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User currently offlineCapt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 724 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 22885 times:

Below is a list derived from on my own analysis of a variety of variables. I hope to expand this list and develop a more concrete analysis. If you have comments, please share.

Enjoy  Smile

BEST AIRLINE NAMES
Aer Lingus
Alitalia
Aloha
Cathay Pacific
Frontier
Jet Blue
Mexicana
Olympic
Pan Am
Panorama Blue
Qantas
Sabena
Song
Virgin Atlantic

WORST AIRLINE NAMES
ComAir
EasyJet
Hooters Air
North Central
Ted (by United)
Value Jet

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User currently offlineFlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 22870 times:

U Land (Taiwan)(MD-80s) made me think that the "no frills" mentality had gone too far.


A little bit louder now, a lil bit louder now...
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21532 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22835 times:

Virgin Express - has a dirty sound about it  Smile
BMI Baby  Sad
Northwest Orient  Smile
NWA  Sad (f* the police!)
Swissair  Smile
Crossair  Sad
Ansett  Smile
flyBE  Sad



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22803 times:

Quoting FlyHoss (Reply 1):
U Land (Taiwan)(MD-80s) made me think that the "no frills" mentality had gone too far.

That has to be the bottom of the pit mate!!!


User currently offlineSkydrolBoy From Canada, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22795 times:

Dont forget about Phuket Air, I know it may have meaning on that side of the water but over here it just sounds so wrong...lol

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21532 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22783 times:

And Hooters Air doesn't have meaning? Big grin


Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineTIMEAIR From Canada, joined May 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22772 times:

WIZZ AIR !!!!!



ENUFF SAID!



You can't get there from here.
User currently offlineJamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22717 times:

My picks...

BEST AIRLINE NAME

Aloha
Asiana
Avianca
BMI British Midland
Braniff International
British European
Canadian Pacific
Cathay Pacific
Continental Micronesia
Garuda Indonesia
Hawaiian
Jet Blue
Pacific Southwest Airlines
Pan American
Sri Lankan
Trans World Airlines
USAir
Virgin Atlantic Airways (it should've stopped there)
World Airways

WORST AIRLINE NAME

Aeroflot
Aer Lingus
Air Tran
Allegheny
American Trans Air
BMI Baby
Continental Lite
Easy Jet
Haap LLoyd
Hooters Air
Lufthansa
People Express
Song
Ted
Value Jet

[Edited 2005-05-27 08:38:26]

[Edited 2005-05-27 08:44:27]


United's B747-400. "She's a a cruel lover."
User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22708 times:

Best : KLM royal dutch airlines
American Airlines
Qantas
AeroMexico
Iberia



worst:
Aer Lingus
Easyjet
Ryan Air
Arke Fly (new Dutch TUI)
Onur Air
Fly Air
NWA (rather like North West Airlines)

[Edited 2005-05-27 08:44:14]

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22679 times:

Quoting Capt.Fantastic (Thread starter):
Aer Lingus

It isn't very original once you know what it means in Irish (Gaelic) ....just means Air Fleet !!!!!



Plus I don't know why all these airlines now have this BLUE in their airline names. Same with those caled flyxx. sure an airline will soon be called FLYCHEAP



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently onlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4568 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22675 times:

Hey don't make fun of Hooters Air  Smile

Bad? Any airline with a dot com in the name.



Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22662 times:

Aloha is great...so so many good slogans referencing the name have been used:

"The Spirit Moves Us"
"Where the Spirit of Aloha Flies Higher"
"Your Spirit. Your Airline."

Aloha!



Aloha Airlines - The Spirit Moves Us. Gone but NEVER Forgotten. Aloha, A Hui Hou!
User currently offlinePlaneboy From India, joined May 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22648 times:

The worst name has to be "Song"

Following are eligable for honorable mention;

Tango
Buzz
Jazz


User currently offlineJamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22643 times:

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 11):

It's an excellent name.  sun 



United's B747-400. "She's a a cruel lover."
User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22627 times:

Zippyjet's picks fictitious airlines used in the movies and TV.
Best


  • Dynajet (Die Hard II)
  • Remember TGA? "Airport"
  • Trans Rio "Peter Benchly's Amazon."


