Totally random Sunday night observation/question/topic of discussion. What’s the correct term for those companies we fly with?
You have American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates Airline, etc.
All the time I see airlines quoted in the media by incorrect names. Today I saw an article about Delta Airlines and Emirates Airlines. Neither of which are how the companies choose to refer to themselves.
But aside from what these companies self identify as, what’s actually the correct term?
Looking at the definition, it seems like an airline is defined as “an organization providing a regular public service of air transportation on one or more routes.”
So if my interpretation is right, Emirates is correct with how they identify themselves — Emirates Airline. One organization providing regular public air service on one or more routes is an airline and not airlines, right?
I know this is totally random — perhaps akin to the question I posed a few years back about whether you stay at Le Meridien or The Le Meridien — but it does have me scratching my head.
Anyway, I’m curious what you guys think — is the correct term airline, airlines, or air lines? And if my interpretation above is correct, why do most of these companies refer to themselves as “airlines?”