The World's Airlines

Past, Present & Future

Airline History  
2000  
4 January 2000Buzz operations start (>Ryanair)UK
19 January 2000Aero Zambia, established on 21May1994, closes down due to safety concernsZambia
30 January 2008City Star Airlines ceased operationsUK
February 2000Harmony Airways was established as HMY AirwaysCanada
9 February 2000Estafeta Carga Aerea was establishedMexico
11 February 2000JetBlue commenced operations out of New York’s JFK AirportUSA
15 February 2000TNT Airways, formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987, start operations in BelgiumBelgium
21 February 2000TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) was declared bankruptMexico
13 April 2000 Donavia restarted operations under the Aeroflot-Don nameRussia
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 2000JMC Airlines, launched on 01Sep1999 by merger of Flying Colours & Caledonian Airways, started operations (>Thomas Cook Airlines)UK
3 April 2000Tourjets was established as Swissjets. restarted operations in 2001USA
1 May 2000Tower Air suspended all scheduled flight operationsUSA
15 May 2000Helios Airways commenced airline operationsGreece
17 May 2000

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

Portugal
23 May 2000Danube Wings, started as VIP Air, was renamed to VIP WingsSlovakia
1 June 2000Jersey European was rebranded as British European (>Flybe)UK
22 June 2000 Indonesia AirAsia restarted operations as AWAIRIndonesia
30 June 2000Ak Bars Aero operations restarted as Bugulma Air EnterpriseRussia
30 June 2000Lion Air restarted operationsIndonesia
5 July 2000 Quantum Air, formed in 1999, restarted operations as AB BluestarSpain
13 July 2000Asiana operated the first flight to Pyongyang in North KoreaSouth 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 2000Zhongyan Airlines, formed on 17May1986, ceased operations (acquired by China Southern Airlines)China
31 August 2000Virgin Australia began airline operations as Virgin BlueAustralia
4 September 2000Ameristar Air Cargo, established and wholly-owned by Tom Wachendorfer, started operationsUSA
5 September 2000CanJe started operationsCanada
11 September 2000Transwest Air operations startCanada
2 October 2000Sahara Indian Airlines was rebranded as Air Sahara (>JetKonnect)India
15 October 2000Jordan Aviation (JATE), formed in 2000, started operationsJordan
15 October 2000Skyways Regional started operations (>Direktflyg )Sweden
22 October 2000Buraq Air was established on this date & started operations on 15Nov2001Libya
29 October 2000Air Andaman started operationsThailand
2 November 2000Estafeta Carga Aerea operations startMexico
3 November 2000Air Sénégal International was establishedSenegal
14 November 2000FlyNordic, established in 1996 as Reguljair, had AOC revoked but relaunched as Flynordic.com on 01Dec2000Sweden
15 November 2000Kalitta Air operations startUSA
15 November 2000Angara Airlines operations startRussia
17 November 2000Solenta Aviation operations startSouth Africa
28 November 2000Tower Air, having suspended operations on 01May2000, surrendered their AOCUSA
1 December 2000FlyNordic, established in 1996 as Reguljair, had AOC revoked but relaunched as Flynordic.comSweden
5 December 2000Reeve Aleutian Airways ceased operationsUSA
14 December 2000Bulgarian Air Charter operations restartedBulgaria
28 December 2000Royal Phnom Penh Airways, established on 24Oct1999, began international servicesCambodia
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 2001MidAtlantic Airways, formed from Potomac Air in 2000, started servicesUSA
15 January 2001Gol Transportes Aereos operations restartedBrazil
5 February 2001

Royal Jordanian was registered as a Public Shareholding Company

Jordan
23 February 2001Air Senegal International, established on 01Feb1971 as Air Sénégal, started operationsSenegal
27 February 2001AccessAir, founded in 1997, ceased operationsUSA
14 March 2001Atlasjet was established by Oger Holding A.S as Atlas International Airways (>AtlasGlobal)Turkey
19 March 2001Canadian Airlines International merged into Air CanadaCanada
19 March 2001CMTA (Compagnie Mauritanienne de Transports Aerien) was launchedMauritania
25 March 2001Bluebird Cargo operations startedIceland
28 March 2001Swisswings restarted operationsSwitzerland
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 2001Incheon Airport officially openedSouth Korea
29 March 2001

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

Greece
1 April 2001Air Engiadina ceased operations & was renamed to SwisswingsSwitzerland
3 April 2001A340-600 first flightFrance
5 April 2001FreeBird Airlines restarted operations with a service between Istanbul and LyonTurkey
9 April 2001TWA's 75-year existence as an independent airline came to an end when American Airlines purchased TWA's assetsUSA
12 April 2001Sky Airlines operations startTurkey
17 April 2001Cargo Lion ceased operationsLuxembourg
20 April 2001Tasman Pacific Airlines (>Qantas New Zealand) abruptly stops flyingNew Zealand
23 April 2001The first flight of Airbus 340-600 was madeFrance
1 June 2001Atlasjet carries out its first flight as Atlasjet International AirwaysUSA
12 June 2001Jetsgo commenced operations.Canada
17 June 2001PGA Express restarted operationsPortugal
22 June 2001NEOS was establishedItaly
30 June 2001Avia Jaynar operations restartedKazakhstan
24 June 2001Tobago Express started commercial operationsTrinidad & Tobago
30 June 2001Armavia restarted operationsArmenia
1 July 2001Singapore Airlines Cargo began operationsSingapore
2 July 2001Liverpool Airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon AirportUK
6 July 2001Shanxi Airlines, established in 1988, restarted operationsChina
8 July 2001ScotAirways was renamed back to Suckling Airways (>Loganair)UK
15 July 2001AeroUnion operations restartedMexico
15 July 2001Garuda establishes low-cost domestic subsidiary CitilinkIndonesia
16 July 2001Citilink restarted operationsIndonesia
1 August 2001Kulula.com's inaugural flightSouth Africa
7 August 2000Ibex Airlines, formed in 1999, restarted operations as Fair Inc.Japan
6 September 2001AeroPostal Cargo de Mexico started operations in Mexico CityMexico
11 September 2001Potomac Air goes under, caused by 9/11 attackUSA
12 September 2001Air New Zealand placed the Ansett group of companies into voluntary administration with PriceWaterhouseCoopersAustralia
13 September 2001Ansett Australia ceased operationsAustralia
21 September 2001

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

France
22 September 2001Air Lib began operations after AOM and Air Liberte mergerFrance
24 September 200113 days after 9/11, US Airways decided to terminate all flights from MetroJetUSA
27 September 2001LAPA, formed in 1977, was renamed to ARG Argentina Línea PrivadaArgentina
2 October 2001Swissair grounded (declared bankruptcy and 11Sep2001 terrorist attacks blamed)Switzerland
6 October 2001Silk Way Airlines. founded in 2001, started commercial flightsAzerbaijan
15 October 2001Twin Jet started commercial air charter servicesFrance
16 October 2001Royal Air Cambodge was shut downCambodia
16 October 2001Belair Airlines was registered in the Swiss Commercial RegisterSwitzerland
17 October 2001RPX Airlines operations startIndonesia
28 October 2001Cronus was fully integrated under the Aegean Airlines brandGreece
31 October 2001Air Canada Jetz commenced operationsCanada
31 October 2001 Swissair was grounded after 70 years of flying, with the 9/11 terrorist attacks blamedSwitzerland
31 October 2001United Shuttle (formed by United Airlines began operations on 01Oct1994 as Shuttle by United, ceased operationsUSA
1 November 2001 Air Canada created low-cost subsidiary Tango. Re-absorbed the operation in Jul2004Canada
3 November 2001Belair, registered in the Swiss Commercial Register on 16Oct2001, restarted operationsSwitzerland
7 November 2001Last flight of SabenaBelgium
15 November 2001Buraq Air started operationsLibya
15 November 2001Transcarga International Airways operations startedVenezuela
30 November 2001 South Atlantic Airways, founded in 2000, returned the leased plane to Arkia and ended all operationsSpain
30 November 2001FTI Airline ceased flight operationsGermany
1 December 2001Final TWA flight (>>American Airlines)USA
1 December 2001Afriqiyah Airways  commenced scheduled servicesLibya
3 December 2001TransBrasil, formed in 1955 as Sadia SA Transportes Aereos, ceased operationsBrazil
4 December 2001Flight West Airlines, established by Sir Dennis Buchanan in May1987, was placed into Voluntary Administration (+>Alliance Airlines)Australia
28 December 2001USA3000 Airlines began operationsUSA
2002 Top of Page
1 January 2002

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

Norway
2 January 2002Lao Skyway was established as Lao AirLaos
5 January 2002 Batavia Air start operations as Metro BataviaIndonesia
15 January 2002AirEst, founded in 2002, started operationsEstonia
15 January 2002

