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Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?  
User currently offlineDambuster From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 20594 times:

As some know, there's a relatively new airline based at GVA called Fly Baboo. Now I'm not arguing whether it's a profitable airline or not... I was just wondering why they named it like this. There are many airlines like Edelweiss, Belair etc, which their names make more sense than Baboo. Does anyone know the origins of this naming?

Thank you!

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User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1610 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 20577 times:

Really odd name. Same with Darwin.....

They both could have done much better with their names.



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User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2179 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20538 times:

Booooooo.......

I think they beat Ted, which was the stupidest name so far IMO...



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User currently offlineCessna057 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20528 times:

Maybe the creators are pandas  Big grin


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User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20533 times:

It sounds quite funny and naughty :P

User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20521 times:

For some reason, it reminds me of Jar-Jar Binks.  Wink  duck 

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20521 times:

It sounds like "baboon". I only hope that there are no baboons in the cockpit. Big grin

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20514 times:

I remember seeing their check-in counters when I flew through GVA a year ago.

I just think it is really a strange name for an airline. Very un-Swiss.  Smile



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User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20505 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 7):
Very un-Swiss

You hit the nail Big grin


User currently onlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20499 times:

I should hope they have a picture of Linus from Peanuts on the tail.. and the first aircraft is called Sweet Baboo!


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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 20449 times:

its a really odd name, Baboo. it makes me think of Rafikki from The Lion King. haha


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 20441 times:

Does it actually mean something in Swiss or whatever various languages the Swiss speak? I was thinking of the whole thing with Linus from the Peanuts myself. Other than that I think it sounds absolutely retarded.


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 20434 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
Does it actually mean something in Swiss or whatever various languages the Swiss speak?

The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian, and Romansh.



And no, Baboo is not a word of any of those languages. It's certainly not a French word, considering that Fly Baboo is based in Geneva, which is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.



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User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 20416 times:

I always wondered what the heck a baboo is.

I would have preferred flyBaboon Big grin


User currently offlineFDXMECH From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 20360 times:

Wasn't Baboo a character in Seinfeld?


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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 20346 times:

I could be wrong, but when I was over there I believe I heard someone say it was named after his dog.

User currently offlineN960AS From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 466 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 20333 times:

I flew Baboo in May from GVA to FLR. Their two DHC-8s are named "Sammy" and "Tofu" after the airline's founder's dogs. I can't remember which one came first but I think it's on their website.

User currently offlineDambuster From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 20265 times:

Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 1):
Really odd name. Same with Darwin.....

They both could have done much better with their names.

Exactly Big grin , I was thinking of something like Alps Airways...


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 20253 times:

Quoting N960AS (Reply 16):
Their two DHC-8s are named "Sammy" and "Tofu" after the airline's founder's dogs.

That sounds better. I remember seeing an ad with the dog in the right seat.


User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4003 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 20209 times:

You see - this is branding. Weird name that makes people wonder - and so people know that there is a small airline based in Geneva.

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2047 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20175 times:

Fly Baboo isn't all that new. AFAIK they've been around for 5/6 yrs now. But hey, looks like the Pakistani restauranteur in Seinfeld found a business to venture in!


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20154 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 12):

The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian, and Romansh.

Thanks. I knew there was no "Swiss" language and the only one of those 4 I didn't remember was the Romansh one. I thought there might be some localized name or word.

Without that I'm going with either Linus' nickname from Sally or the Pakistani character from Seinfeld.



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 20125 times:

First flight was in 2003.

There was a company called Baboo (records?) in Geneva, the same people founded the airline and called it flyBaboo of course.

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineAlex22 From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 71 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 20117 times:

I remember reading that Baboo is the name of he Owner's dog.

Btw Baboo is quiet a cool name I think. At least something a little different.

Cheers
Alex


User currently offlineDambuster From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 20110 times:

Quoting Alex22 (Reply 23):
I remember reading that Baboo is the name of he Owner's dog.

