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1930

   

13 Jan 1930

Farman F.300 first flight

France

17 Jan 1930

Pitcairn Aviation's name changed to Eastern Air Transport, Inc. (>Eastern Air Lines)

USA

21 Jan 1930

First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary airport

Canada

25 Jan 1930

The Aviation Corporation’s airline subsidiaries are incorporated into American Airways, Inc.

USA

01 Feb 1930

San Francisco’s first air ferry service started by Air Ferries

USA

01 Feb 1930

Deutsche Luft Hansa, in partnership with the Chinese Government, establishes the Eurasia  Aviation Corporation

China

25 Feb 1930

Ralph O'Neil lands in Miami on first mail service New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) after 6-day flight from Argentina

USA

03 Mar 1930

The inaugural flight over the Prairie Air Mail Route was carried out by Western Canada Airways Ltd.

Canada

31 Mar 1930

United Aircraft and Transport Corp. (UATC) acquires NAT (National Air Transport) (>United)

USA

08 May 1930

The largest trimotor transport aircraft built by Fokker, the F.IX  was handed over to KLM

Netherlands

15 May 1930

Boeing Air Transport (>UAL) inaugurated the first airline stewardess service. The first stewardess was a registered nurse, Ellen E. Church

USA

27 Jun 1930

Canadian Airways Ltd, was incorporated. Formed by the merger of Inter-Provincial Airways + Western Canada Airways (>Air Canada)

Canada

07 Jul 1930

Aerial Transport of Siam Company (ATSC) was formed

Siam

16 Jul 1930

TWA (Transcontinental and Western Air) was formed when Transcontinental Air Transport, PAIC and Western Air Express merge (>>American Airlines)

USA

18 Aug 1930

Eastern Air Lines inaugurates passenger operations between New York and Washington as Eastern Air Transport

USA

15 Sep 1930

Pan Am acquires its prime competitor, NYRBA (New York, Rio, and Buenos Aires Line)

USA

04 Oct 1930

The official opening of London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

UK

13 Oct 1930

First flight of the Junkers Ju 52

Germany

25 Oct 1930

TWA (originally Transcontinental and Western Air) began the first regular passenger flights between New York and Los Angeles (>American Airlines)

USA

29 Oct 1930

Dobrolet was abolished, forming the basis for the Central administration of the Civil air fleet (GU GVF), later becoming Aeroflot

USSR

30 Oct 1930

Cubana, founded on 08Oct1929 as CNCAC (Compañía Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss), start operations

Cuba

13 Nov 1930

Braniff Airways began operations (>Braniff International)

USA

14 Nov 1930

First flight of the Handley Page H.P.42

UK

05 Dec 1930

Fokker F.XII first flight

Netherlands

21 Nov 1930

NYRBA do Brasil was renamed to Panair do Brasil

Brazil

25 Nov 1930

Canadian Airways acquired companies controlled by the Aviation Corporation of Canada and Western Canada Airways

Canada

10 Dec 1930

Eastern Air Transport inaugurated first continuous passenger service from Atlanta to New York (>Eastern Air Lines)

USA

30 Dec 1930

PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) was founded (>PAL (Philippine Air Lines))

Philippines

1931

   

03 Feb 1931

Canadian Airways flew the first international service between Winnipeg and Pembina, North Dakota

Canada

24 Feb 1931

Short S17 Kent first flight

UK

26 Feb 1931

Imperial Airways began scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys

UK

02 Mar 1931

Panair do Brasil restarted operations

Brazil

26 Mar 1931

Merger of Zurich-based Ad Astra Aero AG and Balair (Basler Luftverkehr) created Swissair (Schweizerische Luftverkehrs AG)

Switzerland

28 Mar 1931

UATC formed the corporation United Air Lines, Inc. to manage its airline subsidiaries

USA

31 Mar 1931

PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) restarted non scheduled operations

