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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 919 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5335 times:

Had a bit of an argument at work the other day with someone who insisted that United and US Airways were the same airline (not codeshare or Star Alliance, but one and the same) and here was her reason for why she just knew they were the same company:

the "US" in "US Airways" stands for "United States", [even though all of us here know the name of the airline is NOT "United States Airways"!] and "United" is just the abbreviation, like saying "American" instead of "American Airlines" or "Coke" instead of "Coca-Cola".

My hysterical laughter just made her even more convinced that she was right!

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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2239 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

I know someone who think Northwest Airlines flies domestically and its subsidiary, Northwest Orient, flies only to Asia... Big grin


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

Air China and China Airlines - I always mix it up Embarrassment

User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

A big one in South Africa is between BA and BAComair South Africa LOL  Laugh out loud

Rgds  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
SA006



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User currently offlineAussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5106 times:

One of the biggest cock ups is the southern hemisphere airline QANTAS and how it is spelt (not QUANTAS) it stands for Queensland And Northern Territery Aerial Services.

It disturbs me considering how much "the name" is out there yet continually often it is mispelt. I think it is mispelt more ofter than is Qatar Airways.



User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

It disturbs me considering how much "the name" is out there yet continually often it is mispelt. I think it is mispelt more ofter than is Qatar Airways.


First law of being a smart-arse - don't make yourself look stupid in the process.

The word is "misspelt" or "misspelled". And while we're on the subject, the word "territory" is not spelled with a second 'e'. Nor do I think your use of "continually often" would win any major prizes for grammar.

'Qantas' isn't in my dictionary. What's your excuse?

[Edited 2004-05-02 16:37:18]

User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3698 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Some people I talk to, my mom included, have the tendency to get ATA & AirTran mixed up.

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User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 742 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4983 times:

I was just going to mention the AirTran//ATA mix ups but DeltaRules (cool Handle!) beat me to it

on that end, ATA and AirTran have ajoining gates at LGA. I noticed this the other day commuting back out to MCI...how much of a headache is THAT every time a flight is called at that end of the terminal?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Andrew
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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4975 times:

I read a post here where someone got Southwest and America West mixed up.

I took a call from someone while I was working at Vanguard Reservations who asked if we were the same as ValueJet. Obviously, we weren't.



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User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1343 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

The US/United argument may be alluded to the fact that alot of the older generations still use acronyms in place of actual names (TWA comes to mind). There is obviously some sort of marketing error on behalf of the airlines for the confusion to occur.

Some also pointed out the ATA/AirTran confusion. Try adding Air Transat to the mix, and there are sure to be headaches (especially at TPA and PIE).


User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

I don't know if this is considered a "mix-up" to you, but to me it's more of a flat out lie.

This kid was telling me about how when he went to San Francisco recently, he flew US Airways out of SYR. He claimed that they stopped in Chicago, and continued on to SFO. I figured it was just a cordeshare type thing. He said his father has loads of UA miles, but he INSISTED he flew a US Airways jet all the way to SFO. Just like he said he flew a "big jet" non-stop in February from SYR to PBI. Well ain't that a kick in the pants. I think somebody's lying...


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4879 times:

What gets me are people (particularly in the media) that still refer to US Airways as USAir. Why spend the money to rebrand when people still screw up your company's name?

On the AirTran/ATA/Air Transat confusion issue. On my recent trip to LAS on AirTran, the lead F/A made a point to mention that there has been confusion with the AirTran and Air Transat names, in which passengers that were booked on AirTran were being dropped off over @ Terminal 2, where Air Transat goes out of. He said if you're being dropped off by a taxi or shuttle bus make sure they know that you need to go to Terminal 1. I wonder if people get ATA and Air Transat confused @ LAS since they both go out of T-2.

[Edited 2004-05-02 17:28:52]

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4849 times:

So-called aviation enthusiasts not knowing Air China from China Airlines(Taiwan) and not even being able to identify their respective bases, is the most ridiuculos thing I have come across art this forum, one even thinks China Airlines(CI) is teh new look and name of Air China(CA) of China/PRC.


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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

"What gets me are people (particularly in the media) that still refer to US Airways as USAir. Why spend the money to rebrand when people still screw up your company's name?"

