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2000

   

4 January 2000

Buzz operations started (>Ryanair)

UK

19 January 2000

Aero Zambia, established on 21May1994, closed down due to safety concerns

Zambia

30 January 2008

City Star Airlines ceased operations

UK

February 2000

Harmony Airways was established as HMY Airways

Canada

9 February 2000

Estafeta Carga Aerea was established

Mexico

11 February 2000

JetBlue commenced operations out of New York’s JFK Airport

USA

15 February 2000

TNT Airways, formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987, started operations in Belgium

Belgium

21 February 2000

TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) was declared bankrupt

Mexico

13 April 2000

Donavia restarted operations under the Aeroflot-Don name

Russia

13 April 2000

The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed (>Maldivian)

Maldives

23 March 2000

Amakusa Airlines, founded on 09Oct1998, launched services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto

Japan

27 March 2000

JMC Airlines, launched on 01Sep1999 by merger of Flying Colours & Caledonian Airways, started operations (>Thomas Cook Airlines)

UK

3 April 2000

Tourjets was established as Swissjets. restarted operations in 2001

USA

1 May 2000

Tower Air suspended all scheduled flight operations

USA

11 May 2000

Malawi Express was launched

Malawi

15 May 2000

Helios Airways commenced airline operations

Greece

17 May 2000

Air Zarco (Air Madeira) adopts its new name: euroAtlantic airways

Portugal

22 May 2000

Welcome Air started operations

Austria

23 May 2000

Danube Wings, started as VIP Air, was renamed to VIP Wings

Slovakia

1 June 2000

Jersey European was rebranded as British European (>Flybe)

UK

22 June 2000

Indonesia AirAsia restarted operations as AWAIR

Indonesia

30 June 2000

Ak Bars Aero operations restarted as Bugulma Air Enterprise

Russia

30 June 2000

Lion Air restarted operations

Indonesia

5 July 2000

Quantum Air, formed in 1999, restarted operations as AB Bluestar

Spain

13 July 2000

Asiana operated the first flight to Pyongyang in North Korea

South Korea

28 July 2000

Dragonair' first all-cargo service began operations with the inaugural flight of a B.747-200 freighter bound for the Middle East and Europe

Hong Kong

4 August 2000

Zhongyan Airlines, formed on 17May1986, ceased operations (acquired by China Southern Airlines)

China

31 August 2000

Virgin Australia began airline operations as Virgin Blue

Australia

4 September 2000

Ameristar Air Cargo, established and wholly-owned by Tom Wachendorfer, started operations

USA

5 September 2000

CanJe started operations

Canada

11 September 2000

Transwest Air operations start

Canada

2 October 2000

Sahara Indian Airlines was rebranded as Air Sahara (>JetKonnect)

India

15 October 2000

Jordan Aviation (JATE), formed in 2000, started operations

Jordan

15 October 2000

Skyways Regional started operations (>Direktflyg )

Sweden

22 October 2000

Buraq Air was established on this date & started operations on 15Nov2001

Libya

29 October 2000

Air Andaman started operations

Thailand

2 November 2000

Estafeta Carga Aerea operations start

Mexico

3 November 2000

Air Sénégal International was established

Senegal

14 November 2000

FlyNordic, established in 1996 as Reguljair, had AOC revoked but relaunched as Flynordic.com on 01Dec2000

Sweden

15 November 2000

Kalitta Air operations start

USA

15 November 2000

Angara Airlines operations start

Russia

17 November 2000

Solenta Aviation operations start

South Africa

28 November 2000

Tower Air, having suspended operations on 01May2000, surrendered their AOC

USA

1 December 2000

FlyNordic, established in 1996 as Reguljair, had AOC revoked but relaunched as Flynordic.com

Sweden

5 December 2000

Reeve Aleutian Airways ceased operations

USA

14 December 2000

Bulgarian Air Charter operations restarted

Bulgaria

28 December 2000

Royal Phnom Penh Airways, established on 24Oct1999, began international services

Cambodia

2001

   

January 2001

Air Japan began scheduled international service

Japan

1 January 2001

Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International Ltd. officially merged

Canada

5 January 2001

MidAtlantic Airways, formed from Potomac Air in 2000, started services

USA

15 January 2001

Gol Transportes Aereos operations restarted

Brazil

5 February 2001

Royal Jordanian was registered as a Public Shareholding Company

Jordan

23 February 2001

Air Senegal International, established on 01Feb1971 as Air Sénégal, started operations

Senegal

27 February 2001

AccessAir, founded in 1997, ceased operations

USA

14 March 2001

Atlasjet was established by Oger Holding A.S as Atlas International Airways (>AtlasGlobal)

Turkey

19 March 2001

Canadian Airlines International merged into Air Canada

Canada

19 March 2001

CMTA (Compagnie Mauritanienne de Transports Aerien) was launched

Mauritania

25 March 2001

Bluebird Cargo operations started

Iceland

28 March 2001

Swisswings restarted operations

Switzerland

27 March 2001

Athens International Airport Inauguration by the Prime Minister, C. Simitis

Greece

28 March 2001

Hong Kong Airlines was founded & restarted operations as CR Airways

Hong Kong

29 March 2001

Incheon Airport officially opened

South Korea

29 March 2001

Athens International Airport was in full operations as of 06:00 hrs.

Greece

1 April 2001

Air Engiadina ceased operations & was renamed to Swisswings

Switzerland

3 April 2001

A340-600 first flight

France

5 April 2001

FreeBird Airlines restarted operations with a service between Istanbul and Lyon

Turkey

9 April 2001

TWA's 75-year existence as an independent airline came to an end when American Airlines purchased TWA's assets

USA

12 April 2001

Sky Airlines operations start

Turkey

17 April 2001

Cargo Lion ceased operations

Luxembourg

20 April 2001

Tasman Pacific Airlines (>Qantas New Zealand) abruptly stops flying

New Zealand

23 April 2001

The first flight of Airbus 340-600 was made

France

1 June 2001

Atlasjet carries out its first flight as Atlasjet International Airways

USA

12 June 2001

Jetsgo commenced operations.

Canada

17 June 2001

PGA Express restarted operations

Portugal

22 June 2001

NEOS was established

Italy

30 June 2001

Avia Jaynar operations restarted

Kazakhstan

24 June 2001

Tobago Express started commercial operations

Trinidad & Tobago

30 June 2001

Armavia restarted operations

Armenia

1 July 2001

Singapore Airlines Cargo began operations

Singapore

2 July 2001

Liverpool Airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport

UK

6 July 2001

Shanxi Airlines, established in 1988, restarted operations

China

8 July 2001

ScotAirways was renamed back to Suckling Airways (>Loganair)

UK

15 July 2001

AeroUnion operations restarted

Mexico

15 July 2001

Garuda establishes low-cost domestic subsidiary Citilink

Indonesia

16 July 2001

Citilink restarted operations

Indonesia

1 August 2001

Kulula.com's inaugural flight

South Africa

7 August 2000

Ibex Airlines, formed in 1999, restarted operations as Fair Inc.

Japan

6 September 2001

AeroPostal Cargo de Mexico started operations in Mexico City

Mexico

11 September 2001

Potomac Air goes under, caused by 9/11 attack

USA

12 September 2001

Air New Zealand placed the Ansett group of companies into voluntary administration with PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Australia

13 September 2001

Ansett Australia ceased operations

Australia

21 September 2001

AOM and Air Liberte merge to create a new airline called Air Lib

France

22 September 2001

Air Lib began operations after AOM and Air Liberte merger

France

24 September 2001

13 days after 9/11, US Airways decided to terminate all flights from MetroJet

USA

27 September 2001

LAPA, formed in 1977, was renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada

Argentina

2 October 2001

Swissair grounded (declared bankruptcy and 11Sep2001 terrorist attacks blamed)

Switzerland

6 October 2001

Silk Way Airlines. founded in 2001, started commercial flights

Azerbaijan

15 October 2001

Twin Jet started commercial air charter services

France

16 October 2001

Royal Air Cambodge was shut down

Cambodia

16 October 2001

Belair Airlines was registered in the Swiss Commercial Register

Switzerland

17 October 2001

RPX Airlines operations start

Indonesia

28 October 2001

Cronus was fully integrated under the Aegean Airlines brand

Greece

31 October 2001

Air Canada Jetz commenced operations

Canada

31 October 2001

Swissair was grounded after 70 years of flying, with the 9/11 terrorist attacks blamed

Switzerland

31 October 2001

United Shuttle (formed by United Airlines began operations on 01Oct1994 as Shuttle by United, ceased operations

USA

1 November 2001

Air Canada created low-cost subsidiary Tango. Re-absorbed the operation in Jul2004

Canada

3 November 2001

Belair, registered in the Swiss Commercial Register on 16Oct2001, restarted operations

Switzerland

7 November 2001

Last flight of Sabena

Belgium

15 November 2001

Buraq Air started operations

Libya

15 November 2001

Transcarga International Airways operations started

Venezuela

30 November 2001

South Atlantic Airways, founded in 2000, returned the leased plane to Arkia and ended all operations

Spain

30 November 2001

FTI Airline ceased flight operations

Germany

1 December 2001

Final TWA flight (>>American Airlines)

USA

1 December 2001

Afriqiyah Airways  commenced scheduled services

Libya

3 December 2001

TransBrasil, formed in 1955 as Sadia SA Transportes Aereos, ceased operations

Brazil

4 December 2001

Flight West Airlines, established by Sir Dennis Buchanan in May1987, was placed into Voluntary Administration (+>Alliance Airlines)

Australia

28 December 2001

USA3000 Airlines began operations

USA

2002

 

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1 January 2002

Braathens alliance agreement with KLM and Northwest Airlines was closed as SAS buy Braathens

