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Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Sun Dec 25, 2005 6:49 pm

Following this sad story about Daniel Swaddle, see http://www.jules-pages.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/danielswaddle.mpg are any airlines still naming their aircraft and if so what determines what they are called? Can you even suggest names if you work for the airline?

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Sun Dec 25, 2005 7:53 pm

It seems to be uncommon among US airlines.

I've noticed names on KLM and BA aircraft (at least the larger ones for sure).

I wish more airlines would do it - particularly for the bigger ships.
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Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:11 pm

SK still names all planes "xxx Viking". This can be humorous, like their 747 named "Huge Viking" (Huge is an old norse name). Ironically, "Huge Viking" is nowadays a Dash-8.

VS names planes and often has "meaningful" regs likge G-VFLY and G-VROC.

AI, AZ and LH all name planes, just to mention a few.

Quoting Molykote (Reply 1):

I've noticed names on KLM and BA aircraft (at least the larger ones for sure).

BA and KL name all planes.

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Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:13 pm

Virgin Atlantic name EVERY single aircraft...

Not long ago they sold for charity the ability to have your name on the side of our next A340-600 (G-VFIZ).

I think if you sent them a letter with some good suggestions they might take them on board...
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Sun Dec 25, 2005 11:45 pm

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 3):
Virgin Atlantic name EVERY single aircraft...

Also, VS names are normally original or funny or cool. Many other airlines are a bit more serious.
Some examples:
Tinker Belle
Miss Kitty
Jersey Girl (to celebrate Newark)
Cosmic Girl
Virgin Lady
Indian Princess
etc...

Full list: http://www.v-flyer.com/aircraft.asp
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Sun Dec 25, 2005 11:48 pm

OU does it as well. The a/c are named according to their type:

A319s / A320s are named after Croatian cities
ATR-42s (just the three of them) are named after Croatian regions
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Mon Dec 26, 2005 5:06 am

LH always names their planes, usually after German cities or L�nder. This can actually lead to some airplanes getting famous because of their name.

The most famous incident was a 737-200, named "Landshut" which was captured by RAF terrorists (not the Royal Air Force, a German terorist group called Rote Armee Fraktion  Wink ).

Even today, everybody knows it as the Landshut-Entf�hrung. I don't know whether LH ever named a plane Landshut again, but somehow I doubt that. The name is written on the airplane, and usually there is an official ceremony where the name is given to the plane.

I think it is a good tradition, what I found interesting, though, is the fact that names are connected to certain planes. In German trains, for example, the name is connected to the train-number, so the train leaving Hamburg bound for Munich at 11 o'clock always has the same name. Maybe this could be a cool concept for aviation as well, giving individual routes an individual product.
 
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Mon Dec 26, 2005 5:25 am

El Al names their airplanes.

I know they have Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv which are 744s.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Dec 26, 2005 5:32 am

every of jetBlue's A320 planes are named

I find one of their plane's name interesting:

"Devil With A Blue Dress On"
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Mon Dec 26, 2005 7:00 am

Qantas name their bigger aircraft like 747s etc.
747s are usally named after cities and towns.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Dec 26, 2005 7:09 am

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 4):
Also, VS names are normally original or funny or cool. Many other airlines are a bit more serious

they also often tie in with the reg's

G-VGOA - Indian princess
G-VROC - Mustang Sally
G-VLIP - Hot lips
G-VNAP - sleeping beauty?? i think
G-VEIL - Queen of the Skies
 
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Mon Dec 26, 2005 7:23 am

On some (but, I think all) EI aircraft it has the name written on one side in english and then written on the opposite side the name written again in Irish. It's a nice touch I think.
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Mon Dec 26, 2005 7:36 am

TAROM has all their ATRs and 737 named after Rumanian cities and their A310s (not flying this days) named after Rumanian regions.
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Dec 26, 2005 7:47 am

Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
every of jetBlue's A320 planes are named

Furthermore, if I'm not mistaken, they all have the word "Blue" somewhere in their name (Blue Skies Ahead, Canyon Blue, Can't Get Enough of Blue, La Vie in Blue, Baby Blue, Ole Blue Eyes, Blue Moon, Mystic Blue, Blue-T-Ful... well, you get my point)

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Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:41 am

It's entirely up to the airline, obviously.

KLM organized a competition among its passengers to think up the names for its A330s - the winner came up with city square names.

