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What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 8:43 pm

I think I can figure out what American and British Airways means, but in terms of simple definition (or translation) what do these words mean?...

Lufthansa
Qantas
Iberia
Sabena
Aeroflot
Aer Lingus
Ansett Australia
Cathay Pacific
All Nippon Airways
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 8:48 pm

I only know a couple:

QANTAS: Queensland and Northern Territories Air Service

SABENA: Societe Anonyme Belge de Navigation Aerienne

Lufthansa: Probably refers to the fact that the famous German ports (e.g. Hamburg, Bremen, etc.) were called Hansa Ports. Together with Luft, i.e. air.

Iberia: Probably refers to the fact that Spain and Portugal is sometimes referred to as the Iberian Peninsula

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:18 pm

They are called Hansa ports, because those cities were called Hansa cities. Which means something like trading cities (it comes from the middle ages)

Please correct me if i am wrong, my history lessons are far behind me!
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:20 pm

Aer Lingus means fleet. It is taken from the Irish language.
 
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Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:23 pm

Lufthansa-
"Hansa" in German can mean "league", so Lufthansa would mean "air league". In Germany it is also often called "die deutsche Lufthansa", meaning the German air league.

Ansett Australia-
named after Sir Reginald Ansett, who founded Ansett Airways 65 or so years ago. Has in it's history also been called Ansett-ANA, Ansett, and after the deregulation of aviation in Australia the name changed to Ansett Australia. The Ansett name has also been attached to regional subsidaries, such as Ansett W.A. etc.

I'm not 100% sure of these two, but I think Cathay is named after someone who was influential in Hong Kong (please correct me if I'm wrong), and the 'Nippon' in ANA means 'Japan'.
 
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Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:25 pm

QANTAS, the airline first operated locally in Queensland and the Northern Territory in Australia. Queensland And Northern Territory Air Service

CATHAY is the ancient name for China, crossing the Pacific from China.

Nippon Is the Japanese name/translation for Japan. Japanese call their country Nippon, like Koreans call their country Hankook., but they call Japan Ilbon. Confused? Big grin

Iberie, Spain is together with Portugal on the Iberian penninsula, I guess that explains it.
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:31 pm

AFAIK "Flot" is fleet in Russian and "Aero" is fleet, so the translation would be "Airfleet".

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:15 pm

Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services (QANTAS) Limited.

Interestingly "The History of Australia's Airlines" by Samuel Brimson says the initial name was Western Queensland Auto Aerial Service (WQAAS ???) Limited and then changed to Australian Transcontinental Aerial Services Company (ATASC ???) Limited until the above was registered.
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Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:29 pm

El Al -

"EL" in Hebrew - TO
"AL" in Hebrew - SKY

"To the Sky"


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Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:44 pm

Aeroflot somewhere around 1930 became the trading name of the Grazhdanskiy Vozdushniy Flot, or Civil Air Fleet.

AEROFLOT indeeds means AIR-FLEET, this is because under the Soviet Union, ALL aircraft, from Il-86 to the smallest helicopter or training aircraft , i.e. the whole 'Airfleet' was operated by one organisation under one name, and this became Aeroflot ( which in Russian is pronounced as "Ayeraflót" )

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:54 am

Hi!

I just know a few...

A few days ago while I was at college I asked some German students about the word "Lufthansa" I told them I knew it was an airline but didn't know what was the meaning of the word, so they told me "Luft" means "Air" and "Hansa" means "Commerce" or "Trade".
She said to me it's more like:

"Lufthansa - Merchants of the Air"

SABENA - Societe Anonyme Belge d'Explotaition de la Navigation Aerienne.

IBERIA - There's no meaning for this word, Iberia was the first name of Spain. Now a days it refers to the Iberian peninsula where Spain is.

