dambuster
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Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 8:50 am

As some know, there's a relatively new airline based at GVA called Fly Baboo. Now I'm not arguing whether it's a profitable airline or not... I was just wondering why they named it like this. There are many airlines like Edelweiss, Belair etc, which their names make more sense than Baboo. Does anyone know the origins of this naming?

Thank you!
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:03 am

Really odd name. Same with Darwin.....

They both could have done much better with their names.
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:55 am

Booooooo.......

I think they beat Ted, which was the stupidest name so far IMO...
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:07 am

Maybe the creators are pandas  Big grin
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:08 am

It sounds quite funny and naughty :P
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:24 am

For some reason, it reminds me of Jar-Jar Binks.  Wink  duck 
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:25 am

It sounds like "baboon". I only hope that there are no baboons in the cockpit. Big grin
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:27 am

I remember seeing their check-in counters when I flew through GVA a year ago.

I just think it is really a strange name for an airline. Very un-Swiss.  Smile
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:30 am

Quoting BA (Reply 7):
Very un-Swiss

You hit the nail Big grin
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:34 am

I should hope they have a picture of Linus from Peanuts on the tail.. and the first aircraft is called Sweet Baboo!


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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:26 pm

its a really odd name, Baboo. it makes me think of Rafikki from The Lion King. haha
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:30 pm

Does it actually mean something in Swiss or whatever various languages the Swiss speak? I was thinking of the whole thing with Linus from the Peanuts myself. Other than that I think it sounds absolutely retarded.
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:44 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
Does it actually mean something in Swiss or whatever various languages the Swiss speak?

The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian, and Romansh.



And no, Baboo is not a word of any of those languages. It's certainly not a French word, considering that Fly Baboo is based in Geneva, which is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:59 pm

I always wondered what the heck a baboo is.

I would have preferred flyBaboon Big grin
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 3:04 pm

Wasn't Baboo a character in Seinfeld?
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 3:31 pm

I could be wrong, but when I was over there I believe I heard someone say it was named after his dog.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 3:51 pm

I flew Baboo in May from GVA to FLR. Their two DHC-8s are named "Sammy" and "Tofu" after the airline's founder's dogs. I can't remember which one came first but I think it's on their website.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:59 pm

Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 1):
Really odd name. Same with Darwin.....

They both could have done much better with their names.

Exactly Big grin , I was thinking of something like Alps Airways...
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:13 pm

Quoting N960AS (Reply 16):
Their two DHC-8s are named "Sammy" and "Tofu" after the airline's founder's dogs.

That sounds better. I remember seeing an ad with the dog in the right seat.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 8:24 pm

You see - this is branding. Weird name that makes people wonder - and so people know that there is a small airline based in Geneva.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:29 pm

Fly Baboo isn't all that new. AFAIK they've been around for 5/6 yrs now. But hey, looks like the Pakistani restauranteur in Seinfeld found a business to venture in!
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:05 pm

Quoting BA (Reply 12):

The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian, and Romansh.

Thanks. I knew there was no "Swiss" language and the only one of those 4 I didn't remember was the Romansh one. I thought there might be some localized name or word.

Without that I'm going with either Linus' nickname from Sally or the Pakistani character from Seinfeld.
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:20 pm

First flight was in 2003.

There was a company called Baboo (records?) in Geneva, the same people founded the airline and called it flyBaboo of course.

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Alex22
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:26 pm

I remember reading that Baboo is the name of he Owner's dog.

Btw Baboo is quiet a cool name I think. At least something a little different.

Cheers
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:38 pm

Quoting Alex22 (Reply 23):
I remember reading that Baboo is the name of he Owner's dog.

Ha ha! This looks very unserious!  Big grin
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:48 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 21):
I knew there was no "Swiss" language a

Actually, that is not quite true. The "Swiss" German is a lot different to the "German" German. As a matter of fact it's so different that the Germans cannot understand us, however we can understand them perfectly, because there is no official written form of the "Swiss" German. Everything is written in German except if we write stuff like texts, non-official letters or chat (msn, icq, etc.). There is our own way of writing Swiss German, however there is, as i said, no official form or any grammer or vocabulory books of Swiss German.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:41 am

baboo sounds like some vulgarity.

"get your baboo a$$ off the computer!"

"baboo! now i have to type it all over again!
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:50 am

Quoting Vfw614 (Reply 19):
You see - this is branding. Weird name that makes people wonder - and so people know that there is a small airline based in Geneva.

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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 2:21 am

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 22):
There was a company called Baboo (records?) in Geneva, the same people founded the airline and called it flyBaboo of course.

Correct. Julian Cook and Perret created Baboo SA, Geneva, in October 2002, a company to produce CDs and other stuff in relation with snowboarding, surfing,... In August 2003 was incorporated Baboo Airways which became flybaboo.
I assume that Baboo was originally chosen as a "cool" name relating well with snowboarders and surfers.

If Baboo is a word , it comes from the Hindu language:
"The word 'Babu / baboo', despite its present-day pejorative status
(denoting a corrupt, work-shirking government clerk), has its origin in the
respectable Sanskrit word "va-pruh" -- which means a father. It became
'baba' in Persian / Arabic (and so in Urdu / Hindi) -- meaning "father,
grandfather, old man, holy man, leader" -- etc. Its derivatives are Babul,
babaji, bawaji, and finally babu. Babu can mean a small child, a clerk - and
also, a very respected, venerable senior citizen."

