HikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
I believe that Alaska has to be no.1 in the industry
in the use of acronyms....a veritable alphabet soup.
I will list the ones I remember and what they stand for
(if I can remember).
Any other carriers come close?
ASTM (agent scheduling system)
ISAAC (information system for alaska air cargo)
DICE (gate assigning system)
TANGO (short turn program-Turn Aircraft 'N Go)
IMAGE (front end system for SABRE)
SABRE (ok, it's American's but we use it Semi Automated Business Research
ICE (Integrated Crew Experience -cockpit resource management)
FRD or FRED (flight record dispatch...load info for operations)
RAC (ramp action center)
STAR (start the airline right)
Emmett99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1619 times:
If you consider Boeing part of the industry, we have AS beat. On average we get 3 new accronyms a day. They don't get rid of the others, they just add on. In group meetings, sometimes we play Accronym Bingo.
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
I'm with Emmett99, Boeing is the KING of acronyms! It's freaking ridiculous. You have no idea how hard it is to remember so many different acronyms and what they mean. Not to mention that the same acronym can easily refer to 4 or 5 different things across the company.
It got so bad that Boeing developed an internal dictionary/encylopedia on the company intranet for looking up acronyms. Sad eh?
I think it must be all the ex-military guys that come to Boeing, the military loves their acronyms!
P.S. Emmett, I've never heard of acronym bingo, I'll have to remember that! And I think it's funny that I know of 3 Boeing employees on a.net, and we're all working for BCA in Renton. We should call ourselves Alan Mullaly's posterboys!!!
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1355 times:
It's not just Alaska. All airlines seem to have a language all their own. Take United, for example. Each division has a two letter code, FO, which are the flight crews, SW for Flight attendants (BTW, can anyone who works for Untied tell me what 'SW' stands for) and MM for maintenance and engineering and so forth.
The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy