Guess The Airline – March 2004 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.

Many people guessed the wrong airline, because they were mislead by the German and English indicators on top of this flight information board. Before continuing, remember: this was a magazine ad published in an Air Transportation World issue of the early 1980s. Ready? Scroll down!

Austrian Airlines advertisement from the 1980s, featuring a departures board (FIDS) with OS-prefixed flights.

How to guess it?

The clues for this ad were not very numerous. The major one is the indicators on top of the flight information board: English and German. However, most people were mislead by those and immediately thought of a German airline. But remember: there are other German-speaking countries in Europe: Switzerland and Austria are large enough to have their own airline and are in Central Europe. Switzerland’s Swissair is eliminated because it flew to West Berlin (Tegel) and not East Berlin (Schönefeld). But Austrian Airlines did.

Remember: do NOT always consider the destinations appearing too obviously on the advertisement. They are cities to which the airline flies OUT of its original hub, most of the time.


Correct answers: 37% | Wrong answers: 63% | Most submitted wrong answer: Lufthansa (35%) | Other answers submitted: Aeroflot, Alitalia, Armenian, JAT, LOT, Olympic, Turkish.


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