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Belgium is a constitutional monarchy in north-western Europe, bordered on the north by the Netherlands and the North Sea, on the east by Germany and Luxembourg, and on the south and southwest by France. With the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Belgium forms the Low, or Benelux, Countries. It is about 280 km (about 175 mi) long, measured in a south-eastern/north-western direction, about 145 km (about 90 mi) wide, and is roughly triangular in shape. The area is 30,528 sq km (11,787 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels
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March 4, 2017SHS Antwerp Aviation has purchased to assets of the bankrupt VLM Airlines [added] and intends to restart it in 2017
December 14, 2016TNT Airways was formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987. Operations started in Belgium on 15Feb2000, now renamed to ASL Airlines Belgium [status change]
October 21, 2016JetairFly was established as TUI Belgium on 13Nov2003. Renamed to TUIfly (Belgium) [added] on 19Oct2016

Airline

Operating DatesStatus
Abelag Airways   

1979 - 1980

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Belgium was formed as Abelag Airways, a charter airline on 03May1979

^ Genealogy : Abelag Airways >Air Belgium

Abelag Aviation   

1983 - date

Active

^ Comments : Abelag Aviation was formed in 1964. Absorbed Lamda Jet in 1995 & merged with Sky Service in 2005

^ Genealogy : Lamda Jet >>Abelag Aviation

ACE (Air Charter Express Ghana)   

2007 - 2009

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Rainbow Cargo Express >Race Cargo Airlines + Cargo Plus Airlines => Cargoplus Aviation >ACE >Meridian Airways

ACS (Air Charter Service)   

1997* - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aerowings   

2001* - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Belgium   

(2016)

Began?

^ Comments : Air Belgium intends to commence revenue operations later this year out of Liège

^ Genealogy :  

Air Belgium   

1980 - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Belgium was formed as Abelag Airways,a charter airline on 03May1979

^ Genealogy : Abelag Airways >Air Belgium

Air Dakota Belgium   

1996 - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Exel   

1988* - 1991

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Mercury International (AMI Cargo)   

1990* - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Meuse   

1990* - 1997

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Transport   

1947 - 1950

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Transport was formed as Trans-Air

^ Genealogy : Trans-Air >Air Transport

Air Union Belge   

1946* - 1954

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Wallonie   

1976* - 1979

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Airline One   

(1999)

Began?

^ Comments :  

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Airlines 1992   

1990* - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Airventure   

2004* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Albatros Air   

(2004)

Began?

^ Comments :  

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Antwerp Air   

1985* - 1986

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ASL (Air Service Liège)   

1998 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ASL Airlines Belgium   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : TNT Airways was formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987. Operations started in Belgium on 15Feb2000. TNT Airways renamed to ASL Airlines Belgium

^ Genealogy : TNT Aviation Services >TNT Express >ASL Airlines Belgium

Aviameer Airlines   

1958 - 1960

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Avions Fairey   

1931* - 1978

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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BEAP   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Belgian World Airlines   

1998 - 1998

Inactive

^ Comments : Belgian World Airlines was formed on 12Apr1994 as ChallengAir

^ Genealogy : ChallengAir >Belgian World Airlines

Belgium European Airways   

(1990*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Belgium Universal Airways   

(2003)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

BelgiumExel   

2004 - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments : BelgiumExel ceased operations on 09May2005

^ Genealogy :  

Benelux Overseas Airfreighters   

(1978*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

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BFS International (Benelux Falcon Service)  updated

1981 - 1995

Renamed

^ Comments : Constellation International Airlines was founded on 27May1978 as Unijet. Renamed to BFS International (Benelux Falcon Service)on 28Oct1981 and then to Constellation International Airlines on 07Feb1995. unded on 23Jun1995, and started operations with B.727-200 aircraft from Brussels Airport. Constellation International Airlines ceased operations due to financial troubles on 03Dec1999, and was declared bankrupt on 15Dec1999

^ Genealogy : Unijet >BFS International >Constellation International

BIAC (Belgian International Air Cargo)   

1986* - 1990

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

BIAS (Belgium International Air Services)   

1959 - 1980

Inactive

^ Comments : BIAS (Belgium International Air Services) was formed & commences operations in 1959 with a single Douglas Skymaster

^ Genealogy :  

BIAS Overseas   

1968^ - 1979*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Birdy Airlines   

2002 - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : Birdy Airlines was founded in 2002 offering Inclusive services to West Africa for SN Brussels. Fleet & crew absorbed into SN Brussels Airlines

^ Genealogy : Birdy Airlines >>SN Brussels Airlines + Virgin Express =>Brussels Airlines

BLM (Brabo Luchtvaartmaatschappij)   

1974 - 1974

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Boag Air   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments : Boag Air planned to start cargo operations in 2005 using B747-200F freighters from Ostend Brugge International but didn't actually start

^ Genealogy :  

Boboli Airfreight   

(1978*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

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Brussels Airlines   

2007 - date

Active

^ Comments : Brussels Airlines was created following the merger of SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) and Virgin Express. Began operations on 25Mar2007.