In French, Babou or Baboo may also be the diminutive for Barbara.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:31 am

Quoting BA (Reply 12):
The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian, and Romansh.

so.. what are the languages of the blue regions?  Smile

Quoting N960AS (Reply 16):
"Tofu"

isn't that a food?
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:17 pm

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 29):
so.. what are the languages of the blue regions?

Fishian Big grin
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:26 pm

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 29):
so.. what are the languages of the blue regions?



Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 30):
Fishian

Or probably mermaidian oh sorry, lakemaidian?
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:38 pm

I lived in Suisse Romande for a few years during the time FlyBaboo launched. It wasn't until I left the region that I found it the real name was FlyBaboo and not FlyBabooN.

IMO they didn't do a good job advertising when they first launched, but they seem to be doing a bit better now and have established a little nichen for themselves.

When I go back to Geneva I plan to try them to Ibiza or Nice.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:20 pm

Quoting Alex22 (Reply 23):
I remember reading that Baboo is the name of he Owner's dog

Thats wrong. The dog has the name Tofu...
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:40 pm

Well if this airline were operating in Korea, it would translate to "Fly Idiot" as Baboo means idiot here!!

another case of lost in translation...
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:04 pm

Quoting Flykal (Reply 34):
Well if this airline were operating in Korea, it would translate to "Fly Idiot" as Baboo means idiot here!!

Beautiful! Note to self...add Baboo to list of names not to call a Korean martial arts master unless ready to get ass kicked.  Wink
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:01 pm

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 29):
so.. what are the languages of the blue regions?

Glug glug glug ....

oops. Asked and answered.

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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:34 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 30):
Fishian



Quoting ZRH (Reply 31):
Or probably mermaidian oh sorry, lakemaidian?



Quoting Helvknight (Reply 36):
Glug glug glug ....

wow!! I've never heard of those 3 languages before!
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:15 am

I loved the little mini's they were driving around GVA with the FlyBaboo logo on it... they were so cute. I used to work for a bank on the Quai du Seujet and almost every evening I would see one parked near the Platinium. I always thought they were adorable...
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:17 am

I actually found a picture of it on their website
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:26 am

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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:57 am

Quoting Legallykev (Reply 38):
I used to work for a bank on the Quai du Seujet and almost every evening I would see one parked near the Platinium

As in the club? They gave out flyers with big ticket receipts at Platinum or B Club for awhile featuring FlyBaboo and their new flight to Ibiza.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:21 pm

Apologies, but it sounds like a racial epithet to me ... along the lines of "macaca" or "Sambo." It strikes me as a really bizarre choice.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:21 pm

Quoting FDXMECH (Reply 14):
Wasn't Baboo a character in Seinfeld?

That's it. After his pakistani restaurant went bust. He got deported after Elaine misplaced his immigration papers, so he settled in Geneva. After a successful pakistani restaurant franchise throughout europe he decided to start his own airline, and what's more fitting than Baboo Airlines. Now you know the whole story!
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:54 pm

It's a French language trait to come up with meaningless brand names that look like "Baboo" - the two or three syllable, ends-in-oo words occur regularly. Compare "Kelkoo" (the dot-com, founded by French people), "Wanadoo" the ISP, and I vaguely remember from my days living in Paris, a student bank account with a similar -oo ending. I'm sure there are plenty of other examples; any French correspondents on here care to contribute?
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:26 pm

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 37):
wow!! I've never heard of those 3 languages before!

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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:51 pm

I was wondering if a combined Darwin and Flybaboo could form the nucleus of a new Swiss regional airline operating 50 seaters. Swiss has disposed of everything smaller than an RJ85, but obviously lacks the equipment (and cost structure) to serve markets that do not warrant an Avro, while Darwin/Flybaboo seems to be to small to both survive in the long-run. In

Germany, Lufthansa has half a dozen of Lufthansa regional partners that feed the network and make use of the brand, while Switzerland has none of it (with the exception of these half-hearted Cirrus flights). With Swiss' longhaul fleet growing, it might be useful to think about feed and not only focus on feed from Germany by using Lufthansa's regional partners.
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:58 pm

I think Baboo is a great, unique name...
It always reminds me about an airline in Switzerland!

Much better than "Air Sahara"- as kid I always believed that AIR SAHARA is the name of an African airline based in the Sahara-desert...  banghead 
 
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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:59 pm

Quoting Vfw614 (Reply 46):
Swiss has disposed of everything smaller than an RJ85, but obviously lacks the equipment (and cost structure) to serve markets that do not warrant an Avro

They decided to abandon the idea of letting operate flights by partner airlines (with 50 seaters) and now opearate the flights itself, selling the overcapacity at rock-bottom prices of CHF 14.50 per way from BSL...

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RE: Fly Baboo, What Do You Think Of The Name?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:09 pm

I was more thinking about ZRH and not about creating a Crossair II operation at BSL. There are a couple of markets that were served from ZRH in the past but no longer have service, mainly in Italy, Austria and France. While I see a problem with Italy as Lufthansa probably wants to channel traffic through MUC from there, there should be some space for expansion. After all, Swiss is one of only two network carriers in Europe that feed their hub operation without any 50 seaters.

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