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1980    
1 January 1980

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

UK
7 January 1980 Air Ulster ceased operations UK 
7 January 1980

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

USA
1 February 1980 PATI (Philippine Aerotransport) ceased operations Philippines
14 February 1980 Japan Air Lines begin commercial operations with the highest-capacity airliner ever put into scheduled service, conducting the inaugural flight of B.747SR Japan
28 March 1980 Orion began operations with three B.737-200s (>Thomson Airways) UK
28 March 1980 First flight of the British Aerospace Jetstream UK
1 April 1980 Aircraft Innsbruck adopts the title Tyrolean Airways when scheduled services begin Austria
2 April 1980 Air Zimbabwe was renamed from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia after Independence Zimbabwe
7 April 1980 PEOPLExpress was formed USA
1 May 1980 Airbourne Freight Co. was renamed to Airborne Express (>ABX) USA
1 June 1980

Trans-Central Airlines was reformed from Air Central of Enid, Oklahoma, and began operations

USA
 7 June 1980

The first transpolar flight of a commercial airline. It was accomplished by an Aerolineas Argentinas B.747

Argentina
13 June 1980 Red Baron Air ceased operations prior to rename (>Florida Commuter Airlines >Southern Airlines) USA
16 June 1980 AeroCondor formed ceased operations Colombia
26 June 1980 Iran Aseman Airlines was formed by the merger of 4 airlines (Air Taxi, Hoor Asseman, Pars Air & Air Service) Iran
17 July 1980 Cathay Pacific begin a Hong Kong-London service Hong Kong
24 July 1980 Florida Commuter Airlines, founded 11Jun1979 as Red Baron Air, received its AOC USA
9 September 1980 Island Air start operations as Princeville Airways USA
30 September 1980 Seaboard World Airlines, founded on 11Sep1946 & started operations as Seaboard & Western Airlines on 10May1947, ceased on this date USA
12 October 1980 Mesa Airlines commence operations USA
9 November 1980 The last commercial flight (DA8874) of Dan-Air's DH Comet 4C (G-BDIW) UK
11 December 1980 First flight of A300 with digital autopilot France
19 December 1980 New York Air began airline operations USA
20 December 1980 Aero Lloyd was established (+>XL Airways (Germany)) Germany
26 December 1980 Aeroflot introduces the Ilyushin Il-86 into service on its Moscow-Tashkent route USSR
1981    
3 January 1981 Pan Am made its final B.707 flight USA
7 January 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
20 January 1981 Vayudoot was founded (>Air India) India
23 February 1981 AIRES Colombia launched services (>Lan Colombia) Colombia
26 January 1981 Vayudoot began operations India
2 March 1981 Japan Air Lines was the first airline to use a computerised flight simulator to train its crews Japan
5 March 1981 Mountain West Airlines ceased operations USA
28 March 1981 Dornier Do 228-100 first flight Germany
29 March 1981 British Airways made its last Vickers VC10 flight UK
31 March 1981 Islena Regional Airlines operations start Honduras
5 April 1981 Druk Air was founded Bhutan
6 April 1981 Air California was rebranded as AirCal (>American Airlines) USA
15 April 1981 Kabo Air, established in Feb1980 by Dr. Alhaji Muhammadu Adamu Dankabo, restarted operations Nigeria
30 April 1981 The original PeoplExpress Airlines commenced operations USA
17 May 1981 Corsair was founded as Corse Air International France
18 May 1981 Air Bahama, started as International Air Bahama, ceased operations Bahamas
22 May 1981 Atlantic Air, founded in 1979, but did not start operations until this date  (BEX >Envoy Air) USA
30 June 1981 Augsburg Airways, founded in 1980 as Interot A.S., restarted operations Germany
1 July 1981

Corse Air International, formed on 17May1981, restarted operations (>Corsair International)

