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Airline 2 Letter Code Use UGH  
User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4035 times:

This is not intended to be a vent, but as someone that works in the aviation industry, it really gets on my nerves when messages are posted here using 2 letter airline codes... i mean AA UA BA yes but some of them, it just seems like alot of the posters out there, just want to show off they know the 2 letter codes, i work in the industry spent 5 years in college studying it (yes i was a l'il slow)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy but I don't know all the codes i have no need to i can look them up if i have too, but it seems all the armchair teenaged airline ceo's out there like to use them and it really makes reading the message annoying, trying to figure out what carrier they are talking about... good informative post, but i gotta look up the code to find out what carrier they mean

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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

I don't feel like adding "PA" to my name because people will be too lazy to find out who the owner is *lol*

User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

Boring - as a board devoted to aviation, I assume tat people know what the abbreviations are - why should I take 17 keystrokes to type British Airways when I can take 3 keystrokes to type BA?

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User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1880 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

In any type of field, there will always be slang terms. For aviation people, airline codes are just that, as well as things like city codes and abbreviated aircraft models. If we didn't use specialized slang in our fields, we would spend our whole lives communicating things that are in many respects redundant and oversized. Like the last post, we all know what BA is. Same with UA, DL, AA, KL, AF or AC. A lot of major airline codes are pretty obvious. If I spent the whole time talking about the Boeing 747-400 Freighter, I would be doing just that - spending time and not accomplishing anything. We know what a 744F is though.

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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

It's not showing off, just saving key strokes. Most of the codes are obvious anyway.

You shouldn't get stressed out about little things like this. Maybe a short vacation in CUN or LAS will help. AA, UA, DL, CO, AC all fly to both.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 923 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

No, all codes are not obvious, I'll agree here with the original poster.

Even if the airline codes at your local airport are very familiar to you, they're not that easy for people from the other side of the pond.

How many of you in the US are familiar with codes like: JZ (Skyways, Sweden), QI (Cimber, Denmark),
DM (Maersk, Denmark), NB (Sterling, Denmark) or BU (Braathens, Norway)...?

Not too easy, huh??

The big, international, carrier codes are probably easy and well-known to most of us, but not all the smaller airlines.

Exactly the same applies for the use of airport 3-letter codes, everyone know about MIA, JFK, HKG, FRA SYD etc etc, but how many knows about airports like BMA, ARN, NYO?? (use the search function...)

Just my .02 euros...

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3929 times:

Guys, as Johan pointed out the well known ones are easy, but what i was refering to was carriers like DM NB and BU and the such... this board hits a worldwide audience, AA BA etc are known world wide and even refered to as passengers (not pax) :-P as AA or BA etc... but the smaller carriers arent, to an international reader i would not expect them to know that PHF was Newport News airport or that VPS was Fort Walton Beach Florida, sure ORD... ATL...JFK..CDG...LHR yes... but other cities nope.....

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3921 times:

YEah some of the airline codes are obvious like BA, UA, AA etc, but someone in Asia or Europe is not going to know that WN means Southwest or F9 is Frontier etc.

I think most people know airport codes, at least the major ones like JFK, DTW, ATL etc. But when you get small airports like Lincoln Neb, Marquette Mich, people aren't going to know those codes

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

its funny though that none of the armchair teenage ceos responded to this post!!!

User currently offlineCannedSpam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3880 times:

Personally, it does't bother me in the least. I would agree that most airline codes and city codes are very familiar to me due to my carrer, but I look up things that I don't know if I run across them. That is exactly how I and a lot of people learn new things.

User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1046 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3878 times:

Had to laugh when the next post I read after this thread contained this:

After only a short time in CVG, the ASA ATR72's are being sent back to ATL. The ATR72's currently fly from CVG to TOL,GRR,EVV,SDF,CHA,TRI and CAK. The flights flown by the ATR's will be replaced by Comair CRJ's. This move will return CVG to an all-jet hub.

Holy acronym city Batman. I'm torn, the short form is great when you know what it means, but if you don't I guess you have 2 choices, look it up or smile and nod. In this example I got ATR, CRJ, ATL and ASA, but for the rest.....I was smiling and nodding.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Give me a mile of road and I can take you a mile. Give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.
User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 3875 times:

thats another good point origionaly my post started for the 2 letter airline codes... topics such as "NB to order Super dooper Caravelle"

User currently offlineJgo From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

well, would it be possible to put a 'translator' type program on the site. i'm not the best programmer in the world but i wouldn't mind giving it a shot.

- jarrad

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