I'm Zippyjet & I approve of this message!
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21532 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22618 times:

Quoting Jamake1 (Reply 7):
People Express

don't remind me!



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineJamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22600 times:

I would love to see America West and USAirways rebranded as USAir.

It's a very crisp, clean name. Fresh, yet casually elegant.

A reputable design and branding firm could do wonders for its image.

[Edited 2005-05-27 09:15:13]


United's B747-400. "She's a a cruel lover."
User currently offlineHardkor From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 22553 times:

Best name: TOWER AIR!!!!!

User currently offlineODAFZ From Afghanistan, joined Jul 2004, 357 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 22558 times:

Worst names
Goodjet (Sweden)
Jet Magic (Ireland)
Baboo Airlines (Swiss)
Darwin Airlines (Swiss)
Air Italica (Italy)
GO (UK)
Greece Airways
Odette Airways (Swiss)
EL AL
SONG
TED
JAZZ
TANGO
ZIP
CANJET
BASIQ AIR
DUO
FEDERICO II airways
Intensive
AXON AIRLINES
ETIHAD Airways
MENAJET
AIR ONE
CROSSAIR

GOOD NAMES
ALITALIA
LUFTHANSA
MALEV
FINNAIR
VARIG
LAN CHILE
YEMENIA
MEXICANA
SABENA
PAN AMERICAN
OLYMPIC AIRLINES
AEGEAN AIRLINES
DELTA


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 22518 times:

Surely the worst airline name has to be KrasAir (Krasnoyarsk Airlines). Sounds so much like CrashAir!


MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 22494 times:

Actually the worst name in the world is undoubtably SCAT Airlines in Kazakhstan. Eeuuggghhh  yuck 

Far too rude to explain why - the gay guys should know...  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 22488 times:

I wonder why no mention has been made of the common Latinate name type Aero XXXX? There's even one 'proper' "Aero Airlines", an Estonian subdivision of Finnair, recycling the old grandfathered Finnair name 'Aero' they'd kept frozen.

-Eilennaei


User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 22450 times:

Worst had to be Air Sul of Portugal - it's a phonetic thing.....

IIRC , there was a Korean airline called Air Seoul - same thing... (was this what Asiana called themselves at first before they realised?)



I don't like signatures...
User currently offlineJustinpower From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 22384 times:

Wasn't there a mid 90s Russian airline called Touch and Go? I don't know what happened to them...

User currently offlineYukonTrader From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 22336 times:

Hi

Quoting Justinpower (Reply 23):
Wasn't there a mid 90s Russian airline called Touch and Go? I don't know what happened to them...

Touch and Go got rebranded into Conveyor Airlines (no joking - albeit cyrillic spelling was 'Konveyer' as their 'C' is of course our 'S'). Not that it would have been that much better as a name... Tu-154M RA-85756 flew as such in Summer 1996 before going on to Continental Airways and finally Dagestan Airlines.

In the past, the worst name in terms of marketing that springs to my mind was Goa Way in India (Fokker 27s). I wonder why nobody realised the obvious implication to any customer coming through the door or calling. "Hi, welcome, go away..."

From a recent visit in Singapore: One of the best chosen recent airline names must be Tiger Air (A320s). Sitting in the famous observation lounge at Changi 1 inbetween flights, I observed families with children coming up the elevator in about 30 second intervalls. Immediate reaction in every single case: "Oh mommy/papa, look. Tiger Air, there's Tiger Air!" and off they went like little rockets. Nothing else counted. Nothing, not even the Jumbo Jet at the gate next door...

