Baexecutive
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Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 7:51 pm

Does anyone remember when BA used to name aircraft i.e. city of...../ Loch..... / .....Forest, does any other airline keep up this tradition & does anyone know why BA got rid of the names?

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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:12 pm

Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
Does anyone remember when BA used to name aircraft i.e. city of...../ Loch..... / .....Forest, does any other airline keep up this tradition & does anyone know why BA got rid of the names?

Aren't they still named?

Airlines that name aircraft:
SK - xxx Viking
VS
IB
AZ
KL
and plenty of others.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:13 pm

The BA names went at the time of the World tails when the name of the artwork plus the country of origin and the artist waere all displayed on various parts of the aircraft.

Airlines all over the world name aircraft. Take a look at JP World Airline Fleets next time you are in an aviation book store.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:13 pm

I remember flying a British Airways DC10, I think it was called Forest of Dean.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:09 pm

Ahhhhh BCAL .......

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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:43 pm

All CV aircraft have names:
City of Luxembourg
City of Esch sur Alzette
City of Schengen....

Icelandair has old viking names: Leifur Eiriksson....

Luxair has names of Luxemburg Castles:
Chateau de Vianden
Chateau de Bourglinster...

Swiss has names of Swiss mountains.

Pilatus, Rigi, Piz....
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:47 pm

LH names them after cities/towns/hamlets...

I really like naming a/c - I am not geeky enough to remember whether I have been on G-CIVA etc, but I can remember flying on the Tubular Belle and the Ruby Tuesday and the Lady Penelope etc. I think BA should do it - name them after famous British people. Eg the big ones would be largely historical figures (744s could be the Robin Hood, the Ivanhoe, Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill etc) and the short-haul fleet could also include some living people (great for PR to name some after living worthy people, with unveiling ceremonies etc)
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RE: Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:58 pm

I think most airlines name their aircraft.
I was just thinking of Pan Am and their Clippers, SAA has names, KLM named their aircraft after aviation pioneers.
But the best is Norvegian, they do not only name the plane after famous Norvegians, but they put a big picture of them on the tail.

Would not work in Luxembourg...not enaugh famous people... Big grin  praise 
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:42 am

All TG planes have name too. Aircraft is name after Thai provinces, heroes, flowers, or something special.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:09 am

Quoting Philb (Reply 2):
Airlines all over the world name aircraft. Take a look at JP World Airline Fleets next time you are in an aviation book store.

The best advise as there are numerous airlines naming their planes about towns, gods, national parks, famous places, famous people, blue fun (jetBlue), saints, employees, customers, the boss' wife, ladies (Virgin), spirit of..., castles, rivers, mountains, lakes, islands,....endless.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:10 am

Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
does any other airline keep up this tradition

Mexicana does. Almost every plane if not everyone has a name of one of their destinations on it. Example: Orlando, San Jose, Puebla, San Luis Potosi

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:15 am

Qantas names all their aircraft.

747s have names like City of Adelaide, City of Brisbane etc.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:24 am

Quoting Henpol747 (Reply 10):
Mexicana does. Almost every plane if not everyone has a name of one of their destinations on it. Example: Orlando, San Jose, Puebla, San Luis Potosi

I don't see the point in those names....rather lame and highly uncreative if you ask me.

Quoting Breiz (Reply 9):
blue fun (jetBlue),

jetBlue DEFINETLY has the most creative and cool names of all the airlines out there. It is fun to watch and see which one you will get. They actually put some thought into the names and each one is unique.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:26 am

EI - They name their aircraft after Irish saints. I especially like this one as it's my 6 year old daughter's name. In old Irish history there was many a story told about Aoife (eefa) who was said to be the greatest woman warrior of all time and was the mother of Cuchulainn's son (legendary dude in Irish history). The name means Radiant & Beautiful! Dunno bout this stodgy 146 tho...

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:34 am

B6 names all of their aircraft. Cleverly inserting the word "blue" into the phrases.

Eg: "I Got Blue Babe"
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:59 am

KLM names them after landmarks, people and cities. All of their MD-11s I've flown on have been are named after distinguisehd women.

Maria Montessori
Ingrid Bergman
Annie Romein
Any Johnson
Maria Callas
Marie Curie
Anna Pavlova
Audrey Hepburn
Mother Theresa

I think there are a few missing in this list.

TG names them after famous places also. I recall flying on the City of Ayodayha. Back when UL was Air Lank they too were named.

RA has 2 757s Karnali and Gandhaki. One is a Hindu Goddess the other a holy shrine.

I personally love the idea of naming aircaft, it a little more special than regular dull aircraft regs.

