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Airlines That Have Changed Their Name  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3010 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4446 times:

What airlines have changed their names? Let's look back over, say, 30 years. (Truth is, just about EVERY airline has had a name change if you go back far enough.) I'll start in no random order:

1) Allegheny > USAir > USAirways
2) Northwest Orient > Northwest (Ok, the "orient" was never really part of the name, but it was part of the corporate identity)

3) North Central > Republic (yes, it was after the merger with Southern and Hughes, but only the NC livery survived)

4) Valuejet > Airtran

5) Muse > Transtar

6) Air North > Brockway

7) BOAC > British Airways

8) CPAir > Canadian Pacific

9) Midwest Express > Midwest


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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

Airtours>MyTravel

User currently offlineCerulean From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

Air California--------> AirCal

Here are a couple of "original were-to-be names" that never actually made it past the gestation stage:

Commercial Air--------------->Western Pacific
British Atlantic--------------->Virgin Atlantic
Destination Sun-------------->Air Tran (the original that Valujet bought out)


User currently offlineEl Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4413 times:

Arkia Israeli Airlines was founded as "Eilata", named after the city of Eilat (ETH), but the airline's name was changed after few years of operations.

Michael


User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1368 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

West Coast Airlines -> Hughes Airwest
Transcontinental and Western Airlines -> TransWorld Airlines


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4391 times:

American Overseas Air - American Airlines

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4375 times:

What was Swissair is now Swiss.


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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4369 times:

Actually is more like What was Crossair is now Swiss

Also Trans Canada is now Air Canada



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User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

Varney Speed Lines----->Continental
now thats going back pretty far  Smile
Tony


User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4361 times:

Malayan Airways -> Malaysia-Singapore Airlines -> Malaysia Airline System / Singapore Airlines


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User currently offlineDETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Saudi Arabian Airlines used to be called Saudia and Royal Jordanian Airlines was Alia

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2381 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4348 times:

Trans Australia Airlines > Australian Airlines > Qantas

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User currently offline767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4330 times:


TEAL - Air New Zealand

National Airways Corporation - Air New Zealand



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3010 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4321 times:

Interesting responses, folks, but remember the instructions:

Let's look back over, say, 30 years. (Truth is, just about EVERY airline has had a name change if you go back far enough.)

Many contributors are going back 60 years! If we do that, we'll leave no airline unturned, except maybee KLM.



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User currently offline767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4304 times:

Qantas has never changed their name except dropping the word "Empire' in the 60s as in 'Qantas Empire Airways'


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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

Just as a correction, American Overseas Airlines did not become American Airlines. It was a subsidiary to American Airlines for international travel that was sold to Pan Am in the 1950's.

Steve


User currently offlineJmc777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4297 times:

Doesn't go back 30 years but it is a lot of name changes in the last couple of years.

Started of as British Airtours:


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Became Caledonian Airways in 1988:


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Merged with Flying Colours Airlines in 1999:


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Which had just merged with Airworld the year before:


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Which then became JMC Airlines in 2001:


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Which was then rebranded Thomas Cook Airlines as of March 30th 2003:


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

Jersey European - British European - FlyBE.

Air Anglia - Air UK - KLM UK.

Business Air - BM Commuter - Bmi Regional.

Air Schools Ltd - Derby Aviation - Derby Airways - British Midland Airways - Bmi.

British Caledonian - British Airways.

Dan Air London - British Airways.

Brymon - British Airways.

British European Airways (BEA) - British Airways.

Nordic East - Nordic European Airways.

British Airtours - Caledonian Airways - JMC.

Flying Colours - JMC.

Orion - Britannia Airways.

Inter European - Airtours International - My Travel.

Sabena - SNBA.

Couldn't think of anymore, it was late.

 Smile



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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

ONA Overseas National Airlines - bankrupt a few times -
became National Airlines (taking name from one that merged with PanAm)
The guys then wrote it N a t i O N A l Airlines...
Then National got used more recently... (now out of business)
xxx
PanAm name and logo is still going on - disgusting -
Yet nothing to do with the old PanAm... my blood freezes at that thought...
(maybe one baggage handler there worked for the good-old PanAm)
xxx
How many Globe Air were there...?
xxx
There were a few names that will come back -
Right now Northeast Airlines - NEA -
Even their colors are white and yellow...
xxx
Then there is all these "express" something airlines -
For me express is something fast - yet their planes are the slowest...
xxx
Happy contrails -
(s) Skipper



User currently offlineERFly From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Leisure International Airways -----> Air 2000, LTD.