Philippines

Apr 1931

Rhodesian Aviation Company was formed, started operations same year

Southern Rhodesia

11 Jun 1931

The 40 passenger Handley Page HP-42 four-engine biplane entered service with Imperial Airways

UK

15 Jun 1931

Canadian Airways pilot E. W. Stull in a Fokker F.14 A, flew the first radio beam from Winnipeg to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Canada

30 Jun 1931

Aeroflot, Saratov Division started operations (>Saratov Airlines)

USSR

30 Jun 1931

Avianca El Salvador operations restarted as TACA Airlines

El Salvador

13 Jul 1931

Aerial Transport of Siam Company (ATSC) was formally registered as a public company

Siam

15 Jul 1931

United Air Lines restarted with mail runs

USA

16 Jul 1931

SCADTA establishes the first mail service between Bogotá and New York City (>Avianca)

Colombia

20 Jul 1931

Northeast Airlines was formed as Boston-Maine Airways by the Boston & Maine Railroad & Maine Central Railroad (>Delta)

USA

24 Aug 1931

Aerial Transport of Siam Company (ATSC) began operating (>Thai Airways International)

Siam

23 Sep 1931

First flight of the first Gibraltar Airways. Company formed by M H Bland (to be restarted as Gibair in 1947)

Gibraltar

23 Sep 1931

The contract between CLASSA and the Spanish government was declared void, allowing LAPE to begin operations (>Iberia)

Spain

29 Sep 1931

Aeroposta Argentina Airline “rents” its assets to the national government, which renamed its temporary acquisition Aeroposta Nacional

Argentina

01 Oct 1931

KLM 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 time

Netherlands

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01 Feb 1932

Dobroflot changed its name to Aeroflot

USSR

04 Feb 1932

British Amphibious Airlines was formed to exploit an agreement to use the sea and foreshore at Blackpool for conducting flight in amphibious flying boats

UK

25 Feb 1932

The Central Administration of the Civil Air Fleet was founded and Aeroflot was adopted as the official abbreviation of the country’s civil aviation service

USSR

07 Mar 1932

First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3m

Germany

19 Mar 1932

Flinders Island Airways began regular aerial service

Australia

20 Mar 1932

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin began regular trans-Atlantic services between Germany and Brazil, using the Graf Zeppelin

Germany

25 Mar 1932

Aeroflot was officially adopted for the entire Soviet Civil Air Fleet. Renamed from Dobrolet

USSR

Apr 1932

INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.) was established (>PAL)

Philippines

08 Apr 1932

CLASSA was rebranded as LAPE (Líneas Aéreas Postales Españolas) (>Iberia)

Spain

06 Jun 1932

Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta A.W.15 first flight

UK

07 Jun 1932

Egyptair was established as Misr Airways

Egypt

23 Jun 1932

British Flying Boats was registered

UK

24 Jun 1932

Pulkovo Airlines was founded (>>Rossiya)

USSR

27 Jun 1932

PSIoWA (Portsmouth,Southsea & I.O.W. Aviation) first flight after moving from the Isle of Wight and being renamed from Inland Flying Service

UK

30 Jun 1932

Aeroflot, Kuban Division started perations had started (>Kuban Airlines)

USSR

30 Jun 1932

Alaska Airlines restarted operations as Alaska Star Airlines

USA

26 Jul 1932

The Boeing Model 247, the first modern airliner, was awarded its patent

USA

27 Aug 1932

Sakhalin United Detachment started operations

USSR

26 Sep 1932

Manchurian Aviation Company, national airline of Manchukuo (Manchuria, China) was founded

China

26 Sep 1932

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

UK

15 Oct 1932

The Aviation Division of Tata Sons start an airmail route between Karachi and Madras, the first regular air service within India

India

08 Nov 1932

Junkers Ju 60 first flight

Germany

24 Nov 1932

de Havilland Dragon DH.84 first flight

UK

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11 Jan 1933

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith made the first commercial flight between Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