Actually, what gets me worse is the jerks on here that get all huffy insisting that the entire world should know that USAir changed to US Airways. If you are going to spend the money to rebrand... then freakin' rebrand! Don't just respell. If you want people to think different, then make it different.

[Edited 2004-05-02 17:53:38]


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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4771 times:

Slightly off topic, but sort of related to the USAir/US Airways thing - I've often wondered why Americans often refer to British Airways as "British Air" (and drop the "ways"). I've heard it said quite a few times, and even remember seeing a hand-written sign at PIT pointing the way to the "British Air" check-in.


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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4766 times:

Well I'm a huffy jerk who hates it when US Airways is spelt USAir. Honestly, its been US Airways since 1996. USAir does sound better, but US Airways is the name. Also, it has a space between US and Airways. Its not USAirways.

Also, American West instead of America West, is rather common common.

AAndrew


User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2244 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

I hear people often calling America West "American West." I think it's fifty-fifty the people who think they are affiliated with AA. Of course, they're not.


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User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

Have had many occurences where people have called it "American West" instead of America West.

Also, I have had some instances where people will call US Airways, US Airlines. Needless to say, I corrected them withthin seconds. It just pisses me right off.


User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

By that same token, people should all say "United Airlines" instead of just "United", "American Airlines" instead of just "American", etc. Get over it people...


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User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1343 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

Why should it upset you? It is the error of USAirways that failed to market the new name correctly. Customers (or anyone in general) will only acknowledge what has been exposed to them through the media and word of mouth. It is up to the airline (and some well-determined a.net people to correct those who have sinned by saying USAir) to manipulate it such that the customer will acknowledge correctly. The customer is not to blame here.

User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

Continental Airlines (US) and Continental Airways (Russia). Continental Airways uses the same font as CO, and tries to draw customers based on the Continental name.

When is a conversation with someone I usualally refer to US Airways as USAir, It just rolls of the tounge better, But if I write it it is always US Airways.

What was wrong with the name USAir anyway?



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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

One of the things I've seen on this website is the confusion of Alaska Airlines and "Alaskan" Airlines.

For me, I can never remember what nation EVA belongs to, adding to the Air China and China Airlines.

I also get some of the United Express companies mixed up, as some of them also fly for other major carriers, like ACA did.


User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

Well, even though they are the same airline, I had to convince my Aunt that even though her ticket said Delta, the flight was by Song. I had to tear her over to the Song plane.

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4643 times:

After flying from ASA's hub in Dulles to ATA's hub in Atlanta, I flew to ValueJet's hub in Indianapolis to catch a US Air flight to Los Angeles to fly QUantas. My alternative was to fly American West to Detroit and catch Northwest Orient to LAX and then to Taiwan on Air China and then take China Airlines to Peking for a warm welcome from the PRC Army. On the way home, I think I'll take BOAC to London and then fly to Southeast's hub at BWI.

User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2244 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

I think USAir's rebranding came after several aircraft accidents over a fairly short period of time. USAir suffered five fatal accidents between 1989 and 1994. It was time to reinvent themselves and disassociate from the old image. It might just be one of many factors, and then again, it may have nothing to do with it at all.


