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1960

   

1 January 1960

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

Fiji

3 January 1960

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

USSR

18 January 1960

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

Australia

19 January 1960

First flight Convair CV-580 conversion from Convair CV-340 aircraft with two Allison 51 D13D/H 4-bladed propeller turboprops

USA

21 February 1960

Finnair took delivery of its first Caravelle A and became the first airline in the world to operate a jet passenger aircraft with a flight deck crew of two

Finland

22 February 1960

Official opening of Christchurch International Airport

New Zealand

7 March 1960

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) wet-leased a B.707 from Pan American airlines, thereby becoming the first Asian airline to induct a jet-aircraft in its fleet

Pakistan

16 March 1960

KLM opens its first intercontinental jet service, by DC-8 from Amsterdam to New York

Netherlands

29 March 1960

Tupolev Tu-124 first flight

USSR

1 May 1960

Thai Airways Internationals' first revenue flight

Thailand

1 June 1960

Trans-Canada Air Lines began transatlantic services, flying between Montreal and London

Canada

1 July 1960

BUA (British United Airways) was formed

UK

7 July 1960

Toho Air Service established

Japan

24 June 1960

First flight of the Hawker Siddeley HS 748

UK

5 July 1960

The B.720 goes into service with United Airlines

USA

9 July 1960

Sabena began airlifting Belgian nationals out of Congo. Over the next three weeks, 25,711 will fly home

Belgium

15 September 1960

TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways) retires its last flying boat from service (>ANZ)

New Zealand

17 September 1960

East African Airways commenced jet services between London and Nairobi

Kenya

27 September 1960

Autair  changed was renamed to Autair International Airways (>Court Lines)

UK

27 October 1960

Air Mali (1960–1985) was established

Mali

7 November 1960

Orion Airways, established on 26Jan1956 & started operations on 09Aug1957 with a Vickers Viking, ceased operations and was liquidated

UK

14 December 1960

Air Ivoire was established

Ivory Coast

14 December 1960

Aer Lingus entered the jet age when three Boeing 720 are delivered for use on the New York route and the newest destination Boston

Ireland

31 December 1960

Air Guinee Express was established by the Guinea government as Air Guinee

Guinea

1961

   

3 January 1961

Aloha retires its last DC-3

USA

3 January 1961

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

Pakistan

1 February 1961

The Vickers Vanguard entered service with Trans Canada Airlines

Canada

15 January 1961

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome opens

Italy

24 January 1961

First flight of the Convair CV.990 Coronado, “stretched” version of their earlier Convair CV.880

USA

2 February 1961

The first commercial use of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou took place

Canada

24 February 1961

Iranian Airways and Persian Air Services merge to form United Iranian Airlines (>IranAir)

Iran

14 March 1961

Inex-Adria Airways was founded as Adria Airways

Yugoslavia

28 March 1961

Air Afrique was formed

Ivory Coast

1 April 1961

VIASA commenced operations

Venezuela

3 May 1961

The Boeing Airplane Company changed its name to Boeing Company

USA

1 June 1961

SFO (San Francisco and Oakland Helicopter Airlines), began services between the airports & downtown heliports in San Francisco & Oakland

USA

1 June 1961

UAL (United Air Lines) absorbs Capital Airlines to become the largest airline in the West, with a fleet of 267 aircraft

USA

6 June 1961

JAL began independent service on polar routes to Europe (DC-8)

Japan

15 June 1961

El Al set a world record for the longest non-stop commercial flight: a B.707 flew from New York to Tel Aviv, covering 5,760 miles (9,270 km) in 9 hours and 33 minutes

Israel

21 June 1961

First flight of the Aviation Traders Carvair

UK

27 June 1961

Cubana restarted operations after Cuba's revolutionary government decided to take over the airline in May1959

Cuba

29 June 1961

Air Congo, having been founded on 06Jun1961, commenced operations

DR of Congo

30 June 1961

Adria Airways restarted operations as Adria Airways before renamed back to Inex Adria Airways

Yugoslavia

30 June 1961

Scanair was set up (>Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia)

Sweden

1 August 1961

Air Afrique, formed on 28Mar1961, started operations

Ivory Coast

4 October 1961

North Star Air Lines, an independent airline, registered in London. Did not start operations

