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1960  
1 January 1960Fiji Airways was reconstituted, equally owned by BOAC, QANTAS, and Tasman Empire AirwaysFiji
3 January 1960Aviaarktika, the flying branch of the Department of Polar Aviation of Glavsevmorput, was absorbed into AeroflotUSSR
18 January 1960The original Airlines of South Australia (ASA) first flew (replacing Guinea Airways)Australia
19 January 1960First flight Convair CV-580 conversion from Convair CV-340 aircraft with two Allison 51 D13D/H 4-bladed propeller turbopropsUSA
21 February 1960

Finnair takes 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 1960PIA (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 fleetPakistan
16 March 1960KLM opens its first intercontinental jet service, by DC-8 from Amsterdam to New YorkNetherlands
29 March 1960Tupolev Tu-124 first flightUSSR
1 May 1960Thai Airways Internationals' first revenue flightThailand
1 June 1960Trans-Canada Air Lines began transatlantic services, flying between Montreal and LondonCanada
1 July 1960BUA (British United Airways) was formedUK
7 July 1960Toho Air Service establishedJapan
24 June 1960First flight of the Hawker Siddeley HS 748UK
5 July 1960The B.720 goes into service with United AirlinesUSA
9 July 1960Sabena began airlifting Belgian nationals out of Congo. Over the next three weeks, 25,711 will fly homeBelgium
15 September 1960
TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways) retires its last flying boat from service (>ANZ)
New Zealand
17 September 1960East African Airways commenced jet services between London and NairobiKenya
27 September 1960Autair  changed was renamed to Autair International Airways (>Court Lines)UK
27 October 1960Air Mali (1960–1985) was establishedMali
7 November 1960 Orion Airways, established on 26Jan1956 & started operations on 09Aug1957 with a Vickers Viking, ceased operations and was liquidatedUK
14 December 1960Air Ivoire was establishedIvory Coast
14 December 1960Aer Lingus entered the jet age when three Boeing 720 are delivered for use on the New York route and the newest destination BostonIreland
31 December 1960 Air Guinee Express was established by the Guinea government as Air GuineeGuinea
1961  
3 January 1961Aloha retires its last DC-3USA
3 January 1961PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) first Fokker F-27 Friendship twin-turboprop type receivedPakistan
1 February 1961The Vickers Vanguard entered service with Trans Canada AirlinesCanada
15 January 1961

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome opens

Italy
24 January 1961First flight of the Convair CV.990 Coronado, “stretched” version of their earlier Convair CV.880USA
2 February 1961The first commercial use of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou took placeCanada
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 1961Air Afrique was formedIvory Coast
1 April 1961VIASA commenced operationsVenezuela
3 May 1961The Boeing Airplane Company changed its name to Boeing CompanyUSA
1 June 1961 SFO (San Francisco and Oakland Helicopter Airlines), began services between the airports & downtown heliports in San Francisco & OaklandUSA
1 June 1961UAL (United Air Lines) absorbs Capital Airlines to become the largest airline in the West, with a fleet of 267 aircraftUSA
6 June 1961

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

Japan
15 June 1961El 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 minutesIsrael
21 June 1961First flight of the Aviation Traders CarvairUK
27 June 1961Cubana restarted operations after Cuba's revolutionary government decided to take over the airline in May1959Cuba
29 June 1961Air Congo, having been founded on 06Jun1961, commenced operationsDR of Congo
30 June 1961Adria Airways restarted operations as Adria Airways before renamed back to Inex Adria AirwaysYugoslavia
30 June 1961Scanair was set up (>Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia)Sweden
1 August 1961Air Afrique, formed on 28Mar1961, started operationsIvory Coast
4 October 1961North Star Air Lines, an independent airline, registered in London. Did not start operationsUK
24 October 1961NAB (Navegacao Aerea Brasileira) was purchased by Lóide Aéreo NacionalBrazil
20 October 1961Madair launched services between Tananarive and Paris using a Douglas DC-7C (>Air Madagascar on 14Oct1962)Malagasy Republic
6 November 1961Mount Cook Airline, formed as NZ Aero Transport in 1920, was renamed from Mount Cook Air Services & began scheduled servicesNew Zealand
29 November 1961Caledonian Airways operated its inaugural flight, from Gatwick (...>>British Airways)UK
1 December 1961

