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What's In A Name?

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What's In A Name?

Anyone else here get as fed up as me with mis-spelled (or even completely made-up) airline names? So does one esteemed Patrick Smith... http://tinyurl.com/26hhaaa


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That's a funny article and I see he even address a topic that surfaces here from time to time.. that is the old "Quantas" versus "Qantas" story..

There's a whole mess of those "Air Lines" versus "Airlines" type of things.. most of them are properly cited as Air Lines and not Airlines.. As example, some use the name UAL when in reality UAL is just a holding company, of which one of their wholly owned subsidiaries is United Air Lines- the actual air carrier. Others use the term airline when it's actually airways-- like Thai.. It's Thai Airways International PCL, not Thai Airlines.

I guess I am still surprised by how many people spell QF as Quantas.. I guess those that do never knew or realized that it's fundamentally an acronym, and properly cited as Qantas Airways Ltd.

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2. Re: What's In A Name?

Very informative article indeed... If I may add about Asia's first airline, its Philippine Airlines not Philippines Airline just like what some of my foreigner friends used to call it. The "s" is on the end of the second word, not the first word ;-)

Edited: 05 June 2010, 17:02
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3. Re: What's In A Name?

Air China is way too commonly known as "China Air" while China Airlines is often mistaken for Air China (vice-versa).

Qantas / Quantas is another major issue.

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4. Re: What's In A Name?

Somebody should tell Alaska that their website is in error. www.alaskaair.com

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5. Re: What's In A Name?

website name != airline name

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6. Re: What's In A Name?

The article's author missed one of the most frequently misspelt airlines, however.

easyJet is the correct spelling. Many people put the capital letter at the beginning of the word, not in the middle, or use 2. They (easyJet) don't help themselves, though, as, while their website has their name writ large at the top, many of their aircraft have a telephone number along the fuselage rather than their name.


Edited: 06 June 2010, 14:55
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7. Re: What's In A Name?

Misuse of airline and airport codes is also another source of confusion on this board - e.g. people writing VA (Virgin Australia), when they mean VS (Virgin Atlantic), or VX (Virgin America); people writing RA (Royal Nepal Airlines), when they mean FR (Ryanair), etc.

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8. Re: What's In A Name?

How can people repeatedly mess up "Qantas", when I have never seen anyone mess up "Qatar"?

Surely it is not that difficult.

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my problem with the mispelling of qantas is that during spelling tests in primary school (late 1950's) it was occasionally thrown in and a mistake cost a ruler over the knuckles. now people get away with it scott free!


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10. Re: What's In A Name?

my problem with the mispelling of qantas is that during spelling tests in primary school (late 1950's)


Did they teach you to write decades correctly? 1950s or '50s instead of 1950's...

*ruler over the knuckles*

I did see this board game today in a reputable bookstore. Can't believe it went into press and nobody noticed that! Appears they made the same c0ck up with the 1990s version too!