UK

24 October 1961

NAB (Navegacao Aerea Brasileira) was purchased by Lóide Aéreo Nacional

Brazil

20 October 1961

Madair launched services between Tananarive and Paris using a Douglas DC-7C (>Air Madagascar on 14Oct1962)

Malagasy Republic

6 November 1961

Mount Cook Airline, formed as NZ Aero Transport in 1920, was renamed from Mount Cook Air Services & began scheduled services

New Zealand

29 November 1961

Caledonian Airways operated its inaugural flight, from Gatwick (...>>British Airways)

UK

1 December 1961

Thomson Airways was formed as Euravia

UK

21 December 1961

Caledonian Airways, formed in Apr1961, operated its first fare-paying passengers to New York departed Prestwick(...>>British Airways)

UK

1962

 

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9 January 1962

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

UK

1 February 1962

Loganair was established

UK

20 February 1962

Piedmont retired the last of its DC-3 aircraft on the 15th anniversary of its first scheduled flight.

USA

1 March 1962

Los Angeles Airways sets up the world’s first commercial service using turbine-powered, multi-engine helicopters

USA

18 March 1962

The Convair CV-990 entered service with American Airlines

USA

April 1962

IranAir officially commenced its activities as Iran National Airlines Corporation

Iran

4 April 1962

Luxair restarted operations

Luxembourg

10 April 1962

The first commercial plane to land at Maldives airport was an Air Ceylon flight

Maldives

15 April 1962

Iran National Airlines Corporation, formed by PAS + Iranian Airways on 24Dec1962, started operations

Iran

15 April 1962

SATENA, incorporated in 1962 under the Ministry of National Defence, restarted operations

Colombia

16 April 1962

BEA (>BA) operated its first commercial Handley Page Herald service

UK

3 May 1962

Cruz Airways was formed

Philippines

5 May 1962

Thomson Airways, formed as Euravia on 01Dec1961, restarted operations

UK

8 June 1962

Air-India International was renamed to Air India

India

29 June 1962

First flight of the Vickers VC10, an evolution of the long-range British airliner

UK

5 July 1962

WinAir operations started on this date as Windward Island Airways

Netherlands Antilles

8 August 1962

Cherokee Airways was certified as Albany Air Service

USA

30 August 1962

Surinam Airways, formed in 1953 with the same name, started ops on 07Jan1955. Renamed to SLM, starting on this date with current name after Govt takeover

Suriname

30 August 1962

First flight of the NAMC YS-11

Japan

31 August 1962

First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle 10A, re-engined prototype evolution of the French short/medium-range jet airliner

France

6 September 1962

Merpati Nasantara Airlines was officially constituted

Indonesia

11 September 1962

Merpati launched services from Jakarta, with a fleet of two Douglas DC-3s and four DHC-3 Otters

Indonesia

5 October 1962

Transmeridian began operations as Trans Meridian Flying Service (>British Cargo Airlines)

UK

14 October 1962

Air Madagascar was formed by the Government of the then-new Malagasy Republic and Air France to succeed Madair

Madagascar

29 October 1962

East Anglian Flying Services officially changed its name to Channel Airways

UK

31 October 1962

China Airlines, formed on 16Dec1959, start domestic operations

Taiwan

1 November 1962

Transmeridian began operations under the name Trans Meridian Flying Service on 05Oct1962 and begin operations on this date

UK

17 November 1962

President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC

USA

27 November 1962

The first production B.727-100 rolls-out

USA

4 December 1962

TAME's augural flight (>Transportes Aereos Mercantiles >Ecuatorianos >TAME)

Ecuador

24 December 1962

Iran National Airlines Corporation was formed by PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways (>Iran Air)

Iran

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3 January 1963

First flight of the Ilyushin Il-62

USSR

17 January 1963

Short SC.7 Skyvan first flight

UK

9 February 1963

B.727-100 made its first flight

USA

13 February 1963

PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines)  became a public corporation(>US Airways)

USA

18 March 1963

LAP was officially founded by the government through the Decree Nr.337 (>LATAM Paraguay)

Paraguay

20 February 1963

Austrian Airlines received the first of five Sud-Aviation SE.210-VIR Caravelles, their first jet aircraft.

