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Airline History

   

01 Jan 1914

Tony Jannus conducts the United States' first scheduled commercial airline flight for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line

USA

01 Jan 1919

Civil aviation resumes in Germany after WW1

Germany

01 Jan 1920

CFRNA (French-Romanian Company for Air Transport) first operative transcontinental airline in the history of aviation was founded (>TAROM)

Romania

01 Jan 1922

First airline uniforms are introduced by Instone Air Line

UK

01 Jan 1923

GCEA (Grands Express Aériens) ceased operations (merged with Compagnie des messageries aériennes to form Air Union) (>Air France)

France

01 Jan 1925

CIDNA was formed (>Air France)

France

01 Jan 1928

Boeing Air Transport acquires 73% of Pacific Air Transport’s stock and runs an airline up and down the West Coast

USA

01 Jan 1929

LOT was formed

Poland

01 Jan 1935

Aeropostal was founded as Linea Aerea Venezolana (LAV)

Venezuela

01 Jan 1936

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

UK

01 Jan 1940

Petropavlosk-Kamchatski Air Enterprise was formed from Aeroflot Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Division

USSR

01 Jan 1946

BEA (British European Airways) was formed

UK

01 Jan 1946

MEA, founded on 31 May 1945, started operations

Lebanon

01 Jan 1946

CAA (Central African Airways) was founded & started operations

Rhodesia & Nyasaland

01 Jan 1946

A BSAA (British South American Airways) Avro Lancastrian became the first commercial flight to depart Heathrow Airport

UK

01 Jan 1946

Cambrian Air Services was the first British airline to restart operations after WWII, with a charter flight with an Auster Autocrat with a cargo of wire rope

UK

01 Jan 1946

Société Nationale Air France was set up (>Air France)

France

01 Jan 1946

East African Airways was founded

Kenya

01 Jan 1948

Piedmont Airlines was founded (>>USAir >US Airways >>American Airlines)

USA

01 Jan 1953

All American Airways was renamed to Allegheny Airlines (>American Airlines)

USA

01 Jan 1960

Fiji Airways was reconstituted, becoming equally owned by BOAC, QANTAS, and Tasman Empire Airways

Fiji

01 Jan 1964

BEA Helicopters was formed

UK

01 Jan 1965

TCA (Trans-Canada Airlines)) was renamed Air Canada

Canada

01 Jan 1966

Skyline (NEPC) renamed from Damania Airways

India

01 Jan 1966

TAC (Transportes Aereas Catarinense) was merged into Cruzeiro do Sul (>Gol)

Brazil

01 Jan 1967

Malayan Airways was renamed to MSA (Malaysia-Singapore Airlines)

Malaysia

01 Jan 1968

Transpac became Air Caledonie

New Caledonia

01 Jan 1969

FlyBE was formed as Intra Airways

UK

01 Jan 1976

TABA (Transportes Aereos da Bacia Amazonica) was formed

Brazil

01 Jan 1978

British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley, and Scottish Aviation are absorbed into British Aerospace

UK

01 Jan 1980

Air UK was incorporated after the merger of British Island Airways and Air Anglia

UK

01 Jan 1983

Eastern Air Lines‘ first revenue B.757 flight.

USA

01 Jan 1988

Pelangi Air started operations

Malaysia

01 Jan 1989

Air Corsica was established as Compagnie Corse Mediterranee

France

01 Jan 1993

Cruzeiro do Sul ceased to exist as it was fully absorbed into Varig (>Gol)

Brazil

01 Jan 1994

Conair of Scandinavia and Scanair merged as Premiair

Denmark

01 Jan 1994

Eurowings was formed by the merger of NFD Luftverkehrs (founded 1975) and RFG Regionalflug (founded 1976)

Germany

01 Jan 1996

Royal Wings was founded on by Royal Decree

Jordan

01 Jan 1996

Augsburg Airways, founded in 1980 as Interot Air Service & renamed to Interot Airways, was renamed to current name

