Airliners, like other aircraft, carry multiple means of identifying them uniquely.  At the factory, they are assigned a "Manufacturer's Serial Number" (MSN), similar in concept to the alphabet-soup VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on automobiles familiar to those of us in the U.S.  In addition, and also like automobiles virtually everywhere, once in service they also receive a registration from the appropriate governmental authority.  Often referred to as a ...

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