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2000

   

04 Jan 2000

Buzz operations started (>Ryanair)

UK

19 Jan 2000

Aero Zambia, established on 21May1994, closed down due to safety concerns

Zambia

30 Jan 2008

City Star Airlines ceased operations

UK

Feb 2000

Harmony Airways was established as HMY Airways

Canada

09 Feb 2000

Estafeta Carga Aerea was established

Mexico

11 Feb 2000

JetBlue commenced operations out of New York’s JFK Airport

USA

15 Feb 2000

TNT Airways, formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987, started operations in Belgium

Belgium

21 Feb 2000

TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) was declared bankrupt

Mexico

13 Apr 2000

Donavia restarted operations under the Aeroflot-Don name

Russia

13 Apr 2000

The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed (>Maldivian)

Maldives

23 Mar 2000

Amakusa Airlines, founded on 09Oct1998, launched services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto

Japan

27 Mar 2000

JMC Airlines, launched on 01Sep1999 by merger of Flying Colours & Caledonian Airways, started operations (>Thomas Cook Airlines)

UK

03 Apr 2000

Tourjets was established as Swissjets. restarted operations in 2001

USA

01 May 2000

Tower Air suspended all scheduled flight operations

USA

11 May 2000

Malawi Express was launched

Malawi

15 May 2000

Helios Airways commenced airline operations

Greece

17 May 2000

Air Zarco (Air Madeira) adopts its new name: euroAtlantic airways

Portugal

22 May 2000

Welcome Air started operations

Austria

23 May 2000

Danube Wings, started as VIP Air, was renamed to VIP Wings

Slovakia

01 Jun 2000

Jersey European was rebranded as British European (>Flybe)

UK

22 Jun 2000

Indonesia AirAsia restarted operations as AWAIR

Indonesia

30 Jun 2000

Ak Bars Aero operations restarted as Bugulma Air Enterprise

Russia

30 Jun 2000

Lion Air restarted operations

Indonesia

05 Jul 2000

Quantum Air, formed in 1999, restarted operations as AB Bluestar

Spain

13 Jul 2000

Asiana operated the first flight to Pyongyang in North Korea

South Korea

28 Jul 2000

Dragonair' first all-cargo service began operations with the inaugural flight of a B.747-200 freighter bound for the Middle East and Europe

Hong Kong

04 Aug 2000

Zhongyan Airlines, formed on 17May1986, ceased operations (acquired by China Southern Airlines)

China

31 Aug 2000

Virgin Australia began airline operations as Virgin Blue

Australia

04 Sep 2000

Ameristar Air Cargo, established and wholly-owned by Tom Wachendorfer, started operations

USA

05 Sep 2000

CanJe started operations

Canada

11 Sep 2000

Transwest Air operations start

Canada

02 Oct 2000

Sahara Indian Airlines was rebranded as Air Sahara (>JetKonnect)

India

15 Oct 2000

Jordan Aviation (JATE), formed in 2000, started operations

Jordan

15 Oct 2000

Skyways Regional started operations (>Direktflyg )

Sweden

22 Oct 2000

Buraq Air was established on this date & started operations on 15Nov2001

Libya

29 Oct 2000

Air Andaman started operations

Thailand

02 Nov 2000

Estafeta Carga Aerea operations start

Mexico

03 Nov 2000

Air Sénégal International was established

Senegal

14 Nov 2000

FlyNordic, established in 1996 as Reguljair, had AOC revoked but relaunched as Flynordic.com on 01Dec2000

Sweden

15 Nov 2000

Kalitta Air operations start

USA

15 Nov 2000

Angara Airlines operations start

Russia

17 Nov 2000

Solenta Aviation operations start

South Africa

28 Nov 2000

Tower Air, having suspended operations on 01May2000, surrendered their AOC

USA

01 Dec 2000

FlyNordic, established in 1996 as Reguljair, had AOC revoked but relaunched as Flynordic.com

Sweden

05 Dec 2000

Reeve Aleutian Airways ceased operations

USA

14 Dec 2000

Bulgarian Air Charter operations restarted

Bulgaria

28 Dec 2000

Royal Phnom Penh Airways, established on 24Oct1999, began international services

Cambodia

2001

   

Jan 2001

Air Japan began scheduled international service

Japan

01 Jan 2001

Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International Ltd. officially merged

Canada

05 Jan 2001

MidAtlantic Airways, formed from Potomac Air in 2000, started services

USA

15 Jan 2001

Gol Transportes Aereos operations restarted

Brazil

05 Feb 2001

Royal Jordanian was registered as a Public Shareholding Company

Jordan

23 Feb 2001

Air Senegal International, established on 01Feb1971 as Air Sénégal, started operations

Senegal

27 Feb 2001

AccessAir, founded in 1997, ceased operations

USA

14 Mar 2001

Atlasjet was established by Oger Holding A.S as Atlas International Airways (>AtlasGlobal)

Turkey

19 Mar 2001

Canadian Airlines International merged into Air Canada

Canada

19 Mar 2001

CMTA (Compagnie Mauritanienne de Transports Aerien) was launched

Mauritania

25 Mar 2001

Bluebird Cargo operations started

Iceland

28 Mar 2001

Swisswings restarted operations

Switzerland

27 Mar 2001

Athens International Airport Inauguration by the Prime Minister, C. Simitis

Greece

28 Mar 2001

Hong Kong Airlines was founded & restarted operations as CR Airways

Hong Kong

29 Mar 2001

Incheon Airport officially opened

South Korea

29 Mar 2001

Athens International Airport was in full operations as of 06:00 hrs.

Greece

01 Apr 2001

Air Engiadina ceased operations & was renamed to Swisswings

Switzerland

03 Apr 2001

A340-600 first flight

France

05 Apr 2001

FreeBird Airlines restarted operations with a service between Istanbul and Lyon

Turkey

09 Apr 2001

TWA's 75-year existence as an independent airline came to an end when American Airlines purchased TWA's assets

USA

12 Apr 2001

Sky Airlines operations start

Turkey

17 Apr 2001

Cargo Lion ceased operations

Luxembourg

20 Apr 2001

Tasman Pacific Airlines (>Qantas New Zealand) abruptly stops flying

New Zealand

23 Apr 2001

The first flight of Airbus 340-600 was made

France

01 Jun 2001

Atlasjet carries out its first flight as Atlasjet International Airways

USA

12 Jun 2001

Jetsgo commenced operations.

Canada

17 Jun 2001

PGA Express restarted operations

Portugal

22 Jun 2001

NEOS was established

Italy

30 Jun 2001

Avia Jaynar operations restarted

Kazakhstan

24 Jun 2001

Tobago Express started commercial operations

Trinidad & Tobago

30 Jun 2001

Armavia restarted operations

Armenia

01 Jul 2001

Singapore Airlines Cargo began operations

Singapore

02 Jul 2001

Liverpool Airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport

UK

06 Jul 2001

Shanxi Airlines, established in 1988, restarted operations

China

08 Jul 2001

ScotAirways was renamed back to Suckling Airways (>Loganair)

UK

15 Jul 2001

AeroUnion operations restarted

Mexico

15 Jul 2001

Garuda establishes low-cost domestic subsidiary Citilink

Indonesia

16 Jul 2001

Citilink restarted operations

Indonesia

01 Aug 2001

Visa Airways was established (Intended to offer domestic services from Mumbai but did not start)

India

01 Aug 2001

Kulula.com's inaugural flight

South Africa

07 Aug 2000

Ibex Airlines, formed in 1999, restarted operations as Fair Inc.

Japan

06 Sep 2001

AeroPostal Cargo de Mexico started operations in Mexico City

Mexico

11 Sep 2001

Potomac Air goes under, caused by 09/11 attack

USA

12 Sep 2001

Air New Zealand placed the Ansett group of companies into voluntary administration with PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Australia

13 Sep 2001

Ansett Australia ceased operations

Australia

14 Sep 2001

JDP Lux was incorporated

Luxembourg

22 Sep 2001

Air Lib began operations after AOM and Air Liberte merger

France

24 Sep 2001

13 days after 09/11, US Airways decided to terminate all flights from MetroJet

USA

27 Sep 2001

LAPA, formed in 1977, was renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada

Argentina

02 Oct 2001

Swissair grounded (declared bankruptcy and 11Sep2001 terrorist attacks blamed)

Switzerland

06 Oct 2001

Silk Way Airlines. founded in 2001, started commercial flights

Azerbaijan

15 Oct 2001

Twin Jet started commercial air charter services

France

16 Oct 2001

Royal Air Cambodge was shut down

Cambodia

16 Oct 2001

Belair Airlines was registered in the Swiss Commercial Register

Switzerland

17 Oct 2001

RPX Airlines operations start

Indonesia

28 Oct 2001

Cronus was fully integrated under the Aegean Airlines brand

Greece

31 Oct 2001

Air Canada Jetz commenced operations

Canada

31 Oct 2001

Swissair was grounded after 70 years of flying, with the 09/11 terrorist attacks blamed

Switzerland

31 Oct 2001

United Shuttle (formed by United Airlines began operations on 01Oct1994 as Shuttle by United, ceased operations

USA

01 Nov 2001

Air Canada created low-cost subsidiary Tango. Re-absorbed the operation in Jul2004

Canada

03 Nov 2001

Belair, registered in the Swiss Commercial Register on 16Oct2001, restarted operations

Switzerland

07 Nov 2001

Last flight of Sabena

Belgium

10 Nov 2001

MD Kallax, founded in 2001, started operations started

Sweden

15 Nov 2001

Buraq Air started operations

Libya

15 Nov 2001

Transcarga International Airways operations started

Venezuela

19 Nov 2001

Alberta Express, renamed to Alta Flights in 1986 started scheduled services

Canada

30 Nov 2001

South Atlantic Airways, founded in 2000, returned the leased plane to Arkia and ended all operations

Spain

30 Nov 2001

FTI Airline ceased flight operations

Germany

01 Dec 2001

Final TWA flight (>>American Airlines)

USA

01 Dec 2001

Afriqiyah Airways  commenced scheduled services

Libya

03 Dec 2001

TransBrasil, formed in 1955 as Sadia SA Transportes Aereos, ceased operations

Brazil

04 Dec 2001

Flight West Airlines, established by Sir Dennis Buchanan in May1987, was placed into Voluntary Administration (+>Alliance Airlines)

Australia

28 Dec 2001

USA3000 Airlines began operations

USA

2002

 

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01 Jan 2002

Braathens alliance agreement with KLM and Northwest Airlines was closed as SAS buy Braathens

