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B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:11 am

A quick question if I may, can anybody tell me why some airlines designate the B789 as a B787-900 series (VS and AF) and others just go with 787-9

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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:20 am

Well I guess it is down to the discretion of the airlines as to whether they follow the manufacturers official designation or not. One thought/ guess why some might adopt the ‘unorthodox 787-900 designation is that it gives them flexibility for identifying sub fleets within one aircraft type. Eg a two class 787-9 could be designated 787-920 and a three class 787-930 and so on.

A couple of years back I flew on an IB A340-600 but it was designated A340-500 which confused me initially as I knew they had no 500 series A340s. It turned out that the 500 designation was used for reconfigured/refurbished planes and 600 used for those still to be updated.
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:51 am

The A340-500 and A340-600 are different models. The 500 fuselage is over 7m shorter then the 600.
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:46 am

Titled on a photo within the article

https://blog.virginatlantic.com/cargo-c ... -atlantic/
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:43 am

I can't understand why the -900 exists.
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:54 am

Rampvan wrote:
Titled on a photo within the article

https://blog.virginatlantic.com/cargo-c ... -atlantic/


That was a good read - thanks for posting!
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:55 am

Must be airline specific internal designations.

Officially all Boeing aircraft after a certain point in time no longer have designators beyond the type and specific model. Customer codes are gone, and Boeing never did engine type/rating specific codes like Airbus ie A350-941.
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:01 am

peterjohns wrote:
The A340-500 and A340-600 are different models. The 500 fuselage is over 7m shorter then the 600.


Helps if you properly read what that poster said. They said they flew on a -600, but for some reason IB referred to it as a -500. There is no way it could have actually BEEN a 'normal' -500, as IB has never operated that variant.
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:51 am

I missinterpreted who the poster was referring to with "they". He means Iberia, but I wrongly thought he meant Airbus, as the thread was about the companies naming their a/c.
Thanks for kindly correcting me.
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:23 pm

As another example, Alitalia published schedules using 763, 764, and 767 codes simultaneously. They didn't fly any -400s, but simply used different codes for different seating configurations.
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:51 pm

I am surprised that designating an A346 as an A345 is even allowed, I mean it is disinformation.
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:07 pm

Aceskywalker wrote:
Must be airline specific internal designations.

Officially all Boeing aircraft after a certain point in time no longer have designators beyond the type and specific model. Customer codes are gone, and Boeing never did engine type/rating specific codes like Airbus ie A350-941.

Boeing dropped Customer Codes, but did not alter its aircraft denomination: for example, any 737NGs manufactured after L/N 6082 were delivered as 737-700/-800/-900 (as applicable) and not 737-7/-8/-9 since those are the MAXes
 
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Re: B787-900 or B787_9

Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:36 pm

DeltaWings wrote:
I am surprised that designating an A346 as an A345 is even allowed, I mean it is disinformation.


It’s the ICAO code. IATA codes are also similar in most cases:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_a ... esignators

Quoted wrong post, but yeah, agree with you on the 345/346 issue.
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