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What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:51 am
by nitepilot79
I just now saw this photo, and a thought occurred, leading to a question. I think it's a nice touch when airlines name their fleet:




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What would you name your airliner(s)?

What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:59 am
by intotheair
Not exactly what you had in mind, but when I first read the title, I thought you mean ideas for names of airlines. More recently, I thought it would be fun to have a snarky LCC called GTFO: Getting You There Faster than Others. Admittedly not the best idea.

What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:00 pm
by euroflyer
For me it would be an A330-300 and the name would be "Kiss of the Skies" (in reference to the wonderful kiss landings of this aircraft)

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:21 pm
by Amiga500
Fukkin Dart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDLIuDtlY74

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:24 pm
by nitepilot79
I know this is cliche, but I don't care... I would name my L-1011 after the first girl I fell in love with: Elisabeth.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:43 pm
by 777Jet
I have always liked seeing aircraft named after important or well known areas / places such as cities, provinces or land marks.

I also don't mind aircraft being named after important people like how QF named their A380s.

I really enjoy seeing the TG and QF aircraft that are named after places.


TG aircraft named after a district in Thailand:


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I really like how TG have an 'Anoiting Ceremony' for each aircraft:


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I also like how TG have the name of the aircraft in Thai on one side and in English on the other side:


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I really liked QF's "City of ........." named aircraft:


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I guess it also wouldn't hurt to name a few aircraft after your highest flying frequent flyers like UA and some other airlines have done.

But... If I could only pick one subject area to choose from in which to assign names to aircraft it would be from places.

IMHO it just adds a little something extra / more personal to an aircraft to name it and I wish all aircraft had a name instead of just a bland tail number.

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:06 pm
by nitepilot79
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 5):
I have always liked seeing aircraft named after important or well known areas / places such as cities, provinces or land marks.

I also don't mind aircraft being named after important people like how QF named their A380s.

I really enjoy seeing the TG and QF aircraft that are named after places.

I agree.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:29 pm
by tsnamm
I know JetBlue used to name all their planes with the word blue as part of a saying e.g."Wild Blue Yonder" etc. I think they still do...

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:32 pm
by N14AZ
Didn't UA name one B744 after one frequent flyer who flew one million miles (bis) in one year?

Quoting nitepilot79 (Reply 4):
know this is cliche, but I don't care... I would name my L-1011 after the first girl I fell in love with: Elisabeth.

So tell us more, what happened to Elizabeth?  

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:57 pm
by nitepilot79
Quoting N14AZ (Reply 8):
Quoting nitepilot79 (Reply 4):
know this is cliche, but I don't care... I would name my L-1011 after the first girl I fell in love with: Elisabeth.

So tell us more, what happened to Elizabeth?  

Elisabeth, yes, with an "s" . We were only 14 at the time. But I she made me woozy in love. Euphoric delirium at its finest.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:10 pm
by OzarkD9S
If my hypothetical airline were based in Burbank (Hollywood) I would name them after silent movie actors and actresses.

If based in the UK I would name them after Arthurian characters.

If based in Italy, Emperors of the Roman Empire and their contemporaries. (Yes, there would be a Caligula)

If based in Greece, Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Maybe not the most original ideas, but who wouldn't like to fly on a plane named Eros.  

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:21 pm
by nitepilot79
Quoting nitepilot79 (Reply 9):
But I she made me woozy in love

Still feeling the effects, evidently .

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:25 pm
by seahawk
Landmarks, National Parks, Cities. In fact I have already googled up places that were the names of Iberia jets and visited some after finding out what it was.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:30 pm
by nikeherc
I remember crossing the Pacific on Pan Am Flt 1 from LAX to HND via HNL on Jet Clipper Sam Houston. I thought that to be an excellent name for an aircraft.

I think some airline should have airliners with the following names: Donald W. Douglas, William Boeing, Jack Northrop, Kelly Johnson, Juan Trippe, Glenn L. Martin, Allan Lockheed, Bud Maytag, Robert Six, C. E. Woolman, Charles Lindberg, Amelia Earhart and you get the idea. These men and woman were all legends in the history of flight and made major contributions to the development of air travel.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:05 pm
by skyhawkmatthew
Quoting nikeherc (Reply 13):
These men and woman were all legends in the history of flight and made major contributions to the development of air travel.

