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Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:22 am

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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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:27 am

Airtours>MyTravel
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:30 am

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)
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:34 am

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.

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:38 am

West Coast Airlines -> Hughes Airwest
Transcontinental and Western Airlines -> TransWorld Airlines
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:41 am

American Overseas Air - American Airlines
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:45 am

What was Swissair is now Swiss.
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:49 am

Actually is more like What was Crossair is now Swiss

Also Trans Canada is now Air Canada
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:50 am

Varney Speed Lines----->Continental
now thats going back pretty far  Smile
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:53 am

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


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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:57 am

Saudi Arabian Airlines used to be called Saudia and Royal Jordanian Airlines was Alia
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:59 am

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:08 am


TEAL - Air New Zealand

National Airways Corporation - Air New Zealand
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:15 am

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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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:21 am

Qantas has never changed their name except dropping the word "Empire' in the 60s as in 'Qantas Empire Airways'
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:28 am

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.

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:29 am

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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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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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:36 am

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.

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:41 am

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
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:41 am

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



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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:44 am


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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Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:50 am

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


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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:51 am

ERFly,

Air UK Leisure - Leisure International Airways - Air2000 Ltd.

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Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:53 am


Turk Hava Yollari---->THY------>Turkish
Nordeste--------->Rio Sul
Loftleider------->Icelandic Flug------->Icelandair
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 10:13 am

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.

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Wed Nov 13, 2002 10:18 am

ANA-> Ansett ANA->

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Ansett Airlines of Australia-> Ansett->

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Ansett Australia->

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 11:05 am

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, and Leisure International was formed as a subsidiary to operate the B767 in 1993. The whole operation was brought under the Leisure International name in 1995. Leisure were integrated into Air 2000 in 1998.

Air 2000 was formed in 1987.

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 11:46 am

Garudarod

Air Siam has nothing to do with Thai Airways International. It was a completely different airline altgother. Also, Western didn't change their name to Delta (they were bought out and merged into Delta). The same with Reno Air and American, AirCal and American, National and Pan Am. Also MEA was always known as Middle East Airlines-Air Liban.

Others...

*Tyumenaviatrans has recently renamed to UT Air. They wanted to change to TAT Airlines, but they seem to think that having a French airline called TAT (which hasn't flown in years mind you) would somehow not be allowed under international laws; never mind that you have Skynet Airlines (Ireland) and Skynet Asia Airway (Japan). The name Tyumenaviatrans was dropped because of difficulties by foreigners in pronouncing it.

*Aeroflot Russian Airlines was formerly known as Aeroflot Russian International Airlines. The "International" was dropped to reflect their concentration on the Russian market

*Aerosweet is now known as Aerosvit. This was done because there is no way of spelling Aerosweet in Ukrainian Cyrillic.

*Air Kazakstan has changed its name to Air Kazakhstan. This was done after the "h" was put back into the country's name on an official basis.
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 12:19 pm

Hi!

"LAPA" (Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas) became "ARGENTINA Línea Aérea Privada..." then they had this problem with Aerolíneas Argentinas about the use of the word "Argentina"... so they changed their name to "AIRG"... Finally people still refer to AIRG as LAPA... so they returned back to their original name... "Lapa".

LAPA > ARGENTINA LÍNEA PRIVADA > AIRG > LAPA

About 25 years ago, AeroMexico used their original name... "Aeronaves de México" and people then called the airline as "Aeronaves"... When the DC-10's arrived to the airline they changed their name to AeroMexico. Actually nowadays AeroMexico "official name" is "Aerovías de México".

AERONAVES DE MÉXICO > AEROMÉXICO

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 12:19 pm

American Airways --- American Airlines
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 12:27 pm

*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 correction of the translation CBIT means world in Ukrainian, and it is pronounced svit hence the name change. Back in the early 90's there were still a lot of wildecards in english translation from Ukrainian, and Sweet was the one they went with then...

