What is the difference between Welcome On Board & Welcome Aboard ✅


Welcome on Board

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:

  • Jack was already aboard/on board when he remembered that he’d left his suit at home.
  • The plane crashed, but everyone on board / aboard survived.
  • Are all the passengers aboard / on board?
  • This is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard/on board of this British Airways flight.

Welcome on board/aboard can also be used figuratively when welcoming a new member of a team:

  • Welcome on board/aboard, James always speaks very highly of you.
  • Welcome, Janine. It’s good to have you on board / aboard!

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How to reply to welcome on board?

As we have determined before “welcome on board” is commonly used when you enter a public vehicle, like a plane, train, ship, or bus. There is no need to say anything except “thank you” if anyone personally welcomes you into the vehicle.

However, “welcome on board” can also be used in a different setting. It’s also a very common expression in the business sector. 

When someone new comes to a company, small business, or just a team, we welcome them by saying “welcome on board.” Because a business is like a vehicle, it goes places and it advances, a new part of that is welcomed on board. In this case, the replies are different from entering a real vehicle.

Here are a couple of examples

Manager: “We would like to welcome Jason to the team. He’ll be in charge of marketing starting today.”
Jason: “Thank you, I’m glad to be a part of the team.”

Boss: “Today we welcome on board our new team of analysts. Please give them a warm welcome.”
Analyst: “Thank you everyone. We are proud to be here and work with you all.”

CEO: “In this company we strive for excellence, and every new member is welcomed on board as a part of the family.”
Manager: “It’s an honor to be here. I’m looking forward for our team to start right away.”

As you can see from these examples it is commonly a privilege to welcomed on board into a team or company or small business. The reply to that is to simply be grateful, a bit humble, and show respect to the people in charge and the company itself. If you’re already going places you might as well thank the people who are going with you. 

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Anastasia Koltai
3 years ago

yes, I’m just looking at the correct use of ‘on board’ and ‘aboard’, and your page gives this example of a possible BA flight announcement ‘This is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard/on board of this British Airways flight.’ I really hope that the captain doesn’t use the word ‘of’ in this context, as that would be incorrect syntax.

Ahmad Farhad
Ahmad Farhad
3 years ago


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Ah Farhad