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:32 am

AirIndia names its aircraft in the following way

B747-200 - Indian Emperors (1 ex SQ aircraft VT-ENQ named Himalaya)
B747-300 - Shivaji and Narashima Verman (Kings)
B747-400 - Holy places (temples and caves)
A310-300 - Indian rivers

There have been a number of heated arguments within Indian right wing politics about the name of AIs aircraft, and a number of names have been changed. B747-200 VT-ENQ for example was originally named Shivaji from purchase from SQ, but a right wing Indian political party objected to a second hand aircraft bearing in the name of a king they highly revered. When the two 747-300s were purchased, Shivaji finally made its debut on a brand new aircraft. The sister aircraft VT-EPX was named Auranghzeb, but the same political party argued that this was a travesty as Auranghzeb was not in the same league of ruler as Shivaji. I'm sure another Anet member posted some information about this not too long ago.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:41 am

Virgin Atlantic names its ships as well --

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:04 am

As did Lauda Air ... Johann Strauss, Wolfgang Mozart (this one lost in the Thai jungle in 91, RIP), even Ayrton Senna.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:56 pm

I think this has been discussed before - follow the link where you'll find a few interesting names. My favourite is UAL which named their planes after frequent flyers!
Best Aircraft Name? (by BMI701EGCC Nov 3 2004 in Aviation Polls & Prefs)

I think it's a great idea, which follows from nautical tradition. But that begs the question - if you re-name an aircraft is that bad luck too?
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:33 pm

Quoting YOWza (Reply 15):
KLM names them after landmarks, people and cities. All of their MD-11s I've flown on have been are named after distinguisehd women.

Maria Montessori
Ingrid Bergman
Annie Romein
Any Johnson
Maria Callas
Marie Curie
Anna Pavlova
Audrey Hepburn
Mother Theresa

I think there are a few missing in this list.

One that comes to mind is Florence Nightingale (PH-KCD) which I saw departing from the North Runway at YVR earlier this month!
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:44 pm

Going back a few years Canadian Pacific used to call their aircraft Empress of ... usually cities, countries, provinces or regions they flew into. Just a few examples:

737 - Empress of Winnipeg
DC-10 - Empress of Lima
DC- 8 - Empress of Athens
747 - Empress of Italy
and going way back a Comet 1A was Empress of Hawaii

Naming aircraft is a rather neat way to identify them, although a registered aircraft may have it's name changed, and brings a little extra conversation at the airport for spotters and non spotters alike. Too bad more airlines don't do this in 2005!
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:02 pm

Does Hooters Air name their aircraft?
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:25 pm

Frontier has named most of its airbus fleet, since each aircraft has a different animal.

Here are a few axamples:

Grizwald

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:36 pm

Quoting TheBigOne (Reply 16):
AirIndia names its aircraft in the following way

B747-200 - Indian Emperors (1 ex SQ aircraft VT-ENQ named Himalaya)
B747-300 - Shivaji and Narashima Verman (Kings)
B747-400 - Holy places (temples and caves)
A310-300 - Indian rivers

Sean has a really great article about history of all AI planes operated that you can check out on
http://www.airwhiners.net/whine_cheez/20040726.htm

You can find more details of the naming controversy there.

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:11 pm

Even LX named their a/c's after the peaks of the alps. All longhaul a/c's got names of peaks which are higher than 4000 meters. Their first delivered A343 is named "Matterhorn", one of the most famous peaks in Europe.

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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:18 pm

Malaysia Airlines only name their fleet of 747s. These are named after state/federal capitals in Malaysian Federation + 3 holiday islands (Langkawi, Tioman, Pangkor).

Passenger (17)

08/92 9M-MPA 'Ipoh'
04/93 9M-MPB 'Shah Alam'
05/93 9M-MPC 'Kuantan'
10/93 9M-MPD 'Seremban'
11/93 9M-MPE 'Kangar'
01/94 9M-MPF 'Kota Bharu'
03/94 9M-MPG 'Kuala Terengganu'
09/94 9M-MPH 'Langkawi'
10/96 9M-MPI 'Tioman'
10/97 9M-MPJ 'Labuan'
03/98 9M-MPK 'Johor Bahru'
03/98 9M-MPL 'Penang'
04/98 9M-MPM 'Melaka'
05/00 9M-MPN 'Pangkor'
12/01 9M-MPO 'Alor Setar'
02/02 9M-MPP 'Putrajaya'
03/02 9M-MPQ 'Kuala Lumpur'

MASKargo (2)

03/82 9M-MHI 'Kuching'
04/82 9M-MHJ 'Kota Kinabalu'
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:21 pm

Quoting Henpol747 (Reply 10):
Mexicana does. Almost every plane if not everyone has a name of one of their destinations on it. Example: Orlando, San Jose, Puebla, San Luis Potosi

Unfortunately MX stopped naming aircraft on introducing the new colors. So they slowly disappear...