Also KLM often choose names beginning with the last one of the registration - PH-BFA Atlanta, PH-BFB Bangkok and so on. This serves no purpose other than maintaining a tradition. thumbsup 

VLM of Belgium have temporarily named aircraft after their employee of the month. thumbsdown  As every sailor knows, you shouldn't change the name of your ships.

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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Dec 26, 2005 2:10 pm

I have names for many of the airplanes I work on, usually some variation of "pig" or "junk" ... Not really official, though.

Canadian Pacific Airlines used to name their airplanes "Empress of ...". Air Canada never has, as far as I know.
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Mon Dec 26, 2005 2:55 pm

Out here AI names their Aircraft.But no the General public does not decide.
AI names their B742s after Emperors,The B744s after places of architectural or tourist interest in India,A310s after Rivers & B772s after Ragas.
Blue Dart [BDA/DHL] has them named after Visions ie Visions I, Vision II, Vision III etc.
Spice Jet has them named after Spices.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Dec 26, 2005 4:18 pm

LOT POLISH AIRLINES names their planes after cities in Poland.

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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:14 am

Alitalia names all of its planes.

Except A320s, each aircraft is christened by category / subcategory but names are always related to Italian art, history or geography.

For example, all A300s received the name or nickname of a famous painter from the Middle Ages to the XVII century.

All DC-9s were christened after Italian regions (I-ATxx regs) or Italian islands (I-DIxx regs); also all A319 are named after Italian islands (I didn't check if they reused names from withdrawn DC9s).

MD80s are named after Italian cities (without any sort of classification or alphabetical criteria, except for the first two delivered that were named "Milano" and "Roma", the two most important cities in Italy)

A321 are named after famous Italian "Piazza" (city squares).

A320s are a mixed list of famous musicians from all Europe and Italian monuments; MD11s were named after Italian composers.

B767 are named after Italian explorers (like Colombo, Vespucci etc.)

B777 are named after famous Italian touristic resorts (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Portofino, ...)
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:07 am

Pinnacle has 2 CRJ's that are named...

the first one-ship 8390... "Spirit of Memphis Belle"...

and the 100th one... ship 8944.... "Spirit of Beale Street."
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:13 am

Gotta love how UAL was selling aircraft names to people...it's say "Peter so-and-so, Customer". Really original names guys.

Always loved Pan Am's "Clippers"...now that was pretty classy. DL names it's aircraft too- go down to the ramp and check out the belly or main gear doors, and written in the dirt youll sometimes see "Piece of Shit" or something like that, courtesy of a smartass ramper somewhere  mischievous 

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Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:33 am

Air NewZealand named it's 747-400 fleet after key New Zealand destinations. The eight planes are named as

Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Christchurch, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Rotorua, Queenstown and Wellington.
 
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Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:56 pm

SAA don't name their planes anymore which is sad.

Previously, they all carried names of South African places or features.

747-200 and SP were named after mountain ranges
747-300 and 400 after cities, except:
744 "The Great North" (named after a province)
744 "Vulindlela" (means "opening the way" in the Nguni language)
743 "Ndizani" (means "soaring to new heights")
737-200 after rivers
A320 after birds
A300 after antelope
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:10 pm

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 9):
Qantas name their bigger aircraft like 747s etc.
747s are usally named after cities and towns.

All of our aircraft, bar the BAe 146's, B717's and Dash 8's (well, excluding two of them) are named; It isn't just the 747's.
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:34 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 22):
SAA don't name their planes anymore which is sad.

What was the reason for the stoppage.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:02 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 22):
SAA don't name their planes anymore which is sad

but the ones that have been named still have their names on right?
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:12 am

Northwest has a few left, they took the names off of the new painted.

I think The City of Detroit, The City of Tokyo, and The Spirit of the Northwest People are still on the side and I know one 753 is still The Bernie Epple
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:12 pm

Personally I feel A Name to an Aircraft makes it sound so much better.I remember the AI Names Well & during our discussions at Work We often call them by their Names in addition to their Reg.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:26 pm

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 10):
they also often tie in with the reg's

And G-VWKD could only be "Miss Behavin'"
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:43 pm

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 28):
And G-VWKD could only be "Miss Behavin'"

i believe the next 346, G-VBLU will be called soul sista!

[Edited 2006-01-02 14:43:23]
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:55 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 24):
What was the reason for the stoppage.

No idea Mel but with the current chaos in SAA it was either overlooked or seen as something from the "old regime" and therefore not seen as acceptable.