Thomson Airways was formed as Euravia

UK
21 December 1961Caledonian Airways, formed in Apr1961, operated its first fare-paying passengers to New York departed Prestwick(...>>British Airways)UK
1962 Top of Page
9 January 1962First flight of the De Havilland Trident, BEA’s new three-engined jet aircraft took placeUK

1 February 1962

Loganair was establishedUK
20 February 1962Piedmont retired the last of its DC-3 aircraft on the 15th anniversary of its first scheduled flight.USA
1 March 1962Los Angeles Airways sets up the world’s first commercial service using turbine-powered, multi-engine helicoptersUSA
18 March 1962The Convair CV-990 entered service with American AirlinesUSA
April 1962IranAir officially commenced its activities as Iran National Airlines CorporationIran
4 April 1962Luxair restarted operationsLuxembourg
10 April 1962

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

Maldives
15 April 1962Iran National Airlines Corporation, formed by PAS + Iranian Airways on 24Dec1962, started operationsIran
15 April 1962SATENA, incorporated in 1962 under the Ministry of National Defence, restarted operationsColombia
16 April 1962BEA (>BA) operated its first commercial Handley Page Herald service

UK

3 May 1962Cruz Airways was formedPhilippines
5 May 1962Thomson Airways, formed as Euravia on 01Dec1961, restarted operationsUK
8 June 1962Air-India International was renamed to Air IndiaIndia
29 June 1962First flight of the Vickers VC10, an evolution of the long-range British airlinerUK
5 July 1962WinAir operations started on this date as Windward Island AirwaysNetherlands Antilles
30 August 1962Surinam Airways, formed in 1953 with the same name, started ops on 07Jan1955. Renamed to SLM, starting on this date with current name after Govt takeoverSuriname
30 August 1962First flight of the NAMC YS-11Japan
31 August 1962First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle 10A, re-engined prototype evolution of the French short/medium-range jet airlinerFrance
6 September 1962Merpati Nasantara Airlines was officially constitutedIndonesia
11 September 1962

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

Indonesia
5 October 1962Transmeridian began operations as Trans Meridian Flying Service (>British Cargo Airlines)UK
14 October 1962Air 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 1962China Airlines, formed on 16Dec1959, start domestic operationsTaiwan
1 November 1962Transmeridian began operations under the name Trans Meridian Flying Service on 05Oct1962 and begin operations on this dateUK
17 November 1962President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport in Washington, DCUSA
27 November 1962The first production B.727-100 rolls-outUSA
4 December 1962 TAME's augural flight (>Transportes Aereos Mercantiles >Ecuatorianos >TAME)Ecuador
24 December 1962Iran National Airlines Corporation was formed by PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways (>Iran Air)Iran
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3 January 1963First flight of the Ilyushin Il-62USSR
17 January 1963Short SC.7 Skyvan first flightUK
9 February 1963B.727-100 made its first flightUSA
13 February 1963PSA (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 1963Austrian 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 1963Air Ferry, founded in 1961, start general charter and inclusive tour operationsUK
26 May 1963BUA (British United Airways) began a twice-daily rail-air-rail service between the city centres of London and ParisUK
7 June 1963MEA (Middle East Airlines) merges with Air Liban to form Middle East Airlines - Air LibanLebanon
17 July 1963Sioux Lookout, Ontario based Bearskin Airlines was establishedCanada
29 July 1963Tupolev Tu-134 first flightUSSR
1 August 1963Jersey Airlines was renamed to British United (C.I.) Airways (>>KLM Cityhopper)UK
20 August 1963First flight of the BAC One-Eleven

UK

27 August 1963Jamaica Air Service was founded. (renamed to Air Jamaica in 1968 & merged into in Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines on 30Apr2010)Jamaica
16 September 1963Malaysian Airlines was formed on this day & became Malaysian-Singapore AirlinesMalaysia
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 1963Autair International commenced scheduled services after rename from Autair (>Court Lines)UK
9 December 1963Royal Jordanian Airlines was founded as AliaJordan
13 December 1963ATI (Aero Transporti Italiani) was established (>>Alitalia)Italy
15 December 1963Alia (>Royal Jordanian Airlines) restarted operationsJordan
24 December 1963