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User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1503 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4267 times:


Air Siam--------->Thai Airways Intenational
Air Liban--------->Middle East Air--------->MEA
Air Rhodesia------->Air Zimbabwe
Air California------>AIRCAL-------->American
RENO AIR--------->American
Western---------->Delta
National---------->PANAM
Bonanza---------->West Coast-------->Air West------>Hughes Airwest
Federal Express--------->FEDEX Express
Garuda Indonesia Airways--------->Garuda Indonesian------->GARUDA
MISR Overseas--------->EGYPTAIR
American Trans Air-------->ATA
JDA--------->Toa Domestic Airlines--------->JAS



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User currently offlineGanymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

Air Lanka has become Sri Lankan not so long ago...........


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4250 times:

ERFly,

Air UK Leisure - Leisure International Airways - Air2000 Ltd.

 Smile



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User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1503 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4246 times:


Turk Hava Yollari---->THY------>Turkish
Nordeste--------->Rio Sul
Loftleider------->Icelandic Flug------->Icelandair



Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
User currently offlineERFly From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

Leezyjet,

Sorry, I was just thinking long-haul. Completely forgot about AirUK Leisure. But if you notice, the aircraft I selected were G-UKLH and G-OOAN. They are one in the same.

 Smile


25 Post contains links and images Tullamarine : ANA-> Ansett ANA-> Ansett Airlines of Australia-> Ansett-> Ansett Australia-> GONE View Large View MediumPhoto © Craig Murray
26 Post contains images Crosswind : Leisure International didn't change their name to Air 2000 -they were taken over by Air 2000 and ceased to exist!!! Air UK Leisure was formed in 1988,
27 Aviatsiya : Garudarod Air Siam has nothing to do with Thai Airways International. It was a completely different airline altgother. Also, Western didn't change the
28 Post contains images IB6400 : Hi! "LAPA" (Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas) became "ARGENTINA Línea Aérea Privada..." then they had this problem with Aerolíneas Argentinas ab
29 Scott4AA : American Airways --- American Airlines
30 Slawko : *Aerosweet is now known as Aerosvit. This was done because there is no way of spelling Aerosweet in Ukrainian Cyrillic. LOL actually its more of a cor
31 Cody : Private Jet Airlines became National Airlines back in 1993. They used MD-80's.
32 Garuda : GARUDAROD, Garuda Indonesia started way back in 1949 in Rangoon (now Yangoon) as Indonesian Airways, a charter airline set up by couple of Indonesian
33 OzarkD9S : Trans Texas > Texas International > Continental (purchased) Trans Canada > Air Canada Pacific Western > Candi Canadi Canadian Airlines Midway > Midway
34 Clipper471 : OzarkD9S, as for Pan Am... 1927-1950 Pan American Airways 1950-1991 Pan American World Airways Pan Am was used for short, much like TWA (Trans World A
35 Post contains images OzarkD9S : guess that's why I got a B+ in history instead of an A
36 Clipper471 : I believe "Pan Am", for short, started poping up around 1958. Possibly because at the same time PAA introduced the new "blue ball" on their tails with
37 Post contains links and images VirginFlyer : Newmans -> Ansett Newmans -> Ansett New Zealand -> Tasman Pacific Airlines -> Qantas New Zealand Now GONE, too... View Large View MediumPhoto © G
38 Kj76 : Finnair used to be Aero but that was like 50 years ago. The airline is soon 80 years old...
39 Post contains images TriStar500 : Deutscher Flugdienst (50's) --> Condor Flugdienst --> Thomas Cook Airlines (I think I have to throw up now) SAT became Germania Air Liberté and AOM b
40 BCal DC10 : British Caledonian (And Dan Air) didn't change their names to British Airways... they were taken over by British Airways. A little bit of a difference
41 Airbus Lover : Malayan Airways ---> Malaysia-Singapore Airways ---> Malaysian Airline System ---> Malaysia Airlines Hang Khong Air Viet Nam (wayyy back to DC3 age) -
42 Darius : An airline that never changed it's name: KLM KLM is the oldest airline still operating under it's own name. (Founded 7 oct, 1919).