Norway

2 January 2002

Lao Skyway was established as Lao Air

Laos

5 January 2002

Batavia Air start operations as Metro Batavia

Indonesia

15 January 2002

AirEst, founded in 2002, started operations

Estonia

15 January 2002

Crossair assumes commercial responsibility for most of the European routes formerly operated by Swissair

Switzerland

15 January 2002

Puma Air operations start

Brazil

15 January 2002

First flight of the A.318, twin engine medium jet airliner

France

17 January 2002

Astraeus was established

UK

24 January 2002

bmibaby was founded

UK

1 February 2002

LeCocq's Airlink scheduled services begin (>Blue Islands)

UK

7 February 2002

Air Afrique declares bankruptcy

Ivory Coast

11 February 2002

First flight of the A.340-500, Long-range wide-body four engine jet

France

13 February 2002

SkyEurope Airlines flew its first passengers

Slovakia

15 February 2002

Odette Airways began operations (>Helvetic Airways)

Switzerland

15 February 2002

DAT briefly operated under the DAT Plus brand, but was rebranded as SN Brussels Airlines (>Brussels Airlines)

Belgium

19 February 2002

First flight of the Embraer E-170, a Brazilian narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range, jet airliner

Brazil

21 February 2002

Cargojet Airways was established

Canada

20 March 2002

bmibaby launched operations with a flight between East Midlands and Malaga

UK

22 February 2002

Cargojet Airways was renamed from Canada Cargo 3000

Canada

4 March 2002

Ansett (Mark II) permanently ceased operations

Australia

8 March 2002

NEOS, established on 22,Jun2001, launched revenue services

Italy

12 March 2002

Riau Airlines was established

Indonesia

13 March 2002

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) restarted operations

Belgium

25 March 2002

Intersky Aviation, formed in Nov2001, began operations

Austria

27 March 2002

Air Canada launched Jazz after renaming it from Air Canada Regional (>Air Canada Express)

Canada

28 March 2002

BA Connect was formed as CitiExpress

UK

31 March 2002

Swissair  ceased operations (operation transferred to Crossair which became Swiss International Air Lines)

Switzerland

4 April 2002

Inter Airlines, founded in Dec1999, restarted operations

Turkey

5 April 2002

Flight West Airlines, placed into Voluntary Administration on 04Dec2001, was rebranded as Alliance Airlines

Australia

6 April 2002

Astraeus restarted operations

UK

8 April 2002

Swisswings ceased operations

Switzerland

8 April 2002

Intensive Air ceased operations

South Africa

15 April 2002

Alliance Airlines, after rebranding from Flight West Airlines, restarted operations

Australia

7 May 2002

Northwest Sky Ferry, founded as Rugby Aviation on 12Jan1999, received FAA Certification

USA

8 May 2002

Express Airlines changed its name to Pinnacle Airlines

USA

15 May 2002

Air Astana maiden flight

Kazakhstan

17 May 2002

East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air, was renamed

Uganda

20 May 2002

SAM Colombia and its major rival ACES Colombia join to create Alianza Summa, and begin merged operations

Colombia

15 June 2002

Cargojet Airways restarted operations after rename from Canada Cargo 3000

Canada

15 June 2002

Sky Airlines restarted operations

Chile

15 June 2002

Air Guyane Express operations started

Guyana

25 June 2002

SkyNet Airlines, established 2001, restarted operations

Ireland

29 June 2002

Global Supply Systems operations started

UK

1 July 2002

Bay City Seaplane was first added to the ABN register

Australia

12 July 2002

Armenian International Airways was established (>>Armavia) Armenia

15 July 2002

Solaseed Air, established in May2002 as Pan Asia Airlines, restarted operations as Skynet Asia Airways

Japan

17 July 2002

Midway Airlines suspended operations

USA

18 July 2002

British European was rebranded as FlyBe

UK

22 July 2002

The first A340-600 was delivered to Virgin Atlantic

UK

29 July 2002

Vanguard Airlines ceased operations

USA

3 August 2002

First flight of the B.737-900

USA

6 August 2002

REX (Regional Express) restarted operations

Australia

7 August 2002

EuroManx was established

UK

9 August 2002

Taj Air, founded on 11Nov1993 as Megapode Airlines, restarted operations

India

13 August 2002

Midway Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA

19 August 2002

GO services ended when it integrated into Easyjet

UK

19 August 2002

EuroManx, established on 07Aug2002, restarted operations

UK

29 August 2002

LAPA, renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada & was changed to AIRG had its original name restored

Argentina

October 2002

SGA Airlines (Siam General Aviation Co.) restarted operations

Thailand

10 August 2002

US Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA

1 October 2002

Completion of Rheintalflug Seewald's integration into Tyrolean Airways (>Austrian arrows)

Austria

15 October 2002

Jetconnect, established in Jul2002, commenced operations

New Zealand

27 October 2002

Australian Airlines launched services

Australia

27 October 2002

Germanwings was founded

Germany

6 November 2002

National Airlines, already operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, permanently ceased operations

USA

4 November 2002

CCAir, formed as Sunbird Airlines in 1979, closed down

USA

15 November 2002

Transwisata Prima Aviation operations started

Indonesia

21 November 2002

Westair Cargo Airlines, was formed in Swaziland (moved to Ivory Coast in 2005)

Swaziland

1 December 2002

Swedline Express, formed as Varmlandsflyg in 1993 was renamed

Sweden

1 December 2002

RwandAir was founded & began operations as Rwandair Express

Rwanda

2 December 2002

East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air in Mar2002, restarted operations

Uganda

4 December 2002

Bulgaria Air operations start

Bulgaria

9 December 2002

United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in US history

USA

17 December 2002

StarFlyer was founded as Kobe Airlines

Japan

19 December 2002

Adam Air started operations

Indonesia

20 December 2002

Air Atlas Express started operations

Morocco

25 December 2002

Styrian Spirit was established

Austria

30 December 2002

Yakutia operated its first flight, a Tu-154 on route Yakutsk – Moscow – Yakutsk

Russia

2003

 

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13 January 2003

Livingston Energy Flight was established

Italy

14 January 2003

PMTair was founded

Cambodia

15 January 2003

Yangtze River Express was formed to takeover the cargo operations of the airlines of its parent HNA Group

China

15 January 2003

Mekong Air International, founded in 2002, commenced services

Cambodia

21 January 2003

Caribbean Sun Airlines commenced operations

Puerto Rico

22 January 2003

Yangtze River Express operations started

China

23 January 2002

The A.380 entered production on schedule at Airbus’ Nantes site in France

France

3 February 2003

Air Arabia was founded

UAE

12 February 2003

Jet2.com commenced operations

UK

15 February 2003

Islas Airways restarted operations

Spain

16 February 2003

Air Paradise, established in Jun2002, start operations

Indonesia

24 February 2003

The B.777-300ER completed its first flight

USA

27 February 2003

Viaggio Airwas, founded in 2002, restarted operations (>Bulgaria Air)

Bulgaria

27 February 2003

Iceland Express restarted operations (>>WOW)

Iceland

28 February 2003

GIRjet was created

Spain

6 March 2003

Hooters Air began service, operated by Pace Airlines

USA

16 March 2003

Flying Finn Airlines, established in Dec2002, started operations

Finland

18 March 2003

Air Armenia restarted operations

Armenia

21 March 2003

Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with operations still continuing

USA

26 March 2003

Lao Airlines was rebranded from Lao Aviation

Laos

30 March 2003

Arctic Air, a Kautokeino, Alta based airline, had its last scheduled flight

Norway

31 March 2003

JMC Airlines was renamed to Thomas Cook Airlines

UK

31 March 2003

The new Air Tanzania, restructured in Dec2002, commenced operations

Tanzania

31 March 2003

US Airways emerged from bankruptcy

USA

3 April 2003

Air Finland restarted operations

Finland

10 April 2003

KLMs' sale of Buzz to Ryanair, estimated to be in the region of €20.1 million, was completed

UK

15 April 2003

 Eritrean Airlines operations started

Eritrea

15 April 2003

Song restarted operations (>>Delta)

USA

20 April 2003

LAPA (Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas) ceased operations

Argentina

27 April 2003

RwandAir, founded as Rwandair Express on 01Dec2002, commenced operations

Rwanda

28 April 2003

LAN Ecuador, established in Jul2002, restarted operations

Ecuador

30 April 2003

Condor Berlin was renamed to Thomas Cook - powered by Condor

Germany

3 May 2003

Air China Cargo, formerly the cargo department of Air China was created

China

10 May 2003

Viking Airlines, established in 2003, restarted operations

Sweden

15 May 2003

Global Air, formed as Aerolineas Damojh, start operations after being renamed

Mexico

25 May 2003

Aero Mongolia, founded in 2002, restarted operations

Mongolia

10 June 2003

Wings Air restarted operations

Indonesia

16 June 2003

LanDominicana restarted operations (>>LAN Airlines)

Dominican Republic

17 June 2003

Windjet restarted operations

Italy

23 June 2003

Pullmantur Air operations started (>Wamos Air)

Spain

24 June 2003

Hellas Jet first flight was operated from Athens

Greece

29 June 2003

West African Airlines restarted operations

Benin

30 June 2003

DHL Worldwide Express was renamed to Astar Air Cargo

USA

5 July 2003

Hong Kong Airlines restarted operations as CR Airways

Hong Kong

10 July 2003

Khalifa Airways was liquidated by a French court after it failed to make an EUR 5 million payment to creditors

Algeria

22 July 2003

The first A.318 was delivered to Frontier Airlines

USA

22 July 2003

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) received its air operator’s certificate as BonAirExe

Netherlands Antilles

8 August 2003

 JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) changed its name to Jat Airways (>Air Serbia)

Serbia

12 August 2003

Darwin Airline was formed (>Etihad Regional)

Switzerland

13 August 2003

WBA (Wimbi Dira Airways) restarted operations

DR Congo

15 August 2003

Air Inter Island was founded by Martin Maldonado Frómeta

Dominican Republic

18 August 2003

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express), formed in Nov2002, launched services as BonAirExe

Netherlands Antilles

29 August 2003

LeCocq's Airlink was renamed to Rockhopper (>Blue Islands)

UK

15 September 2003

Tigerair was founded in 2003 & operations restarted on this date as Tiger Airways

Singapore

16 September 2003

Austrian arrows started operations

Austria

18 September 2003

CTK CiTylinK, formed in 1994 & scheduled domestic flights were introduced as CiTylinK Airlines.

