Wikipedia:WikiProject Aviation/Style guide/Layout (Airlines)

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Structure[edit]

Highlighted suggested heading are links to the specific project discussion page. The basic Wiki guidelines should be followed with the following comments:

Introduction and infobox[edit]

The introduction should include the owner of the airline and some general comments about the airline. Once the airline is created as a company, it can be included as an article. Information about an owning company should be included in the article for that company. The IATA and ICAO codes should be checked to see that they are redirects to the airline or that a disambiguation page exists that includes the airline. The codes should also be added to IATA airline designator and ICAO airline designator lists.

The {{Infobox airline}} template should be added to all articles for the basic information. Please see the template documentation for more information on what should be included and what parameters to use. Unnecessary repeating of this information in the body of the article is discouraged.

History[edit]

Care should be taken in the structure so that different versions of the airline are clearly marked.

  • Slogans list by date with the oldest first-slogan (from-to)
  • Notable advertising campaigns
  • Livery

Destinations[edit]

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Destinations can be either used as the word-based format shown in articles like United Airlines destinations & Japan Airlines destinations, in a table & referenced format with start/end dates like List of Braathens destinations & List of Dragonair destinations, or in a table without start/end dates such as British Airways destinations and American Airlines destinations.

Only list destinations. Flight schedules or routing should not be included in this section. Code share destinations should not be listed for the secondary carrier. For airlines with limited destinations, the information can be included in line. Also, flags are not to be used in any destination list. This is in accordance with MOS:FLAGS, which states that flags should only be used when a subject actually represents a country, which is usually not the case for an airport.

Once an airline has enough destinations, they could be listed as a collapsible table, or in a stand alone article.[1]

Bulleted list format[edit]

One way of listing destinations is with a bulleted list. Destinations should be listed in alphabetical order by country like this:

If more than one airport is served them list as:

If needed the list can be sorted by continent and region in stand alone articles only. It is suggested that regions are only used if the number of countries in a continent exceeds ten.

Destinations for other than passenger service should be included as a heading to describe the type of scheduled service such as:

  • Cargo
  • Charter
  • Military

Table format (with start/end dates)[edit]

Here are some guidelines on how to format a table destination list with start and end dates.[2] It is your choice to use the word based format or the table based format, but many members of this project would recommend using the table-based format because it is used in two featured lists, List of Braathens destinations and List of Dragonair destinations.

  • In accordance with MOS:FLAGS do not add country flags to the table based format because airports do not really represent a particular country, which is required for flags to be added.
  • Destination lists should always be sorted by country, not by city. They should also have the ability to be sorted by the reader.
  • States and provinces should be added in parentheses in the country column. Not every country has states and provinces so do not create a separate column for these as it may be blank in many cases.
  • Do not use colors to identify certain types of destinations as this makes the table harder to edit, even by experienced editors. Instead state whether the destination is terminated, a hub, seasonal, etc., using words not colors. They should be listed in a separate "Notes" column (see second example below) if the table does not have start/ end dates.
  • Destination lists should always include some general info about the airline in addition to the list of destinations. It should include a short description (1–2 paragraphs) with general info about the airline such as a little history of the airline and how its destinations have changed over the years.
  • Information about routing and cities served from a particular destination should not be included (Wikipedia is not a travel guide), unless a certain route is particularly notable (for example Singapore Airlines' Newark–Singapore route is the longest in the world).
  • Do not add IATA/ICAO airport codes as these are not widely used outside the aviation industry and can be easily found by clicking on the link to the airport's article.
  • Adding start/end dates is strongly encouraged but in many cases the information may be unavailable or hard to find. Even if the information on start/end dates is unavailable, terminated destinations should still be present in the table. And they should be marked as "Terminated" in order to differentiate from destinations currently served by the airline.
  • And of course, destinations should always be suitably referenced by adding a ref to the "Ref" column in the table. Ideally, all rows of the ref column should be filled with refs.
  • The following is an example of what the table format should look like. This does not represent service of any real airline, and is purely for demonstration purposes only.

Foo Airlines [this should be linked to the airline's article] flies to the following destinations as of March 2012:

Country (State/Province) City Airport Begin End Refs
Canada (Ontario) Toronto Pearson Airport June 23, 2010 April 6, 2011
Mexico (Baja California Sur) Los Cabos Los Cabos Airport December 16, 2010 present
Mexico (Jalisco) Puerto Vallarta Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport December 2, 2011 present
Mexico (Quintana Roo) Cancún Cancún AirportSeasonal January 19, 2011 present
United States (California) Los Angeles Los Angeles AirportFocus city August 8, 2007 present
United States (California) Palm Springs Palm Springs Airport December 15, 2011 present
United States (California) Orange County John Wayne Airport April 29, 2009 May 26, 2010
United States (California) San Diego San Diego Airport February 12, 2008 present
United States (California) San Francisco San Francisco AirportHub August 8, 2007 present
United States (Florida) Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Airport November 18, 2009 present
United States (Florida) Orlando Orlando Airport October 6, 2010 present
United States (Illinois) Chicago O'Hare Airport May 25, 2011 present
United States (Massachusetts) Boston Logan Airport February 12, 2009 present
United States (Nevada) Las Vegas McCarran Airport October 10, 2007 present
United States (New York) New York John F. Kennedy Airport August 8, 2007 present
United States (Pennsylvania) Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport[Future] August 4, 2013
United States (Texas) Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth Airport December 1, 2010 present
United States (Washington) Seattle Seattle–Tacoma Airport March 18, 2008 present
United States (District of Columbia) Washington Dulles Airport September 26, 2007 present