Norway

02 Jan 2002

Lao Skyway was established as Lao Air

Laos

05 Jan 2002

Batavia Air start operations as Metro Batavia

Indonesia

15 Jan 2002

AirEst, founded in 2002, started operations

Estonia

15 Jan 2002

Crossair assumes commercial responsibility for most of the European routes formerly operated by Swissair

Switzerland

15 Jan 2002

Puma Air operations start

Brazil

15 Jan 2002

First flight of the A.318, twin engine medium jet airliner

France

17 Jan 2002

Astraeus was established

UK

24 Jan 2002

bmibaby was founded

UK

01 Feb 2002

LeCocq's Airlink scheduled services begin (>Blue Islands)

UK

07 Feb 2002

Air Afrique declares bankruptcy

Ivory Coast

11 Feb 2002

First flight of the A.340-500, Long-range wide-body four engine jet

France

13 Feb 2002

SkyEurope Airlines flew its first passengers

Slovakia

15 Feb 2002

Odette Airways began operations (>Helvetic Airways)

Switzerland

15 Feb 2002

DAT briefly operated under the DAT Plus brand, but was rebranded as SN Brussels Airlines (>Brussels Airlines)

Belgium

19 Feb 2002

First flight of the Embraer E-170, a Brazilian narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range, jet airliner

Brazil

21 Feb 2002

Cargojet Airways was established

Canada

20 Mar 2002

bmibaby launched operations with a flight between East Midlands and Malaga

UK

22 Feb 2002

Cargojet Airways was renamed from Canada Cargo 3000

Canada

04 Mar 2002

Ansett (Mark II) permanently ceased operations

Australia

08 Mar 2002

NEOS, established on 22,Jun2001, launched revenue services

Italy

12 Mar 2002

Riau Airlines was established

Indonesia

13 Mar 2002

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) restarted operations

Belgium

25 Mar 2002

Intersky Aviation, formed in Nov2001, began operations

Austria

27 Mar 2002

Air Canada launched Jazz after renaming it from Air Canada Regional (>Air Canada Express)

Canada

28 Mar 2002

BA Connect was formed as CitiExpress

UK

31 Mar 2002

Swissair  ceased operations (operation transferred to Crossair which became Swiss International Air Lines)

Switzerland

04 Apr 2002

Inter Airlines, founded in Dec1999, restarted operations

Turkey

05 Apr 2002

Flight West Airlines, placed into Voluntary Administration on 04Dec2001, was rebranded as Alliance Airlines

Australia

06 Apr 2002

Astraeus restarted operations

UK

08 Apr 2002

Swisswings ceased operations

Switzerland

08 Apr 2002

Intensive Air ceased operations

South Africa

15 Apr 2002

Alliance Airlines, after rebranding from Flight West Airlines, restarted operations

Australia

07 May 2002

Northwest Sky Ferry, founded as Rugby Aviation on 12Jan1999, received FAA Certification

USA

08 May 2002

Express Airlines changed its name to Pinnacle Airlines

USA

15 May 2002

Air Astana maiden flight

Kazakhstan

17 May 2002

East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air, was renamed

Uganda

20 May 2002

SAM Colombia and its major rival ACES Colombia join to create Alianza Summa, and begin merged operations

Colombia

15 Jun 2002

Cargojet Airways restarted operations after rename from Canada Cargo 3000

Canada

15 Jun 2002

Sky Airlines restarted operations

Chile

15 Jun 2002

Air Guyane Express operations started

Guyana

25 Jun 2002

SkyNet Airlines, established 2001, restarted operations

Ireland

29 Jun 2002

Global Supply Systems operations started

UK

01 Jul 2002

Bay City Seaplane was first added to the ABN register

Australia

12 Jul 2002

Armenian International Airways was established (>>Armavia)

Armenia

15 Jul 2002

Solaseed Air, established in May2002 as Pan Asia Airlines, restarted operations as Skynet Asia Airways

Japan

17 Jul 2002

Midway Airlines suspended operations

USA

18 Jul 2002

British European was rebranded as FlyBe

UK

22 Jul 2002

The first A340-600 was delivered to Virgin Atlantic

UK

29 Jul 2002

Vanguard Airlines ceased operations

USA

03 Aug 2002

First flight of the B.737-900

USA

06 Aug 2002

REX (Regional Express) restarted operations

Australia

07 Aug 2002

EuroManx was established

UK

09 Aug 2002

Taj Air, founded on 11Nov1993 as Megapode Airlines, restarted operations

India

13 Aug 2002

Midway Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA

19 Aug 2002

GO services ended when it integrated into Easyjet

UK

19 Aug 2002

EuroManx, established on 07Aug2002, restarted operations

UK

29 Aug 2002

LAPA, renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada & was changed to AIRG had its original name restored

Argentina

Oct 2002

SGA Airlines (Siam General Aviation Co.) restarted operations

Thailand

10 Aug 2002

US Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA

01 Oct 2002

Completion of Rheintalflug Seewald's integration into Tyrolean Airways (>Austrian arrows)

Austria

15 Oct 2002

Jetconnect, established in Jul2002, commenced operations

New Zealand

22 Oct 2002

Euroline (formerly Avia24), formed in 2004, was awarded its air operator’s certificate

Georgia

27 Oct 2002

Australian Airlines launched services

Australia

27 Oct 2002

Germanwings was founded

Germany

06 Nov 2002

National Airlines, already operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, permanently ceased operations

USA

04 Nov 2002

CCAir, formed as Sunbird Airlines in 1979, closed down

USA

15 Nov 2002

Transwisata Prima Aviation operations started

Indonesia

17 Nov 2002

Air Alfa Hava Yollari, having ceased operations in Dec2001, had its licence revoked

Turkey

21 Nov 2002

Westair Cargo Airlines, was formed in Swaziland (moved to Ivory Coast in 2005)

Swaziland

01 Dec 2002

Swedline Express, formed as Varmlandsflyg in 1993 was renamed

Sweden

01 Dec 2002

RwandAir was founded & began operations as Rwandair Express

Rwanda

02 Dec 2002

East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air in Mar2002, restarted operations

Uganda

04 Dec 2002

Bulgaria Air operations start

Bulgaria

09 Dec 2002

United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in US history

USA

17 Dec 2002

StarFlyer was founded as Kobe Airlines

Japan

19 Dec 2002

Adam Air started operations

Indonesia

20 Dec 2002

Air Atlas Express started operations

Morocco

25 Dec 2002

Styrian Spirit was established

Austria

30 Dec 2002

Yakutia operated its first flight, a Tu-154 on route Yakutsk – Moscow – Yakutsk

Russia

2003

 

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13 Jan 2003

Livingston Energy Flight was established

Italy

14 Jan 2003

PMTair was founded

Cambodia

15 Jan 2003

Yangtze River Express was formed to takeover the cargo operations of the airlines of its parent HNA Group

China

15 Jan 2003

Mekong Air International, founded in 2002, commenced services

Cambodia

21 Jan 2003

Caribbean Sun Airlines commenced operations

Puerto Rico

22 Jan 2003

Yangtze River Express operations started

China

23 Jan 2002

The A.380 entered production on schedule at Airbus’ Nantes site in France

France

03 Feb 2003

Air Arabia was founded

UAE

12 Feb 2003

Jet2.com commenced operations

UK

15 Feb 2003

Islas Airways restarted operations

Spain

16 Feb 2003

Air Paradise, established in Jun2002, start operations

Indonesia

24 Feb 2003

The B.777-300ER completed its first flight

USA

27 Feb 2003

Viaggio Airwas, founded in 2002, restarted operations (>Bulgaria Air)

Bulgaria

27 Feb 2003

Iceland Express restarted operations (>>WOW)

Iceland

28 Feb 2003

GIRjet was created

Spain

06 Mar 2003

Hooters Air began service, operated by Pace Airlines

USA

16 Mar 2003

Flying Finn Airlines, established in Dec2002, started operations

Finland

18 Mar 2003

Air Armenia restarted operations

Armenia

21 Mar 2003

Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with operations still continuing

USA

26 Mar 2003

Lao Airlines was rebranded from Lao Aviation

Laos

30 Mar 2003

Arctic Air, a Kautokeino, Alta based airline, had its last scheduled flight

Norway

31 Mar 2003

JMC Airlines was renamed to Thomas Cook Airlines

UK

31 Mar 2003

The new Air Tanzania, restructured in Dec2002, commenced operations

Tanzania

31 Mar 2003

US Airways emerged from bankruptcy

USA

03 Apr 2003

Air Finland restarted operations

Finland

10 Apr 2003

KLMs' sale of Buzz to Ryanair, estimated to be in the region of €20.1 million, was completed

UK

15 Apr 2003

 Eritrean Airlines operations started

Eritrea

15 Apr 2003

Song restarted operations (>>Delta)

USA

20 Apr 2003

LAPA (Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas) ceased operations

Argentina

27 Apr 2003

RwandAir, founded as Rwandair Express on 01Dec2002, commenced operations

Rwanda

28 Apr 2003

LAN Ecuador, established in Jul2002, restarted operations

Ecuador

30 Apr 2003

Condor Berlin was renamed to Thomas Cook - powered by Condor

Germany

03 May 2003

Air China Cargo, formerly the cargo department of Air China was created

China

10 May 2003

Viking Airlines, established in 2003, restarted operations

Sweden

15 May 2003

Global Air, formed as Aerolineas Damojh, start operations after being renamed

Mexico

25 May 2003

Aero Mongolia, founded in 2002, restarted operations

Mongolia

10 Jun 2003

Wings Air restarted operations

Indonesia

16 Jun 2003

LanDominicana restarted operations (>>LAN Airlines)

Dominican Republic

17 Jun 2003

Windjet restarted operations

Italy

23 Jun 2003

Pullmantur Air operations started (>Wamos Air)

Spain

24 Jun 2003

Hellas Jet first flight was operated from Athens

Greece

29 Jun 2003

West African Airlines restarted operations

Benin

30 Jun 2003

DHL Worldwide Express was renamed to Astar Air Cargo

USA

05 Jul 2003

Hong Kong Airlines restarted operations as CR Airways

Hong Kong

10 Jul 2003

Khalifa Airways was liquidated by a French court after it failed to make an EUR 05 million payment to creditors

Algeria

22 Jul 2003

The first A.318 was delivered to Frontier Airlines

USA

22 Jul 2003

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) received its air operator’s certificate as BonAirExe

Netherlands Antilles

08 Aug 2003

 JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) changed its name to Jat Airways (>Air Serbia)

Serbia

12 Aug 2003

Darwin Airline was formed (>Etihad Regional)

Switzerland

13 Aug 2003

WBA (Wimbi Dira Airways) restarted operations

DR Congo

15 Aug 2003

Air Inter Island was founded by Martin Maldonado Frómeta

Dominican Republic

18 Aug 2003

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express), formed in Nov2002, launched services as BonAirExe

Netherlands Antilles

25 Aug 2003

Kingfisher Red was founded as Air Deccan

India

29 Aug 2003

LeCocq's Airlink was renamed to Rockhopper (>Blue Islands)

UK

15 Sep 2003

Tigerair was founded in 2003 & operations restarted on this date as Tiger Airways

Singapore

16 Sep 2003

Austrian arrows started operations

Austria

18 Sep 2003

CTK CiTylinK, formed in 1994 & scheduled domestic flights were introduced as CiTylinK Airlines.

Ghana

29 Sep 2003

LagunAir was founded

Spain

16 Oct 2003

Mekong Air International ceased operations because of SARS fears

Cambodia

17 Oct 2003

Fjellanger Widerøe went bankrupt

Norway

25 Oct 2003

Minerva Airlines, a regional airline operating behalf of Alitalia, formed in 1993, suspended operations due to bankruptcy

Italy

26 Oct 2003

Air Southwest, established in May2003, began operations (>>Eastern Airlines)

UK

28 Oct 2003

Titan Aero Airlines had its AOC suspended

Russia

28 Oct 2003

Air Arabia, founded on 03Feb2003, commenced operations

UAE

03 Nov 2003

Baboo, founded by Julian Cook in Aug2003, operated its first flight to Lugano as Flybaboo

Switzerland

05 Nov 2003

Etihad Airways, founded in Jul2003 started operations with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain. Commercial services started on 12Nov2003

UAE

12 Nov 2003

United Airlines launched a new low-cost carrier, Ted, to compete with other low-cost airlines

USA

12 Nov 2003

Etihad Airways, founded in Jul2003, commenced commercial services

UAE

13 Nov 2003

JetairFly was established as TUI Belgium (>TUIfly Belgium)

Belgium

15 Nov 2003

Sriwijaya Airlines operations start

Indonesia

19 Nov 2003

It was announced that ACA (Atlantic Coast Airlines) would rebrand to a lo-cost as Independence Air

USA

20 Nov 2003

Aviastar Mandiri, established in Jun2000, received its AOC

Indonesia

24 Nov 2003

Overland Airways operations start

Nigeria

28 Nov 2003

Niki (emerged from former Aero Lloyd Austria operation following it's acquisition by Niki Lauda), start operations as FlyNiki

Austria

28 Nov 2003

Helvetic Airways, founded as Odette Airways in the summer of 2001, operated its first flight

Switzerland

03 Dec 2003

One-Two-GO start operations (>>Orient Thai Airlines)

Thailand

08 Dec 2003

Air Polonia began cargo operations in late 2001 & now commenced lo-cost passenger services

Poland

12 Dec 2003

Olympic Airways changed its name from to Olympic Airlines

Greece

12 Dec 2003

Tiger Airways was incorporated as Tiger Airways

Singapore

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19 Jan 2004

Sobelair ceased operations

Belgium

23 Jan 2004

Thomas Cook - powered by Condor returned to the Condor brand name

Germany

25 Jan 2004

Aria services are suspended

France

27 Jan 2004

Flying Finn Airlines ceased all flights & entered bankruptcy

Finland

29 Jan 2004

Virgin Australia (NZ) started operations as Pacific Blue Airlines

New Zealand

10 Feb 2004

SkyAsia, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways was set up (>Nok Air)

Thailand

12 Feb 2004

Exactly four years and one day after the launch of JetBlue, United Airlines responds to its low cost competitors by creating another airline called Ted

USA

12 Feb 2004

FlyNiki was renamed to Niki

Austria

16 Feb 2004

Niki first flight with an A.320 from Vienna to Dusseldorf

Austria

25 Feb 2004

1time launched its low-fare operations

South Africa

27 Feb 2004

TAG City-Air, founded as Teuto Air, ceased operations

Germany

29 Feb 2004

Air Kazakhstan ceased operations

Kazakhstan

01 Mar 2004

Regionallink was formed by the amalgamation of Emu Airways, AirNorth Regional and some of the assets of ASA

Australia

10 Mar 2004

HK Express was incorporated (>HK Express)

Hong Kong

12 Mar 2004

First flight of the Embraer ERJ-190

Brazil

30 Mar 2004

Conviasa was formed as the successor to Viasa by Presidential Decree

Venezuela

31 Mar 2004

Thomsonfly began scheduled operations with four B.737-500 {>Thomson Airways)

UK

Apr 2004

Air 2000 was renamed First Choice Airways

UK

Apr 2004

Jazeera Airways was established, the first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East

Kuwait

01 Apr 2004

LTU Austria, set up by LTU and Billa, Austria's largest retail chain, obtained its AOC

Austria

01 Apr 2004

Japan Air System was renamed to JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic)

Japan

01 Apr 2004

AirBridgeCargo restarted operations

Russia

01 Apr 2004

JAL/JAS integration was completed

Japan

04 Apr 2004

MidAtlantic Airways, formed as Potomac Air in 2000, officially launched services

USA

13 Apr 2004

Caricom Airways was founded as Kuyake Aviation

Suriname

14 Apr 2004

ValuAir obtained air operator’s certificate (>>Jetstar Asia Airways)

Singapore

26 Apr 2004

Boeing launched the B.787 Dreamliner program with an order for 50 787s from All Nippon Airways

USA

29 Apr 2004

The first B.777-300ER first aircraft was delivered to Air France

France

01 May 2004

Duo Airways, established as Maersk Air (UK) goes into administration

UK

05 May 2004

ValuAirs' first flight

Singapore

15 May 2004

Titan Aero Airlines, having had its AOC suspended on 28Oct2003, has it revoked

Russia

18 May 2004

Royal Tongan Airlines ceased all operations

Tonga

19 May 2004

Wizz Air commenced operations

Hungary

24 May 2004

SkyNet ceased operations

Ireland

25 May 2004

Qantas’s new low cost domestic airline, Jetstar, commenced domestic operations

Australia

26 May 2004

Virgin Australia International was founded as V Australia

Australia

26 May 2004

ata Brasil (Atlantico Transporte Aereo) restarted operations

Brazil

28 May 2004

Atlas Blue was established

Morocco

01 Jun 2004

Westward Airways, established in 2002, restarted operations

USA

10 Jun 2004

JetBlues' first international service was from JFK to Santiago

USA

16 Jun 2004

Virgin America was renamed from Virgin USA

USA 

16 Jun 2004

Independence Air began operations

USA

17 Jun 2004

Cargo division of LanChile was rebranded to Lan Cargo

Chile

17 Jun 2004

LanChile changed its formal name to LAN Airlines(>LATAM Chile)

Chile

18 Jun 2004

AirBlue restarted operations

Pakistan

06 Jul 2004

Deta Air received AOC

Kazakhstan

23 Jul 2004

Air Ukraine was declared bankrupt

Ukraine

23 Jul 2004

SkyAsia, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways restarted operations (>Nok Air)

Thailand

26 Jul 2004

Atlas Blue restarted operations (>>RAM)

Morocco

28 Jul 2004

Darwin Airlines restarted operations

Switzerland

02 Aug 2004

First Cambodia Airlines, formed in Feb2004, ceased operations

Cambodia

11 Aug 2004

Nordavia, formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron, became AVL in 1995, was renamed to Aeroflot-Nord

Russia

13 Aug 2004

MenaJet, established in May2003, restarted operations

Lebanon

17 Aug 2004

Teddy Air terminates its operations stating that they were not making any money

Norway

10 Sep 2004

Fly Niu Airlines was forced to cease after its AOC was revoked because of Tonga's "one airline" policy

Tonga

01 Oct 2004

Landsflug, established in 2004, started operations

Iceland

01 Oct 2004

Georgian Airways was launched after being renamed from Airzena Georgian Airlines

Georgia

03 Oct 2004

Iraqi Airways operations restart with a flight between Baghdad and Amman

Iraq

08 Oct 2004

Vbird, a low-fare airline founded in 2003, ceased operations

Netherlands

10 Oct 2004

Air Equator received its air operator's certificate

Maldives

21 Oct 2004

East Line Air, established on 27Nov1995 was renamed Russian Sky Airlines

Russia

21 Oct 2004

Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines

China

01 Nov 2004

Malta Air Charter, established in 1970, although it did not start operations until 1990, ceased operations

Malta

03 Nov 2004

Albatros Airways was established and started operations

Albania

15 Nov 2004

Air Bagan operations started

Myanmar

23 Nov 2004

Vildanden was founded

Norway

28 Nov 2004

Conviasa's inaugural flight was made with a De Havilland Canada Dash 7

Venezuela

07 Dec 2004

The Embraer 195 commercial airliner made its first flight at Embraer’s Sao José dos Campos site

Brazil

05 Dec 2004

Air Polonia, founded in 2001, ceased operations

Poland

13 Dec 2004

Jetstar Asia’s inaugural flight took off for Hong Kong

Singapore

13 Dec 2004

Blue Air was launched, the first Romanian airline company, with 100% private equity

Romania

15 Dec 2004

Dubrovnik Airlines was officially launched

Croatia

16 Dec 2004

Atlantic Express Airlines began services

Gambia

17 Dec 2004

Antonov An-148 first flight

Russia

23 Dec 2004

EirJet commenced operations

Ireland

26 Dec 2004

Susi Air was founded in late 2004 by Susi Pudjiastuti & Christian von Strombeck, operate supply flights to areas hit by the Tsunami

Indonesia

31 Dec 2004

China Southern acquired China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan & Xinjiang Airlines

China

2005

 

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Jan 2005

LOT charter subsidiary, Centralwings, obtained a licence to operate as an airline

Poland

05 Jan 2005

Basiqair ceased operations on & merge into Transavia

Netherlands

15 Jan 2005

Air Aland was established as Flyg & Far Åland

Finland

18 Jan 2005

The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, gets unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in France

France

19 Jan 2005

Air Caledonian ceased operations

UK 

19 Jan 2005

The last B.737-200 aircraft flew for America West, operating a PHX-Ontario-PHX turn

USA

21 Jan 2005

Quebecair Express ceased operations

Canada

24 Jan 2005

Vildanden, founded on 23Nov2004, start operations from Skien Airport, Geiteryggen

