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France is a republic in western Europe, bordered on the north by the English Channel and the North Sea (which separate it from Great Britain); on the northeast by Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany; on the east by Germany, Switzerland, and Italy; on the southeast by Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea; on the south by Spain and Andorra; and on the west by the Bay of Biscay (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean). France is approximately hexagonal in shape, with an extreme length from north to south of about 965 km (about 600 mi) and a maximum width of about 935 km (about 580 mi). The republic of France includes ten overseas possessions. These include the overseas departments of French Guiana, in South America; Martinique and Guadeloupe, in the West Indies; and Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. Territorial collectivises and dependencies include Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, and Wallis and Futuna Islands. The total area of metropolitan France, which also includes the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean, is 543,965 sq km (210,026 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Paris.
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January 5, 2017Strategic Airlines (France) was founded in 2009 & ceased in Sep2010 [added]
January 5, 2017Heli Champagne Arden was helicopter arm of Champagne Airlines that was created in 1993 [added]
January 5, 2017Kymair operated ATR aircraft throughout the 1990s [added]

Airline

Operating DatesStatus
ACE Transvalair (Air Charter Express & Air Executive)   

1984 - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Aelis Air Service  added

2008* - 2008*

Inactive

^ Comments : Aelis Air Service was a passenger charter carriet based at Nantes Atlantique (NTE)

^ Genealogy :  

Aeris Charter Airline   

1999 - 2003

Inactive

^ Comments : Aeris was founded as Air Toulouse International (ATI) in 1990. Acquired Westair in 2002. Ceased operating in late 2003. Charter flights from regional and Paris airports

^ Genealogy : Air Toulouse International (ATI) >Aeris

Aeris Express   

2003 - 2003

Inactive

^ Comments : Aeris Express was formed by Aeris Charter Airlines as a low-cost carrier in 2003

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Aero Berlin   

**** - ****

Status?

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Aero Cargo   

1947* - 1948*

Status?

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Aero France International   

1989* - 1991

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Aero Services Executive   

2000* - 2004*

Status?

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Aerocondor   

2005 - 2006*

Status?

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Aerolinair   

2002* - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : Aerolinair was formed in 2002

^ Genealogy :  

AeroLyon (Aero Lyon)   

1996 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : AeroLyon (Aero Lyon) was formed in 1996. Ceased operations in late 2001 and intended to restart under the name of L-Air but unfortunately it did not happen

^ Genealogy : AeroLyon (Aero Lyon) >L-Air

Aeromaritime (Compagnie Aeromaritime d'Affretement)   

1967 - 1990

Renamed

^ Comments : Aeromaritime was founded in 1966 & became operational on 11Jan1967. B737-33A and Super Guppy operator that was originally a subsiduary of UTA & renamed to Airbus Inter Transport

^ Genealogy : Aeromaritime >Airbus Inter Transport

Aerope 3S Aviation   

2001* - 2001*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Aeropostale   

1927 - 1933

Renamed

^ Comments : Lignes Aérienns Latécoère started operations on 25Dec1918 & rebranded as Aéropostale in 1927. Aéropostale started regular flights between Rio de Janeiro and Natal on 22Nov1927

^ Genealogy : Lignes Aérienns Latécoère >Aéropostale +>Air France

Aerotechnique International   

**** - ****

Status?

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Aerotour (Aero Tour)   

1976 - 1979*

Status?

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Aigle Azur   

1946 - 1969

Renamed

^ Comments : Aigle Azur was created by Sylvain Floirat in Apr1946. Reformed as Lucas Aviation then Lucas Aigle Azur. Rebranded back to Aigle Azur

^ Genealogy : Aigle Azur >Lucas Aviation >Lucas Aigle Azur >Aigle Azur

Aigle Azur Transports Aeriens   

2001 - date

Active

^ Comments : Aigle Azur was created by Sylvain Floirat in Apr1946. Reformed as Lucas Aviation then Lucas Aigle Azur. Rebranded back to Aigle Azur

^ Genealogy : Aigle Azur >Lucas Aviation >Lucas Aigle Azur >Aigle Azur

Air Alpes   

1961 - 1981

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Alpes was founded & started operations in 1961. Launch customer for Aerospatiale Corvette. [TAT EUROPEAN AIRLINES was formed by Michel Marchais in 1968 as an air taxi company known as TOURAINE AIR TRANSPORT. Acquired AIR ALPES, AIR PARIS, AIR ALSACE, AIR ROUERQUE, TAXI AVIA FRANCE and ROUSSEAU AVIATION. As a result of the wider services the airline was renamed to TRANSPORT AERIEN TRANSREGIONAL. Later renamed to TAT. BA Express. Merged into AIR LIBERTE] [AIR LIB was formed by merger of AOM and AIR LIBERTE and was previously known as AOM-AIR LIBERTE. Ceased operations in early 2003].