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25 Post contains images KEno : One of the things I've seen on this website is the confusion of Alaska Airlines and "Alaskan" Airlines. The same goes for many members here typing Mal
26 Post contains images Garnetpalmetto : What gets me are people (particularly in the media) that still refer to US Airways as USAir. Why spend the money to rebrand when people still screw up
27 Shamrock_747 : I hear Alitalia called as "Air Italia" or "Alitaliair" all the time.
28 EUSWISS : I was at JFK a few months ago and there was an Austrian Airlines flight taking off, and a member of the staff said it was Australian Airlines.
29 Mrniji : Many people mess up AI (Air India - mainly international) and IC (Indian Airlines - mainly domesticas), both government owned with autonomous tasks an
30 InnocuousFox : "Austrian Airlines flight taking off, and a member of the staff said it was Australian Airlines." Heck, half the population of the US probably don't k
31 Post contains images Emmett99 : If US Airways was so concerned with rebranding themselves, why would they go with something so close? Why not go with something like CattleCar Air. Oh
32 Carnoc : Wow, you guys have reminded me of what happened a few days ago... The other day one of my co-workers got a quick phone call from his travel agent, "He
33 Nwfltattendant : Rebranding is a waste of time.....US is still USAir to everybody I talk to in my aviation circle of friends. The part "airlines" always seems to get d
34 Post contains images Soaringadi : My teacher always mixes up ATA and TWA..... hah and people call her the "teacher" enjoy
35 Jmc757 : It can be fun at BHX when you've got MyTravelLite (VZ) and a MyTravel (MYT) departures to the same destination within half an hour of each other...
36 Type-rated : If you talk to REALLY OLD people they often put a "The" in front of the airline name. For example, "We took THE American there" "We flew on THE Brani
37 Post contains images SupraZachAir : Horizon Air vs. Horizon Airlines: I also hate when people say that Horizon Air is owned by Alaska Airlines when in fact both are owned by Alaska Air G
38 InnocuousFox : " but that was because i was used to hearing ATA's callsign "AmTran". Have to agree there... I'm used to the ATC terms (and abbreviations) which is wh
39 Post contains images AirframeAS : When I was a CSA for AS, Ive had one lady pax who asked me this: Lady: "Excuse me, Im looking for Alaskan Airlines. I see that you work for Alaska, bu
40 Post contains images Starlionblue : The customer is always right, no matter how wrong. That wasn't very nice AirframeAS Being from Sweden, it amazes me how many of these conversations I'
41 Post contains images QIguy24 : Starlionblue, That is the same with some people thinking Denmark is the capital of Sweden. Some people are just really good at geography. And the funn
42 Post contains images AirframeAS : LOL! I know, Starlin....I just wanted to get rid of that pax, there was basically no point getting into an arugment with her about what exists and wha
43 Alitalia7e7 : One that gives me the S**ts is Air Italia instead of Alitalia Olympic Airlines - Olympia Airways Or UTA - French Airlines - Pronounced Yuta instead of
44 Post contains images Starlionblue : That is the same with some people thinking Denmark is the capital of Sweden. Only 500 years or so off But back then the Swedish capital was Copenhagen
45 SonicKidatBWI : Aussie747 I'm no aviation expert but I could have sworn the QANTAS acronym stood for: Queensland and Northern Territorial Airlines System. Can anyone
46 Hailstone : EVA of taiwan and evergreen international (US based freighter outfit) come to mind as well
47 BAViscount : SonicKidatBWI If you're unsure about what QANTAS stands for, check out the 'history' section on qantas.com.au - quote, "The company takes its name fro
48 Post contains images Leskova : SonicKidatBWI, regarding QANTAS, this is a quote from their website: Qantas was founded in the Queensland outback in 1920. Registered originally as th
49 Starlionblue : I keep hearing "Virgin Airlines". To which I answer: "Which one?"
50 Flyboy36y : I have once heard a woman INSIST that jetBlue had great service when she flew it to Korea.... I have heard AA and North American confused.... I confus
51 CitationJet : Some people get real upset when Qantas is spelled Quantas. But the problem stems from the pronunciaton of the word. People pronounce it QUANTAS, there
52 UK_Dispatcher : People who used to refer to British Midland as 'British Midlands'....... Yes, i know it's now simply 'bmi'....! The one that irritates me most, and I'
53 KEno : But the problem stems from the pronunciaton of the word. People pronounce it QUANTAS, therefore that is how they spell it, since they very seldom see
54 Post contains images EA CO AS : Sometimes, accents and/or pronunciation can make all the difference! For a time, Alaska Airlines flew LAX-SJC, with one flight daily each way. Every s
55 AnsettB727 : The whole QANTAS thing is hilarious, Citationjet and SonicKidatBWI, because as little kids growing up in Oz we're taught that every "q" word begins wi
56 Northwest717 : I once had a friend who called TWA "Trans World America" :::cringe::: -Tim
57 4jaded : American West is very common mistake ! I worked for them and it happened both with customers and people that worked at the airport. ALso for those of
58 M404 : Then there are the folks who simply can't or won't read. We always got those coming up to the counter looking for the Huge Airwest gates.
59 Vctony : As far as I can tell TWA has always been "Trans World Airlines." I believe the confusion is that Pan AM's actual name is "Pan American World Airways."
60 Gemuser : Actually TWA orginally stood for Transcontential & Western Airlines. It was such when Howard Hughes orginally ordered the DC2 for it in 193?5? Gemuser
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