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Re: Best airline call signs

Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:55 pm

I always thought the former Atlantic Southeast Airlines has a very clever callsign before they switched to “Acey”. Their call sign was “Candler”, which is an homage to Asa Griggs Candler, the founder of Coca Cola. The airline was headquartered in Atlanta, the home of Coca Cola and typically went by their initials of ASA. Pretty clever, in my opinion.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:00 pm

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Re: Best airline call signs

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:07 pm

I honestly love all callsigns that are not the airline name.

Giant, Speedbird, Connie, Dynasty... all amazing!!!
Some European charter airlines also have nice ones... Beauty (TUI Belgium), Moonflower (Neos), etc...
I wonder when people will understand:
Embraer 190 or simply E190, not ERJ-190. E-Jets are NOT ERJs!
Boeing 747-8, not Boeing 747-800. Same goes for 787.
Airbus A320, not Airbus 320.
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Re: Best airline call signs

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:20 pm

Avianca’s callsing is Avianca, and to me it’s a beautiful name, so I’ll make it my no. 1.
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:29 pm

I liked Air Florida: Palm and New York Air: Apple. Air South used Khaki Blue a reference to their colors. A blue blazer and khaki slacks is often referred to as the southern tuxedo.
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Re: Best airline call signs

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:29 pm

Hawaiian Airlines flight 50 from HNL to JFK

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Re: Best airline call signs

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:29 pm

Endeavor Air used "Flagship" as its call sign when it was Pinnacle.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:51 pm

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Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:09 am

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Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:25 am

"United 1" what else :)
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:45 am

I've always liked SAA callsign "Springbok", especially given the 1995 flyover of the Rugby World Cup final
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:54 am

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Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:18 am

Jetlink..
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:19 am

Jetlink..
 
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Speed bird
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:42 am

PDX757 wrote:
Seaport airlines: Sasquatch


This is the correct answer. Notable runners-up are "Redwood," "Speedbird" and "Critter."
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:56 am

BoeingGuy wrote:
Ziyulu wrote:
Dynasty! Given their safety record, many called it "die-nasty"!


This is at the top of my list too. However, your comment is unnecessary. While CI has had safety incidents in the past, their track record is very good of late. They have greatly improved. I flew them last year to RGN and was very impressed with them.

I didn't hear anyone say Springbok yet. That's another classic.


I was just stating what I heard. I too, like them. It is one of my favorite airlines, their service is much better than SQ, NH, or TG, in my opinion.
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:03 am

nikeherc wrote:
I liked Air Florida: Palm and New York Air: Apple. Air South used Khaki Blue a reference to their colors. A blue blazer and khaki slacks is often referred to as the southern tuxedo.


You beat me to the punch, I was definitely going to give a nod to Khaki Blue, it's where I got my screen name.
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:03 am

nikeherc wrote:
I liked Air Florida: Palm and New York Air: Apple. Air South used Khaki Blue a reference to their colors. A blue blazer and khaki slacks is often referred to as the southern tuxedo.


You beat me to the punch, I was definitely going to give a nod to Khaki Blue, it's where I got my screen name.
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:33 am

CHC Helicopters: Maple
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:40 am

JBo wrote:
Endeavor Air used "Flagship" as its call sign when it was Pinnacle.



Must have been passed down



That was our call sign at Republic Express
in the 80’s


Always thought it was a good one



Prior to the merger with UA there was a
move at Continental to change our radio
call sign for brevity’s sake



My suggestion was ‘Cal’



It was not taken up
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:15 am

Max Q wrote:
JBo wrote:
Endeavor Air used "Flagship" as its call sign when it was Pinnacle.



Must have been passed down



That was our call sign at Republic Express
in the 80’s


Always thought it was a good one



Prior to the merger with UA there was a
move at Continental to change our radio
call sign for brevity’s sake



My suggestion was ‘Cal’



It was not taken up


Cal probably couldn’t have happened when Air Cal was still flying. Has anyone used Cal before?
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:57 am

Really love critter and had forgotten about pan am clipper .
Interestingly beeline was first used by BEA before they merged with BOAC. Call signs can be re used . I know that Thomson now tui wanted to go back to Thomson from tui air but someone had got it so they are now tomjet.

Also like ascot which is raf transport flight and reach which is usaf .
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:58 am

Ps have also heard callsign
Thundercat and Jedi don’t know who they are though
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:55 am

Some that I've used over the years:

Titan : Zap
XL UL : Exbo
Van Air: Eurovan
Linksair: Fastlink
DHL Europe: EuroTrans
TNT: Quality
Star Air: White Star
Flybe: Jersey
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:58 am

Is there any rules regarding what the callsign can be? I’d guess there’s a requirement for uniqueness although there might be leeway for someone in NZ to have the same as someone in Spain. What about the actual words, can I have “ Buttscratcher 69” and who is the arbiter if when it becomes silly?

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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:57 pm

I think only one carrier worldwide can use a callsign at one time . When a carrier stops using it . It goes back in the pool for others to use . For eg Thompson call sign was taken by a Australian billionaire that’s why they could re use it
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:01 pm

f4f3a wrote:
Ps have also heard callsign
Thundercat and Jedi don’t know who they are though


Thundercat would be Catreus, a small private jet charter company based out of UK
http://avcodes.co.uk/details.asp?ID=28579

Jedi is Jet Story, a charter company based in Poland
https://aerosavvy.com/more-airline-call-signs/ (This list actually has quite a few of "interesting" callsigns that other in the thread already points out).

Ziyulu wrote:
BoeingGuy wrote:
Ziyulu wrote:
Dynasty! Given their safety record, many called it "die-nasty"!


This is at the top of my list too. However, your comment is unnecessary. While CI has had safety incidents in the past, their track record is very good of late. They have greatly improved. I flew them last year to RGN and was very impressed with them.

I didn't hear anyone say Springbok yet. That's another classic.


I was just stating what I heard. I too, like them. It is one of my favorite airlines, their service is much better than SQ, NH, or TG, in my opinion.


Getting somewhat off topic, but CI's old safety record was definitely awful, to the point that my family avoid them back in late 1990s even though their fare were dirt cheap (compare to CX or even NW back then) flying from HKG to mainland US via TPE. Their problems were not too different than KE's safety problem back around the same time period anyway, i.e. mostly ex-military pilots that formed the fairly toxic "hierarchial" culture with no regards to CRM.
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:38 am

ORDfan wrote:
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Straight and to the point. No confusion at all.

Unlike this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw3CeVKUtwE
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Re: Best airline call signs

Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:31 am

South African Airways- Springbok
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Re: Best airline call signs

Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:18 pm

hooverman wrote:
CHC Helicopters: Maple

Maple currently is the callsign of Skyregional airlines operating E175s as Air Canada Express.
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Re: Best airline call signs

Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:54 am

lufthansa - super
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:21 pm

Super is a required atc add on telling the controller an a/c is above a certain certified weight for spacing purposes.
Like heavy for 747,767,a340 etc. every aircraft has to use it.
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:52 pm

So all this begs the question...how does an airline get its call sign and who or what assigns them?
 
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Re: Best airline call signs

Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:40 pm

dfwjim1 wrote:
So all this begs the question...how does an airline get its call sign and who or what assigns them?


An airline will submit an application to ICAO with their preferred callsign(s)

ICAO hold the register and allocate the callsigns to avoid duplication.

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