^ Genealogy : Air Champagne Ardennes >> Air Alpes >>Touraine Air Transport >Transport Aerien Transregional >TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Air Alsace (Air Lorraine)   

1962* - 1986*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Air Lib

Air Angouleme   

1976* - 2012

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Anjou Transports   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

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Air Aquitaine   

1991 - 1991*

Status?

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Air Asie   

1926* - 1929

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Asie was formed in 1926. Air Orient was created in 1929 from the merger of Air Asie & Air Union Lignes d’Orient (renamed from Messageries Transaeriennes). Merged with Air France on 07Oct1933

^ Genealogy : Air Asie + Air Union Lignes d’Orient =>Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

Air Atlantique   

1963* - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Berlin France   

1989* - 1989*

Status?

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Air Bleu   

1935 - 1940*

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Bleu started daily mail operations in France on 10Jul1935

^ Genealogy : >Air France

Air Bretagne   

1996* - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Bretagne filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations in 2001. operated five King Air 100s and 200s

^ Genealogy :  

Air Caen (Societe Aeronautique Air Caen)   

1963* - 1967*

Status?

^ Comments : Air Caen (Societe Aeronautique Air Caen) operated taxi and charter services, undertakes aerial work and runs a flying school

^ Genealogy :  

Air Centre   

1972* - 1972*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Air Champagne Ardennes   

1971* - 1974

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Champagne Ardennes merged into Air Alpes

^ Genealogy : Air Champagne Ardennes >> Air Alpes >>Touraine Air Transport >Transport Aerien Transregional >TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Air Charter   

1984 - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Charter was established on 07Feb1966 as SAFA. Operations began on 25Jul1966. It was renamed on 08Dec1969 to Air Charter International. Renamed again to Air Charter & services ceased on 24Oct1998. Into Air France

^ Genealogy : Societe Aerienne Francaise d'Affretement (SAFA) >Air Charter International >Air Charter >>Air France

Air Charter (Asia)   

1993 - 1998

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Charter (Asia) was a subsidiary of Air France & began operating flights between Paris and Taipei via Hong Kong in 1993. Ceased operations in 1998

^ Genealogy :  

Air Charter International   

1969 - 1984

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Charter was established on 07Feb1966 as SAFA. Ops began on 25Jul1966. Renamed on 08Dec1969 to Air Charter International. Renamed to Air Charter & services ceased on 24Oct1998. Into Air France

^ Genealogy : Societe Aerienne Francaise d'Affretement (SAFA) >Air Charter International >Air Charter >>Air France

Air Cidna   

1928* - 1935*

Status?

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Air City Wings   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

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Air Continent   

1963 - 1972*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Esterel >Air Continent

Air Continents   

(1999)

Began?

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Air Corse   

1985* - 1990

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Air Corsica   

2010 - date

Active

^ Comments : Air Corsica was established on 01Jan1989 & operations started on 15Jun1990 as Compagnie Corse Mediterranee. Renamed from CCM to Air Corsica on 14Oct2010

^ Genealogy : Compagnie Corse Mediterranee >CCM Airlines >Air Corsica

Air Dauphine   

1964 - 1971*

Status?

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Air Dieppe   

1972* - 1972*

Status?

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Air Enterprise   

1972* - 1972*

Status?

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^ Genealogy :  

Air Entreprise International   

1992* - 1995*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Esterel   

1963* - 1963

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Esterel was taken over by Air Continent in 1963

^ Genealogy : Air Esterel >Air Continent

Air Exel France   

1990* - 2000*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air France   

1933 - date

Active

^ Comments : Air France was formed on 07Oct1933 by a merger of 5 airlines

^ Genealogy : Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

Air France Asie   

1998* - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : Air France Asie was established in 1998 by Air France to allow access to Taiwan

^ Genealogy : Air France Asie >>Air France

Air France Asie Cargo   

1998* - 2007

Renamed

^ Comments : Air France Asie was established in 1998 by Air France to allow access to Taiwan

^ Genealogy : Air France Asie >>Air France

Air France Cargo   

2001* - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air France Europe   

1996 - 1997

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Inter was founded on 12Nov1954. It operated its first commercial flight on 16Mar195. Renamed to Air France Europe on 12Jan1990 & was absorbed into Air France on 01Apr1997

^ Genealogy : Air Inter >Air France Europe >>Air France

Air France Soleil   

(2007)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Fret Service (Compagnie Air Fret)   