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

Switzerland
15 January 2002Puma Air operations startBrazil
15 January 2002First flight of the A.318, twin engine medium jet airlinerFrance
17 January 2002Astraeus was establishedUK
24 January 2002bmibaby was foundedUK
1 February 2002LeCocq's Airlink scheduled services begin (>Blue Islands)UK
7 February 2002Air Afrique declares bankruptcyIvory Coast
11 February 2002First flight of the A.340-500, Long-range wide-body four engine jetFrance
13 February 2002SkyEurope Airlines flew its first passengersSlovakia
15 February 2002Odette Airways began operations (>Helvetic Airways)Switzerland
15 February 2002DAT briefly operated under the DAT Plus brand, but was rebranded as SN Brussels Airlines (>Brussels Airlines)Belgium
19 February 2002First flight of the Embraer E-170, a Brazilian narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range, jet airlinerBrazil
21 February 2002Cargojet Airways was establishedCanada
20 March 2002

bmibaby launched operations with a flight between East Midlands and Malaga

UK
22 February 2002Cargojet Airways was renamed from Canada Cargo 3000Canada
4 March 2002Ansett (Mark II) permanently ceased operationsAustralia
8 March 2002NEOS, established on 22,Jun2001, launched revenue servicesItaly
12 March 2002Riau Airlines was establishedIndonesia
13 March 2002Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) restarted operationsBelgium
25 March 2002Intersky Aviation, formed in Nov2001, began operationsAustria
27 March 2002Air Canada launched Jazz after renaming it from Air Canada Regional (>Air Canada Express)Canada
28 March 2002 BA Connect was formed as CitiExpressUK
31 March 2002Swissair  ceased operations (operation transferred to Crossair which became Swiss International Air Lines)Switzerland
4 April 2002Inter Airlines, founded in Dec1999, restarted operationsTurkey
5 April 2002Flight West Airlines, placed into Voluntary Administration on 04Dec2001, was rebranded as Alliance AirlinesAustralia
6 April 2002Astraeus restarted operationsUK
8 April 2002Swisswings ceased operationsSwitzerland
8 April 2002Intensive Air ceased operationsSouth Africa
15 April 2002Alliance Airlines, after rebranding from Flight West Airlines, restarted operationsAustralia
8 May 2002Express Airlines changed its name to Pinnacle AirlinesUSA
15 May 2002Air Astana maiden flightKazakhstan
17 May 2002East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air, was renamedUganda
20 May 2002SAM Colombia and its major rival ACES Colombia join to create Alianza Summa, and begin merged operationsColombia
15 June 2002Cargojet Airways restarted operations after rename from Canada Cargo 3000Canada
15 June 2002Sky Airlines restarted operationsChile
15 June 2002Air Guyane Express operations startedGuyana
25 June 2002SkyNet Airlines, established 2001, restarted operationsIreland
29 June 2002Global Supply Systems operations startedUK
15 July 2002 Solaseed Air, established in May2002 as Pan Asia Airlines, restarted operations as Skynet Asia AirwaysJapan
17 July 2002Midway Airlines suspended operationsUSA
18 July 2002 British European was rebranded as FlyBeUK
22 July 2002The first A340-600 was delivered to Virgin AtlanticUK
29 July 2002Vanguard Airlines ceased operationsUSA
3 August 2002First flight of the B.737-900USA
6 August 2002REX (Regional Express) restarted operationsAustralia
7 August 2002EuroManx was established

UK

9 August 2002Taj Air, founded on 11Nov1993 as Megapode Airlines, restarted operationsIndia
13 August 2002Midway Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyUSA
19 August 2002 GO services ended when it integrated into Easyjet

UK

19 August 2002 EuroManx, established on 07Aug2002, restarted operations

UK

29 August 2002LAPA, renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada & was changed to AIRG had its original name restoredArgentina
October 2002SGA Airlines (Siam General Aviation Co.) restarted operationsThailand
10 August 2002US Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcyUSA
1 October 2002Completion of Rheintalflug Seewald's integration into Tyrolean Airways (>Austrian arrows)Austria
15 October 2002Jetconnect, established in Jul2002, commenced operationsNew Zealand
27 October 2002Australian Airlines launched servicesAustralia
27 October 2002Germanwings was founded

Germany

6 November 2002National Airlines, already operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, permanently ceased operationsUSA
4 November 2002CCAir, formed as Sunbird Airlines in 1979, closed downUSA
15 November 2002Transwisata Prima Aviation operations startedIndonesia
21 November 2002 Westair Cargo Airlines, was formed in Swaziland (moved to Ivory Coast in 2005)Swaziland
1 December 2002Swedline Express, formed as Varmlandsflyg in 1993 was renamedSweden
1 December 2002RwandAir was founded & began operations as Rwandair ExpressRwanda
2 December 2002East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air in Mar2002, restarted operationsUganda
4 December 2002Bulgaria Air operations startBulgaria
9 December 2002United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in US historyUSA
17 December 2002StarFlyer was founded as Kobe AirlinesJapan
19 December 2002Adam Air started operationsIndonesia
20 December 2002Air Atlas Express started operationsMorocco
25 December 2002Styrian Spirit was establishedAustria
30 December 2002Yakutia operated its first flight, a Tu-154 on route Yakutsk – Moscow – YakutskRussia
2003 Top of Page
13 January 2003Livingston Energy Flight was establishedItaly
14 January 2003PMTair was foundedCambodia
15 January 2003Yangtze River Express was formed to takeover the cargo operations of the airlines of its parent HNA Group China
15 January 2003Mekong Air International, founded in 2002, commenced servicesCambodia
21 January 2003Caribbean Sun Airlines commenced operationsPuerto Rico
22 January 2003Yangtze River Express operations startedChina
23 January 2002

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

France
3 February 2003Air Arabia was founded UAE
12 February 2003Jet2.com commenced operationsUK
15 February 2003Islas Airways restarted operationsSpain
16 February 2003Air Paradise, established in Jun2002, start operationsIndonesia
24 February 2003The B.777-300ER completed its first flightUSA
27 February 2003Viaggio Airwas, founded in 2002, restarted operations (>Bulgaria Air)Bulgaria
27 February 2003Iceland Express restarted operations (>>WOW)Iceland
28 February 2003GIRjet was createdSpain
6 March 2003Hooters Air began service, operated by Pace AirlinesUSA
16 March 2003Flying Finn Airlines, established in Dec2002, started operationsFinland
18 March 2003Air Armenia restarted operationsArmenia
21 March 2003Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with operations still continuingUSA
26 March 2003 Lao Airlines was rebranded from Lao AviationLaos
31 March 2003JMC Airlines was renamed to Thomas Cook AirlinesUK
31 March 2003The new Air Tanzania, restructured in Dec2002, commenced operationsTanzania
31 March 2003US Airways emerged from bankruptcyUSA
3 April 2003Air Finland restarted operationsFinland
10 April 2003 KLMs' sale of Buzz to Ryanair, estimated to be in the region of €20.1 million, was completedUK
15 April 2003 Eritrean Airlines operations startedEritrea
15 April 2003Song restarted operations (>>Delta)USA
20 April 2003LAPA (Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas) ceased operationsArgentina
27 April 2003RwandAir, founded as Rwandair Express on 01Dec2002, commenced operationsRwanda
28 April 2003LAN Ecuador, established in Jul2002, restarted operationsEcuador
30 April 2003Condor Berlin was renamed to Thomas Cook - powered by CondorGermany
3 May 2003Air China Cargo, formerly the cargo department of Air China was createdChina
10 May 2003Viking Airlines, established in 2003, restarted operationsSweden
15 May 2003 Global Air, formed as Aerolineas Damojh, start operations after being renamedMexico
25 May 2003Aero Mongolia, founded in 2002, restarted operationsMongolia
10 June 2003Wings Air restarted operationsIndonesia
16 June 2003LanDominicana restarted operations (>>LAN Airlines)Dominican Republic
17 June 2003Windjet restarted operationsItaly
23 June 2003 Pullmantur Air operations started (>Wamos Air)Spain
24 June 2003Hellas Jet first flight was operated from AthensGreece
29 June 2003West African Airlines restarted operationsBenin
30 June 2003DHL Worldwide Express was renamed to Astar Air CargoUSA
5 July 2003Hong Kong Airlines restarted operations as CR AirwaysHong Kong
10 July 2003Khalifa Airways was liquidated by a French court after it failed to make an EUR 5 million payment to creditorsAlgeria
22 July 2003The first A.318 was delivered to Frontier AirlinesUSA
22 July 2003DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) received its air operator’s certificate as BonAirExeNetherlands Antilles
8 August 2003 JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) changed its name to Jat Airways (>Air Serbia)Serbia
12 August 2003Darwin Airline was formed (>Etihad Regional)Switzerland
13 August 2003WBA (Wimbi Dira Airways) restarted operationsDR Congo
15 August 2003 Air Inter Island was founded by Martin Maldonado FrómetaDominican Republic
18 August 2003DAE (Dutch Antilles Express), formed in Nov2002, launched services as BonAirExeNetherlands Antilles
29 August 2003LeCocq's Airlink was renamed to Rockhopper (>Blue Islands)UK
15 September 2003Tigerair was founded in 2003 & operations restarted on this date as Tiger AirwaysSingapore
16 September 2003Austrian arrows started operations Austria
18 September 2003 CTK CiTylinK, formed in 1994 & scheduled domestic flights were introduced as CiTylinK Airlines.Ghana
29 September 2003LagunAir was foundedSpain
16 October 2003 Mekong Air International ceased operations because of SARS fearsCambodia
25 October 2003Minerva Airlines, a regional airline operating behalf of Alitalia, formed in 1993, suspended operations due to bankruptcyItaly
26 October 2003Air Southwest, established in May2003, began operations (>>Eastern Airlines)UK
28 October 2003Air Arabia, founded on 03Feb2003, commenced operationsUAE
3 November 2003Baboo, founded by Julian Cook in Aug2003, operated its first flight to Lugano as FlybabooSwitzerland
5 November 2003 Etihad Airways, founded in Jul2003 started operations with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain. Commercial services started on 12Nov2003UAE
12 November 2003United Airlines launched a new low-cost carrier, Ted, to compete with other low-cost airlinesUSA
12 November 2003Etihad Airways, founded in Jul2003, commenced commercial servicesUAE
13 November 2003JetairFly was established as TUI Belgium (>TUIfly Belgium)Belgium
15 November 2003Sriwijaya Airlines operations startIndonesia
19 November 2003 It was announced that ACA (Atlantic Coast Airlines) would rebrand to a lo-cost as Independence AirUSA
20 November 2003Aviastar Mandiri, established in Jun2000, received its AOCIndonesia
24 November 2003Overland Airways operations startNigeria
28 November 2003Niki (emerged from former Aero Lloyd Austria operation following it's acquisition by Niki Lauda), start operations as FlyNikiAustria
28 November 2003Helvetic Airways, founded as Odette Airways in the summer of 2001, operated its first flightSwitzerland
3 December 2003One-Two-GO start operations (>>Orient Thai Airlines)Thailand
8 December 2003Air Polonia began cargo operations in late 2001 & now commenced lo-cost passenger servicesPoland
12 December 2003Olympic Airways changed its name from to Olympic AirlinesGreece
12 December 2003Tiger Airways was incorporated as Tiger AirwaysSingapore
2004 Top of Page
19 January 2004Sobelair ceased operationsBelgium
23 January 2004Thomas Cook - powered by Condor returned to the Condor brand nameGermany
25 January 2004Aria services are suspendedFrance
27 January 2004Flying Finn Airlines ceased all flights & entered bankruptcyFinland
29 January 2004 Virgin Australia (NZ) started operations as Pacific Blue AirlinesNew Zealand
10 February 2004SkyAsia, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways was set up (>Nok Air)Thailand
12 February 2004Exactly four years and one day after the launch of JetBlue, United Airlines responds to its low cost competitors by creating another airline called TedUSA
12 February 2004FlyNiki was renamed to NikiAustria
16 February 2004Niki first flight with an A.320 from Vienna to DusseldorfAustria
25 February 20041time launched its low-fare operationsSouth Africa
27 February 2004TAG City-Air, founded as Teuto Air, ceased operationsGermany
29 February 2004Air Kazakhstan ceased operationsKazakhstan
1 March 2004 Regionallink was formed by the amalgamation of Emu Airways, AirNorth Regional and some of the assets of ASAAustralia
10 March 2004 HK Express was incorporated (>HK Express)Hong Kong
12 March 2004First flight of the Embraer ERJ-190Brazil
31 March 2004Thomsonfly began scheduled operations with four B.737-500 aircraft {>Thomson Airways)UK
April 2004Air 2000 was renamed First Choice AirwaysUK
April 2004

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

Kuwait
1 April 2004Japan Air System was renamed to JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic)Japan
1 April 2004AirBridgeCargo restarted operationsRussia
1 April 2004JAL/JAS integration was completedJapan
4 April 2004MidAtlantic Airways, formed as Potomac Air in 2000, officially launched servicesUSA
13 April 2004Caricom Airways was founded as Kuyake AviationSuriname
14 April 2004ValuAir 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 2004The first B.777-300ER first aircraft was delivered to Air FranceFrance
1 May 2004Duo Airways, established as Maersk Air (UK) goes into administrationUK
5 May 2004ValuAirs' first flightSingapore
18 May 2004Royal Tongan Airlines ceased all operationsTonga
19 May 2004Wizz Air commenced operationsHungary
24 May 2004SkyNet ceased operationsIreland
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 AustraliaAustralia
26 May 2004ata Brasil (Atlantico Transporte Aereo) restarted operationsBrazil
28 May 2004Atlas Blue was establishedMorocco
1 June 2004Westward Airways, established in 2002, restarted operationsUSA
10 June 2004JetBlues' first international service was from JFK to SantiagoUSA
16 June 2004Virgin America was renamed from Virgin USAUSA 
16 June 2004Independence Air began operationsUSA
17 June 2004Cargo division of LanChile was rebranded to Lan CargoChile
17 June 2004LanChile changed its formal name to LAN Airlines(>LATAM Chile)Chile
18 June 2004AirBlue restarted operationsPakistan
6 July 2004Deta Air received AOCKazakhstan
23 July 2004Air Ukraine was declared bankruptUkraine
23 July 2004SkyAsia, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways restarted operations (>Nok Air)Thailand
26 July 2004Atlas Blue restarted operations (>>RAM)Morocco
28 July 2004Darwin Airlines restarted operationsSwitzerland
2 August 2004First Cambodia Airlines, formed in Feb2004, ceased operationsCambodia
11 August 2004Nordavia, formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron, became AVL in 1995, was renamed to Aeroflot-NordRussia
13 August 2004MenaJet, established in May2003, restarted operationsLebanon
17 August 2004Teddy Air terminates its operations stating that they were not making any moneyNorway
10 September 2004 Fly Niu Airlines was forced to cease after its AOC was revoked because of Tonga's "one airline" policyTonga
1 October 2004Landsflug, established in 2004, started operationsIceland
1 October 2004Georgian Airways was launched after being renamed from Airzena Georgian AirlinesGeorgia
3 October 2004

Iraqi Airways operations restart with a flight between Baghdad and Amman

Iraq
8 October 2004Vbird, a low-fare airline founded in 2003, ceased operationsNetherlands
21 October 2004East Line Air, established on 27Nov1995 was renamed Russian Sky AirlinesRussia
21 October 2004

Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines

China
1 November 2004Malta Air Charter, established in 1970, although it did not start operations until 1990, ceased operationsMalta
3 November 2004Albatros Airways was established and started operationsAlbania
15 November 2004Air Bagan operations startedMyanmar
23 November 2004Vildanden was foundedNorway
28 November 2004Conviasa's inaugural flight was made with a De Havilland Canada Dash 7Venezuela
7 December 2004

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

Brazil
5 December 2004Air Polonia, founded in 2001, ceased operationsPoland
13 December 2004

Jetstar Asia’s inaugural flight takes off for Hong Kong

Singapore
13 December 2004Blue Air was launched, the first Romanian airline company, with 100% private equityRomania
15 December 2004Dubrovnik Airlines was officially launchedCroatia
16 December 2004Atlantic Express Airlines began servicesGambia
17 December 2004Antonov An-148 first flightRussia
23 December 2004EirJet commenced operationsIreland
26 December 2004Susi Air was founded in late 2004 by Susi Pudjiastuti & Christian von Strombeck, operate supply flights to areas hit by the TsunamiIndonesia
31 December 2004China Southern acquired China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan & Xinjiang AirlinesChina
2005 Top of Page
January 2005

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

Poland
5 January 2005 Basiqair ceased operations on & merge into TransaviaNetherlands
15 January 2005Air Aland was established as Flyg & Far ÅlandFinland
18 January 2005The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, gets unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in FranceFrance
19 January 2005Air Caledonian ceased operationsUK 
19 January 2005The last B.737-200 aircraft flew for America West, operating a PHX-Ontario-PHX turnUSA
21 January 2005Quebecair Express ceased operationsCanada
24 January 2005 Vildanden, founded on 23Nov2004, start operations from Skien Airport, GeiteryggenNorway
25 January 2005GWA (Great Western Airlines) ceased operationsAustralia
29 January 2005