43 Airblue : Alisarda----> Meridiana Aliadriatica----> AirOne NAS----> Norwegian Transweden (schedule division)----> Braathens Sweden----> Malmo Aviation Transwede
44 Piper737 : TEA---> EBA---> Virgin-Express Delta Air Transport--->dat------------------>] ---> SN Brussels Airlines Sabena World Airlines---> SABENA--->] dat--->
45 Hailstone : airbuslover: Hang Khong Air Viet Nam (wayyy back to DC3 age) ---> Vietnam Airlines (what's in between? Air Vietnam?) 'hang khong viet nam' means 'airl
46 Swissgabe : Japan Air Lines ---> Japan Airlines Korean Air Lines ---> Korean Air Chosonminhang (North Korean Airways) ---> Air Koryo TEA Switzerland ---> EasyJet
47 Airbus Lover : Dear Hailstone, Are you a Vietkieu? Just wondering since you understand Vietnamese. I am learning it now hehe... Welll you see, it does mean Airlines
48 Post contains images Cathay Pacific : Northwest Orient ----> Northwest
49 Hoons90 : Korea Airways (1926) -> Korea National Airlines (KNA) (194?) -> Korean Air Lines (1962) -> Korean Air (1984) Seoul Air Int'l (1988) -> Asiana Airlines
50 Mandala499 : Suckling Airways --> Scott Air Mandala499
51 Sabena 690 : DAT --> SN Brussels Airlines VG Airlines --> Delsey Airlines I'm not sure about this one, but EBA --> Virgin Express?? Regards, Frederic
52 ConcordeBoy : ValuJet didnt change its name to Airtran... the latter company already existed and purchased some assets of the former.
53 Post contains links and images Big777jet : Irish International Airlines is now Aer Lingus. Here it is: View Large View MediumPhoto © John F. Ciesla Big777jet
54 GARUDAROD : Aviastya Is not the title of this thread, "Airlines that have changed their name'? I think that being bought and merged into another airline resultin
55 Twaneedsnohelp : ConcordeBoy: Your mixed up. ValuJet acquired Airtran Airways and then renamed the combined company Airtran. The acquired Airtran had been previously o
56 Ex_SQer : Tradewinds > SilkAir
57 Post contains images N949WP : Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), unchanged since founding in Sept. 1946.
58 Reddevl442 : Southwest Air Lines (Japan) is now Japan TransOcean Air--JTA
59 Srbmod : Back when Mesaba owned AirTran, they had purchased it from another company, and the airline was called Conquest Sun Airways. When NW forced them to sp
60 Lindy : 1921 Aerotarg -> 1922 Aerolloyd -> 1925 Aerolot -> 1928 Linje Lotnicze LOT -> 1930 Polskie Linje Lotnicze LOT -> 1938 Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT till
61 Lubcha132 : KLM, as stated above, has had their name the longest, and in my opinion, they have the best colors and the most tasteful not-white colors in the airli
62 Zrs70 : Since when did the year 2002 minus 30 years equal 1921?
63 Twaneedsnohelp : "EuroBelgian Airlines" was acquired by Virgin Travel Group and renamed "Virgin Express". US commuter Chataqua has been renamed Republic Airlines. TNNH
64 LZ-TLT : I wonder nobody mentioned TWA (BUT NOT the change from TWA to TWA LLC and then to AA). In the early years, the TWA was an abbreviation for: Transconti
65 Konstantinos : Somehow the following bellow are related; -1948-Northern Rhodesia Aviation Services Limited (private) -1965-Mines Air Services Limited (trading as Roa
66 Airmale : 'Koreana' now renamed Asiana Airlines. GARUDAORD THY or Turk Hava Yollari is the official name of Turkish Airlines in the Turk language so its still t
67 Delta-flyer : This goes back over 30 years, but what the heck.... Pennsylvania-Central Airlines (founded 1927) changed its name to Capital Airlines in 1948, was acq
68 Airmale : Wasnt CP Air short for Canadian Pacific Airlines? or were they two different companies?
69 AsianaAirlines : Airmale stated: "'Koreana' now renamed Asiana Airlines." Where did u get that from?
70 Post contains links and images Delta-flyer : Wasnt CP Air short for Canadian Pacific Airlines? or were they two different companies? Well, yes and no. They are the same company -- the entire Cana
71 Gsoflyer : I thought Tradewinds was Wrangler Air Cargo before.
72 Redngold : Resort Airlines ---> Trans States Airlines Britt Airways ---> Continental Express ---> ExpressJet Airlines Allegheny Commuter ---> Pennsylvania Commut
73 Boeing777/747 : Limburg Airlines ---> Transavia Holland ---> Transavia ---> Transavia Airlines Martin's Air Charter ---> Martinair Holland ---> Martinair VLM ---> VLM
74 Lapper : Tradewinds -----> SilkAir
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