Qantas has named their A380s after Australian aviation pioneers - my favourite being Reginald Ansett. I wonder if they would still have named one after him if AN were still around.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:38 pm
by nikeherc
Probably no airline would name a plane after "Wrong Way" Corrigan, although he is something of a hero. In 1938 after a transcontinental flight from Long Beach, California, he filed a flight plan from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York to Long Beach. However, he landed in Ireland. He claimed that he made navigational errors due to low light levels causing him to misread his compass. He was an excellent mechanic , and had been denied permission to fly to Ireland, but he never admitted that his flight had been deliberate.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:31 pm
by nitepilot79
Quoting skyhawkmatthew (Reply 14):
Qantas has named their A380s after Australian aviation pioneers - my favourite being Reginald Ansett. I wonder if they would still have named one after him if AN were still around.


I think they should name one of their frames after Steve Erwin, also.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:34 pm
by e38
Quoting nikeherc (Reply 13), "I think some airline should have airliners with the following names: . . . Robert Six, . . ."

According to rzjets.net, Continental Airlines operated two DC-10 aircraft with the name "Robert F. Six," who was Chairman and CEO of Continental from 1936 - 1981:

DC-10-10CF N68049 (c/n 47803) and
DC-10-30 N68060 (c/n 47850)

e38

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:04 pm
by TWA772LR
I love how Fedex names their planes after their empllyees new born babies.

Quoting nikeherc (Reply 13):
I remember crossing the Pacific on Pan Am Flt 1 from LAX to HND via HNL on Jet Clipper Sam Houston. I thought that to be an excellent name for an aircraft.

I LOVE THIS!!! As a student of Sam Houston State University, I approve!   

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:41 pm
by petertenthije
Quoting nikeherc (Reply 13):
I think some airline should have airliners with the following names: Donald W. Douglas, William Boeing, Jack Northrop, Kelly Johnson, Juan Trippe, Glenn L. Martin, Allan Lockheed, Bud Maytag, Robert Six, C. E. Woolman, Charles Lindberg, Amelia Earhart and you get the idea. These men and woman were all legends in the history of flight and made major contributions to the development of air travel.

Some of KLM's 747-200/300 fleet were named after aviators including amongst others Albert Plesman, Anthoney Fokker, Wilbur Wright, Louis Bleriot and Charles Lindbergh. Their MD-11s were named after famous women and included one aviator: Amy Johnson.

As for what I would call my jet: "Moneyhole 1" seems appropriate. Unless by then I have a girlfriend. Then the plane would probably be named "Moneyhole 2". 

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:16 pm
by speedbored

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:42 pm
by FlyHossD
I'd probably go for song titles - maybe key lyrics, too.

And in light of yesterday's sad news, I'd name the next one to join the line, "Purple Rain."

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:09 pm
by petertenthije
Quoting FlyHossD (Reply 21):
And in light of yesterday's sad news, I'd name the next one to join the line, "Purple Rain."

The tin-foil hat chem-trail brigade are going to be all over that one.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:10 pm
by coolian2
I'd pick locations - not just towns and cities, but beaches, bays, mountains, islands. If I was going to put a name on a plane it would keep the location name (which would be appropriate to the person involved), but it would be "In Honour of", ie Rotorua: In Honour of Jean Batten.

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 22):
The tin-foil hat chem-trail brigade are going to be all over that one.

Probably get away with it - I'll call two of my planes Spray Platform #001 and Spray Platform #029.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:18 pm
by OzarkD9S
Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 22):


The tin-foil hat chem-trail brigade are going to be all over that one.

1000x better than "I Would Die 4 U"

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:17 pm
by PatrickZ80
Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 19):
Some of KLM's 747-200/300 fleet were named after aviators including amongst others Albert Plesman, Anthoney Fokker, Wilbur Wright, Louis Bleriot and Charles Lindbergh. Their MD-11s were named after famous women and included one aviator: Amy Johnson.

KL is indeed known for naming their aircraft, each KL aircraft has a name. That has always been the case and still is.

Personally I wouldn't name my aircraft, just a registration would be enough.

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:02 pm
by Thunderboltdrgn
Quoting nitepilot79 (Thread starter):
What would you name your airliner(s)?

Dragon names.   Which however could become problematic due to copyright and etc.