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

China
4 February 2005Corporate Airlines ceased operations, prior to rename to RegionsAirUSA
9 February 2005Pacific Island Aviation ceased operationsMarianas Islands
15 February 2005The first B.777-200LR, the world’s longest range commercial airplane was rolled out in EverettUSA
17 February 2005Opening of the new international airport in Nagoya, Japan. It was the third Japanese international airportJapan
27 February 2005Okay Airways, China's first private airline received its AOCChina
5 March 2005Interjet was foundedMexico
8 March 2005

The B.777-200LR completes its first flight

USA
11 March 2005Jetsgo, declares bankruptcy leaving thousands of passengers strandedCanada
11 March 2005China's first private airline, Okay Airlines made its maiden revenue flightChina
13 March 2005Air Shenpix was established in 1997, changed its name to Airtransse in Dec4 and restarted operationsJapan
15 March 2005Siberia Airlines was rebranded as S7 AirlinesRussia
27 March 2005Germania Express merges into dba Germany
28 March 2005Chicago Express Airlines, also known as ATA Connection, ceased operationsUSA
4 April 2005National Aviation Services launched operationsPapua New Guinea
7 April 2005Air Exel ceased operationsNetherlands
25 April 2005MaxJet officially changed its name from SkyLink Airways following a formal objection from SkyLink Aviation in CanadaUSA
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 2005Grixona restarted operationsMoldova
30 April 2005

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) commenced services

Netherlands Antilles
30 April 2005Harlequin Air ceased operationsJapan
4 May 2005SpiceJet was renamed from Royal AirwaysIndia
8 May 2005Launch of Kingfisher Airlines in MumbaiIndia
9 May 2005Britannia Airways became ThomsonflyUK
9 May 2005BelgiumExel ceased operationsBelgium
9 May 2005Kingfisher Airlines restarted operationsIndia
10 May 2005HollandExel renamed to Arkefly (>Arke)Netherlands
15 May 2005Planet Airways ceased operationsUSA
17 May 2005Galaxy Airlines was establishedJapan
24 May 2005SpiceJet commenced operationsIndia
28 May 2005Knighthawk Air Express' operations are cancelledCanada
29 May 2005Air Italy restarted operations (>>Meridiana >Meridiana Fly)Italy
2 June 2006Jeju Air, established in Jan2005, began operationsSouth Korea
4 June 2005China United Airlines, founded in 1986 as a division of People's Liberation Army, was relaunched under its new ownershipChina
7 June 2005Norfolk Jet Express ceased operationsAustralia
8 June 2005Daily Air launched servicesTaiwan
9 June 2005Aerocon restarted servicesBolivia
16 June 2005Air Mali was formed as CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali)Mali
21 June 2005Air Turquoise was foundedFrance
23 June 2005B&H Airlines, formed on 12Aug1994 as Air Bosna, restartedBosnia & Herzegovina
28 June 2005United Airways was foundedBangladesh
28 June 2005Air Nigeria commenced operations as Virgin NigeriaNigeria
29 June 2005 MyCARGO restarted operations as ACT AirlinesTurkey
30 June 2005ABC Air Hungary operations startHungary
12 July 2005WebJet restarted operationsBrazil
13 July 2005Air Asturias was establishedSpain
18 July 2005

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

China
21 July 2005First flight of Kurdistan Airlines (Commercial Office of Kurdistan Region Iraq) landing in Arbil, Iraqi KurdistanIraq
24 July 2005Air Nepal International restarted servicesNepal
25 July 2005EUJet ceased operationsIreland
25 July 2005Westward Airways ceased operationsUSA
26 July 2005EUjet goes into administrationIreland
27 July 2005Chengdu Airlines restarted operations as United Eagle AirlinesChina
4 August 2005TransNusa undertakes its first commercial flightIndonesia
14 August 2005 AirBlue, founded in 2003, restarted international services started with a flight to DubaiPakistan
19 August 2005Flair Airlines, privately owned, restarted operationsCanada
25 August 2005Hansung Airlines received its AOC on this date but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010South Korea
29 August 2005Universal Airlines ceased operationsGuyana
2 September 2005Swe Fly ceased operationsSweden
3 September 2005HK Express, incorporated on 10Mar2004, started operations as Hong Kong ExpressHong Kong
4 September 2005Republic Airlines, founded in 2005, started operationsUSA
7 September 2005Avolar began operationsMexico
13 September 2005Abu Dhabi announced that it was withdrawing from Gulf Air to concentrate on Etihad Airways by  Royal (Amiri) DecreeUAE
14 September 2005Air Scandic ceased operationsUK
20 September 2005GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings, secured US FAA certificationUSA
27 September 2005

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

USA
29 September 2005TransMeridian Airlines ceased operationsUSA
4 October 2005GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings began scheduled passenger servicesUSA
9 October 2005Alajnihah Airways launched cargo servicesLibya
14 October 2005Air Jamaica Express ceased operationsJamaica
18 October 2005Eos (Atlantic Express) started operationsUSA
29 October 2005Air Aland, established as Flyg & Far Åland in Jan2005, started operationsFinland
29 October 2005Ghana International Airlines launched with inaugural flight from Accra to LondonGhana
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 2005Jazeera Airways, established as first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East in Apr2004, started operationsKuwait
31 October 2005Aero Flight ceased operationsGermany
1 November 2005Fischer Air ceased operationsCzech Republic
4 November 2005GoAir restarted operationsIndia
9 November 2005Emu Airways ceased operations (>Regionallink Airlines)Australia
9 November 2005ASA (Airlines of South Australia) ceased operationsAustralia
14 November 2005Air Horizons ceased operationsFrance
15 November 2005CCA (Central Connect Airlines) operations startedCzech Republic
15 November 2005Boeing formally launched the stretched B.747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo AirlinesUSA
21 November 2005Blu Express operations startedItaly
23 November 2005TUI Belgium commenced operations as Jetairfly (TUIfly Belgium)Belgium
23 November 2005

Air Paradise International ceased operations

Indonesia
23 November 2005Air Lithuania ceased operationsLithuania
29 November 2005 OzJet commenced operationsIndonesia
1 December 2005magicBlue, formed in 2004, went bankruptNetherlands
1 December 2005Awair changed its name to Indonesia AirAsiaIndonesia
1 December 2005Interjet started operationsMexico
7 December 2005Indian 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 2005Air Nepal International suspended all flightsNepal
23 December 2005 Lucky Air, formed as Shilin Airlines in 2004, was renamed prior to starting operationsChina
24 December 2005Regional Wings ceased operationsSpain
2006 Top of Page
January 2006

British Airways CitiExpress was renamed as BA Connect

UK
5 January 2006Independence Air closed operations after declaring bankruptcyUSA
7 January 2006TANS Peru ceased operationsPeru
9 January 2006All commercial services of Hooters Air were suspended but continued for a short while with Public chartersUSA
16 January 2006Deta Air restarted operationsKazakhstan
16 January 2006

Sky Asia changed its name to Nok Air

Thailand
19 January 2006Jet Airways announces its purchase of Air Sahara, creating the largest domestic airliner in IndiaIndia
1 February 2006CitiExpress, was renamed to BA Connect (>FlyBE)UK
1 February 2006UAL. Corp, United Airlines' parent company emerges from bankruptcy after being in such position since 09Dec2002, the longest such filing in historyUSA
2 February 2006 Orex Aviation was formed as a Business/Private Charter based at Aruba Reina Beatrix International (AUA)Aruba
4 February 2006Air Engiadina was founded Switzerland
14 February 2006 Blue Islands restarted services after being renamed from Rockhopper UK
16 February 2006Kobe Airport, a controversial offshore airport in Kobe, Japan, opens for airline serviceJapan
24 February 2006Air Gabon ceased operationsGabon
26 February 2006Jet4You restarted operations (>>JetairFly (Belgium))Morocco
27 February 2006Golden 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 2006Northwest Airlines bought the operating certificate of Independence Air for $2 million to establish a new regional airline (>Compass Air)USA
13 March 2006Inaugural flight of Volaris (Toluca to Tijuana)Mexico
14 March 2006Helios Airways was renamed to AjetCyprus
16 March 2006StarFlyer, founded as Kobe Airlines on 17Dec2002, changed its name & restarted operationsJapan
16 March 2006Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, was renamedUSA
16 March 2006The New Kitakyushu Airport opensJapan
24 March 2006Styrian Spirit ceased operationsAustria
28 March 2006 Rose Air was formed as Air BrightBulgaria
29 March 2006Northwest reported that Independence Air would be renamed Compass AirlinesUSA
April 2006Hi Fly obtains its Air Operator CertificatePortugal
10 April 2006Air Bashkortostan restarted operationsRussia
13 April 2006DOT LT was rebranded from Danu Oro TransportLithuania
17 April 2006Hooters ceased operationsUSA
23 April 2006Air Wales ceased operationsUK
30 April 2006Air Livonia, a Parnu based carrier, ceased operationsEstonia
30 April 2006Songs' last flight takes off  (>Delta) USA
1 May 2006SAS Braathens renamed to SAS NorwayNorway
1 May 2006Song handed over all operations and aircraft to Delta Air LinesUSA
19 May 2006East Star Airlines restarted operationsChina
26 May 2006Charlan Air Charter ceased operationsSouth Africa
28 May 2006MidAtlantic Airways ceased operationsUSA
2 June 2006Jeju Air restarted operationsSouth Korea
7 June 2006Alitalia CityLiner commenced operations as Air One CitylinerItaly
9 June 2006Go! restarted operationsUSA
12 June 2006ALMA (Aerolineas MesoAmericanas) commenced operationsMexico
14 June 2006IIzair, formed in 2005 as Izmir Hava Yollari, restarted operationsTurkey
20 June 2006Andes Líneas Aéreas began operationsArgentina
1 July 2006 Australian Airlines was closed down by QantasAustralia
2 July 2006Shanghai Airlines Cargo International restarted operationsChina
6 July 2006Fars Air Qeshm restarted operationsIran
9 July 2006Cham Wings Airlines was formed as Sham Wings AirlinesSyria
12 July 2006Swedline Express ceased operationsSweden
19 July 2006Air Turquoise ceased operationsFrance
20 July 2006Varig, founded on 07May1927 ceased operationsBrazil
28 July 2006Air Kyrgyzstan, founded as Altyn Air in Apr2001 rebrands to Kyrgyzstan Air CompanyKyrgyzstan
1 August 2006FAX (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 2006Jade Cargo, founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines, restarted operationsChina
7 August 2006South Winds Cargo merges into Centurion Air Cargo on this date to become a fully integrated scheduled airlineUSA
10 August 2006Origin Pacific ceased operationsNew Zealand
16 August 2006DauAir ceased operationsGermany
1 September 2006 Albatros Airways was groundedAlbania
6 September 2006Maximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on this dateUAE
6 September 2006Frontier Airlines creates a new airline named Lynx AviationUSA
11 September 2006Bravo Air Congo restarted operations on this date & ceased on 10Dec2007DR Congo
22 September 2006CR Airways changed its name to Hong Kong AirlinesHong Kong
25 September 2006China Express Airlines launched operations on this date using three Bombardier CRJ200China
25 September 2006Juneyao Airlines made its maiden flightChina
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 CatairSpain
10 October 2006Esen Air restarted operationsKyrgyzstan
14 October 2006Air Nauru, was renamed to Our Airline (>Nauru Airlines)Nauru
18 October 2006Eirjet ceased operationsIreland
21 October 2008Aladia ceased operationsMexico
23 October 2006Porter Airlines scheduled services start, using its two Q400sCanada
26 October 2006Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, long-haul low-cost airline began operationsHong Kong
27 October 2006Mihin Lanka was formed on this date & commenced operations on 24Apr2007Sri Lanka
29 October 2006

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

Russia
30 October 2006Arik Air  commenced operationsNigeria
31 October 2006Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operationsGreece
31 October 2006Jags Aviation was established as a domestic charter company Guyana
31 October 2006Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, restarted operationsJapan
1 November 2006Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operationsGreece
6 November 2006Air Asturias, established on 13Jul2005, had no AOC so LTE started operations in behalf of itSpain
15 November 2006Mango’s first flight took placeSouth Africa
23 November 2006Star Airlines  became XL Airways FranceFrance
23 November 2006Star XL German Airlines became XL Airways GermanyGermany
23 November 2006Excel Airways became XL Airways UK
24 November 2006Fly540 operations startedKenya
25 November 2006Perla Airlines was established, but did not launch services until late Apr2010Venezuela
30 November 2006VivaAerobus started operationsMexico
4 December 2006The Civil Aviation Safety Authority cancelled the AOC, at the request of Transair. All operations ceased as from that dateAustralia
5 December 2006Lufthansa became the first airline to order the B.747-8 with an order for 20 planes and options for an additional 20 planesGermany
12 December 2006Club Air Italy's AOC was withdrawn by ENAC. Restarted under new management but ceased operations on 23May2008Italy
12 December 2006Maestro started operationsCanada
14 December 2006Indus Air, established in 2004, restarted operationsIndia
15 December 2006SkyValue Airlines was formedUSA
16 December 2006Air Madrid ceased operationsSpain
17 December 2006

Faroe Jet ceased operations

Faroe Islands
19 December 2006Komiinteravia became Utair-ExpressRussia
23 December 2006PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) took delivery of its first B.777-300ERPakistan
31 December 2006BWIA became Caribbean Airways Trinidad & Tobago
2007 Top of Page
8 January 2007VIAuganda ceased operationsUganda
18 January 2007Colgan Air was acquired by Pinnacle Airlines Corporation for US$20 millionUSA
25 January 2007Silverjet's first scheduled flight between London Luton and NewarkUK
26 January 2007Air Asturias ceased operationsSpain
29 January 2007Sky Express, commenced operationsRussia
1 February 2007 Sun Air was renamed to Pacific Sun after it was purchased by Fiji AirwaysFiji
1 February 2007 PW Express began services in HawaiiUSA
7 February 2007 Air Bishkek was re-established as Kyrgyz AirwaysTajikistan
7 February 2007Alexandair ceased operationsGreece
7 February 2007Western Airlines, formed in 2005, ceased operationsUSA
8 February 2007BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ London City Airport-based subsidiary, received its air operator’s certificateUK
13 February 2007Pacific Airlines, founded in Dec1990, was relaunched as a low-cost carrier (>Jetstar Pacific)Vietnam
25 February 2007 Flynas operations started as nasairSaudi Arabia
2 March 2007FlyMe ceased operationsSweden
2 March 2007Slovak Airlines ceased operationsSlovakia
5 March 2007

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

UK
5 March 2007Mihin Lanka, formed on 27Oct2006, was awarded its AOCSri Lanka
5 March 2007Air Sofia ceased operations and relocates to Serbia as United International AirlinesBulgaria
7 March 2007Maestro announced its bankruptcy and ceasedCanada
11 March 2007Jags Aviation began commercial operationsGuyana
14 March 2007MDLR Airlines, founded 2007, started operationsIndia
14 March 2007Firefly, originally known as Kelas Services, received its AOCMalaysia
14 March 2007FlyLAL Charters was registered as a companyLithuania
16 March 2007Tiger Airways Australia was established in DarwinAustralia
24 March 2007Air Adriatic ceased operationsCroatia
24 March 2007BA Connect ceased operationsUK
25 March 2007BA Cityflyer, having received its air operator’s certificate on 08Feb2007, started operationsUK
25 March 2007Brussels Airlines, created by the merger of SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) and Virgin Express, began operationsBelgium
26 March 2007Lineas Aéreas Azteca ceased operationsMexico
27 March 2007Koral Blue, formed by Tunisia's Karthago Airlines in Jan2006, started operationsEgypt
28 March 2007GOL announces acquisition of VarigBrazil
31 March 2007LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operationsBolivia
1 April 2007Cygnus Air was rebranded as Gestair CargoSpain
3 April 2007Indus Airways ceased operationsIndia
9 April 2007Harmony Airways ceased operationsCanada
11 April 2007Gabon Airlines restarted operationsGabon
15 April 2007LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operationsBolivia
16 April 2007Jet Airways announces that Air Sahara will be renamed as Jetlite (>JetKonnect)India
24 April 2007Norwegian acquires FlyNordic from FinnairNorway
30 April 2007ADC Airlines ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Albarka Air ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Freedom Air Services ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Space World International Airlines ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Dasab Airways ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Chrome Air Services ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Fresh Air ceased operationsNigeria
30 April 2007Sosoliso Airlines ceased operationsNigeria
1 May 2007Air Sahara  renamed to JetLiteIndia
2 May 2007Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, restarted operationsUSA
5 May 2007Eos Airlines began flights from London Stansted to Newark, New Jersey UK
6 May 2007SkyValue and their fleet of one B.737 (leased from Xtra Airways) ceased operationsUSA
9 May 2007Air Dominicana was foundedDominican Republic
17 May 2007Aero Asia International ceased operationsPakistan
18 May 2007Peace Air ceased operationsCanada
22 May 2007SkyBus, an ULCC modelled after Ryanair began operationsUSA
25 May 2007Mithras Air was formedBulgaria
25 May 2007RegionsAir ceased operationsUSA
28 May 2007Chongqing Airlines' AOC was issuedChina
1 June 2007Egyptair Express restarted operationsEgypt
1 June 2007SAS Braathens was renamed to SAS NorwayNorway
5 June 2007Korean Air announced that it would create a new low-cost carrier called Jin Air to compete with Korea's KTX high-speed railway network systemSouth Korea
6 June 2007Nurman Avia ceased operationsIndonesia
14 June 2007FAX (FlyAsianExpress) ceased most operations (+>AirAsia Express)Malaysia
18 June 2007West Air received its AOCChina
21 June 2007Grixona ceased operationsMoldova
23 June 2007Jett8 Airlines Cargo, formed in 2006, restarted operationsSingapore
26 June 2007Jatayu Airlines ceased operationsIndonesia
30 June 2007Jetstream Express ceased operationsUK
30 June 2007Ayk Avia operations restartedArmenia
1 July 2007New Mexico Airlines restarted operationsUSA
3 July 2007Magic Bird having ceased operations in May2007, was declared bankruptNetherlands
8 July 2007B.787 Rollout at Washington’s Boeing Everett FactoryUSA
8 July 2007Chongqing Airlines restarted operationsChina
10 July 2007United Airways restarted operationsBangladesh
14 July 2007West Air restarted operationsChina
17 July 2007Cargojet Airways acquires the Georgian Express cargo operations & renamed it to Cargojet RegionalCanada
25 July 2007

