Five questionably named airlines

14 Aug 2013

Lucky AirName: Lucky Air

Established in: 2005

The "hmm" factor: When it comes to aviation, one may not want to rely just on luck.

Operational base: Yunnan, China

Fleet/network: The airline has 20 aircraft – eight B737-800s, six B737-700s, three A319s and three A320s. The airline flies to 38 domestic cities including Chengdu, Chongqing, Guiyang, Xian and Jinan. – there is no English version.


Name: Air Rum Air Rum

Established in: 2002, defunct since 2008.

The "hmm" factor: The airline had a bad safety record – the name probably explains it.

Operational base: Ammam, Jordan

Fleet/network: Five Lockheed L1011 tri-star aircraft, all seating between 329-355 passengers in a three-class configuration. The aircraft flew to various African, Middle Eastern and European destinations. – curiously, it is still up and running. Unlike the airline.


1 time airlinesName: 1Time Airlines

Established in: 2004, defunct since November last year.

The "hmm" factor: Personally, I would prefer to fly in a non-disposable aircraft.

Operational base: South Africa

Fleet/network: It had 11 McDonnell Douglas MD aircraft which it flew mainly within South Africa but also to destinations in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The airline's website was


Name: Pegasus Airlines 

The "hmm" factorAn airline named after a mythical pony with wings... not sure if it inspires a lot of confidence.

Established in: 2005

Operational base: Turkey

Fleet/networkThe low-cost airline has a fleet of 38 B737-800s and one B737-400. It serves 71 locations in 29 countries: 29 domestic and 42 abroad including Athens, Doha, London, Munich, Paris and Stockholm.

Name: White Airways White Airways logo

The "hmm" factor: Is it just me or is there something wrong about this name? 

Established in: 2006

Operational base: Portugal

Fleet/network: The airline flies five aircraft – one A310-300, one A320 and three three A319CJs – to Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Cancun, among others.

Alex Andersson

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