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Why "Jumbo"?  
User currently offlineCiro From Brazil, joined Aug 1999, 662 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Not sure if the Boeing 747 is called "Jumbo" in other countries, but this is the case in Brazil.

I am very curious to know, first of all, if such nick is a worldwide popular one and, secondly, where and why is it originally from?

Cheers!


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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6446 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

Jumbo is not used in the US. If you hear the word it is generally someone from a country other than the US.

Widebody is the term most used for a big aircraft. ie: 747, DC-10, L1011, A330 etc.

The 747 is usually called a whale by crew-members.


User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2589 times:

"Jumbo" or "Jumbo jet".

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The dimensions and number of the seats inspired the journalists so much that they soon called him the "jumbo jet".

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What is the difference between a blond young woman and a Jumbo-jet?

Answer: Not everybody have been inside a Jumbo-jet.


User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

In the early 70s, on a promotional show at The Talk of The Town in London, we gave Travel Agents a spectacular breakfast show to express why BOAC's 747s were that much better than anybody else's. At least we didn't have engines seizing during the early flights!

The name of that gigantic show was JUMBOAC!




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User currently offlineGaleaocumbica From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

Hi guys!!

I think in the UK some people call a 747 as Jumbo Jet...

Am I wrong?

I heard this version around here before... Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers

GaleaoCumbica


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

Jumbo is not used in the US. If you hear the word it is generally someone from a country other than the US.

Back in the '70s, the term Jumbo or Jumbo Jet was indeed used in the USA...
at least in layman's terms.

The reason (this is just a guess) that the 747 is/was referred to as a jumbo was because, at the time, (and still is if one discounts the A380) it was the largest commercial airliner.

If you watch any movies from the 70's and even early '80s that involve airplanes, the term 'jumbo' or 'jumbo jet' is almost always used in reference to the 747.

Widebody is a more broad-ranged term describing ALL twin-aisled aircraft.



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

The term was coined by the news media back when Boeing announced plans to build the plane. The news media also coined the phase "Super Bowl". As you know, it also stuck.
The news media, after 34 years, still refers to wide body airplanes as jumbo jets. I never thought intelligent people were employed by the news media. Their terminology of wide body airplanes reinforces that.
safe



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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2390 times:


Jumbo was an Elephant´s name in the London Zoo in the 1860s.

As for the etymological roots, there are two theories:
from "Jumbe", Swahili for "boss", "chief", "large man" or anything large and/or impressive.

Daniel Smile
from "jambo", Swahili for "hello"


User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

iliteration-Jumbo Jet (the J and J sounds). So it sounds catchy? Well, thats about the est I can come up with

User currently offlineJumpseat70 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

I am sorry but your "joke" was tasteless and offensive..."Herr" Bofedrik.

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 850 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Bo Fredrik:
Xuse me, but you seems to be the JUMBO moron inhere  Big grin

Michael//SE



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User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

Not sure of the Jumbo origin, but to your average Mr Smith, everything big that can fly is a Jumbo Jet...

johan



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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Airsicknessbag has the right answer.

"Jumbo" was the name of a famous elephant, and the name subsequently became used to describe other things on a large, or elephantine, scale.

It wasn't a great leap of the imagination to associate the word "jumbo" with the aircraft and, of course, coin the phrase "jumbo jet".


User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Crew usually call it the "74" or the humpback....or at BA they do anyway!

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Although 'Jumbo Jet' is generally used to refer to the 747, I have heard it used to describe DC-10s, L1011s, A300s and even 767s. When you look at the size of these aircraft compared to the 707 or the DC-8, the term is quite understandable...

V/F



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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

well at the fyer event in LHR the other, the senior 1st officer for BA call then the "400"

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