DeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14590 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 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 14490 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, 1961 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 14439 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, 6470 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14381 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: 3
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 14373 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.