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What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:42 am

I was wondering what Lufthansa is German.
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:50 am

My guess would be "Air" (Luft) something, not sure what Hansa means. Is it an old word for Germany?
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:52 am

Luft= Air
Hansa= Company(?), sometimes is referred as "port".

Sorry my german is bad.
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:11 am

I do not speak German, but this is what I was told:

Deutch Lufthansa (which I understand is the official name of the German Carrier)

Deutch = German

Luft = Air

Hansa = Guild

I have no idea if I am correct. I defer to my German friends.
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:31 am

It's 95% perfect explained up to now, but please DEUTSCH, not Deuch  Wink/being sarcastic
Everything else is perfect in translation and meaning.
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:34 am

"Deutch" should be spelt as Deutsch.

Hansa refers to a group of trading cities along the Baltic coast which include Hamburg and Bremen, and many other cities in Holland, Scandinavia, Poland etc. Even today the official name for Hamburg is Hansestadt Hamburg (Hanseatic City of Hamburg).

Whether or not "hansa" in Lufthansa refers to these city-states, I'm not sure.
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:50 am

Startknob

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 12:00 pm

Hansa because most of the early airlines were actually started up by shipping companies, many of them trading with some type of "Hanse" or "Hansa" in their name.

In the early days airlines were actually considered by the lawmaking authorities as "shipping lines in the air" (which invloves the name "Lloyd" as well, coming again from the seafreight business).

Thus both the terms "Hansa" and "Lloyd" are originally coming from the seafreight business.

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 12:44 pm

Startknob et. al.

My profound apologies for the mis-spelling. I should know better, but I relied on my (faulty) memory.

Thanks.
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 7:34 pm

Didn't Lufthansa start from the Luftwaffel (I think that is how you spell it)?? After the WW2?
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 7:57 pm

No, Lufthansa was founded independently of any armed forces as a civilian enterprise (albeit with a majority of shares belonging to the Federal government) in the early 1950's after the Allied ban on German civil and military aviation was lifted.

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 8:05 pm

My guess is (swedish and german are very alike):
Luft= Air
Hansa= Trade

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 8:14 pm

Cirruspilot

The only connection the Luftwaffe and Lufthansa share is the Luft part of the name meaning "air".

Lufthansa has been explained whereas Luftwaffe, from Deutsch to Englisch is "Luft" - air, "waffe" - weapon, thus airforce.

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 8:56 pm

Actually you can trace the old Lufthansa back to the 1920s, which flew until 1945. Due to legal issues it had to be "re"-founded in the 1950s when Germany regained souvereignity over its airspace.

The "old" Luftwaffe was disassembled in 1945, but was reinstated when Germany got the military back, again called Luftwaffe as this is simple THE term for it in German.

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 9:07 pm

Luft=Air
Hansa=Merchant

Hanseatic League ruled trade in Northern Europe for centuries. In Norway, for instance, Bergen was the only Hansa City trading fish to Germany.
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 9:15 pm

Haha, sorry, but I just had to laugh at "Luftwaffel"...that literally translated means "Air Waffle"  Big thumbs up

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 9:20 pm

I always thought Lufthansa meant high fares!
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 9:22 pm

Mhmm... air waffles.... drool (imitating the trademark Homer Simpsons "Mhm...cookies..." sound)  Laugh out loud

Actually "Lufthansa" is German for "high fares, lousy frequent flyer program and no PTVs in Eco for whiny a.net geeks".  Big thumbs up


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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 9:50 pm

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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 9:56 pm

While we are on the topic of of airline names, what do Sabena and Malev mean in their respective languages?
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:14 pm

Even today the official name for Hamburg is Hansestadt Hamburg (Hanseatic City of Hamburg).

Same goes for Bremen and Lübeck.

Thus both the terms "Hansa" and "Lloyd" are originally coming from the seafreight business.

Hmmmpff yeeeswell... it's a bit more complicated.
Not every merchant/shipping company was member of the Hanse, and Lloyd was an appendix for shipping companies as well as insurance companies that were entitled to publish shipping register.
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:49 pm

Don't know Malev, but SABENA:

Societe Anonyme Belgique pour l'Exploitation de Navigation Aerienne. I am missing many accent characters here.

Societe Anonyme: Incorporated Company
Belgique: Belgian
The rest: "For the (commercial) exploitation of air navigation".
 
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RE: What Does Lufthansa Mean?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:53 pm

I'm sorry, I stand corrected on some of the details of what SABENA stands for:

Societe Anonyme Belge D'exploitation De La Navigation Aerienne

I looked it up on Google and this is what I found. My memory was faulty. I should have looked it up on Google before posting!

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