Cheers, Lukas


25 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Well if you pronounce it as "Poo-kett" it should be a little less wrong
26 IMatAMS : It probably touched the market and then went... for some reason having having an ocean in an airline name makes it seem kind of classy to me: Virgin
27 Birdwatching : CanJet sounds terrible IMHO.
28 Post contains images Dtwclipper : Best by far!
29 DeltaWings : The worst is: ISRAIR Just try to pronounce that-its horrible. ~DeltaWings
30 TBCITDG : No offence to anyone but the worst names in my mind are, Qantas(misspelled soooo many time sand cannot relate it to Australia at first contact) Varig
31 JAGflyer : WORST NAME EVER: DrukAir (sounds like Drunk Air)
32 Post contains images KC135TopBoom : The worst; AA US UA B6 NW The best; DL TZ CO WN
33 Post contains images ExFATboy : For bad names, here's a few awards: The "We Didn't Consider What It Would Sound Like In English" Award" Phuket Air Wizz Air SCAT Airlines (a three-way
34 Sabena332 : I hate names such as: Wizz Air Song Tango Jazz Zip Ted BMIbaby but also the new TUI airlines names: Hapagfly Thomsonfly Corsfly Patrick
35 B742 : Worst Names: Wizz Tango Bmi Baby Thomsonfly MyTravel Best Names: Thai Airways British Airways United Airlines Lauda Emirates Gulf Air Finnair American
36 Timboflier215 : the best names are the ones that sound like theyve been around forever, and will stick around forever (even if its an illusion!), ie. Virgin Atlantic,
37 Airlinerfreak : Pan Am..............best name of all time
38 Amy : I'd like to meet the guy who came up with Air Luxor's IATA code... ...L8.
39 RootsAir : Inm many places the PH is pronounced F like the Philippines ....so Phuket air equals Fucketair or simpy FuckIt air
40 Wassch71 : If you speak French: Conair, a defunct Danish charter airline... Wassch71
41 WorldXplorer : Worst: - Lauda Air - Wizz Air - bmibaby - Hello Best: - Cathay Pacific - Pan Am - Trans World Airlines - World Airways - Brittannia WorldXplorer
42 Crox1 : Just add a question mark and a no frills airline turns into a no passenger airline. Sounds like a pretty s****y airline to me. The best Airline name
43 HorizonGirl : I never looked at it that way before! LMAO I agree. Who is Ted? Devon
44 N200WN : AirTran - Sounds like a Vietnamese airline. Needs a better name for such a good airline. Continental - I read that it translates well into so many lan
45 Post contains links and images Vatveng : It's better than the previous name... At least when VJ bought out FL and kept the AirTran name, they cleaned up the logo. View Large View MediumPhoto
46 ACdreamliner : BMI Baby. Says it all, the smaller, younger less classy version of its parent company. I also liked JetsGo too before they became JetsGone
47 EDDM : Quite the opposite. Sounds great for a German speaker IMHO. Plus you gotta love the conditions they operate in.
48 Post contains links and images Ariis : View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr. Flying Tigers - the livery sucks but the name rocks! Skynet Asia Airways and Skynet Airlines -
49 Post contains images SA006 : I can't beleive no one has mentioned South African LCC 1Time! Their callsign (God help us) is "Next Time". You fly us 1Time then next time proceed on
50 ACdreamliner : actually, its written perfectly in caps. BMI (same as the parent airline) Baby BMIBaby... like easyJet, or RyanAir etc. as for being cutsie, i think
51 PITA333 : Oceanic is used for a fictitious airline name so much, but i just love it! I wish a real airline would be named it.
52 Post contains links ExFATboy : Nope, it's in lowercase - "bmibaby" - everywhere on their website. Even if it's the first world in the sentence. For example, take a look at their FA
53 Garri767 : i dont really think so, it sounds evil lol
54 Aa757first : Best: Trans World Airlines (sounds classy, you know what they are about) Air France (just has a nice ring to it) Song (simple and clean) ValuJet (once
55 AirWillie6475 : MESA airlines To me this sounds like a struggling air charter company that has a few old turbopops with no maintenance. It doesn't sound like a top U.
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