The World's Airlines

Past, Present & Future

Airline History  
5 January 2010Rwandair Express, rebranded back to RwandAir, is relaunchedRwanda
13 January 2010Blue Wings ceased operationsGermany
18 January 2010Arctic Transportation Services became Ryan AirUSA
15 January 2010Although originally planned for Apr2009, the first revenue flight of Asky Airlines (Africa Sky) took placeTogo
19 January 2010Flag carrier Japan Airlines files for protection from bankruptcyJapan
22 January 2010United Eagle Airlines was renamed Chengdu AirlinesChina
26 January 2010Aer Lingus Regional was foundedIreland
26 January 2010Quantum Air ceased all operationsSpain
31 January 2010Northwest Airlines ceased operations (>>Delta Air Lines)USA
1 February 2010Sky Pasada was foundedPhilippines
1 February 2010 Fly Hellas operations commencedGreece
3 February 2010 Krohn Air started operations from MoldeNorway
4 February 2010Republic Airways announces their intent to close Lynx by Sep2010USA
6 February 2010Euroline became Georgian International AirlinesGeorgia
8 February 2010First flight of the B.747-8FUSA
11 February 2010 Seabird Airlines was founded by company chairman Kursad ArusanTurkey
15 February 2010Hola Airlines ceased operationsSpain
28 February 2010Meridiana Fly was renamed to Meridiana after merging with EuroflyItaly
1 March 2010Varsity Express (Oxford) launched servicesUK
4 March 2010

The ATR 42-600 pre-series aircraft takes to the sky for the first time in Toulouse

6 March 2010 Silver Fly Perak, founded in 2009, restarted operationsMalaysia
8 March 2010Varsity Express (Oxford) ceased operations after only 1 weekUK
19 March 2010Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines, formed on 09ct1990, had its AOC was suspendedPhilippines
24 March 2010Highland Airways was placed into voluntary administration, and all flights cancelledUK
28 March 2010Air One Smart Carrier became a separate brand from Alitalia, being relaunched by Alitalia as a “smart carrier"Italy
28 March 2010Aer Lingus Regional, founded on 26Jan2010, commenced operationsIreland
28 March 2010Viva Macau had its, AOC revoked after it started cancelling its flights due to an inability to pay for fuelMacau
28 March  2010PAL Express rebrands itself as Airphil ExpressPhilippines
31 March 2010EAT Leipzig was awarded its air operator’s certificate (AOC)Germany
1 April 2010Air Volga declares bankruptcy & operations ceaseRussia
15 April 2010Travel Service Slovakia restarted operationsSlovakia
25 April 2010Enter Air operations startPoland
27 April 2010OceanAir Linhas Aéreas was renamed to Avianca (Brazil)Brazil
30 April 2010Air Jamaica merges into in Trinidad's Caribbean AirlinesJamaica
30 April 2010Wings of Bornholm ceased flightsDenmark
30 April 2010

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport opens to traffic

South Africa
7 May 2010BoraJet, formed in 2008 as Bora Jet Exclusive Charter, restarted operationsTurkey
13 May 2010Albatros Airlines obtains its air operators certificate (AOC)Venezuela
14 May 2010BQB Airlines operations startUruguay
20 May 2010Albatros Airlines, established on 27Dec2007, restarted operationsVenezuela
30 May 2010Air Minas was groundedBrazil
31 May 2010Iraqi Airways restarted operations after Desert StormIraq
1 June 2010Holidays Czech Airline took over CSA Czech Airlines charter businessCzech Republic
2 June 2010FlyDirect goes into liquidation before launching its first serviceNew Zealand
2 June 2010Nigerian Eagle Airlines was renamed to Air NigeriaNigeria
2 June 2010Air Arabia Egypt commenced operationsEgypt
4 June 2010Air Cuenca operations startEcuador
7 June 2010Star Airways restarted operationsAlbania
10 June 2010Sky Pasada, founded on 01Feb2010, restarted operationsPhilippines
12 June 2010WhiteJets restarted operationsBrazil
14 June 2010NOAR Linhas Aereas restarted operationsBrazil
17 June 2010Tibet Airlines was incorporatedChina
29 June 2010Regional Pacific Airlines went into administration and all flight operations are stoppedAustralia
29 June 2010Hebei Airlines relaunched operations after rebrand from Northeast AirlinesChina
30 June 2010Arrow Cargo ceased scheduled operationsUSA
30 June 2010Axiom Air operations startNigeria
1 July 2010Austrian Lufthansa Cargo launched servicesAustria
3 July 2010Air Bucharest restarted operationsRomania
18 July 2010Nesma Airlines' first commercial flightEgypt
22 July 2010FlyLAL Charters & its subsidiaries adopts the brand name Small Planet AirlinesLithuania
31 July 2010AlbaStar, launched on 30Nov2009, restarted operationsSpain
8 August 2010T'Way Air was establishedSouth Korea
13 August 2010Andalus Lineas Aereas ceased operationsSpain
20 August 2010Flex Linhas Aereas having been relaunched from Nordeste, declared bankruptcy & ceased operationsBrazil
24 August 2010SAMA ceased operationsSaudi Arabia
28 August 2010Mexicana suspended operationsMexico
28 August 2010Mexicana Click  ceased operations on this date after its parent company Mexicana stopped operatingMexico
28 August 2010Mexicana Link ceased operations on this date after its parent company Mexicana stopped operatingMexico
31 August 2010Freedom Airlines ceased operationsUSA
15 September 2010Med-Airlines, a cargo airline based in Casablanca, started operationsMorocco
16 September 2010T'Way Air restarted operationsSouth Korea
1 October 2010Star1 Airlines ceased operationsLithuania
1 October 2010ANA Wings operations startedJapan
6 October 2010Blue Line ceased operationFrance
7 October 2010SpiceJet commenced operations on 24May2005 & international services are launched on this date with a flight from Delhi to KathmanduIndia
9 October 2010Air Mekong flight operations were launchedVietnam
10 October 2010RAK Airways suspended all services & was relaunched as a low-cost carrierUAE
14 October 2010Air Corsica was renamed from CCMFrance
14 October 2010Livingston Energy Flight have their AOC revoked (+>Livingston Compagnia Aerea)Italy
19 October 2010Hamburg International shut down all operations and files for bankruptcy protectionGermany
4 November 2010EuroCypria Airlines ceased operationsCyprus
10 November2010Regent Airways operations startedBangladesh
12 November 2010The 5th reincarnation of Pan Am (Pan American Airways) had it's inaugural flight to Monterrey, Mexico from Brownsville, TexasUSA
13 November 2010German Sky started operationsGermany
24 November 2010 TAM Air ceased operations when its AOC was revokedGeorgia
25 November 2010Petra Airlines was awarded its AOC (>Air Arabia Jordan)Jordan
12 December 2010Heritage Air started operationsMalaysia
16 December 2010Tigerair Philippines was officially launched (>Cebgo)Philippines
17 December 2010Fly540 acquired EASAX (East African Safari Air Express) remaining assetsKenya
22 December 2010MEGA Maldives received an AOCMaldives
22 December 2010 Continental Micronesia ceased operations on (merged with Continental Airlines)Guam
23 December 2010Mauritania Airways went out of serviceMauritania
28 December 2010P.C. Air, founded by Piyo Chantraporn and Chatrawiwat Klumkomol, received its operating licenceThailand
28 December 2010MEGA Maldives, established in 2010, had it's first domestic flight (from Malé to Gan)Maldives
29 December 2010SKY Aviation, formed in 2009, started operationsIndonesia
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1 January 2011Sunrise Airways, founded in 2010, started operationsHaiti
14 January 2011 Asia Majestic Airlines was established, but never started operationsThailand
18 January 2011North Cyprus Airlines was founded, shortly after the bankruptcy of Cyprus Turkish Airlines in Jun2010. Did not start operationsNorthern Cyprus
21 January 2011Tonlesap Airlines restarted operationsCambodia
25 January 2011Senegal Airlines made its first flightSenegal
27 January 2011Asian Wings operated its first flightMyanmar
28 January 2011Air Nationals' operations are suspended by the NZCAA due to safety concernsNew Zealand
31 January 2011Fly540 having launched charter services in Dec2010, commenced scheduled services as an ICAO registered airlineAngola
10 February 2011peach was founded as A&F AviationJapan
11 February 2011

