Limpin' Jez McKenzie wrote:
BARON CORNY DOG wrote:Lufthansa = Luft Hansa
In the past few years I’ve come to know “Hansa” as German (I guess) for Hanseatic League. But never made that connection. Which I like.
Everyone thinks the Luft part refers to air, but actually it was the name of one of the early German aviators. Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft is distantly related to the guy...
Not convinced this is true. Luft does mean air and so is an obviosu derivation for the name.
I couldn't find a single reference to a German aviator being involved in the founding of the companyBy the mid-1920s, there were a number of small civilian passenger services in Germany, although only a few survived the massive inflation and poor economic conditions of the time. In January 1926, the German government combined two of these, Deutsche Aero Lloyd (DAL) and Junkers, into a new company named Deutsche Luft Hansa (DLH)
The 1926 company was rebranded as Lufthansa in 1950s in attemp to lose its nazi associatins.
Lorna Luft's father Sidney was an aviator but flew with the Candian Air Force and was born in New York City in 1915,