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1930    
13 January 1930 Farman F.300 first flight France
17 January 1930

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

USA
21 January 1930

First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary airport

Canada
25 January 1930

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

USA
1 February 1930

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

USA
1 February 1930

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

China
25 February 1930

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

USA
3 March 1930

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

Canada
31 March 1930

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

USA
8 May 1930 The largest trimotor transport aircraft built by Fokker, the F.IX  was handed over to KLM Netherlands
15 May 1930

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

USA
27 June 1930

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

Canada
7 July 1930

Aerial Transport of Siam Company (ATSC) was formed

Siam
16 July 1930

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

USA
18 August 1930

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

USA
15 September 1930

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

USA
13 October 1930

First flight of the Junkers Ju 52

Germany
25 October 1930

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

USA
29 October 1930 Dobrolet was abolished, forming the basis for the Central administration of the Civil air fleet (GU GVF), later becoming Aeroflot USSR
30 October 1930 Cubana, founded on 08Oct1929 as CNCAC (Compañía Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss), start operations Cuba
13 November 1930 Braniff Airways began operations (>Braniff International) USA
14 November 1930 First flight of the Handley Page H.P.42 UK
5 December 1930 Fokker F.XII first flight Netherlands
21 November 1930 NYRBA do Brasil was renamed to Panair do Brasil Brazil
25 November 1930

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

Canada
10 December 1930

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

USA
30 December 1930 PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) was founded (>PAL (Philippine Air Lines)) Philippines
1931    
3 February 1931

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

Canada
24 February 1931 Short S17 Kent first flight UK
26 February 1931

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

UK
2 March 1931 Panair do Brasil restarted operations Brazil
26 March 1931

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

Switzerland
28 March 1931 UATC formed the corporation United Air Lines, Inc. to manage its airline subsidiaries USA
31 March 1931 PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) restarted non scheduled operations Philippines
April 1931 Rhodesian Aviation Company was formed, started operations same year Southern Rhodesia
11 June 1931 The 40 passenger Handley Page HP-42 four-engine biplane entered service with Imperial Airways UK
15 June 1931 Canadian Airways pilot E. W. Stull in a Fokker F.14 A, flew the first radio beam from Winnipeg to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Canada
30 June 1931 Avianca El Salvador operations restarted as TACA Airlines El Salvador
13 July 1931

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

Siam
15 July 1931 United Air Lines restarted with mail runs USA
16 July 1931 SCADTA establishes the first mail service between Bogotá and New York City (>Avianca) Colombia
20 July 1931 Northeast Airlines was formed as Boston-Maine Airways by the Boston & Maine Railroad & Maine Central Railroad (>Delta) USA
24 August 1931

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

Siam
23 September 1931

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

Gibraltar
23 September 1931 The contract between CLASSA and the Spanish government was declared void, allowing LAPE to begin operations (>Iberia) Spain
29 September 1931 Aeroposta Argentina Airline “rents” its assets to the national government, which renamed its temporary acquisition Aeroposta Nacional Argentina
1 October 1931

KLM began a regular service between Amsterdam and Batavia by Fokker F.XII. At 13,744 km (8,540 miles) this was the longest regular air route in the world at the time

Netherlands
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1 February 1932

Dobroflot changed its name to Aeroflot

USSR
4 February 1932

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

UK
25 February 1932

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

USSR
7 March 1932 First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3m Germany
19 March 1932 Flinders Island Airways began regular aerial service Australia
20 March 1932 Luftschiffbau Zeppelin began regular trans-Atlantic services between Germany and Brazil, using the Graf Zeppelin Germany
25 March 1932 Aeroflot was officially adopted for the entire Soviet Civil Air Fleet. Renamed from Dobrolet USSR
April 1932

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

Philippines
8 April 1932 CLASSA was rebranded as LAPE (Líneas Aéreas Postales Españolas) (>Iberia) Spain
6 June 1932

Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta A.W.15 first flight

UK
7 June 1932 Egyptair was established as Misr Airways Egypt
24 June 1932 Pulkovo Airlines was founded (>>Rossiya) Russia
27 June 1932 PSIoWA (Portsmouth,Southsea & I.O.W. Aviation) first flight after moving from the Isle of Wight and being renamed from Inland Flying Service UK
30 June 1932 Alaska Airlines restarted operations as Alaska Star Airlines USA
26 July 1932

