Every NetJets aircraft that I've seen has a tail number ending in QS. Knowing aircraft operators, I'm sure it stands for something, but I don't know what.

What does the QS stand for in NetJets tail numbers?


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The "QS" first stood for quarter share, according to the 1998 issue of Flying. Each aircraft will have multiple owners to help bring the cost down for the owner.

  • $\begingroup$ This directly contradicts the other answer, which is backed up by a source. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2015 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ This is actually what I have always heard too, and have heard from many other pilots. Perhaps there are two meanings, or perhaps the pilot community has come up with it themselves, but it is a commonly known "meaning" for it. $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Aug 11, 2015 at 22:27
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    $\begingroup$ Or perhaps it had this meaning first and the other one was created later by the marketing team. :) $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Aug 12, 2015 at 5:47
  • $\begingroup$ Turns out it did! Knowing what to search for, I was able to find an earlier source. $\endgroup$
    – Steve V.
    Aug 14, 2015 at 0:19

In the United States, tail numbers can be arbitrarily assigned, assuming it is available and formatted per FAA requirements.

NetJets uses QS to identify their planes. According to an article in the May 2002 issue of Flying magazine, "QS represents Quality Service," (page 82).


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