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"Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:52 pm

The helicopter belonging to the owner of Leicester City Football Club that crashed a couple of days ago had registration G-LCFC. Wikipedia states that 'since the 1970s personalised ("out of sequence") registrations are available using any four-letter combination'. How frequently are such personalized plates used? Are these available in other countries as well?
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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:54 pm

I know when Norwegian first opened Norwegian Air UK (DI) the first aircraft registered was a B737 with the Reg G-NRWY, that was a one off as now the registrations come in whatever sequence is available
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:55 pm

Pretty much every UK airline uses them in some form, on every frame. You can request any reg, if it's never been issued, you'll probably get it.
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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:57 pm

Quite a number of countries will allow a registrant to select their preferred mark from the available pool - Britain is indeed one, as you've noted, and BA have made extensive use of this over the years. The US, Canada, and Australia are also in this group... indeed I think the list of countries that don't allow it is much shorter.

You'll find a number of threads here along these lines if you do a search.
 
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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:58 pm

I know a couple of people that own jets stateside and use their birthdate and initials. for example one is April tenth, so his is N410RG for Robert Gordon. (I changed the facts to illustrate the point.) AFAIK it is fairly common.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:02 pm

The entire Virgin Atlantic fleet have registrations that are connected to the aircraft's name. For instance G-VGEM is "Diamond Girl".

Airlines can also reserve and use blocks; for instance G-TUI* for the TUI Dreamliner fleet and G-JZH* for Jet2's 737s (for Jet2Holidays).

BA have recently reserved G-XWB* for guess what...?
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:05 pm

Corsair had some neat ones that ended in SUN, SKY and SEX
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:13 pm

Channex757 wrote:
The entire Virgin Atlantic fleet have registrations that are connected to the aircraft's name. For instance G-VGEM is "Diamond Girl".

Airlines can also reserve and use blocks; for instance G-TUI* for the TUI Dreamliner fleet and G-JZH* for Jet2's 737s (for Jet2Holidays).

BA have recently reserved G-XWB* for guess what...?


on the 330's alone for VS (and this is not all of them)...
Code - Name

VSXY - Beauty Queen
VLUV - Lady Love
VINE - Champagne Belle (Sunray)
VRAY - Miss Sunshine
VMNK - Daydream Believer (Monkee's - MNK)
VNYC - Uptown Girl
VWAG - Miss England
VWND - Scarlett O'Hara

340's (sample)
VRED - Scarlet Lady
VNAP - Sleeping Beauty

787's (sample)

VSPY - Miss Moneypenny
VNYL - Penny Lane
VDIA - Lucy in the Sky
VBZZ - Queen Bee

Easier to do on smaller fleets of course, but VS is one of the bigger exponents of it.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:14 pm

The CAA used to offer them with a particularly miserable service, where the registrant had to pay the registration fees plus an annual out-of-sequence fee that made it sound like they were doing the plane owner a favour. Hopefully it's not as miserable these days!
 
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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:15 pm

Fairly common, QR launched the Q-Suite on A7-BED
EI used to have them on the A330's, ones like EI-DUB/SNN/JFK/ORD/LAX/EWR etc.
BA have a good few also
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:19 pm

n471wn wrote:
Corsair had some neat ones that ended in SUN, SKY and SEX


Sea, sex and sun, actually : F-HSEA, F-HSEX, F-HSUN.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:21 pm

In the US, Nike uses N1KE on their corporate jet.
Intel used to have N486TM on one of their corporate shuttles, but they replaced the ERJ-135s with 145s a few years ago. I don't recall if the new planes have any custom registration numbers.
 