Austria

29 March 1963

Alisarda was set up by Prince Karim al-Hussayn Aga (>Meridiana)

Italy

1 April 1963

Air Ferry, founded in 1961, start general charter and inclusive tour operations

UK

26 May 1963

BUA (British United Airways) began a twice-daily rail-air-rail service between the city centres of London and Paris

UK

7 June 1963

MEA (Middle East Airlines) merged with Air Liban to form Middle East Airlines - Air Liban

Lebanon

17 July 1963

Sioux Lookout, Ontario based Bearskin Airlines was established

Canada

29 July 1963

Tupolev Tu-134 first flight

USSR

1 August 1963

Jersey Airlines was renamed to British United (C.I.) Airways (>>KLM Cityhopper)

UK

20 August 1963

First flight of the BAC One-Eleven

UK

27 August 1963

Jamaica Air Service was founded. (renamed to Air Jamaica in 1968 & merged into in Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines on 30Apr2010)

Jamaica

16 September 1963

Malaysian Airlines was formed on this day & became Malaysian-Singapore Airlines

Malaysia

1 October 1963

UTA was formed as a result of a merger between Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) and Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux (TAI)

France

1 October 1963

Autair International commenced scheduled services after rename from Autair (>Court Lines)

UK

9 December 1963

Royal Jordanian Airlines was founded as Alia

Jordan

13 December 1963

ATI (Aero Transporti Italiani) was established (>>Alitalia)

Italy

15 December 1963

Alia (>Royal Jordanian Airlines) restarted operations

Jordan

24 December 1963

Idlewild Airport was rededicated as John F. Kennedy International Airport

USA

24 December 1963

B.727 was certified by the FAA

USA

31 December 1963

Starways, formed in 1948, was taken over by British Eagle

UK

1964

 

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1 January 1964

BEA Helicopters was formed

UK

1 February 1964

B.727 entered service with Eastern Air Lines

USA

6 February 1964

United's first B.727 scheduled service took place with a flight from San Francisco to Denver

USA

5 March 1964

Somali Airlines was founded as the newly independent Somalia's national airline

Somalia

6 March 1964

Air Saint-Pierre was established by the Briand family

St Pierre & Miquelon

11 March 1964

BEA (British European Airways) operated the DH Trident's first commercial service, standing in for a Comet 4B

UK

16 March 1964

Air Congo was renamed to Air Congo (Brazzaville) (>Lina Congo)

Republic of Congo

25 March 1964

Domodedovo Airlines operated its first revenue service as Domodedovo United Air Detachment

USSR

15 April 1964

Japan Domestic Airlines Co, Ltd. was established by merging Nitto, Fuji and Kita Nihon Airlines

Japan

29 April 1964

PIA became the first airline from a non-communist country to fly into the People’s Republic of China

Pakistan

29 April 1964

BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) (>BA) introduced the VC10 jet into its London-Lagos route

UK

6 June 1964

Silver City Airline announces that it had airlifted its one millionth car between England and continental Europe

UK

30 June 1964

Air Saint-Pierre, established on 06Mar1964 by the Briand family, restarted operations

St Pierre & Miquelon

1 August 1964

ALM-Antillean Airlines founded in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles; an offshoot of KLM Royal Dutch

Netherlands Antilles

16 August 1964

The name Britannia Airways was adopted from Euravia when the airline started re-equipping with Bristol Britannia (>Thomsonfly)

UK

16 September 1964

Mid-States Aviation Corporation started operations on local routes out of Meigs Field, Chicago

USA

1 October 1964

Derby Airways changed its name to British Midland Airways (>British Airways)

UK

13 October 1964

Queen Elizabeth was flown from London to Ottawa on the first Air Canada DC 8 sporting the new titles and paint scheme

Canada

4 November 1964

First ever automatic blind landing by a passenger aircraft when a British European Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident landed in dense fog

UK

17 November 1964

Mass Air (Massachusetts Air Industries), founded in late 1964 by E. Antony and sons, started operations

USA

21 November 1964

Maryland Airways, set up in late 1964, started daily Beech 18 trips across Chesapeake Bay

USA

30 November 1964

United States Overseas Airlines ceased operations

USA

8 December 1964

A United Air Lines Caravelle made the first landing in the USA completely controlled by computer (automatic touchdown)