France
2 July 1981 Lan Peru restarted operations Peru
15 July 1981 Fiji Link operations restarted operations as Sunflower Airlines Fiji
31 August 1981 Líneas Aéreas de Nicaragua, operating as LANICA, was the national airline from 1945 until it ceased on this date. It was succeeded by Aeronica Nicaragua
1 September 1981 Horizon Air, founded in 1981, started operations USA
3 September 1981 First flight of the British Aerospace 146 UK
4 September 1981 Ed Beauvais, CEO, founded the company that would become America West USA
26 September 1981 First flight of the B.767-200 USA
12 October 1981 Great Lakes Airlines began scheduled services with flights between Spencer, Iowa, and Des Moines, Iowa USA
1982   Top of Page
5 February 1982 Laker Airways operated its last flight UK
13 January 1982 The prototype B.757 rolled out of the Renton factory USA
16 February 1982 The first production Airbus Industrie A310 was rolled out at the factory in Toulouse, destined for Swissair France
19 February 1982 The first B.757 took to the air on its maiden flight USA
1 April 1982 Air France flew the Concorde over to Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, Venezuela for the last time France
2 April 1982 Newly-formed British Island Airways made its first revenue flight from Gatwick to Catania in Italy UK
3 April 1982 First flight of the Airbus A.310 France
7 April 1982 Trans Adria merged into JAT (Yugoslav Airlines) (>>Air Serbia) Yugoslavia
12 May 1982 Braniff International ceased all operations, thus ending 54 years of service USA
17 June 1982 Horizon Air acquires Air Oregon USA
1 July 1982 Air Creebec restarted operations Canada
27 July 1983

The EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop made its maiden flight

Brazil
13 August 1982 Tower Air was formed by Zev Melamid, Mordechi Gill, Morris Nachtomi, and Sam Fondlier as equal shareholders USA
19 August 1982 United became the first carrier to operate the B.767, taking its first delivery of B.767-200s USA
31 October 1982 Continental merged with Texas International dissolving TI), offering service to four continents (North and South America, Asia and Australia) USA
2 November 1982

Last commercial Air New Zealand DC10 flight arrives in Auckland from Hong Kong

New Zealand
4 November 1982 Pan Am inaugurates service from Los Angeles to Sydney; at 7,487 non-stop miles (11,979 km), it was the longest non-stop flight in the world USA
9 November 1982 Altair Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy & ceased operations USA
23 November 1982 ZAS Airline, founded by the two brothers Sherif and Emir Zarkani as a freight airline, started operations Egypt
2 December 1982 AeroCaribbean, established in 1982 as Empresa Aero, started operations (>>Cubana) Cuba
1983   Top of Page
1 January 1983 Eastern Air Lines‘ first revenue B.757 flight USA
5 January 1983 United Airlines began the first scheduled nonstop service between the continental United States and Maui USA
25 January 1983

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

Sweden
30 January 1983 Sun Country Airlines began operations USA
31 January 1983 McDonnell Douglas launched the MD-83 USA
9 February 1983 British Airways began B.757 service UK
11 February 1983 Druk Air inaugurated scheduled revenue flights with Flight 101 departing Paro for Kolkata Bhutan
4 April 1983 Gatari Air Service operations started Indonesia
11 April 1983 Trans States Airlines operations started as Resort Air USA
22 April 1983  Finnair became the first airline to operate a non-stop service from Europe to Japan Finland
May 1983 Dan-Air became the first to put the four-engined BAe 146 regional jetliner into commercial service UK
16 May 1983 Tol Air restarted operations (>Four Star Air Cargo) Puerto Rico
26 May 1983

PEOPLExpress restarted flights from Newark to London (>Continental >UAL)

