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What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:42 pm

Air Canada, Air France, Japan Air Lines, pretty self-explanatary.

But what about these?

CATHAY PACIFIC
What's cathay mean?

GARUDA INTERNATIONAL
What's garuda?

ANSETT AUSTRALIA
ansett?

sabena?

ALL NIPPON
nippon?

MOWHAWK
a native am. tribe? in what area?

BRAATHERANS-SAFE
??????

EL AL
??????

TAP
????

LUFTHANSA
??????

AEROFLOT
???????????

PHUKET AIR
???????

A lot of the latin/S american carriers are named after acronyms.


What do all these airline names mean?
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:45 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
EL AL
Quote:
El Al Israel Airlines Ltd (TASE: ELAL), trading as El Al (Hebrew: אל על‎, "To The Skies" or "Skywards," Arabic: إل عال‎)
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:48 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ALL NIPPON
nippon?

Japan in Japanese
Ryan / HKG
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:50 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
CATHAY PACIFIC
What's cathay mean?



Cathay is a westernized version of 'China' in mandarin I believe.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ALL NIPPON



Nippon means Japan

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
sabena



acronym for Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne or Belgian company for exploiting aerial navigation.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
AEROFLOT

directly translated from Russian, it means 'Air Fleet'

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
TAP

another acronym standing for Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
PHUKET AIR

named after the Thai vacation island of Phuket where I assume the airline was based.
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:53 pm

Sabena = Société Anonyme Belge pour l'Exploitation de la Navigation Aéréenne

TAP: Transportes Aereas de Portugal (or something similar?)
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:56 pm

Garuda refers to a large bird in the Mahabharata.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:56 pm

flyguy89, you were quicker than me.

Anyhow, I was quite close for TAP, thanks for the exact words...
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:56 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
What's garuda?

Good Airline Run Under Dutch Administration?    j/k actually the Garuda is a mystical bird (hence the tail logo).

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
PHUKET AIR

Phuket is a city in Thailand (very popular with tourists), and the airline was probably started there, or has the bulk of its services directed there.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
nippon?

Nippon is a native name for Japan.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
TAP

Transportes Aereos Portugueses (Portuguese Air Transport) - how's my spelling on that one?

"LUFT" in German stands for air. "HANSA", as per Wikipedia, is derived from Hanseatic League, which was a prominent medieval trading group.

Cathay is an ancient word for China (where the airline is based), and Pacific was part of its name because those were the primary routes the airline intended to fly. Makes sense to me, so far   

I didn't bother the check on the others, but I'm sure there's a wealth of knowledge to be found in good ole Wikipedia   
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:00 pm

EMIRATES?

ETHIAD?
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:05 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):

Emirates is named for well, the United Arab Emirates. Etihad is Arabic for 'united' I think.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:06 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
EMIRATES?

lol come on, a quick search on wikipedia will answer most of these questions. Emirates is based the United Arab EMIRATES, hence the name Emirates.

Etihad is an arabic translation of UAE-United Arab Emirates.
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:06 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
EMIRATES?

That seems just as self-explanatory as the first ones you mentioned (like Air Canada, Air France, etc). Emirates Airline is based in DXB, United Arab Emirates.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
ETHIAD?

ETIHAD means "United" in Arabic. No affiliation to the US brand   .
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:08 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 8):
EMIRATES?

ETHIAD?

An Emirate is the rough equivalent of a state or province in the US or Canada, although with much more autonomy. The United Arab Emirates is a federation of 7 emirates, and if not mistaken the ruler of each is known as an Emir.

Etihad is the Arabic word for "United".
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:11 pm

Quoting NASBWI (Reply 11):

More generally, am emirate is the area ruled by an emir, which is basically an Arab king. It could also refer to area under ones control. So basically, United Arab Emirates is like the United States, as it consists of 7 emirates.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:12 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
BRAATHERANS-SAFE

Braathens S.A.F.E: Braathen was/is the name of the founder of the airline. The S.A.F.E. had nothing to do with safety, but rather stood for South American and Far East, if I'm not mistaken.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ANSETT AUSTRALIA

As was the case with Braathens, I believe Ansett Australia's founder was called Ansett.

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:13 pm

I know nobody asked, but "Aer Lingus" is an English phonetic spelling of the Irish words "Aer Loingeas" which mean "air fleet".
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:18 pm

Quoting Doona (Reply 14):
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ANSETT AUSTRALIA

As was the case with Braathens, I believe Ansett Australia's founder was called Ansett.

