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Old Sep 26, 03, 5:07 am
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G-BUSH

Who says Virgin have all the fun with their plane registrations? My BA A320 from BCN-LHR this morning had registration G-BUSH. It can't be a coincidence. Of course, on BA one can safely assume that the plane is named after the American president. On Virgin, I would think the same registration might have a different meaning.

(edit for spelling)

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Old Sep 26, 03, 5:26 am
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Ha Ha!!!! But....

As much as I'd like to believe this was deliberate it is unfortunately a coincidence.

This Airbus is one of 10 which BA aquired from Britsh Caledonian.

G - is obvious the UK aircraft registration market.

BUS - was to signify that they were Airbuses.

And the last letter was in order of delivery:

First was G - BUSA
Second was G - BUSB

G - BUSH was the 8th Airbus delivered to BCAL.
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Old Sep 26, 03, 5:44 am
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The UK CAA offers an online database search at http://www.caa.co.uk/srg/aircraft_re...nfo/search.asp (thanks to FTer Alpha Golf for pointing me in that direction).

G-BUSB was actually the first BR A320 and the first of 5 -100s (B-F). G-BUSG to G-BUSK were the 5 -200s. G-BUSA was a helicopter, an AS355 Ecureuil which is currently registered as G-ICSG.

One of the more entertaining things about BA registrations was the G-BIKx series of 757s. They originally included G-BIKE, allocated to a/c serial number 22176. They began arriving at the time that Norman Tebbit (?) made his infamous remark that the then millions of unemployed should do what his father had done in the Great Depression, which was to get on his bike to go and look for work. 22176 quietly became G-BKRM. G-BIKE is worn by a light aircraft, a Piper Cherokee.

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Old Sep 26, 03, 6:13 am
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And then of course there was G-OUZO, which used to fly to Virgin's only european destination, Athens (not served anymore).
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Old Sep 26, 03, 6:16 am
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Oh those BIKs. They were all "Castles" as well weren't they? BIKC was always going technical.

Then there are the DOCs...........
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Old Sep 26, 03, 6:18 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by SK:
And then of course there was G-OUZO, which used to fly to Virgin's only european destination, Athens (not served anymore).</font>
And do you remember that the route was at some stage operated by some subsidiary/joint venture company? And whose name was less memorable than its radio callsign - "Grecian"? And that Virgin chose to use flight number "2000" in one direction?
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Old Sep 26, 03, 6:47 am
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Yes, it was SEEA (Southeast European Airlines), during the years 1992-1995. SEEA, founded in 1992, was the first attempt at a private greek airline to compete with Olympic, when that was made legally possible. Virgin provided the pilots, SEEA provided the cabin crew. After SEEA's demise in 1995 Virgin took over the whole operation, till 2001 when it dropped the route.
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Globaliser:
And do you remember that the route was at some stage operated by some subsidiary/joint venture company? And whose name was less memorable than its radio callsign - "Grecian"? And that Virgin chose to use flight number "2000" in one direction? </font>
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Old Sep 26, 03, 6:53 am
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Virgin may have fun with their regs., but BA's are on the whole much more intelligent (but that's hardly surprising!).

Examples:

G-ZZZ* - BA's first 777s (the Z looks like a 7)
G-VII* - More 777s (VII being Roman for 7)
G-YMM* - More 777s (YMM being Year and MM Roman for 2000, the year of delivery).

G-EU** - BA's massive new A319/320 order which was supposed to show harmony with the European Union.

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Old Sep 26, 03, 8:16 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by BahrainLad:

Examples:

G-ZZZ* - BA's first 777s (the Z looks like a 7)
G-VII* - More 777s (VII being Roman for 7)
G-YMM* - More 777s (YMM being Year and MM Roman for 2000, the year of delivery).

G-EU** - BA's massive new A319/320 order which was supposed to show harmony with the European Union.
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Very clever I had noticed a recurring pattern in the 777 but didnt realise this was the reason!
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Old Sep 26, 03, 11:38 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by JSD:
My BA A320 from BCN-LHR this morning had registration G-BUSH. </font>
Won't be flying any routes to/from France or Germany any time soon, then

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Old May 25, 05, 10:32 am
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Will they have a G-BUST registration soon? Maybe they should try and save that for when they unleash one of those huge 320s...
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Old May 25, 05, 1:34 pm
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And there's the age-old story of the Irish farmer with his own little PA28 registered EI-EIO.

And for some sexual innuendo, try G-SPOT.
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Old May 25, 05, 2:41 pm
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G-CONC and it's picture
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Old May 25, 05, 3:00 pm
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I thought G-CONC was the 'rubber Concorde' at the T1/2/3 tunnel entrance
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Old May 25, 05, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by fbgdavidson
I thought G-CONC was the 'rubber Concorde' at the T1/2/3 tunnel entrance
Me too!
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