BAViscount
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Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 8:10 am

Over the years I've heard of various different takes on the interpretation of airline initials by people in the industry, for example (and I hope I don't cause any offence with any of these - certainly none is intended!):

TWA - "Try Walking Airlines"
BOAC - "Bend Over Again Christine"

and a new one I heard just today (cheers RB211LTN!):

BIA (British Island Airways) - "Blimey, It's Arrived"

I was just wondering if anyone had heard of any others, or, dare I say it, could suggest any new ones...

Just a bit of fun!
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Leskova
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 8:11 am

I'm sure I've heard others, but these two come to mind immediately:
SABENA = Such A Bad Experience, Never Again
TAP = Take Another Plane

Happy contrails,
Frank
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carduelis
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 8:36 am



We know you're new, so welcome!

Just try a search and you'll find hundreds of names, as discussed ad nauseum in recent months!

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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 8:42 am

Thanks.......I think  Yeah sure

Actually, not new, just changed the username - obviously just missed those "ad nauseum" discussions.
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 9:30 am

SAHSA (former national airline of Honduras) = Stay At Home Stay Alive

TAA (Trans Australia Airways) = Take Another Airline

 
worldoftui
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 9:42 am

BAViscount

Here you go mate - knew I had seen it somewhere! Enjoy!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1238344/

Mark
 
lh600
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 9:54 am

In Iran we refer to KLM as
Koon Laghe Mosafer
translation, "screw the passengers."
 Smile
 
warren747sp
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 9:54 am

Air France

Already in Rinse Frangrantly Cleaned
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A330Fan1
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:26 am

Not from experience but I've heard a friend mention:

DELTA - Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive...guess he had some baggage problem when he took DL?

-A330Fan1
 
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:33 am

BWIA - Britain's Worst Investment Abroad.....
 
Lono
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:38 am

DELTA
Driving
Every
Loyal
Traveler
Away
Wally Bird Ruled the Skys!
 
Refueler1974
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:45 am

ATA - Another Tower Air

ATP - Always Training Pilots

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Delta767300ER
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:10 pm

Delta=Direct Everyones Luggage To Atlanta.

-Delta767300ER
 
ckfred
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:35 pm

I've heard UA called Untied. WN and NW have been called Southworst and Northworst.
 
deltadude8
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:05 pm

US Scareways/ US Scare

Scare Tran

America Worst

 
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ClassicLover
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:36 pm

CAAC - Crash All Around China

That's the only one I know that I haven't seen on here yet...

Trent.
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mpoellot
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 4:14 pm

PIA --- Please Inform Allah

DELTA -- Don´t Even Leave The Airport

and I like LH600´s post !

Michael
 
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 4:20 pm

Delta: Dang, Everything Leads to Atlanta

BOAC: Bring Over American Cash

AOM: An Oppressive Madhouse

ATA: Absolutely Terrible Airline

LAN: Lousy And Nationalistic

Lauda: Laughable And Unintentionally Disastrous Airline

More to come...

-WGW2707



 
BAViscount
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 9:55 pm

Worldoftui, cheers mate - I felt sure this would have come up at some time in the past - bit difficult to know what to search for though!!

Some great ones in here though - some of the Delta ones are classic! And loved the PIA one - "Please Inform Allah"  Laugh out loud

Andy.
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:04 pm

Delayed
Even
Later
Than
AirTran

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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 12:03 am

USAirway........Useless Air
United............Untied
Delta..............Divert Everyone Lost To Atlanta
Northwest Orient....was...Northwest Arrogant
TWA....twenty wrecked airplanes
TWA....teeny weenie air
Ozark...Krazo(Ozark backwards)
Allegeny...Agony
Southwest...Air Greyhound(thats an old one)
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Sammyhostie
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 12:06 am

Mytravel - Why Travel
Air2000- Air2 Bob
Easyjet - Sleazyjet
 
su184
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 12:10 am

ALITALIA= Always Late In Take-off And Late In Arrival.

Couldn't resist it.
 
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 5:24 am

TWA = The Worst Airline
United = Divided
(I've even heard Unusually Nasty Incidents That Evoke Disbelief)
AA = Arrogant A**
Delta = Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport

As was mentioned, anything with "west" becomes "worst"...

From some foreign friends of mine:

Philippine Air Lines (the old one) PAL = Plane Always Late
Alia (Royal Jordanian) = Always Late In Arrival
Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
 
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 5:38 am

The only one I know is:
TRANSBRAKILL (transbrasil)
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airtran737
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 5:40 am

Midwest Distress...The Best Scare in the Air
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 7:03 am

TAP: (besides take another plane): Tudo atrasado patrão (everything late, boss)

Swiss: So What It's Still Swissair

Lufthansa: Let us F**k these handsome an nice stewardesses again

And another one slightliy off topic:
IBM - idiots build machines!



greetz PAT
swissair/+/ we care
 
ArgInMIA
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RE: Alternative Names For Airlines

Mon Apr 12, 2004 2:32 pm

Some in spanish.. for the dissapeared LAPA

LA PAciencia de esperar el vuelo

Lineas Aereas Por Ahora

LAB

Lineas Aereas Basura (sorry guys !  Smile you are really good)

LAP

Lineas Aereas Porqueria
Alto.. Mucho mas alto.. hasta la cumbre