Ghana

29 September 2003

LagunAir was founded

Spain

16 October 2003

Mekong Air International ceased operations because of SARS fears

Cambodia

25 October 2003

Minerva Airlines, a regional airline operating behalf of Alitalia, formed in 1993, suspended operations due to bankruptcy

Italy

26 October 2003

Air Southwest, established in May2003, began operations (>>Eastern Airlines)

UK

28 October 2003

Air Arabia, founded on 03Feb2003, commenced operations

UAE

3 November 2003

Baboo, founded by Julian Cook in Aug2003, operated its first flight to Lugano as Flybaboo

Switzerland

5 November 2003

Etihad Airways, founded in Jul2003 started operations with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain. Commercial services started on 12Nov2003

UAE

12 November 2003

United Airlines launched a new low-cost carrier, Ted, to compete with other low-cost airlines

USA

12 November 2003

Etihad Airways, founded in Jul2003, commenced commercial services

UAE

13 November 2003

JetairFly was established as TUI Belgium (>TUIfly Belgium)

Belgium

15 November 2003

Sriwijaya Airlines operations start

Indonesia

19 November 2003

It was announced that ACA (Atlantic Coast Airlines) would rebrand to a lo-cost as Independence Air

USA

20 November 2003

Aviastar Mandiri, established in Jun2000, received its AOC

Indonesia

24 November 2003

Overland Airways operations start

Nigeria

28 November 2003

Niki (emerged from former Aero Lloyd Austria operation following it's acquisition by Niki Lauda), start operations as FlyNiki

Austria

28 November 2003

Helvetic Airways, founded as Odette Airways in the summer of 2001, operated its first flight

Switzerland

3 December 2003

One-Two-GO start operations (>>Orient Thai Airlines)

Thailand

8 December 2003

Air Polonia began cargo operations in late 2001 & now commenced lo-cost passenger services

Poland

12 December 2003

Olympic Airways changed its name from to Olympic Airlines

Greece

12 December 2003

Tiger Airways was incorporated as Tiger Airways

Singapore

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19 January 2004

Sobelair ceased operations

Belgium

23 January 2004

Thomas Cook - powered by Condor returned to the Condor brand name

Germany

25 January 2004

Aria services are suspended

France

27 January 2004

Flying Finn Airlines ceased all flights & entered bankruptcy

Finland

29 January 2004

Virgin Australia (NZ) started operations as Pacific Blue Airlines

New Zealand

10 February 2004

SkyAsia, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways was set up (>Nok Air)

Thailand

12 February 2004

Exactly four years and one day after the launch of JetBlue, United Airlines responds to its low cost competitors by creating another airline called Ted

USA

12 February 2004

FlyNiki was renamed to Niki

Austria

16 February 2004

Niki first flight with an A.320 from Vienna to Dusseldorf

Austria

25 February 2004

1time launched its low-fare operations

South Africa

27 February 2004

TAG City-Air, founded as Teuto Air, ceased operations

Germany

29 February 2004

Air Kazakhstan ceased operations

Kazakhstan

1 March 2004

Regionallink was formed by the amalgamation of Emu Airways, AirNorth Regional and some of the assets of ASA

Australia

10 March 2004

HK Express was incorporated (>HK Express)

Hong Kong

12 March 2004

First flight of the Embraer ERJ-190

Brazil

30 March 2004

Conviasa was formed as the successor to Viasa by Presidential Decree

Venezuela

31 March 2004

Thomsonfly began scheduled operations with four B.737-500 {>Thomson Airways)

UK

April 2004

Air 2000 was renamed First Choice Airways

UK

April 2004

Jazeera Airways was established, the first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East

Kuwait

1 April 2004

LTU Austria, set up by LTU and Billa, Austria's largest retail chain, obtained its AOC

Austria

1 April 2004

Japan Air System was renamed to JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic)

Japan

1 April 2004

AirBridgeCargo restarted operations

Russia

1 April 2004

JAL/JAS integration was completed

Japan

4 April 2004

MidAtlantic Airways, formed as Potomac Air in 2000, officially launched services

USA

13 April 2004

Caricom Airways was founded as Kuyake Aviation

Suriname

14 April 2004

ValuAir obtained air operator’s certificate (>>Jetstar Asia Airways)

Singapore

26 April 2004

Boeing launched the B.787 Dreamliner program with an order for 50 787s from All Nippon Airways

USA

29 April 2004

The first B.777-300ER first aircraft was delivered to Air France

France

1 May 2004

Duo Airways, established as Maersk Air (UK) goes into administration

UK

5 May 2004

ValuAirs' first flight

Singapore

15 May 2004

Titan Aero Airlines, having had its AOC suspended on 28Oct2003, has it revoked

Russia

18 May 2004

Royal Tongan Airlines ceased all operations

Tonga

19 May 2004

Wizz Air commenced operations

Hungary

24 May 2004

SkyNet ceased operations

Ireland

25 May 2004

Qantas’s new low cost domestic airline, Jetstar, commenced domestic operations

Australia

26 May 2004

Virgin Australia International was founded as V Australia

Australia

26 May 2004

ata Brasil (Atlantico Transporte Aereo) restarted operations

Brazil

28 May 2004

Atlas Blue was established

Morocco

1 June 2004

Westward Airways, established in 2002, restarted operations

USA

10 June 2004

JetBlues' first international service was from JFK to Santiago

USA

16 June 2004

Virgin America was renamed from Virgin USA

USA 

16 June 2004

Independence Air began operations

USA

17 June 2004

Cargo division of LanChile was rebranded to Lan Cargo

Chile

17 June 2004

LanChile changed its formal name to LAN Airlines(>LATAM Chile)

Chile

18 June 2004

AirBlue restarted operations

Pakistan

6 July 2004

Deta Air received AOC

Kazakhstan

23 July 2004

Air Ukraine was declared bankrupt

Ukraine

23 July 2004

SkyAsia, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways restarted operations (>Nok Air)

Thailand

26 July 2004

Atlas Blue restarted operations (>>RAM)

Morocco

28 July 2004

Darwin Airlines restarted operations

Switzerland

2 August 2004

First Cambodia Airlines, formed in Feb2004, ceased operations

Cambodia

11 August 2004

Nordavia, formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron, became AVL in 1995, was renamed to Aeroflot-Nord

Russia

13 August 2004

MenaJet, established in May2003, restarted operations

Lebanon

17 August 2004

Teddy Air terminates its operations stating that they were not making any money

Norway

10 September 2004

Fly Niu Airlines was forced to cease after its AOC was revoked because of Tonga's "one airline" policy

Tonga

1 October 2004

Landsflug, established in 2004, started operations

Iceland

1 October 2004

Georgian Airways was launched after being renamed from Airzena Georgian Airlines

Georgia

3 October 2004

Iraqi Airways operations restart with a flight between Baghdad and Amman

Iraq

8 October 2004

Vbird, a low-fare airline founded in 2003, ceased operations

Netherlands

21 October 2004

East Line Air, established on 27Nov1995 was renamed Russian Sky Airlines

Russia

21 October 2004

Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines

China

1 November 2004

Malta Air Charter, established in 1970, although it did not start operations until 1990, ceased operations

Malta

3 November 2004

Albatros Airways was established and started operations

Albania

15 November 2004

Air Bagan operations started

Myanmar

23 November 2004

Vildanden was founded

Norway

28 November 2004

Conviasa's inaugural flight was made with a De Havilland Canada Dash 7

Venezuela

7 December 2004

The Embraer 195 commercial airliner made its first flight at Embraer’s Sao José dos Campos site

Brazil

5 December 2004

Air Polonia, founded in 2001, ceased operations

Poland

13 December 2004

Jetstar Asia’s inaugural flight took off for Hong Kong

Singapore

13 December 2004

Blue Air was launched, the first Romanian airline company, with 100% private equity

Romania

15 December 2004

Dubrovnik Airlines was officially launched

Croatia

16 December 2004

Atlantic Express Airlines began services

Gambia

17 December 2004

Antonov An-148 first flight

Russia

23 December 2004

EirJet commenced operations

Ireland

26 December 2004

Susi Air was founded in late 2004 by Susi Pudjiastuti & Christian von Strombeck, operate supply flights to areas hit by the Tsunami

Indonesia

31 December 2004

China Southern acquired China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan & Xinjiang Airlines

China

2005

 

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January 2005

LOT charter subsidiary, Centralwings, obtained a licence to operate as an airline

Poland

5 January 2005

Basiqair ceased operations on & merge into Transavia

Netherlands

15 January 2005

Air Aland was established as Flyg & Far Åland

Finland

18 January 2005

The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, gets unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in France

France

19 January 2005

Air Caledonian ceased operations

UK 

19 January 2005

The last B.737-200 aircraft flew for America West, operating a PHX-Ontario-PHX turn

