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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Spirit's seats famously don't recline but come with a pre-recline, and that pre-recline will grow nearly an inch, more in the exit rows, the airline said. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Stingy Spirit Airlines adding comfier seats, even in the middle," 9 Sep. 2019 The airline has said that the grounding cut $225 million from 2019 operating income. Washington Post, "Business Digest: CEO of Nissan resigns over questionable payments," 9 Sep. 2019 The aircraft was removed from service and will undergo more inspection, the airline said., "Southwest flight makes emergency landing after ‘unusual odor’ fills aircraft," 6 Sep. 2019 The airline says these two issues have cost it about $166 million USD so far this year. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air Is Taking Last-Ditch Measures to Avoid Bankruptcy," 4 Sep. 2019 The aircraft are smaller than long-haul jumbo jets used by major U.S. airlines. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Midwest Express will not be the old, beloved Midwest Express. Industry economics won't allow it.," 30 Aug. 2019 The airline said a maintenance technician inspected the plane and cleared it to continue flying. Joe Viechnicki, Anchorage Daily News, "Lightning strikes Alaska Airlines jets in Southeast," 28 Aug. 2019 Augustus Tang, a veteran of the company's operations in Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia, was named to succeed Hogg, the airline said. CBS News, "Cathay Pacific CEO resigns after pressure from Beijing," 16 Aug. 2019 Cathay suspended a pilot from flying who had been detained while participating in a protest, the airline said in a statement. Shirley Li, Fortune, "Hong Kong Airport Cancels All Flights As Protests Prompt Biggest Disruption Yet," 12 Aug. 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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