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Airlines With Non-English Names  
User currently offlineDecoder From Finland, joined Jun 2005, 77 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7933 times:

Good day everyone.

Even though English is the de facto official language of the airline industry, I find it interesting how rare non-english names are amidst airlines. I could only think of few. Anyone else come up with some? Note that acronyms don't count, so the likes of KLM, LOT and Avianca are right out. Also airlines with foreign names mixed with English are not considered. An example of this is Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Here's my list:

Aerolineas Argentinas
Lufthansa
Aeroflot
Mexicana ( Compañía Mexicana de Aviación )
Aeroméxico ( Aerovías de México )
Garuda Indonesia ( Not sure about this one )

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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7930 times:

Cubana




I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7908 times:

Air France
(You didn't expect them to use English, did you?!)
Alitalia
Afriqiyah
Canadi*n
Etihad (it means 'United')
Yemenia
El Al (?)
Aer Lingus


User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7908 times:

Air Algérie
Royal Air Maroc


User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7902 times:

MDLR (India)
Cathay Pacific!
Qantas
Aeroflot.
Emirates.
TAM
TAME


Umm...anything else



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User currently onlineTheCheese From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7884 times:
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Aer Lingus
Caledonian (it's Latin)
TAP


User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7884 times:

Air Afrique
Air Algerie
Volga Dnepr
Arkia


User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7849 times:



Quoting Decoder (Thread starter):
Note that acronyms don't count



Quoting Decoder (Thread starter):
Also airlines with foreign names mixed with English are not considered

C'mon guys. There are rules!

Quoting Goldorak (Reply 3):
Royal Air Maroc

"Royal" is English.  thumbsdown 

Quoting TheCheese (Reply 5):
TAP

Acronym.  thumbsdown 

Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 4):
TAM
TAME

Acronym.  thumbsdown 

And then...

Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 4):
Cathay Pacific!

Two English words!!  thumbsdown   thumbsdown 

Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 4):
Qantas

An acronym!  thumbsdown 


User currently offlineDecoder From Finland, joined Jun 2005, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 2):
(You didn't expect them to use English, did you?!)

LOL, I found that a little strange indeed.   

Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 4):
Emirates.

This is English. It's native name apparently is Ṭayarān al-Imārāt

[Edited 2009-11-26 23:34:02 by decoder]

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7830 times:

AeroSvit of Ukraine put "AeroSweet" English titles on their planes for a while at least to help Westerners with the pronounciation.

Quoting PM (Reply 2):
Canadi*n

I've probably mentioned this before, but the unorthodox names of Air Canada subsidiaries like Jazz, Tango, and Zip were chosen partly because they are the same in English and French.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7830 times:



Quoting Decoder (Thread starter):

Aeroméxico ( Aerovías de México )

That's debatable, seeing that "aero" is a common contraction in English, and México, is well, Mexico. (No tilde in their logo). Nobody but us geeks know AM's full name anyways.

And while we're at it, what about those airlines with almost random, made-up words for names? Here in Mexico, you got Aladia (now defunct) and Volaris. I guess you could consider Volaris Spanish as they combined the name of the north star (Polaris) with flying (Volar)


User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1834 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7810 times:

KLM = Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij. Not one word close to English  
Lot = "flight" in Polish, full name: "Polskie Linie Lotnicze Lot

Edit - five more:
CSA = Cesko - Slovenske Aerolinie
MALEV = Magyar Légiközlekedési Vállalat
TAROM = Transporturile Aeriene ROMâne
Dniproavia
Aerosvit

[Edited 2009-11-27 00:08:36]


All Hail Mighty Triple Seven, The MURDERER of the so-called "Queen"!!!!
User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7802 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):
the unorthodox names of Air Canada subsidiaries like Jazz, Tango, and Zip were chosen partly because they are the same in English and French.

Indeed, and the long-departed Canadi*n got around it by substituting a chevron in place of the 'a'/'e'.


User currently offlineAloha73g From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2335 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7744 times:

Aloha Airlines

-Aloha!



Aloha Airlines - The Spirit Moves Us. Gone but NEVER Forgotten. Aloha, A Hui Hou!
User currently onlineTheCheese From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7731 times:
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Quoting PM (Reply 7):
Quoting TheCheese (Reply 5):
TAP

Acronym. thumbsdown

They started out as Transportes Aereos Portugales (apologies for my spelling), though they are now known as "TAP".


