A340600MAN
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British Airways And Aircraft Names

Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:23 pm

Hi All

After reading the discussion about KLM's new A330 and the names they are applying to the aircraft it set me thinking about BA and the lack of names on their aircraft.

In years gone by, all BA aircraft had the following names

BAC 1-11 Counties
B737 Rivers
B747 British Cities
B757 Castles
B767 European Cities
B777 Famous Aviation Related People (I Think) Only 2 or 3 named
TriStar Roses

I know the names were removed when the world tails arrived, but why not replace the names now the world tails have been removed.

I always look for the aircraft name when watching aircraft. I think it gives you a small insight into the airline and the country it's operating from.

Perfect example of names. JetBlue and Lufthansa.

So come on BA !! Why no names ???

Any views

Len
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keego
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:51 pm

Aer Lingus name all their fleet after Irish saints,
ie, St Patrick, St Colmcille, St Brigit and so on!! the 3 names mentioned are all on the A330's. they have the name in Irish on one side of the nose and on the other side in English
 
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:14 am

It would be nice to have names back, I think naming aircraft gives them a little more of a personal touch.

I remeber G-DOCL was 'River Lune', the river which flows through Lancaster.

Was Lancaster ever featured in any of the other names?
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:29 am

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 2):
It would be nice to have names back, I think naming aircraft gives them a little more of a personal touch.

I remeber G-DOCL was 'River Lune', the river which flows through Lancaster.

Was Lancaster ever featured in any of the other names?

One of the two 747-2B4Ms BA leased from MEA (G-BLVF) in the mid-80s was named City of Lancaster, though the name never made it onto one of BA's 747-436s.

I also think it would be a bice touch to restore the aircraft names. The A320 family could revive the County theme of the 1-11s, while as the original 777-236s (G-ZZZx) were named after aviators, maybe the rest of the 777s could be named after pioneers - British explorers, scientists and inventors. Also, rather than restore the European city theme to the 767s, they could adopt the theme used by the regional 767s and name them all after British authors and poets.
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:59 am

Quoting A340600MAN (Thread starter):
So come on BA !! Why no names ???

Not exactly true.
Some A319s, and other ac, are named "Chatham Historic Dockyard". Why the same name to so many planes, even to promote the museum? Beats me.
 
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:14 am

Aloha and Hawaiian both name their planes.

Aloha's 732s are named after Hawaiian Royalty or Ali'i (Liholiho, Kekaulike, etc), while the 73Gs are named after Hawaiian stars/navigators (Hilo, Makali'i, Olopana, etc.).

Hawaiian's aircraft are all named after Native Hawaiian Birds, (Pueo, I'iwi, 'A'apapane, Kolea, etc.)

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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting Breiz (Reply 4):
Some A319s, and other ac, are named "Chatham Historic Dockyard". Why the same name to so many planes, even to promote the museum? Beats me.

Aircraft with the Utopia 'World Tails' carried the name of their tail design. The official name for BA's union flag tail is "Chatham Historic Dockyard", so some aircraft still have that name on their nose.
 
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:36 am

Even though G-BNLB is now "Chatham Historic Dockyard", I will always know it's old name was "City of Edinburgh".


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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:43 am

Is G-CIVF still 'St Albans'?
 
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RE: British Airways And Aircraft Names

Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:00 am

Man I miss their names. I can remember flying on River Axe, a 737-200. Still at least Virgin have got the names, makes it more fun to see what your plan is actually called don't you think