QANTAS - Queensland And Northern Territories Air Services

ANA, All Nippon Airways - In Japanese "Nippon" means "Japan". So it would be something like "All Japan Airways"

A few more:

AVIANCA - Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia
Something like: "Colombian National Airways"

LAN CHILE - Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile
"Chile's National Airline"

VARIG - Viaçao Aerea Rio Grande
"Río Grande Air Company"

VASP - Viaçao Aerea São Paulo
"São Paulo Air Company"

Could someone post the meaning for KLM?
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:03 am

Someone told me VARIG is pronounced "VARIGEE" in Portugese, true or false Confused
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:03 am

Aeroflot was known as Dobroflot before. What does that means?

KLM is three netherlands words, I don'r remember full trabslation. Also, other airlines:

AVIAKOMPANIJA LIETUVA (now Air Lithuania)
Lietuva is Lithuanian word for Lithuania and Aviakompanija means Air Company

AURELA (now bankrupted)
Means nothing, just a company name
 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:07 am

you know, this is interesting, i mean i am taking a german course in a language institute and in one of the readings it was like "luftmail" so i was like "wait a minuite proffessor, isnt luft included in lufthansa" so he was impressed by the question and he explained to me that hansa means some thing that the german are proud of, probably a place, cant really remember, but he told me that lufthansa is standing for that name that the german are proud off... sorry, not quite enough explanation but.. it might help
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:15 am

What about KLM ?

 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:54 am

KLM- Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschapij , i am not sure about the spelling. It means something like Royal Dutch Airtraffic or Airlines , i am not sure though.

some others
JAT -Jugoslovenski AeroTransport -Yugoslav Air Transport
SAS- Scandinavian Airline Systems
AOM- Air Otre Mer dont know what it means
LOT -polske linie Lotnicze
CSA-CeskoSlovenske Aerolinie -Czech Airlines
THY-Türk Hava Yollari Turkish Airlines
VLM- Vlamsee Luchtvaart Maatschapij Flamish Airlines
Lauda Air named after its founder Nikki Lauda

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:57 am

I was told that Lufthansa ment Dancing Air...
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 4:01 am

I always thought KLM was an acronym for the Dutch, "Royal Dutch Airlines"

I looked on their site, but couldn't get any confirmation of this. I know the Dutch word for Royal is "koninklijk"

 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 4:39 am

i could imagine that "Hansa" has something to do with the old german "Hanse" in the middle-age, which was a very famous trading union in europe. Luft means air of course.
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 4:42 am


Polish Airlines LOT - "LOT" means "flight"

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 4:47 am

KLM = Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij

Translation:
Koninklijke = Royal
Luchtvaartmaatschappij: airline

So, KLM: Royal Airlines
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 4:59 am

just a couple caribbean airlines here:
BWIA..British West Indian Airways aka But Will It Arrive,
Better Wait in Airport, But We In de Air...as a Trinidadian and supporter of BWIA I can make these jokes, nobody else can  Big grin

Oh LIAT..Leeward Island Air Transport aka Leaves Island Any Time. If you flew with any of these airlines before you would know exactly what I'm talking about. They operate from Antigua (ANU)
 
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 5:02 am

Well I have often seen the slogan KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, so I am almost certain this is the meaning of it.

Delta Airlines originates from the delta of the Mississippi river as the airline was based in that area when formed, or something along those lines.

BWIA - British West Indian Airways

Sobelair - Societe Belge de Transports par Air SA

Cambrian Airlines was propably named after the Cambrian Mountains in Wales.

Xiamen Airlines named after the city of Xiamen, where it was started i think.

Aces Columbia (Aerolineas Centrales de Columbia)

Braathens S.A.F.E - named after founder, Ludwig Braathens. S.A.F.E comes from South American and Far East Air Transport Company. I believe Ludwig owned a shipping company and originally set up the airline to fly his ship crews to South Ameircan and Far Eastern ports to join his boats, and it was oly later that he transported paying passengers.

Brit Air named after the Brittany region of france where it is based.

DAN-Air London - named after the parent company Davies and Newman, which was a shipbrokering firm.

Does anybody know what LOT Polish Airliens stands for? I think it has something to do with Polskie Linie Lotnicze.
 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 5:11 am

AOM aka "Air Outre Mer" means "air overseas ".