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

Australia
8 August 2007Virgin America began operationsUSA
14 August 2007First flight of IL-96-400TRussia
20 August 2007Groznyavia was created by the government of the Chechen RepublicRussia
20 August 2007Loch Lomond Seaplanes launched scheduled services from Glasgow Seaplane Terminal to Oban in Scotland

UK

14 September 2007Air Tomisko ceased operationsSerbia
20 September 2007Air India Regional started operations on 21Jun1996 as Alliance Air & was renamed on this dateIndia
27 September 2007America West Airlines began operating on the same operating certificate as US AirwaysUSA
30 September 2007European Air Express ceased operationsGermany
1 October 2007Caribbean Airlines acquired all outstanding Tobago Express shares, taking over its routes and fleetTrinidad & Tobago
1 October 2007MASWings took over the routes and aircraft previously flown by FlyAsianXpressMalaysia
2 October 2007Cargojet Regional began operations as Georgian Express on this dateCanada
10 October 2007Azteca Airlines (Lineas Aereas Azteca), having suspended operations on 26Mar2007, ceased fully due to poor financial situationMexico
15 October 2007Airbus delivered its first A380 to Singapore AirlinesSingapore
24 October 2007BoA (Boliviana de Aviació) was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318Bolivia
24 October 2007Caribbean Star Airlines was purchased by LIAT on this date, with the merger being finalised on 15 June 2007, with LIAT becoming the surviving carrierAntigua
25 October 2007First commercial flight with passengers of Airbus A.380 was made by Singapore Airlines. Passengers bought seats in charity auctionSingapore
26 October 2007Cargo Air was re-established from Vega Airlines & started operations started on 15Sep2008Bulgaria
28 October 2007BMED (British Mediterranean Airways) was fully integrated into British Midland (BMED >>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)UK
2 November 2007AirAsia X, founded as FAX by Tony Fernandes, started operationsMalaysia
6 November 2007 BRA Transportes Aereos requested the National Civil Aviation Agency to suspend all flights the following dayBrazil
7 November 2007Mauritania Airways, established in Dec2006, operated its first flightMauritania
7 November 2007BRA Transportes Aereos ceased operationsBrazil
15 November 2007Air Uganda launched services using two wet-leased Douglas DC-9-30Uganda
22 November 2007Tiger Airways Australia, established on 16Mar2007, received its air operators certificate (>Tigerair Australia)Australia
22 November 2007AeroLitoral rebrands as Aeromexico ConnectMexico
23 November 2007Cambodia Angkor Air was established through an MoI signed by the Cambodian governmentCambodia
29 November 2007Shanxi Airlines merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China AirChina
29 November 2007RAK Airways operations startedUAE
5 December 2007Lynx Aviation received its operating certificate from the FAAUSA
6 December 2007Lynx Aviation began passenger operationsUSA
10 December 2007Bravo Air Congo ceased operationsDR Congo
10 December 2007Bravo Air Congo Brazzaville ceased services following its parent's collapseRepublic of Congo
15 December 2007Taron Avia operations startedArmenia
27 December 2007Albatros Airlines was establishedVenezuela
31 December 2007Aeroflot retired the last Tupolev Tu-134 after 40 years in serviceRussia
2008 Top of Page
1 January 2008ALPI Eagles ceased operationsItaly
1 January 2008Cargo 360 was absorbed into Southern AirUSA
5 January 2008Thai Global Airlines ceased operationsThailand
6 January 2008Aero Airlines ceased operationsEstonia
8 January 2008

BritishJet ceased operations

Malta
9 January 2008Kitty Hawk Air Cargo ceased operationsUSA
10 January 2008Air Corridor ceased operationsMozambique
14 January 2008Prima Charter ceased operationsPoland
20 January 2008Yeti Air International services are startedNepal
23 January 2008Coast Air ceased operationsNorway
24 January 2008World Focus Air rebrands to Ank Air Turkey
27 January 2008VASP ceased operationsBrazil
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 DhakaUK / Bangladesh
3 February 2008Bahrain Air's inaugural flight takes off from Bahrain to DubaiBahrain
3 February 2008Silver State Helicopters ceased operations and entered bankruptcyUSA
5 February 2008 Somon Air restarted operating with regular flights to Moscow and DubaiTajikistan
5 February 2008Aviaprad ceased operationsRussia
11 February 2008

Ural Airlines takes over all routes previously operated by Aviaprad

Russia
28 February 2008Boston-Maine Airways, operating as Pan Am Clipper Connection, ceased operations.USA
1 March 2008Focus Air ceased operationsUSA
3 March 2008 Sham Wings Airlines began Lo cost scheduled services out of Damascus International Airport that started (>Cham Wings Airlines)Syria
7 March 2008Globus Airlines, established as the wholly-owned charter arm of S7 Airlines in Jan2007, was awarded its own AOCRussia
8 March 2008Flex Linhas Aereas restarted operationsBrazil
8 March 2008Big Sky Airline's final scheduled flights arrives in Billings, MTUSA
10 March 2008Cameroon Airlines ceased operationsCameroon
13 March 2008Girjet ceased operationsSpain
18 March 2008Adam Air ceased operationsIndonesia
20 March 2008Aloha Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionUSA
25 March 2008ASA (African Safari Airlines) ceased operationsKenya
26 March 2008

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

China
27 March 2008London Heathrow's state-of-the-art Terminal 5 opensUK
27 March 2008 Azul (Azul Linhas Aéreas) was founded by David NeelemanBrazil
28 March 2008CATA Linea Aerea bankruptcy was formally declaredArgentina
29 March 2008JoyAir was established as Happy AirChina
29 March 2008GB Airways ceased operations following its purchase by EasyJet in Jan2008UK
30 March 2008MyTravel Airways was fully integrated into Thomas Cook UK
30 March 2008AirClass Airways ceased operationsSpain
30 March 2008Freedom Air ceased operationsNew Zealand
31 March 2008Aloha Airlines ceased operations and gives all flights to Aloha Air CargoUSA
31 March 2008

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

Japan
2 April 2008ATA (American Trans Air) files for bankruptcy protectionUSA
3 April 2008ATA Airlines, Inc. – formerly known as American Trans Air ceased operationsUSA
4 April 2008Swazi Express Airways, established in 1995 as Steffen Air, ceased operationsSwaziland
4 April 2008Skybus Airlines ceased operationsUSA
5 April 2008Skyway Airlines (Midwest Connect) ceased operationsUSA
5 April 2008flyNordic merges into NorwegianSweden
9 April 2008Oasis Hong Kong Airlines ceased operationsHong Kong
10 April 2008Airphil Express (>PAL Express) was founded by PAL to replace Air PhilippinesPhilippines
10 April 2008Frontier files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Emerged on 01Oct2009USA
14 April 2008Delta and Northwest Airlines announced that they would merge to create the world's largest airline under the Delta nameUSA
23 April 2008Turkish Airlines establishes AnadolujetTurkey
25 April 2008Ocean Airlines ceased operationsItaly
27 April 2008Eos Airlines ceased operationsUSA
29 April 2008Nationwide Airlines ceased operationsSouth Africa
2 May 2008 Aloha Air Cargo began operations under new ownership after Aloha Airlines ceased operationsUSA
5 May 2008Philippine Airline’s regional carrier PAL Express began operations with 8 daily flights Philippines
8 May 2008Angkor Airways ceased operationsCambodia
8 May 2008EuroManx ceased operationsUK
9 May 2008My Travel Airways renamed to Thomas Cook ScandinaviaDenmark
13 May 2008

