alaskaairmd83
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Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:13 am

Why do they have so many endings to the Reg numbers on their planes? And where did they come from. Some are obvious like SW and WN, but what about GB, LV, WR, and JC? This might have been discussed before but I searched and didn't really find anything that gave a good answer.
 
OPNLguy
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:24 am

Quoting AlaskaAirMD83 (Thread starter):
Why do they have so many endings to the Reg numbers on their planes? And where did they come from. Some are obvious like SW and SA)">WN, but what about SA)">GB, LV, WR, and JC? This might have been discussed before but I searched and didn't really find anything that gave a good answer.

The original preference was for SW, but in some cases, those were already taken, so SA)">WN was used, and in a few cases, SA. I'm pretty sure Skywest used SW for some of their birds, so that's just one example of SW being unable to us in some cases.

Some registrations are named after people. HK, CB, SA)">GB, RR, and JW are the initials for some current/former execs, namely Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett, Gary Barron, Ron Ricks, and Jim Wimberly. The WR and JC are tributes for two of our PHX mechanics who dies in a GA crash. QC is for quality control, and LV is for Las Vegas. The AA suffixes on a few of the older -300s are for American Airlines, the former operator (who inherited them in the AirCal acquisition). Sometimes the lessors don't want the registrations changed, and sometimes they will. Former Midway (v1.0) 737-200s N702ML, N721ML, and N722ML were acquired some years ago, and N702ML had to stay ML, while N721ML and N722ML (a different lessor) allowed us to change them to N721WN and N722WN.
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:29 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
and LV is for Las Vegas.

Interesting. I always thought it was for LUV.
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:35 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
Interesting. I always thought it was for LUV.

Could be; I've heard it attributed to both...
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:36 am

Thank you so much. How thoughtful to change a reg code for the employees that passed. I figured that the LV was for vegas but waasn't 100% sure.
 
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:41 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 3):
Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
Interesting. I always thought it was for LUV.

Could be; I've heard it attributed to both...

And not for DAL (meaning: Love Field)???  eyebrow 
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:49 am

Quoting AlaskaAirMD83 (Reply 4):
Thank you so much. How thoughtful to change a reg code for the employees that passed. I figured that the LV was for vegas but waasn't 100% sure.

I was driving into the employee lot the other day, and as I made the left turn that parallels 13R-31L, I saw a couple of hundred of our HDQ folks lined-up along the fence. When I got to my usual parking area closer to the hangars, I noticed many of the folks were from MX. Turns out one of our MX employees had lost his battle with cancer, and his body was being shipped back to Ohio for burial, and everyone was out in tribute. He departed on a DAL-STL flight that was turned in STL to operate either to CLE or CMH.

No matter what anyone says, this is a great airline to work for..(and I've worked for 2 others).  Wink
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Tom in NO
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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:13 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 6):
No matter what anyone says, this is a great airline to work for..(

I've heard so many of your co-workers say that.....if I were to be on the airline side of tha e table rather than the airport side, I'd love to work for WN.

As relates to the thread title, I guess I shouldn't hold my breath waiting for the Lamar Muse tribute registration ?  wink 

Btw, you working the Gulf coast today.....there has been some flat ugly weather over Texas and western Louisiana.....and it's now moving in here. My neighbors are heading out on flight 643 to MDW this afternoon, and it's posted 3 hours late, with the AUS-HOU leg of the 643 routing already cancelled, and a plane swap for HOU-MSY-MDW.

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RE: Why So Many Reg Codes For WN?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:25 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 7):
As relates to the thread title, I guess I shouldn't hold my breath waiting for the Lamar Muse tribute registration ?

Sure, right after the Howard Putnam one...  Wink

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 7):
Btw, you working the Gulf coast today.....there has been some flat ugly weather over Texas and western Louisiana.....and it's now moving in here. My neighbors are heading out on flight 643 to MDW this afternoon, and it's posted 3 hours late, with the AUS-HOU leg of the 643 routing already cancelled, and a plane swap for HOU-MSY-MDW.

No, at home on vacation. Going in for a guest appearance tomorrow for another dispatcher desperate to get the day off, so it'll be my turn in the barrel then since this weather system doesn't appear to be going anywhere between now and then. Exxon stock will be looking good tomorrow with the fuel loads...  Wink
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