USA
3 June 1983 Inter (Intercontinental de Aviación) operations start Colombia
19 June 1993 Copa Airlines restarted operations as Aero Republica Colombia
20 June 1983 First flight of the Bombardier Dash 8 Canada
30 June 1983 Berry Aviation operations restarted USA
1 July 1983 Noosa Air was integrated into SunState Airlines Australia
1 August 1983 America West Airlines began flying, from Phoenix, Arizona (>US Airways) USA
16 September 1983 Aero Leon, founded in May1978, had it's AOC removed on this date Mexico
18 September 1983 Aero Leon, founded in May1978 by the Captain Eucario León, was closed down Mexico
10 October 1983 Air Link International Airways was established Philippines
11 November 1983 CASA CN-235 first flight Spain
2 December 1983 Great Barrier Airlines started operations (>Barrier Air) New Zealand
3 December 1983 Aircalin, formed in 1983, started operations New Caledonia
9 December 1983 Delta Air Lines received the 1,000th production B.737 at Boeing's headquarters USA
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1 February 1984 Netherlines was founded Netherlands
16 January 1984 Air U.S. name changed to Excellair USA
17 February 1984 Air Europa was founded as Air España Spain
1 March 1984 Korean Air Lines was renamed to Korean Air South Korea
1 March 1984 Braniff operated its first flight (from Dallas/Fort Worth to New Orleans) USA
2 March 1984 Airbus launched A320 France
2 April 1984 Eastern Metro Express started operations USA
6 April 1984 The last passenger B.727 was delivered to USAir USA
12 May 1984
The Airbus A310 entered service with Air France.
France
11 June 1984 Midwest Express (>MidWest >Frontier Airlines) restarted operations USA
15 June 1984 Nightexpress operations start Germany
15 June 1984 Saab 340 entered service with Crossair Switzerland
22 June 1984 Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, began services to North America, using B.747s UK
30 June 1984 Air Link International Airways restarted operations Philippines
30 June 1984 Aerolineas SOSA, formed in 1984, restarted operations Honduras
3 July 1984 Air Florida suspended all their flights after going bankrupt (>>Midway Airlines) USA
25 July 1984

Xiamen Airlines Co. Ltd was established jointly by Civil Aviation Administration of China and Fujian Provincial Government

China
15 August 1984 Skybus started operations as Isles of Scilly Skybus UK
16 August 1984 First flight ATR 42, French-Italian twin-turboprop, short-haul regional airliner. France
28 September 1984 Sun Aire Lines, founded as Borrego Springs Airlines in 1968 but was renamed soon after, operated its final service (>>Skywest Airlines) USA
1 November 1984 American Eagle Airlines began operations USA
15 December 1984 Transafrik International (Angola) operations started in São Tomé as Transafrik São Tomé
1985   Top of Page
8 January 1985 Netherlines restarted scheduled flights Netherlands
13 February 1985 Qantas New Zealands' first scheduled flight as Newmans Air New Zealand
17 February 1985 Ryukyu Air Commuter operations start Japan
25 February 1985 London European Airways, formed in 1984, start services UK
25 March 1985 Emirates Airlines was established by the Dubai government UAE
22 April 1985 PanAm sells its Pacific division to United Air Lines for $750 million; including all its  Pacific routes & B.747SP fleet USA
28 April 1985 Continental inaugurated its first scheduled service to Europe with flights from Houston to London/Gatwick (>>UAL) USA
24 May 1985 Dragonair was established in Hong Kong Hong Kong
15 June 1985 Express Airlines 1 restarted operations (>Endeavor Air) USA 
25 June 1985 Southwest Airlines acquires Muse Air, with it continuing to operate as a separate airline until February 1986 when its name changed to TranStar USA
9 July 1985

The EMB 120 Brasilia received its certification from the Aerospace Technical Center (CTA)

Brazil
15 July 1985 Ryanair operations restarted Ireland
24 July 1985 Dragonair obtained AOC Hong Kong
28 July 1985 Dragonair, established in Hong Kong on 24May1985, restarted operations Hong Kong
21 August 1985 Sir Freddie Laker accepts a £8 million in a settlement with British Airways. Laker had sued twelve airlines for conspiring to drive Laker Airways out of business

UK

5 October 1985 People Express Airlines acquires Frontier on this date & continued operating it as an independent entity USA
10 October 1985 Presidential Airways, founded in 1985 by Harold J. (Hap) Pareti (formerly PEOPLExpress) as a low-cost carrier' commenced services on this date USA
25 October 1985 First flight for Emirates, was EK600 operating Dubai–Karachi UAE
1 November 1985 Flight Express, started as Chapman Air in May1978, but Jim Chapman sold his company & was renamed as Flight Express USA
8 November 1985 Centurion Cargo was founded as Challenge Air Cargo USA
15 November 1985 Centurion Cargo, founded on 08Nov1985 as Challenge Air Cargo, restarted operations USA
3 December 1985 ATR-42 entered service with Air Littoral France
28 December 1985 First flight of the Fokker 50 Netherlands
1986   Top of Page
23 January 1986

