boeingfanyyz
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Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:15 pm

Alright y'all,

I was just listening to my scanner when I heard a plane with the identification "Speedbird 47 Charlie" hop on. I've never heard a BA plane with this registration before so Im wondering if anyone has any idea?

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RE: Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:29 pm

I would guess that's it's a charter or non-passenger flight. That or you misheard.... What airport at what time?

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RE: Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:40 pm

I'd suspect it's the same thing we've read about here before. BA will change the code/suffix a code used by ATC to avoid confusion with a similarly numbered flight either on the departure end or the arrival end.
 
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RE: Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:32 pm

Quoting Kanebear (Reply 2):
I'd suspect it's the same thing we've read about here before. BA will change the code/suffix a code used by ATC to avoid confusion with a similarly numbered flight either on the departure end or the arrival end.

Especially in a diversion when they stop at a city then continue onward.
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RE: Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:16 pm

I believe the "C" stands for charter.

When Concorde used "C" in the callsign, it usually meant a round the bay charter, with the "C" standing for Charter, or looking like a boomerang as the route suggests.
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RE: Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:07 pm

BA use those codes quite regularly for scheduled services, along with many other airlines, e.g. BMI, LH, EI, EZY.

See section 5 in document below about reasons.

http://www.eurocontrol.int/safety/ga...blic/level_bust/BNotes/BN_Gen3.pdf
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RE: Speedbird 47C!?!?!?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:33 pm

Quoting Boeingfanyyz (Thread starter):
I was just listening to my scanner when I heard a plane with the identification "Speedbird 47 Charlie" hop on. I've never heard a BA plane with this registration before so Im wondering if anyone has any idea?

Call sign: Speedbird 47C
Flight Number: BA098
Route YYZ-LHR
ETD 2055

Regular flight, not a charter

Also, if you listen earlier during the day you will hear Speedbird 9M

Call sign: Speedbird 9M
Flight Number: BA092
Route YYZ-LHR
ETD 1815

Interesting to note that both inbound flights come in with their regular flight number
BA 099 -> BA098: ATC arrival Speedbird 99; ATC departure Speedbird 47C
BA 093 -> BA092: ATC arrival Speedbird 93; ATC departure Speedbird 9M



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