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Q: How to name an Airliner?

Gratz to all Middel Kingdoomers on the launch of the new C919. But how was it named ?

 

Boeing makes airlines and names them XYX, e.g. 717 or 747. Airbus calls their planes AXXX e.g. A320 or A380.

 

The C919 is basically AXYX. There are plans of a C929 and C939... 

 

The C naturally comes from the name of the company building them Comac, but one could also think that it is not coincidental that it is a C for China. 

 

Anything lucky about the number 9 ?

3 years 37 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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I am guessing that the 9's in the name have something to do with 9 being associated traditionally with the emperor and it sounds like the word for "long lasting". It is also a sounds a bit like the words "to have enough", "to save".

 

The A and 1 are obvious....so my guess trying to use Chinese logic is that it is an A class airplane fit for an emperor that will be number 1 in safety and reliability. Or I am full of shit.

Yeah, on second thought,  I am full of shit.

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I think they are planning C919 C929 C 939 like 707 777 737

Just a guess.

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Cats are said to have nine lives. If I were a cat, I would make pretty damn sure that I had plenty of lives in reserve before getting on any plane made in China!

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In Portugal, they called TAP ('take another plane' in English)angel.

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But will they call it the Chinese Dream(liner)

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I am guessing that the 9's in the name have something to do with 9 being associated traditionally with the emperor and it sounds like the word for "long lasting". It is also a sounds a bit like the words "to have enough", "to save".

 

The A and 1 are obvious....so my guess trying to use Chinese logic is that it is an A class airplane fit for an emperor that will be number 1 in safety and reliability. Or I am full of shit.

Yeah, on second thought,  I am full of shit.

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I don't like this naming by numbers. Its just a continuation of "high school number 3".

Much better to use a real name, or word.

"Comac East Wind" has a good feel to it.

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The "C" in the aircraft's name is a reference to both COMAC and China. The "9" refers to the word "jiu", meaning longevity in Chinese philosophy, and the "19" represents its maximum capacity of carrying 190 passengers and crew.

 

http://shanghaiist.com/2015/11/03/c919_unveiled.php

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