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

USA
31 January 1986 Boeing completes purchase of de Havilland Canada USA
11 February 1986 United completes its purchase of Pan Am’s Pacific division for $715 million and began service to an additional 11 cities for a total of 13 cities in 10 Pacific Rim countries USA
13 February 1986

Muse Air changed its name to Tran-Star (>Southwest)

USA
1 March 1986 Trans World Airlines acquire Ozark Airlines  USA
3 March 1986 ANA restarted scheduled international flights Japan
12 April 1986 City Center Airlines was dissolved Canada
15 April 1986 Suckling Airways operations start (>>Loganair)

UK

26 April 1986 Suckling Airways restarted scheduled operations (>>Loganair) UK
1 May 1986 Piedmont bought Empire Airlines (>US Airways) in 1985 and merged them into itself USA
15 May 1986 African Express Airways started operations Kenya
17 May 1986 Zhongyan Airlines was formed (>>China Southern Airlines) China
1 June 1986 SAT Flug (Special Air Transport) was renamed to Germania Germany
28 June 1986 Airlines of S.A. are taken over by Ansett & renamed Ansett Airlines of SA Australia
30 June 1986 Air Cargo Carriers, founded in 1986 by Jim Germek, restarted operations USA
30 June 1986 Air Chathams operations restarted New Zealand
30 June 1986 Bangkok Airways restarted operations as Sahakol Air Thailand
30 June 1986 Air Atlanta Icelandic operations restarted Iceland
21 July 1986 Eastern Air Lines submits a reorganization plan to creditors USA
4 August 1986 TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) ceased operations (>Qantas) Australia
6 August 1986 First flight of the British Aerospace ATP

UK

15 August 1986 Avianca Ecuador began operations as AeroGal Ecuador
16 August 1986 Cook Islands International begin operations with a flight from Sydney to Rarotonga New Zealand
24 August 1986

Frontier Airlines (>UAL) ceased operations

USA
28 August 1986 Frontier Airlines, having ceased operations on 24Aug1986 & filed for bankruptcy on this date USA
19 September 1986 Sichuan Airlines was formed on this date & officially commenced operations on 14Jul1988 as Sichuan Provincial Airlines China
30 September 1986 Transamerica ceased operations USA
30 September 1986 Republic Airlines, formed by merger of North Central & Southern on 01Jul1979, merged into Northwest on this date USA
26 October 1986 Ozark Air Lines, founded on 01Sep1943, ceased operations (>>TWA >>American Airlines) USA
21 November 1986 Air Europa, founded on 17Feb1984 as Air España, launched IT charter services with a flight from London Gatwick to Tenerife Spain
30 November 1986 Fokker 100 first flight Netherlands
2 December 1986 PWA Corporation announced its intention to purchase Canadian Pacific Airlines for $300 million, effective 01Feb1987 Canada
15 December 1986 National Airlines operations started as Murray Air USA
18 December 1986 Eagle Aviation restarted operations Kenya
19 December 1986

Western Air Lines became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta

USA
1987   Top of Page
29 January 1987

Aeromar was established as Transportes Aeromar

Mexico
1 February 1987

Continental acquires New York Air

USA
1 February 1987 Pacific Western Airlines ceased operations Canada
1 February 1987 Continental Airlines acquired People Express Airlines which had acquired Frontier Airlines the year before. Both merged into Continental on this day USA
22 February 1987 A320 roll-out and first flight France
March 1987

Canadian Airlines was launched, CP Air, EPA, Nordair and PWA are amalgamated to form the new airline

Canada
1 April 1987

Operations of Western and Delta officially merge

USA
11 April 1987 Air 2000 restarted operations UK
22 April 1987 Air Engiadina was founded (>Swisswings) Switzerland
26 April 1987 Canadian Airlines International flew from this date until it's merger with Air Canada on 19Mar2001 Canada
29 April 1987 LTE International Airways was formed Spain
1 May 1987 Paramount Airways, formed in 1986 as Diamond Airways, restarted operations UK
19 May 1987

