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Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:07 pm

Here's a silly question. Is there a difference between Airlines and Airways? To me, personally, Airways some how seems to sound more prestigious than Airlines. I'm not saying airlines such as American Airlines or Singapore Airlines aren't prestigious, but I believe British Airways and US Airways sound a little bit better. That could be another reason why US changed it from USAir. What are your opinions?

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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:19 pm

I don't think there's all too much difference.
Singapore Airlines or Qantas Airways.
Singapore Airways doesn't sound too bad, but Qantas Airlines sounds terrible.

It really depends on how it goes with the name, i guess.

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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:27 pm

Its a matter of semantics...

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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:20 pm

There are brand development and creative design agencies which make a serious different between "airlines" and "airways". I think that's a big blah-blah-story. I prefer "airways" above "airlines" but than again it must fit with the name of the company. "Airways" is more aviation related and powerfull to me. "Airlines" is soo common and boring...
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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:45 pm

I think Airways does sound a bit more prestigous, but at the same time, I'd fly American Airlines over US Airways any day of the week.

I don't think AA would change their name just to satisfy this extra presige factor either  Big grin
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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:49 pm

Olympic Airways just changed it`s name to Olympic Airlines.
I prefer the Airways at least at OA !
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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Thu Dec 18, 2003 10:01 pm

Following the Black-McKellar Act of 1934 (which required the U.S. Post Office Department to hand back the shipment of airmail to passenger airlines) air carriers which had previously carried mail were required to 'reorganize'. American Airways became American Airlines. Northwest Airways became Northwest Airlines. Eastern Air Transport became Eastern Airlines, etc.
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RE: Airlines Vs Airways

Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:58 am

I Have always found "Airlines" more sophisticated, it also makes more sense over "Airways" an Air-Line is a company that operates Air-Liners, whats Air-ways? imagine Cruiselines as Cruiseways, but Airways does sound better for some carriers Like British, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraqi as for carriers like Qantas which is an acronym carrying the word Airways or Airlines dosent make sense, Qantas "The Australian Airline" did, same goes for Emirates, calling themselves Emirates Airlines all of a sudden sounds so stupid.
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