1964* - 1980

Inactive

^ Comments : Compagnie Air Fret was formed in 1964 to operate passenger and cargo charter services in Europe, Africa, The Middle and Far East

^ Genealogy :  

Air Galaxy   

**** - ****

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Air Horizons   

2004 - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments : AIR HORIZONS was formed by Alexandre Couvela in 1962 as EURALAIR HORIZONS. Filed for bankruptcy in late 2003 and ceased operations. Taken over by UK company Angel Gate in 2004 and renamed to current name. Filed for bankuptcy again and ceased operating on 14Nov2005

^ Genealogy : Euralair Horizons >Air Horizons

Air Inter   

1958 - 1990

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Inter was founded on 12Nov1954. It operated its first commercial flight on 16Mar1958. Renamed to Air France Europe on 12Jan1990 & was absorbed into Air France on 01Apr1997

^ Genealogy : Air Inter >Air France Europe >>Air France

Air Jet (AirJet)   

1980* - 2003

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Kallyste International   

1984 - 1984

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Languedoc   

1975* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Lib   

2001 - 2003

Inactive

^ Comments : AOM and Air Liberte merge to create a new airline called Air Lib on 21Sep2001. Began operations on 22Sep2001

^ Genealogy : AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

Air Lib Express   

2002* - 2003

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Liberte   

1988 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Liberte, formed in Jul1987, began operations in Apr1988. AOM and Air Liberte merge to create Air Lib on 21Sep2001

^ Genealogy : AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

Air Littoral   

1972 - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Littoral was founded in Apr1972 and originally based at Montpellier - Méditerranée Airport in Montpellier. It started operations on 23May1972 with a Nice-Montpellier-Perpignan service. In 1975 it was headquartered at Aérodrome du Castellet. Acquired Compagnie Aerienne du Languedoc in 1988. The airline was closed down by the French authorities in Feb2004

^ Genealogy : Compagnie Aerienne du Languedoc >Air Littoral

Air Littoral Express   

1996* - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Littoral Riviera   

1996 - 1998*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Lorient   

1991 - 1991

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Mediterranee  updated

1997 - 2016

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Mediterranee was formed in 1997 & operations started on 30Jun1997. Ceased on 15Feb2016 & was liquidated by the courts after amassing debts of €60m and all aircraft were returned to their lessors

^ Genealogy :  

Air Midi Bigorre   

1997* - 1998

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Midi Bigorre was founded in 1997 & ceased operations in 1998. Operated a single B.737-200

^ Genealogy :  

Air Nice   

(2010)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Nolis   

1948* - 1950

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Normandie (Normandie Aviation)   

1991* - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Normandie was formed in 1991 & operated scheduled domestic passenger services out of Rouen. Ceased operations in 2001

^ Genealogy :  

Air Ocean   

1946* - 1946*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Open Sky   

1997 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Orient   

1929 - 1933

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Orient was created in 1929 from the merger of Air Asie & Air Union Lignes d’Orient (renamed from Messageries Transaeriennes). Merged with Air France on 07Oct1933

^ Genealogy : Air Asie + Air Union Lignes d’Orient =>Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

Air Orly   

**** - ****

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Paris was formerly known as Air Orly. Acquired by AT European Airlines

^ Genealogy : Air Orly >Air Paris >>TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Air Ouest   

1978* - 1978*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Outre-Mer   

1953 - 1992

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Outre-Mer + Minerve =>AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

Air Paris   

1971* - 1979*

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Paris was formerly known as Air Orly. Acquired by AT European Airlines

^ Genealogy : Air Orly >Air Paris >>TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Air Passaquay   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Perigord   

1972* - 1972*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Perigord   

1985 - 1985

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Poitou-Charentes   

**** - ****

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Air Provence   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Provence   

1985 - 1996

Renamed

^ Comments : West Air France started operations as Air Provence in 1985 & renamed to Air Provence International in 1996. Acquired by West Air Sweden & renamed. Liquidated, lack of business

^ Genealogy : Air Provence >Air Provence International >West Air France

Air Provence Charter   

1995* - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments : Virgin Express (France) was founded as Air Provence Charter on 11Nov1995.Ceased operations on 20Mar1998 before renaming

^ Genealogy : Air Provence Charter >Virgin Express (France)

Air Provence International   

1996 - 2002

Renamed

^ Comments : West Air France started operations as Air Provence in 1985 & renamed to Air Provence International in 1996. Acquired by West Air Sweden & renamed. Liquidated, lack of business

^ Genealogy : Air Provence >Air Provence International >West Air France

Air Pyrenee   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Rouergue   

1974 - 1977

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Uni Air Rouergue >Air Rouergue >UAR

Air Service International   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Service Nantes   

1989* - 2000*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Service Vosges   

1976* - 2007*

Status?