Idlewild Airport was rededicated as John F. Kennedy International Airport

USA

24 December 1963B.727 was certified by the FAA

USA

31 December 1963Starways, formed in 1948, was taken over by British EagleUK
1964 Top of Page
1 January 1964BEA Helicopters was formedUK
1 February 1964B.727 entered service with Eastern Air LinesUSA
6 February 1964United's first B.727 scheduled service takes place with a flight from San Francisco to DenverUSA
5 March 1964 Somali Airlines was founded as the newly independent Somalia's national airlineSomalia
6 March 1964 Air Saint-Pierre was established by the Briand familySt Pierre & Miquelon
11 March 1964BEA (British European Airways) operated the DH Trident's first commercial service, standing in for a Comet 4BUK
16 March 1964Air 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 DetachmentUSSR
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 1964BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) (>BA) introduced the VC10 jet into its London-Lagos route

UK

6 June 1964Silver City Airline announces that it had airlifted its one millionth car between England and continental EuropeUK
30 June 1964Air Saint-Pierre, established on 06Mar1964 by the Briand family, restarted operationsSt Pierre & Miquelon
1 August 1964ALM-Antillean Airlines founded in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles; an offshoot of KLM Royal DutchNetherlands Antilles
16 August 1964The name Britannia Airways was adopted from Euravia when the airline started re-equipping with Bristol Britannia (>Thomsonfly)

UK

16 September 1964Mid-States Aviation Corporation started operations on local routes out of Meigs Field, ChicagoUSA
1 October 1964Derby 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 1964First ever automatic blind landing by a passenger aircraft when a British European Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident landed in dense fogUK
17 November 1964Mass Air (Massachusetts Air Industries), founded in late 1964 by E. Antony and sons, started operationsUSA
21 November 1964Maryland Airways, set up in late 1964, started daily Beech 18 trips across Chesapeake BayUSA
30 November 1964United States Overseas Airlines ceased operationsUSA
8 December 1964A United Air Lines Caravelle made the first landing in the USA completely controlled by computer (automatic touchdown)USA
1965 Top of Page
1 January 1965TCA (Trans-Canada Airlines)) was renamed Air CanadaCanada
2 January 1965Air Manila, formed in 1964, operated its first flight (>PAL)Philippines
5 January 1965Fairways start operations (>Filipinas Orient Airways +>PAL)Philippines
10 February 1965Panair do Brasil was forced to cease operations abruptlyBrazil
12 January 1965Douglas Aircraft rolls-out first DC-9. It was powered by two P&W JT8D enginesUSA
19 February 1965Lufthansa signs up as the first customer for the forthcoming B.737Germany
25 February 1965