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 12):
jetBlue DEFINETLY has the most creative and cool names of all the airlines out there.

Absolutely, yes. But Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue names are really creative, too.


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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:32 pm

Just as a sidenote for all those interested in aircraft names and unusual registrations:

'Skyliner' magazine will feature an article about interesting and special registrations in the coming September/October issue...another article about aircraft names is planned for the November/December issue. How do I know and who is the author? No comment...  Smile
Btw, articles are both in German and English.

More info: http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/



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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:52 pm

I once sent a message on the Delta employee comment site suggesting we name all our aircraft after Platinum Medallion frequent flyers; what better way to build loyalty to an airline than to have an aircraft named after you? Alas, so far Delta hasn't listened to me on this. Maybe the right DL manager is listening to A-Net...

P.S. If managers from any other airlines are reading this topic, this posting is merely a figment of your imagination and should be forgotten immediately.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:11 pm

Air New Zealand have recently started naming their 747s after New Zealand tourist spots, complete with decals. (I am not certain whether it had anything to do with it, but a couple of months before this decision was made, an Airliners.net member who is an Air NZ employee suggested the naming idea to the CEO, Ralph Norris...). Here is a list of the names, along with the pictures:

ZK-NBS - Bay Of Islands - Decal: Hole in the Rock

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ZK-NBV - Christchurch - Decal: Tramcar/Cathedral

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ZK-NBW - Wellington - Decal: Cablecar/Harbour

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ZK-SUH - Dunedin - Decal: Penguin

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ZK-SUI - Queenstown - Decal: I don't know
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ZK-SUJ - Auckland - Decal: Harbour/Rangitoto

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Up until the early 1990s, Air New Zealand's 747s and 767s carried the traditional names of the canoes from the Polynesian migration to New Zealand, while the 737s were named after birds. I don't have a list on hand, but I will try to track one down and post it...

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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:07 am

Turkish Airlines named their fleet with the city names of Turkey... Some are small touristic towns... 5 A310-340 have the names of 5 different rivers in Turkey... ( Oh so many cities and towns we have  Smile )

Its the same with KTHY ( Cyprus Turkish Airlines ). They also use their city names...


Turkish Airlines Fleet names
RJ-100
Denizli, Van, Gaziantep, Kutahya, Siirt, Tokat
A340-311/313
Istanbul, Isparta, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Hakkari, Aydýn
A320-200
Sanliurfa, Balikesir, Kahramanmaras, Mersin, Erzurum, Sakarya, Adiyaman, Corum, Batman, Sirnak, Kirklareli, Duzce
A321-100
Yozgat, Osmaniye, Kirikkale, Aksaray, Cankiri, Burdur
B737-400
Kars, Ayvalik, Marmaris, Amasra, Alanya, Antalya, Mugla, Canakkale, Kayseri, Efes, Side, Bergama, Gelibolu, Anadolu, Konya, Bursa, Trabzon
B737-800
Diyarbakir, Rize, Hatay, Afyon, Sivas, Igdir, Mardin, Agri, Zonguldak, Ordu, Nigde, Bitlis, Edirne, Amasya, Giresun, Ardahan, Tekirdag, Kastamonu, Elazýg, Manisa, Tunceli, Malatya, Eskisehir, Bolu, Kocaeli, Nevsehir
A310-304
Aras, Coruh, Ergene, Aksu, Goksu

KTHY ( Cyprus Turkish Airlines )
B737-800
Magusa, Guzelyurt, Karpaz
A310-203 ( I think they are not using these a/c's anymore )
Lefkosa, Erenkoy
A321-211
Girne, Iskele, Lefke
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:19 am

I name all the planes I fly on "baby". "Hey, baby...............so uhhhh , your the one thats going to give me the ride eh"?
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:40 am

Not sure if they still do but Spanair used to name their aircraft Sun______

Some I recall are:-

SUNBEACH
SUNLOVER
SUNLIGHT
SUNJET
SUNGOD
SUNSTAR
SUNSHINY
SUNRISE
SUNISLAND
SUNSPEED
SUNBIRD
SUNMYTH

There are lots more...

I believe these are limited to their MD fleet. Newer Airbuses are named after famous people I think.

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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:49 am

VS has all there A346's named!

G-VATL "Miss Kitty"
G-VOGE "Cover Girl"
G-VEIL "Queen of th Skies"
G-VFOX "Silver Lady"
G-VGOA "Indian Princess"
G-VGAS "Varga Girl"
G-VSHY "Madam Butterfly" former "Claudia Nine"
G-VNAP "Sleeping Beauty"
G-VSSH "Sweet Dreamer"
G-VMEG "Mystic Maiden"


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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:52 am

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 34):
VS has all there A346's named!