^ Comments : Air Service Vosges was a Epinay based carrier that was founded in 1976

^ Genealogy :  

Air Toulouse (SNATI)   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Toulouse International (ATI)   

1990 - 2000

Renamed

^ Comments : Aeris was founded as Air Toulouse International (ATI) in 1990. Acquired Westair in 2002. Ceased operating in late 2003

^ Genealogy : Air Toulouse International (ATI) >Aeris

Air Transport Pyrenees   

1989* - 2000*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Transport Pyrenees

Air Turquoise (Air Tourquoise)   

2005 - 2006

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Turquoise was founded on 21Jun2005. Ceased operations on 19Jul2006

^ Genealogy :  

Air Union Lignes d’Orient   

1927* - 1929

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Orient was created in 1929 from the merger of Air Asie & Air Union Lignes d’Orient (renamed from Messageries Transaeriennes). Merged with Air France on 07Oct1933

^ Genealogy : Messageries Transaeriennes >Air Union Lignes d’Orient + Air Asie =>Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

Air Vendee   

1975* - 1992

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Vendee + Airlec =>Regional Airlines >Regional >Hop!

Air2   

2017 >

Planned

^ Comments : Air2 is a start-up planning to launch budget operations by the end of 2017

^ Genealogy :  

Airbus Inter Transport Aeromaritime   

1990 - 2000*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Airbus Inter Transport

Airbus Transport International (ATI)   

1996* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aire d'Evasions (Air Evasion)   

1993 - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments : Short-lived Aire d'Evasions (Air Evasion) was formed in 1993 as a charter airline to operate IT flights to North America with DC.8-73 aircraft. Operations began in Feb1993 but failed in early 1994

^ Genealogy :  

Airlec   

1965* - 1992

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Vendee + Airlec =>Regional Airlines >Regional >Hop!

Airlec Air Espace   

2004* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

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Airlinair   

1999 - 2013

Renamed

^ Comments : Airlinair was integrated with Brit Air & Regional to form Hop! on 31Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Airlinair + Brit Air + Regional =>Hop!

Airmust   

(1992)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Airnautic   

1962* - 1962*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air-Union   

1923* - 1933

Renamed

^ Comments : Air-Union was formed by the amalgamation of Compagnie des messageries aériennes and CGEA (Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens in 1923

^ Genealogy : CGEA (Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens + Compagnie des messageries aériennes =>Air Union + Air Orient + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

AlsaceExel   

2004 - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Alsair   

1982* - 2007

Inactive

^ Comments : Alsair was a Colmar based carrier founded in 1982

^ Genealogy :  

Alsavia   

1989 - 1993

Inactive

^ Comments : Alsavia was created on 22Feb1989

^ Genealogy :  

ALTA (Air Limousin Transport Aerien)   

1979* - 1989*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Alter Baeri   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

AMIS (Air Mediterranee International System)   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

AOM   

1992 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : AOM and Air Liberte merge to create Air Lib on 21Sep2001

^ Genealogy : Air Outre-Mer + Minerve =>AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

APG Airlines   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : APG Airlines operations have started out of Cannes Mandelieu (CEQ)

^ Genealogy :  

Aquitania Airlines   

(1998*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aria   

2004 - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments : Aria was established in Mar2004 and started operations in Sep2004. Services were suspended on 25Jan2004

^ Genealogy :  

ASL Airlines France   

2015 - date

Active

^ Comments : Europe Airpost was founded in 1987 as Intercargo Service. Operations started under current name on 30Jun2000. Renamed to ASL Airlines France in 2015

^ Genealogy : Intercargo Service >InterCiel Services >L'Aeropostale >Europe Airpost >ASL Airlines France

Atlantique Air Assistance   

1989* - 2015

Renamed

^ Comments : Atlas Atlantique Airlines was created in 1989 as Atlantique Air Assistance

^ Genealogy : Atlantique Air Assistance >Atlas Atlantique Airlines

Atlas Atlantique Airlines   

2015 - date

Active

^ Comments : Atlas Atlantique Airlines was created in 1989 as Atlantique Air Assistance

^ Genealogy : Atlantique Air Assistance >Atlas Atlantique Airlines

AUsTer EXtreme-Orient (Autrex)   

1950* - 1950*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Auxiair   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Avdef ( Aviation Défense Service)  added

2015* - date

Active

^ Comments : Avdef is a passenger charter carrier based at Nîmes Garons (FNI)