Norway

25 Jan 2005

GWA (Great Western Airlines) ceased operations

Australia

29 Jan 2005

Nonstop flights between mainland China and Taiwan take-off for the first time since 1949

China

04 Feb 2005

Corporate Airlines ceased operations, prior to rename to RegionsAir

USA

09 Feb 2005

Pacific Island Aviation ceased operations

Marianas Islands

15 Feb 2005

The first B.777-200LR, the world’s longest range commercial airplane was rolled out in Everett

USA

17 Feb 2005

Opening of the new international airport in Nagoya, Japan. It was the third Japanese international airport

Japan

27 Feb 2005

Okay Airways, China's first private airline received its AOC

China

05 Mar 2005

Interjet was founded

Mexico

08 Mar 2005

The B.777-200LR completes its first flight

USA

11 Mar 2005

Jetsgo, declares bankruptcy leaving thousands of passengers stranded

Canada

11 Mar 2005

China's first private airline, Okay Airlines made its maiden revenue flight

China

13 Mar 2005

Air Shenpix was established in 1997, changed its name to Airtransse in Dec4 and restarted operations

Japan

15 Mar 2005

Siberia Airlines was rebranded as S7 Airlines

Russia

27 Mar 2005

Germania Express merged into dba

Germany

28 Mar 2005

Chicago Express Airlines, also known as ATA Connection, ceased operations

USA

04 Apr 2005

National Aviation Services launched operations

Papua New Guinea

07 Apr 2005

Air Exel ceased operations

Netherlands

25 Apr 2005

MaxJet officially changed its name from SkyLink Airways following a formal objection from SkyLink Aviation in Canada

USA

27 Apr 2005

A380 successfully completes its first flight

France

29 Apr 2005

First flight of Air India Express, Air India’s budget airline

India

29 Apr 2005

Grixona restarted operations

Moldova

30 Apr 2005

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) commenced services

Netherlands Antilles

30 Apr 2005

Harlequin Air ceased operations

Japan

04 May 2005

SpiceJet was renamed from Royal Airways

India

08 May 2005

Launch of Kingfisher Airlines in Mumbai

India

09 May 2005

Britannia Airways became Thomsonfly

UK

09 May 2005

BelgiumExel ceased operations

Belgium

09 May 2005

Kingfisher Airlines restarted operations

India

10 May 2005

HollandExel renamed to Arkefly (>Arke)

Netherlands

15 May 2005

Planet Airways ceased operations

USA

17 May 2005

Galaxy Airlines was established

Japan

24 May 2005

SpiceJet commenced operations

India

28 May 2005

Knighthawk Air Express' operations are cancelled

Canada

29 May 2005

Air Italy restarted operations (>>Meridiana >Meridiana Fly)

Italy

02 Jun 2006

Jeju Air, established in Jan2005, began operations

South Korea

04 Jun 2005

China United Airlines, founded in 1986 as a division of People's Liberation Army, was relaunched under its new ownership

China

07 Jun 2005

Norfolk Jet Express ceased operations

Australia

08 Jun 2005

Daily Air launched services

Taiwan

09 Jun 2005

Aerocon restarted services

Bolivia

16 Jun 2005

Air Mali was formed as CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali)

Mali

21 Jun 2005

Air Turquoise was founded

France

23 Jun 2005

B&H Airlines, formed on 12Aug1994 as Air Bosna, restarted

Bosnia & Herzegovina

28 Jun 2005

United Airways was founded

Bangladesh

28 Jun 2005

Air Nigeria commenced operations as Virgin Nigeria

Nigeria

29 Jun 2005

MyCARGO restarted operations as ACT Airlines

Turkey

30 Jun 2005

ABC Air Hungary operations start

Hungary

12 Jul 2005

WebJet restarted operations

Brazil

13 Jul 2005

Air Asturias was established

Spain

18 Jul 2005

Spring Airlines, China’s first low cost airline, restarted operations

China

21 Jul 2005

First flight of Kurdistan Airlines (Commercial Office of Kurdistan Region Iraq) landing in Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraq

24 Jul 2005

Air Nepal International restarted services

Nepal

25 Jul 2005

EUJet ceased operations

Ireland

25 Jul 2005

Westward Airways ceased operations

USA

26 Jul 2005

EUjet goes into administration

Ireland

27 Jul 2005

Chengdu Airlines restarted operations as United Eagle Airlines

China

04 Aug 2005

TransNusa undertakes its first commercial flight

Indonesia

14 Aug 2005

AirBlue, founded in 2003, restarted international services started with a flight to Dubai

Pakistan

19 Aug 2005

Flair Airlines, privately owned, restarted operations

Canada

25 Aug 2005

Hansung Airlines received its AOC on this date but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

South Korea

29 Aug 2005

Universal Airlines ceased operations

Guyana

02 Sep 2005

Swe Fly ceased operations

Sweden

03 Sep 2005

HK Express, incorporated on 10Mar2004, started operations as Hong Kong Express

Hong Kong

04 Sep 2005

Republic Airlines, founded in 2005, started operations

USA

07 Sep 2005

Avolar began operations

Mexico

13 Sep 2005

Abu Dhabi announced that it was withdrawing from Gulf Air to concentrate on Etihad Airways by  Royal (Amiri) Decree

UAE

14 Sep 2005

Air Scandic ceased operations

UK

20 Sep 2005

GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings, secured US FAA certification

USA

27 Sep 2005

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

USA

29 Sep 2005

TransMeridian Airlines ceased operations

USA

04 Oct 2005

GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings began scheduled passenger services

USA

09 Oct 2005

Alajnihah Airways launched cargo services

Libya

12 Oct 2005

Azmar Air, founded in 2005, started operations

Iraq

14 Oct 2005

Air Jamaica Express ceased operations

Jamaica

18 Oct 2005

Eos (Atlantic Express) started operations

USA

29 Oct 2005

Air Aland, established as Flyg & Far Åland in Jan2005, started operations

Finland

29 Oct 2005

Ghana International Airlines launched with inaugural flight from Accra to London

Ghana

30 Oct  2005

First flight (Auckland – Apia) of Polynesian Blue, a partnership between Virgin Blue and the Government of Samoa (>Virgin Samoa)

Samoa

31 Oct 2005

Jazeera Airways, established as first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East in Apr2004, started operations

Kuwait

31 Oct 2005

Aero Flight ceased operations

Germany

01 Nov 2005

Fischer Air ceased operations & was rebranded as Charter Air

Czech Republic

04 Nov 2005

GoAir restarted operations

India

09 Nov 2005

Emu Airways ceased operations (>Regionallink Airlines)

Australia

09 Nov 2005

ASA (Airlines of South Australia) ceased operations

Australia

11 Nov 2005

After a number of delays Ozjet was granted an Air Operator's Certificate by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Australia

14 Nov 2005

Air Horizons ceased operations

France

15 Nov 2005

CCA (Central Connect Airlines) operations started

Czech Republic

15 Nov 2005

Boeing formally launched the stretched B.747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines

USA

21 Nov 2005

Blu Express operations started

Italy

23 Nov 2005

TUI Belgium commenced operations as Jetairfly (TUIfly Belgium)

Belgium

23 Nov 2005

Air Paradise International ceased operations

Indonesia

23 Nov 2005

Air Lithuania ceased operations

Lithuania

29 Nov 2005

OzJet commenced operations

Indonesia

01 Dec 2005

magicBlue, formed in 2004, went bankrupt

Netherlands

01 Dec 2005

Awair changed its name to Indonesia AirAsia

Indonesia

01 Dec 2005

Interjet started operations

Mexico

07 Dec 2005

Indian Airlines was rebranded as Indian for advertising purposes as a part of a program to revamp its image in preparation for an initial public offering (>>Air India)

India

22 Dec 2005

Air Nepal International suspended all flights

Nepal

23 Dec 2005

Lucky Air, formed as Shilin Airlines in 2004, was renamed prior to starting operations

China

24 Dec 2005

Regional Wings ceased operations

Spain

2006

 

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Jan 2006

British Airways CitiExpress was renamed as BA Connect

UK

05 Jan 2006

Independence Air closed operations after declaring bankruptcy

USA

07 Jan 2006

TANS Peru ceased operations

Peru

09 Jan 2006

All commercial services of Hooters Air were suspended but continued for a short while with Public charters

USA

16 Jan 2006

Deta Air restarted operations

Kazakhstan

16 Jan 2006

Sky Asia changed its name to Nok Air

Thailand

19 Jan 2006

Jet Airways announces its purchase of Air Sahara, creating the largest domestic airliner in India

India

01 Feb 2006

CitiExpress, was renamed to BA Connect (>FlyBE)

UK

01 Feb 2006

UAL. Corp, United Airlines' parent company emerged from bankruptcy after being in such position since 09Dec2002, the longest such filing in history

USA

02 Feb 2006

Orex Aviation was formed as a Business/Private Charter based at Aruba Reina Beatrix International (AUA)

Aruba

04 Feb 2006

Air Engiadina was founded

Switzerland

14 Feb 2006

Blue Islands restarted services after being renamed from Rockhopper

UK

16 Feb 2006

Kobe Airport, a controversial offshore airport in Kobe, Japan, opens for airline service

Japan

24 Feb 2006

Air Gabon ceased operations

Gabon

26 Feb 2006

Jet4You restarted operations (>>JetairFly (Belgium))

Morocco

27 Feb 2006

Golden Bay Air originated as Capital Air

New Zealand

27 Feb 2006

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) was the first to fly the B.777-200LR

Pakistan

10 Mar 2006

Northwest Airlines bought the operating certificate of Independence Air for $2 million to establish a new regional airline (>Compass Air)

USA

13 Mar 2006

Inaugural flight of Volaris (Toluca to Tijuana)

Mexico

14 Mar 2006

Helios Airways was renamed to Ajet

Cyprus

16 Mar 2006

StarFlyer, founded as Kobe Airlines on 17Dec2002, changed its name & restarted operations

Japan

16 Mar 2006

Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, was renamed

USA

16 Mar 2006

The New Kitakyushu Airport opens

Japan

24 Mar 2006

Styrian Spirit ceased operations

Austria

28 Mar 2006

Rose Air was formed as Air Bright

Bulgaria

29 Mar 2006

Northwest reported that Independence Air would be renamed Compass Airlines

USA

Apr 2006

Hi Fly obtains its Air Operator Certificate

Portugal

10 Apr 2006

Air Bashkortostan restarted operations

Russia

13 Apr 2006

DOT LT was rebranded from Danu Oro Transport

Lithuania

17 Apr 2006

Hooters ceased operations

USA

23 Apr 2006

Air Wales ceased operations

UK

30 Apr 2006

Air Livonia, a Parnu based carrier, ceased operations

Estonia

30 Apr 2006

Songs' last flight took off  (>Delta)