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

Taiwan
15 May 2008Aloha Air Cargo commenced operations as an independent airline after Aloha Airlines ceased operationsUSA
17 May 2008Kosmas Air ceased operationSerbia
23 May 2008Club Air Italy ceased operationsItaly
23 May 2008Pacific Airlines Vietnam renamed to JetStar PacificVietnam
30 May 2008All business class airline Silverjet ceased operationsUK
31 May 2008Champion Air ceased operations because of high fuel prices and fuel inefficiencyUSA
2 June 2008V Australia installs first B.777 Aircraft Simulator in Australia Australia
2 June 2008Aeromexico Travel, operated by Aeromexico, commenced operationsMexico
6 June 2008Kang Pacific Airlines, based at Fujairah Airport restarted & ended operationsUAE
11 June 2008Trai Thien Air Cargo was established by the Ho Chi Minh Planning and Investment AuthorityVietnam
11 June 2008Aerocondor (ATA Aerocondor Transportes Aéreos Lda) ceased operationsPortugal
14 June 2008Enimex ceased operationsEstonia
19 June 2008OpenSkies restarted operations using a single Boeing 757 transferred from the BA fleetUK
24 June 2008Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) was established by the present President & CEO Yohei Suzuki as Suzuyo AirJapan
27 June 2008GrandStar Cargo International started operationsChina
27 June 2008Aero-Tropics ceased operationsAustralia
30 June 2008Air Midwest ceased operationsUSA
7 July 2008Wataniya Airways received its AOC prior to starting on 24Jan2009 Kuwait
11 July 2008Jeju Air made its first international flight, from Jeju to HiroshimaSouth Korea
11 July 2008Wizz Air Ukraine restarted operationsUkraine
15 July 2008Zambezi Airlines restarted operationsZambia
15 July 2008Manx2 restarted operationsUK
17 July 2008Jin Air, formed as Air Korea in 2007 & renamed, commenced operationsSouth Korea
21 July 2008Ankair ceased operationsTurkey
22 July 2008Custom Air Transport ceased operationsUSA
23 July 2008Aero California, founded in 1960 as air taxi operator Servicios Aéreos, suspended operationsMexico
25 July 2008Yeongnam Air commenced operationsSouth Korea
29 July 2008

Riau Airlines ceased operations but restarted in 2010

Indonesia
1 August 2008Community Airlines ceased operationsTanzania
5 August 2008Nova Air ceased operationsMexico
7 August 2008Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, received its AOC from Peru's aviation authorityPeru
8 August 2008Bravo Air Congo ceased operationsDR Congo
8 August 2008Dana Air was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana GroupNigeria
12 August 2008

Gemini Air Cargo, formed in 1995, ceased operations

USA
14 August 2008Prima Charter, formed in 2005 as Fischer Air Poland & renamed to Euro Charter, ceased operationsPoland
18 August 2008STP Airways commenced operations with flights between Lisbon, Portugal, and São ToméSao Tome & Principe
22 August 2008The consortium Comapagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) was founded. The consortium bought Alitalia and Air One, joining them together to eventually form the present AlitaliaItaly
23 August 2008Airlines Tonga, commenced operations in Dec2005, ceasedTonga
25 August 2008The airline division of Island Aviation Services, formed on 13Apr2000 was rebranded as MaldivianMaldives
28 August 2008Zoom Airlines ceased operationsCanada
2 September 2008Kato Airline ceased operationsNorway
4 September 2008flySur, created in 2007 as TAER Andalus, started operationsSpain
8 September 2008Futura Gael ceased operationsIreland
8 September 2008Futura International Airways ceased operationsSpain
9 September 2008Vega Airlines, re-established as Cargo Air, received its AOCBulgaria
11 September 2008Air Bee ceased operationsItaly
12 September 2008XL Airways UK, a subsidiary of the XL Leisure Group, ceased operationsUK
15 September 2008Cargo Air, re-established from Vega Airlines. started operationsBulgaria
15 September 2008AeBal (Aerolineas de Baleares) ceased operationsSpain
18 September 2008Arrow Air Panama ceased operationsPanama
23 September 2008Constellation West Indian Airways ceased operationsTrinidad & Tobago
25 September 2008LatCharter became SmartLynxLatvia
28 September 2008Samara Airlines ceased operationsRussia
29 September 2008Georgia Skies commenced operationsUSA
30 September 2008Asian Spirit became Zest AirPhilippines
30 September 2008Carib Aviation ceased operationsAntigua
30 September 2008African International Airways ceased operationsSouth Africa
1 October 2008Asian Express Airlines became Tasman Cargo AirlinesAustralia
1 October 2008Kyokushin Air ceased operationsJapan
5 October 2008Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, ceased operationsJapan
9 October 2008Interavia ceased operationsRussia
9 October 2008LagunAir  ceased operationsSpain
17 October 2008LTE International Airways ceased operationsSpain 
17 October 2008Tesis Aviation Enterprise, founded in 1993, had their flights suspended by the Russian aviation authority due to unpaid feesRussia
17 October 2008Omskavia ceased operationsRussia
17 October 2008Vyborg North-West Air Transport ceased operationsRussia
17 October 2008Hansung Airlines had its AOC withdrawn. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010South Korea
18 October 2008Hansung Airlines stops flying as AOC was withdrawn on 17Oct2008South Korea
20 October 2008New Air & Tours was rebranded as enerjetCanada
20 October 2008flySur ceased operationsSpain
26 October 2008 Felix Airways was founded as the 1st lo-fare carrier in YemenYemen
27 October 2008Air Busan, established in Aug2007, restarted operations as Busan International AirSouth Korea
28 October 2008Avolar was forced to cease due to the illegal operations of the airlineMexico
29 October 2008

Sterling ceased operations

Denmark
29 October 2008Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, commenced operationsPeru
29 October 2008Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) and absorbed into Delta Air Lines Inc. by a merger that was approved on this dateUSA
31 October 2008Air Comet Chile ceased operationsChile
1 November 2008Domodedovo Airlines ceased operationsRussia
1 November 2008KrasAir ceased operationsRussia
5 November 2008Dana Air, established on 08Aug2008, received its AOCNigeria
6 November 2008

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

Venezuela
7 November 2008ALMA de Mexico, a low-cost airline based in Guadalajara, suspended all servicesMexico
10 November 2008Dana Air, established on 08Aug2008 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana Group, commenced flight operationsNigeria
15 November 2008LTE International Airways ceased operationsSpain
18 November 2008Inter Airlines ceased operationsTurkey
20 November 2008 Vision Air International received an Air Operator Certificate & started operations on 02Dec2008Pakistan
25 November 2008Indochina Airlines first flightVietnam
28 November 2008New Air & Tours, rebranded as enerjet on 20Oct2008 prior to start-up, was awarded its Air Operator’s certificateCanada
30 November 2008Dba continued to operate three B.737-300s as a separate division of AirBerlin until this closure dateGermany
1 December 2008European Aviation Air Charter, began in 1989 as European Aviation, ceased operationsUK
1 December 2008Primaris Airlines ceased operationsUSA
1 December 2008Siem Reap Airways International ceased operationsCambodia
2 December 2008Vision Air International started operationsPakistan
2 December 2008Fly Europa ceased operationsUK
3 December 2008Flightline ceased operationsUK
11 December 2008

Yeongnam Air ceased operations

South Korea
15 December 2008

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras inaugurated services

Brazil
17 December 2008NordStar was established as the Moscow division of established Siberian carrier Taimyr AviaRussia
17 December 2008Air Europe ceased operationsItaly
17 December 2008ATA Airlines was establishedUSA
17 December 2008KLM became full owner of MartinairNetherlands
18 December 2008Air Comet Chile,  having ceased operation on 31Oct2008, files for bankruptcy protectionChile
24 December 2008LATAM Ecuador received approval to begin domestic operations, which were launched in Mar2009Ecuador
31 December 2008 Santa Barbara Airlines was rebranded as SBA Santa Barbara Airlines following its acquisition by Aserca AirlinesVenezuela
2009 Top of Page
3 January 2009 SkyStar Airways ceased operations after not paying any of the staff salary for six monthsThailand
6 January 2009Ted, the Lo-cost brand of the United Airlines was discontinuedUSA 
7 January 2009Eastar Jet inaugurates its first domestic service, Seoul to JejuSouth Korea
10 January 2009Zambian Airways suspend operationsZambia
13 January 2009