Anyway flagship name would be Il Drago Ruggente.

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:38 pm
by superjeff
I'm old school. In the U.S., Pan Am had Jet Clippers (I.e., jet Clipper America, etc.), American had their Flagships (I.e., Flagship Knoxville, currently at the C.R. Smith Museum near DFW), United had Mainliners, TWA Starliners, etc. Airlines in other countries also had names for their jets as well.

I am old enough to remember the pioneers, such as some of those listed above. I would include people like Donald Nyrop (Northwest), William A. Patterson (United), C.R. Smith (American), Jack Frye (TWA), Eddie Rickenbacker (Eastern), Howard Hughes (TWA), and maybe Lord King (British Airways).-

It harkens back to a time when there was some romance in the airline business, and it wasn't the commodity (I.e., flying bus) business it is today.

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:57 pm
by nikeherc
Quoting superjeff (Reply 27):

All excellent additions to the list. You could also go for Al Haynes, Dennis Fitch, Chesley Sullenberger and other great pilots. I would also suggest Todd Beamer.

I know that these names would be controversial because they were involved in accidents or hijackings, but they are all aviation heroes in my book.

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:06 pm
by cloudboy
The Puffin
The Penguin
The Pterodactyl
The Emu
The Orca

I am not very good at naming things.

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:35 pm
by Noris
Noris  

Rgds.


Filler Filler

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:38 pm
by DariusBieber
I remember LH naming an aircraft after Gander during the 9/11 attacks for their city's hospitality due to forced landings in American airspace. A very nice gesture, since most of Lufthansa's fleet back then were German cities.

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:02 pm
by Toni_
Keeping in mind how a lot of us a.nutters tend to treat aircraft as feminine objects, I find it quite suiting to name them as such too. I thought what KL had going with their MD-11 was just great. It just fits the bird perfectly!


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I'd probably do something similar. Maybe with just ordinary first names.

Quoting nitepilot79 (Reply 9):
Elisabeth, yes, with an "s" . We were only 14 at the time. But I she made me woozy in love. Euphoric delirium at its finest.

If I happen to choose to name them alphabetically, then 5th in fleet might well be Elizabeth (with a z in my case) for similar reasons. 

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:22 pm
by A330NZ
My inner child wants to call at least one "The Soaring Swag-Wagon"

But in all seriousness, I'd love to name them after the Māori names for New Zealand birds

e.g.
Kereru (Wood Pigeon)
Kōtare (Kingfisher)
Kea (Alpine Parrot)
Toroa (Albatross)

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:45 pm
by LH748
Quoting DariusBieber (Reply 31):
I remember LH naming an aircraft after Gander during the 9/11 attacks for their city's hospitality due to forced landings in American airspace. A very nice gesture, since most of Lufthansa's fleet back then were German cities.

Back then, it was actually the first non-German city to be put on a Lufthansa airplane ever. It was a great gesture to do so and Gander/Halifax is still flying. Hopefully they will keep having a Gander/Halifax airplane in their fleet in the future. With the A380 LH changed their name policy. The 744, as the flagship of the fleet already had the the largest German cities and states so LH chose Star Alliance hubs for naming their A380s although they seem to have changed their strategy. After all, some names (e.g. Hamburg, Berlin) don't really fit in that scheme.
Anyway, giving each airplane its own name is a nice gesture and it's a little more welcoming than an anonymous one.

I like that LX is including Swiss mountain names. It's a perfect match for Switzerland.
Same goes for KLM and their choice for flower names on their 787s.
Also Frontier's idea to name each animal is sweet.

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:58 pm
by tonyflyboi
Why did BA stop naming their aircraft

please bring it back

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:34 am
by seat55a
Quoting A330NZ (Reply 33):
But in all seriousness, I'd love to name them after the Māori names for New Zealand birds

Which NAC and Air NZ did - I haven't been able to find the whole list offhand but Kea is a F27 ZK-BXG

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:40 am
by ua900
Clipper Berlin on PanAm or Berlin on LH. Good thing that already exists. Also didn't mind flying aboard Brandenburg, close enough. It's refreshing to see LH metal picking me up in the farthest corners of the network and to step aboard a plane named after a German region or town. Home away from home especially if it's in a country with whom the EU doesn't have the best of relations.

