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March/April 2019

Glossary beginning with A

Baffled by an acronym? Our corporate travel glossary should help clear away misconceptions and have you talking like a pro.
Click one of the letters above to go to the page of all terms beginning with that letter.

Arab Air Carriers Organisation consists of 27 airlines in the Middle East and North Africa including Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Oman Air, Egyptair and Qatar Airways


Association of British Travel Agents


Association of Corporate Travel Executives: A non-profit association that represents the global business travel industry. It provides executive-level educational programmes and carries out independent industry research. Its members come from all areas of business travel - from corporate buyers to suppliers. Provides members with a forum for sharing ideas and also offers independent advice.


The Association of European Airlines: Began in the fifties when a handful of airlines joined together for research purposes. It is now made up of 35 major airlines. Now works alongside the European Union's institutions to ensure the sustainable growth of the European airline industry.


Air Navigation Service (providers): A broad term describing a those bodies responsible for controlling air traffic. Put simply, air traffic controllers.


Airport Operators Association – a trade association representing the interests of UK airports which engages with the UK Government and regulatory authorities on airport issues. The association’s membership includes 68 airport companies from across the country and more than 160 associate members which are suppliers to the aviation industry.


Air operator's certificate is granted by a country's aviation authority permitting the airline to fly commercially


Asia-Pacific (area): A term used to describe the area roughly encompassing littoral East Asia, Southeast Asia and Pacific Australasia. Also the states in the ocean itself (Oceania), sometimes including South Asia.


Air Passenger Duty (UK only): An excise duty charged on the carriage of passengers flying on an aircraft with an authorised take off weight of more than ten tonnes or more than twenty seats. Due when the aircraft first takes off on the passenger’s flight and is payable by the aircraft operator


Advanced Purchase Excursion Fare: Usually has to be booked in advance and accordingly offers a low or lowest price. Restrictions usually apply.


Air Traffic Management: The broad spectrum of people and organisations responsible for controlling air traffic. Subject to reforms should the Single European Sky project (SES) go through.


Association of Train Operating Companies


Air Travel Organisers' Licensing

Aviation Duty

A per plane "green" tax, PROPOSED by Alistair Darling (Oct 08), designed to ensure airline operators fill their seats.

Aviation Foundation

Promotes the positive economic and social impact of aviation in the UK. The foundation has been established by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BAA and the Manchester Airports Group


Audio Visual On Demand: A type of InFlight Entertainment system (see IFE) which gives passengers access to TV programmes, movies and music, all stored on a onboard server. Manufacturers include Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Thales Group, Rockwell Collins and LiveTV.