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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:23 pm

G-RAES, N711HK, and N717JL quickly come to mind as out-of-sequence vanity registrations carriers have operated.
N742PS, N744P, and N745VJ were re-registered when they received their heritage liveries, but I don't think any of the other heritage liveries at AA received special registrations.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:34 pm

Republic Had N958WH, corresponding with their COO Wayne Heller's 50th birthday in September 2008. It was re-registered N204JQ when he retired.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:35 pm

Lord sugar has an Embraer registered some like G-SUGR if i recall? Something like that.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:36 pm

Lord sugar has an Embraer registered some like G-SUGR if i recall? Something like that.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:36 pm

BA operated a DC-10 with the registry G-DCIO
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:36 pm

N707JT, N747UT
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:37 pm

British Airways has G-XL** for the A380 fleet, G-TTN* for the NEOs and can't forget G-BOA* for the Concordes!
 
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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:37 pm

S0Y wrote:
Fairly common, QR launched the Q-Suite on A7-BED
EI used to have them on the A330's, ones like EI-DUB/SNN/JFK/ORD/LAX/EWR etc.
BA have a good few also

Fun fact about the Aer Lingus ones - they stopped the practice of assigning aircraft registrations that matched IATA codes after there were a few incident where the aircraft ended up with the „wrong“ techlog (belonging to an other aircraft). Maintenance removes the Techlogs over night and the morning shift had to return them - so it was an easy error to put f.e. the techlog for EI-ORD on the aircraft going to O‘Hare even though it was a different aircraft. I think the only aircraft that is remaining that uses an IATA code that’s still left in the Aer Lingus fleet is EI-LAX (and EI-CPH but CPH is just coincidence).
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:40 pm

My company has a corporate shuttle that uses the reg C-FRYS when you see what we do you’ll understand.

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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:42 pm

I recommend looking up the WW fleet.

Also the BA 787s are G-ZBK* supposedly because the ZB is similar to 78
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:43 pm

S0Y wrote:
Fairly common, QR launched the Q-Suite on A7-BED
EI used to have them on the A330's, ones like EI-DUB/SNN/JFK/ORD/LAX/EWR etc.
BA have a good few also


Their existing registration scheme happened to work out well for them in this case. All of their Boeing aircraft are A7-BXX, with the 77L being A7-BBX and the 77W being A7-BAX and BEX. Their Airbus fleet is similar, with the registrations being A7-AXX. The 388 fleet is A7-APX, the 359 fleet is A7-ALX, and the 35K is A7-ANX. They choose their own registrations for all new aircraft in the fleet. A7-BED was already flying for quite some time before the QSuite launched and it happened to already have the perfect registration for the new product.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:48 pm

LupineChemist wrote:
I recommend looking up the WW fleet.

Also the BA 787s are G-ZBK* supposedly because the ZB is similar to 78



They also have the G-VII* and G-ZZZ* series on the 777.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:49 pm

also surprised nobody has mentioned WW yet (ok Lupinechemist did while I was typing this originally)., all TF- (321's as examples)
KID, DOG, CAT, SON, MOM, DAD, GMA (Grandma), GPA (Grandpa)

320's (SIS, BRO) 320neo (NEO)

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Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:03 pm

flipdewaf wrote:
My company has a corporate shuttle that uses the reg C-FRYS when you see what we do you’ll understand.

That's a quality reg. Too bad Canada has the dull C-F, C-G, C-I prefixes. It eliminates scope for a lot of fun regs.

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Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:41 pm

BA CityFlyer (British Airways subsidiary operating primarily out of LCY) aircraft all have G-LCY* registrations. They’ve gone up to G-LCYZ so will be interesting to see what’s used for the four aircraft being acquired next year.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:45 pm

An early example was the corporate jet that the Dutch Philips company acquired in 1967: it was given the registration PH-LPS.



The first DC8 that was delivered to KLM got PH-DCA for DC Acht (=Eight). That was in 1959.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:01 pm

They Guernsey registry which is 2-XXXX opens up possibilities. There's already some cool ones like 2-SEXY, 2-MATO, 2-HELI. Also the Isle of man with their M-XXXX, examples are M-NTOS, M-OVIE and M-ICKY
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:02 pm

9H-NEO and OO-MAX spring to mind.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:06 pm

Victorville wrote:
LupineChemist wrote:
I recommend looking up the WW fleet.