My name is the perfect example, there is no W in Ukrainian, and as such my name in ukrainian should be translated slavko, but instead I use W...which was the more accepted translation back in the day....its all very confusing!!
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 12:31 pm

Private Jet Airlines became National Airlines back in 1993. They used MD-80's.
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 1:56 pm

GARUDAROD,

Garuda Indonesia started way back in 1949 in Rangoon (now Yangoon) as Indonesian Airways, a charter airline set up by couple of Indonesian Air Force members in exile in Burma (now Myanmar), one of them is Wiweko Supono, who became the CEO in 1968.

When Indonesia's independence was finally acknowledge by the Dutch, Indonesian Airways became the flag carrier of Indonesia in 1950, where KLM acquired 50% stake, and the President of Indonesia, Soekarno, added the name "Garuda", then the airline officially became Garuda Indonesian Airways, until the rebranding in late 1980s, when they introduced the current livery, and became Garuda Indonesia until today..

The name is still "Garuda Indonesia", not "Garuda" as you stated previously

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:09 pm

Trans Texas > Texas International > Continental (purchased)

Trans Canada > Air Canada

Pacific Western > Candi Canadi Canadian Airlines

Midway > Midway Metrolink/Midway Express > Midway

Ambassadair > American Trans Air > ATA

Pan American World Airways > Pan American > Pan Am

Robinson > Mohawk

Central Wisconsin (?) > North Central
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:15 pm

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 Airlines in the end).
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:18 pm

guess that's why I got a B+ in history instead of an A  Smile
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:25 pm

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 the introduction of the Boeing 707. Of course, "Pan American" was still the norm on the fuselage for a while, but "Pan Am" was what was on the meatball.
 
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Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:42 pm

Newmans -> Ansett Newmans

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-> Ansett New Zealand

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-> Tasman Pacific Airlines

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-> Qantas New Zealand

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:36 pm

Finnair used to be Aero but that was like 50 years ago.
The airline is soon 80 years old...
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:46 pm

Deutscher Flugdienst (50's) --> Condor Flugdienst --> Thomas Cook Airlines (I think I have to throw up now)  Pissed

SAT became Germania

Air Liberté and AOM became AirLib last year.

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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 6:59 pm

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...
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 7:07 pm

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

Hang Khong Air Viet Nam (wayyy back to DC3 age) ---> Vietnam Airlines (what's in between? Air Vietnam?)
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 7:14 pm

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).
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 7:20 pm

Alisarda----> Meridiana
Aliadriatica----> AirOne
NAS----> Norwegian
Transweden (schedule division)----> Braathens Sweden----> Malmo Aviation
Transweden (charter division)---> Blue Scandinavia----> Britannia Sverige
Premiair---> MyTravel

 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 7:49 pm

TEA---> EBA---> Virgin-Express

Delta Air Transport--->dat------------------>] ---> SN Brussels Airlines
Sabena World Airlines---> SABENA--->] dat---> SN Brussels Airlines

 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:08 pm

airbuslover:

Hang Khong Air Viet Nam (wayyy back to DC3 age) ---> Vietnam Airlines (what's in between? Air Vietnam?)

'hang khong viet nam' means 'airline of vietnam' (or vietnam airlines) if you'd translate it from viet to english

that actually would have been air vietnam until 1975 in south vietnam, then hang khong viet nam
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:12 pm

Japan Air Lines ---> Japan Airlines
Korean Air Lines ---> Korean Air
Chosonminhang (North Korean Airways) ---> Air Koryo
TEA Switzerland ---> EasyJet Switzerland
Balair ---> Balair/CTA ---> Balair ---> Belair
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:20 pm

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 of Vietnam but I remember that on their planes it was painted Hang Khong Viet Nam then later on their leased 727(?) it was painted Air Viet Nam.. I am not so sure, this, we will have to ask fellow a.net member, ndoduc...
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:41 pm

Northwest Orient ----> Northwest


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RE: Airlines That Have Changed Their Name

Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:49 pm

Korea Airways (1926) -> Korea National Airlines (KNA) (194?) -> Korean Air Lines (1962) -> Korean Air (1984)

Seoul Air Int'l (1988) -> Asiana Airlines (1988)
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