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November 5th, 2002

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05:09 pm - I wish I could fly, right up to the sky, but I can't
When you fly on a commercial flight, your flight will be announced as something like BA1966, with the first two characters representing the airline. BA is British Airways, DL is Delta Air Lines, SQ is Singapore Airlines and so on. Letter-only combinations have either been exhausted or gone out of fashion and the new US low-cost airline, JetBlue, have B6 as their code. No idea why.

Unfortunately a company called Air Sunshine have taken YI. If that combination of letters had still been available then I would have started a company called Geordie Airlines which would operate a single flight from Newcastle just so I could call it YI001.

You might have to be British to get that one.

If not, you can at least benefit from this list of USA-UK flights ordered by destinations and details of which airlines serve them. Next time I'm flying between Manchester and JFK, I'm going with Pakistan International.
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Date:November 5th, 2002 09:32 am (UTC)
I'm British and I don't get it...
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Date:November 5th, 2002 09:47 am (UTC)
You will!

Spoilers: (highlight text to the right of this to see them) Geordie? YI? "Why aye"?
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Date:November 5th, 2002 09:49 am (UTC)
Well, I thought that at first, but I didn't (and don't) see where the 001 bit comes in. I was thinking vague thoughts of James Bond...
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Date:November 5th, 2002 12:35 pm (UTC)
It means that I couldn't think of a joke to do with the number and decided to be completely straightforward. If Geordie Airlines is only going to have one flight... :-/

Probably would have been better without the leading zeroes, yes.
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Date:November 5th, 2002 11:10 am (UTC)
Something nice: if you have an airband radio and listen in to passing planes, you will hear BA flights still referring to themselves as 'Speedbird'.
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Date:November 5th, 2002 04:36 pm (UTC)
One would suppose that, by the same token, Geordie Airways flights would refer to themselves as "Shearer".

Sheeearer! Sheeearer! (Or She-Ra, if you prefer...)
Date:November 5th, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC)
Why ai man!


I love living in the north.
Date:November 5th, 2002 02:33 pm (UTC)

Haha! Pakistan International??!

Dude, every time my fam and I travel to Pak we go by PIA and Brit airways...and omg...the food sucks on PIA.

I don't get it, am not brit...have even 'higlighted' the text next to your previous reply to that one person's comment.

Am utterly clueless.

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Date:November 5th, 2002 04:32 pm (UTC)
When I flew MAN-ATL(-CMH) wih DL in MAR (sorry, March) I overheard a lot of calls about the PIA flight at Manchester. Apparently Manchester was an intermediate stopping point and some people got off the airplane there and just wouldn't get back on. The only time I have ever seen a squat ("Asian") toilet in this country was in Manchester Airport, too. I had a good idea what to expect from the steps outside the toilet, so it wasn't a surprise.

Sorry to hear that the PIA food gets a thumbs down. No PIA pics at http://www.airlinemeals.net/ so perhaps I shall give it a miss after all, unless the price turns out to be very right.

"Why aye" (phonetically, YI) is an expression of assent associated strongly with the people of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, colloquially known as Geordies. (Note very carefully that people who live in Middlesbrough, although less than forty miles away from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, are not Geordies. Remember that and you'll be doing better than most ignorant Londoners.) It's definitely a British thing.

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