USA

1965

 

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1 January 1965

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

Canada

2 January 1965

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

Philippines

5 January 1965

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

Philippines

10 February 1965

Panair do Brasil was forced to cease operations abruptly

Brazil

12 January 1965

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

USA

19 February 1965

Lufthansa signs up as the first customer for the forthcoming B.737

Germany

25 February 1965

The Douglas DC-9 twinjet airliner made its first flight

USA

27 February 1965

First flight of the Antonov An-22

USSR

10 March 1965

Douglas Airways was founded as Aerial Tours by D. B. Douglas at Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea

20 March 1965

Invicta International Airlines first revenue earning flight took place

UK

28 March 1965

Tropair was founded (>Safair)

South Africa

1 April 1965

TEAL changed its name to Air New Zealand

New Zealand

1 April 1965

NAMC YS-11 entered service with Japan Domestic Airlines

Japan

1 April 1965

Malaysian Airways absorbed Borneo Airways

Malaysia

9 April 1965

BAC One-Eleven entered service with British United Airways (>British Airways)

UK

27 April 1955

First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle

France

20 May 1965

First flight of the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

Canada

10 June 1965

A BEA Trident 1C performs the world's first automatic landing during a scheduled commercial air service

UK

6 July 1965

FAST (Fleming Airways System Transport) ceased operations

Philippines

13 June 1965

The first prototype BN-2 Islander conducted its maiden flight

UK

1 August 1965

Transglobe Airways was renamed from Air Links

UK

10 August 1965

B.727-200 received its first order, from Northeast Airlines

USA

15 August 1965

Libyan Airlines, founded in 1964, started operations as Royal Libyan Airlines

Libya

23 August 1965

Air Wisconsin restarted operations

USA

1 September 1965

CAS (Continental Air Services), a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Air Lines started flying in South-East Asia

USA

15 September 1965

Air Siam was founded as Varan Air-Siam but it did not start services until 1970

Thailand

1 October 1965

Bechuanaland National Airways was organised on this day, with the help of the UK airline Autair International (>Botswana Airways)

Bechuanaland

2 October 1965

United Libyan Airlines was absorbed into Kingdom of Libya Airlines (>Libyan Airlines)

Libya

24 November 1965

First commercial services through new Auckland International Airport

New Zealand

8 December 1965

DC.9 entered service with Delta Air Lines

USA

21 December 1965

New York Airways commenced helicopter services between the roof of the Pan Am building and John F. Kennedy International Airport

USA

22 December 1965

The Convair CV-640 entered service with Caribair

USA

1966

 

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1 January 1966

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

Brazil

1 January 1966

Skyline (NEPC) renamed from Damania Airways

India

27 January 1966

First flight of the Fairchild FH-227

USA

29 January 1966

Official opening of new Auckland International Airport at Mangere

New Zealand

7 February 1966

Air Charter was established under the name SAFA (>Air France)

France

8 February 1966

Freddie Laker founds Laker Airways after quitting British United to start his own airline

UK

28 February 1966

SPANZ (South Pacific Airline of New Zealand) was forced to call in the receivers & made its last commercial flight

New Zealand

5 April 1966

Hibernian Airlines, formed in 1966, restarted general passenger and cargo charter operations

Ireland

24 April 1966

Scheduled air carrier jet operations began at Washington National Airport

USA

1 May 1966

Jamaica Air Service (>Caribbean Airlines (Trinidad)) began service to Miami and New York

Jamaica

1 May 1966

British European Airways opens the first jet service between London Heathrow and Glasgow, using de Havilland Comet 4 Bs (>BA)

UK

5 May 1966

Formosa Airlines was founded (>>Mandarin Airlines)

Taiwan

24 June 1966

Air Tchad was founded

Chad

1 July 1966

Formosa Airlines started operations as Yung Shing Airlines

Taiwan

25 July 1966

Air Charter International began operations as SAFA (Societe Aerienne Francaise d'Affretement) (>>Air France)

France

1 August 1966

First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30

USA

4 August 1966

Air Tchad, founded on 24Jun1966, restarted operations

Chad

29 August 1966

NLM (Netherlands Airlines) started operations (>KLM City Hopper)

