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What Do Airline Names Mean?  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6608 posts, RR: 20
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7411 times:

Air Canada, Air France, Japan Air Lines, pretty self-explanatary.

But what about these?

CATHAY PACIFIC
What's cathay mean?

GARUDA INTERNATIONAL
What's garuda?

ANSETT AUSTRALIA
ansett?

sabena?

ALL NIPPON
nippon?

MOWHAWK
a native am. tribe? in what area?

BRAATHERANS-SAFE
??????

EL AL
??????

TAP
????

LUFTHANSA
??????

AEROFLOT
???????????

PHUKET AIR
???????

A lot of the latin/S american carriers are named after acronyms.


What do all these airline names mean?


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7402 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
EL AL
Quote:
El Al Israel Airlines Ltd (TASE: ELAL), trading as El Al (Hebrew: אל על‎, "To The Skies" or "Skywards," Arabic: إل عال‎)


User currently offlineDFWEagle From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7371 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ALL NIPPON
nippon?

Japan in Japanese



Ryan / HKG
User currently offlineflyguy89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1999 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7353 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
CATHAY PACIFIC
What's cathay mean?



Cathay is a westernized version of 'China' in mandarin I believe.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ALL NIPPON



Nippon means Japan

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
sabena



acronym for Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne or Belgian company for exploiting aerial navigation.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
AEROFLOT

directly translated from Russian, it means 'Air Fleet'

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
TAP

another acronym standing for Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
PHUKET AIR

named after the Thai vacation island of Phuket where I assume the airline was based.


User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 604 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7333 times:

Sabena = Société Anonyme Belge pour l'Exploitation de la Navigation Aéréenne

TAP: Transportes Aereas de Portugal (or something similar?)



Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!
User currently offlineixemctdca From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7302 times:

Garuda refers to a large bird in the Mahabharata.


-ixemctdca
User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 604 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7284 times:

flyguy89, you were quicker than me.

Anyhow, I was quite close for TAP, thanks for the exact words...



Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!
User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7287 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
What's garuda?

Good Airline Run Under Dutch Administration?    j/k actually the Garuda is a mystical bird (hence the tail logo).

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
PHUKET AIR

Phuket is a city in Thailand (very popular with tourists), and the airline was probably started there, or has the bulk of its services directed there.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
nippon?

Nippon is a native name for Japan.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
TAP

Transportes Aereos Portugueses (Portuguese Air Transport) - how's my spelling on that one?

"LUFT" in German stands for air. "HANSA", as per Wikipedia, is derived from Hanseatic League, which was a prominent medieval trading group.

Cathay is an ancient word for China (where the airline is based), and Pacific was part of its name because those were the primary routes the airline intended to fly. Makes sense to me, so far   

I didn't bother the check on the others, but I'm sure there's a wealth of knowledge to be found in good ole Wikipedia   



Fierce, Fabulous, and Flawless ;)
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6608 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7240 times:

EMIRATES?

ETHIAD?



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15828 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7219 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):

Emirates is named for well, the United Arab Emirates. Etihad is Arabic for 'united' I think.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineflyguy89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1999 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7203 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
EMIRATES?

lol come on, a quick search on wikipedia will answer most of these questions. Emirates is based the United Arab EMIRATES, hence the name Emirates.

Etihad is an arabic translation of UAE-United Arab Emirates.


User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7203 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
EMIRATES?

That seems just as self-explanatory as the first ones you mentioned (like Air Canada, Air France, etc). Emirates Airline is based in DXB, United Arab Emirates.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
ETHIAD?

ETIHAD means "United" in Arabic. No affiliation to the US brand   .



Fierce, Fabulous, and Flawless ;)
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25978 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7180 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
EMIRATES?

ETHIAD?

An Emirate is the rough equivalent of a state or province in the US or Canada, although with much more autonomy. The United Arab Emirates is a federation of 7 emirates, and if not mistaken the ruler of each is known as an Emir.

Etihad is the Arabic word for "United".


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15828 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7161 times:

Quoting NASBWI (Reply 11):

More generally, am emirate is the area ruled by an emir, which is basically an Arab king. It could also refer to area under ones control. So basically, United Arab Emirates is like the United States, as it consists of 7 emirates.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3772 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7156 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
BRAATHERANS-SAFE

Braathens S.A.F.E: Braathen was/is the name of the founder of the airline. The S.A.F.E. had nothing to do with safety, but rather stood for South American and Far East, if I'm not mistaken.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ANSETT AUSTRALIA

As was the case with Braathens, I believe Ansett Australia's founder was called Ansett.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7154 times:

I know nobody asked, but "Aer Lingus" is an English phonetic spelling of the Irish words "Aer Loingeas" which mean "air fleet".

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25978 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7099 times:

Quoting Doona (Reply 14):
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ANSETT AUSTRALIA

As was the case with Braathens, I believe Ansett Australia's founder was called Ansett.

Not many large airlines have been named for people. Those were 2 of them. Others than come to mind: Braniff and Canadian carrier Wardair.


User currently offlinegniou From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7087 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
Air Canada, Air France, Japan Air Lines, pretty self-explanatary.

well now that Air France is "Airfrance" is doesn't mean anything anymore LOL


User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7074 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
BRAATHERANS-SAFE

Make that Braathens.

