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Acronym confusion

October 8th, 2009 (02:13 pm)
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current mood: amused

Every airline has a two-letter ID, assigned by IATA (er, International Air Transport Association). As you'd expect, the bigger, older airlines have IDs that are more or less recognizable, such as AA for American Airlines and NW for Northwest.

People at ITA generally refer to airlines by ID—most often in writing, but sometimes in speech, too. I'm used to this by now, and mostly do the same.

But I can't hear Continental's ID without thinking "carbon monoxide".

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 8th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)

So it's CO?

And I'd probably think of military officers first.

Posted by: kahnegabs (kahnegabs)
Posted at: October 8th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)


the first thing I think of is Colorado

Posted by: Hey You (martianfencer)
Posted at: October 11th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)

I guess they're not going to adopt the motto: "CO, a breath of fresh air!"

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