USA

21 January 2005

Quebecair Express ceased operations

Canada

24 January 2005

Vildanden, founded on 23Nov2004, start operations from Skien Airport, Geiteryggen

Norway

25 January 2005

GWA (Great Western Airlines) ceased operations

Australia

29 January 2005

Nonstop flights between mainland China and Taiwan take-off for the first time since 1949

China

4 February 2005

Corporate Airlines ceased operations, prior to rename to RegionsAir

USA

9 February 2005

Pacific Island Aviation ceased operations

Marianas Islands

15 February 2005

The first B.777-200LR, the world’s longest range commercial airplane was rolled out in Everett

USA

17 February 2005

Opening of the new international airport in Nagoya, Japan. It was the third Japanese international airport

Japan

27 February 2005

Okay Airways, China's first private airline received its AOC

China

5 March 2005

Interjet was founded

Mexico

8 March 2005

The B.777-200LR completes its first flight

USA

11 March 2005

Jetsgo, declares bankruptcy leaving thousands of passengers stranded

Canada

11 March 2005

China's first private airline, Okay Airlines made its maiden revenue flight

China

13 March 2005

Air Shenpix was established in 1997, changed its name to Airtransse in Dec4 and restarted operations

Japan

15 March 2005

Siberia Airlines was rebranded as S7 Airlines

Russia

27 March 2005

Germania Express merged into dba

Germany

28 March 2005

Chicago Express Airlines, also known as ATA Connection, ceased operations

USA

4 April 2005

National Aviation Services launched operations

Papua New Guinea

7 April 2005

Air Exel ceased operations

Netherlands

25 April 2005

MaxJet officially changed its name from SkyLink Airways following a formal objection from SkyLink Aviation in Canada

USA

27 April 2005

A380 successfully completes its first flight

France

29 April 2005

First flight of Air India Express, Air India’s budget airline

India

29 April 2005

Grixona restarted operations

Moldova

30 April 2005

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) commenced services

Netherlands Antilles

30 April 2005

Harlequin Air ceased operations

Japan

4 May 2005

SpiceJet was renamed from Royal Airways

India

8 May 2005

Launch of Kingfisher Airlines in Mumbai

India

9 May 2005

Britannia Airways became Thomsonfly

UK

9 May 2005

BelgiumExel ceased operations

Belgium

9 May 2005

Kingfisher Airlines restarted operations

India

10 May 2005

HollandExel renamed to Arkefly (>Arke)

Netherlands

15 May 2005

Planet Airways ceased operations

USA

17 May 2005

Galaxy Airlines was established

Japan

24 May 2005

SpiceJet commenced operations

India

28 May 2005

Knighthawk Air Express' operations are cancelled

Canada

29 May 2005

Air Italy restarted operations (>>Meridiana >Meridiana Fly)

Italy

2 June 2006

Jeju Air, established in Jan2005, began operations

South Korea

4 June 2005

China United Airlines, founded in 1986 as a division of People's Liberation Army, was relaunched under its new ownership

China

7 June 2005

Norfolk Jet Express ceased operations

Australia

8 June 2005

Daily Air launched services

Taiwan

9 June 2005

Aerocon restarted services

Bolivia

16 June 2005

Air Mali was formed as CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali)

Mali

21 June 2005

Air Turquoise was founded

France

23 June 2005

B&H Airlines, formed on 12Aug1994 as Air Bosna, restarted

Bosnia & Herzegovina

28 June 2005

United Airways was founded

Bangladesh

28 June 2005

Air Nigeria commenced operations as Virgin Nigeria

Nigeria

29 June 2005

MyCARGO restarted operations as ACT Airlines

Turkey

30 June 2005

ABC Air Hungary operations start

Hungary

12 July 2005

WebJet restarted operations

Brazil

13 July 2005

Air Asturias was established

Spain

18 July 2005

Spring Airlines, China’s first low cost airline, restarted operations

China

21 July 2005

First flight of Kurdistan Airlines (Commercial Office of Kurdistan Region Iraq) landing in Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraq

24 July 2005

Air Nepal International restarted services

Nepal

25 July 2005

EUJet ceased operations

Ireland

25 July 2005

Westward Airways ceased operations

USA

26 July 2005

EUjet goes into administration

Ireland

27 July 2005

Chengdu Airlines restarted operations as United Eagle Airlines

China

4 August 2005

TransNusa undertakes its first commercial flight

Indonesia

14 August 2005

AirBlue, founded in 2003, restarted international services started with a flight to Dubai

Pakistan

19 August 2005

Flair Airlines, privately owned, restarted operations

Canada

25 August 2005

Hansung Airlines received its AOC on this date but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

South Korea

29 August 2005

Universal Airlines ceased operations

Guyana

2 September 2005

Swe Fly ceased operations

Sweden

3 September 2005

HK Express, incorporated on 10Mar2004, started operations as Hong Kong Express

Hong Kong

4 September 2005

Republic Airlines, founded in 2005, started operations

USA

7 September 2005

Avolar began operations

Mexico

13 September 2005

Abu Dhabi announced that it was withdrawing from Gulf Air to concentrate on Etihad Airways by  Royal (Amiri) Decree

UAE

14 September 2005

Air Scandic ceased operations

UK

20 September 2005

GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings, secured US FAA certification

USA

27 September 2005

The merger transaction between US Airways and America West was officially completed

USA

29 September 2005

TransMeridian Airlines ceased operations

USA

4 October 2005

GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings began scheduled passenger services

USA

9 October 2005

Alajnihah Airways launched cargo services

Libya

14 October 2005

Air Jamaica Express ceased operations

Jamaica

18 October 2005

Eos (Atlantic Express) started operations

USA

29 October 2005

Air Aland, established as Flyg & Far Åland in Jan2005, started operations

Finland

29 October 2005

Ghana International Airlines launched with inaugural flight from Accra to London

Ghana

30 October  2005

First flight (Auckland – Apia) of Polynesian Blue, a partnership between Virgin Blue and the Government of Samoa (>Virgin Samoa)

Samoa

31 October 2005

Jazeera Airways, established as first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East in Apr2004, started operations

Kuwait

31 October 2005

Aero Flight ceased operations

Germany

1 November 2005

Fischer Air ceased operations

Czech Republic

4 November 2005

GoAir restarted operations

India

9 November 2005

Emu Airways ceased operations (>Regionallink Airlines)

Australia

9 November 2005

ASA (Airlines of South Australia) ceased operations

Australia

14 November 2005

Air Horizons ceased operations

France

15 November 2005

CCA (Central Connect Airlines) operations started

Czech Republic

15 November 2005

Boeing formally launched the stretched B.747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines

USA

21 November 2005

Blu Express operations started

Italy

23 November 2005

TUI Belgium commenced operations as Jetairfly (TUIfly Belgium)

Belgium

23 November 2005

Air Paradise International ceased operations

Indonesia

23 November 2005

Air Lithuania ceased operations

Lithuania

29 November 2005

OzJet commenced operations

Indonesia

1 December 2005

magicBlue, formed in 2004, went bankrupt

Netherlands

1 December 2005

Awair changed its name to Indonesia AirAsia

Indonesia

1 December 2005

Interjet started operations

Mexico

7 December 2005

Indian Airlines was rebranded as Indian for advertising purposes as a part of a program to revamp its image in preparation for an initial public offering (>>Air India)

India

22 December 2005

Air Nepal International suspended all flights

Nepal

23 December 2005

Lucky Air, formed as Shilin Airlines in 2004, was renamed prior to starting operations

China

24 December 2005

Regional Wings ceased operations

Spain

2006

 

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January 2006

British Airways CitiExpress was renamed as BA Connect

UK

5 January 2006

Independence Air closed operations after declaring bankruptcy

USA

7 January 2006

TANS Peru ceased operations

Peru

9 January 2006

All commercial services of Hooters Air were suspended but continued for a short while with Public charters

USA

16 January 2006

Deta Air restarted operations

Kazakhstan

16 January 2006

Sky Asia changed its name to Nok Air

Thailand

19 January 2006

Jet Airways announces its purchase of Air Sahara, creating the largest domestic airliner in India

India

1 February 2006

CitiExpress, was renamed to BA Connect (>FlyBE)

UK

1 February 2006

UAL. Corp, United Airlines' parent company emerged from bankruptcy after being in such position since 09Dec2002, the longest such filing in history

USA

2 February 2006

Orex Aviation was formed as a Business/Private Charter based at Aruba Reina Beatrix International (AUA)

Aruba

4 February 2006

Air Engiadina was founded

Switzerland

14 February 2006

Blue Islands restarted services after being renamed from Rockhopper

UK

16 February 2006

Kobe Airport, a controversial offshore airport in Kobe, Japan, opens for airline service

Japan

24 February 2006

Air Gabon ceased operations

Gabon

26 February 2006

Jet4You restarted operations (>>JetairFly (Belgium))

Morocco

27 February 2006

Golden Bay Air originated as Capital Air

New Zealand

27 February 2006

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) was the first to fly the B.777-200LR

Pakistan

10 March 2006

Northwest Airlines bought the operating certificate of Independence Air for $2 million to establish a new regional airline (>Compass Air)

USA

13 March 2006

Inaugural flight of Volaris (Toluca to Tijuana)

Mexico

14 March 2006

Helios Airways was renamed to Ajet

Cyprus

16 March 2006

StarFlyer, founded as Kobe Airlines on 17Dec2002, changed its name & restarted operations