Pacific Southwest Airlines of San Diego became a wholly-owned subsidiary of USAir Group

USA
25 May 1987 Flight West Airlines was established by Sir Dennis Buchanan (+>Alliance Airlines) Australia
30 June 1987 Airlines PNG operations restarted as Milne Bay Air Papua New Guinea
30 June 1987 Angola Air Charter, formed by TAAG in 1987, restarted operations Angola
30 June 1987 Ace Air Cargo restarted operations as Yutana Airlines USA
9 August 1987

TranStar (Southwest’s wholly owned, but independently operated, subsidiary) permanently ceased all airline operations

USA
15 August 1987 bmi Regional, formed in 1987, started operations as Business Air UK
9 September 1987 Royale Airlines files for bankruptcy Chapter 11 on this date & later it was changed to Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Feb1989 USA
15 October 1987 Malaysian Airlines System Berhad was rebranded as Malaysia Airlines Malaysia
31 October 1987 British Airways accepts the airline's first women pilots UK
1 November 1987 LTE International Airways, formed on 29Apr1987, started operations Spain
5 November 1987 Aeromar started operations as Transportes Aerom Mexico
14 November 1987 Air Transat began airline operations Canada
15 November 1987 Airkenya Express operations start as Airkenya Aviation from the merger of Air Kenya and Sunbird Aviation Kenya
1 December 1987 Emerald Airways, was established & start operations the same year as Janes Aviation UK
30 December 1987 Flagship Airlines was established as Nashville Eagle (>>Envoy Air) USA
31 December 1967 ASA (African Safari Airways), formed on 01Aug1967, started operations Kenya
1988   Top of Page
1 January 1988 Pelangi Air restarted operations Malaysia
26 January 1988

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

USA
28 January 1988 Aboitiz Air Transport restarted operations (>2Go) Philippines
1 February 1988 Titan Airways operations started UK
1 February 1988 UPS (United Parcel Service) was founded USA
4 February 1988 Air Hong Kong commenced operations Hong Kong
17 February 1988 Asiana Airlines was established in Seoul as Seoul Air International South Korea
19 February 1988

The first B.767-300ER was delivered to American Airlines

USA
19 February 1988 First flight of the B.737-400 USA
20 February 1988 British Midland operated its final Viscount flight, 21 years after the airline had first operated the type UK
28 March 1988 Atlantic Airways first flight from its base on the island of Vágar, to Copenhagen Faroe Islands
28 March 1988

Air France, launch customer for the A.320 took delivery of the first aircraft

France
29 March 1988 Spantax ceased all operations, leaving some 7,000 passengers around Europe stranded Spain
April 1988 Air Liberté began operations France
1 April 1988

Toa Domestic Airline changed its name to Japan Air System

Japan
1 April 1988

Thai Airways International merged with Thai Airways Company (TAC)

Thailand
8 April 1988 Pacific Southwest Airlines shuts down operations and was integrated to USAir (>American) USA
27 April 1988 TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) was established Mexico
29 April 1988 First flight of the B.747-400 USA
2 May 1988 Total Linhas Aereas was established on as Total Taxi Aéreo Brazil
24 May 1988 British Airways took over British Caledonian UK
25 June 1988 China Eastern Airlines was established under the CAAC Huadong Administration China
30 June 1988 Blue1 restarted operations as Air Botnia Finland
1 July 1988 CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China), the Chinese state airline, changed its name to become Air China China
1 July 1988 China Southern Airlines was established China
9 July 1988 2Go was formed as Aboitiz Air Transport Philippines
14 July 1988 Sichuan Airlines officially commenced operations as Sichuan Provincial Airlines China
25 July 1988 TAP Express was incorporated as PGA (Portugalia Airlines) Portugal
5 September 1988 Sky Bahamas started operations as Sky Unlimited Bahamas
7 September 1988 PBA (Provincetown-Boston Airlines), founded by John C. Van Arsdale on 30Nov1949, was fully consolidated in to Texas Air USA
9 September 1988 Air France and Lufthansa establish Euroberlin France France
28 September 1988
First flight of the Ilyushin Il-96
USSR
1 October 1988 Aerovias de Mexico was renamed  to AeroMexico Mexico
27 October 1988 First flight of the ATR 72 France
1 November 1988 Air Tindi operations started Canada
7 November 1988 Air France and Lufthansa established Euroberlin on 09Sep1998 & it commenced operations on this date France
14 November 1988 Wasawings lost its flying licence after a second crash which killed 5 people Finland
December 1988 Asiana began operations as Seoul Air International South Korea
14 December 1988 Hi Fly was founded as Air Luxor Portugal
15 December 1988 Pan Air, established in Madrid in 1987, start operations (>ASL Airlines Spain) Spain
21 December 1988 Antonov An-225 Mriya first flight USSR
22 December 1988