Ha ha! This looks very unserious!  Big grin


25 ZRHnerd : Actually, that is not quite true. The "Swiss" German is a lot different to the "German" German. As a matter of fact it's so different that the German
26 Shinkai : baboo sounds like some vulgarity. "get your baboo a$$ off the computer!" "baboo! now i have to type it all over again!
27 Post contains images B747SP :
28 Breiz : Correct. Julian Cook and Perret created Baboo SA, Geneva, in October 2002, a company to produce CDs and other stuff in relation with snowboarding, su
29 Post contains images MIAMIx707 : so.. what are the languages of the blue regions? isn't that a food?
30 Post contains images ZRHnerd : Fishian
31 ZRH : Or probably mermaidian oh sorry, lakemaidian?
32 ElmoTheHobo : I lived in Suisse Romande for a few years during the time FlyBaboo launched. It wasn't until I left the region that I found it the real name was FlyBa
33 Viasa : Thats wrong. The dog has the name Tofu...
34 Flykal : Well if this airline were operating in Korea, it would translate to "Fly Idiot" as Baboo means idiot here!! another case of lost in translation...
35 Post contains images DeltaGator : Beautiful! Note to self...add Baboo to list of names not to call a Korean martial arts master unless ready to get ass kicked.
36 Post contains images Helvknight : Glug glug glug .... oops. Asked and answered.[Edited 2006-11-12 15:02:48]
37 MIAMIx707 : wow!! I've never heard of those 3 languages before!
38 Legallykev : I loved the little mini's they were driving around GVA with the FlyBaboo logo on it... they were so cute. I used to work for a bank on the Quai du Seu
39 Post contains images Legallykev : I actually found a picture of it on their website
40 Post contains images Bistro1200 :
41 ElmoTheHobo : As in the club? They gave out flyers with big ticket receipts at Platinum or B Club for awhile featuring FlyBaboo and their new flight to Ibiza.
42 Fewsolarge : Apologies, but it sounds like a racial epithet to me ... along the lines of "macaca" or "Sambo." It strikes me as a really bizarre choice.
43 DZ09 : That's it. After his pakistani restaurant went bust. He got deported after Elaine misplaced his immigration papers, so he settled in Geneva. After a
44 Alphonze : It's a French language trait to come up with meaningless brand names that look like "Baboo" - the two or three syllable, ends-in-oo words occur regula
45 Helvknight : The blue areas on the map are lakes.
46 Vfw614 : I was wondering if a combined Darwin and Flybaboo could form the nucleus of a new Swiss regional airline operating 50 seaters. Swiss has disposed of e
47 Post contains images Debonair : I think Baboo is a great, unique name... It always reminds me about an airline in Switzerland! Much better than "Air Sahara"- as kid I always believed
48 RJ100 : They decided to abandon the idea of letting operate flights by partner airlines (with 50 seaters) and now opearate the flights itself, selling the ov
49 Vfw614 : I was more thinking about ZRH and not about creating a Crossair II operation at BSL. There are a couple of markets that were served from ZRH in the pa
50 Post contains images Lsgg : It is actually the own and private car of Julian Cook, the CEO of Flybaboo !! How funny it is, isn't it ? Well I've heard two years ago an interview
51 RICARIZA : I respect your opinion, but IMO "Ted" is very good.. is immediately identifiable to United, but hip and modern.. I really like it and IMO is much bet
52 Cgnnrw : Is it pronounced Fly Ba-buuuh? Fly baaaa-Buh? or Fly baaa-booooo???
53 Lsgg : Fly-babooo
54 Dambuster : Whatever, just wanted to know what you thought of it... now, this question is more Swiss: If you had the opportunity to name a new airline in Switzerl
55 Post contains links and images Lsgg : I think Flybaboo is a cool name but also a non-sence name for an airline. However I like very much their slogan : A breath of Swiss Air We would pers
56 MIAMIx707 : In Spanish it sounds stupid, and in english it doesn't sound cool or hip or anything. Not to mention the livery is lame. Air Sahara on the other hand
57 Post contains links and images Lsgg : I'm agree that Flybaboo livery is not a success at all And I'm glad to see that Darwin is coming back with a more Swiss livery ! Finally I'm looking
58 Post contains images MIAMIx707 : That's nice although looks a lot like a former Crossair livery (minus the thin fuselage wavy line). This is a bit too "white" and plain. Probably pre
59 Post contains images Lsgg : I would by the Swissair name and logo and use it ! The crossair one was also excellente... To me Swissair is the perfect name for a Swiss airlines an
60 Dambuster : Agreed, too bad they don't exist anymore... though the SWISS livery ain't that bad either especailly the tail, reminds me of those 747Bs, well at leas
61 Post contains links and images Debonair : Well, don't you remember 1998?? Nearly 10yrs. ago a SWA took off and shortly folded... Still BAD memories on the name... View Large View MediumPhoto
62 ZRHnerd : Acquiring SR's brand name still holds too many risks regarding the liquidation of SR, that's why nobody has done it to date.
63 Post contains images Lsgg : Of course I do ! But I mean Swiss World Airlines instead of Swiss World Airways I find that name really cool (Appart bad memories of course)
64 Lsgg : Of course but I've always wondered something : In the early New Crossair concept (before that damned 2 October 01) it was question that Crossair woul
65 ZRHnerd : It was abandoned for the same reason as i stated above. Too many financial risks connected with the brand name "Swissair". Just think of how many peo
66 Post contains images Lsgg : Yeah it's quite logical. The interesting thing is that it had been on the table once (clearely shown by Rene Luchtiger, on his book and on Grounding
67 Dambuster : I agree totally, though what I do not realise (it must be in the "Droit de Poursuite") is the time limit, i.e. how many years does it take to remove a
68 Post contains images Lsgg : I miss both : Swissair brand name and Swissair livery Anyway one man, one opinion !
69 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : FlyBaboo? An utterly ridiculous name, for me it conjures images of clowns for flight attendants with squirty flowers in their uniforms and that stupid
70 Post contains images Lsgg : Now that you say... Yes I'm quite agree with you
71 Post contains links Breiz : As suggested by Debonair, the silliness of the name Air Sahara is that it's a domestic airline which operates in India !!! http://www.airsahara.net/s
72 Post contains links Dambuster : @ LSGG, check this: http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/economie...&pollid=6812&pollanswer=1&layout=1 If you're an SR nostalgic... well I am!
73 Post contains images Lsgg : So cool !!! Actually I've read today that article and I saw an add on Swissair.aero yesterday. That project is very cool
74 Post contains images BA787 : I have a theory. Notice how the ba in baboo is highlighted maybe suggesting BA in the name, it then goes boo. Maybe it ia ajiibe at BA flyBAboo anothe
75 Dambuster : Nah... It's just too bad they chose such a ridiculous name.
76 Travellin'man : And I thought it was re-branding for Air India or Biman....
77 Himmat01 : Out here in India, Baboo means a buraucrat. That too an in efficent one.
78 Post contains images RootsAir : His dog's name is tofu and is mascot of the airline Well I saw a TV program where Julian cook said that Baboo in India was some sort of noble person
79 Dambuster : You are right! It's quite similar! I thought it was sort of linked to baboons etc.. but it makes sense! Thanks!
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