^ Genealogy :  

Avia Taxi France  updated

1965* - 1973

Renamed

^ Comments : Avia Taxi France was created in 1965 and renamed Taxi Avia France in 1973, was bought by TAT [TAT EUROPEAN AIRLINES was formed by Michel Marchais in 1968 as an air taxi company known as TOURAINE AIR TRANSPORT. Acquired AIR ALPES, AIR PARIS, AIR ALSACE, AIR ROUERQUE, TAXI AVIA FRANCE and ROUSSEAU AVIATION. As a result of the wider services the airline was renamed to TRANSPORT AERIEN TRANSREGIONAL. Later renamed to TAT. BA Express. Merged into AIR LIBERTE] [AIR LIB was formed by merger of AOM and AIR LIBERTE and was previously known as AOM-AIR LIBERTE. Ceased operations in early 2003]

^ Genealogy : TAF >Avia Taxi France >>TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Avions Bleus (Les Avions Bleus)   

1949* - 1952

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Avions Taxis Pyreneens   

1989* - 1989*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Air Transport Pyrenees

Axis Airways   

2001 - 2006

Renamed

^ Comments : Marseille based freight and passenger charter carrier. NEW AXIS AIRWAYS was formed in Grenoble as SINAIR in 1999. Sold to Axis Partners in 2000 and renamed to AXIS AIRWAYS in 2001. Bankrupt in 2006 before being purchased and renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Sinair >Axis Airways >New Axis Airways

Belair (Ile de France)   

1995 - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments : Paris Orly based charter carrier which operated contract and promotional flights. Ceased operating in early 2000

^ Genealogy :  

Blue Line   

2002 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments : Blue Line ceased operations on 06Oct2010

^ Genealogy :  

Bordeaux Aviation   

1997* - date

Active

^ Comments : Bordeaux Aviation was founded in 1997

^ Genealogy :  

Bretagne Air Services   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Brit Air (Brittany Air International)   

1975 - 2013

Renamed

^ Comments : Brit Air was established in 1973 and started operations on 30Jun1975. Integrated with Airlinair & Regional to form Hop! on 31Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Airlinair + Brit Air + Regional =>Hop!

CAF (Compagnie Aerienne Francais)(Nimes-Nice)   

1919* - 1937*

Inactive

^ Comments : CAF (Compagnie Aerienne Francais)(Nimes-Nice) was created on 17Apr1919

^ Genealogy :  

Cantabrian Seaplane Company   

1920 - 1921*

Status?

^ Comments : Cantabrian Seaplane Company inaugurated its air service between Bayonne and Bilbao in Jun1920

^ Genealogy :  

CAP Airlines (Continent Air Paris)   

1995 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CAT (Cie Air Transport (Compagnie Air Transport))  updated

1949* - 1968*

Status?

^ Comments : CAT was formed as SOCIETE COMMERCIALE AERIENNE du LITTORAL in 1946. Registered as CAT in Feb1949 & rebranded. Operated cross channel car aircraft. Operated Bristol 170 aircraft into the UK in 1946

^ Genealogy : SCAL (Societe Commerciale Aerienne du Littoral) >CAT (Cie Air Transport (Compagnie Air Transport))

CAT (Compagnie Air Transport)   

1950 - 1951*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Catair   

1968* - 1978

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CATI (Compagnie Aerienne de Transports Indochinois)   

1950 - 1953

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Etablissement Roger Colin >CATI >Air Outre-Mer + Minerve =>AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

CCM Airlines   

2000 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Compagnie Corse Mediterranee >CCM Airlines >Air Corsica

CGEA (Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens)   

1919* - 1923

Renamed

^ Comments : CGEA was established 20Mar1919 & merged with Compagnie des messageries aériennes to form Air Union on 01Jan1923

^ Genealogy : GCEA + Compagnie des messageries aériennes =>Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

CGT (Compagnie Generale Transsaharienne)   

1948* - 1950

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CGTA (Compagnie Generale de Transport Aerien)   

1950* - 1951*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Chaillotine Air Service   

1998* - 2000*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Chalair   

1986* - 1987*

Renamed

^ Comments : Chalair Aviation was formed in 1986 as Chalair. Scheduled services out of Caen

^ Genealogy : Chalair >Chalair Aviation

Chalair Aviation   

1997* - date

Active

^ Comments : Chalair Aviation was formed in 1986 as Chalair. Scheduled services out of Caen

^ Genealogy : Chalair >Chalair Aviation

Champagne Airlines   

1998* - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments : Champagne Airlines was established in 1998 and operated air-taxi, executive services and scheduled services. Its main base was Reims Airport (RHE), with hubs at Le Havre Octeville Airport and Paris - Le Bourget Airport Heli-Champagne was sister company for helicopter activity. On 29Nov2005 its AOC was withdrawn following bankruptcy

^ Genealogy :  

CIDNA (Compagnie International de Navigation Aerienne)   

1925* - 1933

Renamed

^ Comments : CIDNA was formed on 01Jan1925. CIDNA formerly Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne. Started a network of routes heading into Checkoslovakia amd Turkey [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12Jan1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997].

