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Why Aren't Airlines Using The .aero Domain?  
User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5262 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  Smile

OD-BWH


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User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5262 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.


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User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5234 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?



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User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 946 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

Hello OD-BWH,

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.

Cheers,
Andrej


User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5212 times:

I've been checking this for the last 3 yrs  Smile Nothing happened since then.


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User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1895 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5184 times:

www.CONVIASA.aero

There you have...

Cheers!



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5136 times:

Sri Lankan use srilankan.aero

BA use BA.com, but I've just found that BA.aero works too.



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User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4991 times:

I could see if it was .air, but aero isn't as catchy as .com is and everyone is so use to the it, so why bother changing?


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User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4986 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.



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User currently offlineFlywithjohn From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4968 times:

you'd have redo every .com address to .aero and people now them as .com why make it confusing


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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4917 times:

KL.aero redirects me to KLM.com

Leo



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User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

Alianza Summa used to have summa.aero, but its now avianca.com....


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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4892 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.

User currently offlineAviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4855 times:

There is nothing stopping airlines from having two or more domain names redirecting to one page. It could be kinda cool to see a logo jet like www.us.aero (instead of the .com ones).

User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

The Finnair-owned feeder airline Aero (Finnair's original name, btw) should definitely get theirs: aero.aero Big grin But would people even realise that's a web site address?

(Their actual site is this: http://www.aeroairlines.com/)



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User currently offlineCEO@AFG From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 245 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4758 times:

http://www.sas.aero seems to work for getting you to the SK website


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User currently offlineKaniksu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4631 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.

User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4621 times:

Plus I'm sure millions of Americans would complain.... (.AERO) it would have to be (.AIR)

User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4571 times:

What for those little airlines that don't have a IATA code?


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User currently offlineAv8rPHX From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 713 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4475 times:

Quoting Kaniksu (Reply 16):
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

I personally like www.yvr.ca its easy to remember.


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4891 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

I just don't think the extenson should ever be longer that the domain stub itself.

i.e. yvr.ca looks and sounds much better than yvr.aero Maybe I'm not forward thinking enough but I think a 2/3 letter TLD extension would have been received far better. Such as say yvr.air

I guess that another reason that this has not picked up is due to carriers wanting to show their national pride, at least for the purposes of marketing within their own borders.

YOWza



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User currently offlineBlrBird From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 579 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4463 times:

UL does use it www.srilankan.aero


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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4443 times:

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 11):
Alianza Summa used to have summa.aero, but its now avianca.com....

But http://www.av.aero will take you to Avianca's website.

"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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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4423 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.

User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1572 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

Interestingly enough, co.aero is the placeholder page, but Continental.aero says it's "Coming Soon"

So, looks like Continental may be planning to make use of the .aero domain in some way.



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25 Post contains links Jorge1812 : Not for me http://www.lh.aero/ www.dresden.aero is Dresden Airport but not used in advertisement. Seems .aero was more a wish than what it's now....l
26 FoxBravo : The new International Registry of aircraft and engines under the Cape Town Convention is at internationalregistry.aero. That's the only .aero domain t
27 Post contains links PU803 : Hi, PLUNA is also using http://www.pluna.aero as its primary address.
28 Killjoy : The average consumer can't, in fact, even understand IATA codes when they're printed on the boarding pass. Every time I fly LHR-HEL there's at least
29 ClassicLover : Yeah QF and AY are pre-reserved also, though they don't redirect.
30 Goaliemn : I'm sure .aero isn't cheep. Alot of the niche domains demand alot of money to use them
31 Congaboy : It isnt widely adopted and marketed because too many airlines have advertised the ".com" heavily, and now the traveling public associates with "united
32 Star_world : Just a few points on this - As far as I know, "aero" in this case refers to "aerospace" which is just as accepted in the US as in Europe. Not sure why
33 TWA902fly : its funny because we're all on airliners.net
34 Congaboy : Funny you should mention these items...guess who I work for? In fact, we sell the ".aero" domain for alot less than you think we do...
35 Antoniemey : Not as widely known to the general public as you might think. No one in the US says "Aeroplane" for example. It's "Airplane" and "Airline." Add to th
36 Post contains images Star_world : I had thought the .areo domain was intended for use within the industry (hence the use of the airline code format) and not so much the general public
37 Post contains links and images L410Turbolet : PRG just recently changed their logo and started to use http://www.prg.aero as their official webpage address. I suppose they will keep their old addr
38 Congaboy : Yea, that's right, Star_world. Certainly an ATI business could use .aero to the public, but with .com already being actively marketed and branded, no
39 Bond007 : Nope, it's not much more than a dot.com domain. My company has a couple and they are very affordable. Jimbo
40 Post contains images Star_world : It's just hard to resist having a little dig at SITA occasionally (and yes I'm probably biased too being from the 'other' side!)
41 Antoniemey : Yes, but the general public would still have to know it exists to go to the site using the domain extension.
42 Star_world : That's why airlines have .com domain names also (or whatever their local country equivalent is) - you can have many domain names pointing to a single
43 Post contains links Flyingfool : www.afriqiyah.aero is the main domain of Afriqiyah...
44 Congaboy : Irresistable to not reply, man. Take your shot! You would not be the first.
45 Post contains images OD-BWH : Sorry my friend, but life doesn't revolve around America only Anyways, the word "Air" isn't appealing in slang Arabic: it means Penis
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