30 Jan 1933

Curtiss T-32 Condor II first flight

USA

03 Feb 1933

INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.) commenced operations (>PAL)

Philippines

08 Feb 1933

First flight of the Boeing 247

USA

03 Apr 1933

Highland Airways was formed (>British Airways)

UK

11 Apr 1933

Airspeed AS.5 Courier first flight

UK

30 Apr 1933

The first air service internal to Scotland, Renfrew – Campbeltown, began, operated by Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd

UK

May 1933

INA (Indian National Airways) was registered

India

20 May 1933

Turkish Airlines was formed as State Airlines Administration

Turkey

31 May 1933

CIDNA, Air Orient, Air Union, and CGTA formed an air service named SGELA (Société General pour l'Exploitation des Lignes Aériennes)(>Air France in same year)

France

15 Jun 1933

Pacific Seaboard Air Lines was founded (>Chicago & Southern Air Lines >Delta Air Lines)

USA 

21 Jun 1933

Indian TransContinental Airlines was formed

India

23 Jun 1933

Pacific Seaboard Air Lines made its first flight (>Chicago & Southern Air Lines >Delta Air Lines)

USA

01 Jul 1933

The Douglas DC-1, a forerunner of the famed DC-3, made its first flight. Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) purchased the only one of these monoplanes built by Douglas

USA

15 Jul 1933

Egyptair, established as Misr Airlines 07Jun1932, restarted operations

Egypt

20 Jul 1933

Aerolloyd Iguassú, founded in the beginning of 1933 in Curitiba, restarted operations (>>VASP)

Brazil

15 Aug 1933

Turkish Airlines, established on 20May1933 as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi, restarted operations

Turkey

07 Oct 1933

Air France was formed from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, CIDNA, Lignes Aériennes Farman and SGTA

France

08 Oct 1933

CGTA (Compagnie Generale de Transport Aerien) ceased operations when it merged into the newly created Air France

France

16 Oct 1933

DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) was established (>>SAS)

Norway

04 Nov 1933

VASP (Viação Aérea São Paulo) was established

Brazil

01 Dec 1933

INA (Indian National Airways) commenced the first daily service in India, between Calcutta and Dacca (....Air India)

India

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02 Jan 1934

Allied Airways was formed as Aberdeen Airways (+>BA)

UK

14 Jan 1934

de Havilland Express DH.86 first flight

UK

18 Jan 1934

Qantas Empire Airways Limited was registered in Brisbane, effectively combining the interests of Imperial Airways and Qantas each of which held a half share

Australia

30 Jan 1934

Junkers Ju 160 first flight

Germany

01 Feb 1934

The South African Government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways and renamed it to South African Airways

South Africa

03 Feb 1934

Lufthansa began the first regular airmail service across the Atlantic Ocean, between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.

Germany

07 Feb 1934

The first airmail flight between Australia and New Zealand was made by Charles Ulm in an Avro Ten, taking 14 hours 10 min.

Australia

09 Feb 1934

Postmaster General James A. Farley, carrying out the wishes of U.S. President Roosevelt, announces the cancellation of all existing airmail contracts

USA

19 Feb 1934

President Roosevelt cancelled all existing airmail contracts. The Military took over temporarily

USA

19 Feb 1934

Wideroes Flyveselskap AS was founded

Norway

19 Feb 1934

The Douglas DC-1 made record coast-to-coast flight, Los Angeles to Newark, N. J., 13 hours, 4 min.