Netherlands

14 September 1966

Atlanta Taxi Aereo was founded66

Brazil

21 October 1966

First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-40

USSR

1 November 1966

Aeromaya was formed by the merger of ASSA, which itself had taken over Aero Taxi SA of Merida & Servicio Aereo Gomez-Mendez

Mexico

1 November 1966

Air Canada began the first North American air services to the Soviet Union

Canada

17 November 1966

Transavia operations start as Transavia Limburg

Netherlands

1 December 1966

China Airlines first international service between Taipei and Saigon start

Taiwan

28 December 1966

TACA Airlines entered the jet age when it inaugurated their first jet, a BAC One Eleven

El Salvador

31 December 1966

Air Brousse ceased operations (was taken over by Air Congo on 30Jun1967)

DRC

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1 January 1967

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

Malaysia

11 January 1967

Aeromaritime became operational (renamed to Airbus Inter Transport)

France

13 January 1967

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

USA

16 January 1967

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

USA

1 February 1967

The Braniff-Panagra merger was completed which extended Latin American routes

USA

7 February 1967

Tyumen Civil Aviation Division (>UTair) was created by a Decree of the Minister of Civil Aviation of the USSR (>Azur Air Ukraine)

Russia

10 March 1967

The IL-62 entered full passenger service on the Moscow to Khabarovsk route with Aeroflot

USSR

15 March 1967

Air Southwest was incorporated by Herb Kelleher and Rollin King (>Southwest Airlines)

USA

17 March 1967

Air Burkina was established under the name of Air Volta

Upper Volta

5 April 1967

Vieques Air Link, founded by Osvaldo Gonzalez in Oct1965, was registered as a corporation

Puerto Rico

6 April 1967

The last TWA Constellation was retired from passenger service and TWA became the first U.S. airline to go all-jet

USA

9 April 1967

First flight of the B.737-100

USA

9 May 1967

First flight of the Fokker F28 Fellowship

Netherlands

5 June 1967

Monarch Airlines was founded

UK

14 June 1967

Air Mauritius was founded

Mauritius

30 June 1967

Aden Airways ceased operations due to the British withdrawal from Aden

South Yemen

30 June 1967

Air Brousse was  taken over by Air Congo

DR of Congo

30 June 1967

Air Burkina restarted operations as Air Volta

Upper Volta

30 June 1967

First flight of BAC One-Eleven Series 500, evolution of British short-range jet airliner

UK

1 July 1967

JTA (Japan Transocean Air) restarted operations as Southwest Air Lines

Japan

10 July 1967

Air Fiji restarted as Air Pacific

Fiji

27 July 1967

The B.727-200 first flight

USA

1 August 1967

ASA (African Safari Airways) was formed

Kenya

1 August 1967

Qantas Empire Airways changed its name to Qantas Airways Limited

Australia

8 August 1967

First flight of the B.737-200

USA

1 September 1967

Air Malawi started operations on this date & suspended all flights on 25Feb2013

Malawi

1 September 1967

Air Rhodesia was formed (>Air Zimbabwe)

Southern Rhodesia

28 September 1967

Faroe Airways (Fairline) ceased operating

Faroe Islands

1 October 1967

Frontier purchased Central Airlines

USA

1 November 1967

Cable Flying Services, an Air taxi operator founded by Roger Cable, began scheduled commuter air services as Cable Commuter Airlines

USA

13 December 1967

Boise Aviation was certificated

USA

14 December 1967

First B.727-200 was delivered to Northeast Airlines

USA

29 December 1967

First delivery of B.737-200 to United Airlines

USA

31 December 1967

CAA (Central African Airways) was officially dissolved

Rhodesia & Nyasaland

1968

 

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1 January 1968

Transpac became Air Caledonie

New Caledonia

16 February 1968

CAT (Civil Air Transport) ceased operations

Taiwan

1 March 1968

Aurigny Air Services restarted operations

UK

5 April 1968

Monarch Airlines commenced commercial operations

UK

17 April 1968

Brower Flight Service was certified (>Brower Airways)

USA

17 April 1968

Bonanza Air Lines received CAB approval to merge with Pacific Air Lines & West Coast Airlines to form Air West (>Delta Air Lines)

USA

29 April 1968

United Air Lines became the first carrier to put the B.737-200 into service

USA

16 May 1968

 Air Micronesia restarted operations (..>>UAL)