Germany

01 Jan 1996

Skyline (NEPC) was renamed from Damania Airways

India

01 Jan 1997

Aviatrans Cargo Airlines was rebranded as ATRAN

Russia

01 Jan 1998

Cosmic Air, formed in 1997, started operations

Nepal

01 Jan 2001

Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International were officially merged

Canada

01 Jan 2002

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

Norway

01 Jan 2008

ALPI Eagles ceased operations

Italy

01 Jan 2008

Cargo 360 was absorbed into Southern Air

USA

01 Jan 2011

Sunrise Airways, founded in 2010, started operations

Haiti

01 Jan 2012

Budget carrier flydubai launched a cargo division

UAE

01 Jan 2013

Manx2 was rebranded as Citywing

UK

01 Jan 2013

The new ExpressJet Airlines was created after corporate merger of Atlantic Southeast and ExpressJet was completed

USA

01 Jan 2014

RAK Airways ceased operations

UAE

01 Jan 2015

Chautauqua Airlines' ERJ 145s are shifted to sister airline Shuttle America, starting operations

USA

 

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02 Jan 1929

LOT formed yesterday, taking over existing domestic lines Aero and Aerolot, started operations

Poland

02 Jan 1934

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

UK

02 Jan 1959

PIA, Vickers Viscount 815 four-turboprop airliner, the first of which was accepted in the UK

Pakistan

02 Jan 1965

Air Manila, formed in 1964, operated its first flight (>PAL)

Philippines

02 Jan 1989

Tupolev Tu-204 first flight

USSR

02 Jan 2002

Lao Skyway was established as Lao Air

Laos

02 Jan 2012

VarigLog (Varig Logistics) suspended operations

Brazil

02 Jan 2015

Skytrans Regional ceased operations

Australia

 

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03 Jan 1922

Aero Letnany A.10, the first commercial aircraft to be built in Czechoslovakia, made its first flight

Czechoslovakia

03 Jan 1960

Aviaarktika, the flying branch of the Department of Polar Aviation of Glavsevmorput, was absorbed into Aeroflot

USSR

03 Jan 1961

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) first Fokker F-27 Friendship twin-turboprop type received

Pakistan

03 Jan 1961

Aloha retires its last DC-3

USA

03 Jan 1963

First flight of the Ilyushin Il-62

USSR

03 Jan 1981

Pan Am made its final B.707 flight

USA

03 Jan 2007

L'Avion first flight was from Paris to Newark (>>Open Skies)

France

03 Jan 2009

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

Thailand

03 Jan 2012

Lao Central Airlines, established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air, started operations

Laos

 

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04 Jan 1952

Pan American World Airways inaugurates the first all-cargo service across the North Atlantic with its recently acquired Douglas DC-6A cargo carrier

USA

04 Jan 1956

A license to operate a flying boat service between Southampton & Las Palmas, Canary Islands, was granted to Aquila Airways

UK

04 Jan 1972

Biman Bangladesh was established as Air Bangladesh but renamed prior to start

Bangladesh

04 Jan 2000

Buzz operations started

UK

04 Jan 2012

Mesaba Airlines ceased operations (merged with Pinnacle Airlines)

USA

04 Jan 2013

AerCaribe Perú, having been incorporated in 2011, has its AOC issued

Peru

04 Jan 2014

Tatarstan Air was grounded by Russian Authorities (Rosaviatsia) after ceasing operations on 31Dec2013

Russia

 

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05 Jan 1936

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

New Zealand

05 Jan 1955

Commander Omar Fontana founded Sadia S.A. Transportes Aéreos Airlines (>Transbrasil)

Brazil

05 Jan 1965

Fairways start operations (>Filipinas Orient Airways +>PAL)

Philippines

05 Jan 1983

United Airlines began the first scheduled nonstop service between the continental United States and Maui

