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Sun Oct 01, 2000 7:11 am

Many years ago Flight International ran a competition for the funniest airline acronyms.

I actually won a prize (£5 I remember) for one of my submissions.

Some of these are a little dated and some are very well known. Can you add any more?

ALITALIA - Always late in take off, always late in arrival
CUBANA - Castro usually bleats about nasty Americanos
BOAC - Better on a camel
BEA - Back every afternoon
QANTAS - Queer Australians never travel alone sonny
TWA - Try walking across/Tin wing aircraft
SAS - Sexually attractive stewardesses
SABENA - Such a bloody experience, never again
TAROM - Tatty, ancient, Russian obsolete machinery
TABSO - Terrifying and brutal Soviet operation
JAT - Just appallingly terrifying
TAP - Trainee, apprentice pilots
SAA - Serving airborne apartheid
GARUDA - Good airline run under Dutch administration
LIAT - Lost in a thunderstorm
LAB - Lost around Bolivia
UPS - Untied piece (of) string
TNT - Total nightmare transport


RE: Acronyms

Sun Oct 01, 2000 8:29 am

SWA: So, What's Airbus?
TWA: The Worst Airline(But not in my book)
BA: Boeing Always(But not anymore )
Go: Get Off!
KLM: Killing little mammals(Read the news story about the squirrels from a year ago)
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RE: Acronyms

Sun Oct 01, 2000 9:54 am

NWA: No (Air)Worthy Airplanes
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RE: Acronyms

Sun Oct 01, 2000 10:02 am


Dont Expect Lovedones To Arrive
Doesnt Ever Leave The Airport
Delta Eventauly Leaves The Airport
Dont Expect Luggage To Arrive
Direct Everyone Luggage To Atlanta


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RE: Acronyms

Sun Oct 01, 2000 10:02 am

THY- Turk Hava Yollari
They Hate You!

While stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey this acronym was humourously referred to by some who had to fly on THY. I flew on them and didnt have a problem whatsoever, although the departure angle in our 727-200 seemed a little steep with lots of people praying with the worry beads out calling for Allah. Upon landing at Istanbul, the moment the tires became extended on final approach, the soft calls for Allah again permeated the cabin as our jet came ever lower to the Bosporus Sea, fishing boats passing by, terrified looks in the eyes of some. As soon as the tires screeched upon the runway, seeminglyeveryone stood up and applauded! I was laughing to myself and found it hard to contain my humor in all of it. As I exited the airplane, The flight attendant who came frantically towards the rear of the aircraft trying to get people to sit down saw me again..she knew why I was laughing and she returned the laughter with a wink and a smile. That was one of the funniest and best flights I ever had. I have to go back to visit Turkey sometime, I really miss it.


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RE: Acronyms

Sun Oct 01, 2000 10:25 pm

A few more:

FEAT- Flies everywhere around Taiwan
SAHSA - Stay at home, stay alive
BKS - Bulganin, Kruschev, Stalin (BKS was a British regional carrier in the 50s, 60s and 70s)

There are also "interesting" acronyms for some official bodies:

CAA (the UK regulatory body) Campaign against aviation
DFS (German ATC body) Directs flights safely
FAA Feds anger airmen
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RE: Acronyms

Mon Oct 02, 2000 4:52 am

El Al - Every Landing Always Late
Things have changed though..... 
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RE: Acronyms

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:15 am

How about.....
TACA: Take A Chance Airlines
Delta: Don't Even Leave The Airport
USAir: USScare (close enough!)

Tom in NO (at MSY)

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RE: Acronyms

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:24 am

Qantas: Quite a nice trip, any survivors?!?
Alitalia: Airplane landed in Tokyo and luggage in Amsterdam!
PIA: Please inform Allah
AI (Air India): already informed

There are much more of these, but I don´t remember...
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RE: Acronyms

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:47 am

QANTAS: Queer and Naughty Trans Australian Service
B.CAL: Bad catering, always late
AA: Always Awful
PAN AM: Passengers Always Neglected At Mealtimes
THY: Try Hijacking Yourself
JAT: Joke About Times
TAP: Take Another Plane
SABENA: Such A Bad Experiance Never Again
OLYMPIC: Onassis Likes Your Money Payed In Cash

Would you fly with an airline that does not go all the way? (Virgin)

The QANTAS one is mine, the rest i got from Airways magazine.

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RE: Acronyms

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:51 am

Hi TWA902fly,

My QANTAS one won the prize 

Thanks for reminding me of the one for Olympic, I've spent time over the last two days trying to bring it to mind
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RE: Acronyms

Mon Oct 02, 2000 6:11 am

QANTAS - Queer And Nasty, Try Another Service
QANTAS - Queers And Nymphos Trained As Stewards
UTA - Unlikey To Arrive

(Sorry if anyone is offended by the above)


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