APDR5100 – Glossary of Airline Jargon/Abbreviations: Airline Jargon/Abbreviations

ABCAirlines guide of flight schedules
ABTAAssociation of British Travel Agents
AERAssociation of European Airlines
Alphabet orderLooks like a passenger manifest (shows infant passengers)
AMADEUSComputer flight booking
ANOAir Navigation Order
AOCAir Operators Certificate
AOGAircraft on ground (usually indicates a rapid repair requirement)
APOLLOUnited Airlines equivalent of BABS
ATBAutomatic ticketing boarding card
AVTURAviation Turbine Fuel (duty free when put to an eligible use)
AWCAir Worthiness Certificate
BAABritish Airports Authority
BABSBritish Airways Booking system
BAG EditsFull baggage claim number, cross referenced to passenger
BAOABritish Airport Operators’ Association
BARUKBoard of Airline Reps in the UK
BATABritish Air Transport Association
BSPBank Settlement Plan (see IATA)
CAACivil Aviation Authority
CATCentral Assurance Team
Code share agreementMarketing agreement where airlines share their flight codes
Conjunction ticketsCross referenced connecting tickets
ConnectorsPassengers connecting through the UK on international flights. (May have separate ticket or through tickets with the boarding pass - issued on the first take off.)
CRSComputer Reservation System
CUTECommon User Terminal System
DCSDeparture Control System
Deadhead crewCrew which literally does not have to think as it is being returned or repositioned
DfTDepartment for Transport
EDIFAXElectronic Data Intercomputer Facilitation
ERAAEuropean Regional Airlines Association
FCCFlight Connection Centre (End of Terminal 1 LHR)
FIMFlight Interruption Manifest
Frequent flyersFree tickets awarded to frequent fliers
GALILEOComputer flight booking system
GOING ‘TECH’Aircraft on ground requiring repair
Go showsPassengers who turn up on “spec”
HUBMain station supplying other stations
IACAIndependent Air Carriers Association
IATAInternational Air Transport Association, clearing house which acts like a bank system for the airlines
InterliningPractice of carrying a passenger on another airline’s ticket
Involuntary rerouting Rerouting owing to unforeseen circumstances for example foul weather
LoadmastersAirline employees dealing with cargo baggage; may or may not fly
ManifestList of passengers carried
Movement messageList of passengers carried
No showsPassengers who do not turn up
Non-AdsNon Admittance (deportees)
Occupancy ratesMonthly statistics of how many passengers flew
Offlying carriersPeople who sell their tickets in a country but do not fly from it
PAXPassenger(s)
RASRevenue Accounting System
Removal notesLetters issued by immigration to fly deportees out
Repositioning crewCrew flying out to work or returning to base following a period of duty
SABREAmerican Airlines computer system equivalent to BABS
ShouldersThe “run-up“ period to summer/winter schedules
SkymarshallsCan mean plain clothes security operatives
SlotsTake-off time allocated by Airport Authorities
TATTransitional Automated Ticket
TechlogCAA-required record of all maintenance to aircraft
Transit passengerA passenger who during their journey either changes aircraft or re-boards their original aircraft while making a scheduled stop in which they remain airside, without passing through any official controls
Validation stickersApplied to tickets when scheduled flight is changed.