Japan

16 March 2006

Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, was renamed

USA

16 March 2006

The New Kitakyushu Airport opens

Japan

24 March 2006

Styrian Spirit ceased operations

Austria

28 March 2006

Rose Air was formed as Air Bright

Bulgaria

29 March 2006

Northwest reported that Independence Air would be renamed Compass Airlines

USA

April 2006

Hi Fly obtains its Air Operator Certificate

Portugal

10 April 2006

Air Bashkortostan restarted operations

Russia

13 April 2006

DOT LT was rebranded from Danu Oro Transport

Lithuania

17 April 2006

Hooters ceased operations

USA

23 April 2006

Air Wales ceased operations

UK

30 April 2006

Air Livonia, a Parnu based carrier, ceased operations

Estonia

30 April 2006

Songs' last flight took off  (>Delta)

USA

1 May 2006

Song handed over all operations and aircraft to Delta Air Lines

USA

15 May 2006

Zozik Air launched operations

Iraq

15 May 2006

The first flight of FaroeJet

Faroe Islands

19 May 2006

East Star Airlines restarted operations

China

26 May 2006

Charlan Air Charter ceased operations

South Africa

27 May 2006

MidAtlantic Airways ceased operations

USA

1 June 2006

SAS Braathens was renamed to SAS Norge

Norway

2 June 2006

Jeju Air restarted operations

South Korea

7 June 2006

Alitalia CityLiner commenced operations as Air One Cityliner

Italy

9 June 2006

Go! restarted operations

USA

12 June 2006

ALMA (Aerolineas MesoAmericanas) commenced operations

Mexico

14 June 2006

IIzair, formed in 2005 as Izmir Hava Yollari, restarted operations

Turkey

16 June 2007 SkyStar Airways, founded in 2005, commenced operations Thailand

20 June 2006

Andes Líneas Aéreas began operations

Argentina

1 July 2006

Australian Airlines was closed down by Qantas

Australia

2 July 2006

Shanghai Airlines Cargo International restarted operations

China

6 July 2006

Fars Air Qeshm restarted operations

Iran

7 July 2006

Regional Cargo started operations at the city of Querétaro

Mexico

9 July 2006

Cham Wings Airlines was formed as Sham Wings Airlines

Syria

12 July 2006

Swedline Express ceased operations

Sweden

19 July 2006

Air Turquoise ceased operations

France

20 July 2006

Varig, founded on 07May1927 ceased operations

Brazil

28 July 2006

Air Kyrgyzstan, founded as Altyn Air in Apr2001 rebrands to Kyrgyzstan Air Company

Kyrgyzstan

1 August 2006

FAX (FlyAsianExpress) maiden flight (>AirAsia X)

Malaysia

4 August 2006

IndiGo restarted services with a flight from New Delhi to Imphal via Guwahati

India

5 August 2006

Jade Cargo, founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines, restarted operations

China

7 August 2006

South Winds Cargo merged into Centurion Air Cargo on this date to become a fully integrated scheduled airline

USA

10 August 2006

Origin Pacific ceased operations

New Zealand

16 August 2006

DauAir ceased operations

Germany

1 September 2006

Albatros Airways was grounded

Albania

6 September 2006

Maximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on this date

UAE

6 September 2006

Frontier Airlines creates a new airline named Lynx Aviation

USA

11 September 2006

Bravo Air Congo restarted operations on this date & ceased on 10Dec2007

DR Congo

22 September 2006

CR Airways changed its name to Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong

25 September 2006

China Express Airlines launched operations on this date using three Bombardier CRJ200

China

25 September 2006

Juneyao Airlines made its maiden flight

China

27 September 2006

Caribbean Airlines was incorporated

Trinidad and Tobago

28 September 2006

Suvarnabhumi Airport officially opens to replace the aging Don Muang airport

Thailand

1 October 2006

Iberia's low-cost subsidiary Clickair was founded as Catair

Spain

10 October 2006

Esen Air restarted operations

Kyrgyzstan

14 October 2006

Air Nauru, was renamed to Our Airline (>Nauru Airlines)

Nauru

18 October 2006

Eirjet ceased operations

Ireland

21 October 2008

Aladia ceased operations

Mexico

23 October 2006

Porter Airlines scheduled services start, using its two Q400s

Canada

26 October 2006

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, long-haul low-cost airline began operations

Hong Kong

27 October 2006

Mihin Lanka was formed on this date & commenced operations on 24Apr2007

Sri Lanka

29 October 2006

Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise, founded on 24Jun1932, merge into Rossiya

Russia

30 October 2006

Arik Air  commenced operations

Nigeria

31 October 2006

Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operations

Greece

31 October 2006

Jags Aviation was established as a domestic charter company

Guyana

31 October 2006

Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, restarted operations

Japan

1 November 2006

Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operations

Greece

6 November 2006

Air Asturias, established on 13Jul2005, had no AOC so LTE started operations in behalf of it

Spain

15 November 2006

Mango’s first flight took place

South Africa

23 November 2006

Star Airlines  became XL Airways France

France

23 November 2006

Star XL German Airlines became XL Airways Germany

Germany

23 November 2006

Excel Airways became XL Airways

UK

24 November 2006

Fly540 operations started

Kenya

25 November 2006

Perla Airlines was established, but did not launch services until late Apr2010

Venezuela

30 November 2006

VivaAerobus started operations

Mexico

4 December 2006

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority cancelled the AOC, at the request of Transair. All operations ceased as from that date

Australia

5 December 2006

Lufthansa became the first airline to order the B.747-8 with an order for 20 planes and options for an additional 20 planes

Germany

12 December 2006

Club Air Italy's AOC was withdrawn by ENAC. Restarted under new management but ceased operations on 23May2008

Italy

12 December 2006

Maestro started operations

Canada

14 December 2006

Indus Air, established in 2004, restarted operations

India

15 December 2006

SkyValue Airlines was formed

USA

16 December 2006

Air Madrid ceased operations

Spain

17 December 2006

Faroe Jet ceased operations

Faroe Islands

19 December 2006

Komiinteravia became Utair-Express

Russia

23 December 2006

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) took delivery of its first B.777-300ER

Pakistan

31 December 2006

BWIA became Caribbean Airways

Trinidad & Tobago

2007

 

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8 January 2007

VIAuganda ceased operations

Uganda

18 January 2007

Colgan Air was acquired by Pinnacle Airlines Corporation for US$20 million

USA

25 January 2007

Silverjet's first scheduled flight between London Luton and Newark

UK

26 January 2007

Air Asturias ceased operations

Spain

29 January 2007

Sky Express, commenced operations

Russia

1 February 2007

Sun Air was renamed to Pacific Sun after it was purchased by Fiji Airways

Fiji

1 February 2007

PW Express began services in Hawaii

USA

7 February 2007

Air Bishkek was re-established as Kyrgyz Airways

Tajikistan

7 February 2007

Alexandair ceased operations

Greece

7 February 2007

Western Airlines, formed in 2005, ceased operations

USA

8 February 2007

BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ London City Airport-based subsidiary, received its air operator’s certificate

UK

13 February 2007

Pacific Airlines, founded in Dec1990, was relaunched as a low-cost carrier (>Jetstar Pacific)

Vietnam

25 February 2007

Flynas operations started as nasair

Saudi Arabia

2 March 2007

FlyMe ceased operations

Sweden

2 March 2007

Slovak Airlines ceased operations

Slovakia

5 March 2007

BA completed the sale of its UK regional subsidiary carrier BA Connect to Flybe

UK

5 March 2007

Mihin Lanka, formed on 27Oct2006, was awarded its AOC

Sri Lanka

5 March 2007

Air Sofia ceased operations and relocates to Serbia as United International Airlines

Bulgaria

7 March 2007

Maestro announced its bankruptcy and ceased

Canada

11 March 2007

Jags Aviation began commercial operations

Guyana

14 March 2007

MDLR Airlines, founded 2007, started operations

India

14 March 2007

Firefly, originally known as Kelas Services, received its AOC

Malaysia

14 March 2007

FlyLAL Charters was registered as a company

Lithuania

16 March 2007

Tiger Airways Australia was established in Darwin

Australia

24 March 2007

Air Adriatic ceased operations

Croatia

24 March 2007

BA Connect ceased operations

UK

25 March 2007

BA Cityflyer, having received its air operator’s certificate on 08Feb2007, started operations

UK

25 March 2007

Brussels Airlines, created by the merger of SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) and Virgin Express, began operations

Belgium

26 March 2007

Lineas Aéreas Azteca ceased operations

Mexico

27 March 2007

Koral Blue, formed by Tunisia's Karthago Airlines in Jan2006, started operations

Egypt

28 March 2007

GOL announces acquisition of Varig

Brazil

31 March 2007

LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operations

Bolivia

1 April 2007

LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operations

Bolivia

1 April 2007

Cygnus Air was rebranded as Gestair Cargo

Spain

3 April 2007

Firefly's first fligh, from Penang to Kota Bhar

Malaysia

3 April 2007

Indus Airways ceased operations

India

4 April 2007

Amazon Sky, founded in 2006, received its air operator’s certificate

Peru

9 April 2007

Harmony Airways ceased operations

Canada

11 April 2007

Gabon Airlines restarted operations

Gabon

16 April 2007

Jet Airways announces that Air Sahara will be renamed as Jetlite (>JetKonnect)

India

24 April 2007

Norwegian acquired FlyNordic from Finnair

Norway

24 April 2007

Mihin Lanka commenced operations

Sri Lanka

30 April 2007

ADC Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Albarka Air ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Freedom Air Services ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Space World International Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Dasab Airways ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Chrome Air Services ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Fresh Air ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Sosoliso Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

1 May 2007

Air Sahara  renamed to JetLite

India

2 May 2007

Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, restarted operations

USA

6 May 2007

SkyValue and their fleet of one B.737 (leased from Xtra Airways) ceased operations

