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Old 12-03-2017, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unfortunately Icelandic Wow Air have just scrapped their flights from my local Bristol Airport which connected to North America. So I commemorated the event by buying this colourful A330 (JC Wings), registration TF-GAY. Their website says that TF-GAY was so registered to support gay rights, and that this plane often visits San Francisco and Amsterdam! Their other fun registrations include TF-WOW (obviously), JOY, LUV, NEO, SKY etc.

My father used to fly for Cathay Pacific who had a similar penchant for registrations. Their first jumbo freighter was VR-HVY (very heavy), and their flagship 744 was VR-HKG (very Hong Kong). Unfortunately since handover, they’ve all had to re-register with Chinese numbers preceded with ‘B’.
Virgin Atlantic does something similar with G-VFAB, VBIG, VNEW and so on.

If you had your own plane, what registration would you choose for it?
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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U.S. registration: NOPE
Italian reg: I-KNOW
UK reg: G-REAT
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I remember seeing a British Airways A320 flying with the registration G-BUSH. Probably just a happy coincidence though.
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I remember seeing a British Airways A320 flying with the registration G-BUSH. Probably just a happy coincidence though.
Coincidentally G-BUSH also carried a 'Backing the bid' legend which referred to the London 2012 Olympics bid, but was worn in the early-mid 2000's around one of Dubya's re-election campaigns. The reg of course was coincidental and part of the G-BUS* sequence of original A320 aircraft ordered, inherited by BA from British Caledonian, late 80's.

BA of course has a history of fleet appropriate aircraft reg's in recent times. Most of the current A320 family fleet have G-EU** reg's. There's a sizeable fleet of 772's with the G-VII* reg, 'VII' being roman numeral for '7'. The 'extra large european aircraft' was expressed on the first A380, G-XLEA. And we can also go back to the Concorde registration sequence as decided by the goverment for BOAC. I think their 767 fleet also referred to 'Boeing New Widebody Aircraft' (G-BNWA etc).
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I remember seeing a British Airways A320 flying with the registration G-BUSH. Probably just a happy coincidence though.
G-BUSH Airbus A320-211 built 1989 cn: 42
transfer to Aviation Ireland Ltd., November 2011. Broken up.

no aircraft ever registered G-REAT so it's available!

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Quite a few owners of Manx registed aircraft have taken advantage of the M- prefix. Off the top of my head I can remember M-USIC and M-YSIX which refers to to a Gulfstream 6. There are plenty others.

On the subject of BA 777s, the RR powered ones were registered G-YMM* as they started to arrive in year 2000, MM in Roman numerals. I flew in G-YMMA not long after it had joined the fleet.
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There was an Italian Cessna 172

I-F*CK
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