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.
a direct line; beeline.
an airhose used to pipe air to a deep-sea diver, pneumatic drill, etc.
of or on an airline.
Other definitions for air-line (2 of 2)
straight; direct; traveling a direct route: Some railroads advertise air-line routes between stations.
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How to use airline in a sentence
There is a larger reason, beyond the airlines themselves, why Lion Air and 61 other Indonesian airlines are on this black list.
In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.
Two Indonesian airlines, Garuda and Lion Air, have seen Fernandes eat their lunch and are only now responding.
But it is not only small airlines that reflect the laxity of the system.
The latest disappearance is another huge aviation blow for Malaysia, where both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia are based.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And the same goes for any other common carrier—the railroads, bus service, and airlines.
They were laughing at the trick they pulled on the airlines.Queen of the Flaming Diamond | Leroy Yerxa
I was flying as a passenger on one of the airlines once, going out to Wichita to take delivery of a ship I had sold.Test Pilot | David Goodger (email@example.com)
Delta Airlines can give you the date of the flight to Puerto Rico exactly.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Marscorp still controls all the airlines, but the Mars government keeps a pretty strict finger on their planetbound operations.Atom Drive | Charles Louis Fontenay
British Dictionary definitions for airline
a system or organization that provides scheduled flights for passengers or cargo
(as modifier): an airline pilot
a hose or tube carrying air under pressure
mainly US a beeline
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