USA

05 Jan 1994

Chanchangi Airlines was established on by Alhaji Chanchangi

Nigeria

05 Jan 2001

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

USA

05 Jan 2002

Batavia Air start operations as Metro Batavia

Indonesia

05 Jan 2005

Basiqair ceased operations on & merge into Transavia

Netherlands

05 Jan 2006

Independence Air ceased operations after declaring bankruptcy

USA

05 Jan 2008

Thai Global Airlines ceased operations

Thailand

05 Jan 2010

Rwandair Express, rebranded back to RwandAir, is relaunched

Rwanda

05 Jan 2015

Utah Airways commenced operations

USA

 

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06 Jan 1926

Deutsche Luft Hansa was founded in Berlin by the merger of Deutscher Aero Llyod and Junkers Luftverkehr (>Lufthansa)

Germany

06 Jan 1942

Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York; first round-the-world trip by commercial airplane

USA 

06 Jan 1944

LANE (Líneas Aéreas del Noreste), founded in September 1940, started operations (>>LADE)

Argentina

06 Jan 1953

LuftAG (Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf) was formed

West Germany

06 Jan 2008

Aero Airlines ceased operations

Estonia

06 Jan 2009

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

USA 

 

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07 Jan 1922

The Boeing BB-1 seaplane, makes its first flight. It is bought by a Canadian and becomes the company’s second international sale

USA 

07 Jan 1927

Imperial Airways commenced a regular service from Basra to Cairo via Baghdad, the first of its Empire "trunk routes"

UK 

07 Jan  1935

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

UK 

07 Jan 1955

Surinam Airways started operations

Suriname

07 Jan 1980

Air Ulster ceased operations

UK 

07 Jan 1980

National Airlines acquisition was completed with Pan American taking over the National Airlines fleet and route network

USA

07 Jan 1981

A B.747 of CAAC lands at JFK, marking the first time since 1949 that a flight from mainland China to the US was performed

China

07 Jan 2006

TANS Peru ceased operations

Peru

07 Jan 2009

Eastar Jet inaugurated its first domestic service, Seoul to Jeju

South Korea

 

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08 Jan 1959

Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy first flight

UK 

08 Jan 1985

Netherlines started scheduled flights

Netherlands

08 Jan 1991

Pan Am was forced to declare bankruptcy

USA

08 Jan 1998

Boeing changed the name of the MD-95 jetliner to the B.717-200

USA

08 Jan 2007

VIAuganda ceased operations

Uganda

08 Jan 2008

BritishJet ceased operations

Malta

08 Jan 2013

Hyperion Aviation was founded

Malta

08 Jan 2016

Sol Lineas Aereas, formed in 2005, ceased operations

Argentina

 

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09 Jan 1943

First flight of the Lockheed L-049 Constellation

USA

09 Jan 1952

The first aircraft owned by JAL, a DC-4 arrived at Tokyo International Airport

Japan

09 Jan 1962

First flight of the De Havilland Trident, BEA’s new three-engined jet aircraft took place

UK

09 Jan 2006

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

USA

09 Jan 2008

Kitty Hawk Air Cargo ceased operations

USA

09 Jan 2013

NovoAir started operations with two Embraer ERJ-145

Bangladesh

09 Jan 2013

DhakaAir, the cargo carrier division of NovoAir , started operations

Bangladesh

09 Jan 2015

Vistara started operations

India

09 Jan 2015

Cyprus Airways suspended operations

Cyprus

 

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10 Jan 1955

PIA was formed through PIAC Ordinance 1955 as the Government of Pakistan decided to form a state-owned airline

Pakistan

10 Jan 1990

The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 made its first flight

USA

10 Jan 1997

Palestinian Airlines, founded on 01Jan1995, started a series of pilgrim charter flights to Jeddah

Palestine

10 Jan 2008

Air Corridor ceased operations

Mozambique

10 Jan 2009

Zambian Airways suspended operations

Zambia

10 Jan 2012

Air Sweden had its AOC revoked (>Nordic Air Sweden)