USA

23 Feb 1934

First flight of the Lockheed Electra L-10

USA

21 Mar 1934

Railway Air Services was registered. Formed by the four mainline railways and Imperial Airways (>British Airways)

UK

26 Mar 1934

Short Scylla first flight

UK

30 Mar 1934

Sikorsky S-42, the Flying Clipper, first flight

USA

11 Apr 1934

American Airways changed its name to American Airlines

USA

16 Apr 1934

Northwest was reincorporated under Minnesota law as Northwest Airlines

USA

16 Apr 1934

VASP, founded on 04Nov1933, restarted operations

Brazil

17 Apr 1934

First flight of the de Havilland Dragon Rapide DH.89

UK

11 May 1934

First flight of the Douglas DC-2

USA

18 May 1934

Douglas DC-2 entered into service with TWA

USA

29 May 1934

Highland Airways commenced the first regular airmail service within the United Kingdom, between Inverness and Kirkwall

UK

12 Jun 1934

In the United States, the Air Mail Act of 1934 closely regulates the contracting of air mail services and prohibits aircraft manufacturers from owning airlines

USA

26 Jun 1934

First flight of the Airspeed AS.6 Envoy

UK

30 Jun 1934

American Airways, becoming American Airlines on 11Apr1934, commenced operations

USA

04 Jul 1934

Delta Air Lines first airmail flight was flown in a Stinson T aircraft

USA

15 Jul 1934

Varney Speed Lines made its first passenger-carrying flight (>Continental Air Lines >> United Airlines)

USA

20 Jul 1934

United Airlines Transport Corporation (UALTC) was formed to succeed UAL as owner/operator of BAT, NAT, PAT and Varney and United Airports of California

USA

28 Jul 1934

Aberdeen Airport (Dyce) was established by Eric Gandar Dower, intended to link the northern islands of Scotland with London

UK

27 Aug 1934

LAMSA (Lineas Aéreas Mineras) was formed (..>>Aeromexico)

Mexico

14 Sep 1934

Aeroméxico was established as Aeronaves de México by Antonio Diaz Lombardo

Mexico

15 Sep 1934

AeroMexico, founded on 14Sep1934 by Antonio Diaz Lombardo, commenced operations as Aerovias de Mexico

Mexico

19 Sep 1934

Allied Airways, formed on 02Jan1934 as Aberdeen Airways, operated its first service (+>BA)

UK

08 Oct 1934

Inter-Island Airways >Hawaiian Airlines made the first inter-island air mail flight in the Hawaiian Islands under a United States Post Office contract.

USA

15 Oct 1934

National Airline System, later known as National Airlines, began operations as a Florida intrastate carrier (>PanAm)

USA

01 Nov 1934

SAA (South African Airways) introduced the Junkers Ju 52/3m, the first multi-engine aircraft, which was used on domestic flights

South Africa

08 Dec 1934

Imperial Airways extends its airmail service to Australia

UK

18 Dec 1934

Air Travel (NZ), founded by Captain Bert Mercer in 1934, begin operations (>Air New Zealand)

New Zealand

28 Dec 1934

BAT, NAT, PAT and Varney are merged into UALTC (=>UAL)

USA

30 Dec 1934

First flight of Martin M-130

USA

1935

 

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Jan 1935

Pacific Seaboard Air Lines name changed to Chicago and Southern Air Lines

USA

01 Jan 1935

Aeropostal was founded as Linea Aerea Venezolana (LAV)

Venezuela

07 Jan  1935

Avro 652 first flight. it formed the basis for the successful Avro Anson.

UK 

14 Jan 1935

United Air Lines decides to equip its fleet with a de-icing system for airplane wings, following successful tests on a Boeing 247

USA

17 Jan 1935

Latécoère 521 a six-engine flying boat, and one of the first large trans-Atlantic passenger aircraft made its first flight

France

28 Jan 1935

First flight of the Potez 62, a twin-engine civil airliner

France

01 Feb 1935

South African Airways acquires South West African Airways

South Africa

23 Feb 1935

Edmond Thieffry operated Sabena’s first long haul flight to the Congo occurs and took five and a half days

Belgium

11 Mar 1935

The Avro 652 G-ACRM Avalon was delivered to Imperial Airways

UK

21 Mar 1935

DELAG (Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft) merged into Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei (DZR)