USA

9 May 2007

Air Dominicana was founded

Dominican Republic

17 May 2007

Aero Asia International ceased operations

Pakistan

18 May 2007

Peace Air ceased operations

Canada

22 May 2007

SkyBus, an ULCC modelled after Ryanair began operations

USA

25 May 2007

Mithras Air was formed

Bulgaria

25 May 2007

RegionsAir ceased operations

USA

28 May 2007

Chongqing Airlines' AOC was issued

China

1 June 2007

Egyptair Express restarted operations

Egypt

1 June 2007

SAS Braathens was renamed to SAS Norway

Norway

5 June 2007

Korean Air announced that it would create a new low-cost carrier called Jin Air to compete with Korea's KTX high-speed railway network system

South Korea

6 June 2007

Nurman Avia ceased operations

Indonesia

14 June 2007

FAX (FlyAsianExpress) ceased most operations (+>AirAsia Express)

Malaysia

15 June 2007 Caribbean Star Airlines, purchased by LIAT , had the merger finalised Antigua

18 June 2007

West Air received its AOC

China

21 June 2007

Scorpion Air, founded in 1990, had its AOC was revoked Bulgaria

21 June 2007

Grixona ceased operations

Moldova

23 June 2007

Jett8 Airlines Cargo, formed in 2006, restarted operations

Singapore

24 June 2007

Rioja Airlines, founded in 2007 had its maiden flight

Spain

26 June 2007

Jatayu Airlines ceased operations

Indonesia

30 June 2007

Jetstream Express ceased operations

UK

30 June 2007

Ayk Avia operations restarted

Armenia

1 July 2007

New Mexico Airlines restarted operations

USA

3 July 2007

Magic Bird having ceased operations in May2007, was declared bankrupt

Netherlands

4 July 2007

KrasAvia was rebranded from Evenkia-Air

Russia

8 July 2007

B.787 Rollout at Washington’s Boeing Everett Factory

USA

8 July 2007

Chongqing Airlines restarted operations

China

10 July 2007

United Airways restarted operations

Bangladesh

14 July 2007

West Air restarted operations

China

17 July 2007

Cargojet Airways acquires the Georgian Express cargo operations & renamed it to Cargojet Regional

Canada

25 July 2007

Virgin Blue announces name of new international long haul airline and livery, V Australia

Australia

8 August 2007

Virgin America began operations

USA

14 August 2007

First flight of IL-96-400T

Russia

20 August 2007

Groznyavia was created by the government of the Chechen Republic

Russia

20 August 2007

Loch Lomond Seaplanes launched scheduled services from Glasgow Seaplane Terminal to Oban in Scotland

UK

14 September 2007

Air Tomisko ceased operations

Serbia

20 September 2007

Air India Regional started operations on 21Jun1996 as Alliance Air & was renamed on this date

India

27 September 2007

America West Airlines began operating on the same operating certificate as US Airways

USA

30 September 2007

European Air Express ceased operations

Germany

1 October 2007

Caribbean Airlines acquired all outstanding Tobago Express shares, taking over its routes and fleet

Trinidad & Tobago

1 October 2007

MASWings took over the routes and aircraft previously flown by FlyAsianXpress

Malaysia

2 October 2007

Cargojet Regional began operations as Georgian Express on this date

Canada

10 October 2007

Azteca Airlines (Lineas Aereas Azteca), having suspended operations on 26Mar2007, ceased fully due to poor financial situation

Mexico

15 October 2007

Airbus delivered its first A380 to Singapore Airlines

Singapore

24 October 2007

BoA (Boliviana de Aviació) was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318

Bolivia

24 October 2007

Caribbean Star Airlines was purchased by LIAT on this date, with the merger being finalised on 15 June 2007, with LIAT becoming the surviving carrier

Antigua

25 October 2007

First commercial flight with passengers of Airbus A.380 was made by Singapore Airlines. Passengers bought seats in charity auction

Singapore

26 October 2007

Cargo Air was re-established from Vega Airlines & started operations started on 15Sep2008

Bulgaria

28 October 2007

BMED (British Mediterranean Airways) was fully integrated into British Midland (BMED >>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)

UK

2 November 2007

AirAsia X, founded as FAX by Tony Fernandes, started operations

Malaysia

6 November 2007

BRA Transportes Aereos requested the National Civil Aviation Agency to suspend all flights the following day

Brazil

7 November 2007

Mauritania Airways, established in Dec2006, operated its first flight

Mauritania

7 November 2007

BRA Transportes Aereos ceased operations

Brazil

15 November 2007

Air Uganda launched services using two wet-leased Douglas DC-9-30

Uganda

22 November 2007

Tiger Airways Australia, established on 16Mar2007, received its air operators certificate (>Tigerair Australia)

Australia

22 November 2007

AeroLitoral rebrands as Aeromexico Connect

Mexico

23 November 2007

Cambodia Angkor Air was established through an MoI signed by the Cambodian government

Cambodia

29 November 2007

Shanxi Airlines merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air

China

29 November 2007

RAK Airways operations started

UAE

5 December 2007

Lynx Aviation received its operating certificate from the FAA

USA

6 December 2007

Lynx Aviation began passenger operations

USA

10 December 2007

Bravo Air Congo ceased operations

DR Congo

10 December 2007

Bravo Air Congo Brazzaville ceased services following its parent's collapse

Republic of Congo

15 December 2007

Taron Avia operations started

Armenia

27 December 2007

Albatros Airlines was established

Venezuela

31 December 2007

Aeroflot retired the last Tupolev Tu-134 after 40 years in service

Russia

2008

 

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1 January 2008

ALPI Eagles ceased operations

Italy

1 January 2008

Cargo 360 was absorbed into Southern Air

USA

5 January 2008

Thai Global Airlines ceased operations

Thailand

6 January 2008

Aero Airlines ceased operations

Estonia

8 January 2008

BritishJet ceased operations

Malta

9 January 2008

Kitty Hawk Air Cargo ceased operations

USA

10 January 2008

Air Corridor ceased operations

Mozambique

14 January 2008

Prima Charter ceased operations

Poland

20 January 2008

Yeti Air International services are started

Nepal

23 January 2008

Coast Air ceased operations

Norway

24 January 2008

World Focus Air rebrands to Ank Air

Turkey

27 January 2008

VASP ceased operations

Brazil

31 January 2008

The deal in which EasyJet acquires GB Airways was concluded

UK

31 January 2008

Royal Bengal Airlines, founded in 2006, launched commercial operations from Dhaka

UK / Bangladesh

3 February 2008

Bahrain Air's inaugural flight took off from Bahrain to Dubai

Bahrain

3 February 2008

Silver State Helicopters ceased operations and entered bankruptcy

USA

5 February 2008

Somon Air restarted operating with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai

Tajikistan

5 February 2008

Aviaprad ceased operations

Russia

11 February 2008

Ural Airlines took over all routes previously operated by Aviaprad

Russia

28 February 2008

Boston-Maine Airways, operating as Pan Am Clipper Connection, ceased operations.

USA

1 March 2008

Focus Air ceased operations

USA

3 March 2008

Sham Wings Airlines began Lo cost scheduled services out of Damascus International Airport that started (>Cham Wings Airlines)

Syria

7 March 2008

Globus Airlines, established as the wholly-owned charter arm of S7 Airlines in Jan2007, was awarded its own AOC

Russia

8 March 2008

Flex Linhas Aereas restarted operations

Brazil

8 March 2008

Big Sky Airline's final scheduled flights arrives in Billings, MT

USA

10 March 2008

Cameroon Airlines ceased operations

Cameroon

13 March 2008

Girjet ceased operations

Spain

18 March 2008

Adam Air ceased operations

Indonesia

20 March 2008

Aloha Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

USA

25 March 2008

ASA (African Safari Airlines) ceased operations

Kenya

26 March 2008

The world’s largest airport terminal, Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3

China

27 March 2008

London Heathrow's state-of-the-art Terminal 5 opens

UK

27 March 2008

Azul (Azul Linhas Aéreas) was founded by David Neeleman

Brazil

28 March 2008

CATA Linea Aerea bankruptcy was formally declared

Argentina

29 March 2008

JoyAir was established as Happy Air

China

29 March 2008

GB Airways ceased operations following its purchase by EasyJet in Jan2008

UK

30 March 2008

MyTravel Airways was fully integrated into Thomas Cook

UK

30 March 2008

AirClass Airways ceased operations

Spain

30 March 2008

Freedom Air ceased operations

New Zealand

31 March 2008

Aloha Airlines ceased operations and gives all flights to Aloha Air Cargo

USA

31 March 2008

Japan Asia Airways flew its last flight EG284, from Taipei to Nagoya (Chubu), concluding 32 years of operations. merged into JAL

Japan

2 April 2008

ATA (American Trans Air) files for bankruptcy protection

USA

3 April 2008

ATA Airlines, Inc. – formerly known as American Trans Air ceased operations

USA

4 April 2008

Swazi Express Airways, established in 1995 as Steffen Air, ceased operations

Swaziland

4 April 2008

Skybus Airlines ceased operations

USA

5 April 2008

Skyway Airlines (Midwest Connect) ceased operations

USA

5 April 2008

flyNordic merged into Norwegian

Sweden

9 April 2008

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines ceased operations

Hong Kong

10 April 2008

Airphil Express (>PAL Express) was founded by PAL to replace Air Philippines

Philippines

10 April 2008

Frontier files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Emerged on 01Oct2009

USA

14 April 2008

Delta and Northwest Airlines announced that they would merge to create the world's largest airline under the Delta name

USA

23 April 2008

Turkish Airlines establishes Anadolujet

Turkey

25 April 2008

Ocean Airlines ceased operations

Italy

27 April 2008

Eos Airlines ceased operations

USA

29 April 2008

Nationwide Airlines ceased operations

South Africa

2 May 2008

Aloha Air Cargo began operations under new ownership after Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