Sweden

10 Jan 2013

Mineral Airways (the mining-related division of Aerovías DAP) began, using BAe RJ85 aircraft

Chile

10 Jan 2016

Fly AllWays, formed in 2014, launched its inaugural service

Suriname

 

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11 Jan 1927

Aeronaut ceased operations

USSR

11 Jan 1933

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

Australia

11 Jan 1958

First flight of the B.707-320 Intercontinental, stretched version of the turbojet-powered B.707-120

USA

11 Jan 1967

Aeromaritime became operational (renamed to Airbus Inter Transport)

France

11 Jan 1979

SriLankan was formed with technical assistance from Singapore Airlines as Sri Lanka International Airlines on 11Jan1979

Sri Lanka

11 Jan 2013

Golden Myanmar Airlines obtained its AOC

Myanmar

11 Jan 2013

Ryan International Airlines ceased operations and entered liquidation

USA

11 Jan 2016

Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan based Air Europa Express began commercial flights

Spain

 

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12 Jan 1965

Douglas Aircraft rolled out its first DC-9. It was powered by two P&W JT8D engines

USA

12 Jan 1970

A Pan Am B.747, on a proving flight from New York, was the first wide-bodied airliner to make a landing at Heathrow Airport in London

USA

12 Jan 1975

British Airways launched its "British Airways Shuttle", Europe’s first walk on service

UK

12 Jan 1990

Air Inter was renamed to Air France Europe

France

12 Jan 1993

Air Moldova was founded by the decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova

Moldova

12 Jan 1994

CityJet, formed as Business City Direct in 1992, started operations after being renamed

Ireland

12 Jan 1999

Northwest Sky Ferry was founded as Rugby Aviation (>>San Juan Airlines)

USA

 

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13 Jan 1930

Farman F.300 first flight

France

13 Jan 1967

Douglas Aircraft and the McDonnell Company merge to form the McDonnell Douglas Corporation

USA

13 Jan 1974

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport officially opened for commercial flights

USA

13 Jan 1982

The prototype B.757 rolled out of the Renton factory

USA

13 Jan 2003

Livingston Energy Flight was established

Italy

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

13 Jan 2010

Blue Wings ceased operations

Germany

 

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14 Jan 1934

de Havilland Express DH.86 first flight

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

14 Jan 1946

Pan American began transatlantic Lockheed Constellation flights

USA

14 Jan 1958

QANTAS became the first foreign airline permitted to fly across the United States

Australia

14 Jan 1976

British Airways took delivery of its 1st Concorde

UK

14 Jan 1979

Braniff Airlines began flying leased Concorde

USA

14 Jan 1983

Druk Air, formed on 05Apr1981 by Royal Proclamation, started operations

Bhutan

14 Jan 1994

Transbrasil created its regional subsidiary Interbrasil STAR to operate as feeder-carrier

Brazil

14 Jan 2003

PMTair was founded

Cambodia

14 Jan 2008

Prima Charter ceased operations

Poland

14 Jan 2009

Cimber Sterling operations started

Denmark

14 Jan 2011

Asia Majestic Airlines was established, but never started operations

Thailand

14 Jan 2012

Turpial Airlines was founded

Venezuela

14 Jan 2013

Donbassaero Airlines ceased operations

Ukraine

14 Jan 2014

American Airlines Group officially announced the rebranding of its American Eagle subsidiary is to be to Envoy

USA

 

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15 Jan 1914

Benoist Aircraft Company launched the first regularly scheduled passenger airline in the US

USA

15 Jan 1927

Boeing Air Transport was formed, to carry airmail between Chicago and San Francisco (=>UAL)