^ Genealogy : Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>SGELA =>Air France

Cie Générale Aéropostale   

1927 - 1933

Inactive

^ Comments : Aeropostal was founded as Linea Aerea Venezolana (LAV) on 01Jan1935, when the Venezuelan Government took over the assets of French Cie Générale Aéropostale (which had started operating on 03Jul1929)

^ Genealogy : Cie Générale Aéropostale +>Linea Aerea Venezolana (LAV) >Aeropostal

CIP Transports   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Citybird France   

2001* - 2001*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CMA (Compagnie des messageries aériennes)  updated

1919 - 1923

Renamed

^ Comments : Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes was founded in Feb1919. Commenced a mail freight service between Paris and Lille, using ex-military Breguet 14s on 18Apr1919 [AIR UNION was formed by the amalgamation of CCIE des MESSAGERIES AERIENNES and CIE des GRANDS EXPRESS AERIENS] [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12Jan1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997]

^ Genealogy : CGEA (Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens + Compagnie des messageries aériennes =>Air Union + Air Orient + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA=>SGELA >Air France

Compagnie Aerienne du Languedoc   

1976^ - 1987*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Air Limousin Transport Aerien

Compagnie Aerienne du Languedoc   

1988* - 1988

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Littoral was founded in Apr1972 and originally based at Montpellier - Méditerranée Airport in Montpellier. It started operations on 23May1972 with a Nice-Montpellier-Perpignan service. In 1975 it was headquartered at Aérodrome du Castellet. Acquired Compagnie Aerienne du Languedoc in 1988. The airline was closed down by the French authorities in Feb2004

^ Genealogy : Compagnie Aerienne du Languedoc >Air Littoral

Compagnie Aeronautique Europeenne (CAE)   

1991 - 2002*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Compagnie Corse Mediterranee   

1990 - 2000

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Corsica was established on 01Jan1989 & operations started in Jun1990 as Compagnie Corse Mediterranee

^ Genealogy : Compagnie Corse Mediterranee >CCM Airlines >Air Corsica

Compagnie Francaise de Transports Aeriens   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Compagnie Generale Aeropostale   

1933 - 1946

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>SGELA >Air France

Compagnie Generale Transsaharienne   

1934* - 1934*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Compagnie Nationale Air France   

1948 - 1994

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Air France

Continentale Air Service   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Corsair   

1990 - 2005

Renamed

^ Comments : Corsair was founded as Corse Air International on 17May1981

^ Genealogy : Corse Air International >Corsair >Corsairfly >Corsair International

Corsair International   

2012 - date

Active

^ Comments : Corsair was founded as Corse Air International on 17May1981

^ Genealogy : Corse Air International >Corsair >Corsairfly >Corsair International

Corsairfly   

2005 - 2012

Renamed

^ Comments : Corsair was founded as Corse Air International on 17May1981

^ Genealogy : Corse Air International >Corsair >Corsairfly >Corsair International

Corse Air International   

1981 - 1990

Renamed

^ Comments : Corse Air International was formed on 17May1981 by the Rossi family & operations began on 01Jul1981. Taken over again by TUI and renamed to Corsair International

^ Genealogy : Corse Air International >Corsair >Corsairfly >Corsair International

Crossair Europe   

1998 - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments : Crossair Europe was formed in 1997 to take advantage of airlines liberalisation in the EU. Scheduled services to points in Italy and France started on and started operations on 29Mar1998 & ceased in Mar2005

^ Genealogy :  

CTAC (Compagnie de Transport Aerien et de Commerce)   

1953 - 1957

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Cyran R   

(2014)

Began?