USA

01 May 2006

Song handed over all operations and aircraft to Delta Air Lines

USA

15 May 2006

Zozik Air launched operations

Iraq

15 May 2006

The first flight of FaroeJet

Faroe Islands

19 May 2006

East Star Airlines restarted operations

China

26 May 2006

Charlan Air Charter ceased operations

South Africa

27 May 2006

MidAtlantic Airways ceased operations

USA

01 Jun 2006

SAS Braathens was renamed to SAS Norge

Norway

02 Jun 2006

Jeju Air restarted operations

South Korea

07 Jun 2006

Alitalia CityLiner commenced operations as Air One Cityliner

Italy

09 Jun 2006

Go! restarted operations

USA

12 Jun 2006

ALMA (Aerolineas MesoAmericanas) commenced operations

Mexico

14 Jun 2006

IIzair, formed in 2005 as Izmir Hava Yollari, restarted operations

Turkey

16 Jun 2007

SkyStar Airways, founded in 2005, commenced operations

Thailand

20 Jun 2006

Andes Líneas Aéreas began operations

Argentina

01 Jul 2006

Australian Airlines was closed down by Qantas

Australia

02 Jul 2006

Shanghai Airlines Cargo International restarted operations

China

06 Jul 2006

Fars Air Qeshm restarted operations

Iran

07 Jul 2006

Regional Cargo started operations at the city of Querétaro

Mexico

09 Jul 2006

Cham Wings Airlines was formed as Sham Wings Airlines

Syria

12 Jul 2006

Swedline Express ceased operations

Sweden

19 Jul 2006

Air Turquoise ceased operations

France

20 Jul 2006

Varig, founded on 07May1927 ceased operations

Brazil

28 Jul 2006

Air Kyrgyzstan, founded as Altyn Air in Apr2001 rebrands to Kyrgyzstan Air Company

Kyrgyzstan

01 Aug 2006

FAX (FlyAsianExpress) maiden flight (>AirAsia X)

Malaysia

04 Aug 2006

IndiGo restarted services with a flight from New Delhi to Imphal via Guwahati

India

05 Aug 2006

Jade Cargo, founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines, restarted operations

China

07 Aug 2006

South Winds Cargo merged into Centurion Air Cargo on this date to become a fully integrated scheduled airline

USA

10 Aug 2006

Origin Pacific ceased operations

New Zealand

16 Aug 2006

DauAir ceased operations

Germany

01 Sep 2006

Albatros Airways was grounded

Albania

06 Sep 2006

Maximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on this date

UAE

06 Sep 2006

Frontier Airlines creates a new airline named Lynx Aviation

USA

11 Sep 2006

Bravo Air Congo restarted operations on this date & ceased on 10Dec2007

DR Congo

17 Sep 2006

Aborignial Air Services, operating 4 airlines under its banner, the consortium ceased operations

Australia

19 Sep 2006

Jet Time, founded by a group of Danish investors in Sep2006, operated its first flight

Denmark

22 Sep 2006

CR Airways changed its name to Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong

25 Sep 2006

China Express Airlines launched operations on this date using three Bombardier CRJ200

China

25 Sep 2006

Juneyao Airlines made its maiden flight

China

27 Sep 2006

Caribbean Airlines was incorporated

Trinidad and Tobago

28 Sep 2006

Suvarnabhumi Airport officially opens to replace the aging Don Muang airport

Thailand

01 Oct 2006

Iberia's low-cost subsidiary Clickair was founded as Catair

Spain

10 Oct 2006

Esen Air restarted operations

Kyrgyzstan

14 Oct 2006

Air Nauru, was renamed to Our Airline (>Nauru Airlines)

Nauru

18 Oct 2006

Eirjet ceased operations

Ireland

21 Oct 2008

Aladia ceased operations

Mexico

23 Oct 2006

Porter Airlines scheduled services started, using its two Q400s

Canada

26 Oct 2006

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, long-haul low-cost airline began operations

Hong Kong

27 Oct 2006

Mihin Lanka was formed on this date & commenced operations on 24Apr2007

Sri Lanka

29 Oct 2006

Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise, founded on 24Jun1932, merge into Rossiya

Russia

30 Oct 2006

Arik Air  commenced operations

Nigeria

31 Oct 2006

Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operations

Greece

31 Oct 2006

Jags Aviation was established as a domestic charter company

Guyana

31 Oct 2006

Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, restarted operations

Japan

01 Nov 2006

Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operations

Greece

06 Nov 2006

Air Asturias, established on 13Jul2005, had no AOC so LTE started operations in behalf of it

Spain

15 Nov 2006

Mango’s first flight took place

South Africa

23 Nov 2006

Star Airlines  became XL Airways France

France

23 Nov 2006

Star XL German Airlines became XL Airways Germany

Germany

23 Nov 2006

Excel Airways became XL Airways

UK

24 Nov 2006

Fly540 operations started

Kenya

25 Nov 2006

Perla Airlines was established, but did not launch services until late Apr2010

Venezuela

30 Nov 2006

VivaAerobus started operations

Mexico

04 Dec 2006

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority cancelled the AOC, at the request of Transair. All operations ceased as from that date

Australia

05 Dec 2006

Lufthansa became the first airline to order the B.747-8 with an order for 20 planes and options for an additional 20 planes

Germany

12 Dec 2006

Club Air Italy's AOC was withdrawn by ENAC. Restarted under new management but ceased operations on 23May2008

Italy

12 Dec 2006

Maestro started operations

Canada

14 Dec 2006

Indus Air, established in 2004, restarted operations

India

15 Dec 2006

SkyValue Airlines was formed

USA

16 Dec 2006

Air Madrid ceased operations

Spain

17 Dec 2006

Faroe Jet ceased operations

Faroe Islands

19 Dec 2006

Komiinteravia became Utair-Express

Russia

23 Dec 2006

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) took delivery of its first B.777-300ER

Pakistan

31 Dec 2006

BWIA became Caribbean Airways

Trinidad & Tobago

2007

 

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08 Jan 2007

VIAuganda ceased operations

Uganda

18 Jan 2007

Colgan Air was acquired by Pinnacle Airlines Corporation for US$20 million

USA

25 Jan 2007

Silverjet's first scheduled flight between London Luton and Newark

UK

26 Jan 2007

Air Asturias ceased operations

Spain

29 Jan 2007

Sky Express, commenced operations

Russia

01 Feb 2007

Sun Air was renamed to Pacific Sun after it was purchased by Fiji Airways

Fiji

01 Feb 2007

PW Express began services in Hawaii

USA

07 Feb 2007

Air Bishkek was re-established as Kyrgyz Airways

Tajikistan

07 Feb 2007

Alexandair ceased operations

Greece

07 Feb 2007

Western Airlines, formed in 2005, ceased operations

USA

08 Feb 2007

BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ London City Airport-based subsidiary, received its air operator’s certificate

UK

13 Feb 2007

Pacific Airlines, founded in Dec1990, was relaunched as a low-cost carrier (>Jetstar Pacific)

Vietnam

25 Feb 2007

Flynas operations started as nasair

Saudi Arabia

02 Mar 2007

FlyMe ceased operations

Sweden

02 Mar 2007

Slovak Airlines ceased operations

Slovakia

05 Mar 2007

BA completed the sale of its UK regional subsidiary carrier BA Connect to Flybe

UK

05 Mar 2007

Mihin Lanka, formed on 27Oct2006, was awarded its AOC

Sri Lanka

05 Mar 2007

Air Sofia ceased operations and relocates to Serbia as United International Airlines

Bulgaria

07 Mar 2007

Maestro announced its bankruptcy and ceased

Canada

11 Mar 2007

Jags Aviation began commercial operations

Guyana

14 Mar 2007

MDLR Airlines, founded 2007, started operations

India

14 Mar 2007

Firefly, originally known as Kelas Services, received its AOC

Malaysia

14 Mar 2007

FlyLAL Charters was registered as a company

Lithuania

16 Mar 2007

Tiger Airways Australia was established in Darwin

Australia

24 Mar 2007

Air Adriatic ceased operations

Croatia

24 Mar 2007

BA Connect ceased operations

UK

25 Mar 2007

BA Cityflyer, having received its air operator’s certificate on 08Feb2007, started operations

UK

25 Mar 2007

Brussels Airlines, created by the merger of SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) and Virgin Express, began operations

Belgium

26 Mar 2007

Lineas Aéreas Azteca ceased operations

Mexico

27 Mar 2007

Koral Blue, formed by Tunisia's Karthago Airlines in Jan2006, started operations

Egypt

28 Mar 2007

GOL announces acquisition of Varig

Brazil

31 Mar 2007

LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operations

Bolivia

01 Apr 2007

LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operations

Bolivia

01 Apr 2007

Cygnus Air was rebranded as Gestair Cargo

Spain

03 Apr 2007

Firefly's first fligh, from Penang to Kota Bhar

Malaysia

03 Apr 2007

Indus Airways ceased operations

India

04 Apr 2007

Amazon Sky, founded in 2006, received its air operator’s certificate

Peru

09 Apr 2007

Harmony Airways ceased operations

Canada

11 Apr 2007

Gabon Airlines restarted operations

Gabon

16 Apr 2007

Jet Airways announces that Air Sahara will be renamed as Jetlite (>JetKonnect)

India

24 Apr 2007

Norwegian acquired FlyNordic from Finnair

Norway

24 Apr 2007

Mihin Lanka commenced operations

Sri Lanka

30 Apr 2007

ADC Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Albarka Air ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Freedom Air Services ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Space World International Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Dasab Airways ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Chrome Air Services ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Fresh Air ceased operations

Nigeria

30 Apr 2007

Sosoliso Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

01 May 2007

Air Sahara  renamed to JetLite

India

02 May 2007

Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, restarted operations

USA

06 May 2007

SkyValue and their fleet of one B.737 (leased from Xtra Airways) ceased operations

