IT is a question that has been up in the air (no pun intended) for a while. I’m sure you’ve questioned it when you hear people talking about aircraft. I’m sure you’ve asked yourself after hearing a British Man on a “Mayday” documentary pronounce it in a way you’ve never heard before. “He must be correct”, you think to yourself, “because he’s on Mayday and I’m not.”
It comes down to one question. Is it “Seven-Thirty-Seven”, or “Seven-Three-Seven”? Is it “Triple Seven”, or “Seven-Seven-Seven”? How about “Airbus A320”, or “Airbus 320”?
“Brianna, look at that Seven Thirty Seven!” “Don’t you mean Seven Three Seven?” (Image: Stocksy)
Since this intrigued me, I did some digging around, made some phone calls, and gathered the opinions of a decent bunch of 737 pilots based in CYYC. Now, Canada, being the garbled mash of American English, British English, and Français, the answers varied. “Seven Three Seven”, some said, while others hopped on the “Seven Thirty Seven” bandwagon. A very Québécois Air Canada Pilot said “If you want to get technical, it’s Sept-Trois-Sept back in Montréal, sir!” I asked him “Why not Sept Trente-Sept, and he said Seven Three Seven sounds cleaner to his ears.
An Air Canada “Sept Trois Sept” Max 8 at CYYC (Image: u/Acey91 // Reddit)
The next day, I went back to school and talked to my Psych Teacher. She said my results were quite surprising. I explained to her that unlike car commercials where they make it clear how to say it, aircraft manufacturers haven’t really stepped in on that distinction. That’s why people know it’s Volkswagen and not pronounced “Volekswagen”, for example. It’s not the same here. She concurred, and asked me to garner a larger control group, so, here I am!
I leave it up to you, IFC.
- X-XX (“Seven-Thirty-Seven”)
- X-X-X (“Seven-Three-Seven”)
- X-XX Except for the 777, 707, & 717 because “Seven-Seventeen” is weird
- X-X-X Except for the 777, I call it the Triple Seven
- I’m inconsistent
I’ll also throw in Airbus just for fun.
- Airbus A320
- Airbus 320
The choice is yours to set it straight for once and for all. Leave a reason why in the replies, and thanks in advance for the help!