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In business, we sometimes compare a company or a team to a ship. One example of this is saying when someone joins a team. It means

The expression aboard is older than on board, however, the two expressions can be used interchangeably to mean on/onto a ship, plane, train, or bus:

Is it grammatically correct for a pilot or airline cabin crew to say , rather than Is there a difference?

On board describes that something is aboard a vessel i.e., the location of something or someone

Aboard modifies an action and is often followed by reference of the vessel, e.g. to step aboard a something.

is only a contraction of . May be pilots prefer , but actually there is no difference between the two variants.

I don’t see any grammitical difference, rather it seems to be usage as Fumble (hi ya Fumble 🙂 says. (And there’s Amid ship – center of ship.)

I wonder if the word ‘board’ derives from the planks / boards used from dock to ship to enter the vessel?

It’s customary to send a welcome aboard letter to new employees before they arrive to start a job. It is usually more informal than the official document offering the position.

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