Also the BA 787s are G-ZBK* supposedly because the ZB is similar to 78



They also have the G-VII* and G-ZZZ* series on the 777.


Yes indeed. BA have done it for ALL aircraft fleets with the exception of the G-BZHx on the 767s as far as I’m aware. Some more interesting than others.
A306 A313 A319 A320 A20N A321 A332 A333 A343 A345 A346 A388

B712 B733 B734 B735 B738 B742 B744 B752 B763 B772 B77E B773 B77W B788

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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:06 pm

Karun Airlines from Iran (former Naft Air) hast some on the Fokker 50 fleet. EP-GAS, -NFT-, OIL,-PET.

There are some German rescue helicopters with the registrations D-HEMS, -HILF (German for help), -HMED, -HOFF (hope), -HRET (Rettung meaning rescue), -HSAN (Sanitäter meaning paramedic), -HSOS, -HUAM (Hubschrauber-Ambulanz - helicopter ambulance). D-HUHN (chicken), -HUPE (horn) and -HUUU were chosen for fun, I think.

HEMS services in the UK often have their abbreviations in the registration in some form.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:13 pm

One of my favorite aviation YouTubers, Flight Chops, has a friend who's Phenom is registered C-FWTF. On the few flight vlogs there have been a few chuckles from controllers over that.
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:28 pm

Yflyer wrote:
In the US, Nike uses N1KE on their corporate jet.


Nike also has a Gulfstream with N1972N ... Nike was founded in 1972.

Nissan has (or at least had) one registered as N155AN.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:29 pm

yowza wrote:
Too bad Canada has the dull C-F, C-G, C-I prefixes. It eliminates scope for a lot of fun regs.

Every now and then though, unusual ones pop up.

Some airlines did the "vanity plate" thing like -TCA, -CPA, -PWA, -NDA, -EPA, -QBA, -GLA, etc.

Air Canada used to run in series. I always thought it funny when I looked at the list for DC-8-63s ...CF-TIR, CF-TIS, CF-TIU, CF-TIV, CF-TIW ... with one missing! (Which I eventually did see on the side of a Piper Cherokee).

Or C-FUCL on the side of FIN 622 at AC. I was disappointed when I finally did see what was on the side of FIN 621.

We recently parked beside a westjet 737 at AUA, it's registration ... C-FUWS. I am not sure the F/O understood when I pointed it out, chuckling to myself!
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:42 pm

Flow2706 wrote:
S0Y wrote:
Fairly common, QR launched the Q-Suite on A7-BED
EI used to have them on the A330's, ones like EI-DUB/SNN/JFK/ORD/LAX/EWR etc.
BA have a good few also

Fun fact about the Aer Lingus ones - they stopped the practice of assigning aircraft registrations that matched IATA codes after there were a few incident where the aircraft ended up with the „wrong“ techlog (belonging to an other aircraft). Maintenance removes the Techlogs over night and the morning shift had to return them - so it was an easy error to put f.e. the techlog for EI-ORD on the aircraft going to O‘Hare even though it was a different aircraft. I think the only aircraft that is remaining that uses an IATA code that’s still left in the Aer Lingus fleet is EI-LAX (and EI-CPH but CPH is just coincidence).

EI-EWR returned to the fleet in 2015, six years after it had originally left the airline. Unfortunately it very rarely visits the real EWR, instead sticking to MIA, MCO and YYZ for some reason. EI-LAX is still there and a regular at LAX itself!



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Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:48 pm

Channex757 wrote:
The entire Virgin Atlantic fleet have registrations that are connected to the aircraft's name. For instance G-VGEM is "Diamond Girl".