5 May 2008

Philippine Airline’s regional carrier PAL Express began operations with 8 daily flights

Philippines

8 May 2008

Angkor Airways ceased operations

Cambodia

8 May 2008

EuroManx ceased operations

UK

9 May 2008

My Travel Airways renamed to Thomas Cook Scandinavia

Denmark

13 May 2008

Far Eastern Air Transport ceased operations but restarted services on 18Apr2011

Taiwan

15 May 2008

Aloha Air Cargo commenced operations as an independent airline after Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

17 May 2008

Kosmas Air ceased operation

Serbia

23 May 2008

Club Air Italy ceased operations

Italy

23 May 2008

Pacific Airlines Vietnam renamed to JetStar Pacific

Vietnam

30 May 2008

All business class airline Silverjet ceased operations

UK

31 May 2008

Champion Air ceased operations because of high fuel prices and fuel inefficiency

USA

2 June 2008

V Australia installs first B.777 Aircraft Simulator in Australia 

Australia

2 June 2008

Aeromexico Travel, operated by Aeromexico, commenced operations

Mexico

6 June 2008

Kang Pacific Airlines, based at Fujairah Airport restarted & ended operations

UAE

11 June 2008

Trai Thien Air Cargo was established by the Ho Chi Minh Planning and Investment Authority

Vietnam

11 June 2008

Aerocondor (ATA Aerocondor Transportes Aéreos Lda) ceased operations

Portugal

14 June 2008

Enimex ceased operations

Estonia

19 June 2008

OpenSkies restarted operations using a single Boeing 757 transferred from the BA fleet

UK

24 June 2008

Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) was established by the present President & CEO Yohei Suzuki as Suzuyo Air

Japan

27 June 2008

GrandStar Cargo International started operations

China

27 June 2008

Aero-Tropics ceased operations

Australia

30 June 2008

Air Midwest ceased operations

USA

1 July 2008

Tri MG had its air operator’s certificate was suspended by the Indonesian DGCA

Indonesia

7 July 2008

Wataniya Airways received its AOC prior to starting on 24Jan2009

Kuwait

11 July 2008

Jeju Air made its first international flight, from Jeju to Hiroshima

South Korea

11 July 2008

Wizz Air Ukraine restarted operations

Ukraine

15 July 2008

Zambezi Airlines restarted operations

Zambia

15 July 2008

Manx2 restarted operations

UK

17 July 2008

Jin Air, formed as Air Korea in 2007 & renamed, commenced operations

South Korea

21 July 2008

Ankair ceased operations

Turkey

22 July 2008

Custom Air Transport ceased operations

USA

23 July 2008

Aero California, founded in 1960 as air taxi operator Servicios Aéreos, suspended operations

Mexico

25 July 2008

Yeongnam Air commenced operations

South Korea

29 July 2008

Riau Airlines ceased operations but restarted in 2010

Indonesia

1 August 2008

Community Airlines ceased operations

Tanzania

5 August 2008

Nova Air ceased operations

Mexico

7 August 2008

Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, received its AOC from Peru's aviation authority

Peru

8 August 2008

Bravo Air Congo ceased operations

DR Congo

8 August 2008

Dana Air was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana Group

Nigeria

12 August 2008

Gemini Air Cargo, formed in 1995, ceased operations

USA

14 August 2008

Prima Charter, formed in 2005 as Fischer Air Poland & renamed to Euro Charter, ceased operations

Poland

18 August 2008

STP Airways commenced operations with flights between Lisbon, Portugal, and São Tomé

Sao Tome & Principe

22 August 2008

The consortium Comapagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) was founded. The consortium bought Alitalia and Air One, joining them together to eventually form the present Alitalia

Italy

23 August 2008

Airlines Tonga, commenced operations in Dec2005, ceased

Tonga

25 August 2008

The airline division of Island Aviation Services, formed on 13Apr2000 was rebranded as Maldivian

Maldives

28 August 2008

Zoom Airlines ceased operations

Canada

2 September 2008

Kato Airline ceased operations

Norway

4 September 2008

flySur, created in 2007 as TAER Andalus, started operations

Spain

8 September 2008

Futura Gael ceased operations

Ireland

8 September 2008

Futura International Airways ceased operations

Spain

9 September 2008

Vega Airlines, re-established as Cargo Air, received its AOC

Bulgaria

11 September 2008

Air Bee ceased operations

Italy

12 September 2008

XL Airways UK, a subsidiary of the XL Leisure Group, ceased operations

UK

15 September 2008

Cargo Air, re-established from Vega Airlines. started operations

Bulgaria

15 September 2008

AeBal (Aerolineas de Baleares) ceased operations

Spain

18 September 2008

Arrow Air Panama ceased operations

Panama

23 September 2008

Constellation West Indian Airways ceased operations

Trinidad & Tobago

25 September 2008

LatCharter became SmartLynx

Latvia

28 September 2008

Samara Airlines ceased operations

Russia

29 September 2008

Georgia Skies commenced operations

USA

30 September 2008

Asian Spirit became Zest Air

Philippines

30 September 2008

Carib Aviation ceased operations

Antigua

30 September 2008

African International Airways ceased operations

South Africa

1 October 2008

Asian Express Airlines became Tasman Cargo Airlines

Australia

1 October 2008

Kyokushin Air ceased operations

Japan

5 October 2008

Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, ceased operations

Japan

9 October 2008

Interavia ceased operations

Russia

9 October 2008

LagunAir  ceased operations

Spain

17 October 2008

LTE International Airways ceased operations

Spain 

17 October 2008

Tesis Aviation Enterprise, founded in 1993, had their flights suspended by the Russian aviation authority due to unpaid fees

Russia

17 October 2008

Omskavia ceased operations

Russia

17 October 2008

Vyborg North-West Air Transport ceased operations

Russia

17 October 2008

Hansung Airlines had its AOC withdrawn. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

South Korea

18 October 2008

Hansung Airlines stops flying as AOC was withdrawn on 17Oct2008

South Korea

20 October 2008

New Air & Tours was rebranded as enerjet

Canada

20 October 2008

flySur ceased operations

Spain

26 October 2008

Felix Airways was founded as the 1st lo-fare carrier in Yemen

Yemen

27 October 2008

Air Busan, established in Aug2007, restarted operations as Busan International Air

South Korea

28 October 2008

Avolar was forced to cease due to the illegal operations of the airline

Mexico

29 October 2008

Sterling ceased operations

Denmark

29 October 2008

Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, commenced operations

Peru

29 October 2008

Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) and absorbed into Delta Air Lines Inc. by a merger that was approved on this date

USA

31 October 2008

Air Comet Chile ceased operations

Chile

1 November 2008

Domodedovo Airlines ceased operations

Russia

1 November 2008

KrasAir ceased operations

Russia

5 November 2008

Dana Air, established on 08Aug2008, received its AOC

Nigeria

6 November 2008

Kavok received its AOC from Venezuela’s Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil

Venezuela

7 November 2008

ALMA de Mexico, a low-cost airline based in Guadalajara, suspended all services

Mexico

10 November 2008

Dana Air, established on 08Aug2008 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana Group, commenced flight operations

Nigeria

15 November 2008

LTE International Airways ceased operations

Spain

18 November 2008

Inter Airlines ceased operations

Turkey

20 November 2008

Vision Air International received an Air Operator Certificate & started operations on 02Dec2008

Pakistan

25 November 2008

Indochina Airlines first flight

Vietnam

28 November 2008

New Air & Tours, rebranded as enerjet on 20Oct2008 prior to start-up, was awarded its Air Operator’s certificate

Canada

30 November 2008

Dba continued to operate three B.737-300s as a separate division of AirBerlin until this closure date

Germany

1 December 2008

European Aviation Air Charter, began in 1989 as European Aviation, ceased operations

UK

1 December 2008

Primaris Airlines ceased operations

USA

1 December 2008

Siem Reap Airways International ceased operations

Cambodia

2 December 2008

Vision Air International started operations

Pakistan

2 December 2008

Fly Europa ceased operations

UK

3 December 2008

Flightline ceased operations

UK

11 December 2008

Yeongnam Air ceased operations

South Korea

15 December 2008

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras inaugurated services

Brazil

17 December 2008

NordStar was established as the Moscow division of established Siberian carrier Taimyr Avia

Russia

17 December 2008

Air Europe ceased operations

Italy

17 December 2008

ATA Airlines was established

USA

17 December 2008

KLM became full owner of Martinair

Netherlands

18 December 2008

Air Comet Chile,  having ceased operation on 31Oct2008, files for bankruptcy protection

Chile

24 December 2008

LATAM Ecuador received approval to begin domestic operations, which were launched in Mar2009

Ecuador

31 December 2008

Santa Barbara Airlines was rebranded as SBA Santa Barbara Airlines following its acquisition by Aserca Airlines

Venezuela

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3 January 2009

SkyStar Airways ceased operations after not paying any of the staff salary for six months

Thailand

6 January 2009

Ted, the Lo-cost brand of the United Airlines was discontinued

USA 

7 January 2009

Eastar Jet inaugurates its first domestic service, Seoul to Jeju

South Korea

10 January 2009

Zambian Airways suspend operations

Zambia

13 January 2009

Alitalia (Compagnia Aerea Italiana) operated its first flight. took over the infrastructures from Alitalia (Linee Aeree Italiane) and absorbed Air One, creating a single airline

Italy

14 January 2009

Cimber Sterling operations start

Denmark

17 January 2009

FlyLal suspended operations

Lithuania

20 January 2009

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute suspended Caribair from operating for "operational irregularities

Dominican Republic

24 January 2009

Wataniya Airways  restarted operations

Kuwait

25 January 2009

The operating licence of Nordic Airways was suspended

Sweden

29 January 2009

MacAir Airlines entered voluntary administration and ceased operations the next day

