I’m from the UK and I know a large amount on American callsigns and how they work but never my own country’s. Could somebody please explain how UK callsigns work, how ATC would say/pronounce them and some examples.
Thank you very much
And another here :). Airline Callsigns are world wide, meaning if a US Airways plane was in the uk it would still be Cactus, for example. GA Callsigns, from the uk, always start with a ‘G’.
Yep it starts with a G
G-XLEA is a BA A380
An example would be G-EUXF an A320 arriving in London LHR
G-EUXF or G-XLEA are registration numbers not callsigns. For those aircraft in particular callsigns would be “speedbird [flight number] super” for the A380. For the A321 it would be “speedbird [flight number]” or if doing a domestic service it would be “shuttle X” where X is not the flight number but something like 17W or 12T etc.
LOL, I did my first flight in the UK in IF and was using speed bird instead of shuttle-X, sorry😁😁
You make me sick… lol.
Speedbird only gets used on international flights. The biggest aircraft to use the Shuttle call sign is the B767 for Heathrow to Edinburgh.
Ha, no problem :)
It is true that when flying as a BA plane in the London region strcitly speaking callsigns should be shuttle and not speedbird, but I am guilty of using the speedbird callsign too.
As a sheduled service you are right the 767 does get used going to Scotland. However, occasionally for operational reasons 777 and 747 have been use on domestic services. I seem to remember at least one 777 going to MAN and a 747 going to Glasgow or Edinburgh in the last 12 months.
Why thank you for the info!