The World's Airlines

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 Airline History (holiday mode)


24 September 1946Cathay Pacific was founded by American Roy C Farrell and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow. Started operations on the same dayHong Kong
24 September 1947Cyprus Airways was establishedCyprus
24 September 1997ValuJet Airlines changed its name to AirTran, and in the summer of 1998, the two airlines merged onto the same FAA certificateUSA
24 September 200113 days after 9/11, US Airways decided to terminate all flights from MetroJetUSA
24 September 2011ECAir operations startedRepublic of Congo
24 September 2012Rollins Air had its AOC was revokedHonduras
24 September 2012Fly Tanzania was incorporated. Unsure if started operations with a single BAe 146-300 as plannedTanzania
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25 September 1950

PanAm purchases AOA (American Overseas Airlines) from American

25 September 1969

Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn (the D, H and L in the company name) incorporate & start DHL Worldwide Express (>Astar Air Cargo)

25 September 1991First flight of the British Aerospace Jetstream 41UK
25 September 2006Juneyao Airlines made its maiden flightChina
25 September 2006China Express Airlines launched operations using three Bombardier CRJ200sChina
25 September 2008LatCharter became SmartLynxLatvia
25 September 2009Aeroflot-Don reverts to its previous Donavia identity on this date. Donskie Avialinii >>JSC Donavia Airlines >Aeroflot-Don >DonaviaRussia
25 September 2015 Nordic Aviation was founded by the Estonian GovernmentEstonia
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26 September 1919CCNA  (Compania Colombiana de Navigacion Aerea), first civil aviation company in Colombia was legally registered on this dateColombia
26 September 1932Manchurian Aviation Company, national airline of Manchukuo (Manchuria, China) was foundedChina
26 September 1932

Imperial Airways introduces the Armstrong Whitworth A.W.15 Atalanta, four engine aircraft

26 September 1969Washington Airlines, formed by Butler Aviation as an attempt as a STOL operation out of Baltimore, ceased operationsUSA
26 September 1973Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking timeUK
26 September 1977Laker Airways inaugurated its no-booking "Skytrain" service between London and New YorkUK
26 September 1981First flight of the B.767-200USA
26 September 1994Enimex was established and started operationsEstonia
26 September 2011Comlux Aruba received its AOCAruba
26 September 2011
Boeing delivers its first B.787 Dreamliner to a customer, All Nippon Airways, at Paine Field in Washington
26 September 2014PEOPLExpress II abruptly ceased operations after almost 3 monthsUSA
26 September 2014Tigerair Taiwan started operations with A.320 aircraftTaiwan
26 September 2015Little Red ceased operationsUK
26 September 2015YTO Express Airlines commenced commercial freight operations with its maiden flight - Hangzhou-ChengduChina
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27 September 1928Faucett (Compania de Aviacion Faucett), formed on 15Sep1928 by Elmer J. Faucett, started operationsPeru
27 September 1960Autair  changed was renamed to Autair International Airways (>Court Lines)UK
27 September 2001LAPA, formed in 1977, was renamed to ARG Argentina Línea PrivadaArgentina
27 September 2005

The merger transaction between US Airways and America West was officially completed

27 September 2006

Caribbean Airlines was incorporated

Trinidad and Tobago
27 September 2007America West Airlines began operating on the same operating certificate as US AirwaysUSA
27 September 2012Varig Cargo, rebranded as VarigLog (Varig Logistics) in 2000, suspended operations on 02Jan2012 & was liquidated on this dateBrazil
27 September 2013America West merger into US Airways was completedUSA
27 September 2013Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co. was formally renamed as Dehong South Asia General Airlines upon approval by Southwest Regional Administration of CAACChina
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28 September 1948El Al's first flight. It departed from Ekron Air Base on this date to pick up Israel's first president, Chaim Weizmann, and returned to Israel the next dayIsrael
28 September 1955Transpac, formed on 09Dec1954, started operations. Became Air Caledonie on 01Jan1968New Caledonia
28 September 1967Faroe Airways (Fairline) ceased operatingFaroe Islands
28 September 1984Sun Aire Lines, founded as Borrego Springs Airlines in 1968 but renamed soon after, operated its final service (>>Skywest Airlines)USA
28 September 1988
First flight of the Ilyushin Il-96
28 September 2006

Suvarnabhumi Airport officially opens to replace the aging Don Muang airport

28 September 2008Samara Airlines ceased operationsRussia
28 September 2011Kingfisher Red, founded on 25Aug2003 as Air Deccan, ceased operations India
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29 September 1931Aeroposta Argentina Airline “rents” its assets to the national government, which renamed its temporary acquisition Aeroposta NacionalArgentina
29 September 1972Air Florida began operations (>>Midway Airlines)USA
29 September 2003LagunAir was foundedSpain
29 September 2005TransMeridian Airlines ceased operationsUSA
29 September 2008Georgia Skies commenced operationsUSA
29 September 2009State-owned airline Olympic Airlines ceased operation and was replaced by privately owned Olympic Air, which commenced operations on this dayGreece
29 September 2012 Comairs' last scheduled flight (Cincinnati to Houston)USA
29 September 2014Fly Romania (Tend Air)  declared bankruptcyRomania
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30 September 1919

The British Aerial Transport Company began domestic flights between Hendon (London) and Birmingham

30 September 1935Allied British Airways Ltd was formed (>British Airways)UK
30 September 1947 Itaú was founded as a subsidiary of the cement producer ItaúBrazil
30 September 1957Austrian Airlines was founded, and the new company began to operate scheduled services on 31Mar1958Austria
30 September 1958WAAC (West African Airways Corporation) ceased operationsWest Africa
30 September 1959

