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LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 6:14 am

What does the "X" mean? Does it mean anything at all? And where does the "D" come from in ORD?
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 6:17 am

IATA has mysterious ways of allocating codes. Why do all Canadian airports start with "Y"? Dubai has an X too - DXB.
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 6:17 am

X, as in X marks the spot (Pilots found it easier to find). And the D in Ohare actually comes from Da' Airport...
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 6:33 am

This article on airport codes answers both of your questions.

Breaking the airport code

http://www.canoe.ca/TravelWorld/9907_air.html

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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 6:35 am

And the D in Ohare actually comes from Da' Airport...

Actually, O'Hare was previously called Orchard Field, thus, the ORD identifier.

PDX (Portland, Oregon) is another example of the "mysterious X."
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 7:50 am

X can really stand for anything, such as wx in weather, mx in maintainence, or x in crossing. It's not used much, and when they picked it they probabally just used it to fill space. When you think about it, it wouldn't really sound any better if other letters were used.
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 9:17 am

Its the Canadian ones with all the Ys that I could never figure out!EI133
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 9:39 am

It must come from all the porn stars living in L.A.
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 12:12 pm

"And the D in Ohare actually comes from Da' Airport... "

ha ha.... i can't believe nobody else got that one... good one A340-313X..... Da' Bulls!!!
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 1:40 pm

Technically, Canadian airports are 4 letter or 4 letter/number idenitifers and all start with the letter "C"
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 1:45 pm

I think the X in LAX comes from the experience of travelers using the airport. "Los Angeles, eXasperating" describes using that airport, especially getting in and out of it on the ground.

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Sharpnfuzzy

Sun Dec 30, 2001 1:48 pm

Hey, Have you seen those SNL Sketches featuring...DA BULLS... I wonder if that has anything to with orD
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 1:50 pm

MCI= Kansas City International. I have no idea, anyone wanna take a shot?
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 1:53 pm

I just remember another one...
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 2:10 pm

Why is Heathrow LHR, Gatwick LGW but Stanted STN and not LST?
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 2:58 pm

I think MCI is for Mid Continent International? And Ft. Myers used to be called Southwest Florida Regional Airport. I think for RSW, R is for the regional and SW for southwest.

Here is a better article than the one I posted above.

Airport ABC's: An explanation of airport identifiers

http://www.skygod.com/asstd/abc.html

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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 3:03 pm

As Ywg_jy correctly pointed out, Canadian airports codes are 4 letters, each beginning with the letter C. This dates to the time when the Canadian government was allocating radio callsigns. When they allocated callsigns to those in the form CYxx and CXxx to airports. (A radio callsign is just an identifier, like WNBC or KTLA) The 3 letter airport code for a Canadian airport is just the callsign minus the 'C' at the beginning. So Toronto's airport radio callsign is CYYZ and the 3 letter airport code is YYZ, just like Vancouver's is CYVR and YVR. It was just an adminstrative decision. Other countries used a different method to pick airport codes, this was Canada's.
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 3:31 pm

cos LST is Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. (ya know, that little island just south of the Australian mainland...)  Big grin

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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Sun Dec 30, 2001 4:50 pm

C'mon, the X is for Malcolm X! Like you guys don't know that!
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Mon Dec 31, 2001 4:33 am

Parra - correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Heathrow EGLL, Gatwick EGKK, and Stansted EGSS?
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Mon Dec 31, 2001 5:14 am

but isn't Heathrow EGLL, Gatwick EGKK, and Stansted EGSS?

Those are the four-letter ICAO identifiers. Parra is referring to the three-leter IATA codes. It's the same place!

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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Mon Dec 31, 2001 5:56 am

The motto for Ft. Myers (SW Florida Reg) is "Ready to Serve the World. They have it written all over their website, and I think they have that code for that reason. Or maybe LoneStarMike is right, and they just figured out that their assigned IATA code worked out as an abbreviation for a cool moniker.
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 4:06 am

What about Nashville and BNA?

Better Nashville Area??
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:05 am

In regard to Nashville, and other cities that begin with N... US commercial airports avoid beginning their codes with N, as that letter is reserved for Military fields.

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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:05 am

Oh my God... LOL at the FAT reference!!!!

Too funny!!
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:10 am

>US commercial airports avoid beginning their codes with N, as that letter is reserved for Military fields

If I'm not mistaken, the 'N' replaces the normal 'K' prefix... or am I thinking of something else?
 
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X For International

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:29 am

I think:
X-For international
LA International

Parra:
I think Stanted is outside London city limits. So no need for the "L"
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:57 am

Not all Canada airports start Y, only the main ones. There is a small 'airport' on the area around 10 miles south-east of YVR known as the Delta, called Boundary Bay, code ZBB. Montair are based there, a small regional carrier with a fleet of one Pilatus PC-12. It's an interesting field to visit at weekends (when YVR gets a bit quiet) as there are a few veterans (HU-16 etc) amongst the 150-plus residents.
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 8:53 am

LoneStarMike's second article answers the BNA - Nashville question (Berry-Nashville), but it misses the mark on MSY - MSY stands for "Moisant Stock Yards" - they were on what is now the airport site.
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 01, 2002 9:02 am

reminds me of Dubai International!

now all the the other major airports in the Emirates like Sharjah and Abudhabi, has three code letters with in thier names, but Dubai international has an X!! DXB
and i never understood why is that
 
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Mon Jan 07, 2002 11:25 pm

it means their security is lax
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Tue Jan 08, 2002 3:55 pm

It has to do with LAXatives. You will need them there
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Wed Jan 09, 2002 1:11 am

With Ft. Myers, remember FMY is for Page Field where the airlines used to fly into.

But why is Sarasota/Bradenton=SRQ????
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RE: LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?

Wed Jan 09, 2002 1:36 am

Parra,
Re LGW, LHR and STN - Heathrow and Gatwick have been the designated London Airports for years now, since the 40's and 50's I believe - Stansted was a war time military base and turned into the official 3rd London airport back in the 80's - I would assume that is why the coding is different.

Re LAX - short for LAXative - just passing through!!!

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