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:43 am
by neutrino
Quoting euroflyer (Reply 2):
For me it would be an A330-300 and the name would be "Kiss of the Skies" (in reference to the wonderful kiss landings of this aircraft)

Wouldn't "Kiss of the Asphalt" better reflect what you referenced?

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:51 am
by 777Jet
Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 18):
I love how Fedex names their planes after their empllyees new born babies.
http://about.van.fedex.com/blog/meet...e-of-the-first-fedex-express-767f/

How nice.

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:04 am
by fixfox
Would like to see the KLM Cityhopper fleet named after the cities it serves.
I think it would be cool to see PH-EZS 'Stuttgart' landing in Stavanger or PH-KZA 'Antwerp' taking off Aalborg.
Just kidding.

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:05 pm
by Winterapfel
Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 19):
Some of KLM's 747-200/300 fleet were named after aviators including amongst others Albert Plesman, Anthoney Fokker, Wilbur Wright, Louis Bleriot and Charles Lindbergh.

Funny, these are all street names of streets connected to mine, here in Ypenburg (part of City of The Hague, Ypenburg formerly was an airport, now a place to live). I'm living in the Frits Diepenlaan, named after the founder of Avio-Diepen, possibly known to some of you...

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:27 pm
by factsonly
Quoting fixfox (Reply 40):
I think it would be cool to see PH-EZS 'Stuttgart' landing in Stavanger or PH-KZA 'Antwerp' taking off Aalborg.
Just kidding.


No Kidding !!

That was the KLM DC9 fleet for you:

- PH-DNB Brussel in Nurenburg and PH-DNA Amsterdam in Cork


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- PH-DNC Luxembourg in Frankfurt and PH-DNY Paris in Stockholm


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RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:35 pm
by readytotaxi
Quoting nitepilot79 (Reply 11):
Still feeling the effects, evidently

I guess you never really get over your first love.   

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:06 pm
by neutrino
Scoot named all its planes. I'm listing only the Dreamliner as the T7 were all retired. Some monikers are locally & colorfully influenced.
1. 9V-OJA Dream Start (Originally called Goin' Scootin').
2. 9V-OJB Barry
3. 9V-OJC Inspiring Spirit (Scoot's lighthearted jabbing response to Spirit Airlines "imitating" some elements of their Scootitude. In doing so, it became the first airline to name one of its planes after airline's handle).
4. 9V-OJD Big Yella Fella
5. 9V-OJE Maju-lah (Meaning Forward in Malay. It's also the first word in the title of Singapore's National Anthem).
6. 9V-OFA 八宝 (It says Eight Treasures in Mandarin).
7. 9V-OFB Lickity-Split
8. 9V-OJF Bo-eng (Now, this is my favourite. A play on Boeing, it means not free or very busy in a local patois. I was given a media tour on this bird when it was on static display for one day only at the Singapore Airshow 2016. Its time at the tarmac had to be short because the plane was...well, Bo-eng.
9. 9V-OFC Scootalicious

Number 10 of 20, a -8) was delivered in Dec '15 but I didn't have its nick.

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:31 pm
by kraz911
Hello all,

Norwegian has prominent Norwegians on their tails...

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:43 pm
by flyingturtle
Quoting Noris (Reply 30):
Noris

Well, I would go with "Flying Turtle"...

Quoting neutrino (Reply 44):

These are great! Just naming aircraft after cities or states is a bit boring. What did the specific city do to deserve that honor? "Tailstrikes since March 30rd: 0", "Licensed Pilot Inside" or "Not our Plane - leased from ILFC" would be less boring.


David

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:21 pm
by Thunderboltdrgn
Quoting kraz911 (Reply 45):
Norwegian has prominent Norwegians on their tails.

Actually, several of the prominent persons on Norwegian's tails are not Norwegian at all.

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:41 pm
by kraz911
Hello all,

@Thunderboltdrgn, I stand corrected. I did not see the complete list of individuals graced on their tails and only remembered the Norwegian ones.

My apologies....

RE: What Would You Name Your Airliner(s)?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:48 pm
by Eagleboy
Quoting speedbored (Reply 20):
Planey McPlaneface, of course.

Aer Lingus have beaten you to it (using some photoshop on their twitter feed of course!!)

http://www.breakingnews.ie/discover/...ng-one-of-their-planes-730295.html