noun (1)
air·​line | \ -ˌlīn How to pronounce airline (audio) \

Definition of airline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an air transportation system including its equipment, routes, operating personnel, and management

air line

noun (2)

Definition of air line (Entry 2 of 2)

: a straight line through the air between two points

Examples of airline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her airline of choice: Delta, a Southern corporation, of course. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 But cost and weight are a huge concern for airlines, and industry where fuel efficiency is paramount. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 Their scores dropped to 62 this year, lower than sectors including airlines, hospitals, municipal utilities, and the US Postal Service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Netflix and other online video are killing cable in customer satisfaction," 22 May 2018 The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, operated by Aeroflot, Russia’s flagship carrier and largest airline, was carrying 73 passengers and five crew members. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Moscow Plane Fire Kills at Least 41," 6 May 2019 In fact, international airlines must offset extra carbon emissions by 2021, per a resolution passed by the United Nations last year. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 Injury prevention measures don’t just benefit employees and the airline’s bottom line, according to United. Lauren Zumbach,, "From birthday wishes for passengers to tracking baggage handler injuries, airlines tap big data to try to improve operations," 12 July 2018 All roads, trends, and airlines led to Rome—and Florence and Venice. Jay Mcinerney, Vogue, "Why, Oh Why Do I Love Paris? Jay McInerney Counted the Ways in a 1986 Story for Vogue, Republished Here in Solidarity With the French Capital, Where Notre-Dame Burned," 16 Apr. 2019 Boeing, on the other hand, has invited criticism for charging airlines an extra fee for information on the MCAS, rather than supplying it for free. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing's Safety Procedures But Couldn't Prevent Crash," 3 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three two-man teams were taking 15-minute stints of exploring the vault Wednesday, using glow sticks and air lines. Vinny Vella,, "Bensalem PD: Crews recover body of gas-station owner killed in explosion," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of airline

Noun (1)

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airline was in 1813

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English Language Learners Definition of airline

: a company that owns and operates many airplanes which are used for carrying passengers and goods to different places


air·​line | \ ˈer-ˌlīn How to pronounce airline (audio) \

Kids Definition of airline

: a company that owns and operates many airplanes which are used for carrying passengers and cargo to different places

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a strong desire or propensity

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