VS has always named all of its aircraft.


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Udo
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:04 am

Some of AF's older A 320s have also names, I remember that I flew on F-GFKF which had the name "Ville de Madrid".

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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:09 am

Zoom Airlines Has named there 767-300

City of Halifax
City of Ottawa
City of Toronto



Also I believe that FedEx names there aircraft as well. not sure on the names though.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 2:18 am

Quoting TheBigOne (Reply 16):

Seans Article says it all.
I always wondered why 9W,S2,IT,AD & IC dont name their Aircraft.
Although Spicejet names theirs after spices & BDA/DHL names theirs as Vision1..2..3 etc.
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:14 am

Aloha and Hawaiian name their aircrafts as well. AQ 732s are named after Hawaiian Ali'i/Royalty and the 73Gs are named after navigators and stars . HA names their planes after Hawaiian Birds (I'iwi, Pu'eo, I'o)

Here are the AQ ones I know:
N807AL Keopualani
N808AL Kaleiomakani
N817AL Kalanikupule
N818AL Kaumuali'i
N819AL Kekaulike
N821AL La'amaikahiki
N823AL Liholiho
N824AL Kalani 'O Pu'u
N826AL Kakuhihewa
N827AL Mataio Kekuanoa

N739AL Mo'ikeha
N740AL Kamohoali'i
N741AL Olopana
N742AL Hawaiiloa
N744AL Kila
N745AL Aukelemia Iku
N748AL Hilo
N750AL Makali'i
N751AL Aukele

N73711 was Liliu'okalani. It was the aircraft involved in the 'Mircale Landing' of AQ 243. A similar sad end to the life of the plane and its namesake.

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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:22 am

Quoting TheBigOne (Reply 16):
B747-200 - Indian Emperors (1 ex SQ aircraft VT-ENQ named Himalaya)
B747-300 - Shivaji and Narashima Verman (Kings)
B747-400 - Holy places (temples and caves)
A310-300 - Indian rivers

The three ex-UA 777s are names after Indian Classical music tunes (or raagaas):

VT-AIJ (ex N790UA) - Neelambari
VT-AIK (ex N205UA) - Megh Malhaar
VT-AIL (ex N789UA) - Kalyani

As other's have stated, Sean's site has an exquisite compilation of the history of AI and the naming conventions followed.

-N60659
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:56 am

Hi

KLM B767s are named after bridges of the world

PH-BZF - 'GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE'
PH-BZH - 'TOWER BRIDGE'
PH-BZC - 'ROOKLYN BRIDGE'
PH-BZE - 'PONTE RIALTO'
PH-BZM - 'GARIBALDI BRIDGE'
PH-BZD - 'KING HUDDEIN BRIDGE'
PH-BZK - 'ZEELAND BRIDGE'
etc.................

Have to add that i love KL 767s  Smile

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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:09 am

This could end up with most of the contents of JP Airline fleets being regurgitated!

Other airlines still naming their aircraft fleets include:

IB, AZ, TP, SA Czech Airlines">OK, OA, CY, MS, RB, TU, NI, S4, DF, IR, OV, WW, LS (Jet2), 8R, E8, NO, OS, VO, VG, MP, SU (Airbuses), BG, HM, YK, RO, UM, SA (747), MK, UI, ZU, CTN, KU.

Other airlines have a few aircraft named such as

GF, PK, LY

Others seem to have stopped naming the newer aircraft eg. AH.

It tends to be more common outside North America whose airlines tend to have fleet numbers instead.

Other airlines have dropped the custom altogether too such as Air France.

I understood that BA decided to stop naming aircraft because of costs. I suppose even stenciling on a name has cost implications! Big shame BA have stopped naming their aircraft IMO - perhaps now the Utopia concept has gone the names could be reinstated.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:21 am

Iran Air names its 747's after cities and regions:

IE, Khuzestan

Don't know if they do it with the newer Airbuses or Tupolovs...

-IR
 
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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:26 am

Virgin Blue name all their a/c with the exception of the Gillette Jet, most of which pun on the word 'blue' in some way e.g. "Blue Belle". I am always very amused to see their a/c (which like all Virgin a/c has the logo of the lady holding the flag) named "Blue Bambino".

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RE: Aircraft Names

Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:42 pm

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 39):
HA names their planes after Hawaiian Birds (I'iwi, Pu'eo, I'o)

More specifically, the 717s are named after indigenous birds found only in Hawaii. The 767s are named after longer ranged native birds.

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