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 25):
but the ones that have been named still have their names on right?

Yes Matt they do.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:40 pm

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 7):
I know they have Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv which are 744s.

Jerusalem is a 747 too.So Galil is(I think)

And WN has the Spirit of Hope, for the Ronald McDonald house for the children.
Also Southern Winds(RIP) used to have their planes named, ie: Cordoba was a 767...
And American names 'em Luxury Liner  Wink



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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:22 pm

Quoting Andz (Reply 30):
seen as something from the "old regime" and therefore not seen as acceptable.

Thats one common policy out here too.A new party in power will reverse the policies of the previous government.'
The latest is Road & City naming.
I always thought that naming an Aircraft gives it a different sound all together to the listener.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:16 am

Don't forget MX.


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MX has named most of their planes for a long time, mostly after cities in Mexico, the U.S. and South America.
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:21 pm

But unfortunately MX name thing tradition is over with the new c/s!  Sad.

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Sun Jan 22, 2006 3:25 pm

CO only has two aircraft with names on them, both 777,s.

Ship 001, "Gordon M. Bethune", the honor was bestowed on Gordon right before he retired as a way of saying "thanks" for pulling CO out of the toilet.


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Ship 006, "Robert F. Six", in honor of CO's founder Robert Six.


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Sun Jan 22, 2006 5:17 pm

Hawaiian and Aloha also name all their aircraft. Aloha's -200s are named after ali'i (Hawaiian rulers/royalty) and the -700s for Hawaiian navigators or stars (in Hawaiian). Hawaiian names their aircraft after native Hawaiian birds. The 717s are named after endangered birds endemic to Hawaii and the 767s mostly for migratory birds. I don't know the names of Aloha's fleet, but I do have a list for Hawaiian:

717s
475-`I`iwi
476-`Elepaio
477-`Apapane
478-`Amakihi
479-`Akepa
480-Pueo
481-`Alauahio
484-`Oma`o
485-Palila
486-`Akikiki
487-`Io

The returned 717s were:
482-`Akohekohe
483-`Akiapola`au

767s
580-Kolea
581-Manu o Ku
582-`Ake`ake
583-`A
584-Kioea
585-Noio
586-`Ou
587-Pakalakala
588-`Iwa
589-Moli
590-Koa`e`ula
591-`Akekeke
592-Hunakai
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Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:02 am

AFAIK, the only current Canadian airline that names it's airplanes is Buffalo Airways, http://www.buffaloairways.com/ out of Yellowknife.

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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:15 am

MARTINAIR names their planes after members of the Dutch Royal Family:

MD-11 PH-MCU Prinses Maxima
B747-200 PH-MCE Prins van Oranje
B747-200 PH-MCF Prins Claus
B747-200 PH-MCN Prins Bernard Jr
B767-300 PH-MCG Prins Johan Friso
B767-300 PH-MCH Prins Constantijn
B767-300 PH-MCI Prins Pieter Christiaan
B767-300 PH-MCL Koningin Beatrix
B767-300 PH-MCM Prins Floris
 
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Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:55 pm

IcelandAir also names all of their 757 fleet.
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 23, 2006 3:27 pm

Any Airline name their Aircraft after Politicians  Smile
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:43 pm

Have a look at this relevent website

http://www.aircraftinfobase.net/
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:19 am

Nice link Thanks.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:34 am

Jet2.com also name their aircraft after the destinations they fly to.

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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:06 am

FedEx aircraft are named after the children of the employees of FedEx.
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:46 pm

Quoting Gunships (Reply 44):
FedEx aircraft are named after the children of the employees of FedEx.

How is that decided.Is it on merit/Random.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:16 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 45):
Quoting Gunships (Reply 44):
FedEx aircraft are named after the children of the employees of FedEx.

How is that decided.Is it on merit/Random

Employees can register the names via the internet, but I am not familiar with the exact process used by the company to select the names.
 
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:55 pm

Quoting Gunships (Reply 46):
Employees can register the names via the internet

Thats a nice gesture.Maybe this can be tried out here.
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:34 pm

Years ago United used to "sell" naming thier new 777's to FFlyers for points. Your name in 6" high letters for, I think, a year. As seen here:
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RE: Naming Of Aircraft - Is It Still Done?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:53 pm

Quoting ReidYYZ (Reply 48):
Your name in 6" high letters for, I think, a year. As seen here:

Talk about Ideas  Smile
How much would a decal cost an Airline.
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