Airline Acronyms

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    Aug 20, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Just in case you've been wondering what the full name of your favorite foreign airlines are.

    VARIG (Brasil): Viação Aérea RIo-Grandense

    TAAG (Angola): Transportes Aéreos AnGolanos

    SATA (Portugal): Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos

    TAP (Portugal): Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

    KLM (The Netherlands): Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappjj

    SABENA (Belgium): Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne

    QANTAS (Australia): Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services

    AVIANCA (Colombia): AeroVÍAs del contiNente AmeriCAno

    COPA (Panama): Compañía Panameña de Aviación

    MALEV (Hungary): MAgyar LEgiskozledekesi Vallalat

    LAN (Chile): Línea Aérea Nacional

    TAROM (Romania): Transporturile Aeriene ROMâne

    MIAT (Mongolia): Mongolyn Irgenii Agaaryn Teever

    SAS: Scandinavian Airlines Systems

    JAL: Japan AirLines

    ANA: All Nippon Airways
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    I miss the days before de-regulation when we had a flag carrier (of sorts) in PAN-AM.

    PAn-AMerican Airways.

    I think the only major US carriers from that golden era of air travel are Delta, and possibly AA (American Airlines)...?

    I have fond memories of air travel as a kid in the late 1970s and early 1980s with PAN-AM and Lufthansa (Luft + Hansa, lit. "Hansa Air")
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    My other favourite is JAL (Japan Air Lines or "Nihon Kōkū" 日本航空 )

    And ANA renders as "Zennippon Kūyu" 全日本空輸
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    Air China, before they wised up, were called CAAC, Who is their right mind would want to be called 'karrk' also a British slang for "Shit"
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    offshore saidAir China, before they wised up, were called CAAC, Who is their right mind would want to be called 'karrk' also a British slang for "Shit"


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    Aug 20, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    @ Alphatrigger:
    -The only 'real' legacy carriers from the pre-1978 deregulation is American; the other major carriers were, like you said, Delta as well as Continental and United
    -Lufthansa in English would mean, literally, Air League, no?
    -Speaking of Pan-Am, how about Pam-Ann? icon_lol.gif

    @ Offshore
    -Air China did indeed 'wise up' of sorts to split up the CAAC into a number of other regional/international carriers, of which two others remain: China Eastern (based out of Shanghai) and China Southern (based out of Guangzhou)
    -As for the CAAC and their affiliated holdings, some do say their product is, OR was...excuse my language, shit! But, here is a picture of Air China's new first class product and old business class product on the B-777, as well as the updated economy class which has PTV's

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    Aug 20, 2011 9:14 AM GMT
    The "Hansa" in Lufthansa refers to the old Hanseatic League, and in Old High German, the word "Hanse" does literally mean "group" or "league", used in much the same way "Liga" is used in modern High German.

    Compare "Bundesliga" or "Federal League" (the national league system for German Football), comparable to the American NFL.

    It is a quirk of English that the "Hanse/Hansa" refers to the "Hanseatic League" which in turn derived from the Latin "Hansa Teutonica" (German League), which was in history a medieval trading pact between several free Imperial cities (frei Reichstädte) along the German Baltic coast, and several regional cities held by various German principalities and a few Dutch cities.

    Taken literally, "Hanseatic League" would be "Leaguish League" icon_razz.gif


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    Aug 20, 2011 10:01 AM GMT
    i miss the days when people actually wore proper clothes to be out in public, especially onboard an aircraft. do you HAVE to lool like you just cut the grass to go from washington, dc (dca) to tampa (tpa)? seriously... do you think that wearing flip flops will help you if god forbid you might have to exit the aircraft in an emergency? i also miss the days when people did not schlepp their entire life belongings onboard breaking over head bin doors-- and yes, it does happen. i miss civility. my pension plan and management that actually cared about it's employees. the thought of using the beverage cart as a walker does not thrill me.
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    Aug 20, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    Before BA became British Airways it used to be BOAC


    British Overseas Airways Corporation
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    Aug 20, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    offshore saidAir China, before they wised up, were called CAAC, Who is their right mind would want to be called 'karrk' also a British slang for "Shit"


    I cannot think of any British person, with the possible exception of The Queen, who would pronounce 'cack' as 'karrk'.