Airlines can also reserve and use blocks; for instance G-TUI* for the TUI Dreamliner fleet and G-JZH* for Jet2's 737s (for Jet2Holidays).
https://stylufka.pl/wlosy-do-ramion-omb ... ie-trendy/
BA have recently reserved G-XWB* for guess what...?



Probably not all to have but the first I hear that G-JZH is something in it.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:33 pm

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Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:04 am

longhauler wrote:
yowza wrote:
Too bad Canada has the dull C-F, C-G, C-I prefixes. It eliminates scope for a lot of fun regs.

Every now and then though, unusual ones pop up.

Some airlines did the "vanity plate" thing like -TCA, -CPA, -PWA, -NDA, -EPA, -QBA, -GLA, etc.

Air Canada used to run in series. I always thought it funny when I looked at the list for DC-8-63s ...CF-TIR, CF-TIS, CF-TIU, CF-TIV, CF-TIW ... with one missing! (Which I eventually did see on the side of a Piper Cherokee).

Or C-FUCL on the side of FIN 622 at AC. I was disappointed when I finally did see what was on the side of FIN 621.

We recently parked beside a westjet 737 at AUA, it's registration ... C-FUWS. I am not sure the F/O understood when I pointed it out, chuckling to myself!


Don’t forget FIN 739. C-FRAM.

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Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:29 am

In the US, due to registration “N” numbering system, only 2 letters maximum can be used, so this limits the creativity of vanity registrations

In 2 of my corporate gigs, both companies used the 3 numbers of their corporate headquarters address followed by their 2 letter stock symbol, in my third job the company had a 3 digit “N” number that they had issued to them back in the mid 1950’s and used it on all their airplanes, the company even had in reserve the same 3 digit “N” number followed by the letter “X”, which stood for Extra and was used when they purchased another airplane and transferred the 3 digit “N” number to the new airplane, they would assign the Extra number to the old airplane until it was sold and the Extra number was removed from the old airplane and put back in reserve.

Back in my days working at HPN, a few airplanes based on the airport had some sort of a vanity “N” number. I remember Seagram’s airplanes “N” numbers ended with SW, for Seagram’s Whiskey, ATT had N212 on one of their airplanes, which is the area code for New York City, others had low or special numbers, Union Carbide had N40N, Continental Can had N1500C.

One of the memorable “N” numbers was FMC corporation, which had N747 on their Falcon 20 corporate jet, this number dated way back to the late 1940’s when they first owned a corporate airplane. I don’t know the significance of the number but I was told that when Boeing was developing the 747, they approached FMC and offered boatloads of money for the N747 number but FMC refused all offers and this is why the prototype has N74700 as its registration number.

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Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:49 am

phlsfo wrote:
A7-BED was already flying for quite some time before the QSuite launched and it happened to already have the perfect registration for the new product.

And in a similar vein, VH-OQF was the first Qantas A380 to be painted in the new livery.
 
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:55 am

VS4ever wrote:
Channex757 wrote:
The entire Virgin Atlantic fleet have registrations that are connected to the aircraft's name. For instance G-VGEM is "Diamond Girl".

Airlines can also reserve and use blocks; for instance G-TUI* for the TUI Dreamliner fleet and G-JZH* for Jet2's 737s (for Jet2Holidays).

BA have recently reserved G-XWB* for guess what...?


on the 330's alone for VS (and this is not all of them)...
Code - Name

VSXY - Beauty Queen
VLUV - Lady Love
VINE - Champagne Belle (Sunray)
VRAY - Miss Sunshine
VMNK - Daydream Believer (Monkee's - MNK)
VNYC - Uptown Girl
VWAG - Miss England
VWND - Scarlett O'Hara

340's (sample)
VRED - Scarlet Lady
VNAP - Sleeping Beauty

787's (sample)

VSPY - Miss Moneypenny
VNYL - Penny Lane
VDIA - Lucy in the Sky
VBZZ - Queen Bee

Easier to do on smaller fleets of course, but VS is one of the bigger exponents of it.