Not many large airlines have been named for people. Those were 2 of them. Others than come to mind: Braniff and Canadian carrier Wardair.
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:21 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
Air Canada, Air France, Japan Air Lines, pretty self-explanatary.

well now that Air France is "Airfrance" is doesn't mean anything anymore LOL
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:22 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
BRAATHERANS-SAFE

Make that Braathens.

I always found this name very funny, since it sounds like "fried / roast chicken" to me (with a bit of creating mixing of the German and English language ).
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:23 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):
Not many large airlines have been named for people. Those were 2 of them. Others than come to mind: Braniff and Canadian carrier Wardair.

Laker comes to mind as well. FlyNiki and Lauda Air as well.

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:24 pm

Quoting gniou (Reply 17):
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
Air Canada, Air France, Japan Air Lines, pretty self-explanatary.


well now that Air France is "Airfrance" is doesn't mean anything anymore

It's only "Airfrance" in their livery and logos used in advertising etc. The legal name remains Air France.
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:30 pm

Off topic, but

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
Etihad is the Arabic word for "United".

Somebody from Etihad said "go to Manchester and buy me a football team", they came back with the wrong club!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:31 pm

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 10):
lol come on, a quick search on wikipedia will answer most of these questions

Hmmmmm....well considering that when I looked up Martin Luther King Jr. about 2 years ago on Wikipedia, and got "I'm a ni**er"., I thought I'd ask a.net. If I am bothering you with a silly question, DON'T PARTICIPATE.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:32 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):

Laker, Lauda, Ryanair, and one of these is Europe's largest LCC!
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:41 pm

Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:46 pm

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 24):
Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?

Off the top of my head, Queensland And Northern Territory Air Service, or something like that?

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:46 pm

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 24):
Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?

Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:52 pm

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 3):
directly translated from Russian, it means 'Air Fleet'

Same as Aer Lingus, which is Irish for "air fleet".

Quoting Doona (Reply 14):
Braathens S.A.F.E: Braathen was/is the name of the founder of the airline. The S.A.F.E. had nothing to do with safety, but rather stood for South American and Far East, if I'm not mistaken.

The Braathens family were involved in Braathens right up to the end.

Quoting Doona (Reply 14):
I believe Ansett Australia's founder was called Ansett.

It was founded by Reginald Miles Ansett; one of the airline's aircraft was VH-RMA and the 'RMx sequence were used by the 767s, later 727s and others.

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 24):
Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?

Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Services
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:08 pm

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 26):
Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.

No Hint of a U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually it could just as well have been QUeensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services = QUANTAS. I know it isn't!
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:09 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
sabena?

such a bloody experience - never again!
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:48 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 22):
Hmmmmm....well considering that when I looked up Martin Luther King Jr. about 2 years ago on Wikipedia, and got "I'm a ni**er"., I thought I'd ask a.net. If I am bothering you with a silly question, DON'T PARTICIPATE.

not at all, there are some of the airline names you mentioned are a mystery, but others like TAP and SABENA could be found out fairly easily, just from a time-saving standpoint.
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:48 pm

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 26):
Quoting contrails15 (Reply 24):
Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?

Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Services

"Territory" (singular), not "Territories".
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:50 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 27):
Quoting contrails15 (Reply 24):
Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?

Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Services

ah, very interesting.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:05 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
A lot of the latin/S american carriers are named after acronyms.

VARIG - Viação Aérea RIo Grandense*
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano*
TACA - Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano*
TAM - Transportes/Taxi Aéreos Marília*

Originally, I never knew RG, AV and JJ were abbreviations!

*btw, these are all c+p from Wikipedia.

[Edited 2010-06-11 15:08:32]
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:11 pm

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 23):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):


Laker, Lauda, Ryanair, and one of these is Europe's largest LCC!

Two others came to mind - Faucett in Peru, founded by an American, Elmer Faucett, in 1928. One of South America's oldest airlines when they ceased to exist in 1999.


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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:12 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):
Not many large airlines have been named for people. Those were 2 of them. Others than come to mind: Braniff and Canadian carrier Wardair.
Quoting Doona (Reply 19):
aker comes to mind as well. FlyNiki and Lauda Air as well.
Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 23):
Laker, Lauda, Ryanair, and one of these is Europe's largest LCC!

And Martinair here in The Netherlands, named after it's founder Martin Schröder.

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:58 pm

How about Air Koryo, Tarom and Aer Lingus?
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:46 pm

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 24):
Didn't see anything about Qantas on the thread. Anyone know?

Qantas fans may say...