    Btw, I do not know if it is an urban myth or not, but I heard Air China, with a view to preventing aircraft malfunctions, used to insist that the ground engineer in charge of servicing the aircraft also had to fly on it.
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    Aug 20, 2011 2:33 PM GMT
    hebrewman saidi miss the days when people actually wore proper clothes to be out in public, especially onboard an aircraft. do you HAVE to lool like you just cut the grass to go from washington, dc (dca) to tampa (tpa)? seriously... do you think that wearing flip flops will help you if god forbid you might have to exit the aircraft in an emergency? i also miss the days when people did not schlepp their entire life belongings onboard breaking over head bin doors-- and yes, it does happen. i miss civility. my pension plan and management that actually cared about it's employees. the thought of using the beverage cart as a walker does not thrill me.


    I completely agree with you.

    Even if I am travelling economy I still dress like I HAVE places to go to instead of wearing my lounge wear attire.

    No says you can't dress comfortably, but I do not want to see your nasty hairy shoulder hair while you're wearing a tank top icon_razz.gificon_confused.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    I remember flying commercially when I was in the USAF years ago, and wearing my Class A dress uniform was a requirement when I was travelling on TDY (temporary duty) orders.

    That was always a bit of an attention-getter. I think in recent years service members are allowed to travel wearing combat uniforms or even civilian "business casual" attire?
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    Aug 20, 2011 3:50 PM GMT


    TACA: (El Salvador) Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano S.A.
    aka Take A Chance Airlines icon_cool.gif

    LACSA: (Costa Rica) Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A.

    SANSA: (Costa Rica) Compañía De Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A.

    NICA: (Nicaragua) Nicaragüense de Aviación

    AVIATECA: (Guatemala) Empresa Guatemalteca de Aviación S. A

    The latter four have been absorbed into Groupo TACA over the past 11 years. I miss their wild ass paint jobs, along with now defunct
    Ecuatoriana de Aviación and LAB (Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano).
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    DELTA - Doesn't Ever Leave the Airport
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    BiItalianBro said

    TACA: (El Salvador) Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano S.A.
    aka Take A Chance Airlines icon_cool.gif

    LACSA: (Costa Rica) Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A.

    SANSA: (Costa Rica) Compañía De Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A.

    NICA: (Nicaragua) Nicaragüense de Aviación

    AVIATECA: (Guatemala) Empresa Guatemalteca de Aviación S. A

    The latter four have been absorbed into Groupo TACA over the past 11 years. I miss their wild ass paint jobs, along with now defunct
    Ecuatoriana de Aviación and LAB (Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano).


    You forgot one!! ;)

    SAHSA: "Servicio Aéreo de Honduras S.A." .... for those who dont know, S.A. is a type of company, like Inc. or Co.


    Also one of my favorites:

    MEA: Middle East Airlines. Based in Beirut, Lebanon icon_smile.gif

    0000448.jpg Original Livery through the 90's




    FC_nowm.file?u=TXwxOTYxMzI2fGQ5ZzhoN2o2c

    And presently icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidDELTA - Doesn't Ever Leave the Airport


    Funny Airline Acronyms
    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/2937641/

    SABENA= Such A Bad Experience Never Again

    ALITALIA=Always Late In Takeoff Always Late In Arrival

    DELTA=Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport or Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive

    GARUDA=Goes AlRght Under Dutch Administration

    SAS=Sex After Service
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    BWIA = Better Walk If Able
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    @ zbmw5
    ".... for those who dont know, S.A. is a type of company, like Inc. or Co."