User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1581 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7718 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):
Zip

Zip is Français?? since when? maybe Français Canadien but it certainly doesn't mean anything in common French

Corsair = corse air
Vueling = neologism of vuelo + ing
Nouvelair = new air
Air Calin from New Caledonia
Air Ivoire from Ivory coast
Air Caraibes



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User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7705 times:



Quoting PM (Reply 7):
"Royal" is English.

Maroc is not (Morocco in English)


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7694 times:



Quoting PM (Reply 2):

Air France
(You didn't expect them to use English, did you?!)

- Would it not be "Aerer Le Francais?" (Forgive me if I misspelled, and this keyboard I am using does not afford me the ability to put the dash over the second "e")

Au revoir

David



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7680 times:



Quoting Varig md-11 (Reply 15):
Zip is Français?? since when? maybe Français Canadien but it certainly doesn't mean anything in common French

It has a meaning in English but doesn't really have a French translation. It is a brand name for them, like Coke.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 988 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7675 times:

Daehahn Haenggong is what Korean Air is called in Korean.

I think China Airlines is something like Zhonghua Hanggong gonsi.

and Malaysia Airlines: Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad.


User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7675 times:



Quoting TheCheese (Reply 14):
They started out as Transportes Aereos Portugales (apologies for my spelling), though they are now known as "TAP".

Correct. But the man said no acronyms. Sorry, but if we let in TAP where will it end? SABENA? QANTAS? BMI?

No-one said this was going to be easy...  Wink


User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7663 times:



Quoting Goldorak (Reply 16):
Maroc is not (Morocco in English)

Mais bien sur. Je le sais!


User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7640 times:

Does Iberia count? Is it Spanish? Or English? Or both?

Hewa Bora
Air Madagascar (ok, same in English, but originally French)
Air Senegal (same)

Must be lots of other, small local airlines (almost) nobody knows



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User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1581 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7633 times:



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 17):
Would it not be "Aerer Le Francais?"

Very funny
Did you try a mix of Irish and French? like aer Français

And, no, Air Le Français wouldn't mean anything either...
it could even sound idiotic as it would lead you to expect an FA dressed in blue-white-red and a captain with a berret  Silly



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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7611 times:

