With the former PLUNA workers apparently proceeding to start a new airline to replace the failed Uruguayan national carrier, there has been some discussion about the successor carrier's possible name. Some of the suggestions have been serious with others mocking the process, including the airline's sudden shutdown stranding hundreds of passengers or leaving them with worthless tickets and the Cosmo failed auction fiasco.
Most of the workers reportedly want to keep the PLUNA name, which is an acronym for Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (First Uruguayan Lines of Aerial Navigation).
However many other ideas have come up. New name suggestions as posted online by readers of the El Observador Uruguay newspaper website include:
Alas Uruguayas (Uruguayan Wings)
Air Pepe ("Pepe" is Uruguayan President Jose Mujica's nickname)
SLUNA (Segunda "Second" Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea)
LUNA (Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea) but also means "moon", so this is a joke
PLUNAgate (in reference to the controversies surrounding the shutdown, mostly financial)
Air Fenix (arisen from the ashes)
Contribuyente Airlines (Taxpayer Airlines, since they always end up paying for it)
Source: El Observador 29Nov12