    You bring up an important point. On many airlines, you'll see their 'business entity' type at the end of their airline name:
    -Lufthansa GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung)
    -Alitalia S.p.A. (Società per azioni)
    -KLM N.V. (Naamloze Vennootschap)
    -Finnair Oy (Osakeyhtiö)
    -SAS AB (Aktiebolag)
    -Malaysia Airlines Bhd (Berhad)
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
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    hebrewman saidi miss the days when people actually wore proper clothes to be out in public, especially onboard an aircraft. do you HAVE to lool like you just cut the grass to go from washington, dc (dca) to tampa (tpa)? seriously... do you think that wearing flip flops will help you if god forbid you might have to exit the aircraft in an emergency? i also miss the days when people did not schlepp their entire life belongings onboard breaking over head bin doors-- and yes, it does happen. i miss civility. my pension plan and management that actually cared about it's employees. the thought of using the beverage cart as a walker does not thrill me.


    I completely agree with you.

    Even if I am travelling economy I still dress like I HAVE places to go to instead of wearing my lounge wear attire.

    No says you can't dress comfortably, but I do not want to see your nasty hairy shoulder hair while you're wearing a tank top icon_razz.gificon_confused.gif


    Don't stink, have decent breath, don't be loud, and don't extend yourself beyond that armrest between us and I'm fine. I really don't care what other passengers are wearing and it's none of my business. In these times when getting to where you are going is rarely easy, that is the least of my worries.
  • hebrewman

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    Aug 21, 2011 9:23 AM GMT
    ZbmwM5 said
    BiItalianBro said

    TACA: (El Salvador) Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano S.A.
    aka Take A Chance Airlines icon_cool.gif

    LACSA: (Costa Rica) Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A.

    SANSA: (Costa Rica) Compañía De Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A.

    NICA: (Nicaragua) Nicaragüense de Aviación

    AVIATECA: (Guatemala) Empresa Guatemalteca de Aviación S. A

    The latter four have been absorbed into Groupo TACA over the past 11 years. I miss their wild ass paint jobs, along with now defunct
    Ecuatoriana de Aviación and LAB (Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano).


    You forgot one!! ;)

    SAHSA: "Servicio Aéreo de Honduras S.A." .... for those who dont know, S.A. is a type of company, like Inc. or Co.


    Also one of my favorites:

    MEA: Middle East Airlines. Based in Beirut, Lebanon icon_smile.gif

    0000448.jpg Original Livery through the 90's




    FC_nowm.file?u=TXwxOTYxMzI2fGQ5ZzhoN2o2c

    And presently icon_smile.gif



    gotta love the boeing 707 'fanjet'. always an eye opener. love hearing them scream down the runway on take off.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Aug 21, 2011 9:28 AM GMT
    I think it's funnier cuz I have never heard of these airlines before
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Aug 21, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 said
    BiItalianBro said

    TACA: (El Salvador) Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano S.A.
    aka Take A Chance Airlines icon_cool.gif

    LACSA: (Costa Rica) Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A.

    SANSA: (Costa Rica) Compañía De Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A.

    NICA: (Nicaragua) Nicaragüense de Aviación

    AVIATECA: (Guatemala) Empresa Guatemalteca de Aviación S. A

    The latter four have been absorbed into Groupo TACA over the past 11 years. I miss their wild ass paint jobs, along with now defunct
    Ecuatoriana de Aviación and LAB (Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano).


    You forgot one!! ;)

    SAHSA: "Servicio Aéreo de Honduras S.A." .... for those who dont know, S.A. is a type of company, like Inc. or Co.


    Also one of my favorites:

    MEA: Middle East Airlines. Based in Beirut, Lebanon icon_smile.gif

    0000448.jpg Original Livery through the 90's




    FC_nowm.file?u=TXwxOTYxMzI2fGQ5ZzhoN2o2c

    And presently icon_smile.gif


    ARGGGH....i cant believe i forgot SASHA...flew them as a kid visiting family in Tegus. good call icon_smile.gif MEA finally parked the 707s and went with an all plastic plane fleet (Airbus)...their new pain looks sharp.