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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

What are the meaning of airline names such as Lufthansa, Lauda, Styrian, Quantas and other names you can think of. What are the associatoins of airline names and logos such as the bird on lufthansas tail? Any comments?

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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5288 times:

Qantas>>>Queensland And Northern Territories Aerial Service

Lufthansa>>>Luft=Air in german Hansa=Some family that was involved in aviation.
Lufthansa owes its origins to "Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft" (renamed "Lufthansa" in 1933), which was formed from a merger between "Deutsche Aero Lloyd" (DAL) and "Junkers Luftverkehr" on January 6, 1926.

[Edited 2005-02-22 00:03:10]

Lauda>> Founded by Nikki Lauda, a former austrian F1 pilot

[Edited 2005-02-22 00:04:03]


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5249 times:

All I know is I have a friend that speaks fluid German and , according to her, in german, "luft" means air. And than, as mentioned above, "hansa" is some family.

User currently offlineAeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5199 times:

The Lufthansa thing has been discussed before, the best translation is something along the lines of United Airlines.


Try not to be jealous, we can't all be Czech.
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32624 posts, RR: 72
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

With Alitalia, there are two meanings.

A'Italia, in Italian, means "to Italy". Also, the word "ali" means wings, so ali + italia could also mean "wings of Italy". I don't know however, what the official meaning is.



a.
User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2241 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

Lauda carries the name of it's creator.


I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

Yeah Lauda comes from the famous F1 driver Niki Lauda, who created Lauda air and now has Fly Niki, after a very very long story.

As for the 'Hansa' in Lufthansa, there was a thread not too long ago about this. Most Germans couldn't tell you what it means. From the responses there it losely means 'union' as in the 'Hansa' ports of Northern Germany, Hamburg etc.

Tim.



Obviously missing something....
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

Quoting Airgeek12 (reply 2):
All I know is I have a friend that speaks fluid German and , according to her, in german, "luft" means air. And than, as mentioned above, "hansa" is some family.


"Luft" is air, that's correct. Hansa is not a family name. The "Hanse" was a commercial union of merchants in major cities in northern Germany like Hamburg, Bremen, Luebeck, Rostock and further to the east till Danzig (Poland in our days), Koenigsberg (Kalliningrad, Russia) and others = Hansestaedte (cities of the Hanse). They formed in the 14th century a formal alliance.

"Lauda" is the name of the founder of Lauda Air. This Nicki Lauda the famous formula 1 driver.

I think Styrian comes from the Steiermark, a state in Austria.

[Edited 2005-02-22 02:00:05]

[Edited 2005-02-22 02:01:28]

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

SAS = Scandinavian Airline System  Big thumbs up


Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5094 times:

Delta Air Lines comes from its original route structure that was focused on the Mississippi River delta. It had, and still does have, routes all throughout the southeastern United States.

Does anyone happen to know if Varig means anything?

Kris



AA - Doing what we do best.
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5042 times:

Quoting Kjet12 (reply 9):
Does anyone happen to know if Varig means anything


VARIG was founded in 1927 by Otto Ernst Meyer as Empresa de Viação Aérea Rio-Grandense (source Varig's History )


User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Some dude emailed me this:

Quote:
Hello,

I've read the theart on airliners.net where someone asked where the airline names are from. I'm not registert, so i write you and i hope that you put these Informations in the board.

Lufthansa: Founded an Luft Hansa. Named in Lufthansa after the second world war, when Germany was allowed to found an Airline again. "Luft" means air. and i am not sure, but in german there ist tho word Hanse, which was agroup of trading cities in the Mittle Ages. Ich think that Hansa comes from that word.

Lauda: Founded by the Formula one driver Niki Lauda and the sold to Austrian Airlines. After that Niki Lauda founded the Low cost carrier Fly Niki.

Styrian Spirit: Names after the austrian region "steiermark". I think that styrian ist the english form.


I'm sorry for my bad english, but i hope you can read it.

Ulf


geek-newfound message carrier


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4998 times:

Airgeek12: I am glad that your dude confirmed totaly my post in reply 7. So I wasn't wrong  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4980 times:

Quoting ZRH (reply 12):
Airgeek12: I am glad that your dude confirmed totaly my post in reply 7. So I wasn't wrong Wink/being sarcastic


Sweet!  Smile


User currently offlineVHTAE From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4962 times:

JAT-Jugoslovenski Aerotransport

VH-TAE.


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

What about Avianca and ANA?

