Guess The Airline – May 2003 answer

Every month, an airline printed advertisement, minus airline name and logo, is displayed for your guessing pleasure on Guess The Airline. The following is the answer to a previous game.

This Guess The Airline was particularly special because of the variety of wrong answers submitted, including a colorful fictitious airline! This was a 1980 ad taken from an issue of Air Transport World. Ready? Start scrolling down!

Viasa advertisement from the year 1980, featuring an open briefcase.

How to guess it?

There weren’t many clues in this advertisement, except the text introducing this advertisement, that specified that the airline no longer exists. This didn’t prevent players from submitting names of airlines that are still in business! Other than that, it was a simple matter of knowing which Venezuelan airline (according to the text), in 1980 (year of publishing of the ad), would have been large enough to fly the routes in the tiny route map, and have ORANGE as its major color (picture of ticket folder). Remember: it is orange, not red (so it couldn’t have been Swissair or TWA… and certainly not Northwest, which still exists). All advertisements displayed on Guess The Airline are retouched so that colors look realistic. So, it was the late Viasa.


Correct answers: 43% | Wrong answers: 57% | Most submitted wrong answer: Northwest (22%) | Other answers submitted: Aeropostal, American, Avensa, Braniff, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Eastern, Panagra, PEOPLExpress, Swissair, TWA, United, ValuJet, Varig, Venezuela Air (sic).


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