Reggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1174 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2889 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!)
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
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
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
Vctony From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 448 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2857 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.
UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2834 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.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1230 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2639 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!!