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

Italy
14 January 2009 Cimber Sterling operations startDenmark
17 January 2009FlyLal suspended operationsLithuania
20 January 2009The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute suspended Caribair from operating for "operational irregularitiesDominican Republic
24 January 2009 Wataniya Airways  restarted operationsKuwait
25 January 2009The operating licence of Nordic Airways was suspendedSweden
29 January 2009MacAir Airlines entered voluntary administration and ceased operations the next dayAustralia
30 January 2009MacAir Airlines having entered voluntary administration on 29Jan2009, ceased operationsAustralia
6 February 2009FedEx 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 ceaseUSA
15 February 2009Kunming Airlines, established in Dec2005, operated its first flightChina
17 February 2009Air Libya Tibesti started operations (>Air Libya)

Libya

22 February 2009SkyAirWorld suspend operationsAustralia
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 AustraliaAustralia
11 March 2009

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

Malaysia
13 March 2009MexicanaLink commence operationsMexico
15 March 2009East Star Airlines ceased flights & was declared bankruptChina
26 March 2009

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

Poland
29 March 2009BoA (Boliviana de Aviació)s' inaugural flightBolivia
1 April 2009MAK Air had its AOC revokedKazakhstan
1 April 2009Starline.kz had its airline license revokedKazakhstan
1 April 2009Kayala Airline (Jeddah) ceased operationsSaudi Arabia
2 April 2009Star Marianas Air, first charter flight from Tinian to SaipanMarianas Islands
4 April 2009L'Avion merged with with OpenSkies, retaining the latter nameFrance / UK
10 April 2009Zetavia was foundedUkraine
15 April 2009The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency cancels the operating license of airline Elbrus-AviaRussia
19 April 2009Arkaim was establishedRussia
23 April 2009Saha Airlines suspended all flightsIran
24 April 2009Air Sénégal International suspended all operationsSenegal
27 April 2009Linus Airways suspended operations due to lack of operational aircraftIndonesia
29 April 2009Air Arabia Maroc was officially launched (renamed from Regional Air Lines)Morocco
1 May 2009

Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways are combined as Thomson Airways

UK
1 May 2009Air Fiji ceased operationsFiji
6 May 2009Air Arabia Maroc restarted operationsMorocco
12 May 2009Tailwind Airlines restarted operationsTurkey
15 May 2009Medallion Air received its AOCRomania
15 May 2009CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali) was rebranded as Air MaliMali
25 May 2009FlyDubai received its air operator’s certificateUAE
29 May 2009Gianair was incorporatedGhana
30 May 2009FlyMontserrat operated its first charter flightMontserrat
1 June 2009JoyAir restarted operations after being renamed from Happy AirChina
1 June 2009FlyDubai commenced scheduled flightsUAE
1 June 2009Air Express Sweden was taken over by MCA AirlinesSweden
3 June 2009 Dutch Air Cargo restarted cargo operations with a Fokker 27-500F freighterNetherlands
3 June 2009Mint Airways restarted operationsSpain
7 June 2009Medallion Air restarted operations (>>Ten Airways)Romania
8 June 2009Tianjin Airlines was rebranded from Grand China Express Air and first flight was on 10 June 2009China
10 June 2009First flight of Tianjin Airlines after rebrand from Grand China Express AirChina
10 June 2009Jetstar NZ domestic operations are launchedNew Zealand
13 June 2009Cargolux Italia restarted operationsItaly
17 June 2009NordStar operated its first flight, from Norilsk to Moscow-Domodedovo and Krasnoyarsk.Russia
18 June 2009Corporate Xpress shut down operationsCanada
23 June 2009

Republic Airways announces the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines

USA
30 June 2009AlMasria Universal Airlines operations restartedEgypt
30 June 2009Star1 Airlines commenced operationsLithuania
1 July 2009Cargo B Airlines files for bankruptcy protection and stopped all operationsBelgium
3 July 2009ULS Airlines Cargo, started operations in 2004 as Baron Air Cargo, was rebrandedTurkey
9 July 2009Clickair merges into Vueling AirlinesSpain
14 July 2009Pet Airways commenced operationsUSA
14 July 2009Air Cargo Germany received its AOCGermany
15 July 2009AlNaser Airlines operations restartedIraq
24 July 2009The Italian Civil Aviation Authority suspended the operating licence of MyAir due to financial problems and service failuresItaly
27 July 2009Air Cargo Germany, having received its AOC on 14Jul2009, restarted operationsGermany
28 July 2009Cambodia Angkor Air commenced operationsCambodia
30 July 2009Comair Congo had its AOC withdrawn by D.R.Congo authoritiesDR Congo
30 July 2009Air Navette AOC was revokedDR Congo
30 July 2009Air Beni AOC was revoked by D.R.Congo authoritiesDR Congo
30 July 2009Air Boyoma had its AOC revoked  by D.R.Congo authoritiesDR Congo
30 July 2009Piva Airlines, founded in 2007, had its AOC withdrawnDR Congo
3 August 2009Air Australia restarted operations as Strategic AirlinesAustralia
7 August 2009Island Express Air had its first flight as part of the Abbotsford International AirshowCanada
13 August 2009Frontier Airlines and Lynx Aviation were purchased by Republic Airways Holding of Indianapolis, Indiana through an auction held in the US Bankruptcy CourtUSA
23 August 2009Wings of Bornholm commenced operationsDenmark
27 August 2009East Star Airlines, having ceased flights on 15Mar2009. was declared bankruptChina
27 August 2009AviaNova began operationsRussia
1 September 2009SkyEurope  ceased operationsSlovakia
3 September 2009BA CityFlyer accepts delivery of its first Embraer 170, narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jet airlinerUK
8 September 2009KD Avia suspended all flightsRussia
11 September 2009Pace Airlines suspend operationsUSA
17 September 2009Virgin Nigeria >Nigerian Eagle Airlines (on this date) >Air Nigeria ( 02Jun2010}Nigeria
19 September 2009Efly commenced operationsMalta
21 September 2009Air Dominicana, having started operations on 16Oct2008, ceasedDominican Republic
25 September 2009Aeroflot-Don reverts to its previous Donavia identity on this date. Donskie Avialinii >>JSC Donavia Airlines >Aeroflot-Don >DonaviaRussia
29 September 2009State-owned airline Olympic Airlines ceased operation and was replaced by privately owned Olympic Air, which commenced operations on this dayGreece
1 October 2009SAS Norge was fully absorbed into SASNorway
2 October 2009Feel Air was established. It never came to fruition, and late in 2011 it dropped the whole planNorway
6 October 2009Comoros Islands Airways start operationsComoros
7 October 2009It was announced that Avianca would merge with TACA but both airlines stated that each would maintain their own identity El Salvador
12 October 2009Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuelQatar
15 October 2009Mistral Aviation, formed in 2002, had its airline license revokedRepublic of Congo
15 October 2009 Direct Aero Service operations started (>Romstrade Logistic Expres)Romania
16 October 2009Air Dominicana, started operationsDominican Republic
23 October 2009Seagle Air ceased operationsSlovakia
25 October 2009CSA Czech Airlines discontinues all long-haul routes from Prague, including New York and TorontoCzech Republic
1 November 2009 Nile Air obtained AOC & started operations in Aug2010Egypt
5 November 2009Efly ceased operationsMalta
6 November 2009 MCA Airlines, founded in 2008, suspended operationsSweden
11 November 2009MCA Airlines declared bankruptcySweden
20 November 2009Air France introduced the A380  with service to New York's JFK AirportFrance
20 November 2009Interlink Airlines commenced first ever passenger flights from Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria. First time the capital was connected to other centres in South AfricaSouth Africa
25 November 2009Indochina Airlines ceased operationsVietnam
30 November 2009Albastar was launchedSpain
1 December 2009Nordavia was renamed from Aeroflot-NordRussia
2 December 2009South African Express was rebranded as SA ExpressSouth Africa
8 December 2009Coventry Airport announces that it was to close with immediate effect due to its owners being wound up in the High CourtUK
7 December 2009Jamaica Air Shuttle operations startedJamaica
14 December 2009Sverdlovsk 2nd Air Enterprise becomes UktusRussia
15 December 2009First flight of the B.787 DreamlinerUSA
16 December 2009Flyglobespan shut down all operations and was immediately placed into receivershipUK
18 December 2009Tafa Air commence operationsAlbania
21 December 2009Air Comet ceased operationsSpain
22 December 2009Pol'Air, founded in 2009, obtained its air transport certificateFrench Polynesia
22 December 2009Cimber Air merged into Cimber SterlingDenmark
24 December 2009Eastar 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 MashhadIran
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