Quite A Nice Time All Said.


Deriders of the airline however quip...

Quite A Nice Trip, All Survived.

Queers And Nymphomaniacs Trying to Act as Stewards.

Quick And Nasty Typical Australian Service.

Queers And Nuts Travel Australian Style.


But of course, as previously mentioned, it stands for...

Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services.

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:45 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
A lot of the latin/S american carriers are named after acronyms.


What do all these airline names mean?

I second the statement that a bit of research on the internet would answer your question.

After asking about Emirates, Aeroflot and Phuket I'm surprised you aren't asking what Continental or US Airways means.

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 23):
Laker, Lauda, Ryanair, and one of these is Europe's largest LCC!

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:49 am

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 3):
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
sabena



acronym for Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne or Belgian company for exploiting aerial navigation.

or "Such A Bad Experience , Never Again" is another explanation I have been given ( by a Belgian , I hasten to add . )
 
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:55 am

Quoting 787seattle (Reply 36):
Air Koryo, Tarom and Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus = Air Fleet in Irish
TAROM = Transporturile Aeriene ROMâne (Romanian Air Transport)
Not sure about Air Koryo, but I do know that its a fairly recent name (1993?)
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:28 am

DELTA

Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport, or perhaps more common, Divert Everyone's Luggage To Atlanta...

 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:38 am

Other airlines named after their founders:

Martinair - J. Martin Schröder
Kalitta - Cargo airline named after its founder, Connie Kalitta.
Muse Air - Marion Lamar Muse
Chalk's Internatioanl Airlines - Arthur "Pappy" Chalk
Dan-Air - Davies and Newman

Miscellaneous
KLM
Koninklijke Luchtvaarts Maatschapij (literally: Royal Air Transport Company)

LOT
Polskie Linie Lotnicze ("Polish Airlines"; lot = "flight")

Malév
Magyar Légiközlekedési Vállalat

Aerosvit
(Aerosvit is Ukranian for "sky world")

Spantax
Spanish Air Taxi Líneas Aéreas S.A.

Avianca
Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia S.A.

LAN Chile
Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica

TACA
Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos
(After the 1993 crash of their 767, people said the acronym stood for "Tenemos accidente cada ano" {we have an accident each year}, but more recently, the carrier has earned prestigous awards for its service.)

Olympic
In honor of the ancient Greek games started at Olympia in honor of Zeus

Lufthansa
A Hansa was a trading ship, part of the Hanseatic League, a powerful medieval trading confederation


VIASA
Venezolana Internacional de Aviación, Sociedad Anónima

VARIG
Viação Aérea RIo Grandense

LASCA
Lineas Aereas Costarricenses

SANSA
Compañía de Servicios Aereos Nacionales
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:40 am

we missed a big one...

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij - Royal Aviation Company.

edit:

Ansett: Reginald Ansett.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg_Ansett

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:57 am

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 39):
or "Such A Bad Experience , Never Again" is another explanation I have been given ( by a Belgian , I hasten to add . )

You will get stopped at the border next time you enter this country :p
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:01 am

Reeves Aleutian. Named for there founder and where they fly!
 
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:29 am

Quoting seemyseems (Reply 33):
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano*
TACA - Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano

These are the current names, aimed at pressing a pan-american image; however, AVIANCA originally stood for "Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia" (Colombian National Airways), and TACA stood for "Transportes Aéreos de Centroamérica" (Central American Air Transporters).

In its origins (1918-1942, or so), AVIANCA was named SCADTA, "Sociedad Colombo-Alemana de Transporte Aéreo" (Colombian-German Air Transportation Society).

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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:35 am

Quoting 787seattle (Reply 36):
Air Koryo

Air Korea; "Koryo" is "Korea" in North Korean dialect.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:42 am

Quoting seemyseems (Reply 33):
VARIG - Viação Aérea RIo Grandense*
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano*
TACA - Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano*
TAM - Transportes/Taxi Aéreos Marília*

Originally, I never knew RG, AV and JJ were abbreviations!

*btw, these are all c+p from Wikipedia.
Quoting fanofjets (Reply 42):
Avianca
Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia S.A.

LAN Chile
Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica

- Avianca was born as Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia (Colombian National Airways) but it is now Aerovías del Continente Americano (American Continent Airways)

- LAN was born Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica then Línea Aerea Nacional de Chile and it is now (allegedly): Latin American Network Airlines.
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RE: What Do Airline Names Mean?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:43 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
But what about these?

Typical American ignorance....and I am a typical American. Yikes!

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