The Douglas DC-9 twinjet airliner made its first flight

USA
27 February 1965First flight of the Antonov An-22USSR
10 March 1965 Douglas Airways was founded as Aerial Tours by D. B. Douglas at Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea
20 March 1965Invicta International Airlines first revenue earning flight takes placeUK
28 March 1965Tropair was founded (>Safair)South Africa
1 April 1965TEAL changed its name to Air New ZealandNew Zealand
1 April 1965NAMC YS-11 entered service with Japan Domestic AirlinesJapan
1 April 1965Malaysian Airways absorbed Borneo AirwaysMalaysia
9 April 1965BAC One-Eleven entered service with British United Airways (>British Airways)UK
27 April 1955
First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle
France
20 May 1965First flight of the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin OtterCanada
10 June 1965A BEA Trident 1C performs the world's first automatic landing during a scheduled commercial air serviceUK
6 July 1965FAST (Fleming Airways System Transport) ceased operationsPhilippines
13 June 1965The first prototype BN-2 Islander conducted its maiden flightUK
12 July 1965First flight of the Britten-Norman IslanderUK
10 August 1965B.727-200 received its first order, from Northeast Airlines USA
15 August 1965Libyan Airlines, founded in 1964, started operations as Royal Libyan AirlinesLibya
23 August 1965Air Wisconsin restarted operationsUSA
1 September 1965CAS (Continental Air Services), a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Air Lines started flying in South-East AsiaUSA
15 September 1965Air Siam was founded as Varan Air-Siam but it did not start services until 1970Thailand
1 October 1965Bechuanaland National Airways was organised on this day, with the help of the UK airline Autair International (>Botswana Airways)Bechuanaland
2 October 1965United 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 1965DC.9 entered service with Delta Air LinesUSA
21 December 1965New York Airways commenced helicopter services between the roof of the Pan Am building and John F. Kennedy International AirportUSA
22 December 1965The Convair CV-640 entered service with CaribairUSA
1966 Top of Page
1 January 1966TAC (Transportes Aereas Catarinense) was merged into Cruzeiro do Sul (>Gol)Brazil
1 January 1966Skyline (NEPC) renamed from Damania AirwaysIndia
27 January 1966First flight of the Fairchild FH-227USA
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 1966Freddie Laker founds Laker Airways after quitting British United to start his own airlineUK
28 February 1966SPANZ (South Pacific Airline of New Zealand) was forced to call in the receivers & making its last commercial flightNew Zealand
5 April 1966Hibernian Airlines, formed in 1966, restarted general passenger and cargo charter operationsIreland
24 April 1966Scheduled air carrier jet operations began at Washington National Airport USA
1 May 1966Jamaica Air Service (>Caribbean Airlines (Trinidad)) began service to Miami and New YorkJamaica
1 May 1966
British European Airways opens the first jet service between London Heathrow and Glasgow, using de Havilland Comet 4 Bs (>BA)
UK
24 June 1966Air Tchad was foundedChad
25 July 1966 Air Charter International began operations as SAFA (Societe Aerienne Francaise d'Affretement) (>>Air France)France
1 August 1966First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30USA
4 August 1966Air Tchad, founded on 24Jun1966, restarted operationsChad
29 August 1966NLM (Netherlands Airlines) started operations (>KLM City Hopper)Netherlands
21 October 1966First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-40USSR
1 November 1966Aeromaya was formed by the merger of ASSA, which itself had taken over Aero Taxi SA of Merida & Servicio Aereo Gomez-MendezMexico
1 November 1966Air Canada began the first North American air services to the Soviet UnionCanada
17 November 1966Transavia operations start as Transavia LimburgNetherlands
1 December 1966China Airlines first international service between Taipei and Saigon startTaiwan
28 December 1966TACA Airlines entered the jet age when it inaugurated their first jet, a BAC One ElevenEl Salvador
31 December 1966Air Brousse ceased operations (was taken over by Air Congo on 30Jun1967)DRC
1967 Top of Page
1 January 1967Malayan Airways was renamed to MSA (Malaysia-Singapore Airlines)Malaysia
11 January 1967Aeromaritime became operational (renamed to Airbus Inter Transport)France
13 January 1967Douglas Aircraft and the McDonnell Company merge to form the McDonnell Douglas CorporationUSA
16 January 1967Air California (>American Airlines) began services with five daily return trips between Orange County Airport (Los Angeles) and San FranciscoUSA
1 February 1967The Braniff-Panagra merger was completed which extended Latin American routesUSA
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 1967The IL-62 entered full passenger service on the Moscow to Khabarovsk route with AeroflotUSSR
15 March 1967Air Southwest was incorporated by Herb Kelleher and Rollin King (>Southwest Airlines)USA
17 March 1967Air Burkina was established under the name of Air VoltaUpper Volta
5 April 1967Vieques Air Link, founded by Osvaldo Gonzalez in Oct1965, was registered as a corporationPuerto 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 1967First flight of the B.737-100USA
9 May 1967First flight of the Fokker F28 FellowshipNetherlands
5 June 1967Monarch Airlines was foundedUK
14 June 1967Air Mauritius was foundedMauritius
30 June 1967Air Brousse was  taken over by Air CongoDR of Congo
30 June 1967Air Burkina restarted operations as Air VoltaUpper Volta
30 June 1967First flight of BAC One-Eleven Series 500, evolution of British short-range jet airlinerUK
1 July 1967 JTA (Japan Transocean Air) restarted operations as Southwest Air LinesJapan
10 July 1967Air Fiji restarted as Air PacificFiji
27 July 1967The B.727-200 first flightUSA
1 August 1967

Qantas Empire Airways changed its name to Qantas Airways Limited

Australia
8 August 1967First flight of the B.737-200USA
1 September 1967Air Malawi started operations on this date & suspended all flights on 25Feb2013Malawi
1 September 1967Air Rhodesia was formed (>Air Zimbabwe)Southern Rhodesia
28 September 1967Faroe Airways (Fairline) ceased operatingFaroe Islands
1 October 1967Frontier purchased Central AirlinesUSA
1 November 1967 Cable Flying Services, an Air taxi operator founded by Roger Cable, began scheduled commuter air services as Cable Commuter AirlinesUSA
13 December 1967Boise Aviation was certificatedUSA
14 December 1967First B.727-200 was delivered to Northeast AirlinesUSA
29 December 1967First delivery of B.737-200 to United AirlinesUSA
31 December 1967CAA (Central African Airways) was officially dissolvedRhodesia & Nyasaland
1968 Top of Page
1 January 1968Transpac became Air CaledonieNew Caledonia
16 February 1968CAT (Civil Air Transport) ceased operationsTaiwan
1 March 1968Aurigny Air Services restarted operations UK
5 April 1968Monarch Airlines commenced commercial operationsUK
17 April 1968