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

USA
27 August 1932 Sakhalin United Detachment started operations USSR
26 September 1932 Manchurian Aviation Company, national airline of Manchukuo (Manchuria, China) was founded China
26 September 1932

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

UK
15 October 1932 The Aviation Division of Tata Sons start an airmail route between Karachi and Madras, the first regular air service within India India
8 November 1932 Junkers Ju 60 first flight Germany
24 November 1932 de Havilland Dragon DH.84 first flight UK
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11 January 1933 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith made the first commercial flight between Australia and New Zealand. Australia
30 January 1933 Curtiss T-32 Condor II first flight USA
3 February 1933

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

Philippines
8 February 1933

First flight of the Boeing 247

USA
3 April 1933 Highland Airways was formed (>British Airways) UK
11 April 1933 Airspeed AS.5 Courier first flight UK
30 April 1933

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

UK
May 1933

INA (Indian National Airways) was registered

India
20 May 1933

Turkish Airlines was formed as State Airlines Administration

Turkey
31 May 1933 CIDNA, Air Orient, Air Union, and CGTA formed an air service named SGELA (Société General pour l'Exploitation des Lignes Aériennes)(>Air France in same year) France
15 June 1933 Pacific Seaboard Air Lines was founded (>Chicago & Southern Air Lines >Delta Air Lines) USA 
21 June 1933

Indian TransContinental Airlines was formed

India
23 June 1933

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

USA
1 July 1933

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

USA
15 July 1933 Egyptair, established as Misr Airlines 07Jun1932, restarted operations Egypt
20 July 1933 Aerolloyd Iguassú, founded in the beginning of 1933 in Curitiba, restarted operations (>>VASP) Brazil
15 August 1933 Turkish Airlines, established on 20May1933 as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi, restarted operations Turkey
7 October 1933

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

France
8 October 1933 CGTA (Compagnie Generale de Transport Aerien) ceased operations when it merged into the newly created Air France France
16 October 1933 DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) was established (>>SAS) Norway
4 November 1933

VASP (Viação Aérea São Paulo) was established

Brazil
1 December 1933 INA (Indian National Airways) commenced the first daily service in India, between Calcutta and Dacca (....Air India) India
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2 January 1934 Allied Airways was formed as Aberdeen Airways (+>BA) UK
14 January 1934

de Havilland Express DH.86 first flight

UK
18 January 1934 Qantas Empire Airways Limited was registered in Brisbane, effectively combining the interests of Imperial Airways and Qantas each of which held a half share Australia
30 January 1934 Junkers Ju 160 first flight Germany
1 February 1934 The South African Government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways and renamed it to South African Airways South Africa
3 February 1934 Lufthansa began the first regular airmail service across the Atlantic Ocean, between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro. Germany
7 February 1934

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

Australia
9 February 1934

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

USA
19 February 1934 President Roosevelt cancelled all existing airmail contracts. The Military took over temporarily USA
19 February 1934

Wideroes Flyveselskap AS was founded

Norway
19 February 1934

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

USA
23 February 1934

First flight of the Lockheed Electra L-10

USA
21 March 1934

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

UK
26 March 1934 Short Scylla first flight UK
30 March 1934 Sikorsky S-42, the Flying Clipper, first flight USA
11 April 1934

American Airways changed its name to American Airlines

USA
16 April 1934

Northwest was reincorporated under Minnesota law as Northwest Airlines

USA
16 April 1934 VASP, founded on 04Nov1933, restarted operations Brazil
17 April 1934 First flight of the de Havilland Dragon Rapide DH.89

UK

11 May 1934
First flight of the Douglas DC-2
USA
18 May 1934

Douglas DC-2 entered into service with TWA

USA
29 May 1934

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

UK
12 June 1934 In the United States, the Air Mail Act of 1934 closely regulates the contracting of air mail services and prohibits aircraft manufacturers from owning airlines USA
26 June 1934 First flight of the Airspeed AS.6 Envoy UK
30 June 1934 American Airways, becoming American Airlines on 11Apr1934, commenced operations USA
4 July 1934 Delta Air Lines first airmail flight was flown in a Stinson T aircraft USA
15 July 1934