Hawaiian....Thai...Chautauqua

25 JJJ : It's Greek actually. The airline proper is Iberia L. A. E. (Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España).
26 BMI727 : Mesaba comes from an Indian word for soaring Eagle.
27 United1P : Viação Aérea Rio Grandense
28 LY7E7 : Arkia - Hebrew "I will go to the skies". Israel's second largest airline, mostly does charters.
29 330lover : Greek, so Iberia counts
30 BMI727 : How about Viva Aerobus?
31 Rafabozzolla : All acronyms, doesn't count!!! If I may... It's Transportes Aéreos Portugueses actually. But the trade name Varig is an acronym. Doesn't count then.
32 Tiger119 : - That's a good one Actually I think I got it from Wikipedia Valete David
33 Cha747 : Now defunct, from India: Vayudoot Modiluft Damania
34 Sebolino : Actually the english of Air France is France Air.
35 Tobias2702 : These also come to mind: Armavia Germania Hamburg International (?) Nouvelair transavia.com (?) Air One (airone=heron in Italian...) Belavia, Donavia,
36 Steex : To go along with those, Pantanal Linhas Aéreas (P8) is named for its original service of transporting employees and cargo of Petrobras into the Amaz
37 Burkhard : Meridiana Aires Colombia Austral Lineas Aereas Conviasa Avial Pluna Aerolineas del Sur Nordeste Aerogal Just as a few. The English language ( as manif
38 SpeedyGonzales : Widreøe, formally Widerøes Flyveselskap (Widerøe's Flying-company) after founder Viggo Widerøe.
39 Ushermittwoch : Technically Condor Flugdienst also fits the bills, since it's named after the former Lufthansa subsidiary Syndicato Condor Ltda.
40 PM : Why? Neither is a grammatical construction but simply the juxtaposition of two words. Anyway, here are two more: Lauda Nikki
41 A380US : well EL AL is an acronym meaning to the skies
42 BlueSky1976 : "Lot" is not an acronym. It's a word.
43 Post contains links and images FlySSC : Air Méditerranée View Large View MediumPhoto © Thierry BALZER Aigle Azur View Large View MediumPhoto © Thierry BALZER Meridiana View Large
44 Afterburner : Garuda is a Sanskrit word for an eagle-like mythical bird.
45 IADCA : Oh, come on, don't be such a pedant. It's two English words with the space between them removed. Is JetBlue not English? That's a lot more of a nonse
46 PM : Hear, hear! Well said!
47 TYCOON : Air France: just as much French as it is English... If you want to get technical, the English word Air comes from French. AEROMEXICO is very Spanish..
48 Mestrugo : Let's see... here we have some other Latin American/Spanish names: Aerolíneas Argentinas Ícaro Hola Cielos del Perú
49 PM : Rubbish! It's no more French than concord is!
50 Burkhard : Yes. I feel extremely offended by such desastrous attacks of the marketing machinery that aims to destroy our languages as basis of our cultures to c
51 Tobias2702 : May I assume that you are fully aware that these are not errors, but art? This is exactly the point: The airlines know pretty well that from the gram
52 Post contains links and images Signol : How about Kulula from South Africa? It means "easily" in Zulu. View Large View MediumPhoto © Justin De Reuck signol[Edited 2009-11-27 04:55:37 by
53 JHCRJ700 : Whats does it stand for?
54 Tobias2702 : Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services
55 JBAirwaysFan : David Neeleman's Air Azul is one as well. (Azul=Blue; ironic for the JetBlue founder)
56 Mandala499 : 135 Airways (Since Numbers were not excluded) Abaete Linhas Aereas Abakan Avia Aban Air Abelag Aviation Abicar Ada Air Adam Air (RIP... the name Adam
57 AF2323 : I confirm Royal is a French word. You use Royal or Royale according to the gender of the word you apply this adjective to. Royal with masculine words
58 TYCOON : Sorry PM, you need to brush up not only on your French, but on your English etymology. Royal is indeed a French word... haven't you ever heard of Pala
59 Jfk777 : Of all the worlds non-English airlines I am surprised the French have "Air France". With their independent and protectionist culture I always thought
60 Normie999 : Loftleidir - of yore, and possibly still operating as a division of Icelandair. It means "Sky Trails" or something similar in Icelandic.
61 Planeguy727 : Aeroperlas from Panama comes to mind - a good airline based on my experience.
62 IADCA : How is that a mixture of two languages? Both words are English, and contrary to your assertion, English does allow compound words. They're not as fri
63 Afterburner : Sorry, my friend. I believe the OP said So you should remove the names starting or ending with 'Air' from the list.
64 PlymSpotter : I can think of quite a few containing no English words: Abkan Avia Aurela Aviavilsa Aeromak - planned airline Aeroflot Aeroflot Nord Aeroflot Don/Dona
65 PM : Merde!
66 Post contains links and images Andz : Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens View Large View MediumPhoto © A J Best
67 Viscount724 : Canadi>n with the arriow symbol replacing the "a" was only used for marketing purposes and in the livery to avoid having to use two spellings in Engl
68 AirCatalonia : Iberia is Greek, Spanish and English. And it's probably spelled the same way in other languages as well. So I don't know if it counts.
69 JamesJimlb : Aeroflot Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM)
70 Afterburner : If you care to read this thread from the beginning, you'll find that both names have been mentioned above.
71 AmricanShamrok : Aer Arann = Air Aran (as in Aran Islands off west coast of Ireland) Aer Lingus = Air Fleet (Lingus is the anglicised word for loingeas which is Irish
72 Guitarist : How about Maersk air (DM) ALM Antillean Airlines. (LM) Antilliaanse Luctvaart Maatschappij
73 Airtrainer : zip : "système de fermeture à glissière". Ok it's from a google search, don't know if you will find it in a dictionary (I'm not at home) but for s
74 Post contains links MEA-707 : the reasons airlines try to have one word is that people can find the websites more easily; without knowing I'd type www.germanwings.com. If there wa
75 KU747 : Wataniya - KW. New airlines based in Kuwait. Jazeera - J9. Low cost airline based in Kuwait.[Edited 2009-12-02 13:55:25]
76 MHTripple7 : Transportes Aereos Angolanos Branded as TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola
77 Viscount724 : Air France and Air Canada are totally bilingual. Air France is not "anglified". "Air" is the same in both languages, as is France. AC changed their n
78 Post contains links Sukhoi : Direktflyg http://www.direktflyg.com/
79 OP3000 : Here's a few that come to mind. Germany: Lufthansa Brazil: Azul - means "blue" Gol - means "goal" Bolivia: Aerosur Spain: Air Europa Colombia: AeroRep
80 OP3000 : I forgot Aer Lingus - which is a proudly non-English name.
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