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25 April1935Cambrian Airways is set up as Cambrian Air Services (>BA)UK
25 April1940McGee Airways pioneers the transportation of fresh meat and milk to the Alaskan interiorUSA
25 April2008Ocean Airlines ceases operationsItaly
24 April1946Winged Cargo Inc. opens an unusual freight service in which goods are carried in a Waco CG-4A glider towed by a DC-3USA
24 April1966Scheduled air carrier jet operations began at Washington National Airport USA
24 April1969BEA Airtours is formed as a division of BEA to provide it with a low cost platform for holiday travelUK
24 April2007Norwegian acquires FlyNordic from FinnairNorway
24 April2009Air Sénégal International suspends all operationsSenegal
23 April1919The North Sea Aerial Navigation Company begins a passenger run between Leeds and Hounslow in ex-military Blackburn RT.1sUK
23 April1920Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aerienne (>CIDNA > Air France) was created as a joint project between Romania and FranceFrance
23 April2001The first flight of Airbus 340-600 was madeFrance
23 April2006Air Wales ceases operationsUK
23 April2008Turkish Airlines establishes AnadolujetTurkey
23 April2009Saha Airlines suspends all flightsIran

April 2015 Updates


24Apr15addedMetropolitan Airlines: renamed from Eurosky Airlines prior to next year's startSwitzerland
24Apr15addedEurosky Airlines: renamed to Metropolitan Airlines prior to next year's startSwitzerland
24Apr15updateAir Croatia has suspended operations with effect April 23 and hope to restart in JuneCroatia
24Apr15updateTomskAvia: status changed as AOC suspended by The RosaviatsiaRussia
24Apr15newsFlybe. Nordic will, subject to approval from the Finnish Trade Register (Kaupparekisterin), be rebranded Nordic Regional Airlines later next month as ownership of the airline changes handsFinland
24Apr15addedCompagnie Franco-Bilbaïne de Transports Aéronautiques: air service between Bayonne and Bilbao (1920 - 1921)France
23Apr15addedSTASO (The Société des Transports Aéronautiques du Sud-Ouest): France's 3rd airline registered, is formed in 1919France
23Apr15newsEastern Air Lines is set to make its debut on May 30 with charter flights between Miami Int'l and Washington NationalUSA
23Apr15newsDiscovery Air is set to resume operations following reports the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will shortly reinstate its AOC, revoked in January of this year.Nigeria
22Apr15addedCobalt Air: intends to launch this year using Airbus aircraft to 10 destinationsCyprus
22Apr15addedSepehran Airways: intends to start later this year with a B.735 on passenger servicesIran
22Apr15addedGlobaltrans Air: will offer charter services using Beech King Air 200sVietnam
22Apr15newsCharter Air Transport has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to change its name to VIA AirlinesUSA
21Apr15addedAnglia Airways: hopes to start operations by the end of 2015 out of Norwich International Airport (NWI)


20Apr15updateAviogenex: status changed to 'Inactive' as airline was liquidated in February 2015Serbia
20Apr15updateFly AllWays: status changed back to 'Planned' as airline intends to start this yearSuriname
19Apr15addedS-Air Salzburg: will start using BAe Jetstream 32sAustria
19Apr15newsBQB Líneas Aéreas is set to resume operations on May 4 following the successful conclusion of take over talks between founder and CEO, Juan Carlos López Mena, and Amaszonas Uruguay
18Apr15addedGiaevair: intends to start with DHC-6-400 seaplanes out of TromsøNorway

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