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

USA
20 July 1934

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

USA
28 July 1934 Aberdeen Airport (Dyce) was established by Eric Gandar Dower, intended to link the northern islands of Scotland with London UK
27 August 1934 LAMSA (Lineas Aéreas Mineras) was formed (..>>Aeromexico) Mexico
14 September 1934 Aeroméxico was established as Aeronaves de México by Antonio Diaz Lombardo Mexico
15 September 1934 AeroMexico, founded on 14Sep1934 by Antonio Diaz Lombardo, commenced operations as Aerovias de Mexico Mexico
19 September 1934 Allied Airways, formed on 02Jan1934 as Aberdeen Airways, operated its first service (+>BA) UK
8 October 1934

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

USA
15 October 1934

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

USA
1 November 1934

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

South Africa
8 December 1934

Imperial Airways extends its airmail service to Australia

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

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

USA
30 December 1934 First flight of Martin M-130 USA
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January 1935

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

USA
1 January 1935 Aeropostal was founded as Linea Aerea Venezolana (LAV) Venezuela
7 January  1935 Avro 652 first flight. it formed the basis for the successful Avro Anson. UK 
14 January 1935

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

USA
17 January 1935

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

France
28 January 1935 First flight of the Potez 62, a twin-engine civil airliner France
1 February 1935

South African Airways acquires South West African Airways

South Africa
23 February 1935

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

Belgium
11 March 1935

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

UK
21 March 1935

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

Germany
1 April 1935 Swissair began services between Zürich and London Switzerland
4 April 1935 United Airways was formed by Jersey Airways to fly services from London-Heston to Blackpool, Isle of Man, Liverpool, Leeds and Morecambe (>BA) UK
15 April 1935

British Continental Airways Limited was formed (>BA)

UK
16 April 1935 East Coast Airways, established in 1935, restarted a regular passenger service (>ANZ) New Zealand
16 April 1935 A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 made the first airline flight from the continental US to Hawaii USA
20 April 1935

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

UK
25 April 1935

Cambrian Airways was set up as Cambrian Air Services

UK
11 June 1935 DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) restarted operations (>SAS) Norway
10 July 1935 Air Bleu restarted daily mail operations (>Air France) France
12 August 1935 de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly first flight

UK

8 September 1935 The first civil airport in Finland was opened at Turku Artukainen Finland
30 September 1935 Allied British Airways Ltd was formed (>British Airways) UK
1 October 1935

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

UK
9 October 1935 The first Martin M-130, China Clipper, was delivered to Pan Am USA
7 November 1935 Imperial Airways (Nigeria and Gold Coast) Limited was jointly formed between Imperial and Elder Dempster and operated as Elders Colonial Airways Nigeria
14 November  1935

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

Philippines
22 November 1935

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

USA
30 November 1935 Adelaide Airways, a subsidiary of of the Adelaide Steamship Co., commenced operations (.. >Ansett) Australia
6 December 1935 First TWA “air hostesses” began flying aboard the DC-2 USA
17 December 1935

First flight of the Douglas DC-3

USA
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1 January 1936

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

UK
5 January 1936 The Union Steamship Company founded a new national airway, Union Airways of N.Z. New Zealand
13 February 1936

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

UK
17 February 1936

Ansett made its first flight from Hamilton to Melbourne

Australia
4 March 1936 Rigid airship Hindenburg made its first flight Germany
15 April 1936

Aer Lingus, flag carrier of Ireland, was founded

Ireland
9 May 1936
The German airship Hindenburg lands at Lakehurst, New Jersey after its first scheduled transatlantic flight.
Germany
22 May 1936 Aer Lingus Teoranta was registered as an airline (>Aer Lingus) Ireland
23 May 1936 Opening of Stockholm Bromma Airport Sweden
26 May 1936 State-owned Aer Lingus took delivery of its first aircraft, registered EI-ABI, and named it "Iolar" Ireland
27 May 1936 Aer Lingus made its maiden flight from Baldonnel Aerodrome in Dublin to Bristol (Whitchurch airfield) in the UK Ireland
25 June 1936

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

USA
27 June 1936 Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior first flight USA
8 July 1936 First landing of an aircraft at Rhein-Main-Flughafen (now Frankfurt am Main Airport) was made by a Junker Ju-52 Germany
1 August 1936