You forgot this:

G-VNEW - Birthday Girl (787)
(A nod to the carriers 30th anniversary)
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:59 am

Bricktop wrote:
9H-NEO and OO-MAX spring to mind.


A6-MAX as well?
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Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:22 pm

VT-MAX for SpiceJet, the first B737-8MAX, appropriately named KING CHILLI. Confusingly enough, the 2nd B7M8 is VT-MXA...

Pretty much all of AirAsia India's fleet are after their destinations, including:
VT-APJ, honoring Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
VT-ATF, their first plane, containing the initials of Air Asia's founder Tony Fernandes
VT-BLR, Bangalore
VT-CCU, Kolkata
VT-DEL, Delhi
VT-GWH, they tried to get GAU for Guwahati, but I guess they couldn't...
VT-IMP was supposed to be for Imphal
VT-IXC, Chandigarh
VT-IXR, Ranchi
VT-JPR, they couldn't get JAI for Jaipur
VT-JRT, honoring the father of Indian aviation JRD Tata
VT-KOC, for Kochi, guess they couldn't get COK, for reasons I guess... :lol:
VT-MOD, I'm hoping isn't a tribute to our beloved PM Modi...
VT-PNQ, Pune
VT-RED, AirAsia's colors
VT-SXR, Srinagar
VT-VTZ, Vishakhapatnam
That's 18 of 19 planes in I5's fleet! And props to I5 for dealing with the DGCA about this, because they do not like non-standard series deviations.

Air India's A321s are VT-PP* some say are the initials of Praful Patel, the then Minister of Civil Aviation when the A321s were ordered from Airbus, not sure how true this is.

VT-JET, Jet Airways B777-300ER I thought was pretty cool, too! But by a fluke, purely: originally VT-JEA (Jet & India's first B77W), leased to TG, back as VT-JEN, then to EY, and back as VT-JET. DGCA does not like repeat registrations.
 
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Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:58 pm

I knew another guy that had a King Air 350, then added a Phenom. Both of his aircraft had personalized registrations with his initials as the last two letters, there was some significance to the numbers but I can't remember what it was.

jetstar wrote:
others had low or special numbers


I had wondered about this...a few years ago my ex flew a late 1970s Citation that had was N registered with just two digits and one letter. It didn't seem the kind of aircraft that warranted have a short registration. No super wealthy owner or anything.
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:45 am

I remember reading about Manx Airlines back in the 1990s. One of their BAe ATPs had the registration G-OATP, as in Go ATP!

Also, wasn't the BAe-146 prototype was registered as G-SSSH?
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:51 am

Every AY aircraft is registered OH-L**, in reference to the company's first CEO Bruno Lucander
 
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:56 pm

The only US registration “N” numbers not available to the public is N1 thru N99, they are held for FAA airplanes, but N1A thru Z would be available, N1A is a Goodyear blimp, N1B is a Lockheed JetStar, N1C is a Falcon 2000, and also as previously posted, N1KE for Nike shoes, N100 is a 1940 Piper Cub.

The only exceptions are the letters I, to close to the number 1 and O, to close to the number 0, so N1I or N1O would not be available, all numbers are available

The FAA does not hold back low numbers for special people or corporations, any one can claim a number if it is available

N1 for many years was a Lockheed JetStar, which also was serial number 5001, the first production JetStar and later was upgraded to the 731 fan engines and eventually replaced with a Gulfstream IV.

The FAA operates a fleet of airplanes they use to check ILS systems and other instrument approaches along with some others that are used for VIP travel so they keep their numbers not currently used in reserve for future use.

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Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:47 am

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I remember reading about Manx Airlines back in the 1990s. One of their BAe ATPs had the registration G-OATP, as in Go ATP!

Also, wasn't the BAe-146 prototype was registered as G-SSSH?


And Manx’s BAe 146 G-OJET (Go jet!)
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:05 am

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