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BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 1:59 am

Does BA give name to its aircrafts like some other carriers do? Could someone guide me to a list of the names if there are any, plus how can one use the registration number of a aircraft to look into its history (Production date etc...). Any help will be appreciated.
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 2:12 am

THe only plane i know of that miay have been named is A BA 767-300 that says Historic Chatham Dockyards I think the reg is G-BWNH or something with that combination of letters.
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 2:17 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 1):
THe only plane i know of that miay have been named is A BA 767-300 that says Historic Chatham Dockyards I think the reg is G-BWNH or something with that combination of letters

Chatham Historic Dockyard is the name of the livery that the BA aircraft now wear, not the name of the aircraft itself.

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 2:47 am

Before the World Liveries, all the aircraft had names. At least the widebodies did.
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 3:17 am

During the World Liveries season, the name of the design of the tail was on each aircraft, but many aircraft had the same design.

As far as I'm aware, BA don't use aircraft names. Some of them are titled with "United Kingdom" or "Chatham Historic Dockyard" as this is now the design all aircraft in the fleet carry.
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 3:33 am

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 4):

Yes im afraid the BA planes do not carry names anymore..
Altho internally, you will often find the old Airbus 320 fondly called a 'piece of sh*t' hehe.. only kidding..  Smile

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 3:55 am

Quoting CXB744 (Reply 3):
Before the World Liveries, all the aircraft had names. At least the widebodies did.

When the Landor livery (and the one before that) was around most of the aircraft were named after either a castle, river or city like -


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Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 4):
During the World Liveries season, the name of the design of the tail was on each aircraft, but many aircraft had the same design.

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Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 5):
Altho internally, you will often find the old Airbus 320 fondly called a 'piece of sh*t'

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Quoting Emirates773ER (Thread starter):
how can one use the registration number of a aircraft to look into its history (Production date etc...).

Don't flame me for this but try here - http://www.jetphotos.net/census/  duck 

It's an excellent source of finding out where an aircraft was before and all sorts of other info about it. Under keyword search select registration from the drop down menu and type in the reg in the next box.

Hope that helps!

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 4:01 am

The only aircraft that I can recall BA naming were the DC10s that they acquired on their merger with BCal - see the descriptions of the photos below


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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 4:07 am

Back in the day:

737's were named after rivers
747-400 cities
747-classics people (i think)
tristars lakes/lochs (i think)
757 castles
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 4:09 am

Also looks like dc-10's were forests
 
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 4:25 am

Correction: 747-200 also cities.
 
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 5:12 am


  • Airbus A320s (Ordered by BCal) were named after UK islands
  • BAe ATPs were named with the prefix Strath
  • Boeing 737s were named after UK Rivers
  • Boeing 747-100s were named after famous Elizabethans by BOAC. Under BA they were named after UK cities, then when those names were wanted for the 747-400s they were named after English and Welsh Lakes
  • Beoing 747-200s were named after UK cities
  • Boeing 747-400s were named after UK cities
  • Boeing 757-200s were named after UK castles
  • Boeing 767-300s were named after European capitals and major cities
  • Boeing 777-200As were named after famous Aviators
  • H.S. 748s were named after Scottish Glens
  • Lockheed TriStars were originally named after varities of Roses, but were later renamed after UK Bays
  • McD Douglas DC-10s (Formerly operated by BCal) were named after UK forests

  • Caledonian Airways (BA's former charter division) named all its aircraft after Scottish Lochs
  • BA Regional named its longhaul 757 and 767 aircraft after famous personalities. It's 737-200s were renamed after local landmarks and geographical features (Manchester based) and Shakespearean charcaters (Birmingham based)
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 5:47 am

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
BA Regional named its longhaul 757 and 767 aircraft

Sorry for my confusion, but BA Regional and long-haul doesn't fit in my eyes. What am I getting wrong?

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 6:41 am

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 6:48 am

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 12):
Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
BA Regional named its longhaul 757 and 767 aircraft

Sorry for my confusion, but BA Regional and long-haul doesn't fit in my eyes. What am I getting wrong?

British Airways Regional operated 757 flights to the USA and Canada for around two years in the mid 1990s from BHX and MAN/GLA. The current MAN-JFK 767 service was started when all Manchester flights were under the British Airways Regional banner.

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 7:54 am

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 12):
Sorry for my confusion, but BA Regional and long-haul doesn't fit in my eyes. What am I getting wrong?

Sorry. I now realise where you are coming from. British Airways Express and not British Airways Regional was the direct equivalent of Lufthansa Regional. British Airways Regional was (but no longer is) that part of the main British Airways fleet based not in London but in the British regions, namely at BHX and MAN.

Hope it now makes a little more sense to you!
 
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Thu May 25, 2006 10:07 pm


  • BAC-111s were named after UK counties and regions
  • some B737s (G-BGJE/JM) were named after birds, before they too were named after UK rivers
 
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Fri May 26, 2006 1:39 am

Were the Concordes given names?
 
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Fri May 26, 2006 1:56 am

Quoting VV701 (Reply 14):

British Airways Regional operated 757 flights to the USA and Canada for around two years in the mid 1990s from BHX and MAN/GLA. The current MAN-JFK 767 service was started when all Manchester flights were under the British Airways Regional banner.



Quoting VV701 (Reply 15):

Sorry. I now realise where you are coming from. British Airways Express and not British Airways Regional was the direct equivalent of Lufthansa Regional. British Airways Regional was (but no longer is) that part of the main British Airways fleet based not in London but in the British regions, namely at BHX and MAN.

Hope it now makes a little more sense to you!

Yes, this makes sense to me. Thanks!

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Fri May 26, 2006 2:15 am

Quoting PH-KCA (Reply 16):


  • BAC-111s were named after UK counties and regions
  • some B737s (G-BGJE/JM) were named after birds, before they too were named after UK rivers

Indeed, forgot to put the 1-11s in there. The 737-236s, which as you point out were those registered G-BGJ_, were all operated by British Airtours, which after the BCal takeover became Caledonian Airways.
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Fri May 26, 2006 2:26 am

Don't forget 'sweet chariot' after the Rugby World Cup in 2003, albeit a couple of flights.

sweet chariot


Don't know which aircraft this was registration was.

Hopefully we will see this again in 2007?? 

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Fri May 26, 2006 2:46 am

Tjc - beat me to it! I was about to mention Sweet Chariot!
 
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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Sat May 27, 2006 11:04 pm

Quoting Tjc2 (Reply 20):
Don't forget 'sweet chariot'

And for those who play with a round ball do not forget the two aircraft currently named 'Three Lions':

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RE: BA Aircraft Names

Sun May 28, 2006 4:15 am

Quoting Smokescreen (Reply 17):
Were the Concordes given names?

No Concorde’s were never given official names, however they were affectionately known by the phonetic alphabet, i.e. G-BOAA was ‘Alpha Alpha’, G-BOAC was 'Alpha Charlie' etc.

Also I understand that BA Engineering 'nicknamed' some, like G-BOAD was known as 'Old Reliant' and G-BOAE as the 'Serial Leaker'. They tended to be named from their individual 'personalities'.

Since retirement the various now homes have their own names, eg G-BOAF is known as Foxy and boafi, these are unofficial too though!

I think that’s about correct

As for the L1011 Trisar I know one was called ‘Princess Margaret Rose’

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