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  • Planes with names?

    I've noticed from photos that planes have names. Is it like that with all planes?
    Or does the Airline decide?

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    Its the airline's call. Some airlines, like Jetblue, name all their aircraft. Others, like Southwest, name some. Others, like Continental, don't name any.

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    • #3
      Southwest has several different forms of named planes.

      Some are named for Company Founders or Board Members (Herbert D. Kelleher, Donald J. Ogden, Colleen Barrett, Lamar Muse, June Morris, Fred Jones, Rollin King, Jack Vidal)

      Some are named for organizations (Spirit of Hope, Spread the LUV, Adopt-A-Pilot, Tuskegee Airmen)

      Some are named for events (Spirit if Kitty Hawk, Silver One, Triple Crown)

      Some are named for States (Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Maryland)

      Some are named for endorsements (Sea World, Nolan Ryan Express, Slam Dunk One)
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bok269
        Others, like Continental, don't name any.
        Continental has a 777 named Gordon Bethune
        You've got to try to find what's right before your eyes-Finger Eleven


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        • #5
          FedEx planes are named after employee's kids through a lottery. The first Falcon was named Wendy. I think that was Fred Smith's daughter.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ASpilot2be
            Continental has a 777 named Gordon Bethune
            I stand corrected. What a fitting tribute.

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            • #7
              Horizon names some of their planes after cities they fly in to

              they start with...

              The Great City(ies) of...

              Portland
              N.Bend/ Coos Bay
              Seattle/ Tacoma
              Vancouver
              ect.

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              • #8
                I'm kind of curious now too, does KLM name all of their planes, or just the widebodies? Are only the 747's named after cities and the MD-11's named after people?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JordanD
                  I'm kind of curious now too, does KLM name all of their planes, or just the widebodies? Are only the 747's named after cities and the MD-11's named after people?
                  It looks like all mainline aircraft are named.

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                  • #10
                    Air Canada mainline never named their aircraft (well not in my 29 years).

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                    • #11
                      Like Horizon Airlines, Jet2.com name their planes after destinations they fly to.

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                      • #12
                        Do bmi Mritish Midland or Monarch Airlines name planes?

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                        • #13
                          LOT Polish Airlines names only their long range aircrafts (Boeing 767-200 and Boeing 767-300). However two are still unnamed (SP-LPA because it's a Star Alliance bird and SP-LPC because that one is on a lease). The planes are named after Poland's biggest cities in Polish language (Warszawa, Gniezno, Katowice etc), and wear that city's coat of arms. Smaller planes and plnes from a sister-airline Centralwings are unnamed.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jet2.com
                            Do bmi Mritish Midland or Monarch Airlines name planes?
                            Easy way to find out...just look at the pics in the database!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pkonowrocki
                              LOT Polish Airlines names only their long range aircrafts (Boeing 767-200 and Boeing 767-300). However two are still unnamed (SP-LPA because it's a Star Alliance bird and SP-LPC because that one is on a lease). The planes are named after Poland's biggest cities in Polish language (Warszawa, Gniezno, Katowice etc), and wear that city's coat of arms. Smaller planes and plnes from a sister-airline Centralwings are unnamed.
                              Shame they didn't name their 737-400's They could hire me to name all of them.

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