Re: Boeing Pronunciation

From:         Pete Mellor <>
Date:         29 Jul 96 13:24:39 
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Evan McElravy <> wrote on Sun Jul 21 21:43:42 1996:-

> Is there any "official" way to  pronounce these planes? I always pronounce
> them "seven-oh-seven, seven-thirty-seven, seven-forty-seven, etc., etc."
> The only plane I use the Boeing method for is the 777, which is the
> "triple-seven", or "seven-seven-seven" to me, because "seven-seventy-seven"
> sounds dorky. Should I mend my ways?

After having assumed for a long time that the 777 was "seven-seven-seven",
since 747 is "seven-four-seven", etc., I am trying to mend my ways now
that I have been specifically told by numerous people within Boeing and
by people in the UK who have been involved in the 777 programme that
*nobody* *ever* says *anything* other than "triple-seven".

For Airbus, "320" is universally "three-twenty" (and similarly for the
330 and 340). In French, it's "trois cents vingt". In German ... ?

Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, City University, Northampton
Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK. Tel: +44 (171) 477-8422, Fax: +44 (171) 477-8585