USA

09 May 2007

Air Dominicana was founded

Dominican Republic

17 May 2007

Aero Asia International ceased operations

Pakistan

18 May 2007

Peace Air ceased operations

Canada

22 May 2007

SkyBus, an ULCC modelled after Ryanair began operations

USA

25 May 2007

Mithras Air was formed

Bulgaria

25 May 2007

RegionsAir ceased operations

USA

28 May 2007

Chongqing Airlines' AOC was issued

China

01 Jun 2007

Egyptair Express restarted operations

Egypt

01 Jun 2007

SAS Braathens was renamed to SAS Norway

Norway

05 Jun 2007

Korean Air announced that it would create a new low-cost carrier called Jin Air to compete with Korea's KTX high-speed railway network system

South Korea

06 Jun 2007

Nurman Avia ceased operations

Indonesia

14 Jun 2007

FAX (FlyAsianExpress) ceased most operations (+>AirAsia Express)

Malaysia

15 Jun 2007

Caribbean Star Airlines, purchased by LIAT , had the merger finalised

Antigua

18 Jun 2007

West Air received its AOC

China

21 Jun 2007

Scorpion Air, founded in 1990, had its AOC was revoked

Bulgaria

21 Jun 2007

Grixona ceased operations

Moldova

23 Jun 2007

Jett8 Airlines Cargo, formed in 2006, restarted operations

Singapore

24 Jun 2007

Rioja Airlines, founded in 2007 had its maiden flight

Spain

26 Jun 2007

Jatayu Airlines ceased operations

Indonesia

30 Jun 2007

Jetstream Express ceased operations

UK

30 Jun 2007

Ayk Avia operations restarted

Armenia

01 Jul 2007

New Mexico Airlines restarted operations

USA

03 Jul 2007

Magic Bird having ceased operations in May2007, was declared bankrupt

Netherlands

04 Jul 2007

KrasAvia was rebranded from Evenkia-Air

Russia

08 Jul 2007

B.787 Rollout at Washington’s Boeing Everett Factory

USA

08 Jul 2007

Chongqing Airlines restarted operations

China

10 Jul 2007

United Airways restarted operations

Bangladesh

14 Jul 2007

West Air restarted operations

China

17 Jul 2007

Cargojet Airways acquires the Georgian Express cargo operations & renamed it to Cargojet Regional

Canada

25 Jul 2007

Virgin Blue announces name of new international long haul airline and livery, V Australia

Australia

01 Aug 2007

Skyjet Aviation of Quebec officially began operations

Canada

08 Aug 2007

Virgin America began operations

USA

14 Aug 2007

First flight of IL-96-400T

Russia

20 Aug 2007

Groznyavia was created by the government of the Chechen Republic

Russia

20 Aug 2007

Loch Lomond Seaplanes launched scheduled services from Glasgow Seaplane Terminal to Oban in Scotland

UK

09 Sep 2007

Rioja Airlines ceased operations after only three months

Spain

14 Sep 2007

Air Tomisko ceased operations

Serbia

20 Sep 2007

Air India Regional started operations on 21Jun1996 as Alliance Air & was renamed on this date

India

27 Sep 2007

America West Airlines began operating on the same operating certificate as US Airways

USA

30 Sep 2007

European Air Express ceased operations

Germany

01 Oct 2007

Caribbean Airlines acquired all outstanding Tobago Express shares, taking over its routes and fleet

Trinidad & Tobago

01 Oct 2007

MASWings took over the routes and aircraft previously flown by FlyAsianXpress

Malaysia

02 Oct 2007

Cargojet Regional began operations as Georgian Express on this date

Canada

10 Oct 2007

Azteca Airlines (Lineas Aereas Azteca), having suspended operations on 26Mar2007, ceased fully due to poor financial situation

Mexico

15 Oct 2007

Airbus delivered its first A380 to Singapore Airlines

Singapore

24 Oct 2007

BoA (Boliviana de Aviació) was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318

Bolivia

24 Oct 2007

Caribbean Star Airlines was purchased by LIAT on this date, with the merger being finalised on 15 Jun 2007, with LIAT becoming the surviving carrier

Antigua

25 Oct 2007

First commercial flight with passengers of Airbus A.380 was made by Singapore Airlines. Passengers bought seats in charity auction

Singapore

26 Oct 2007

Cargo Air was re-established from Vega Airlines & started operations started on 15Sep2008

Bulgaria

28 Oct 2007

BMED (British Mediterranean Airways) was fully integrated into British Midland (BMED >>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)

UK

02 Nov 2007

AirAsia X, founded as FAX by Tony Fernandes, started operations

Malaysia

06 Nov 2007

BRA Transportes Aereos requested the National Civil Aviation Agency to suspend all flights the following day

Brazil

07 Nov 2007

Mauritania Airways, established in Dec2006, operated its first flight

Mauritania

07 Nov 2007

BRA Transportes Aereos ceased operations

Brazil

15 Nov 2007

Air Uganda launched services using two wet-leased Douglas DC-9-30

Uganda

22 Nov 2007

Tiger Airways Australia, established on 16Mar2007, received its air operators certificate (>Tigerair Australia)

Australia

22 Nov 2007

AeroLitoral rebrands as Aeromexico Connect

Mexico

23 Nov 2007

Cambodia Angkor Air was established through an MoI signed by the Cambodian government

Cambodia

29 Nov 2007

Shanxi Airlines merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air

China

29 Nov 2007

RAK Airways operations started

UAE

05 Dec 2007

Lynx Aviation received its operating certificate from the FAA

USA

06 Dec 2007

Lynx Aviation began passenger operations

USA

10 Dec 2007

Bravo Air Congo ceased operations

DR Congo

10 Dec 2007

Bravo Air Congo Brazzaville ceased services following its parent's collapse

Republic of Congo

15 Dec 2007

Taron Avia operations started

Armenia

27 Dec 2007

Albatros Airlines was established

Venezuela

31 Dec 2007

Aeroflot retired the last Tupolev Tu-134 after 40 years in service

Russia

2008

 

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01 Jan 2008

ALPI Eagles ceased operations

Italy

01 Jan 2008

Cargo 360 was absorbed into Southern Air

USA

05 Jan 2008

Thai Global Airlines ceased operations

Thailand

06 Jan 2008

Aero Airlines ceased operations

Estonia

08 Jan 2008

BritishJet ceased operations

Malta

09 Jan 2008

Kitty Hawk Air Cargo ceased operations

USA

10 Jan 2008

Air Corridor ceased operations

Mozambique

14 Jan 2008

Prima Charter ceased operations

Poland

20 Jan 2008

Yeti Air International services are started

Nepal

23 Jan 2008

Coast Air ceased operations

Norway

24 Jan 2008

World Focus Air rebrands to Ank Air

Turkey

27 Jan 2008

VASP ceased operations

Brazil

31 Jan 2008

The deal in which EasyJet acquires GB Airways was concluded

UK

31 Jan 2008

Royal Bengal Airlines, founded in 2006, launched commercial operations from Dhaka

UK / Bangladesh

03 Feb 2008

Bahrain Air's inaugural flight took off from Bahrain to Dubai

Bahrain

03 Feb 2008

Silver State Helicopters ceased operations and entered bankruptcy

USA

05 Feb 2008

Somon Air restarted operating with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai

Tajikistan

05 Feb 2008

Aviaprad ceased operations

Russia

11 Feb 2008

Ural Airlines took over all routes previously operated by Aviaprad

Russia

28 Feb 2008

Boston-Maine Airways, operating as Pan Am Clipper Connection, ceased operations.

USA

01 Mar 2008

Focus Air ceased operations

USA

03 Mar 2008

Sham Wings Airlines began Lo cost scheduled services out of Damascus International Airport that started (>Cham Wings Airlines)

Syria

07 Mar 2008

Globus Airlines, established as the wholly-owned charter arm of S7 Airlines in Jan2007, was awarded its own AOC

Russia

08 Mar 2008

Flex Linhas Aereas restarted operations

Brazil

08 Mar 2008

Big Sky Airline's final scheduled flights arrives in Billings, MT

USA

10 Mar 2008

Cameroon Airlines ceased operations

Cameroon

13 Mar 2008

Girjet ceased operations

Spain

18 Mar 2008

Adam Air ceased operations

Indonesia

20 Mar 2008

Aloha Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

USA

25 Mar 2008

ASA (African Safari Airlines) ceased operations

Kenya

26 Mar 2008

The world’s largest airport terminal, Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3

China

27 Mar 2008

London Heathrow's state-of-the-art Terminal 5 opens

UK

27 Mar 2008

Azul (Azul Linhas Aéreas) was founded by David Neeleman

Brazil

28 Mar 2008

CATA Linea Aerea bankruptcy was formally declared

Argentina

29 Mar 2008

JoyAir was established as Happy Air

China

29 Mar 2008

GB Airways ceased operations following its purchase by EasyJet in Jan2008

UK

30 Mar 2008

MyTravel Airways was fully integrated into Thomas Cook

UK

30 Mar 2008

AirClass Airways ceased operations

Spain

30 Mar 2008

Freedom Air ceased operations

New Zealand

31 Mar 2008

Aloha Airlines ceased operations and gives all flights to Aloha Air Cargo

USA

31 Mar 2008

Japan Asia Airways flew its last flight EG284, from Taipei to Nagoya (Chubu), concluding 32 years of operations. merged into JAL

Japan

02 Apr 2008

ATA (American Trans Air) files for bankruptcy protection

USA

03 Apr 2008

ATA Airlines, Inc. – formerly known as American Trans Air ceased operations

USA

04 Apr 2008

Swazi Express Airways, established in 1995 as Steffen Air, ceased operations

Swaziland

04 Apr 2008

Skybus Airlines ceased operations

USA

05 Apr 2008

Skyway Airlines (Midwest Connect) ceased operations

USA

05 Apr 2008

flyNordic merged into Norwegian

Sweden

09 Apr 2008

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines ceased operations

Hong Kong

10 Apr 2008

Airphil Express (>PAL Express) was founded by PAL to replace Air Philippines

Philippines

10 Apr 2008

Frontier files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Emerged on 01Oct2009

USA

14 Apr 2008

Delta and Northwest Airlines announced that they would merge to create the world's largest airline under the Delta name

USA

23 Apr 2008

Turkish Airlines establishes Anadolujet

Turkey

25 Apr 2008

Ocean Airlines ceased operations

Italy

27 Apr 2008

Eos Airlines ceased operations

USA

29 Apr 2008

Nationwide Airlines ceased operations

South Africa

02 May 2008

Aloha Air Cargo began operations under new ownership after Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

05 May 2008

Philippine Airline’s regional carrier PAL Express began operations with 8 daily flights