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

ANA= All nippon airways (Nippon being japan in japanese)


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4804 times:

DELTA = Doesn´t Ever Leave The Airport

TWA = The Worst Airline

SAS = Sex After Service

ALITALIA = Always Late In Take-Off Always Late In Arrival

PIA = Please Inform Allah / Panic In the Air

LUFTHANSA = Let Us F*** The Hostesses As No Stewards Available

SABENA = Such A Bloody Experience Never Again

BOAC = Better On A Camel

CONDOR = Company Of Neckermann Delay On Request

LTU = Laut Teuer Unverschämt (German for loud, expensive, impudent)

LOL  Wink/being sarcastic

These are the ones I can think of!

Best regards

L1011Lover


User currently offlineNotSoFrqntFlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

LOT Polish Airlines,
LOT means "flight" in Polish

Filip A


User currently offlineSPL From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

KLM:

K -> Koninklijke
L -> Luchtvaart
M -> Maatschappij

Translation: something like: Royal Airline Company.


Groeten Martijn


User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

Quoting SPL (reply 19):

K -> Koninklijke
L -> Luchtvaart
M -> Maatschappij

Translation: something like: Royal Airline Company.


KLM in English is always translated as Royal Dutch Airlines. The RDA abbreviation is also incorporated in KLM's main computer reservation system: coRDA



I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

SABENA : Societe Autonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne.

I liked L1011Lover explanation better though (reply17).


Here are all other name explanations:

http://www.aviation-humor.com/cms/view.php?id=85

[Edited 2005-02-22 11:46:03]


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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Here are some variants

SAS= Sex and Satisfaction

TWA=Totally worst airline

AA=Awful Airline



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineMurtagh1108 From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4699 times:

The name, Aer Lingus is an anglicization of the the Irish/Gaelic form 'Aer Loingeas' which means "Air Fleet".

User currently offlineAV757 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4685 times:
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Avianca is the acronym of Aerovias Nacionales de Colombia, or Colombian National Airways and its logo of the Condor of the Andes, being the largest flying bird of the Americas, and according to ancient Inca tradition and beliefs, the condor is the messenger of the Gods.

AV757


25 EL-AL : EL-AL: "EL" means like "to", and "AL" means like "above", so el al means in hebrew more or less to above.
26 NYCFlyer : anyone know the meaning or acronym behind TAP? probably something something of Portugal, but would be nice to know anyway
27 Post contains images Solnabo : Hmmmm!!! Why is there always SEX when SAS coming up?? Is it b´cuz we´re sexual liberated in Scandinavia? Micke//SE
28 Focus : Arkia comes from "rakia", which is about the same as "sky" in Hebrew.
29 Post contains images CroFlight : Croatia Airlines = Lines in the Air, from Croatia.... Air Adriatic = means that there is some air in the Adriatic sea Trade Air = they are buying and
30 RootsAir : TAP=Take another plane
31 Erikwilliam : that means, Company of aerial aviation of Rio Grande do Sul( a state in Brazil) VASP means Viação Aérea de São Paulo, the same as above but from
32 Andz : TAP is Transportadora Aérea Portuguesa, it used to say that on the old livery.
33 Havik747 : TAROM - Transporturile Aeriene Române – “Romanian Air Transport” Malév Hungarian Airlines - Magyar Légiközkeledísi Vállalat – “Hungari
34 Post contains images Stealthpilot : L1011Lover ---- adding to your list. PIA = Please Inform Allah AI = Allah informed (absolutely no harm intended whatsoever…..) -Nikhil
35 Asgeirs : I flew on the now defunct German carrier Aero Lloyd 5 years ago. Always wondered what the name meant. The above seems to shed some light on the matte
36 Post contains images AeroVodochody : CSA=Ceske Aerolinie=Czech Airlines L1011Lover, I thought DELTA meant Dont Expect Luggage To Arrive?
37 AnsettB727 : UTA Union des transports airiennes AOM Compagnie airienne d'outre mer And thanks to those who cleared up to LH debacle. A family name, puhleeeease!
38 L1011Lover : Some people think DELTA stands for: Don´t Even Let Them Apply... in reference of DL´s covservative attitude, and their assumed attitude towards gay
39 NWADC9 : NWA=NorthWest Airlines=Their first route (Chicago-Minneapolis) I think. Don't know why it's Northwest. Mesaba=American Indian for “soaring eagle.”
40 AeroVodochody : Does anyone know what KLM means?
41 NWADC9 :
42 Post contains images F9fan : Well, Frontier Airlines is actually named for...Frontier Airlines F9Fan
43 Jetboyflyhi : MESA AIR got it's name from the Beautiful surroundings in Farmington, New Mexico. They are the MESA PLATEAU Mountain tops. MESA in Spanish means Table
44 Lekohawk : NWA - Northwest Airlines used to be called Northwest Orient (Northwest Orient Airlines?) perhaps because their route from Minneapolis took them north
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