The last of Aurigny’s new ATRs has been named following a public poll on Facebook where islanders were asked to vote between two popular sports clubs, who travel regularly with the airline to away games.
The choices were between G-GRFC for the Raiders rugby team and G-OGFC for the Guernsey football team. The poll generated huge interest and captured the island in an online battle between rugby and football and this time football won.
PR Manager, Jess Mauger said: “The engagement in the poll has been fantastic with 5,781 votes cast over a ten-day period, which shows just how passionate our local football and rugby teams are. I watched with interest as Raiders took an early lead, but then GFC gained more votes topping the poll midweek and eventually winning by 3,489 votes to 2,292 votes. I look forward to working with GFC and Roary the lion to launch the aircraft officially when it arrives.”
Guernsey FC Director, Nick Legg, said: “We are delighted to have an aircraft named after the team, Aurigny have played a big part in our story so far and we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the airline. We fly with Aurigny regularly as do our visiting teams, so it will be fantastic to have a ‘Go GFC’ registered aircraft as part of our history. Thanks Aurigny for thinking of us, and thanks to everyone who voted for us and spread the word. Go GFC!”
The registration of the final aircraft means that all of the names are prefixed with go!
GO ATR = G- OATR
GO FOG – G-OFOG
GO GFC = G-OGFC
Aurigny previously announced its first aircraft would be registered as G-OATR and since then has registered G-OFOG. This name was suggested by Aurigny staff, and we thought it would be fun, especially given the new aircraft will come fitted with ClearVision technology, allowing them to land in lower visibility than is possible now.
Registering G-OGFC is the last piece of paperwork to be completed prior to the final production and delivery of the three aircraft, which are scheduled to arrive in Guernsey in October, November and December respectively.