Why do we call planes what we do?

Why do most people say “737” and “A320”, instead of “B737” and “A320”, or “737” and “320”?

Sorry if this is a little confusing lol

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I guess because you can’t really get them confused. There’s no Airbus 737, so there’s not really any need to say Boeing 737. People know what your talking about

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calling it 320 is straight up weird

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True. I felt really weird typing it lol.

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I just say what’s on the house colours lol. It says “737” and “A320”

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Oh yeah, that makes sense.

Lol, that’s what I was kind of thinking, if we just went by what the manufacturers called it.

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There is no Boeing 320 either🙄🙄

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I mean some people in mainstream media are guilty of this. 🤣

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Though Boeing CAN start with 3
Though it’s not a jet
Like the 377

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The long names are Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
Also, B737 means the 737-700, not the 737 family.

pronouncing the B like the letter B before 737 just sounds weird, either say 737 or boeing 737

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i think what ur referring to is the ICAO, the Boeing 737-700’s ICAO code is B737, B738 is the 737-800, B734 is the 737-400, etc

To prevent confusion 73G is sometimes used IRL
Like G is the seventh letter

73G is the IATA code (apparently 737 is already taken by 737-100 or something)

Might also have something to do with the fact that there isn’t a Boeing B737, it’s a Boeing 737.

Whereas Airbus aircraft (excluding helicopters) have A before their model number, as in A350. There is no Airbus 350, but there is an A350

Same with the Embraer E170. It’s the E170, not 170.

It’s just a matter of how the manufacturer names them

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Imagine walking into a conversation, and the first thing you say is “Hey guys, what is your favorite aircraft? Mine is the 350.”

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I say the 350 a lot

Without the a

I say B737 a lot

I say the 330 a lot

320, 380 all aircraft basically.

Do you say thats a cool Corvette or cool Chevrolet Corvette…everybody knows who makes it.
If you know planes then you know a 737 is made by Boeing

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Typically people, wether they are aviation enthusiasts or not know that Bowing starts with a “7” and Airbus starts with a “A” this is mainly due to the fact that the A380 and 747 are very popular aircraft so many people just connect the dots, for example, If I were to say 737-700 then 737-800, people will assume that the 737-800 is an upgraded version of the 700.

Same thing goes with airbus, if I were to say A330 then A350 you can guess that the A350 is “better” or “Newer” so I think if we were to say it in a different way, it will leave many other people confused, especially those new to plane spotting or aviation as a whole.

That’s what I think and hopefully it helps!