I always found this name very funny, since it sounds like "fried / roast chicken" to me (with a bit of creating mixing of the German and English language ).



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3772 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7069 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):
Not many large airlines have been named for people. Those were 2 of them. Others than come to mind: Braniff and Canadian carrier Wardair.

Laker comes to mind as well. FlyNiki and Lauda Air as well.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25978 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7068 times:

Quoting gniou (Reply 17):
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
Air Canada, Air France, Japan Air Lines, pretty self-explanatary.


well now that Air France is "Airfrance" is doesn't mean anything anymore

It's only "Airfrance" in their livery and logos used in advertising etc. The legal name remains Air France.


User currently offlinencfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7014 times:

Off topic, but

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
Etihad is the Arabic word for "United".

Somebody from Etihad said "go to Manchester and buy me a football team", they came back with the wrong club!!!!!!!!


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6608 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7015 times:

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 10):
lol come on, a quick search on wikipedia will answer most of these questions

Hmmmmm....well considering that when I looked up Martin Luther King Jr. about 2 years ago on Wikipedia, and got "I'm a ni**er"., I thought I'd ask a.net. If I am bothering you with a silly question, DON'T PARTICIPATE.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7004 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):

Laker, Lauda, Ryanair, and one of these is Europe's largest LCC!


User currently offlinecontrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6956 times:

Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?


Giants football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
25 Doona : Off the top of my head, Queensland And Northern Territory Air Service, or something like that? Cheers Mats
26 LHR380 : Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services. No Hint of a U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
27 kaitak : Same as Aer Lingus, which is Irish for "air fleet". The Braathens family were involved in Braathens right up to the end. It was founded by Reginald M
28 UALWN : Actually it could just as well have been QUeensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services = QUANTAS. I know it isn't!
29 Rabenschlag : such a bloody experience - never again!
30 flyguy89 : not at all, there are some of the airline names you mentioned are a mystery, but others like TAP and SABENA could be found out fairly easily, just fr
31 Viscount724 : "Territory" (singular), not "Territories".
32 contrails15 : ah, very interesting.
33 seemyseems : VARIG - Viação Aérea RIo Grandense* Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano* TACA - Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano* TAM - Trans
34 Post contains images Viscount724 : Two others came to mind - Faucett in Peru, founded by an American, Elmer Faucett, in 1928. One of South America's oldest airlines when they ceased to
35 Post contains links and images 777KLM : And Martinair here in The Netherlands, named after it's founder Martin Schröder. View Large View MediumPhoto © Fred Seggie - WorldAirImages[Edited
36 787seattle : How about Air Koryo, Tarom and Aer Lingus?
37 motorhussy : Qantas fans may say... Quite A Nice Time All Said. Deriders of the airline however quip... Quite A Nice Trip, All Survived. Queers And Nymphomaniacs
38 Eagleboy : I second the statement that a bit of research on the internet would answer your question. After asking about Emirates, Aeroflot and Phuket I'm surpri
39 kiwiandrew : or "Such A Bad Experience , Never Again" is another explanation I have been given ( by a Belgian , I hasten to add . )
40 EI A330-200 : Aer Lingus = Air Fleet in Irish TAROM = Transporturile Aeriene ROMâne (Romanian Air Transport) Not sure about Air Koryo, but I do know that its a fa
41 Post contains images macsog6 : DELTA Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport, or perhaps more common, Divert Everyone's Luggage To Atlanta...
42 fanofjets : Other airlines named after their founders: Martinair - J. Martin Schröder Kalitta - Cargo airline named after its founder, Connie Kalitta. Muse Air -
43 Post contains links tayser : we missed a big one... Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij - Royal Aviation Company. edit: Ansett: Reginald Ansett.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg_An
44 bwest : You will get stopped at the border next time you enter this country :p
45 474218 : Reeves Aleutian. Named for there founder and where they fly!
46 adriaticus : These are the current names, aimed at pressing a pan-american image; however, AVIANCA originally stood for "Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia" (Colomb
47 NWADC9 : Air Korea; "Koryo" is "Korea" in North Korean dialect.
48 RICARIZA : - Avianca was born as Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia (Colombian National Airways) but it is now Aerovías del Continente Americano (American Contin
49 26point2 : Typical American ignorance....and I am a typical American. Yikes!
50 Post contains images GVAJFKflyer : Since we're there, here's another one: Always Late In Taking off, Always Late In Arriving = ALITALIA. Perhaps a little approximate, but quite accurat
51 Post contains images Mortyman : No it was called Braathens S.A.F.E ( South American and Far East ) for most of it's run. Unfortunetly the airline no longer exists... SAS = Scandinav
52 WesternDC1010 : I still have never really understood AirTran. [r][o][n] Western DC-10-10
53 JAGflyer : How about: -Spantax -Arkia -Hewa Bora Airlines
54 Viscount724 : Spantax - original name was Spanish Air Taxi Líneas Aéreas S.A. Arkia - "I will soar" in Hebrew. Hewa Bora - "Fresh Air" in Swahili.
55 blink182 : Yep, and "Luft" means "air" in German.
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