^ Genealogy : DAT (Delta Air Transport) >DAT Plus >SN Brussels Airlines + Virgin Express =>Brussels Airlines

Brussels International Airlines   

2000* - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : Brussels International Airline was founded in 1999 as Red Air

^ Genealogy : Red Air >Brussels International Airline

C.A.G.   

1998* - 1999*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Cargo Air Transport   

1975 - 1976

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Cargo B Airlines   

2007 - 2009

Inactive

^ Comments : Cargo B Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection and stopped all operations on 01Jul2009

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Cargo Lyon   

1999* - 1999*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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CER   

1977* - 1981

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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ChallengAir   

1994 - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments : ChallengAir was formed 12Apr1994 & started operations on 01Jun1994

^ Genealogy : ChallengAir >Belgian World Airlines

Chartair European Airlines   

1993* - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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CityBird (City Bird)   

1997 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Coastal Air Transport   

1953* - 1960

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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COBETA (Compagnie Belge de Transports Aeriens)   

1946* - 1954

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Constellation International Airlines  updated

1995 - 1999

Inactive

^ Comments : Constellation International Airlines was founded on 27May1978 as Unijet. Renamed to BFS International (Benelux Falcon Service)on 28Oct1981 and then to Constellation International Airlines on 07Feb1995. unded on 23Jun1995, and started operations with B.727-200 aircraft from Brussels Airport. Constellation International Airlines ceased operations due to financial troubles on 03Dec1999, and was declared bankrupt on 15Dec1999

^ Genealogy : Unijet >BFS International >Constellation International

Continental International Airlines   

1999* - 1999

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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DAT (Delta Air Transport)   

1966 - 2002

Renamed

^ Comments : DAT briefly operated under the “DAT Plus” brand, but subsequently rebranded as SN Brussels Airlines on 15Feb2002

^ Genealogy : DAT (Delta Air Transport) >DAT Plus >SN Brussels Airlines + Virgin Express =>Brussels Airlines

DAT Plus   

2001* - 2002

Renamed

^ Comments : DAT briefly operated under the “DAT Plus” brand, but subsequently rebranded as SN Brussels Airlines on 15Feb2002

^ Genealogy : DAT (Delta Air Transport) >DAT Plus >SN Brussels Airlines + Virgin Express =>Brussels Airlines

DAT Wallonie   

1990 - 1991*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Delsey   

2002 - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments : Delsey was founded by Freddy Van Gaver as VG Airlines

^ Genealogy : VG Airlines >Delsey

Delta International   

1973 - 1973

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

DemaVIA Airlines   

1993 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

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EAT (European Air Transport)   

1971 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments : EAT (European Air Transport) was founded in 1971. Through a merger agreement dated 10Feb2010, European Air Transport, Brussels was dissolved, and it's assets incorporated by the European Air Transport Leipzig and merged with it in late Mar2010. EAT Leipzig was awarded its air operator’s certificate on 31Mar2010

^ Genealogy : European Air Transport +>EAT Leipzig

EBA (Euro Belgium Airlines)   

1992 - 1996

Renamed

^ Comments : Virgin Express was established 1992 & operations started in Nov1992 as EuroBelgian Airlines. Aquired by the Virgin Group in Apr1996 and subsequently renamed

^ Genealogy : EuroBelgian Airlines >Virgin Express + SN Brussels Airlines =>Brussels Airlines

EJI (Eurojet International)   

1987* - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Euro Direct   

1995 - 1996

Inactive

^ Comments : Euro Direct was formed as Sky Freighters, renamed to Euro Direct België in 1994 and to current name in 1995

^ Genealogy : Sky Freighters >Euro Direct België >Euro Direct

Euro Direct België   

1994 - 1995

Renamed

^ Comments : Euro Direct was formed as Sky Freighters, renamed to Euro Direct België in 1994 and to current name in 1995

^ Genealogy : Sky Freighters >Euro Direct België >Euro Direct

European Airlift   

1990* - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

European Airlines   

1991* - 1995

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

European Airways International   

1984* - 1985

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

European Expedite   

1989 - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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First International Airlines   

1997* - 2006*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Flanders Airlines   

1989 - 1990

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Frevag Airlines + Servisair =>Flanders Airlines >>BAF >British World Airlines

Flandre Air   

**** - ****

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Flying Partners   

2000* - 2003*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Flying Service   

2000* - 2001*

Status?

