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Virgin America's "Tim Clark Express"

Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:26 pm

I was recently at LAX getting on the 16:00 flight to DXB and saw a VX A320 on the tarmac that was named "The Tim Clark Express" and wanted to ask people the story behind that aircraft's name? Working for EK I was obviously intrigued, and pointed this out to the crew I was with, and both of them agreed it was odd - I even checked online to see if there was any other "Tim Clark" of note that might have made more sense as the aircraft's name, and came up empty.

Insights to the story behind this aircraft's name? Would be hilarious (and highly doubtful) if they named after EK's Tim Clark.
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RE: Virgin America's "Tim Clark Express"

Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:57 pm

N633VA - "The Tim Clark Express" was named after the author and not the President of Emirates. I am not sure of the reason on the specific naming. Sorry to get your hopes up! From time to time we as Crew get to name the planes....this one was named by either someone higher up or a citizen.
 
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RE: Virgin America's "Tim Clark Express"

Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:49 pm

Quite a few interesting names and uses of trademarked names in VX's fleet names

Could not find anything more on the naming of N633VA.

Quote:

A319s:
N521VA - Let There Be Flight (WiFi Enabled)
N522VA - The 1-Year-Old Virgin (WiFi Enabled)
N523VA - Contents May Be Under Pressure (WiFi Enabled)
N524VA - Dark Horse (WiFi Enabled)
N525VA - Virgin & Tonic (WiFi Enabled)
N526VA - Jane (WiFi Enabled)
N527VA - Tubular Belle (WiFi Enabled)
N528VA - Fog Cutter (WiFi Enabled)
N529VA - Moodlights, Camera, Action (WiFi Enabled)
N530VA - gogo Dancer (WiFi Enabled)

A320s:
N621VA - Air Colbert (WiFi Enabled)
N622VA - California Dreaming (WiFi Enabled)
N623VA - Three if by Air (WiFi Enabled)
N624VA - fRed, White & Blue (WiFi Enabled)
N625VA - Jefferson Airplane (WiFi Enabled)
N626VA - Unicorn Chaser (WiFi Enabled)
N627VA - Runway Angel (WiFi Enabled)
N628VA - Entourage Air (WiFi Enabled)
N629VA - Midnight Ride (WiFi Enabled)
N630VA - Superfly (WiFi Enabled)
N631VA - Chic Air (WiFi Enabled)
N632VA - Youtube Air (WiFi Enabled)
N633VA - The Tim Clark Express (WiFi Enabled)
N634VA - Mach Daddy (WiFi Enabled)
N635VA - My Other Ride's a Spaceship (WiFi Enabled)
N636VA - Airplane 2.0 (WiFi Enabled)
N637VA - An Airplane Named Desire (WiFi Enabled)
N638VA - San Francisco Pride (WiFi Enabled)
N639VA - Air Drake - (WiFi Enablled)
N640VA - Refresh Air - (WiFi Enablled)
N641VA - Dotcomsecrets Air - (WiFi Enabled)
N642VA - Breanna Jewel - (WiFi Enabled)
N835VA - Arnold (WiFi Enabled)
N836VA - Spruce Moose (WiFi Enabled)
N837VA - Air VH1 (WiFi Enabled)
N838VA - DFW One (WiFi Enabled)
N839VA - Myles from Connemara (WiFi Enabled)
N840VA - bytheway (WiFi Enabled)
N841VA - #nerdbird (WiFi Enabled)
N842VA - Breanna Jewel (WiFi Enabled)
N843VA - ??? (WiFi Enabled)
N844VA - ??? (WiFi Enabled)
N845VA - ??? (WiFi Enabled)
N846VA - ??? (WiFi Enabled)
N847VA - Unnamed, not yet in service
N848VA - Unnamed, not yet in service

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RE: Virgin America's "Tim Clark Express"

Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:39 pm

Quoting Elevated (Reply 1):
N633VA - "The Tim Clark Express" was named after the author and not the President of Emirates. I am not sure of the reason on the specific naming. Sorry to get your hopes up!

Ha! Hopes weren't up, I couldn't fathom a reason why VX would name it after him - though it seems random to name it after the author as well, only because it doesn't really "jive" with either VX's image or the names of their other planes! Thanks for looking into though  

Incidentally you mention crew naming airplanes - do you guys get to do that, and if so, do crew put in names and one is chosen, or does the airline offer a set of names, and crew vote on one? That's a really a cool way to get involved! We obviously have nothing like that here at Emirates.
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