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

USA
29 April 1968United Air Lines became the first carrier to put the B.737-200 into serviceUSA
16 May 1968 Air Micronesia restarted operations (..>>UAL)Guam
21 May 1968Aviogenex was founded as Genex AirlinesSerbia
25 June 1968Finnair Oy became the company's official nameFinland
30 June 1968 Ameriflight restarted operations as California Air CharterUSA
1 July 1968Bonanza Air Lines merges with Pacific Air Lines & West Coast Airlines to form Air WestUSA
15 July 1968The first direct airline service between the Soviet Union and the US was inaugurated, ten years after negotiations beganUSA
20 July 1968Air Bahama started operations as International Air BahamaBahamas
31 July 1968

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

Cook Islands
7 August 1968Cayman Airways restarted operationsCayman Islands
15 September 1968Air Moorea restarted operationsFrench Polynesia
18 September 1968First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-20USA
23 September 1968Air Crews & Maintenance Inc., a scheduled air taxi services to points in Florida, was certificatedUSA
4 October 1968First flight of the Tupolev Tu-154USSR
10 September 1968 Indonesia Air started operations as Indonesia Air TransportIndonesia
23 October 1968Aeropelican Air Services was established on this date & started ops on 01Jul1971 (>>Brindabella Airlines)Australia
26 October 1968First flight of the Embraer EMB 110 BandeiranteBrazil
1 November 1968Blue Dog, operated scheduled commuter services from Omak in the state of Washington, was certificatedUSA
6 November 1968British Eagle ceased operations, followed by voluntary liquidation two days lateUK
28 November 1968Transglobe Airways ceased operationsUK
30 November 1968The B.727-200, first flight on 27Jul1967, received FAA certificationUSA
31 December 1968Tupolev Tu-144 first flightUSSR
1969 Top of Page
1 January 1969 FlyBE was formed as Intra AirwaysUK
February 1969Maersk Shipping Line sets up Maersk AirDenmark
9 February 1969The B.747-100 made its first flightUSA
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 1969The first scheduled jet air service inside the Arctic Circle began as Nordair inaugurates a weekly return service between Montreal, and Resolution Bay, Cornwallis IslandCanada
April 1969 Air Yugoslavia was formed (>JAT Airways)Serbia & Montenegro
April 1969The first BEA Super One-Eleven flight from London to Berlin took place

UK

1 April 1969Air Jamaica, established in Oct1968, restarted operationsJamaica
16 April 1969First flight of the Let L-410 TurboletUSSR
17 April 1969 Tigerair Mandala was founded as Mandala AirlinesIndonesia
24 April 1969BEA Airtours was formed as a division of BEA to provide it with a low cost platform for holiday travelUK
30 April 1969 Aviogenex, formed on 21May1968 as Genex Airlines, restarted under current nameSerbia
30 April 1969The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerøe of Norway, made her first flight as a first officer for SASNorway
7 May 1969 NAYSA Canarios restarted operations as NAYSA (Navegacion y Servicios Aereos)Spain
5 June 1969The Tu-144 first goes supersonicUSSR
30 June 1969Aerosucre operations startedColombia
14 August 1969Braniff began non-stop B.707 service from Dallas Love Field to HonoluluUSA
19 August 1969

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

Brazil
26 August 1969First flight of the Fairchild Swearingen MetrolinerUSA
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 1969Washington Airlines, formed by Butler Aviation as an attempt as a STOL operation out of Baltimore, ceased operationsUSA
1 October 1969The Concorde supersonic transport plane breaks the sound barrier for the first timeUK
20 October 1969Finnair introduced an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming the first airline to dispense with the need for a navigator aboardFinland
8 December 1969 Air Charter changed its name to Air Charter International (>Air France)France
12 December 1969PanAm took first delivery of the B.747USA
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