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^ Genealogy :  

FlyingGroup   

1995* - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Frefag Airlines   

1989 - 1989

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Frevag Airlines   

1989* - 1989

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Frevag Airlines + Servisair =>Flanders Airlines >>BAF >British World Airlines

Frobisher Airways   

1992 - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Global Airways*   

2002* - 2002*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Global Lift   

(2016)

Began?

^ Comments : Global Lift is hoping to start cargo operations towards the end of 2016

^ Genealogy :  

Hapag-Lloyd Belgium   

2000* - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hawa Air (Helicopter Aircraft World Association)   

1975 - 1988

Inactive

^ Comments : Hawa Air was a charter airline that operated from Deurne. It was maneuvered to close down under political pressure in 1988

^ Genealogy :  

IFA (International Freight Airways)   

1977 - 1978

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Inair   

1970* - 1970

Renamed

^ Comments : Ostend based. Pomair was formed as Inair and renamed to current name via Transpomair

^ Genealogy : Inair >Transpomair >Pomair

Jason Air   

1998* - 1999*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jetair   

1984 - 1984

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

JetairFly   

2005 - 2016

Renamed

^ Comments : JetairFly was established as TUI Airlines Belgium on 13Nov2003. Renamed to Jetairfly & commenced operations on 23Nov2005. Renamed to TUIfly (Belgium) on 19Oct2016

^ Genealogy : TUI Belgium >JetairFly >TUIfly (Belgium)

John Mahieu Aviation   

1948 - 1954

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Lamda Jet   

1995* - 1995

Renamed

^ Comments : Lamda Jet was acquired by Abelag Aviation in 1995

^ Genealogy : Lamda Jet >>Abelag Aviation

Lignes Aeriennes Wallones   

1980 - 1981

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Meridian Airways   

2009 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Rainbow Cargo Express >Race Cargo Airlines + Cargo Plus Airlines => Cargoplus Aviation >ACE >Meridian Airways

MIBA Aviation   

1994 - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ONA (Overseas National Airways)   

1987* - 1990

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pomair   

1971 - 1976

Inactive

^ Comments : Ostend based. Pomair was formed as Inair and renamed to current name via Transpomair

^ Genealogy : Inair >Transpomair >Pomair

Publi-Air   

1959^ - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Red Air   

2000 - 2000*

Renamed

^ Comments : Brussels International Airline was founded in 1999 as Red Air

^ Genealogy : Red Air >Brussels International Airline

Redair (Regional Economic Development by Air)   

1993* - 1993*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sabena   

1924 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : Sabena was formed 23May1923, first paying flight was on 01Apr1924 & last flight 07Nov2001

^ Genealogy :  

Servisair   

1986* - 1989

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Frevag Airlines + Servisair =>Flanders Airlines >>BAF >British World Airlines

SIDMA   

1968* - 1970

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sky Freighters   

1994* - 1994

Renamed

^ Comments : Euro Direct was formed as Sky Freighters, renamed to Euro Direct België in 1994 and to current name in 1995

^ Genealogy : Sky Freighters >Euro Direct België >Euro Direct

Sky Service   

1983 - 2005

Renamed

^ Comments : Sky Service provided ad-hoc charters, taxi and cargo services out of Wevelgem. (merged into Abelag Aviation in 2005)

^ Genealogy : Sky Service >>Abelag Aviation

SkyJet   

1990 - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments : SkyJet Europe was founded in 1990 as SkyJet

^ Genealogy : SkyJet >SkyJet Europe

SkyJet Europe   

1998 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : SkyJet Europe was founded in 1990 as SkyJet

^ Genealogy : SkyJet >SkyJet Europe

SN Brussels Airlines   

2002 - 2007

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : DAT (Delta Air Transport) >DAT Plus >SN Brussels Airlines + Virgin Express =>Brussels Airlines

SNETA (Sindecat National pour l'Etrude de Transports Aeriens)   

1919 - 1920

Renamed

^ Comments : SNETA was founded on 31Mar1919 by Georges Nélis with the support of King Albert I. Ceased operations on 23May1923 & merged into Sabena.