PT. Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. officially became a Public Company

22 February 2011Gomelavia, founded in 1996, ceased operationsBelarus
22 February 2011Air Nicaragua was founded as the potential national flag carrier of Nicaragua but never started servicesNicaragua
26 February 2011Indian ceased operating under its own brand with the merger with Air India being completedIndia
28 February 2011Swift Air, incorporated in Sep2009, began operationsMalawi
4 March 2011Africa World Airlines received its AOCGhana
8 March 2011Meelad Air, established in Jordan, received Greek AOCGreece
10 March 2011Air National notifies the NZCAA that it was voluntarily ceasing operations after being suspended on 28Jan2011New Zealand
14 March 2011Flyme was launchedMaldives
15 March 2011Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC) ceased operationsIndonesia
16 March 2011Wataniya Airways ceased all operations because of financial difficultiesKuwait
17 March 2011Operations by Afriqiyah Airways are temporarily terminated due to the Libyan civil war Libya
20 March 2011Tunisair Express, formed as Tuninter, was renamed from SevenAirTunisia
20 March 2011First flight of the B.747-8IUSA
21 March 2011Tabarak Aviation, created in Nov2010, restarted operations with a wet-leased a Travel Service B.737-800Jordan
22 March 2011Velvet Sky operations beginSouth Africa
27 March 2011People's Vienna Line had its maiden flightAustria
28 March 2011Camair-Co officially restarted operationsCameroon
1 April 2011Wizz Air Bulgaria suspended operations and AOC was revokedBulgaria
2 April 2011Air KBZ, formed in 2010, launched domestic scheduled services from YangonMyanmar
6 April 2011Layonair operations are launched, operating on behalf of Iberia CargoSpain
6 April 2011Riau ceased operation for the final timeIndonesia
13 April 2011Frontier forms a new subsidiary, Frontier ExpressUSA
20 April 2011Air One Cityliner was renamed to Alitalia CityLinerItaly
20 April 2011 Ridge Airways, owned by Sergey Kocharov, was foundedArmenia
1 May 2011Air Canada Express launched servicesCanada
1 May 2011Iberworld was rebranded and changed its name to Orbest Orizonia.Spain
4 May 2011Virgin Blue became Virgin AustraliaAustralia
10 May 2011REDjet commenced operations commenceBarbados
24 May 2011Hermes Airlines was formedGreece
26 May 2011Caribbean Airlines acquires all routes operated by Air Jamaica

Trinidad & Tobago

26 May 2011TNT Express, formerly an operating division of TNT N.V., carrier was demerged from its parent company


27 May 2011Eagles Airlines was renamed to PRiMA Aero Trasport ItalianiItaly
1 June 2011SAMAir restarted operations under new ownership after Central Charter Airlines Slovakia failedSlovakia
1 June 2011Air Canada Express officially replaced Jazz as the brand applied to all regional servicesCanada
1 June 2011Great Wall Airlines merges into China Cargo AirlinesChina
8 June 2011SunExpress Germany launched servicesGermany
20 June 2011 ICARO Express files for bankruptcyEcuador
21 June 2011Iconair was established in KarachiPakistan
21 June 2011Air Cuenca ceased operationsEcuador
27 June 2011Bimini Island Air ceased operationsUSA
1 July 2011Zetavia started operationsUkraine
1 July 2011Skynet Asia Airways was rebranded as Solaseed AirJapan
11 July 2011Silk Road Cargo Business' AOC was awardedUzbekistan
15 July 2011GoodFly made its inaugural flight from Burgos Airport to Menorca's AirportSpain
18 July 2011NOAR Linhas Aereas ceased operationsBrazil
22 July 2011 Transportes Generales Aéreos began operations. Ceased in 2015Peru
22 July 2011Air Mikisew, formed as Contact Air in 1961, ceased operations in 2010, had its AOC revokedCanada
26 July 2011Tibet Airlines restarted operationsChina
26 July 2011Timor Air restarted operationsEast Timor
2 August 2011China Eastern Yunnan, formed as Yunnan Airlines in 1992, launched services from KunmingChina
16 August 2011Jetstar Japan, a Joint venture between Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Mitsubishi Corporation was launchedJapan
17 August 2011 Kaltim Airlines was the airline of Samarinda was founded by Awang F. Ishak and Sabri RamdhanIndonesia
20 August 2011Southern Star restarted operationsSouth Sudan
25 August 2011Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas was established on this date by former Air Madrid director Julio Martinez & was awarded its AOC in Jul2015Spain
1 September 2011IndiGo started international services with a flight from Delhi to DubaiIndia
9 September 2011EasySky start operationsHonduras
17 September 2011Jet Asia Airways, established in Dec2009, restarted operationsThailand
20 September 2011Air Minas, grounded on 30May2010, lost its AOCBrazil
24 September 2011ECAir operations startRepublic of Congo
26 September 2011
Boeing delivers its first B.787 Dreamliner to a customer, All Nippon Airways, at Paine Field in Washington
28 September 2011Kingfisher Red, founded on 25Aug2003 as Air Deccan, ceased operations India
30 September 2011 Air Southwest ceased operations & was absorbed into Eastern AirlinesUK
1 October 2011Flyme  began operationsMaldives
1 October 2011The Continental-United merger results in the end of ContinentalUSA
7 October 2011 Solid AiR, established in 1996, was declared bankruptNetherlands
10 October 2011AviaNova ceased operationsRussia
15 October 2011TAME Xpress, established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of national carrier TAME in Oct2011, started operationsEcuador
17 October 2011Libyan Airlines resumed commercial services following the lifting of all sanctionsLibya
18 October 2011 TAR Aerolíneas was formed by Grupo Mafra (a property development group)Mexico
20 October 2011Flybe Nordic began operationsFinland
23 October 2011 Dubrovnik Airlines started operations in 2005 & ceased on this date after defaulting on its debtsCroatia
26 September 2011Comlux Aruba received its AOCAruba
26 October 2011
ANA (All Nippon Airways) flew the first commercial flight of a B.787 Dreamliner, from Tokyo to Hong Kong
29 October 2011Sky Express, having commenced operations on 29Jan2007, now ceasedRussia
29 October 2011OpenSkies ceased operationsUK
30 October 2011PRiMA Aero Trasport Italiani, launched as Eagles Airlines, operated its last flightItaly
1 November 2011 Airberlin Turkey a joint venture between Airberlin & Pegasus Airlines, launched operations between Antalya and StuttgartTurkey
7 November 2011United Airlines flew the world's first commercial aviation flight on a microbially derived biofuel using Solajet™, Solazyme's algae-derived renewable fuelUSA
10 November 2011Albanian Airlines ceased operationsAlbania
11 November 2011Livingston Compagnia Aerea was established on  by Ricardo Toto’s RT holding companyItaly
15 November 2011Strategic Airlines was renamed to Air AustraliaAustralia
18 November 2011Lviv Airlines, formed from the Aeroflot Lviv Division in 1992, was liquidatedUkraine
21 November 2011Helitt Líneas Aéreas, founded in 2009, began operations with the inaugural route Málaga - MelillaSpain
21 November 2011Astraeus entered administration & ceased operations the same dayUK
23 November 2011Okapi Airlines, founded in Oct2011, launched flightsDR Congo
28 November 2011Sol Linhas Aéreas, founded in 2008, suspended all operationsBrazil
29 November 2011 City Airline, established in 1997, ceased operations (>>Skyways)Sweden
30 November 2011

