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AmricanShamrok
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Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:49 am

What airlines put a bit more thought into their exteriors like naming aircraft or have other traditions? 3 of Ireland's 4 airlines have these traditions:

Aer Lingus
- Names all aircraft after saints (English version on port side, Irish version on starboard side) ie. St. Patrick/Pádraig, St. Laurence O'Toole/Lorcan Ó'Tuathail
- Blesses newly delivered aircraft before their first flight
- All aircraft bear the Irish flag

CityJet
- Names all aircraft after Irish islands ie. Inis Mór, Lake Isle of Inishfree
- Each aircraft bears the Air France KLM logo
- Each aircraft bears the twelve stars of the EU (on the top of the tailfin)

Ryanair
- Names selected aircraft after places (ie. Pride of Scotland, City of Nykoping)
- Uses selected aircraft to send "messages" to competitors (ie. Arrivederci Alitalia, Say NO to BA fuel levy)
- All aircraft bear the flag of Ireland
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:15 am

A few come to mind, including:

JetBlue - Names each of their aircraft something witty with Blue, such as "Room With a Blue", "Bada Bing Bada Blue", "Blues Brothers" and "Absolute Blue"

Horizon Air - Named their Dash 8 aircraft after cities they service, such as "City of Medford", "City of Eugene" or "City of Yakima"

Virgin America - Names their aircraft stylish names, such as "Tubular Belle", "Fog Cutter" or "Jefferson Airplane"
ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:17 am

Qantas - All 330/737-800/747/767 all named after cities and regions of Australia. Airbus A380 named after Australian Aviation Pioneers (VH-OQA "Nancy-Bird Walton")
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:37 am

FedEx Express - Aircraft named after employees' kids (first name only)
I convert Jet A and 100LL into noise.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:28 am

Lufthansa: all airplanes have the Name of Cities in Germany, except one 343, which is named Gander/ Halifax as a thank you for the people in Gander & Halifax after 9/11 who helped the passengers as much as they could.
Some 744s have names of German "Bundesländer": Bayern, Sachsen- Anhalt etc.

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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:47 am

KLM name their aircraft too.

The MD-11's are named after famous women

The B744's are named after cities

The A332's are named after landmarks in Europe

The B772's are named after landmarks too

The B773's are named after Dutch National Parks

And I think the B737's (NG) are named after birds and animals, whilst the Classic B737 are named after famous Europeans, like one B733 is named Roald Amusden.
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:10 pm

Austrian Airlines and Austrian Arrows named its aircrafts by Austrian and European cities.

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Arrows
OE-LVC named TIRANA  Smile

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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:02 pm

Jet2.com have cities/countries ie Jet2 Ireland, Jet2 Belfast on their aircraft.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:59 pm



Quoting Mfricke (Reply 1):
Virgin America - Names their aircraft stylish names, such as "Tubular Belle", "Fog Cutter" or "Jefferson Airplane"

Most Virgin airlines do/did:
Virgin America
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Blue
V Australia
Virgin Sun (defunct)

Those that do/did not use names:
Virgin Express (defunct)
Virgin Nigeria
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:35 pm

Air France used to name its plane also :

The Caravelle had names of French Regions :
F-BHRV was "Provence" :

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The B707 were named after famous French Castles (Châteaux) :
F-BHSC was "Chateau de Fontainebleau"

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The first A320 delivered to AF were also named after French and European Cities :

F-GFKA was "Ville de Paris"
F-GFKB was "Ville de Rome"
etc ...
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:08 pm

Iberia has always named its aircraft after Spanish cities, coasts, national parks, famous people and most recently after endangered animal species.

Their 747s used to be named after famous Spanish writers: Tirso de Molina, Cervantes, García Lorca, etc...

The DC10s were all named after Spanish coasts/beaches: Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, Cornisa Cantábrica, Costa Dorada, etc.... Btw, "Costa Brava" (EC-CBN) was lost after a landing incident due to windshear at BOS in 1973 when it was just a few months old (no injuries among pax).

Currently IB has its fleet named as follows:

A340-600: Famous Spanish writers, painters, composers, scientists: Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio Machado, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Dalí, Gaudí, etc...

A340-300: Famous Spanish women: Rosalía de Castro, Agustina de Aragón, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María de Molina, etc...

A319/320/321: Spanish Cities, Monuments, Nature, Animal endangered species: Bárdenas Reales, Benidorm, Búho Real, Lince Ibérico, Ciudad de Baeza, Lago de Sanabria, Castillo de Loarre, etc...
¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
 
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RE: Aircraft Names & Traditions

Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:37 am

Canadian Airlines' first 3 747-400s were named for the founders/long-time CEOs of the 3 largest predecessor airlines -- Grant McConachie (CP Air), Russ Baker (Pacific Western Airlines), Max Ward (Wardair). I don't think the 4th Canadian 744 had a name.

Maxwell W. Ward (registration also bears his initials, G-GMWW)


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E.R. "Russ" Baker


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G.W."Grant" McConachie


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All Wardair aircraft were named for famous Canadian bush pilots (how Max Ward got his start). One of his A310-300s (photo below) was named for Grant McConachie, who was also a bush pilot in Canada's north before becoming Canadian Pacific Air Lines' first president.


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