DeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14205 times:
Well lately Delta has been the most popular airline in the U.S. at least, I dont know about the world. AA might be the most popular in the U.S. now that they have bought TWA. Excluding United States Airlines, British is probably to most popular. Pan Am used to be quite popular, but it seemed like everything bad used to happen to them (bombings, hijackings, fires, collisions, etc..). I know that Delta, United, and American are all pretty popular worldwide since they are so big and so is British.
TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14105 times:
My guess of current airlines would be United or Singapore. Of past airlines, my guess for the most famous airlines in their own era would definitely be Pan Am in number 1 spot, probably followed by TWA and BOAC.
Tan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14054 times:
Past: Pan American & TWA..no contest. global leaders in the late 30's the 40's (during and after the war), and the 50's & 60's. PAn Am. First 707's, first 747's,first round the world flights, etc.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6429 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13996 times:
Haven't read all the answers. I don't think I really need to though. I imagine the PanAm name is the most recognized name in the world, even after 9 1/2 years. I know, the name survives. I just imagine that if you were to ask people who do not know airlines to name a famous international airline, the PanAm name would be at or near the top of the list.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13988 times:
I would say it really depends on where in the world you live. I mean most of the Americans say that Pan Am, American Airlines, Delta etc. are the most famous in the world, but a lot of ordinary non aviation loving people down under would really know much about them. In Australia it would be Qantas and Ansett (everybody knows these two).
On a world wide scale (remember this is still from an australian perspective) I would have to say British Airways, United, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and JAL.
Pan Am would have been widely recognised down in Australia years ago since they were the first to fly a 747 to Sydney etc. But there is a new generation of people, hence why I chose the list up above.