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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

Why do American's refer to British Airways as British AIR ??

We used to have fun at BD when american's would ask "Where's British AIR ?" and we would reply - "Your breathing it right now !"
 Wink/being sarcastic


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

Im an American and I have always referred to it as British Airways.

UAL747


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

We say British AIR a lot because it's less tiring than saying British Airways.

Airways is 2 syllables: Air-ways.

Way too tiring for us Americans.  Smile

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

By the way, I actually say British Airways. But I do hear many who call it British Air.

Regards



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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3114 times:



Don't worry, it's just verbal short hand. British Air, American Air, United Air. I'll say it like that every now and then. I am fully aware of the respective airlines' proper names though.


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

In Argentina, it is known simply as 'British', as in 'viajo a Londres con British' or 'a que hora llega el vuelo de British' (I'm off to London on British/What time does the British flight arrive?)

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3098 times:
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"British Air" sounds cheap and tacky, "British Airways" sounds more superior.

Arsenal@LHR



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User currently offlineReggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

I was born in Jamaica in 1965 so to me, it will always be "BEE-OH-AYE-SEE"! However, when I am being lazy like the Americans, I just say "BEE-AYE".

(P.S.: God, the brits are so pompous! Who gives a flying elderberry what Americans call Great Britain's main carrier. Only a brit would even notice something like that.....but I love them all. God Save The Queen!)


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

BA,

Thats also one of the reasons why British Midland changed it's name to BMi before it started tranatlantic flights, as when they did some surveys, they found that Americans found it too hard to say British Midland in full, so they needed a shorter name that was easier for the American public to remember!!. lol Big grin



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User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25431 posts, RR: 86
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3047 times:
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I liked it better when it was "BOAC" ("bow-ak" -two syllables).

cheers

mariner



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User currently offlineVctony From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

I've always wondered why US Air changed their name to US Airways. I have yet to hear anyone other then employees of US Airways call it that. During the UA-US merger talks, the reports said US Air almost all the time. I personally have never called US Airways by that name, using US Air insead.

User currently offlineReggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

Well one could have pronounced BOAC as "BOKE" - One syllable!!!!! I guess that would work for the lazy folks.

Thornton


User currently offlineReggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

I've called US Air "Useless Air" and "US Scare" but I must admit to using the name US Airways quiet frequently.

User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

American tend not to deal with anything useless. Such as "ways" on the end of British Airways or US Airways. Which FYI Steven Wolf changed when US and BA got all close and chummy.

Most agents I know leave off just about anything of an airlines name. We know American, United, Delta or Continental are airlines so why say it? I've refered to British Airways as "BA, British, and British Air." Its just shorthand.


User currently offlineYazoo From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

I always call it british airways. ( but for Northwest Airlines , it's just Northwest )


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User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1801 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

So it's British AirWAYS?......I thought it was British Arseways because of their service!
hehehehe



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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

In the 80's I believe it was nicknamed 'Bloody Awful' because of the appalling service levels onboard (I fully agree with this analysis).

However, the service is consistently good to excellent these days. I wish they would have Video-on-demand though.


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

I always call BAOC B-A-O-C  Big thumbs up

reggaebird - hmm, so that would make your national carrier Air Jam????  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineAA_Cam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

I've always referred to it as British Airways. What's the big deal anyway?! Nobody gets angry when someones says US Air, when it's actually US Airways.

I think ill just start calling it Brit Air.  Smile Sounds better, it kinda rolls off the tounge.  Smile

Cameron


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

I have always just called it either british or BA.

User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

Hmmm, strange never heard anyone say British Air. I have heard China Air. but never British Air. you have lost your mind.

User currently offlineHkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

'British Air' sounds so different because I'm used to everyone saying 'British Airways'. I've never heard anyone pronounce it that way, but if someone does, you know that they mean 'British Airways' and not another airline!!

Hkg82.


User currently offlineSmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

I guess it is simply because someone is not sure if BA is British Airways or British Airlines?

User currently offlineSmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

SPEED BIRD, that's the best!

User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2756 times:

I've once heard British Airways called 'Brit Air'.

Which IMO is not suitable at all, as Brit Air is a small French Regional airline :


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User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

Well you're all wrong!! Big grin

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