From: McElravy <email@example.com> Date: 16 Jul 96 13:51:46 References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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>They also do a nice job of naming their planes at British Airways. The >747s are named after cities, the 757s are named after castles, I'm not >sure what the 767s, A-320s, and 737s are named after, and the 777s >are >named after famous aviation figures. I am disappointed, however, that >there seems to be no plan at BA to name a 777 after R.J. Mitchell, the >designer of my favorite airplane, the Supermarine S-6b, and of course, >the Supermarine Spitfire. > >The US carried the engine-naming tradition through the demise of the >piston engine, with the Wasp and Whirlwind series of engines from >Pratt & >Whitney and Wright. It seems like naming each individual plane is a rather common practice on international airlines. U.S. airlines seem to only give their planes names when they are of a special breed. Too bad. Remembering that you were on the Western Pacific "Winter Wonderland Plane" is much easier than remembering that you were on N962WP. Just for laughs I checked the KLM webpage (www.klm.nl) and cracked their code. For those who care, it works out this way: A310 -- Artists (Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh) MD-11 -- Women (Marie Curie, Florence Nightengale) 767-300 -- Bridges (Golden Gate, Brooklyn) 737-300, 400 -- Explorers (Marco Polo, Henry Hudson) 747-300 Combi -- Aviation Pioneers (Frank Whittle, Leonardo di Vinci) 747-300 Passenger -- Rivers (Indus, Missouri) 747-400 -- Cities (Atlanta, Nairobi, Melbourne) Fokker 100 -- Scientists/Inventors (I think, I wasn't too good at those ones, I hesitated even mentioning this one for fear of looking daft -- Leeuwenhoek, Oort) Quite clever. Many of the names were Dutch (Rembrandt), but some were non-Dutch (Marco Polo, Atlanta) names with instant recognizability.