TAP- "Transportes aeres Portugueses" - Portuguese air transport (sorry if my spelling's wrong)

Tarom - "Transporturile aeriene Romane" - Romanian air Transport
 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 5:56 am

Adria Airways - from Slovenia

Adria stands for Adriatic sea
Airways - I don't have to explain
 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 7:02 am

LUFTHANSA - Let Us Fondle The Hostesses And Not Say Anything

QANTAS - Quick And Nasty, Typical Australian Service

SABENA - Such A Bad Experience Never Again

ANSETT - was formed by Reginald Ansett, a former bus-line operator
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 7:15 am

Spectre242,

as for LOT see my post 3 posts before yours.
In addition - Polskie Linie Lotnicze means "Polish Airlines".

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 7:27 am

KLM-Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij litterally translated means Royal ("Kinglike") Aviation Company, so the word "Dutch" isn't included. Probably because the original (Dutch) target public of KLM was supposed to know it is Dutch anyway.
SABENA - Societe Anonyme Belge d'Explotaition de la Navigation Aerienne (French) litterally means Belgian Anonymous Union (= an Inc./Incorporated company) for Exploitation of Aerial Navigation.
I'm not sure about Aer Lingus. I don't know Gaelic. But it resembles way to much the words Air Lines or Aero Lineas, to think it can by anything else.



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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 7:49 am

Wow!!! Thanks for all these responses guys. Jeesh... kinda' a nice lesson in linguistics here, eh? I had no idea that Qantas and Sabena (for examples) were acronyms. That's brilliant!
 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 8:48 am

Few more, these I am not sure of.
I learned quite a bit from you guys, Thanks! Big grin

JMC- I know C is Collin I think cuz its one of those founder names.

MESA? (or is it MESABA)
CONDOR? (Its just a Big Bird?)

DHL?
TACA? TAESA?
AIR CANADA?
GARUDA?
CADECO?
EMERY for Emery Worldwide..

And why is Air 2000 Air 2000? That one I got no idea.. Same for Canada 3000..

There is also EVA air.
Hapag Lloyd.
LTU.
Malev
Martinair
MOnarch.. why such a name?

Theres more but I cant think of anymore.

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 9:25 am

To get KLM 100% straight I think that this is valid:

Koninklijke = royal
Luchtvaart = air traffic (Lucht = air, Vaart = traffic)
Maatschappij = company

Result: Royal Air Traffic Company - a good name.

Quite a few Dutch companies carry the "Royal" prefix. On of the better known is Royal Dutch Petroleum Company in the Hague, the 60% stakeholder in what we know as Shell Oil Company. (The remaining 40% is owned by Shell Transport and Trading Company, London, England).

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 9:42 am

TAESA- Trasportes Aéreos Ejecutivos Sociedad Anónima.
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 9:45 am

Hi:

Lufthansa: Luft: Air / Hansa: group or league. Air League or Air Group.

Iberia: because the Iberian Peninsula.

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 9:47 am

And:

Cathay Pacific: Cathay is the oldest name of China, and Pacific indicates the main area of the airline.

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 11:09 am

TAM = Taxi Aereo Marilia

LanChile = Linea Aerea Nacional (LanChile)
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 11:20 am

Covered well already, but All Nippon Airlines is in fact All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. ... In Japanese, I think it is Zen Nippon Koku... which means All Japan Airlines...

Interesting question...

 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 11:58 am

UTA = Union de Transport Aerien
LTU = Luft Transport Unternehmen
MALEV = The M stands for "Magyar" (Hungarian); I have the rest of the acronym somewhere....