USA

15 Jan 1937

Beechcraft Model 18 first flight

USA

15 Jan 1961

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome opens

Italy

15 Jan 1991

Air Dolomiti operations started

Italy

15 Jan 1995

Magnicharters, established in 1994, started operations

Mexico

15 Jan 1999

Bismillah Airlines operations started

Bangladesh

15 Jan 2001

Gol Transportes Aereos operations started

Brazil

15 Jan 2002

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

Switzerland

15 Jan 2002

A318 took off on its maiden flight

France

15 Jan 2002

AirEst, founded in 2002, started operations

Estonia

15 Jan 2002

Puma Air operations started

Brazil

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

15 Jan 2005

Air Aland was established as Flyg & Far Åland

Finland

15 Jan 2010

Although originally planned for Apr2009, the first revenue flight of Asky Airlines (Africa Sky) took place

Togo

 

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16 Jan 1928

Seven passengers on board a Fokker-7 inaugurated Pan American Airways passenger services; flew from Key West to Havana (>Pan Am)

USA

16 Jan 1953

Bristol Superfreighter first flight

UK

16 Jan 1967

Air California began services with five daily return trips between Orange County Airport (Los Angeles) and San Francisco (>>American Airlines)

USA

16 Jan 1984

Air U.S. name changed to Excellair

USA

16 Jan 1994

MAT (Macedonian Air Transport) was established

Macedonia

16 Jan 2006

Deta Air started operations

Kazakhstan

16 Jan 2006

Sky Asia changed its name to Nok Air

Thailand

16 Jan 2015

Business Air operations were suspended was rebranded Intira Airlines in Jun2015

Thailand

 

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17 Jan 1929

Colonial Flying Service and Scully Walton Ambulance Company organise the United State’s first civilian air ambulance service

USA

17 Jan 1930

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

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

17 Jan 1948

BOAC began to replace flying boat routes with the Lockheed Constellation (>BA)

UK 

17 Jan 1963

First flight of the Short SC.7 Skyvan

UK 

17 Jan 1994

A.330 was introduced into service with with Air Inter (>>Air France)

France

17 Jan 2002

Astraeus was established

UK

17 Jan 2009

FlyLal suspended operations

Lithuania

17 Jan 2013

Golden Myanmar Airlines conducted its first scheduled flight

Myanmar

17 Jan 2014

Darwin Airline, formed on 12Aug2003, operated in the Etihad Regional livery for the first time

Switzerland

17 Jan 2014

Small Planet Airlines Italia ceased operations

Italy

 

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18 Jan 1934

Qantas Empire Airways Limited was registered in Brisbane, effectively combining the interests of Imperial Airways and Qantas

Australia

18 Jan 1960

The original Airlines of South Australia (ASA) first flew (replacing Guinea Airways)

Australia

18 Jan 1991

Eastern Air Lines ceased operations after 64 years of operation. Many of its remaining assets are parcelled out to American and Continental

USA

18 Jan 1991

Eastern Metro Express ceased operations when Eastern Air Lines closed

USA

18 Jan 2005

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

France

18 Jan 2007

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

USA

18 Jan 2010

Arctic Transportation Services became Ryan Air

USA

18 Jan 2011

North Cyprus Airlines was founded, shortly after the bankruptcy of Cyprus Turkish Airlines in Jun2010. Did not start operations

Northern Cyprus

18 Jan 2013

Ad Maiora Líneas Aéreas launched twice-daily services, between Asuncion and Encarnacion

Paraguay

 

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19 Jan 1940

Dublin Airport was officially opened when an Aer Lingus Lockheed 14 departed

Ireland

19 Jan 1960

First flight of the Convair CV-580 conversion from Convair CV-340 aircraft with two Allison 501 D13D/H 4-bladed propeller turboprops

USA

19 Jan 1989

American Airlines purchased the Central and South American routes owned by struggling Eastern Air Lines

USA

19 Jan 1989

Canadian Airlines International acquires Wardair, Canada's third largest carrier, for $250 million (>>Air Canada)