Philippines

08 May 2008

Angkor Airways ceased operations

Cambodia

08 May 2008

EuroManx ceased operations

UK

09 May 2008

My Travel Airways renamed to Thomas Cook Scandinavia

Denmark

13 May 2008

Far Eastern Air Transport ceased operations but restarted services on 18Apr2011

Taiwan

15 May 2008

Aloha Air Cargo commenced operations as an independent airline after Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

17 May 2008

Kosmas Air ceased operation

Serbia

23 May 2008

Club Air Italy ceased operations

Italy

23 May 2008

Pacific Airlines Vietnam renamed to JetStar Pacific

Vietnam

30 May 2008

All business class airline Silverjet ceased operations

UK

31 May 2008

Champion Air ceased operations because of high fuel prices and fuel inefficiency

USA

02 Jun 2008

V Australia installs first B.777 Aircraft Simulator in Australia 

Australia

02 Jun 2008

Aeromexico Travel, operated by Aeromexico, commenced operations

Mexico

06 Jun 2008

Kang Pacific Airlines, based at Fujairah Airport restarted & ended operations

UAE

11 Jun 2008

Trai Thien Air Cargo was established by the Ho Chi Minh Planning and Investment Authority

Vietnam

11 Jun 2008

Aerocondor (ATA Aerocondor Transportes Aéreos Lda) ceased operations

Portugal

14 Jun 2008

Enimex ceased operations

Estonia

19 Jun 2008

OpenSkies restarted operations using a single Boeing 757 transferred from the BA fleet

UK

24 Jun 2008

Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) was established by the present President & CEO Yohei Suzuki as Suzuyo Air

Japan

27 Jun 2008

GrandStar Cargo International started operations

China

27 Jun 2008

Aero-Tropics ceased operations

Australia

30 Jun 2008

Air Midwest ceased operations

USA

01 Jul 2008

Tri MG had its air operator’s certificate was suspended by the Indonesian DGCA

Indonesia

07 Jul 2008

Wataniya Airways received its AOC prior to starting on 24Jan2009

Kuwait

11 Jul 2008

Jeju Air made its first international flight, from Jeju to Hiroshima

South Korea

11 Jul 2008

Wizz Air Ukraine restarted operations

Ukraine

15 Jul 2008

Zambezi Airlines restarted operations

Zambia

15 Jul 2008

Manx2 restarted operations

UK

17 Jul 2008

Jin Air, formed as Air Korea in 2007 & renamed, commenced operations

South Korea

21 Jul 2008

Ankair ceased operations

Turkey

22 Jul 2008

Custom Air Transport ceased operations

USA

23 Jul 2008

Aero California, founded in 1960 as air taxi operator Servicios Aéreos, suspended operations

Mexico

25 Jul 2008

Yeongnam Air commenced operations

South Korea

29 Jul 2008

Riau Airlines ceased operations but restarted in 2010

Indonesia

01 Aug 2008

Community Airlines ceased operations

Tanzania

05 Aug 2008

Nova Air ceased operations

Mexico

07 Aug 2008

Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, received its AOC from Peru's aviation authority

Peru

08 Aug 2008

Bravo Air Congo ceased operations

DR Congo

08 Aug 2008

Dana Air was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana Group

Nigeria

12 Aug 2008

Gemini Air Cargo, formed in 1995, ceased operations

USA

14 Aug 2008

Prima Charter, formed in 2005 as Fischer Air Poland & renamed to Euro Charter, ceased operations

Poland

18 Aug 2008

STP Airways commenced operations with flights between Lisbon, Portugal, and São Tomé

Sao Tome & Principe

22 Aug 2008

The consortium Comapagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) was founded. The consortium bought Alitalia and Air One, joining them together to eventually form the present Alitalia

Italy

23 Aug 2008

Airlines Tonga, commenced operations in Dec2005, ceased

Tonga

25 Aug 2008

The airline division of Island Aviation Services, formed on 13Apr2000 was rebranded as Maldivian

Maldives

28 Aug 2008

Zoom Airlines ceased operations

Canada

02 Sep 2008

Kato Airline ceased operations

Norway

04 Sep 2008

flySur, created in 2007 as TAER Andalus, started operations

Spain

08 Sep 2008

Futura Gael ceased operations

Ireland

08 Sep 2008

Futura International Airways ceased operations

Spain

09 Sep 2008

Vega Airlines, re-established as Cargo Air, received its AOC

Bulgaria

11 Sep 2008

Air Bee ceased operations

Italy

12 Sep 2008

XL Airways UK, a subsidiary of the XL Leisure Group, ceased operations

UK

15 Sep 2008

Cargo Air, re-established from Vega Airlines. started operations

Bulgaria

15 Sep 2008

AeBal (Aerolineas de Baleares) ceased operations

Spain

18 Sep 2008

Arrow Air Panama ceased operations

Panama

23 Sep 2008

Constellation West Indian Airways ceased operations

Trinidad & Tobago

25 Sep 2008

LatCharter became SmartLynx

Latvia

28 Sep 2008

Samara Airlines ceased operations

Russia

29 Sep 2008

Georgia Skies commenced operations

USA

30 Sep 2008

Asian Spirit became Zest Air

Philippines

30 Sep 2008

Carib Aviation ceased operations

Antigua

30 Sep 2008

African International Airways ceased operations

South Africa

01 Oct 2008

Asian Express Airlines became Tasman Cargo Airlines

Australia

01 Oct 2008

Kyokushin Air ceased operations

Japan

05 Oct 2008

Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, ceased operations

Japan

09 Oct 2008

Interavia ceased operations

Russia

09 Oct 2008

LagunAir  ceased operations

Spain

17 Oct 2008

LTE International Airways ceased operations

Spain 

17 Oct 2008

Tesis Aviation Enterprise, founded in 1993, had their flights suspended by the Russian aviation authority due to unpaid fees

Russia

17 Oct 2008

Omskavia ceased operations

Russia

17 Oct 2008

Vyborg North-West Air Transport ceased operations

Russia

17 Oct 2008

Hansung Airlines had its AOC withdrawn. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

South Korea

18 Oct 2008

Hansung Airlines stops flying as AOC was withdrawn on 17Oct2008

South Korea

20 Oct 2008

New Air & Tours was rebranded as enerjet

Canada

20 Oct 2008

flySur ceased operations

Spain

26 Oct 2008

Felix Airways was founded as the 1st lo-fare carrier in Yemen

Yemen

27 Oct 2008

Air Busan, established in Aug2007, restarted operations as Busan International Air

South Korea

28 Oct 2008

Avolar was forced to cease due to the illegal operations of the airline

Mexico

29 Oct 2008

Sterling ceased operations

Denmark

29 Oct 2008

Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, commenced operations

Peru

29 Oct 2008

Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) and absorbed into Delta Air Lines Inc. by a merger that was approved on this date

USA

31 Oct 2008

Air Comet Chile ceased operations

Chile

01 Nov 2008

Domodedovo Airlines ceased operations

Russia

01 Nov 2008

KrasAir ceased operations

Russia

05 Nov 2008

Dana Air, established on 08Aug2008, received its AOC

Nigeria

06 Nov 2008

Kavok received its AOC from Venezuela’s Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil

Venezuela

07 Nov 2008

ALMA de Mexico, a low-cost airline based in Guadalajara, suspended all services

Mexico

10 Nov 2008

Dana Air, established on 08Aug2008 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana Group, commenced flight operations

Nigeria

15 Nov 2008

LTE International Airways ceased operations

Spain

18 Nov 2008

Inter Airlines ceased operations

Turkey

20 Nov 2008

Vision Air International received an Air Operator Certificate & started operations on 02Dec2008

Pakistan

25 Nov 2008

Indochina Airlines first flight

Vietnam

28 Nov 2008

New Air & Tours, rebranded as enerjet on 20Oct2008 prior to start-up, was awarded its Air Operator’s certificate

Canada

30 Nov 2008

Dba continued to operate three B.737-300s as a separate division of AirBerlin until this closure date

Germany

01 Dec 2008

European Aviation Air Charter, began in 1989 as European Aviation, ceased operations

UK

01 Dec 2008

Primaris Airlines ceased operations

USA

01 Dec 2008

Siem Reap Airways International ceased operations

Cambodia

02 Dec 2008

Vision Air International started operations

Pakistan

02 Dec 2008

Fly Europa ceased operations

UK

03 Dec 2008

Flightline ceased operations

UK

11 Dec 2008

Yeongnam Air ceased operations

South Korea

15 Dec 2008

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras inaugurated services

Brazil

17 Dec 2008

NordStar was established as the Moscow division of established Siberian carrier Taimyr Avia

Russia

17 Dec 2008

Air Europe ceased operations

Italy

17 Dec 2008

ATA Airlines was established

USA

17 Dec 2008

KLM became full owner of Martinair

Netherlands

18 Dec 2008

Air Comet Chile,  having ceased operation on 31Oct2008, files for bankruptcy protection

Chile

24 Dec 2008

LATAM Ecuador received approval to begin domestic operations, which were launched in Mar2009

Ecuador

31 Dec 2008

Santa Barbara Airlines was rebranded as SBA Santa Barbara Airlines following its acquisition by Aserca Airlines

Venezuela

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03 Jan 2009

SkyStar Airways ceased operations after not paying any of the staff salary for six months

Thailand

06 Jan 2009

Ted, the Lo-cost brand of the United Airlines was discontinued

USA 

07 Jan 2009

Eastar Jet inaugurates its first domestic service, Seoul to Jeju

South Korea

10 Jan 2009

Zambian Airways suspend operations

Zambia

13 Jan 2009

Alitalia (Compagnia Aerea Italiana) operated its first flight. took over the infrastructures from Alitalia (Linee Aeree Italiane) and absorbed Air One, creating a single airline

Italy

14 Jan 2009

Cimber Sterling operations start

Denmark

17 Jan 2009

FlyLal suspended operations

Lithuania

20 Jan 2009

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute suspended Caribair from operating for "operational irregularities

Dominican Republic

24 Jan 2009

Wataniya Airways  restarted operations

Kuwait

25 Jan 2009

The operating licence of Nordic Airways was suspended

Sweden

29 Jan 2009

MacAir Airlines entered voluntary administration and ceased operations the next day

Australia

30 Jan 2009

MacAir Airlines having entered voluntary administration on 29Jan2009, ceased operations

Australia

06 Feb 2009

FedEx closes a hub for the first time in its history, when operations at its Asian-Pacific hub at Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines cease

USA

15 Feb 2009

Kunming Airlines, established in Dec2005, operated its first flight

China

17 Feb 2009

Air Libya Tibesti started operations (>Air Libya)