United and Continental received FAA approval for a single operating certificate

30 November 2011 Air Tribe, established in Sep2011, launched services with two Convair 580F freightersMexico
1 December 2011CSO City Fly, subsidiary of Magdeburg/Cochstedt airport, launched Magdeburg/Cochstedt-Munich serviceGermany
2 December 2011Hunnu Air commenced services as Mongolian AirlinesMongolia
3 December 2011AIRES Colombia started operating as LAN Colombia under the unified LAN livery Colombia
7 December 2011V Australia was absorbed by Virgin AustraliaAustralia
8 December 2011Dalian Airlines received its public air carrier’s license from the CAACChina
4 December 2011Bhutan Airlines, then known as Tashi Air, was launchedBhutan
5 December 2011Fly Hellas having commenced operations on 01Feb2010 as Viking Hellas Aviation, ceased operationsGreece
15 December 2011Livingston Compagnia Aerea acquires the assets of Livingston Energy Flight before starting operations on 31Mar2012Italy
15 December 2011Gulfstream International Airlines rebrands as Silver AirwaysUSA
15 December 2011P.C. Air operated its maiden flight, between Bangkok and Surat ThaniThailand
19 December 2011South East Airlines had its licence revokedRussia
25 December 2011VietJetAir restarted commercial services after renamed from VietJet AirAsiaVietnam
31 December 2011Jade Cargo, founded by Lufthansa Cargo & Shenzhen Airlines, ceased flyingChina
31 December 2011Dalian Airlines launched services with a flight from Dalian to ShenzhenChina
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1 January 2012Budget carrier flydubai launched a cargo divisionUAE
2 January 2012VarigLog (Varig Logistics) suspended operations Brazil
3 January 2012Lao Central Airlines, established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air, started operationsLaos
4 January 2012Mesaba Airlines ceased operations (merged with Pinnacle Airlines)USA
10 January 2012Air Sweden had its AOC revoked (>Nordic Air Sweden)Sweden
14 January 2012Turpial Airlines was foundedVenezuela
30 January 2012USA3000 Airlines ceased operationsUSA
2 February 2012QuikJet Cargo, founded in 2007, restarted operationsIndia
3 February 2012Tasair, formed in 1965. was placed in voluntary liquidationAustralia
3 February 2012Malev halts operations after 66 years of serviceHungary
10 February 2012 Zambezi Airlines having just had its AOC suspended then restarted, was closed downZambia
13 February 2012PEOPLExpress II was foundedUSA
14 February 2012Seabird Airlines, founded on 11Feb2010 by company chairman Kursad Arusan, was awarded its AOCTurkey
17 February 2012OzJet ceased all operations


17 February 2012Air Australia ceased operations


24 February 2012Airco Charters suspended operations indefinitelyCanada
27 February 2012Velvet Sky ceased operationsSouth Africa
29 February 2012Aeroperlas ceased full operationsPanama
1 March 2012Avmax Chad flew its first commercial flightChad
1 March 2012 peach restarted operations after rename from A&F AviationJapan
1 March 2012Alpha Express Airlines was establishedLatvia
2 March 2012The last departure of an official Continental Airlines flight takes place at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard TimeUSA
3 March 2012Ryjet ceased operationsSpain
6 March 2012Aeroperlas made its last official scheduled flight from Tocumen Airport to Bocas del Toro, thus ending 41 years of operationPanama
7 March 2012Direct Aero Service ceased operations, changing its name to Romstrade Logistic ExpresRomania
16 March 2012REDjet operations ceasedBarbados
22 March 2012Corse Air announces it would be changing its name to Corsair International France
23 March 2012Pan Am World Airways Dominicana was renamed to PAWA DominicaDominican Republic
24 March 2012 flyCongo resumes domestic services after being renamed from Hewa Bora Airways (>Fly CAA)DR Congo
25 March 2012Jetlite was merged into Jet Airways' inhouse low cost brand JetKonnectIndia
25 March 2012Iberia Express commenced operationsSpain
31 March 2012Livingston’s first flight takes off from Milan Malpensa destined for Marsa AlamItaly
1 April 2012

Air Nippon operations cease (>ANA)

5 April 2012LINK Airs was established. Bankrupt before startingJapan
5 April 2012 Mandala Airlines restarted operations Tigerair MandalaIndonesia
5 April 2012Volotea commenced operationsSpain
12 April 2012BB Airways, founded in January 2012, received its Air Operator CertificateNepal
14 April 2012 Syphax Airlines restarted operations, with scheduled services beginning on 29Apr2012Tunisia
19 April 2012BMI's (British Midland Interntional)) ownership transferred to IAG at 23:59 (>BA)


28 April 2012 Air Onix began flight operations with a fleet of three B.737-300s, B.737-400sUkraine
29 April 2012Syphax Airlines restarted operationsTunisia
3 May 2012Bornholmerflyet launched servicesDenmark
3 May 2012Cimber Sterling ceased operationsDenmark
6 May 2012Palau Airways operations restartedPalau
14 May 2012Bingo Airways operations restartedPoland
15 May 2012Air Côte d'Ivoire was set upIvory Coast
17 May 2012AeroSur ceased operationsBolivia
22 May 2012Skyways announces immediate cancellation of all flights due to lack of financesSweden
22 May 2012 Mint Airways became insolvent & ceased operationsSpain
25 May 2012VivaColombia operations startColombia
28 May 2012

Azul announces the acquisition of TRIP Linhas Aéreas

29 May 2012Pacific Royale received its AOC Indonesia
29 May 2012Bhoja Air ceased operations Pakistan
31 May 2012WOW air, founded in Nov2011, commenced operationsIceland
1 June 2012Astar Air Cargo, formed as DHL Worldwide Express, ceased operationsUSA
4 June 2012Scoot had its inaugural flight to SydneySingapore
8 June 2012REDjet ceased operationsBarbados
9 June 2012More Linhas Aereas restarted operationsBrazil
11 June 2012Pacific Royale began commercial operationsIndonesia
15 June 2012YanAir was formedUkraine
21 June 2012Velvet Skys' liquidation was finalisedSouth Africa
22 June 2012LAN signs a non-binding agreement with Brazilian airline TAM Airlines to merge, and form the LATAM Airlines Group, was completed on this dayChile
26 June 2012 Air Finland ceased operations & filed for bankruptcyFinland
28 June 2012Seabird Airlines, founded on 11Feb2010, launched servicesTurkey
1 July 2012IMD Airways operations ceasedSpain
1 July 2012

