OD-BWH From Lebanon, joined Jan 2002, 398 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
I heard a long time back that all airline's websites would start with the airlines IATA two letter code, followed by the .aero domain. Only few airlines used this, namely Lufthansa LH.aero, NWA NW.aero...
What about other airlines? Why didn't they update their domains yet? It's a good idea, but i think it'll be difficult for those who never heard of IATA codes
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1855 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
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People already know these airlines by the websites they already have. There is no sense in changing now. That is almost like changing your phone #, especially when you've had it for years. Website names need simplicity, nothing more.
OD-BWH From Lebanon, joined Jan 2002, 398 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
Quoting Acidradio (Reply 1): People already know these airlines by the websites they already have. There is no sense in changing now.
Lufthansa is using both, lufhansa.com and LH.aero. Airlines shouldn't give up their original websites, but, I guess, they should adopt the .aero as an alternative. I use Google evertime i search for SAS website! The same happens with Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. How easy could it be to use SK.aero, CX.aero, and SQ.aero?
Andrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 810 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
I just checked some webpages and it seems that some airlines have re-linked their .aero domains to their normal ones. Example: ok.aero is same as csa.cz, ba.aero will get you to British Airways webapage.
However, if you type in wn.aero, a link will show up and on left site it will explain to you that this is a "pre-registered domain" for Southwest. There will be also a link for WN. Also, I tried su.aero with same results.
So I guess it depends on airlines and their priorities.
Utapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3279 times:
Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter): Why didn't they update their domains yet? It's a good idea, but i think it'll be difficult for those who never heard of IATA codes
Think you answered your own question with the comment about general public not knowing IATA codes.
Also, getting the public to shift their mindset to start looking for .aero, .air or anything other than .com would take a while. I'm always amazed at number of people I've spoken to who don't know there are any domains other than .com.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7440 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3185 times:
The average consumer can't find anything on the internet unless it's a .com and often times that is difficult. Maybe the .xxx domain would work for some businesses, but basically it's .com if you want people to find you.
Kaniksu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
Most of the airline domain names are easy to figure out, it's the airports that are hard to find at times. Many people do not know the 3 letter codes for airports but it would still be nice if all of the airports used the .aero extention. It appears they have all been registered and the airports just need to contact the registrar to take control of the domain. My local airport doesn't even have a domain name, it piggybacks on to the local ports domain.
"To date there are more than 40 airlines and 200 airports already using www.(industrycode).aero as a shortcut to their corporate website. This has become a fast entry alternative for those who know the code and like using a “system” that is predictable." (source, aa.aero)
[Edited 2006-05-02 20:43:53]
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FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2716 times:
I put in a bunch of different airline codes, and they all showed up as pre-registered. I guess the .aero people don't even ask the airlines, and they just reserve their IATA code by default for the respective airline.