^ Comments : Cyran R was owned by Gerard Depardieu but never started operations

^ Genealogy :  

Dakota Air   

**** - ****

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Dexxair   

1999* - 1999*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Diwan Airservice   

1999* - 2003*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Drakk'air   

1991 - 1991*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Dreamjet   

(2014)

Renamed

^ Comments : La Compagnie was originally known as Dreamjet and renamed before starting. Launched services on 17Jul2014

^ Genealogy : Dreamjet >La Compagnie

Dynami Aviation   

2004* - 2009*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

EAC (Europe Air Charter)   

2001* - 2001*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Eagle Aviation   

2002 - 2009

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Eagle Aviation Europe   

2009 - 2009

Renamed

^ Comments : Noor Airways was rebranded from Eagle Aviation Europe (2009-2009), which had been rebranded from Eagle Aviation France (founded in 1998)

^ Genealogy : Eagle Aviation France >Eagle Aviation Europe >Noor Airways

Eagle Aviation France   

2002 - 2009

Renamed

^ Comments : Noor Airways was rebranded from Eagle Aviation Europe (2009-2009), which had been rebranded from Eagle Aviation France (founded in 1998)

^ Genealogy : Eagle Aviation France >Eagle Aviation Europe >Noor Airways

EAS (Europe Air Service)   

1994* - 1995

Inactive

^ Comments : EAS was formed in 1965 as Europe Aero Services

^ Genealogy : Europe Aero Services >EAS

EBA France   

1993^ - 1996

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ECA (Europe Continental Airways)   

1998 - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

EFIS Cargo   

1995^ - 1997

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Elysair   

2006 - 2006

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Elysair >L'Avion >>Open Skies

Enhance Aero   

2011* - date

Active

^ Comments : EnhanceAero is an private charter operator with Embraer ERJ145s

^ Genealogy :  

Escadrille Mercure (Taxis Aeriens Mercure)   

1946 - 1970*

Status?

^ Comments : Escadrille Mercure operated taxi and charter services from le Bourget, Nice and Algiers

^ Genealogy :  

Etablissement Roger Colin   

1948* - 1950

Renamed

^ Comments : Etablissement Roger Colin was formed in 1948

^ Genealogy : Etablissement Roger Colin >CATI >Air Outre-Mer + Minerve =>AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

Euralair Horizons   

1964 - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Horizons was fromed as Euralair Horizons in 1962

^ Genealogy : Euralair Horizons >Air Horizons

Euralair International   

1964 - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments : EURALAIR-OCCITANIA was formed by the merger of OCCITANIA and EURALAIR INTERNATIONAL (Euralair was formed by Alexandre Couvelair in 1963 as SERVICE after both were taken over aviation investor Angel Gate Aviation. Euralair's business jets have been added to Occtania's

^ Genealogy : SERVICE >Euralair International + Occitania =>Euralair-Occitania

Euralair-Occitania   

2004 - 2004*

Inactive

^ Comments : EURALAIR-OCCITANIA was formed by the merger of OCCITANIA and EURALAIR INTERNATIONAL (Euralair was formed by Alexandre Couvelair in 1963 as SERVICE after both were taken over aviation investor Angel Gate Aviation. Euralair's business jets have been added to Occtania's

^ Genealogy : SERVICE >Euralair International + Occitania =>Euralair-Occitania

EuroBerlin France   

1988 - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments : Air France and Lufthansa established Euroberlin on 09Sep1998 & commenced operations on 07Nov1988. Dissolved on 29Oct1994

^ Genealogy :  

Eurociel   

(2008)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Eurofly   

(2004)

Began?

^ Comments : Eurofly intended to start operations in 2004 with an F.100. And then as Southwings in 2005 out of Marseilles

^ Genealogy : Eurofly >Southwings

Eurojet Airlines   

2002* - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : Eurojet Airlines provided services within Europe and to North Africa. Ceased operating when it's main client, Swiss tour operator Avione suspended it's activities.

^ Genealogy :  

Europ'Air   

(2003)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Europe Aero Services   

1966 - 1994*

Renamed

^ Comments : EAS was formed in 1965 as Europe Aero Services

^ Genealogy : Europe Aero Services >EAS

Europe Airpost   

2000 - 2015

Renamed

^ Comments : Europe Airpost was founded in 1987 as Intercargo Service. Operations started under current name on 30Jun2000. Renamed to ASL Airlines France in 2015

^ Genealogy : Intercargo Service >InterCiel Services >L'Aeropostale >Europe Airpost >ASL Airlines France

Executive Transports   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Express Team   

2001* - 2004*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Extand Air   

**** - ****

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Fairlines   

1998 - 1999

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Finist' Air   

1981* - date

Active

^ Comments : Finist' Air, a Brest-Guipvas based carrier, was founded in 1981

^ Genealogy :  

Flandre Air   

1977 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Flandre Air >>Proteus Air System >Regional Airlines >Regional >Hop!