Germania Express brand was revived when Nuremburg based Flynext s rebranded

3 July 2012SmartLynx Airlines Estonia, formed in 2012, launched operationsEstonia
3 July 2012Jetstar Japan restarted operationsJapan
4 July 2012 Toumai Air Tchad flights are grounded because of safety concernsChad
5 July 2012

Uruguayan government suspended PLUNA’s operations following a strike that started two days earlier after failing to find new investors for the company

9 July 2012BlueSky Airways was launchedBotswana
10 July 2012BETA Carga ceased operationsBrazil
15 July 2012Air Taraba operations restartedNigeria
20 July 2012Aerosur Paraguay AOC was revokedParaguay
20 July 2012AeroSur ceased operations on 17May2012, had its AOC revokedBolivia
23 July 2012Air Mantra revenue flights were launched    India
26 July 2012Air Finland, ceased operations on 26Jun2012, files for bankruptcyFinland
27 July 2012OLT Regional Express ceased operationsPoland
31 July 2012OLT Express Poland suspended all charter servicesPoland
31 July 2012Mesaba Airlines' operating certificate was surrenderedUSA
1 August 2012AirAsia Japan launched services with a flight from Tokyo Narita to FukuokaJapan
2 August 2012Iconair received its AOCPakistan
3 August 2012 FlyGeorgia, formed in 2011, launched domestic services with a flight from Tbilisi to BatumiGeorgia
9 August 2012Loong Air launched services with a flight from Hangzhou to Qingdao as CDI Cargo AirlinesChina
11 August 2012Windjet, established in 2003, ceased operationsItaly
12 August 2012CTK CiTylinK, formed in 1994. suspended operationsGhana
14 August 2012MAP (Manaus Aerotaxi Participações S/A) founded in 2011, received its AOCBrazil
23 August 2012Air China Inner Mongolia was launched with start-up capital of Yuan 1bnChina
31 August 2012FlyJamaica received its Jamaican air operator’s certificateJamaica
5 September 2012Colgan Air ceased operationsUSA
6 September 2012Mais Linhas Aéreas, established in Salvador in Brazil’s Northeast region, started operationsBrazil
9 September 2011EasySky started operationsHonduras
9 September 2012Bmibaby closed downUK
10 September 2012Air Nigeria ceased operationsNigeria
13 September 2012BB Airways, founded in Jan2012, started operationsNepal
15 September 2012Sky Net Airline, formed in 2011, started operationsArmenia
15 September 2012Jet Star operations startedMoldova
16 September 2012U Airlines inaugural flightThailand
21 September 2012Eaglexpress Air Charters' first commercial flight for Hajj Pilgrimage from Jeddah to DhakaMalaysia
21 September 2012Africa World Airlines launched servicesGhana
24 September 2012Rollins Air had its AOC was revokedHonduras
24 September 2012Fly Tanzania was incorporated. Unsure if started operations with a single BAe 146-300 as plannedTanzania
27 September 2012Varig Cargo, rebranded as VarigLog (Varig Logistics) in 2000, suspended operations on 02Jan2012 & was liquidated on this dateBrazil
29 September 2012Comairs' last scheduled flight (Cincinnati to Houston)USA
30 September 2012Ariella Airlines operations startedBurkina Faso
30 September 2012Kingfisher, launched on 08May2005, started operations on 09May2005 & ceased on this dateIndia
1 October 2012City Airways operations startThailand
14 October 2012BlueSky Airways flew its first commercial charter flightBotswana
16 October 2012Islas Airways, having started operations on 15Feb2003 ceased & was was subsequently declared bankruptSpain
15 October 2012Falcon Express Cargo Airlines, formed in 1995, suspended operationsUAE
20 October 2012Kingfisher, having ceased operations on 30Sep2012, had its AOC revokedIndia
21 October 2012Hello operations started in Aug2004 & ceased on this date Switzerland
22 October 2012P.C. Air ceased operationsThailand
22 October 2012Gambia Bird Airlines operations startedGambia
24 October 2012WOW air acquires Iceland Express' operations and networkIceland
26 October 2012Gambia Bird Airlines first international service, from Banjul to London Gatwick, takes placeGambia
27 October 2012bmi was integrated into British AirwaysUK
31 October 2012Ryazanaviatrans, established in 1992, was ordered to cease operationsRussia
2 November 20121time ceased all operations and files for liquidationSouth Africa
12 November 2012Air Côte d'Ivoire, set up on 15May2012, restarted African regional services from AbidjanIvory Coast
15 November 2012Massawa Airways operations started with regional services from MassawaEritrea
15 November 2012Sky Wings operations were suspendedGreece
16 November 2012JetLink Express, operations having started in 2004, ceasedKenya
23 November 2012Webjet suspended operations following parent GOL’s announcement that the airline was being closed downBrazil
27 November 2012APEX Airlines was incorporatedMyanmar
27 November 2012 Namaste Nepalese Air received its AOC on but didn't start operationsNepal
29 November 2012Fastjet operated its first revenue service from Dar es Salaam to MwanzaTanzania
December 2012Chhattisgarh Air Link restarted operationsIndia
7 December 2012SEAir International, created by founders of SEAIR, launch services between Manila and BascoPhilippines
10 December 2012Fly Go-Air, originally established in 2010, started operationsSouth Africa
11 December 2012 Kuban Airlines' operations ceased & the airline filed for bankruptcyRussia
14 December 2012Star XL German Airlines having became XL Airways Germany on 23Nov2006, suspended servicesGermany
14 December 2012Skyjet Air operations startedPhilippines
15 December 2012Air Brasil Cargo operations were suspendedBrazil
15 December 2012Luk Aero operations restart after rebranding from Eastern Express Kazakhstan
15 December 2012Excellent Air operations startedMalta
15 December 2012Fly Hermes (Hermes Aviation) start operationsMalta
15 December 2012Movil Air Tours operations startedPeru
18 December 2012 Air Canada rouge was officially launched and began services on 01Jul2013Canada
19 December 2012Westair Benin operated its inaugural passenger flight, from Cotonou to NiameyBenin
20 December 2012AviaDnipro was established by Serhiy Tkachenko, the previous chairman of the board of DniproaviaUkraine
24 December 2012Air Mali suspended operationsMali
2013 Top of Page
January 2013

White obtains the license to operate scheduled flights

1 January 2013Manx2 was rebranded as CitywingUK
1 January 2013

The new ExpressJet Airlines was created after corporate merger of Atlantic Southeast and ExpressJet was completed

4 January 2013AerCaribe Perú, having been incorporated in 2011, has its AOC issued Peru
8 January 2013 Hyperion Aviation was foundedMalta
9 January 2013 NovoAir restarted operations with two Embraer ERJ-145Bangladesh
9 January 2013 DhakaAir, the cargo carrier division of NovoAir , started operationsBangladesh
10 January 2013Mineral Airways (the mining-related division of Aerovías DAP) began, using BAe RJ85 aircraftChile
11 January 2013Golden Myanmar Airlines obtained its AOCMyanmar
11 January 2013Ryan International Airlines ceased operations and entered liquidationUSA
14 January 2013Donbassaero Airlines ceased operationsUkraine
17 January 2013Golden Myanmar Airlines conducts its first scheduled flightMyanmar
18 January 2013

Ad Maiora Líneas Aéreas launched twice-daily services, between Asuncion and Encarnacion

23 January 2013 Vizion Air operations started with ad-hoc charter operations with Fokker 50Belgium
24 January 2013Cargo North operations startedCanada
24 January 2013R Airlines, founded in 2012, launched its inaugural charter flight between Bangkok and Gaya, Bihar, IndiaThailand
27 January 2013OLT Express ceased operationsGermany
27 January 2013Spanair suspended operationsSpain
29 January 2013

Air France reveals the name and commercial offering of its new regional airline, HOP!