Guam

21 May 1968

Aviogenex was founded as Genex Airlines

Serbia

25 June 1968

Finnair Oy became the company's official name

Finland

30 June 1968

Ameriflight restarted operations as California Air Charter

USA

1 July 1968

Bonanza Air Lines merged with Pacific Air Lines & West Coast Airlines to form Air West

USA

15 July 1968

The first direct airline service between the Soviet Union and the US was inaugurated, ten years after negotiations began

USA

20 July 1968

Air Bahama started operations as International Air Bahama

Bahamas

31 July 1968

Cook Island Airways was formed with all shares held by Air New Zealand

Cook Islands

7 August 1968

Cayman Airways restarted operations

Cayman Islands

15 September 1968

Air Moorea restarted operations

French Polynesia

18 September 1968

First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-20

USA

23 September 1968

Air Crews & Maintenance Inc., a scheduled air taxi services to points in Florida, was certificated

USA

4 October 1968

First flight of the Tupolev Tu-154

USSR

10 September 1968

Indonesia Air started operations as Indonesia Air Transport

Indonesia

23 October 1968

Aeropelican Air Services was established on this date & started ops on 01Jul1971 (>>Brindabella Airlines)

Australia

26 October 1968

First flight of the Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante

Brazil

1 November 1968

Blue Dog, operated scheduled commuter services from Omak in the state of Washington, was certificated

USA

6 November 1968

British Eagle ceased operations, followed by voluntary liquidation two days late

UK

28 November 1968

Transglobe Airways ceased operations

UK

30 November 1968

The B.727-200, first flight on 27Jul1967, received FAA certification

USA

31 December 1968

Tupolev Tu-144 first flight

USSR

1969

 

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1 January 1969

FlyBE was formed as Intra Airways

UK

February 1969

Maersk Shipping Line sets up Maersk Air

Denmark

9 February 1969

The B.747-100 made its first flight

USA

17 February 1969

UB Air was incorporated & restarted airline services on 01Jul1990

India

2 March 1969

The first flight of Concorde 01 (F-WTSS) from Toulouse

France

19 March 1969

The first scheduled jet air service inside the Arctic Circle began as Nordair inaugurates a weekly return service between Montreal, and Resolution Bay, Cornwallis Island

Canada

April 1969

 Air Yugoslavia was formed (>JAT Airways)

Serbia & Montenegro

April 1969

The first BEA Super One-Eleven flight from London to Berlin took place

UK

1 April 1969

Air Jamaica, established in Oct1968, restarted operations

Jamaica

16 April 1969

First flight of the Let L-410 Turbolet

USSR

17 April 1969

Tigerair Mandala was founded as Mandala Airlines

Indonesia

24 April 1969

BEA Airtours was formed as a division of BEA to provide it with a low cost platform for holiday travel

UK

30 April 1969

Aviogenex, formed on 21May1968 as Genex Airlines, restarted under current name

Serbia

30 April 1969

The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerøe of Norway, made her first flight as a first officer for SAS

Norway

7 May 1969

NAYSA restarted operations as NAYSA (Navegacion y Servicios Aereos)

Spain

27 May 1969

The Prototype of the Saunders ST-27 was first flown in Montreal

Canada

5 June 1969

The Tu-144 first goes supersonic

USSR

30 June 1969

Aerosucre operations started

Colombia

14 August 1969

Braniff began non-stop B.707 service from Dallas Love Field to Honolulu

USA

19 August 1969

Embraer is founded as a mixed capital company, controlled by the Union

Brazil

26 August 1969

First flight of the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner

USA

25 September 1969

Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn (the D, H and L in the company name) incorporated DHL Worldwide Express (>Astar Air Cargo)

USA

26 September 1969

Washington Airlines, formed by Butler Aviation as an attempt as a STOL operation out of Baltimore, ceased operations

USA

1 October 1969

The Concorde supersonic transport plane breaks the sound barrier for the first time

UK

20 October 1969

Finnair introduced an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming the first airline to dispense with the need for a navigator aboard

Finland

8 December 1969

Air Charter changed its name to Air Charter International (>Air France)

France

12 December 1969

PanAm took first delivery of the B.747

USA

   

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