- a system furnishing air transport, usually scheduled, between specified points.
- the airplanes, airports, etc., of such a system.
- Often airlines. a company that owns or operates such a system.
- airline chicken breast,
Origin of airline
Origin of air-line
Examples from the Web for airline
Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.
Did the airline file a flight plan that took account of the weather en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore?
Search teams find dozens of people and jet debris floating in the Java Sea, as the airline confirms the wreckage is from QZ8501.
On board were 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, a Malaysian, and one Briton, the airline said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A version was approved for airline use in 2007—but no airline has adopted it.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And some of the reports are from airline pilots and people like that, who are not fooled by balloons or meteors.Inside John Barth|William W. Stuart
Including delays and detours, this gave an average of nearly thirteen miles daily on an airline in our course.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
With this assurance the seaplane was launched and took the airline for Hamburg, leaving Albert to his own devices.Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Germany|Horace Porter
The airline porter wanted to put my chute in the baggage compartment.Test Pilot|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
And is there anything we can do about it, or will it be like the airline incident.Fifty Per Cent Prophet|Gordon Randall Garrett
- a system or organization that provides scheduled flights for passengers or cargo
- (as modifier)an airline pilot
also air-line, 1813, "beeline, straight line from place to place" (as through the air, rather than over terrain; in later 19c. especially in reference to railways that ran directly between big cities in the U.S. instead of meandering from town to town in search of stock subscriptions as early railways typically did), from air (n.1) + line (n.). Meaning "public aircraft transportation company" is from 1914.