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Entry from December 21, 2013
Scarebus (Airbus nickname)

Airbus is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace company. People who believe that its planes are not safe have nicknamed the company “Scarebus” (or “ScareBus").

“Scarebus” has been cited in print since at least 1994.


Wikipedia: Airbus
Airbus SAS (/ˈɛərbʌs/, French: [ɛʁbys] ( listen), German: [ˈɛːɐbʊs], Spanish: [ˈerβus]) is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace company. Based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, and with significant activity across Europe, the company produces approximately half of the world’s jet airliners.

Airbus began as a consortium of aerospace manufacturers, Airbus Industrie. Consolidation of European defence and aerospace companies in 1999 and 2000 allowed the establishment of a simplified joint-stock company in 2001, owned by EADS (80 %) and BAE Systems (20 %). After a protracted sales process BAE sold its shareholding to EADS on 13 October 2006.

Airbus employs around 63,000 people at sixteen sites in four European Union countries: France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Google Groups: rec.travel.misc
Wessel du Preez
9/28/94
North West Aircraft Types - SCAREBUS?
>“Randy" == Randy Cadwell writes:
Randy> : 320 is an Airbus A-320 sometimes called SCAREBUS.

Randy> Care to elaborate? (he says with concern).

Lately they don’t always seem to stop before the end of the runway, as I recall. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Google Groups: alt.disasters.aviation
SCAREBUS A320 Turbulance
DWYER
6/29/98
A ScareBus A320 taking off from Bristol International Airport in England slams the ground.  A sudden downdraft caused the underside of the ScareBus 320 to touch the runway for a moment.  The pilot immediately after takeoff circled the airport and landed again.  This happened Sat 27 jun.  Operating carrier Air 2000.  I wonder if this would have happened to a BOEING 75?

PPRuNe Forums
Why don’t jets fly higher?
Slasher
3rd Jul 2000, 09:29
Sparky. Boeing and Scarebus could build an SST (M1.5-2.2) of A3XX/B747 proportions (and with similar operating economics) tomorrow afternoon if they really really truly wanted to

AirlineCrew.net Forum
suthernbelle
December 7, 2000, 02:04 AM
Re: Airplane Nicknames
DC9-10 - Trash 10
A320 - Scarebus

PPRuNe Forums
why the name “scarebus?”
shon7
22nd Mar 2002, 07:32
I haven’t got a chance to talk with too many airbus pilots but on pprune I have heard the name scarebus mentioned a no of times. So is this all just humour or is there something more behind the origins of this name?

Urban Dictionary
scarebus
Derogatory name for “Airbus” - a European commercial aircraft company
Unless you have a death wish, don’t fly on a Scarebus.
by Nite Owl December 21, 2005

FlyerTalk Forums
that_guy
Jun 19, 09, 2:33 pm
airbus = scarebus?
Maybe I’ve read one too many articles of the airbus tails snapping off, but do any of you feel more secure in a particular make of airplane, be it boeing or airbus, tupolev, ilyushin, embrarer, etc.?

Fear of Flying Forum
There’s a reason they’re called ScareBus
timt
Jun 20 12 11:21 AM
http://www.inquisitr.com/259072/jetblue-flight-makes-passengers-sick-after-hydraulics-fail/
From the article:
“The JetBlue flight was forced to circle the Las Vegas airport for four hours because the Airbus A320 can not land on a full fuel tank and it is incapable of dumping excess fuel.”

Google Books
Push Me Pull You:
A Dictionary of Aviation Slang

By Lewis J. Poteet and Martin J. Stone
Bloomington, IN: iUniverse
2013
Pg. 327:
Scare Bus—irreverent nickname for Airbus, the European consortium advanced-technology jumbo jetliner.

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