Leezyjet
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It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:44 am

Why do American's refer to British Airways as British AIR ??

We used to have fun at BD when american's would ask "Where's British AIR ?" and we would reply - "Your breathing it right now !"
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:45 am

Im an American and I have always referred to it as British Airways.

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:48 am

We say British AIR a lot because it's less tiring than saying British Airways.

Airways is 2 syllables: Air-ways.

Way too tiring for us Americans.  Smile

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:49 am

By the way, I actually say British Airways. But I do hear many who call it British Air.

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:52 am



Don't worry, it's just verbal short hand. British Air, American Air, United Air. I'll say it like that every now and then. I am fully aware of the respective airlines' proper names though.
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:53 am

In Argentina, it is known simply as 'British', as in 'viajo a Londres con British' or 'a que hora llega el vuelo de British' (I'm off to London on British/What time does the British flight arrive?)
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:54 am

"British Air" sounds cheap and tacky, "British Airways" sounds more superior.

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 7:58 am

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!)
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:07 am

BA,

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 Big grin
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:11 am

I liked it better when it was "BOAC" ("bow-ak" -two syllables).

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:17 am

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.
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:17 am

Well one could have pronounced BOAC as "BOKE" - One syllable!!!!! I guess that would work for the lazy folks.

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:20 am

I've called US Air "Useless Air" and "US Scare" but I must admit to using the name US Airways quiet frequently.
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:25 am

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.
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:45 am

I always call it british airways. ( but for Northwest Airlines , it's just Northwest )
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 9:19 am

So it's British AirWAYS?......I thought it was British Arseways because of their service!
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 9:36 am

In the 80's I believe it was nicknamed 'Bloody Awful' because of the appalling service levels onboard (I fully agree with this analysis).

However, the service is consistently good to excellent these days. I wish they would have Video-on-demand though.
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 9:38 am

I always call BAOC B-A-O-C  Big thumbs up

reggaebird - hmm, so that would make your national carrier Air Jam????  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 9:55 am

I've always referred to it as British Airways. What's the big deal anyway?! Nobody gets angry when someones says US Air, when it's actually US Airways.

I think ill just start calling it Brit Air.  Smile Sounds better, it kinda rolls off the tounge.  Smile

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 10:07 am

I have always just called it either british or BA.
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 4:15 pm

Hmmm, strange never heard anyone say British Air. I have heard China Air. but never British Air. you have lost your mind.
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 4:33 pm

'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!!

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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 5:17 pm

I guess it is simply because someone is not sure if BA is British Airways or British Airlines?
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 5:18 pm

SPEED BIRD, that's the best!
 
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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 6:07 pm

I've once heard British Airways called 'Brit Air'.

Which IMO is not suitable at all, as Brit Air is a small French Regional airline :


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RE: It's British AirWAYS!

Tue May 07, 2002 8:34 pm

Well you're all wrong!! Big grin

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