Canada

19 Jan 1996

The ATR 72-500 made its maiden flight

France

19 Jan 1999

Atlantis European Airways was founded

Armenia

19 Jan 1999

Air Stord, founded in Jan1990, ceased operations

Norway

19 Jan 2000

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

Zambia

19 Jan 2004

Sobelair ceased operations

Belgium

19 Jan 2005

Air Caledonian ceased operations

UK 

19 Jan 2005

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

USA

19 Jan 2006

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

India

19 Jan 2010

Flag carrier Japan Airlines files for protection from bankruptcy

Japan

19 Jan 2015

Ten Airways ends operations after the Romanian civil aviation authority (Autoritatea Aeronautică Civilă Română - AACR) suspended its AOC

Romania

19 Jan 2015

Indonesia AirAsia X operated its inaugural flight

Indonesia

 

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20 Jan 1928

Syndicato Condor, founded on 01Dec1927, was recognised by the Brazilian Government

Brazil

20 Jan 1938

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

UK 

20 Jan 1954

Far Eastern Airlines began operations (=>ANA)

Japan

20 Jan 1959

First flight of the Vickers Vanguard

UK 

20 Jan 1981

Vayudoot was founded (>>Air India)

India

20 Jan 1990

North American Airlines began operations

USA

20 Jan 1993

Domodedovo CAPA was officially separated from Aeroflot, when it was awarded with operator licence №4 by the State Civil Aviation Service

Russia

20 Jan 1994

Qatar Airways commenced operations

Qatar

20 Jan 1997

Maverick Airlines operations started offering VIP tours of the Grand Canyon

USA

20 Jan 2008

Yeti Air International services were started

Nepal

20 Jan 2009

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

Dominican Republic

 

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21 Jan 1930

First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary airport

Canada

21 Jan 1970

The B.747 was supposed to operate its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American but it was delayed

USA

21 Jan 1976

Scheduled flights of Concorde began on the London–Bahrain and Paris–Rio (via Dakar) routes (British Airways and Air France)

UK  / France

21 Jan 2003

Caribbean Sun Airlines commenced operations

Puerto Rico

21 Jan 2005

Quebecair Express ceased operations

Canada

21 Jan 2011

Tonlesap Airlines started operations

Cambodia

21 Jan 2014

Small Planet Airlines Italia, having ceased operations on 17Jan2014, had its AOC revoked

Italy

21 Jan 2016

Alas Uruguay, founded in Oct2013, began scheduled commercial operations

Uruguay

 

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22 Jan 1948

First flight of the Short Sealand, a British light, twin engined commercial amphibian aircraft

UK 

22 Jan 1952

The de Havilland Comet 1 became the first turbojet-powered civil airliner to be awarded a certificate of airworthiness. Entered Service with BOAC

UK 

22 Jan 1970

The B.747 commenced its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American

USA

22 Jan 1971

WAAC (West African Airways Corporation Nigeria) was rebranded as Nigeria Airways

Nigeria

22 Jan 1977

Kenya Airways was established following the breakup of East African Airlines

Kenya

22 Jan 1998

The B.737-600, the smallest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family made its first flight

USA

22 Jan 2003

Yangtze River Express operations started

China

22 Jan 2010

United Eagle Airlines was renamed to Chengdu Airlines

China

22 Jan 2016

Fly AllWays commenced revenue services

Suriname

22 Jan 2017

GI Aviation formally commenced operations

UAE

 

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23 Jan 1938

Armstrong Whitworth Ensign first flight (built for Imperial Airways)

UK

23 Jan 1986

Northwest Orient announced an agreement with Republic Airlines for Northwest to acquire Republic for $884 million

USA

23 Jan 1995

Fortunair operations ended due to financial trouble

Canada

23 Jan 2002

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

France

23 Jan 2004

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

Germany

23 Jan 2008

Coast Air ceased operations

Norway

23 Jan 2013

Vizion Air operations started with ad-hoc charter operations with Fokker 50

Belgium

23 Jan 2014

Phakalane Airways began operations

South Africa

 

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24 Jan 1961

First flight of the Convair 990 Coronado, stretched version of their earlier Convair 880

