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Airline History

   

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

 

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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

 

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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

1984

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 in 1985 and merged them into itself (>US Airways)

USA

15 May 1986

African Express Airways started operations

Kenya

17 May 1986

Zhongyan Airlines was formed (>>China Southern Airlines)

China

31 May 1986

Rex Air Charter disappeared when it was rebranded as Waiheke Air Services

New Zealand

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

Avianca Ecuador, formed in 1985 as Aerogal, began operations Ecuador

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 ceased operations (>UAL)

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

 

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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

1 July 1987

AirCal ceased operations & merged into American

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

 

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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

 

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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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