AirWillie6475
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Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:58 am

What are the meaning of airline names such as Lufthansa, Lauda, Styrian, Quantas and other names you can think of. What are the associatoins of airline names and logos such as the bird on lufthansas tail? Any comments?
 
rootsair
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:01 am

Qantas>>>Queensland And Northern Territories Aerial Service

Lufthansa>>>Luft=Air in german Hansa=Some family that was involved in aviation.
Lufthansa owes its origins to "Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft" (renamed "Lufthansa" in 1933), which was formed from a merger between "Deutsche Aero Lloyd" (DAL) and "Junkers Luftverkehr" on January 6, 1926.

[Edited 2005-02-22 00:03:10]

Lauda>> Founded by Nikki Lauda, a former austrian F1 pilot

[Edited 2005-02-22 00:04:03]
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:07 am

All I know is I have a friend that speaks fluid German and , according to her, in german, "luft" means air. And than, as mentioned above, "hansa" is some family.
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:19 am

The Lufthansa thing has been discussed before, the best translation is something along the lines of United Airlines.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:26 am

With Alitalia, there are two meanings.

A'Italia, in Italian, means "to Italy". Also, the word "ali" means wings, so ali + italia could also mean "wings of Italy". I don't know however, what the official meaning is.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:28 am

Lauda carries the name of it's creator.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:36 am

Yeah Lauda comes from the famous F1 driver Niki Lauda, who created Lauda air and now has Fly Niki, after a very very long story.

As for the 'Hansa' in Lufthansa, there was a thread not too long ago about this. Most Germans couldn't tell you what it means. From the responses there it losely means 'union' as in the 'Hansa' ports of Northern Germany, Hamburg etc.

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:56 am

Quoting Airgeek12 (reply 2):
All I know is I have a friend that speaks fluid German and , according to her, in german, "luft" means air. And than, as mentioned above, "hansa" is some family.


"Luft" is air, that's correct. Hansa is not a family name. The "Hanse" was a commercial union of merchants in major cities in northern Germany like Hamburg, Bremen, Luebeck, Rostock and further to the east till Danzig (Poland in our days), Koenigsberg (Kalliningrad, Russia) and others = Hansestaedte (cities of the Hanse). They formed in the 14th century a formal alliance.

"Lauda" is the name of the founder of Lauda Air. This Nicki Lauda the famous formula 1 driver.

I think Styrian comes from the Steiermark, a state in Austria.

[Edited 2005-02-22 02:00:05]

[Edited 2005-02-22 02:01:28]
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:05 am

SAS = Scandinavian Airline System  Big thumbs up
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:18 am

Delta Air Lines comes from its original route structure that was focused on the Mississippi River delta. It had, and still does have, routes all throughout the southeastern United States.

Does anyone happen to know if Varig means anything?

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:06 am

Quoting Kjet12 (reply 9):
Does anyone happen to know if Varig means anything


VARIG was founded in 1927 by Otto Ernst Meyer as Empresa de Viação Aérea Rio-Grandense (source Varig's History )
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:39 am

Some dude emailed me this:

Quote:
Hello,

I've read the theart on airliners.net where someone asked where the airline names are from. I'm not registert, so i write you and i hope that you put these Informations in the board.

Lufthansa: Founded an Luft Hansa. Named in Lufthansa after the second world war, when Germany was allowed to found an Airline again. "Luft" means air. and i am not sure, but in german there ist tho word Hanse, which was agroup of trading cities in the Mittle Ages. Ich think that Hansa comes from that word.

Lauda: Founded by the Formula one driver Niki Lauda and the sold to Austrian Airlines. After that Niki Lauda founded the Low cost carrier Fly Niki.

Styrian Spirit: Names after the austrian region "steiermark". I think that styrian ist the english form.


I'm sorry for my bad english, but i hope you can read it.

Ulf


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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:46 am

Airgeek12: I am glad that your dude confirmed totaly my post in reply 7. So I wasn't wrong  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:58 am

Quoting ZRH (reply 12):
Airgeek12: I am glad that your dude confirmed totaly my post in reply 7. So I wasn't wrong Wink/being sarcastic


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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 12:47 pm

JAT-Jugoslovenski Aerotransport

VH-TAE.
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:12 pm

What about Avianca and ANA?
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:04 pm

ANA= All nippon airways (Nippon being japan in japanese)
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:56 pm

DELTA = Doesn´t Ever Leave The Airport

TWA = The Worst Airline

SAS = Sex After Service

ALITALIA = Always Late In Take-Off Always Late In Arrival

PIA = Please Inform Allah / Panic In the Air

LUFTHANSA = Let Us F*** The Hostesses As No Stewards Available

SABENA = Such A Bloody Experience Never Again

BOAC = Better On A Camel

CONDOR = Company Of Neckermann Delay On Request

LTU = Laut Teuer Unverschämt (German for loud, expensive, impudent)

LOL  Wink/being sarcastic

These are the ones I can think of!

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:10 pm

LOT Polish Airlines,
LOT means "flight" in Polish

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:05 pm

KLM:

K -> Koninklijke
L -> Luchtvaart
M -> Maatschappij

Translation: something like: Royal Airline Company.