Table format (without start/end dates)[edit]

This is an example of a destination table without start and end dates.[2] While it is highly recommended to use start and end dates, in many cases these may be very hard to find references stating when service began or ended, especially for established airlines. This table is just an example and does not represent service of any real airline.

Country (State/Province) City Airport Notes Refs
Canada (Ontario) Toronto Pearson Airport Terminated
Mexico (Baja California Sur) Los Cabos Los Cabos Airport
Mexico (Jalisco) Puerto Vallarta Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport
Mexico (Quintana Roo) Cancún Cancún Airport Seasonal
United States (California) Los Angeles Los Angeles Airport Focus city
United States (California) Palm Springs Palm Springs Airport
United States (California) Orange County John Wayne Airport Terminated
United States (California) San Diego San Diego Airport
United States (California) San Francisco San Francisco Airport Hub
United States (Florida) Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Airport Terminated
United States (Florida) Orlando Orlando Airport
United States (Illinois) Chicago O'Hare Airport
United States (Massachusetts) Boston Logan Airport Terminated
United States (Nevada) Las Vegas McCarran Airport
United States (New York) New York John F. Kennedy Airport
United States (Pennsylvania) Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport Begins August 4, 2012
United States (Texas) Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
United States (Washington) Seattle Seattle–Tacoma Airport
United States (District of Columbia) Washington Dulles Airport

In order to easily add the color-coded cells in the "Notes" column, there are some templates you can use. To mark terminated destinations, add {{Terminated}} into the cell. Use the template {{Airline hub}} to mark hubs, the template {{Airline focus}} for focus cities, and the template {{Airline seasonal}} for seasonal destinations.[3]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

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A list of the Codeshare agreements the airline has with other airlines is to be included. It is generally a subsection of the destinations section. Please do not include the alliance information of the partner airlines.[4] Also, flags are not to be used when listing codeshares.[5]

Fleet[edit]

Shortcut:

A list of the aircraft flown by the airline and the number of each. Other material should be limited to seating, aircraft on order and route information. Lists or tables should not include individual aircraft tail numbers unless they have encyclopedic value. Other than the number of seats other information on the aircraft (for example engines fitted or Boeing customer codes) should not be included. Please do not include wet-leased aircraft.

Fleets should be displayed as either a simple text list or as a table as appropriate:

or

Foo Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Routes Notes
Boeing 737-300 3 148 Europe Out of service in 2016
Boeing 777-200ER 2 1 220 North America
Total 5 1

Airline Affinity Programs[edit]

Airline Affinity Programs should include information about frequent flyer programs and membership clubs.

  • Membership clubs and frequent flyer program participation should be listed in the {{Airline infobox}} and the programs should have their own articles if they are large or well known.
  • List Airline partners for Frequent Flyer programs and list Locations of the airline clubs.
  • Mention any other programs that the airline participates in and link to more information about the program if it is available.

Services[edit]

  • Food and Beverages
  • Entertainment
  • Special needs
  • Class of travel (Coach, business, Premium, Executive, First, ...)
  • Freight
  • Charter
  • Lease wet or dry
  • Helicopter
  • Hajj Pilgrimage
  • Air Ambulance/health services

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Accidents or incidents should only be included if:

  • The event was fatal to either aircraft occupants or persons on the ground;
  • The event involved hull loss or serious damage to the aircraft or airport;
  • The event resulted in changes to procedures, regulations or processes affecting airports, airlines or the aircraft industry.

External links[edit]

  • Airline web site
  • Do not include un-encyclopedic opinion web sites

Information not to be included[edit]

Types of material that should not be included include:

  • Tables of flight numbers by destination
  • Lists of tail numbers
  • Extensive information about the airline's frequent flyer program, cabin layout and amenities, etc. Remember that Wikipedia is not a travel guide.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Formerly, this guideline stated that any airline having more than 10 destinations would have a separate article. When a February 2010 AfD discussion for Porter Airlines destinations resulted in that article being deleted (despite having more than 10 destinations), this guideline was changed.
  2. ^ a b See discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Airlines/Archive 6#Destination table format: Propose major changes and updating of project guidelines. (February – April 2012)
  3. ^ Discussed at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Airlines/Archive 7#Terminated template in use in layout (Airlines). (October 2012–February 2013)
  4. ^ Per discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Airlines/Archive 7#Codeshare sections in many articles. (September – October 2012)
  5. ^ See discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Airlines/Archive 5#Flag icons in codeshare lists etc. (December 2010)