^ Genealogy : SNETA >>Sabena

Sobelair (Société Belge des Transports Par Air SA)   

1946* - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : Sobelair was founded on 30Jul1946 as the charter arm of Sabena. Formed to provide services to the Congo (formerly Zaire). Charter arm of Sabena, which unforunately collapsed in 2002, operating passenger charter and holiday flights. Declared bankrupt on 19Jan2004 and ceased operating

^ Genealogy :  

Sunair   

(1976*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sunrise   

(2003)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Take Air   

2015 - date

Active

^ Comments : Take Air status changed as airline started earlier this year

^ Genealogy :  

TASI (Transactions Air Service International)   

(1997)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TEA (Trans European Airways)   

1971* - 1991

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : TEA >>EBA (Euro Belgium Airlines) >Virgin Express >Brussels Airlines >Brussels Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium)   

2002 - date

Active

^ Comments : Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) started operations on 13Mar2002

^ Genealogy :  

TNT Airways   

2000 - 2016

Renamed

^ Comments : TNT Airways was formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987. Operations started in Belgium on 15Feb2000. TNT Airways renamed to ASL Airlines Belgium

^ Genealogy : TNT Aviation Services >TNT Express >ASL Airlines Belgium

Trans Cair   

1998 - 1998

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Trans-Air   

1946 - 1947

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Transport was formed as Trans-Air

^ Genealogy : Trans-Air >Air Transport

Transjet   

1979* - 1983

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Transpomair   

1970 - 1971

Renamed

^ Comments : Ostend based. Pomair was formed as Inair and renamed to current name via Transpomair

^ Genealogy : Inair >Transpomair >Pomair

Transport International Aerien   

1982* - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tubel Air   

1993* - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TUI Belgium   

2004 - 2005

Renamed

^ Comments : JetairFly was established as TUI Belgium on 13Nov2003. Renamed to Jetairfly & commenced operations on 23Nov2005. Renamed to TUIfly (Belgium) on 19Oct2016

^ Genealogy : TUI Belgium >JetairFly >TUIfly (Belgium)

TUI Belgium   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : JetairFly was established as TUI Belgium on 13Nov2003. Renamed to Jetairfly & commenced operations on 23Nov2005. Renamed to TUIfly (Belgium) on 19Oct2016

^ Genealogy : TUI Belgium >JetairFly >TUIfly (Belgium)

Unijet  updated

1978* - 1981

Renamed

^ Comments : Constellation International Airlines was founded on 27May1978 as Unijet. Renamed to BFS International (Benelux Falcon Service)on 28Oct1981 and then to Constellation International Airlines on 07Feb1995. unded on 23Jun1995, and started operations with B.727-200 aircraft from Brussels Airport. Constellation International Airlines ceased operations due to financial troubles on 03Dec1999, and was declared bankrupt on 15Dec1999

^ Genealogy : Unijet >BFS International >Constellation International

VG Airlines   

2002 - 2002

Renamed

^ Comments : Delsey was founded by Freddy Van Gaver as VG Airlines

^ Genealogy : VG Airlines >Delsey

Virgin Express   

1996 - 2007

Renamed

^ Comments : Virgin Express was established 1992 & operations started in Nov1992 as EuroBelgian Airlines. Aquired by the Virgin Group in Apr1996 and subsequently renamed

^ Genealogy : EuroBelgian Airlines >Virgin Express + SN Brussels Airlines =>Brussels Airlines

Vizion Air   

2013 - date

Active

^ Comments : Vizion Air operations started on 23Jan2013 with ad-hoc charter operations with Fokker 50

^ Genealogy :  

VLM Airlines (Vlaamse Luchttransportmaatschappij)   

1993 - 2016

Inactive

^ Comments : VLM started operations on 15May1993. On 22Jun2016 VLM Airlines declared bankruptcy. All flights were cancelled with immediate effect and all planes grounded. Will restart shortly

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Wallonair   

1981* - 1982

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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World Air   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

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Young Cargo   

1975 - 1979

Inactive

^ Comments : Young Cargo was formed on 04Mar1974, by Edward Le Jeune to operate cargo charter services. Operations began in Apr1975

^ Genealogy :  

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