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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:31 pm

Quoting SPL (reply 19):

K -> Koninklijke
L -> Luchtvaart
M -> Maatschappij

Translation: something like: Royal Airline Company.


KLM in English is always translated as Royal Dutch Airlines. The RDA abbreviation is also incorporated in KLM's main computer reservation system: coRDA
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:36 pm

SABENA : Societe Autonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne.

I liked L1011Lover explanation better though (reply17).


Here are all other name explanations:

http://www.aviation-humor.com/cms/view.php?id=85

[Edited 2005-02-22 11:46:03]
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:50 pm

Here are some variants

SAS= Sex and Satisfaction

TWA=Totally worst airline

AA=Awful Airline
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:51 pm

The name, Aer Lingus is an anglicization of the the Irish/Gaelic form 'Aer Loingeas' which means "Air Fleet".
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:20 pm

Avianca is the acronym of Aerovias Nacionales de Colombia, or Colombian National Airways and its logo of the Condor of the Andes, being the largest flying bird of the Americas, and according to ancient Inca tradition and beliefs, the condor is the messenger of the Gods.

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:04 pm

EL-AL: "EL" means like "to", and "AL" means like "above", so el al means in hebrew more or less to above.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:11 am

anyone know the meaning or acronym behind TAP? probably something something of Portugal, but would be nice to know anyway
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:52 am

Hmmmm!!!
Why is there always SEX when SAS coming up?? Is it b´cuz we´re sexual liberated in Scandinavia?

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:58 am

Arkia comes from "rakia", which is about the same as "sky" in Hebrew.
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:04 am

Croatia Airlines = Lines in the Air, from Croatia....
Air Adriatic = means that there is some air in the Adriatic sea
Trade Air = they are buying and selling air. Quite a business here.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:12 am

TAP=Take another plane
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:23 am

Quoting ZRH (reply 10):
VARIG was founded in 1927 by Otto Ernst Meyer as Empresa de Viação Aérea Rio-Grandense (source Varig's History )


that means, Company of aerial aviation of Rio Grande do Sul( a state in Brazil)
VASP means Viação Aérea de São Paulo, the same as above but from Sao Paulo
TAM meant Transportes Aéreos Marilia( a city here), now it means TAM. If not wrong it meant for sometime Meridional Air transport.
GOL means to score, like in soccer, and it should make U feel like u´ve scored while flying with them, not too sure about that.

L1011Lover in reply 17 was absolutely amazing, nice creativity.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:31 am

TAP is Transportadora Aérea Portuguesa, it used to say that on the old livery.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:57 am

TAROM - Transporturile Aeriene Române – “Romanian Air Transport”

Malév Hungarian Airlines - Magyar Légiközkeledísi Vállalat – “Hungarian Airways Company”

VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo -
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:12 am

L1011Lover ---- adding to your list.

PIA = Please Inform Allah
AI = Allah informed
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:34 am

Quoting RootsAir (reply 1):
Lufthansa owes its origins to "Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft" (renamed "Lufthansa" in 1933), which was formed from a merger between "Deutsche Aero Lloyd" (DAL) and "Junkers Luftverkehr" on January 6, 1926.


I flew on the now defunct German carrier Aero Lloyd 5 years ago. Always wondered what the name meant. The above seems to shed some light on the matter.

Two years ago I flew with the now also defunct Spanish carrier Azzurra. Anyone know the meaning of that name?
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:23 am

CSA=Ceske Aerolinie=Czech Airlines
L1011Lover,
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:33 am

UTA
Union des transports airiennes

AOM
Compagnie airienne d'outre mer

And thanks to those who cleared up to LH debacle. A family name, puhleeeease!
 
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:42 am

Some people think DELTA stands for: Don´t Even Let Them Apply... in reference of DL´s covservative attitude, and their assumed attitude towards gay male F/A´s in the past.

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:50 pm

NWA=NorthWest Airlines=Their first route (Chicago-Minneapolis) I think. Don't know why it's Northwest.
Mesaba=American Indian for “soaring eagle.”
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:17 pm

Does anyone know what KLM means?
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:58 pm

Quoting AeroVodochody (reply 40):
Does anyone know what KLM means?


Quoting SPL (reply 19):
KLM:

K -> Koninklijke
L -> Luchtvaart
M -> Maatschappij

Translation: something like: Royal Airline Company.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:56 pm

Well, Frontier Airlines is actually named for...Frontier Airlines Big grin

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RE: Names Of Airlines

Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:08 pm

MESA AIR got it's name from the Beautiful surroundings in Farmington, New Mexico. They are the MESA PLATEAU Mountain tops. MESA in Spanish means Table, the mountains have flat tops like a table . MESA was EST. in Farmington, NM 1982. Many people think it's from Mesa, AZ (a suburb of PHX) since the home office is now located in AZ but, untrue. Also the radio call sign for Mesa is AIR SHUTTLE. This is from their original name Mesa Air Shuttle, which flew pax to interstate NM and up to CO. over the MESA Plateau Mountains.
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RE: Names Of Airlines

Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:43 pm

NWA - Northwest Airlines used to be called Northwest Orient (Northwest Orient Airlines?) perhaps because their route from Minneapolis took them north and west through Canada to get to Japan? Can anyone confirm or deny that?
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