31 January 2013Batavia Air ceased operationsIndonesia
7 February 2013 TAF Linhas Aéreas had its license finally revokedBrazil
11 February 2013Ohana by Hawaiian was announced as Hawaiian Airlines’ new regional subsidiary.USA
12 February 2013Bahrain Air ceased operationsBahrain
12 February 2013Karinou Airlines, established as Africa Airlines in Apr2012 had its inaugural scheduled service from Bangui to KinshasaCentral African Republic
12 February 2013Mordovia Airs' AOC was revokedRussia
13 February 2013Aerosvit Airlines ceased operationsUkraine
14 February 2013South Airlines: Ukraine’s aviation authorities grounded the airline after a crashUkraine
14 February 2013American Airlines and US Airways announce an $11,000,000,000 deal to mergeUSA
14 February 2013FlyJamaica launched scheduled operations from Kingston Norman Manley to New York John F. Kennedy InternationalJamaica
16 February 2013Iraqi Airways began flights to Kuwait for the first time since Iraq invaded Kuwait in Aug1990Iraq
18 February 2013

Aurela ceased operations

18 February 2013Jamaica Air Shuttle suspended all flight operations citing the current economic climateJamaica
25 February 2013Alpha Express Airlines, established on 01Mar2012, started operationsLatvia
25 February 2013Air Malawi suspended all flightsMalawi
1 March 2013Romstrade Logistic Expres. suspended ops and its AOC was revokedRomania
1 March 2013Air Mekong flights were suspendedVietnam
3 March 2013Chathams Pacific ceased operations, to be replaced by Real TongaTonga
4 March 2013Real Tonga commenced operations taking over services previously operated by Chathams PacificTonga
7 March 2013 Air CEMAC was inaugurated by 6 African states but did not start operationsRepublic of Congo
11 March 2013Capital Cargo International Airlines ceased operations and merges into ATI (Air Transport International) USA
22 March 2013Air Manas was renamed to & had its first flight under the brand name Pegasus Asia. Renamed back to Air ManasKyrgyzstan
27 March 2013Midsea Express having ceased operations in Apr2012 to be rebranded as Fil-Asian Airways, made its first commercial flightPhilippines
28 March 2013AirAsia India was formedIndia
29 March 2013

Armavia filed for bankruptcy

29 March 2013Arkefly ceased operations (>TUIfly (Netherlands))Netherlands
30 March 2013

Armavia ceased operations

31 March 2013Georgia Skies (Pacific Wings Airlines) ceased operationsUSA
31 March 2013Executive Airlines conducts its last flights (dba American Eagle)Puerto Rico
31 March 2013Air Mantra all operations were suspended due to poor bookings, and the company was subsequently liquidatedIndia
31 March 2013Brit Air, Airlinair and Regional merge into Hop!France
April 2013

Air Italy merges into Meridiana

5 April 2013Avient Aviation ceased operationsZimbabwe
6 April 2013Lauda Air, established in Apr1979, was rebranded to Austrian myHolidayAustria
18 April 2013Mongolian Airlines became Hunnu AirMongolia
18 April 2013Air Cargo Germany ceased operationsGermany
23 April 2013Sunday Airlines took to the skies, officially launched operations 3 days laterKazakhstan
25 April 2013 FlyNonstop commenced operations out of KristiansandNorway
26 April 2013Sunday Airlines, having taken to the skies on 23Apr2013, officially launched operationsKazakhstan
3 May 2013Saha Airlines flight operations are suspendedIran
5 May 2013Orbest Orizonia Airlines declared bankruptcy and ceased all operationsSpain
5 May 2013Skywest Airlines became Virgin Australia Regional AirlinesAustralia
21 May 2013TACA International Airlines merges with Avianca and was renamed as Avianca El SalvadorEl Salvador
28 May 2013 TAMPA Cargo was rebranded as Avianca CargoColombia
28 May 2013 jetXtra commenced operations using a Volotea B.717UK
June 2013Tampa Cargo became Avianca CargoUSA 
4 June 2013Sky Airlines files for bankruptcy and ceased all flight operationsTurkey
6 June 2013Kharkiv Airlines made its first flight using a B.737-800 from Kharkiv to Antalya (Turkey)Ukraine
7 June 2013

SEAIR (South East Asian Airlines) became Tigerair Philippines

24 June 2013WestJet Encore, a regional airline that was a wholly owned subsidiary of WestJet commenced operationsCanada
27 June 2013Air Pacific ceased operations prior to a rebrand back to Fiji AirwaysFiji
28 June 2013

Fiji Airways officially launched as the Air Pacific brand was retired

1 July 2013Air Canada rouge began servicesCanada
28 July 2013Air Indus restarted domestic operationsPakistan
31 July 2013Pinnacle Airlines ceased operations (>Endeavor Air)USA
16 August 2013Zest Air ceased operation, prior to a rebrand to AirAsia ZestPhilippines
23 August 2013The incorporation process of Panatal into TAM was finalisedBrazil
24 August 2013DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) ceased operationsNetherlands Antilles
30 August 2013DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) declares bankruptcy on this date having ceased operations on 24Aug2013Netherlands Antilles
31 August 2013AirAsia was relaunched as Vanilla AirJapan
7 September 2013South Supreme Airlines officially launched international operations with its maiden flight between Juba & KhartoumSouth Sudan
17 September 2013First Flight of the B.787-9 at Paine Field in Everett, WashingtonUSA
27 September 2013America West merger into US Airways was completedUSA
27 September 2013Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co. was formally renamed as Dehong South Asia General Airlines upon approval by Southwest Regional Administration of CAACChina
5 October 2013Colombe Airlines officially launched scheduled operationsBurkina Faso
9 October 2013Air Bashkortostan was closed down by owner VIM AviaRussia
15 October 2013Air Costa, founded in 2012, operated its first flightIndia
23 October 2013

Aegean Airlines completes acquisition of Olympic Air

26 October 2013Jat Airways was reformed as Air SerbiaSerbia
26 October 2013MetJet ceased operationsUSA
26 October 2013

Augsburg Airways ceased operations


27 October 2013HK Express' first flights as an LCC commencedHong Kong
29 October 2013FlyNonstop ceased operationsNorway
30 October 2013Midway Airlines (founded on 15Nov1993) ceased operationsUSA
13 November 2013Nasair became FlynasSaudi Arabia
20 November 2013Danube Wings ceased operationsSlovakia
24 November 2013 EcoJet start operations with the inaugural flight from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz & SucreBolivia
24 November 2013Belle Air ceased operationsAlbania
26 November 2013

