Tribute to Lord’s Airline, Happy Air, Gandalf Airlines
AirAsia’s Japanese arm, now wholly owned by ANA, has rebranded itself as Vanilla, a name selected from around 200 possibilities. As the airline’s president explained, “everyone likes vanilla”. That may be right, Conde Nast Traveler writes, but for many of us vanilla means bland and boring.
But it’s not the worst airline name ever. Here are some others:
Hooters Air: Based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this offshoot of a restaurant chain of the same name flew for three years before folding in 2006. It featured the same scantily clad women as the eateries do, but they were just there just for show; a second crew of trained flight attendants worked each flight.
Lord’s Airline: This one could have used some help from above. The airline, which was trying to get rights to fly from Florida to the Holy Land, never got off the ground.
Happy Air: Based in Thailand, this tiny turbroprop operator ran into some unhappy times a few years ago, but it’s still in business.
Song & Ted: Two discount airlines launched by Delta and United, respectively, to fight back at JetBlue. But the concept failed to catch on despite Song’s apple martinis and teddy bears on Ted.
Gandalf Airlines: Gandalf was a short-lived regional airline based in Italy. It flew to various cities on the continent with a mix of ten prop planes and small jets, but by 2003 it had run out of fuel.
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