Germany

01 Apr 1935

Swissair began services between Zürich and London

Switzerland

04 Apr 1935

United Airways was formed by Jersey Airways to fly services from London-Heston to Blackpool, Isle of Man, Liverpool, Leeds and Morecambe (>BA)

UK

15 Apr 1935

British Continental Airways Limited was formed (>BA)

UK

16 Apr 1935

East Coast Airways, established in 1935, restarted a regular passenger service (>ANZ)

New Zealand

16 Apr 1935

A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 made the first airline flight from the continental US to Hawaii

USA

20 Apr 1935

The first passengers left London for Australia on a new Imperial Airways/Qantas service

UK

25 Apr 1935

Cambrian Airways was set up as Cambrian Air Services

UK

11 Jun 1935

DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) restarted operations (>SAS)

Norway

10 Jul 1935

Air Bleu restarted daily mail operations (>Air France)

France

12 Aug 1935

de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly first flight

UK

08 Sep 1935

The first civil airport in Finland was opened at Turku Artukainen

Finland

30 Sep 1935

Allied British Airways Ltd was formed (>British Airways)

UK

01 Oct 1935

The first company to bear the name British Airways was formed, by the merger of Hillman Airways, Spartan Air Lines and United Airways.

UK

09 Oct 1935

The first Martin M-130, China Clipper, was delivered to Pan Am

USA

07 Nov 1935

Imperial Airways (Nigeria and Gold Coast) Limited was jointly formed between Imperial and Elder Dempster and operated as Elders Colonial Airways

Nigeria

14 Nov  1935

Philippine Congress approves franchise of Philippine Aerial Taxi Company Incorporated (PATCO) to provide mail, cargo and passenger service in Luzon (>PAL)

Philippines

22 Nov 1935

Pan Am commenced the first trans-Pacific airmail service, flying a Martin M.130 from San Francisco to Manila, via Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam

USA

30 Nov 1935

Adelaide Airways, a subsidiary of of the Adelaide Steamship Co., commenced operations (.. >Ansett)

Australia

06 Dec 1935

First TWA “air hostesses” began flying aboard the DC-2

USA

17 Dec 1935

First flight of the Douglas DC-3

USA

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01 Jan 1936

British Airways Limited was formed from United Airways, Hillman’s Airways and Spartan Airlines. (>British Airways)

UK

05 Jan 1936

The Union Steamship Company founded a new national airway, Union Airways of N.Z.

New Zealand

13 Feb 1936

Imperial Airways commenced airmail services to West Africa (>British Airways)

UK

17 Feb 1936

Ansett made its first flight from Hamilton to Melbourne

Australia

04 Mar 1936

Rigid airship Hindenburg made its first flight

Germany

15 Apr 1936

Aer Lingus, flag carrier of Ireland, was founded

Ireland

09 May 1936

The German airship Hindenburg lands at Lakehurst, New Jersey after its first scheduled transatlantic flight.

Germany

22 May 1936

Aer Lingus Teoranta was registered as an airline (>Aer Lingus)

Ireland

23 May 1936

Opening of Stockholm Bromma Airport

Sweden

26 May 1936

State-owned Aer Lingus took delivery of its first aircraft, registered EI-ABI, and named it "Iolar"

Ireland

27 May 1936

Aer Lingus made its maiden flight from Baldonnel Aerodrome in Dublin to Bristol (Whitchurch airfield) in the UK

Ireland

25 Jun 1936

American Airlines became the first to place the DC.3 in service (using the berth-equipped DST version)

USA

27 Jun 1936

Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior first flight

USA

01 Jul 1936

Isthmian Airways, founded in 1929 by owner Ralph E. Sexton, was forced to close

Panama

08 Jul 1936

First landing of an aircraft at Rhein-Main-Flughafen (now Frankfurt am Main Airport) was made by a Junker Ju-52