Belle Air Europe ceased operations

5 December 2013Air Go Airlines operations start with Cairo Int'l to BeiruEgypt
10 December 2013LINK Airs files for bankruptcy protection, failing to start operationsJapan
11 December 2013Windavia Airlines made its inaugural flight, the shortest commercial flight in the history of continental Portugal, from Beja to Lisbon and backPortugal
12 December 2013 Air Onix ceased operations when its AOC was withdrawnUkraine
14 December 2013Vladivostok Air along with SAT Airlines end operations to become AuroraRussia
14 December 2013Brindabella Airlines ceased operationsAustralia
21 December 2013Valahia Air start operationRomania
26 December 2013CAA (Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation) merges with flyCongo to form Fly CAADR Congo
31 December 2013Tatarstan Airlines ceased all operationsRussia
31 December 2013Evergreen International Airlines declare bankruptcy after ceasing operations on 02Dec2014USA
2014 Top of Page
1 January 2014RAK Airways ceased operationsUAE
4 January 2014Tatarstan Air was grounded by Russian Authorities (Rosaviatsia) after ceasing operations on 31Dec2013Russia
14 January 2014American Airlines Group officially announces the rebranding of its American Eagle subsidiary was to be to EnvoyUSA
17 January 2014Darwin Airline, formed on 12Aug2003, operated in the Etihad Regional livery for the first timeSwitzerland
17 January 2014Small Planet Airlines Italia ceased operationsItaly
23 January 2014Phakalane Airways began operationsSouth Africa
21 January 2014Small Planet Airlines Italia, having ceased operations on 17Jan2014, had its AOC revokedItaly
31 January 2014 Malawian Airlines, formed in Jul2013, commence operations serving the Blantyre–Lilongwe domestic routeMalawi
1 February 2014Merpati suspended operationsIndonesia
4 February 2014Krohn Air files for bankruptcy after suspending all flightsNorway
28 February 2014Air A!ps ceased operationsAustria
10 March 2014Rhein-Neckar Air commenced operations with flights between Mannheim City Airport and Berlin Tegel Airport Germany
11 March 2014Ohana by Hawaiian launched its inaugural turboprop service to MolokaiUSA
14 March 2014TAR (Transportes Aéreos Regionales) restarted operationsMexico
15 March 2014Asian Air inaugural flightThailand
19 March 2014Aer Arann announced that it would be changing its corporate name to Stobart Air by the end of 2014Ireland
20 March 2014Florida Express Jet intended to begin operations but never startedUSA
27 March 2014World Airways, having started operations on 15May1948, ceasedUSA
28 March 2014Veca Airlines was foundedEl Salvador
31 March 2014go! ends operationsUSA
1 April 2014Lakeshore Express indefinitely suspended its operationsUSA
10 April 2014New Jatayu Air restarted operations Indonesia
15 April 2014American Eagle Airlines rebrands to EnvoyUSA
20 April 2014Global Air Jets restarted operationsUSA
26 April 2014Qingdao Airlines commenced operationsChina
29 April 2014Mid Africa Aviation restarted businessGambia
6 May 2014TRIP merges into Azul Brazil
8 May 2014Union Express Charter Airline restarted operationsMyanmar
15 May 2014Manston airport (Kent) closesUK
15 May 2014Fly Romania commenced operationsRomania
18 May 2014Ruili Airlines commenced operationsChina
21 May 2014Northwest Sky Ferry merges into San Juan AirlinesUSA
22 May 2014Eznis Airways suspended operationsMongolia
23 May 2014SkyAero restarted operations with its maiden flight from Nairobi to Kisumu using a DC9Kenya
24 May 2014Aviolet, owned by Air Serbia, using three B.737-300 restarted operationsSerbia
28 May 2014Vincent Aviation (the Australia division) shuts downAustralia
2 June 2014Jet Time Finland restarted operationsFinland
6 June 2014Pacific Sun rebrands to Fiji LinkFiji
6 June 2014Hermes Aviation started operations with a single B.737-4K5Malta
7 June 2014Korongo Airlines restarted domestic servicesDR Congo
9 June 2014Discovery Air inaugurates flights between Lagos and Abuja using a B.737-300Nigeria
9 June 2014North American Airlines ceased operationsUSA
10 June 2014Dobrolet operated its first commercial flight on the Moscow to Simferopol routeRussia
10 June 2014Orange Air commenced operations out of Orlando Sanford International AirportUSA
11 June 2014PAL Airlines airline gets its AOC back and began operations again with B.737-300Chile
12 June 2014Buzz Airways officially launched operations connecting Branson, Missouri with Chicago Midway and Houston HobbyUSA
12 June 2014AirAsia India's inaugural flight takes off from Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport for GoaIndia
15 June 2014Bingo Airways shuts downPoland
17 June 2014Greenland Express inaugurates flights between Denmark & Greenland via Iceland using Fokker 100 (>Sky Greenland)Denmark
17 June 2014Thai AirAsia X launched its inaugural flight with a full load factor of 377 passengersThailand
18 June 2014Aerogal was renamed to Avianca EcuadorEcuador
19 June 2014Iconair restarted operationsPakistan
24 June 2014Bosnian Wand Airlines was founded in Gornje DubraveBosnia & Herzegovina
30 June 2014CCA (Central Connect Airlines) ends operationsCzech Republic
30 June 2014PEOPLExpress II restarted operationsUSA
1 July 2014Tigerair Mandala ceased operationsIndonesia
11 July 2014Abakan Avia, formed in 1992, was renamed to Royal FlightRussia
16 July 2014Phoenix Airways restarted scheduled charter servicesSt Kitts & Nevis
17 July 2014La Compagnie launched services. Originally known as DreamjetFrance
17 July 2014Air Uganda ceased operations after its AOC was revokedUganda
17 July first service was launched between Victoria Falls and JohannesburgZimbabwe
17 July 2014US-Bangla Airlines restarted operationsBangladesh
29 July 2014FlyOlympic ceased operationsSweden
1 August 2014Our Airline became Nauru AirlinesNauru
1 August 2014Spring Airlines Japan launched operations, linking Tokyo/Narita with Hiroshima, Saga, and Takamatsu using 189-seat B.737-800s.Japan
3 August 2014Golden Wings Aviation launched domestic flights between the South Sudanese capital of Juba and Wau, capital of the Western Bahr el Ghazal stateSouth Sudan
4 August 2014Western Global Airlines launched operationsUSA
4 August 2014Dobrolet shuts down due to western sanctions against RussiaRussia
4 August 2014flyvista commenced operationsGeorgia
19 August 2014Fly Romania  cancels all flightsRomania
19 August 2014Chautauqua Airlines ends operationUSA 
22 August 2014SouthEast Airlines launched operationsKenya
27 August 2014European Coastal Airlines started operationsCroatia
29 August 2014Urumqi Airlines commenced revenue servicesChina
29 August 2014Moskovia Airlines' AOC was withdrawnRussia
1 September 2014Bylina had its AOC suspended by Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia)Russia
1 September 2014Avianca Ecuador start operations after renamed from AeroGalEcuador
9 September 2014Hai Au Aviation officially launched the seaplane service for tourism in Tuan Chau, Ha LongVietnam
14 September 2014AG Air suspended operations after the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GeCAA) revoked its Air Operators Certificate (AOC)Georgia
18 September 2014Greenland Express ceased operationsDenmark
26 September 2014Tigerair Taiwan started operations with A.320 aircraftTaiwan
26 September 2014PEOPLExpress II abruptly ceased operations after almost 3 monthsUSA
29 September 2014Fly Romania (Tend Air) cancels all flights on 19Aug2014 & declares bankruptcy on this dateRomania