Croydon Airport was closed. The final service was a de Havilland DH.114 Heron flight to Rotterdam Captained by Geoffrey Last

30 September 1980Seaboard World Airlines, founded on 11Sep1946 & started operations as Seaboard & Western Airlines on 10May1947, ceased operationsUSA
30 September 1986Transamerica ceased operationsUSA
30 September 1986Republic Airlines, formed by merger of North Central & Southern on 01Jul1979, merges into Northwest on this dateUSA
30 September 2007European Air Express ceased operationsGermany
30 September 2008Asian Spirit becomes Zest AirPhilippines
30 September 2008Carib Aviation ceased operationsAntigua
30 September 2008African International Airways ceased operationsSouth Africa
30 September 2011 Air Southwest ceased operations & was absorbed into Eastern AirlinesUK
30 September 2012Ariella Airlines operations startedBurkina Faso
30 September 2012Kingfisher, having started operations on 09May2005, ceasedIndia
30 September 2014Helitt Líneas Aéreas suspended operations indefinitely amid crippling debtsSpain
30 September 2014JEX (JAL Express) - JAL officially ends its subsidiary and merges it back inJapan
1 October 1931KLM began a regular service between Amsterdam and Batavia by Fokker F.XII. At 13,744 km (8,540 miles) this was the longest regular air route in the world at the timeNetherlands
1 October 1935The first company to bear the name British Airways was formed, by the merger of Hillman Airways, Spartan Air Lines and United Airways.UK
1 October 1941Inter-Island Airways name changed to Hawaiian AirlinesUSA
1 October 1947Los Angeles Airways began the first scheduled carriage of airmail using the Sikorsky S-51 helicopterUSA
1 October 1949Aden Airways, a subsidiary of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), started operationsSouth Yemen
1 October 1950Ilyushin IL-14 passenger aircraft first flightUSSR
1 October 1951 Air Vietnam was formed to take over services from Air FranceSouth Vietnam
1 October 1958Nigeria Airways, founded on 23Aug1958 (after the dissolution of WAAC), commenced operations as West African Airways Corporation Nigeria LimitedNigeria
1 October 1963

UTA was formed as a result of a merger between Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) and Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux (TAI)

1 October 1963Autair International commenced scheduled services after rename from Autair (>Court Lines)UK
1 October 1964Derby Airways changed its name to British Midland Airways (>British Airways)UK
1 October 1965Bechuanaland National Airways was organized on this day, with the help of the UK airline Autair International (>Botswana Airways)Bechuanaland
1 October 1967Frontier purchased Central AirlinesUSA
1 October 1969The Concorde supersonic transport plane breaks the sound barrier for the first timeUK
1 October 1972Malaysian Airlines Berhad, registered on 03Apr1971, officially began operations (>MAS)Malaysia
1 October 1972SIA (Singapore International Airlines), established on 28Jan1972, started operationsSingapore
1 October 1973TAAG, started operations as DTA on 17Jul1940, was redesignated TAAG-Angola Airlines following independenceAngola
1 October 1974Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on 17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on this dateWest Germany
1 October 1974Air Maldives was formedMaldives
1 October 1977Sun D'Or was established as El Al Charter Services LtdIsrael
1 October 1988Aerovias de Mexico was renamed  to AeroMexicoMexico
1 October 1992Ukraine International Airlines was establishedUkraine
1 October 1994ICX International Cargo Express was merged into Air Transport InternationalUSA
1 October 1994Shuttle by United (formed by United Airlines) began operations (>United Shuttle >>UAL)USA
1 October 1995airBaltic established on 28Aug1995 start operationsLatvia
1 October 1997Alitalia Express started operations (was integrated into mainline Alitalia on 06Feb2015)Italy
1 October 1998Amaszonas was foundedBolivia
1 October 1999

Japan Air Charter  name changed to JALways

1 October 2002Completion of Rheintalflug Seewald's integration into Tyrolean Airways (>Austrian arrows)Austria
1 October 2004Landsflug, established in 2004, started operationsIceland
1 October 2004Georgian Airways was launched after being renamed from Airzena Georgian AirlinesGeorgia
1 October 2006 Iberia's low-cost subsidiary Clickair was founded as CatairSpain
1 October 2007Caribbean Airlines acquired all outstanding Tobago Express shares, taking over its routes and fleetTrinidad & Tobago
1 October 2007MASWings took over the routes and aircraft previously flown by FlyAsianXpressMalaysia
1 October 2008Asian Express Airlines became Tasman Cargo AirlinesAustralia
1 October 2008Kyokushin Air ceased operationsJapan
1 October 2009SAS Norge was fully absorbed into SASNorway
1 October 2010Star1 Airlines ceased operationsLithuania
1 October 2010ANA Wings operations startedJapan
1 October 2011The Continental-United merger results in the end of ContinentalUSA
1 October 2011Flyme  began operationsMaldives
1 October 2012City Airways operations startedThailand
1 October 2014Air One services start operating under the Alitalia brandItaly
1 October 2014JAL Express started operations after merging into its parent JAL (Japan Airlines)Japan
1 October 2015Arke was renamed to TUIfly (Netherlands)Netherlands

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September 24, 2016Aeroflot, Uralsk Civil Aviation Directorate [added] became Ural AirlinesUSSR
September 24, 2016Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate [added]USSR
September 24, 2016Aeroflot, Northern Civil Aviation Directorate [added]USSR
September 23, 2016Zoom Air [added] was registered as Zexus Air in Apr2013 but was renamed prior to start-upIndia
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