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

UK
26 August 1936 LAM was established on this date & commenced charter operations in 1936 as DETA. Regular airmail services started on 22Dec1937 Mozambique
7 September 1936 The tarmac of Geneva Airport is covered with concrete over a length of 400m, the first of its kind in Europe Switzerland
21 October 1936

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

USA
27 October 1936

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

USA
1 November 1936

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

USA
2 November 1936 Adelaide Airways amalgamated with Holyman's Airways & West Australian Airways to form ANA (Australian National Airways) Australia
19 November 1936 PLUNA, founded in Sep1936, commenced operations Uruguay
18 December 1936

Wearne's Air Service was formed (>MAS)

Malaya
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15 January 1937 Beechcraft Model 18 first flight USA
7 February 1937

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

UK
5 March 1937

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

UK
31 March 1937

Deruluft (Deutsch-Russische Luftverkehrs) ceased operations

Germany
2 April 1937 Aircraft Sweden
5 April 1937 USA
10 April 1937

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

Canada
28 April 1937

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

USA
26 May 1937

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

USA
19 June 1937

Imperial Airways operated its first New York to Bermuda flight

UK
28 June 1937

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

Malaya
29 July 1937 First flight of the Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra USA
15 August 1937 Lufthansa began seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the route Germany
1 September 1937 Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, began operations as TCA (Trans-Canada Airlines) Canada
13 October 1937 Elders Colonial Airways commenced flights on the route from Lagos-Accra utilising a de Havilland Express from Imperial Airways Nigeria
12 October 1937 Malayan Airways was formed (>MAS) Malaya
31 October 1937

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

USA
22 December 1937 DETA started regular airmail services Mozambique
29 December 1937 CAUSA (Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya S.A) was founded by the Uruguayan banker Luis J. Supervielle and Coronel Tydeo Larre Borges Uruguay
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20 January 1938

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

UK 
23 January 1938

Armstrong Whitworth Ensign first flight (built for Imperial Airways)

UK
26 January 1938

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

USA
2 March 1938

Eastern Air Lines acquired for $3.5 million by Eddie Rickenbacker

USA
12 March 1938 CAUSA (Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya SA) commenced operations Uruguay
15 March 1938 Iranian State Airlines of the Ministry of Post and Telegram scheduled services restarted Iran
April 1938 North American Aviation finally sells Eastern USA
27 May 1938 British Guiana Airways was registered (>Guyana Airways) British Guiana
7 June 1938

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

USA
7 June 1938

The Douglas DC-4E prototype made its first flight

USA
20 June 1938 Southern Airways restarted operations UK
25 June 1938

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

UK
4 August 1938

The first Qantas official service leaves Rose Bay for Singapore

Australia
3 October 1938

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

UK
11 October 1938 Blohm & Voss BV 142 first flight Germany
11 November 1938

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

UK
31 December 1938

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

USA
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26 January 1939

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

USA
20 February 1939

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

USA
1 March 1939

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

Canada
7 March 1939

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

USA
15 March 1939

CSA interrupts activities due to the occupation of Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia
26 March 1939 The Boeing 314’s (Clipper) first trial flight across the mid-Atlantic occurs USA
12 May 1939 US Airways began operations as All American Aviation USA
20 May 1939

The Boeing 314 entered service with Pan American Airways

USA
30 May 1938 WR Carpenter Airlines begin an Australia - New Guinea air mail service Australia
12 June 1939

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

UK
17 June 1939 The official opening of Derby Airport, which was located at Burnaston, was performed by the Secretary of State for Air, Kingsley Wood UK
18 June 1939

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

USA
29 June 1939

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

USA
6 July 1939

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

USA 
11 August 1939

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

USA
3 September 1939

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

UK
21 September 1939 First flight of the Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar USA
15 October 1939 New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia dedicates an airport in Flushing bearing his name. La Guardia airport was the costliest to build at the time, $45 million USA
28 October 1939 Aerolloyd Iguassú, founded in the beginning of 1933 in Curitiba, was sold to VASP Brazil
24 November 1939

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

UK
27 November 1939

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

Canada
27 November 1939 BWIA West Indies Airways was founded as British West Indian Airways Trinidad & Tobago
2 December 1939

New York’s La Guardia Airport opens for service

USA
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