30 September 2014Helitt Líneas Aéreas suspended operations indefinitely amid crippling debtsSpain
30 September 2014JAL Express, JAL officially ends its subsidiary and merges it back inJapan
1 October 2014Air One services start operating under the Alitalia brandItaly
1 October 2014JAL Express ceased operations after merging into its parent JAL (Japan Airlines)Japan
6 October 2014East Air suspended operations after the Tajikistan GCAA revoked the carrier's AOC citing “certification” issues Tajikistan
6 October 2014Livingston Compagnia Aerea (New Livingston) suspended all operations and its AOC was revoked the following dayItaly
8 October 2014Apsara International Air commenced scheduled operations with daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem ReapCambodia
10 October 2014Primera Air Nordic commenced scheduled operations using its sole aircraft, a B737-800Latvia
15 October 2014Last commercial flight out of Blackpool Airport (Squires Gate) (to the Isle of Man)UK
16 October 2014FlySafair start operationsSouth Africa
18 October 2014Mitsubishi MRJ90 official rollout occuredJapan
24 October 2014The New Zealand division of Vincent Aviation was placed into receivershipNew Zealand
24 October 20144YOU Airlines was declared bankruptPoland
26 October 2014ValuAir flights taken over by Jetstar Asia AirwaysSingapore
27 October 2014Appalachian Air restarted operations from Pikeville, Kentucky, to Nashville, TennesseeUSA
29 October 2014Air Armenia suspend operationsArmenia
30 October 2014Fuzhou Airlines launched operations with a commercial flight between Fuzhou and BeijingChina
30 October2014NokScoot secured its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Thai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)Thailand
30 October 2014Air One ceased operations and its assets merged into AlitaliaItaly
1 November 2014LFH - Luftverkehr Friesland Harle merged into FLN Frisia-Luftverkehr Norddeich to form FLN - Die InselfliegerGermany
2 November 2014Texas Sky Airways restarted flights from Victoria Regional Airport to Austin and DallasUSA
10 November 2014TAGUA (Transporte Aéreo Guaraní) started operationsParaguay
11 November 2014Palau Pacific Airways began scheduled passenger operations using a wet leased B.737-8ASPalau
17 November 2014Saurya Airlines started operationsNepal
24 November 2014Polet Flight (Polet Airlines) suspended operationsRussia
28 November 2014Veca Airlines commenced operations with charter flights from San Salvador Int'l to San José Juan Santamaría and Panamá City Tocumen Int'l.El Salvador
30 November 2014JetKonnect was phased out by Jet AirwaysIndia
30 November 2014Skywings Asia Airlines ceased operations & was rebranded as Sky Angkor Airlines on 01Dec2014Cambodia
1 December 2014Bassaka Air commenced scheduled operations with a service from Phnom Penh to Macau InternationalCambodia
1 December 2014Pobeda completed its first commercial flight on the route Moscow – VolgogradRussia
1 December 2014Skywings Asia Airlines, ceased operations on 30Nov2014, rebrands as Sky Angkor AirlinesCambodia
2 December 20149 Air inaugurated servicesChina
3 December 2014ViaAir began scheduled operations with flights from Beckley to CharlotteUSA
5 December 2014Thai VietJetAir began operationsThailand
5 December 2014 Maltafly started scheduled flights between Malta and PalermoMalta
11 December 2014Havana Air start operations using aircraft of Vision Airlines operating charters from Miami to Havana and Santa Clara in CubaUSA
13 December 2014Caicos Express Airways launched its maiden scheduled international air serviceTurks & Caicos Islands
14 December 2014Myanma Airways re-branded itself to Myanmar National AirwaysMyanmar
17 December 2014Pullmantur Air became Wamos AirSpain
17 December 2014V air began servicesTaiwan
19 December 2014Hamburg Airways' last flight was operated from Moscow to Hanover before it's AOC was suspendedGermany
20 December 2013Vanilla Air, relaunched from AirAsia, operated its first flightJapan
24 December 2014Russian Sky Airlines license was revokedRussia
27 December 2014Qantas withdraws last 5 remaining passenger B.767 aircraft from serviceAustralia
28 December 2014AirTran Airways final flight from Atlanta To Tampa Bay  (>Southwest Airlines)USA
30 December 2014Gambia Bird Airlines suspended all operationsGambia
31 December 2014Chautauqua Airlines end operations. All ERJ 145s are shifted to sister airline Shuttle America starting 01Jan2015USA
2015 Top of Page
1 January 2015Chautauqua Airlines' ERJ 145s are shifted to sister airline Shuttle America, starting operationsUSA
2 January 2015Skytrans Regional ceased operationsAustralia
5 January 2015Utah Airways commenced operationsUSA
9 January 2015Vistara restarted operationsIndia
9 January 2015Cyprus Airways suspended operationsCyprus
16 January 2015Business Air operations were suspended was rebranded Intira Airlines in Jun2015 Thailand
19 January 2015Indonesia AirAsia X operated its inaugural flightIndonesia
19 January 2015Ten Airways ends operations after the Romanian civil aviation authority (Autoritatea Aeronautică Civilă Română - AACR) suspended its AOCRomania
25 January 2015Bosnian Wand Airlines officially launched its 1st flight via Athens from SarajevoBosnia & Herzegovina
31 January 2015MiniLiner had its AOC suspended by the Italian civil aviation authority ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile)Italy
6 February 2015Alitalia Express was integrated into mainline AlitaliaItaly
10 February 2015Bosnian Wand Airlines' suspended operationsBosnia & Herzegovina
12 February 2015FlyEgypt's' first commercial flight heading to Jeddah was to uplift a group of VIPsEgypt
13 February 2015GX Airlines (Guangxi Beibu Gulf Air) officially started operationsChina
19 February 2015 Qazaq Air was established by Samruk-Kazyna as Air KazakhstanKazakhstan
27 February 2015Aerocon suspended all operations citing difficult market conditionsBolivia
2 March 2015ES-Air commenced scheduled operationsDenmark
5 March 2015SkyWise started daily scheduled operationsSouth Africa
29 March 2015ES-Air ceased operations after only starting in 02Mar2015Denmark
26 March 2015HolidayJet launched services with a flight to AntalyaSwitzerland
31 March 2015Eurolot carries out its last flight (from Zurich to Cracow) Poland
1 April 2015León Airlines commenced operationsSpain
1 April 2015Atlasjet s renamed to AtlasGlobalTurkey
1 April 2015Vernon Aviation restarted charter services from Four Corners Regional Airport, FarmingtonUSA
2 April 2015Air Croatia restarted operationsCroatia
7 April 2015APEX Airlines commenced scheduled operationsMyanmar
11 April 2015BQB Airlines ceased operationsUruguay
12 April 2015Air Pegasus restarted operationsIndia
17 April 2015TomskAvia had its AOC suspended by RosaviatsiaRussia
23 April 2015Air Croatia, founded in 2013, had its services suspendedCroatia
27 April 2015 Chilean Airways began operations from its home base in Calama as AeroDesiertoChile
5 May 2015Qazaq Air was established by Samruk-KazynaKazakhstan
13 May 2015Eastern Air Lines, founded in 2011, was awarded its Part 121 AOC from the US FAAUSA
18 May 2015Petra Airlines restarted operations as Air Arabia JordanJordan
19 May 2015Blue Sky Airways was incorporatedAustralia
20 May 2015NokScoot commenced operationsThailand
22 May 2015Air Lituanica ceased operations Lithuania
21 May 2015Choice Aire started public charter flights between Miami and Atlantic CityUSA
23 May 2015Limitless Airways commenced operationsCroatia
24 May 2015