SOME OLDIES:
MSA = Malaysia Singapore Airways
BEA = British European Airways
BOAC = British Overseas Airways Corporation
Pan Am = Pan [Greek for "all, everywhere"] American
TWA = Transcontinental and Western Air; later Trans World
TIA = Trans International Airlines
Laker = Named after Sir Freddie Laker, the founder of the airline.
Ansett = Also named after its founder
TAA = Trans Australian Airlines
RAA = Reeve Aleutian Airways
Piedmont = After the Piedmont mountain range
Ozark = After the Ozark mountain range
ICX = International Charter Express
PSA = Pacific Southwest Airlines
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:32 pm

COPA = Compania Panamena de Aviacion
LACSA= Lineas Aereas Costaricenses S.A.
TACA= Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos
SAM= Sociedad Aerea de Medellin, I think!
SAHSA= Servicios Aereos de Honduras S.A.



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Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:39 pm

Just a quick correction: LOT's full name is "Polskie Linie Lotnicze", or "Polish Air Lines", but the word itself means "flight"  Smile

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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:42 pm

What about Braniff, Tarom, and TAM?

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:46 pm

Wardair- Named after the founder Maxwell Ward
Westjet- Based in Western Canada, in Calgary
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:53 pm

Mesaba is named after the area it originated in, the Mesabi Range in northern Minnesota. The term Mesaba is also used to describe the area.
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RE: What Do Airline's Names Mean (i.e. Lufthansa)?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:54 pm

A couple other good ones came up in some of your responses, just what is DHL the acronym for, and aside from Emery boards, what is Emery (worldwide)?
 
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 1:49 pm

Garuda was the bird that one of the gods used to ride on.
He is associated with royalty in many S.E. Asian countries.

Our Indonesian teacher told us all about it, we have a couple of carvings of Garuda in our cultural centre at school.
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 1:50 pm

DHL = Adrian (D)alsey, Larry (H)illblom, and Robert (L)ynn......the company founders.


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Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:52 pm

another one.

T N T..

-Biman- Bangladesh.

Volga-Dnepr
I know those are two rivers but how do these associate with the company?

VANGUARD

Purolator

Those are a few more I could think of also which I got no clue with the names.

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:01 pm

Malev's name as explained in their web site.
On November 6, 1954, a joint statement by Hungary and the Soviet Union announced the closure of their joint venture. By this time Hungarian civil aviation had acquired all the necessary conditions for independent operation. On November 25, an inter-state agreement was signed in Moscow under which Hungary purchased the Soviet share in Maszovlet. Following this, from November 26, Malév Hungarian Air Transport Company - as the legal successor of Maszovlet - started independent activities.
Still dosen't say much, does it. For the long version visit http://www.malev.hu/english/company/inner3.asp
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Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:05 pm

Some from Indonesia with some meanings...

Garuda = Giant mythical eagle of Hindhu religion that was prevalent in Indonesia before Islam swept. The bird was widely used as symbols in old kingdoms of Java, Bali and Sumatra.

Jatayu Air = Jatayu is similar to a Garuda... this is the one the Gods rode on... (Garuda bird is inferior but more well known)

Merpati Nusantara Airlines = Pigeon Archipelago Airlines
Mandala = Those flying wheels in Hindu religion...

Bouraq = The chariot of Angels that Muhammad used in his brief ascension to the heaven in Isra's Mi'raj.

Pelita Air Services = Perencanaan Lima Tahun (5 year plan)

Batavia Air = Batavia is old name for Jakarta
Kartika Air = Kartika has something to do with "united"

AWAir = Air Wagon (also Abdurrachman Wahid, the former president of Indonesia, airline is partly owned by his political party)

From pre-independence Indonesia...

KNILM = Koninjlike Nederlansche Indische Luchtvaart Maaschapijt (not sure about the spelling)... Royal Dutch Indies Flying Company.

From Taiwan, EVA is Evergreen Air or Aviation. Evergreen Group of Taiwan could not use Evergreen because it would conflict with Evergreen of USA.

Now something for the Spanish... WHAT DOES SPANTAX MEAN ????????

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:10 pm

ACE = All Canada Express

Does anyone know if Air Transat is something about Air Transportation Atlantic.... a translation of the French-Canadian wording?

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Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:17 pm

Spantax = Spannish Air Taxi