USA

24 Jan 1970

Pelita Air Service operations started

Indonesia

24 Jan 1974

IFG Interregional Fluggesellschaft ceased operations & went into liquidation

West Germany

24 Jan 1998

Bhoja Air started its international operations with a flight between Karachi and Dubai

Pakistan

24 Jan 2002

bmibaby was founded

UK

24 Jan 2005

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

Norway

24 Jan 2008

World Focus Air rebranded to Ank Air

Turkey

24 Jan 2009

Wataniya Airways  started operations

Kuwait

24 Jan 2013

Cargo North operations started

Canada

24 Jan 2013

R Airlines, founded in 2012, launched its inaugural charter flight between Bangkok and Gaya, Bihar, India

Thailand

24 Jan 2017

Imo Air inaugurated scheduled commercial operations

Nigeria

 

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25 Jan 1926

Stinson Detroiter first flight

USA

25 Jan 1930

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

USA

25 Jan 1944

British Latin American Airlines was formed (...>>BA)

UK

25 Jan 1959

First domestic airline to fly its own jets was American Airlines flying B.707s

USA

25 Jan 1983

First prototype of the Saab-Fairchild SF-340 made its maiden flight

Sweden

25 Jan 1996

West Coast Air operations started

Canada

25 Jan 2004

Aria services were suspended

France

25 Jan 2005

GWA (Great Western Airlines) ceased operations

Australia

25 Jan 2007

Silverjet's first scheduled flight between London Luton and Newark began

UK

25 Jan 2009

The AOC of Nordic Airways was suspended

Sweden

25 Jan 2011

Senegal Airlines made its first flight

Senegal

25 Jan 2015

Bosnian Wand Airlines officially launched its 1st flight via Athens from Sarajevo

Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

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26 Jan 1938

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

USA

26 Jan 1939

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

USA

26 Jan 1945

First flight of the Miles Aerovan, a twin engine short-range low-cost transport

UK

26 Jan 1949

The first commercial flight of Indonesian Airways from Calcutta to Rangoon was made using a Douglas DC-3

Indonesia

26 Jan 1956

Orion Airways was established

UK

26 Jan 1970

Brymon Aviation was incorporated (>FlyBE)

UK

26 Jan 1981

Vayudoot began operations

India

26 Jan 1988

Dual ceremonies celebrated the simultaneous roll-out of the B.737-400 and the B.747-400

USA

26 Jan 1989

Orion ceased operations (>Thomson Airways)

UK

26 Jan 1990

Hak Air was founded on as an aircraft chartering and leasing company associated primarily with the Hajj

Nigeria

26 Jan 2007

Air Asturias ceased operations

Spain

26 Jan 2010

Aer Lingus Regional was founded

Ireland

26 Jan 2010

Quantum Air ceased all operations

Spain

 

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27 Jan 1953

Regular services of Aerolineas Argentinas between Buenos Aires and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), with stops in Cordoba and Salta, was inaugurated

Argentina

27 Jan 1955

Ariana Afghan Airlines was founded as Aryana Airlines

Afghanistan

27 Jan 1959

First flight of Convair 880

USA

27 Jan 1966

First flight of the Fairchild FH-227

USA

27 Jan 2004

Flying Finn Airlines ceased all flights & entered bankruptcy

Finland

27 Jan 2008

VASP ceased operations

Brazil

27 Jan 2011

Asian Wings operated its first flight

Myanmar

27 Jan 2013

OLT Express ceased operations

Germany

27 Jan 2013

Spanair suspended operations

Spain

 

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28 Jan 1927

The Boeing Airplane Co. signs a contract with the U.S. Postal Department to fly airmail

USA

28 Jan 1935

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

France

28 Jan 1946

OMTA (Organisacao Mineira de Transportes Aereos) began operations as an air charter company (>Gol)

Brazil

28 Jan 1946

Iraqi Airways started operations

Iraq

28 Jan 1972

SIA (Singapore International Airlines) was established as the national carrier after the split from MSA

Singapore

28 Jan 1988

Aboitiz Air Transport started operations (>2Go)

Philippines

28 Jan 1992

Uzbekistan Airways was established. Took over the operations of the Uzbekistan division of Aeroflot on 31May1992

Uzbekistan

28 Jan 2011

Air Nationals' operations were suspended by the NZCAA due to safety concerns

New Zealand

28 Jan 2016

Baracuda Airways operated its first flight, from Nairobi–Wilson to Homa Bay

Kenya

28 Jan 2016

law (Latin American Wings) commenced revenue operations with flights from Santiago de Chile Int'l to Punta Cana via Quito Int'l.