Autolux Airways began operations

28 May 2015Eastern Air Lines: operated it's first charter flightUSA
31 May 2015Nordic Global Airlines ceased operationsFinland
5 June 2015Falcon Air Express turns in it's AOC to the FAAUSA
6 June 2015Air Horizont restarted operationsSpain
2 July 2015B&H Airlines' AOC was revoked & operations ceasedBosnia & Herzegovina
12 July 2015Trujet restarted operationsIndia
15 July 2015 Fly Baghdad restarted operations with three Flights To ErbilIraq
19 July 2015 ADA (AeroDesierto) ceased operations to be rebranded as Chilean Airways Chile
21 July 2015Rainbow Airlines operated its first demonstration flight but failed to startZimbabwe
24 July 2015YuVT-Aero, a Tatarstan based replacement for Ak Bars Aero restarted operationsRussia
30 July 2015Syphax Airlines flights are groundedTunisia
5 August 2015Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas restarted operationsSpain
12 August 2015Originair made its first flights, between Nelson and Palmerston NorthNew Zealand
23 August 2015Sea Air restarted operationsCroatia
27 August 2015Skygreece Airlines suspended operations following a series of transatlantic flight cancellationsGreece
27 August 2015Qazaq Air commenced revenue operations with flights between Almaty and AstanaKazakhstan
29 August 2015Gabon flyafrica was officially unveiled to the public at a ceremony held in LibrevilleGabon
31 August 2015 Cargo carrier, Airest announced the start of a new passenger airline named FlyestEstonia
1 September 2015CanJet having started operations on 05Sep2000, now ceaseCanada
2 September 2015Namibia flyafrica launched servicesNamibia
4 September 2015Korongo's investors decided to discontinue the flight operations and to dissolve the companyDR Congo
9 September 2015Amaszonas del Paraguay inaugurated operations with its maiden flight from Asuncion to Ciudad del EsteParaguay
11 September 2015 South Supreme Airlines halted operations owing to the scarcity of dollars in South SudanSouth Sudan
15 September 2015Beacon launched its maiden commercial operationsUSA
21 September 2015 Fly County Airlines commenced domestic operations with 3x weekly flights from its Nairobi Wilson base to Voi Ikanga airstripKenya
25 September 2015 Nordic Aviation was founded by the Estonian GovernmentEstonia
26 September 2015Little Red ceased operationsUK
26 September 2015YTO Express Airlines commenced commercial freight operations with its maiden flight - Hangzhou-ChengduChina
1 October 2015Arke was renamed to TUIfly (Netherlands)Netherlands
8 October 2015 Aviatsa commenced commercial operations using a pair of B737 ClassicsHonduras
9 October 2015Congo Airways started operationsDR Congo
17 October 2015US Airways, established as All American Aviation eventually merged into American AirlinesUSA
25 October 2015Transaero Airlines declared bankruptcy & ceased operationsRussia
27 October 2015Kiwi Regional Airlines, founded in 2014 by local businessman Ewan Wilson, commenced operationsNew Zealand
28 October 2015Fastjet Zimbabwe launched with an inaugural flight between Harare and Victoria FallsZimbabwe
8 November 2015Nordic Aviation, founded on 25Sep2015 by the Estonian Government, started operations (>Nordica with effect from 01Apr2016)Estonia
8 November 2015Estonian Air announced that it had ceased operationsEstonia
12 November 2015TUS Airways operated its first flightCyprus
14 November 2015Everjets made its scheduled market debut with the launch of regular passenger flights from Funchal to Lisbon and Porto on Portugal
20 November 2015ABC Air Hungary, having started operations on 30Jun2005, ceasedHungary
25 November 2015Armenia Airways was formedArmenia
26 November 2015AirSWIFT, formed as ITI (Island Transvoyager), launched servicesGuyana
30 November 2015Tyumenaviatrans, renamed to Utair in 2002, now rebranded to Azur Air UkraineUkraine
11 December 2015Island Airlines ceased operations. Nantucket based scheduled airlineUSA
20 December 2015Rayani Air commenced commercial passenger operationsMalaysia
27 December 2015BoA Regional commenced revenue operations with its maiden flight La Paz El Alto to UyuniBolivia
28 December 2015Flyways Linhas Aéreas, founded on 11Jun2014, commenced servicesBrazil
31 December 2015Colorful Guizhou Airlines commenced commercial operations with scheduled passenger flights between Guiyang and BijieChina
2016 Top of Page
8 January 2016Sol Lineas Aereas, formed in 2005, ceased operationsArgentina
10 January 2016Fly AllWays, formed in 2014 launched its inaugural serviceSuriname
11 January 2016Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan based Air Europa Express began commercial flightsSpain
21 January 2016Alas Uruguay, founded in Oct2013, began scheduled commercial operationsUruguay
22 January 2016Fly AllWays commenced revenue servicesSuriname
28 January 2016Baracuda Airways operated its first flight, from Nairobi–Wilson to Homa BayKenya
28 January 2016 law (Latin American Wings) commenced revenue operations with flights from Santiago de Chile Int'l to Punta Cana via Quito Int'l.Chile
29 January 2016 Jiangxi Airlines commenced commercial operations on with scheduled passenger flights between Nanchang and Urumqi via Xi'an XianyangChina
5 February 2016 Dominican Wings commenced revenue operations with its first commercial flight (Santo Domingo Las Américas-Port of Spain)Dominican Republic
14 February 2016TUS Airways, established in Jun2015, started flights from LarnacaCyprus
15 February 2016Hermes Airlines ceased operationsGreece
15 February 2016Air Mediterranee ceased operationsFrance
6 March 2016United Airways suspended all operationsBangladesh
7 March 2016Southern Airways Express purchased Sun Air Express for an undisclosed amountUSA
11 March 2016 Air Caraïbes Simply was launched to relaunch the inter-island traffic in the CaribbeanGuadeloupe
15 March 2016AzalJet was founded by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL)Azerbaijan
27 March 2016TAP Express, incorporated on 25Jul1988 & first flight on 07Jul1990 as PGA, was renamedPortugal
28 March 2016 AzalJet, founded on 15Mar2016 by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), commenced operationsAzerbaijan
1 April 2016Nordic Aviation was rebranded as NordicaEstonia
3 April 2016Crystal Luxury Air restarted operationsUSA
15 July 2016 NewLeaf Travel restarted operationsCanada
26 August 2016Eagle Airways ceased operationsNew Zealand
7 November 2016Fly Kiss launched servicesFrance
2017 Top of Page
22 January 2017 GI Aviation formally commenced operationsUAE
24 January 2017Imo Air inaugurated scheduled commercial operationsNigeria
29 January 2017Serene Air started operations with B.738 aircraftPakistan
30 January, 2017Shuttle America ceased operations and all remaining aircraft and crew were transferred to Republic AirlinesUSA
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