Germany

01 Aug 1936

British Continental Airways & the Scandinavian routes were absorbed into British Airways, although the Belgian routes continued under the BCA name for a further 2 months

UK

26 Aug 1936

LAM was established on this date & commenced charter operations in 1936 as DETA. Regular airmail services started on 22Dec1937

Mozambique

07 Sep 1936

The tarmac of Geneva Airport is covered with concrete over a length of 400m, the first of its kind in Europe

Switzerland

21 Oct 1936

Pan Am initiates regular weekly transpacific passenger service as the Hawaii Clipper took off from Almeda, near San Francisco, arriving at Manila on 27Oct1936

USA

27 Oct 1936

Pan Am initiates regular weekly transpacific passenger service as the Hawaii Clipper took off from Almeda, near San Francisco on 21Oct1936, arrives at Manila

USA

01 Nov 1936

Central Airlines and Pennsylvania Airlines merged to form Pennsylvania-Central Airlines (>United Airlines)

USA

02 Nov 1936

Adelaide Airways amalgamated with Holyman's Airways & West Australian Airways to form ANA (Australian National Airways)

Australia

19 Nov 1936

PLUNA, founded in Sep1936, commenced operations

Uruguay

18 Dec 1936

Wearne's Air Service was formed (>MAS)

Malaya

1937

 

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15 Jan 1937

Beechcraft Model 18 first flight

USA

07 Feb 1937

British Airways Ltd transfers its operational base from Gatwick to Croydon Airport

UK

05 Mar 1937

Imperial Airways opens Hythe flying boat base on Southampton Water for operations of its Empire services

UK

31 Mar 1937

Deruluft (Deutsch-Russische Luftverkehrs) ceased operations

Germany

02 Apr 1937

Aircraft

Sweden

05 Apr 1937

USA

10 Apr 1937

Trans-Canada Airlines was formed by an Act of Parliament (>Air Canada)

Canada

28 Apr 1937

The first commercial flight across the Pacific was made as a Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper seaplane arrived in Hong Kong

USA

26 May 1937

Varney Air Transport became Continental Air Lines (later Continental Airlines)(>UAL)

USA

19 Jun 1937

Imperial Airways operated its first New York to Bermuda flight

UK

28 Jun 1937

Wearne's Air Service restarted operations to Kuala Lumpar and Penang  (>MAS)

Malaya

29 Jul 1937

First flight of the Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra

USA

15 Aug 1937

Lufthansa began seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the route

Germany

01 Sep 1937

Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, began operations as TCA (Trans-Canada Airlines)

Canada

13 Oct 1937

Elders Colonial Airways commenced flights on the route from Lagos-Accra utilising a de Havilland Express from Imperial Airways

Nigeria

12 Oct 1937

Malayan Airways was formed (>MAS)

Malaya

31 Oct 1937

Continental Air Lines moved its headquarters to Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colorado from the Continental Center I building in the Cullen Center complex in Downtown Houston

USA

22 Dec 1937

DETA started regular airmail services

Mozambique

29 Dec 1937

CAUSA (Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya S.A) was founded by the Uruguayan banker Luis J. Supervielle and Coronel Tydeo Larre Borges

Uruguay

1938

 

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20 Jan 1938

A Flight Refuelling Ltd Armstrong Whitworth AW.23 refuels an Imperial Airways Short Empire over Southampton Water

UK 

23 Jan 1938

Armstrong Whitworth Ensign first flight (built for Imperial Airways)

UK

26 Jan 1938

First landing of a scheduled U.S. passenger airliner using ILS (Pennsylvania Central Airlines Boeing 247-D)

USA

02 Mar 1938

Eastern Air Lines acquired for $3.5 million by Eddie Rickenbacker

USA

12 Mar 1938

CAUSA (Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya SA) commenced operations