Chile

 

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29 Jan 1966

Official opening of new Auckland International Airport at Mangere

New Zealand

29 Jan 1979

Mountain West Airlines' operated its first flight

USA

29 Jan 1987

Aeromar was established as Transportes Aeromar

Mexico

29 Jan 1999

Air Srpska started scheduled operations with a flight from Banja Luka to Belgrade

Bosnia & Herzegovina

29 Jan 2004

Virgin Australia (NZ) started operations as Pacific Blue Airlines

New Zealand

29 Jan 2005

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

China

29 Jan 2007

Sky Express, commenced operations

Russia

29 Jan 2009

MacAir Airlines entered voluntary administration and ceased operations the next day

Australia

29 Jan 2013

Air France revealed the name and commercial offering of its new regional airline, HOP!

France

29 Jan 2016

Jiangxi Airlines commenced commercial operations on with scheduled passenger flights between Nanchang and Urumqi via Xi'an Xianyang

China

29 Jan 2017

Serene Air started operations with B.738 aircraft

Pakistan

 

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30 Jan 1929

Hawaiian Airlines was formed as Inter-Island Airways

USA

30 Jan 1933

Curtiss T-32 Condor II first flight

USA

30 Jan 1934

Junkers Ju 160 first flight

Germany

30 Jan 1942

Canada

30 Jan 1947

Braathens SAFE commenced commercial operations (>SAS)

Norway

30 Jan 1947

Inauguration of TWA transatlantic all-cargo service.

USA

30 Jan 1974

H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened Rarotonga International Airport

Cook Islands

30 Jan 1983

Sun Country Airlines began operations

USA

30 Jan 1998

British Airways launched the low-fare airline Go (>Easyjet)

UK

30 Jan 2008

City Star Airlines ceased operations

UK

30 Jan 2009

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

Australia

30 Jan 2012

USA3000 Airlines ceased operations

USA

30 Jan, 2017

Shuttle America ceased operations and all remaining aircraft and crew were transferred to Republic Airlines

USA

 

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31 Jan 1949

Pan Am received the first Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser to be delivered.

USA

31 Jan 1959

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines), Vickers Viscount 815 four-turboprop airliner, started revenue earning service on the service linking Karachi and Delhi

Pakistan

31 Jan 1977

Comair was founded by David Mueller and his Father Raymond as Wings Airways

USA

31 Jan 1983

McDonnell Douglas launched the MD-83

USA

31 Jan 1986

Boeing completed purchase of de Havilland Canada

USA

31 Jan 1989

Northwest was launch customer of the world’s largest commercial airliner, the B.747-400

USA

31 Jan 1998

Export Air del Peru was merged into Cielos del Peru

Peru

31 Jan 2008

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

UK / Bangladesh

31 Jan 2008

The deal in which EasyJet acquired GB Airways was concluded

UK

31 Jan 2010

Northwest Airlines ceased operations (>>Delta Air Lines)

USA

31 Jan 2011

Fly540 having launched charter services in December 2010, commenced scheduled services as an ICAO registered airline

Angola

31 Jan 2013

Batavia Air ceased operations

Indonesia

31 Jan 2014

Malawian Airlines, formed in Jul2013, commenced operations serving the Blantyre–Lilongwe domestic route

Malawi

31 Jan 2015

MiniLiner had its AOC suspended by the Italian civil aviation authority ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile)

Italy

   

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