noun (1)
air·​line | \ ˈer-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 This has been a year of firsts for everyone, including the airline industry. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Delta Set the Standard for the Airline Industry's COVID-19 Response," 8 Sep. 2020 Some forecasts, however, have predicted the airline industry will not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Future of Bradley International Airport, once bright, turns uncertain amid pandemic and plunging air passenger traffic," 8 Sep. 2020 The company also does work in the aerospace sector in maintenance, overhaul and defense, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created problems for nearly every corner of the airline industry, Baker said. Dallas News, "Can technology make flying feel safe again? North Texas companies scramble to remove the COVID-19 risk from planes," 8 Sep. 2020 Most union employees in the airline industry whose jobs are cut would have rehiring rights, while managers and administrative staff would not. CBS News, "United Airlines furloughs 16,000 workers," 2 Sep. 2020 The Finnish state, which holds a majority stake, stands behind its airline, Tytti Tuppurainen, minister in charge of ownership steering, told reporters. Kati Pohjanpalo,, "Finnair to Cut 1,000 Jobs as Virus Rips Through Its Business," 28 Aug. 2020 Its Virgin Atlantic airline filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. last week after announcing a restructuring plan in the United Kingdom last month. Terry Spencer, Star Tribune, "US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner," 10 Aug. 2020 After suspending beverage service for months, my airline is restarting full service. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Your Job Rights During Coronavirus if You Have Vulnerabilities," 9 Aug. 2020 For all his optimism on how Ryanair will thrive post COVID-19, O'Leary foresees a return to normal that's grindingly slow, both overall and for his airline. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Not wasting a crisis: How Ireland’s Ryanair is using the pandemic to power an audacious growth plan," 2 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the searing heat, the air lines on the fire truck blew, locking the brakes and immobilizing the vehicle. Lauren Williams, USA TODAY, "'We were in the middle of it': Stories of survival and mateship as Australia battles deadly bushfires," 11 Jan. 2020 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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12 Sep 2020

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“Airline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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