Uruguay

15 Mar 1938

Iranian State Airlines of the Ministry of Post and Telegram scheduled services restarted

Iran

Apr 1938

North American Aviation finally sells Eastern

USA

27 May 1938

British Guiana Airways was registered (>Guyana Airways)

British Guiana

07 Jun 1938

The first Boeing Clipper (Model 314) made its first flight, piloted by Eddie Allen

USA

07 Jun 1938

The Douglas DC-4E prototype made its first flight

USA

20 Jun 1938

Southern Airways restarted operations

UK

25 Jun 1938

The official public opening of Manchester Airport at Ringway, England, was held with an extensive air display

UK

04 Aug 1938

The first Qantas official service leaves Rose Bay for Singapore

Australia

03 Oct 1938

Imperial Airways took delivery at Croydon of the first of their Armstrong Whitworth AW 27

UK

11 Oct 1938

Blohm & Voss BV 142 first flight

Germany

11 Nov 1938

The British government announced its intention to merge Imperial Airways and British Airways Limited to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) (>BA)

UK

31 Dec 1938

The Boeing 377 Stratoliner, the first airliner with a pressurized cabin, made its initial flight.

USA

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26 Jan 1939

The Boeing Model 314 Clipper was given permission by the Civil Aeronautics Authority to be used for commercial service by Pan American Airways

USA

20 Feb 1939

First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner series, 16-22 seat, twin-propeller aircraft intended for shorter routes than the DC-3 or DC-4

USA

01 Mar 1939

Clarence Decatur C. D. Howe opened first TCA (Trans-Canada Air Lines) transcontinental passenger service from Montreal to Vancouver

Canada

07 Mar 1939

Allegheny Airlines began as All American Aviation Company, providing mail delivery and passenger operations (>American)

USA

15 Mar 1939

CSA interrupts activities due to the occupation of Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia

26 Mar 1939

The Boeing 314’s (Clipper) first trial flight across the mid-Atlantic occurs

USA

12 May 1939

US Airways began operations as All American Aviation

USA

20 May 1939

The Boeing 314 entered service with Pan American Airways

USA

30 May 1938

WR Carpenter Airlines begin an Australia - New Guinea air mail service

Australia

12 Jun 1939

The British Overseas Airways Corporation Ltd Bill, providing for the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd, was introduced in the House of Commons

UK

17 Jun 1939

The official opening of Derby Airport, which was located at Burnaston, was performed by the Secretary of State for Air, Kingsley Wood

UK

18 Jun 1939

The first direct transatlantic seaplane service was begun by Pan Am, from New York to Southampton

USA

29 Jun 1939

Pan Am's Dixie Clipper completes first commercial plane flight to Europe

USA

06 Jul 1939

First Autogyro air mail service. Eastern Air Lines, from Philadelphia Post Office to Camden NJ, in a Kellett KD-1 B

USA 

11 Aug 1939

Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) began scheduled flights from New York to Southampton, England

USA

03 Sep 1939

Following the formal declaration of war by the British Government on Germany, all civil flying ceased

UK

21 Sep 1939

First flight of the Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar

USA

15 Oct 1939

New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia dedicates an airport in Flushing bearing his name. La Guardia airport was the costliest to build at the time, $45 million

USA

28 Oct 1939

Aerolloyd Iguassú, founded in the beginning of 1933 in Curitiba, was sold to VASP

Brazil

24 Nov 1939

British Overseas Airways Corporation was established by the merger of Imperial Airways and the original British Airways under the BOAC Act

UK

27 Nov 1939

Longest ambulance flight in Canadian history was carried out by a Junkers W-34 of Canadian Airways, piloted by WE Catton from Winnipeg Manitoba, to Repulse Bay & return

Canada

27 Nov 1939

BWIA West Indies Airways was founded as British West Indian Airways

Trinidad & Tobago

02 Dec 1939

New York’s La Guardia Airport opens for service

USA

   

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