Kel Air begin operations

France
23 December 1988 Asiana start operations as Seoul Air International South Korea
1989   Top of Page
1 January 1989 Air Corsica was established as Compagnie Corse Mediterranee France
2 January 1989 Tupolev Tu-204 first flight USSR
19 January 1989 American Airlines purchases the Central and South American routes owned by struggling Eastern Air Lines USA
19 January 1989 Canadian Airlines International acquires Wardair, Canada's third largest carrier, for $250 million (>>Air Canada) Canada
26 January 1989 Orion ceased operations (>Thomson Airways) UK
31 January 1989

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

USA
1 February 1989 PeopleExpress flew its last service from Newark, New Jersey, to New York (>>Continental Airlines) USA
9 February 1989 B.747-400 entered service with Northwest Airlines USA
21 February 1989 Tradewinds restarted scheduled services after being renamed from Tradewinds Charters (>SilkAir) Singapore
22 February 1989 Alsavia was created France
9 March 1989 Eastern Air Lines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection USA
23 March 1989 EasyJet Switzerland, founded in 1988 as TEA Basel, start operations Switzerland
26 March 1989 Binter Canarias, established on 18 February 1988, restarted operations Spain
26 March 1989 Austrian Airlines began international flights for the first time in almost two decades on a flight from Vienna to New York’s JFK Austria
31 March 1989 The Canadian Transportation Agency approved the sale of Wardair to Canadian Airlines International (>Air Canada) Canada
1 April 1989 Burma Airways renamed to Myanma Airways following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar Myanmar
15 April 1989 DAT (Danish Air Transport) operations start Denmark
17 April 1989 Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection, began flight operations USA
26 May 1989 Eurofly was established Italy
7 June 1989 Eastern Shuttle formally became Trump Shuttle USA
8 June 1989 Trump Shuttle restarted operations USA
30 June 1989 Berjaya Air restarted operations as Pacific Air Charter Malaysia
30 June 1989 Antonov Airlines (Design Beureau) restarted operations Ukraine
30 June 1989 AeroLitoral, formed as Servicios Aereos Litoral in 1988, restarted operations (>Aeromexico Connect) Mexico
15 July 1989 Air Freight NZ restarted operations New Zealand
1 August 1989 CommutAir restarted operations USA
7 August 1989 Zagal (Zagreb Airlines) was registered (>Croatia Airlines) Yugoslavia
7 August 1989 Federal Express (>FedEx) merged Flying Tigers into its operations USA
15 August 1989 Air Mike Express commenced operations Guam
3 September 1989 Filair, established in 1987 by Captain Dany Philemotte, started operations DR Congo
11 September 1989 SunExpress was founded on this date as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa Turkey
11 October 1989 Partnair, founded on 30Jun1971, ceased operations Norway
29 October 1989 ILG fully integrated Guernsey Airlines into Air Europe Express UK
29 November 1989 Air Melanesiæ was renamed to Vanair (>>Air Vanuatu) Vanuatu
15 December 1989 Independence Air started life as Atlantic Coast Airlines USA
16 December 1989 Kish Air was established by the Kish Free Zone Organization Iran
19 December 1989 American Airlines purchases the Central and South American routes owned by struggling Eastern Air Lines. USA
30 December 1989 Air Dolomiti was established by the Linee Aeree Europee Italy
31 December 1989

Minerve Canada ceased operations

Canada
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