent visitor to LAX. I don't remember the reg. number though.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:06 am

here are a few...
Garuda - The carrier (or bird) of the mythical God Vishnu
Spirit Airlines
Buddha Air Nepal
and...
Hooters Air - There's got to be something religious about Hooters!
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:15 am

TWA renamed aircraft as "Shepherd One" when carrying Pope John Paul II.
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:27 am

There is/was an airline in Bangladesh called Bismillah Airlines. Bismillah means 'in the name of god'.


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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:37 am

Throughout the history of Peruvian aviation, there have been a few airliners that have had religious names. Mainly, "Santa Rosa de Lima", the matron saint of the city of Lima has adorned a few airliners, I am sure. Also, Faucett had a DC-8 named Santa Lucia. That aircraft is on the a.net database. Again, there could be a handful, I can just guess.
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:08 am

In Venezuela, Aserca's DC-9 are called "Virgen de la Chinita" and "Virgen de Coromoto". I know they are in the database, I am just too lazy to go look them up, but I will if you really need me to
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:21 am

Is there any aircraft named Jesus Christ. it would make since given his tremendous celebrity as a religious person
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:24 am

Air UK Lesiure's B737-400 were all named after Saints, as the fleet grew the Saints names' were changed to match the aircraft registrations as follows;

G-UKLA - Flagship St Andrew
G-UKLB - Flagship St Bernard
G-UKLC - Flagship St Christopher
G-UKLD - Flagship St David
G-UKLE - Flagship St Emilion
G-UKLF - Flagship St Francis
G-UKLG - Flagship St George

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:27 am

Don't forget the Venezuelan Airline Santa Barbara!!!!!

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Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:36 am


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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:03 am

"S.S." Juan Pablo II" ("His Holiness John Paul II") is registered under N762MX. It bears the papal coat of arms near doors 1L/1R.

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MX has other airples named San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. -but those stand for destination cities in the portion of the U.S. that used to belong to Mexico.

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:04 am

I doubt you will ever see an airline/aircraft named "Jesus Christ". It would be suicide:

The Christians would avoid you for Blasphemy,
The Jews will stay well clear,
as will the Muslims, Buddas and all other religions.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:07 am

Doesn´t Al Italia put the Vatican flag on the a/c when the Pope is onboard??

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:10 am

Quoting Nighthawk (reply 19):
I doubt you will ever see an airline/aircraft named "Jesus Christ". It would be suicide:


I don't know why it would be worse to put his name than anyother religious name.
Why would christians say its blasphemy . Plus I don't think muslims or Jews will stay away

Jesus was a JEW. And as to muslims they should accept others' beliefs. I would not mind flying a Mohammed Saudi aircraft
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:20 am

I think the reason alot of airlines don't name their aircraft religious names is because than some un-religous people would get 'offended' (or maybe they just want a lawsuit) and that would cause havoc.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:38 am

Also don't forget that Air Malta, SAS, Swiss, and Georgian Airlines fly around with crosses on their aircraft and no one seems to give a hoot.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:39 am

Yeah...i think EL AL is a religious airline and national Israel airline. The star is the symbol of Jew or King David or something I dont know what it is. It is also written from the Bible.
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:54 am

RootsAir:

I´ll second that! Wouldnt mind to fly Mohammed Air as long as the craft takes me from point A to B  Big thumbs up

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:02 am

Air Portugal has one Airbus A310 with the name "Joao XXI", the only pope that was portuguese.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:41 am

Garuda Indonesia is probably the most obvious. If there are any Hindus around here please correct me, but I think Garuda is the giant winged eagle that the God Vishnu flies around on.

Quite poetic don't you think?

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 3:05 pm

Yes, Garuda is Vishnu's steed. And Vishnu is not mythical!! (well, no more so than any other god...)

Also in Indonesia we have Mandala Airlines (Mandala is a bhuddist symbol)

I can't think of any aircraft types called after gods/ religious things. Most have wind or bird names, or just boring numbers (Hurricane, Hawk, B747)
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:58 pm

Quoting Adriaticus (reply 18):
"S.S." Juan Pablo II" ("His Holiness John Paul II") is registered under N762MX. It bears the papal coat of arms near doors 1L/1R.


EI-TAB, the "Mensajero de Esperanza" has the papal coat of arms on the inside, on the bulkhead that separates C and Y. I didn't see it on the outside.


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Some research shows the pope flew YYZ-GUA-MEX on her on July 29/30, 2002.


Quoting AeroWesty (reply 10):
TWA renamed aircraft as "Shepherd One" when carrying Pope John Paul II.


I got the impression this is the callsign of any papal a/c.


Quoting Afay1 (reply 23):
Air Malta, SAS, Swiss, and Georgian Airlines fly around with crosses on their aircraft and no one seems to give a hoot.


All these symbols derive from the respective state flags or other non-religious symbols. In the case of the Swiss, Maltese or Georgians, though, you could argue that these symbols in turn are historically Christian in their origins, so you have a point (however indirect).

SK’s cross i.e. the Scandinavian flags’ crosses derives from Viking symbology – which is about as non-christian as it gets  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:22 am

AI 310, VT-EQS was christened 'Krishna'. Although the idea was to name it after the river Krishna, the name nonetheless belongs to one of the most famous hindu gods.

VT-EJI is named Saraswati, which is a hindu mythical river.
VT-EVY named Ganga. The river is supposed to be originating from Shiva's hair

Saraswati and ganga do carry a lot of religious entiments for the Hindus.
 
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:03 am

I guess the risk of being avoided by another Religious community prevents this type of Naming.
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:40 am

Iberia has an Airbus baptized "Teresa de Avila".
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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:56 pm

Argentinian Air Force ONE is called "VIRGEN DE LUJAN"

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:44 am

Quoting FlyboyOz (reply 24):



FlyboyOz:

ELAL is not a religeous airline. It is the national airline of Israel (recently privatised) but serves kosher food (the thought of 300+ special meals doesnt bear thinking about) and doesnt fly on Saturdays or Jewish holidays as strictly speaking Jews cant on these days, or drive, cycle, etc.

The star is the Star of (King) David with 12 sides. This represents the 12 tribes of Israel. The 2 blue stripes represent the blue lines of the Jewsh prayer shawl from a blue fish (not used nowadays) as you point out, mentioned in the Bible.

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RE: Any Airliner Have A Religious Name?

Thu Feb 24, 2005 4:09 am

Quoting Airsicknessbag (reply 29):
SK’s cross i.e. the Scandinavian flags’ crosses derives from Viking symbology – which is about as non-christian as it gets


As a student of vexillology (flags & heraldry) I always understood that the Scandinavian countries began placing crosses on their flags after they converted to Christianity in the Middle Ages. Also at one time or another each country was ruled by the others (ie. Denmark controlled Norway & Sweden, Sweden ruled Norway, etc.) and that is why the flags of the Scandinavian countries all look so similar with only variations in colors. To say the cross on the SAS logo is non-christian is as incorrect as it gets.

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