The World's Airlines

Past, Present & Future

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The web site contains 18,948 airlines + additions below
with 2,657 active, 154 planned, 12 restarting, 23 added, 164 updates & >650 airline tickets
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 Latest Updates & Additions (Today in Airline History)

October 21, 2016JetairFly was established as TUI Airlines Belgium on 13Nov2003. Renamed to TUIfly (Belgium) [added] on 19Oct2016Belgium
October 21, 2016Ribway Cargo Airlines is 'Active' & operating a single DC.8 [status change]Kenya
October 21, 2016Colonial Flying Service was formed by Colonial Airways in 1929 [added]USA
October 20, 2016Air Daegu is a start-up LCC [added]South Korea
October 20, 2016William Bolton (Bill) Cookson formed Cookson Airspread in 1953 [added]New Zealand
October 20, 2016Phoenix Aviation [added] of Gore has been operating for 44 years. The company was formed after the closure of Rural Aviation 1963 [added] in 1968New Zealand
October 20, 2016Vostok Aviation Company was established as Aeroflot, Far Eastern division (264 Squadron) [added] on 15May1945USSR
October 19, 2016Vnukovo Airlines was originally the Aeroflot Vnukovo division [added]. Acquired by Siberian Airlines (>S7)USSR
October 19, 2016Anda Air appears to have operated its 1st flight on 10Oct2016, from Kyiv “Zhulyany” airport to Marsa Alam, Egypt [status change]Ukraine
October 19, 2016Azimut is a new start-up [added]Russia
October 18, 2016Cathay Pacific Airways was founded by Roy C Farrell & Sydney H de Kantzow & started ops in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co. [added]Hong Kong
October 18, 2016Serene Air has been granted an AOC by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) & will start operations with B.738 aircraft [added]Pakistan
October 18, 2016Merpati. having ceased operations on 01Feb2014 is planning to resume commercial operations during 2017 [update]Indonesia
October 18, 2016Perm Airlines was established and started operations in 1968. It was formed from the Aeroflot, Perm Division [added]. Had its license revoked on 16May2009USSR
October 18, 2016OrenAir: On 26May2016 the airline's AOC was revoked after integration into Rossiya [status change]Russia
October 17, 2016International Air Cargo, a privately owned all-cargo operator, operated overnight cargo schedules between Boston and Charlotte [status change]USA
October 17, 2016LACSA was renamed to TACA & Avianca Costa Rica [added] in May2013Costa Rica
October 17, 2016Interstate World Airways provided scheduled all-cargo services in California, linking Los Angeles International Airport with Bakersfleld, Fresno, Visalia & San Francisco [added]USA
October 16, 2016Nikolaesvk-na-Amure United Air Detachment was formed in 1992. It was formerly the Aeroflot, Nikolayevsk-na-Amure Division [added]USSR
October 16, 2016Kyrgyzstan Airlines (founded 1992) was originally Aeroflot, Kyrgyzstan Directorate [added]USSR
October 15, 2016TAME Xpress was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of national carrier TAME in Oct2011. Operations started on 15Oct2011 [added]Ecuador

Today in Airline History (October)

21 October 1929Chinese Airways Federal Inc., inaugurated on 26Aug1929, began scheduled servicesChina
21 October 1929The Colonial Flying Service and Scully Walton Ambulance Company organize the United State’s first civilian air ambulance serviceUSA
21 October 1936

PanAm initiates regular weekly transpacific passenger service as the Hawaii Clipper takes off from Almeda, near San Francisco, arriving at Manila on 27Oct

21 October 1948 Tunisair operations start as Societe Tunisienne de l'AirTunisia
21 October 1950First flight of the Martin 4-0-4USA
21 October 1966First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-40USSR
21 October 1970Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways & renamed it to British Caledonian (>BA)UK
21 October 2004East Line Air, established on 27Nov 1995 was renamed Russian Sky AirlinesRussia
21 October 2004

Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo & Shenzhen Airlines

21 October 2008Aladia ceased operationsMexico
21 October 2012Hello operations started in August 2004 & ceased on this date Switzerland

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21 October 1948 Tunisair operations start as Societe Tunisienne de l'AirTunisia

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