Libya

22 Feb 2009

SkyAirWorld suspend operations

Australia

27 Feb 2009

ERA Aviation ceased operations (bought by Frontier Alaska Group, name change to Era Alaska)

USA

27 Feb 2009

Virgin Australia International restarted operations as V Australia

Australia

11 Mar 2009

AirAsia X inaugurated its first low-cost and nonstop service between Kuala Lumpur and London

Malaysia

13 Mar 2009

MexicanaLink commence operations

Mexico

15 Mar 2009

East Star Airlines ceased flights & was declared bankrupt

China

26 Mar 2009

The Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines took the decision to close its subsidiary, Centralwings

Poland

29 Mar 2009

BoA (Boliviana de Aviació)s' inaugural flight

Bolivia

01 Apr 2009

MAK Air had its AOC revoked

Kazakhstan

01 Apr 2009

Starline.kz had its airline license revoked

Kazakhstan

01 Apr 2009

Kayala Airline (Jeddah) ceased operations

Saudi Arabia

02 Apr 2009

Star Marianas Air, first charter flight from Tinian to Saipan

Marianas Islands

04 Apr 2009

Air Sylhet, founded in early 2007, started operations

UK

04 Apr 2009

L'Avion merged with with OpenSkies, retaining the latter name

France / UK

10 Apr 2009

Zetavia was founded

Ukraine

15 Apr 2009

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency cancels the operating license of airline Elbrus-Avia

Russia

19 Apr 2009

Arkaim was established

Russia

22 Apr 2009

Irtysh-Air, established in 2007, started operations

Kazakhstan

23 Apr 2009

Saha Airlines suspended all flights

Iran

24 Apr 2009

Air Sénégal International suspended all operations

Senegal

27 Apr 2009

Linus Airways suspended operations due to lack of operational aircraft

Indonesia

29 Apr 2009

Air Arabia Maroc was officially launched (renamed from Regional Air Lines)

Morocco

01 May 2009

Estelar Latinoamerica, formed in Aug2008, began operations

Venezuela

01 May 2009

Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways are combined as Thomson Airways

UK

01 May 2009

Air Fiji ceased operations

Fiji

03 May 2009

Syrian Pearl Airlines operated its first flight

Syria

06 May 2009

Air Arabia Maroc restarted operations

Morocco

12 May 2009

Tailwind Airlines restarted operations

Turkey

14 May 2009

Wizz Air Ukraine having started operations on 11Jul2008, launched international services from Lviv

Ukraine

15 May 2009

Medallion Air received its AOC

Romania

15 May 2009

CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali) was rebranded as Air Mali

Mali

16 May 2009

Perm Airlines had its license revoked

Russia

25 May 2009

Star1 Airlines was established

Lithuania

25 May 2009

FlyDubai received its air operator’s certificate

UAE

26 May 2009

Golden Bay Air originated on 27Feb2006 as Capital Air and was re-registered

New Zealand

29 May 2009

Gianair was incorporated

Ghana

30 May 2009

FlyMontserrat operated its first charter flight

Montserrat

01 Jun 2009

JoyAir restarted operations after being renamed from Happy Air

China

01 Jun 2009

FlyDubai commenced scheduled flights

UAE

01 Jun 2009

Air Express Sweden was taken over by MCA Airlines

Sweden

03 Jun 2009

Dutch Air Cargo restarted cargo operations with a Fokker 27-500F freighter

Netherlands

03 Jun 2009

Mint Airways restarted operations

Spain

07 Jun 2009

Medallion Air restarted operations (>>Ten Airways)

Romania

08 Jun 2009

Tianjin Airlines was rebranded from Grand China Express Air and first flight was on 10 Jun 2009

China

10 Jun 2009

First flight of Tianjin Airlines after rebrand from Grand China Express Air

China

10 Jun 2009

Jetstar NZ domestic operations are launched

New Zealand

13 Jun 2009

Cargolux Italia restarted operations

Italy

17 Jun 2009

NordStar operated its first flight, from Norilsk to Moscow-Domodedovo and Krasnoyarsk.

Russia

18 Jun 2009

Corporate Xpress shut down operations

Canada

23 Jun 2009

Republic Airways announces the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines

USA

30 Jun 2009

AlMasria Universal Airlines operations restarted

Egypt

30 Jun 2009

Star1 Airlines commenced operations

Lithuania

01 Jul 2009

Cargo B Airlines files for bankruptcy protection and stopped all operations

Belgium

03 Jul 2009

ULS Airlines Cargo, started operations in 2004 as Baron Air Cargo, was rebranded

Turkey

09 Jul 2009

Clickair merged into Vueling Airlines

Spain

14 Jul 2009

Pet Airways commenced operations

USA

14 Jul 2009

Air Cargo Germany received its AOC

Germany

15 Jul 2009

AlNaser Airlines operations restarted

Iraq

24 Jul 2009

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority suspended the operating licence of MyAir due to financial problems and service failures

Italy

27 Jul 2009

Air Cargo Germany, having received its AOC on 14Jul2009, restarted operations

Germany

28 Jul 2009

Cambodia Angkor Air commenced operations

Cambodia

30 Jul 2009

TRACO (Transports Aériens Congolais) had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Thom's Airways had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Tembo Air Services had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Sun Air Services had its AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Safari Logistics had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Rwakabika Bushi Express had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Great Lakes Business Company had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Free Airlines had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Espace Aviation Service had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

El Sam Airlift had their AOC revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Comair Congo had its AOC withdrawn by D.R.Congo

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Comair Congo had its AOC withdrawn by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Air Navette AOC was revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Air Beni AOC was revoked by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Air Infini had its AOC withdrawn by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Cargo Bull Aviation was added to EU list of banned air carriers on 22Mar2006. Their AOC was revoked

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Air Boyoma had its AOC revoked  by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 Jul 2009

Piva Airlines, founded in 2007, had its AOC withdrawn

DR Congo

03 Aug 2009

Air Australia restarted operations as Strategic Airlines

Australia

07 Aug 2009

Island Express Air had its first flight as part of the Abbotsford International Airshow

Canada

13 Aug 2009

Frontier Airlines and Lynx Aviation were purchased by Republic Airways Holding of Indianapolis, Indiana through an auction held in the US Bankruptcy Court

USA

23 Aug 2009

Wings of Bornholm commenced operations

Denmark

27 Aug 2009

East Star Airlines, having ceased flights on 15Mar2009. was declared bankrupt

China

27 Aug 2009

AviaNova began operations

Russia

01 Sep 2009

SkyEurope  ceased operations

Slovakia

03 Sep 2009

BA CityFlyer accepts delivery of its first Embraer 170, narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jet airliner

UK

08 Sep 2009

KD Avia suspended all flights

Russia

11 Sep 2009

Pace Airlines suspend operations

USA

17 Sep 2009

Virgin Nigeria >Nigerian Eagle Airlines (on this date) >Air Nigeria ( 02Jun2010}

Nigeria

19 Sep 2009

Efly commenced operations

Malta

21 Sep 2009

Italiatour Airlines, having starting operations late 03Sep2009, suspended operations

Italy

21 Sep 2009

Air Dominicana, having started operations on 16Oct2008, ceased

Dominican Republic

25 Sep 2009

Aeroflot-Don reverts to its previous Donavia identity on this date. Donskie Avialinii >>JSC Donavia Airlines >Aeroflot-Don >Donavia

Russia

29 Sep 2009

State-owned airline Olympic Airlines ceased operation and was replaced by privately owned Olympic Air, which commenced operations on this day

Greece

01 Oct 2009

SAS Norge was fully absorbed into SAS

Norway

02 Oct 2009

Feel Air was established. It never came to fruition, and late in 2011 it dropped the whole plan

Norway

06 Oct 2009

Comoros Islands Airways start operations

Comoros

07 Oct 2009

It was announced that Avianca would merge with TACA but both airlines stated that each would maintain their own identity

El Salvador

12 Oct 2009

Sol Linhas Aéreas, founded in 2008, operated its first flight

Brazil

12 Oct 2009

Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel

Qatar

15 Oct 2009

Mistral Aviation, formed in 2002, had its airline license revoked

Republic of Congo

15 Oct 2009

Direct Aero Service operations started (>Romstrade Logistic Expres)

Romania

16 Oct 2009

Air Dominicana, started operations

Dominican Republic

23 Oct 2009

Seagle Air ceased operations

Slovakia

25 Oct 2009

CSA Czech Airlines discontinues all long-haul routes from Prague, including New York and Toronto

Czech Republic

01 Nov 2009

Nile Air obtained AOC & started operations in Aug2010

Egypt

05 Nov 2009

MDLR Airlines wound up operations on 05Nov2009

India

05 Nov 2009

Efly ceased operations

Malta

06 Nov 2009

MCA Airlines, founded in 2008, suspended operations

Sweden

11 Nov 2009

MCA Airlines declared bankruptcy

Sweden

20 Nov 2009

Air France introduced the A380  with service to New York's JFK Airport

France

20 Nov 2009

Interlink Airlines commenced first ever passenger flights from Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria. First time the capital was connected to other centres in South Africa

South Africa

23 Nov 2009

IMAIR Airlines ceased operations

Azerbaijan

25 Nov 2009

Indochina Airlines ceased operations

Vietnam

30 Nov 2009

Albastar was launched

Spain

01 Dec 2009

Nordavia was renamed from Aeroflot-Nord

Russia

02 Dec 2009

South African Express was rebranded as SA Express

South Africa

08 Dec 2009

Coventry Airport announces that it was to close with immediate effect due to its owners being wound up in the High Court

UK

07 Dec 2009

Jamaica Air Shuttle operations started

Jamaica

14 Dec 2009

Sverdlovsk 2nd Air Enterprise becomes Uktus

Russia

15 Dec 2009

First flight of the B.787 Dreamliner

USA

16 Dec 2009

Flyglobespan shut down all operations and was immediately placed into receivership

UK

18 Dec 2009

Tafa Air commence operations

Albania

21 Dec 2009

Air Comet ceased operations

Spain

22 Dec 2009

Pol'Air, founded in 2009, obtained its air transport certificate

French Polynesia

22 Dec 2009

Cimber Air merged into Cimber Sterling

Denmark

24 Dec 2009

Eastar Jet launched international services with a flight from Incheon to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

South Korea

31 Dec 2009

ATA Airlines. established on 17Dec2008, first flight was from Tabriz to Mashhad

Iran

   

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