Australia

30 January 2009

MacAir Airlines having entered voluntary administration on 29Jan2009, ceased operations

Australia

6 February 2009

FedEx closes a hub for the first time in its history, when operations at its Asian-Pacific hub at Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines cease

USA

15 February 2009

Kunming Airlines, established in Dec2005, operated its first flight

China

17 February 2009

Air Libya Tibesti started operations (>Air Libya)

Libya

22 February 2009

SkyAirWorld suspend operations

Australia

27 February 2009

ERA Aviation ceased operations (bought by Frontier Alaska Group, name change to Era Alaska)

USA

27 February 2009

Virgin Australia International restarted operations as V Australia

Australia

11 March 2009

AirAsia X inaugurated its first low-cost and nonstop service between Kuala Lumpur and London

Malaysia

13 March 2009

MexicanaLink commence operations

Mexico

15 March 2009

East Star Airlines ceased flights & was declared bankrupt

China

26 March 2009

The Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines took the decision to close its subsidiary, Centralwings

Poland

29 March 2009

BoA (Boliviana de Aviació)s' inaugural flight

Bolivia

1 April 2009

MAK Air had its AOC revoked

Kazakhstan

1 April 2009

Starline.kz had its airline license revoked

Kazakhstan

1 April 2009

Kayala Airline (Jeddah) ceased operations

Saudi Arabia

2 April 2009

Star Marianas Air, first charter flight from Tinian to Saipan

Marianas Islands

4 April 2009

Air Sylhet, founded in early 2007, started operations

UK

4 April 2009

L'Avion merged with with OpenSkies, retaining the latter name

France / UK

10 April 2009

Zetavia was founded

Ukraine

15 April 2009

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency cancels the operating license of airline Elbrus-Avia

Russia

19 April 2009

Arkaim was established

Russia

22 April 2009

Irtysh-Air, established in 2007, started operations

Kazakhstan

23 April 2009

Saha Airlines suspended all flights

Iran

24 April 2009

Air Sénégal International suspended all operations

Senegal

27 April 2009

Linus Airways suspended operations due to lack of operational aircraft

Indonesia

29 April 2009

Air Arabia Maroc was officially launched (renamed from Regional Air Lines)

Morocco

1 May 2009

Estelar Latinoamerica, formed in Aug2008, began operations

Venezuela

1 May 2009

Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways are combined as Thomson Airways

UK

1 May 2009

Air Fiji ceased operations

Fiji

3 May 2009

Syrian Pearl Airlines operated its first flight

Syria

6 May 2009

Air Arabia Maroc restarted operations

Morocco

12 May 2009

Tailwind Airlines restarted operations

Turkey

14 May 2009

Wizz Air Ukraine having started operations on 11Jul2008, launched international services from Lviv

Ukraine

15 May 2009

Medallion Air received its AOC

Romania

15 May 2009

CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali) was rebranded as Air Mali

Mali

16 May 2009

Perm Airlines had its license revoked

Russia

25 May 2009

Star1 Airlines was established

Lithuania

25 May 2009

FlyDubai received its air operator’s certificate

UAE

26 May 2009

Golden Bay Air originated on 27Feb2006 as Capital Air and was re-registered

New Zealand

29 May 2009

Gianair was incorporated

Ghana

30 May 2009

FlyMontserrat operated its first charter flight

Montserrat

1 June 2009

JoyAir restarted operations after being renamed from Happy Air

China

1 June 2009

FlyDubai commenced scheduled flights

UAE

1 June 2009

Air Express Sweden was taken over by MCA Airlines

Sweden

3 June 2009

Dutch Air Cargo restarted cargo operations with a Fokker 27-500F freighter

Netherlands

3 June 2009

Mint Airways restarted operations

Spain

7 June 2009

Medallion Air restarted operations (>>Ten Airways)

Romania

8 June 2009

Tianjin Airlines was rebranded from Grand China Express Air and first flight was on 10 June 2009

China

10 June 2009

First flight of Tianjin Airlines after rebrand from Grand China Express Air

China

10 June 2009

Jetstar NZ domestic operations are launched

New Zealand

13 June 2009

Cargolux Italia restarted operations

Italy

17 June 2009

NordStar operated its first flight, from Norilsk to Moscow-Domodedovo and Krasnoyarsk.

Russia

18 June 2009

Corporate Xpress shut down operations

Canada

23 June 2009

Republic Airways announces the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines

USA

30 June 2009

AlMasria Universal Airlines operations restarted

Egypt

30 June 2009

Star1 Airlines commenced operations

Lithuania

1 July 2009

Cargo B Airlines files for bankruptcy protection and stopped all operations

Belgium

3 July 2009

ULS Airlines Cargo, started operations in 2004 as Baron Air Cargo, was rebranded

Turkey

9 July 2009

Clickair merged into Vueling Airlines

Spain

14 July 2009

Pet Airways commenced operations

USA

14 July 2009

Air Cargo Germany received its AOC

Germany

15 July 2009

AlNaser Airlines operations restarted

Iraq

24 July 2009

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority suspended the operating licence of MyAir due to financial problems and service failures

Italy

27 July 2009

Air Cargo Germany, having received its AOC on 14Jul2009, restarted operations

Germany

28 July 2009

Cambodia Angkor Air commenced operations

Cambodia

30 July 2009

Comair Congo had its AOC withdrawn by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 July 2009

Air Navette AOC was revoked

DR Congo

30 July 2009

Air Beni AOC was revoked by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 July 2009

Air Boyoma had its AOC revoked  by D.R.Congo authorities

DR Congo

30 July 2009

Piva Airlines, founded in 2007, had its AOC withdrawn

DR Congo

3 August 2009

Air Australia restarted operations as Strategic Airlines

Australia

7 August 2009

Island Express Air had its first flight as part of the Abbotsford International Airshow

Canada

13 August 2009

Frontier Airlines and Lynx Aviation were purchased by Republic Airways Holding of Indianapolis, Indiana through an auction held in the US Bankruptcy Court

USA

23 August 2009

Wings of Bornholm commenced operations

Denmark

27 August 2009

East Star Airlines, having ceased flights on 15Mar2009. was declared bankrupt

China

27 August 2009

AviaNova began operations

Russia

1 September 2009

SkyEurope  ceased operations

Slovakia

3 September 2009

BA CityFlyer accepts delivery of its first Embraer 170, narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jet airliner

UK

8 September 2009

KD Avia suspended all flights

Russia

11 September 2009

Pace Airlines suspend operations

USA

17 September 2009

Virgin Nigeria >Nigerian Eagle Airlines (on this date) >Air Nigeria ( 02Jun2010}

Nigeria

19 September 2009

Efly commenced operations

Malta

21 September 2009

Air Dominicana, having started operations on 16Oct2008, ceased

Dominican Republic

25 September 2009

Aeroflot-Don reverts to its previous Donavia identity on this date. Donskie Avialinii >>JSC Donavia Airlines >Aeroflot-Don >Donavia

Russia

29 September 2009

State-owned airline Olympic Airlines ceased operation and was replaced by privately owned Olympic Air, which commenced operations on this day

Greece

1 October 2009

SAS Norge was fully absorbed into SAS

Norway

2 October 2009

Feel Air was established. It never came to fruition, and late in 2011 it dropped the whole plan

Norway

6 October 2009

Comoros Islands Airways start operations

Comoros

7 October 2009

It was announced that Avianca would merge with TACA but both airlines stated that each would maintain their own identity

El Salvador

12 October 2009

Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel

Qatar

15 October 2009

Mistral Aviation, formed in 2002, had its airline license revoked

Republic of Congo

15 October 2009

Direct Aero Service operations started (>Romstrade Logistic Expres)

Romania

16 October 2009

Air Dominicana, started operations

Dominican Republic

23 October 2009

Seagle Air ceased operations

Slovakia

25 October 2009

CSA Czech Airlines discontinues all long-haul routes from Prague, including New York and Toronto

Czech Republic

1 November 2009

Nile Air obtained AOC & started operations in Aug2010

Egypt

5 November 2009

Efly ceased operations

Malta

6 November 2009

MCA Airlines, founded in 2008, suspended operations

Sweden

11 November 2009

MCA Airlines declared bankruptcy

Sweden

20 November 2009

Air France introduced the A380  with service to New York's JFK Airport

France

20 November 2009

Interlink Airlines commenced first ever passenger flights from Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria. First time the capital was connected to other centres in South Africa

South Africa

25 November 2009

Indochina Airlines ceased operations

Vietnam

30 November 2009

Albastar was launched

Spain

1 December 2009

Nordavia was renamed from Aeroflot-Nord

Russia

2 December 2009

South African Express was rebranded as SA Express

South Africa

8 December 2009

Coventry Airport announces that it was to close with immediate effect due to its owners being wound up in the High Court

UK

7 December 2009

Jamaica Air Shuttle operations started

Jamaica

14 December 2009

Sverdlovsk 2nd Air Enterprise becomes Uktus

Russia

15 December 2009

First flight of the B.787 Dreamliner

USA

16 December 2009

Flyglobespan shut down all operations and was immediately placed into receivership

UK

18 December 2009

Tafa Air commence operations

Albania

21 December 2009

Air Comet ceased operations

Spain

22 December 2009

Pol'Air, founded in 2009, obtained its air transport certificate

French Polynesia

22 December 2009

Cimber Air merged into Cimber Sterling

Denmark

24 December 2009

Eastar Jet launched international services with a flight from Incheon to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

South Korea

31 December 2009

ATA Airlines. established on 17Dec2008, first flight was from Tabriz to Mashhad

Iran

   

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