Flowair Aviation   

2007* - 2007*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Fly Eurofly   

(2004)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Fly Kiss   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : Fly Kiss Fly Kiss launched services on 07Nov2016. Based at Auvergne International, Clermont-Ferrand

^ Genealogy :  

Fly Kiss   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : Fly Kiss launched services on 07Nov2016. Initial services was scheduled passenger flights from Brest Guipavas & Clermont-Ferrand to Lille, London Luton, Nice & Strasbourg

^ Genealogy :  

Flyeco   

(2004*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Flying Legend Organisation   

1993^ - 2006

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

FlyWest   

2004 - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

France Dakota   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

France DC3 SA   

1991* - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : France DC3 SA >Publi-Air

Franco-Bilbaïne de Transports Aéronautiques   

1920 - 1921

Inactive

^ Comments : Franco-Bilbaïne de Transports Aéronautiques provided an air service between Bayonne and Bilbao

^ Genealogy :  

Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aerienne   

1920 - 1922*

Renamed

^ Comments : Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aerienne was created as a joint project between Romania and France on 23Apr1920

^ Genealogy : Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aerienne >CIDNA…..>Air France

French Blue   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : French Blue is the name of Air Caraïbes new long-haul carrier that was established in 2016. Operated some long-haul flights on behalf of Air Caraïbes since 01Jul2016

^ Genealogy :  

Fretair   

1969* - 1970*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Gecat Frêt (Groupages Algerie Express Transports)   

1948 - 1950

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Grands Express Aériens   

1919* - 1923

Renamed

^ Comments : Grands Express was formed on 20Mar1919. Ceased operations on 01Jan1923 & merged with Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes to form Air Union

^ Genealogy : Grands Express Aériens + Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes =>Air Union…>Air France

Heli Champagne Arden  added

1993* - 2005*

Status?

^ Comments : Heli Champagne Arden was helicopter arm of Champagne Airlines that was created in 1993

^ Genealogy :  

Heli Securité Helicopter Airline  added

1992* - date

Active

^ Comments : Heli Securité Helicopter Airline was founded in 1992 by Dominique Romet

^ Genealogy :  

Heli-Courlis   

1999* - 1999*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Heliglobe Finet France Cargo (Finet France)   

1996* - 1997*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hexagon   

(2002)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hex'Air   

1991 - 2017

Renamed

^ Comments : Hex' Air was founded in 1991 based in Puy-en-Velay. Operations started in 1991. Scheduled, charter regional passenger airline. Merged into Twin Jet in Jan2017

^ Genealogy : Hex'Air >>Twin Jet

Hop!   

2013 - date

Active

^ Comments : Hop! was formed on 31Mar2013 by the merger of Airlinair, Brit Air & Regional Air

^ Genealogy : Airlinair + Brit Air + Regional Air =>Hop!

IAC (Industrie Air Charter)   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Igavion   

2013 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Inter Cargo Service   

1988* - 1989*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Intercargo Service   

1987* - 1989

Renamed

^ Comments : Intercargo Service was founded in 1987

^ Genealogy : Intercargo Service >InterCiel Services >L'Aeropostale >Europe Airpost

InterCiel Services   

1989 - 1991

Renamed

^ Comments : InterCiel Services was founded in 1987 as Intercargo Service

^ Genealogy : Intercargo Service >InterCiel Services >L'Aeropostale >Europe Airpost

Jet Alsace   

1988^ - 1993

Renamed

^ Comments : Trans Alsace was formed as Jet Alsace in 1988. Ceased operations on 03Jul1994

^ Genealogy : Jet Alsace >Trans Alsace

Jet Europe   

1990* - 1990*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jet Fret   

1987 - 1989*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : SFAir >Jet Fret

Jet Services   

1973^ - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >TNT

Jetway   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jupitair   

(2003)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Kel Air (Kel-Air)   

1988 - 1990

Inactive

^ Comments : Kel Air began operations on 22Dec1988

^ Genealogy :  

Kymair  added

1986* - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments : Kymair operated ATR aircraft throuhout the 1990s

^ Genealogy :  

Kyrnair   

1986 - 2000*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

La Compagnie   

2014 - date

Active

^ Comments : La Compagnie was originally known as Dreamjet and renamed before starting. Launched services on 17Jul2014

^ Genealogy : Dreamjet >La Compagnie

L'Aeropostale (Aeropostale)   

1991 - 2000

Renamed

^ Comments : Europe Airpost was founded in 1987 as Intercargo Service. Renamed to L'Aeropostale (Aeropostale)

^ Genealogy : Intercargo Service >InterCiel Services >L'Aeropostale >Europe Airpost

L-Air   

2002 - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : L-Air

LAM   

1941* - 1945

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Lance Aviation   

1983* - 1983*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

LAT   

Pre 1932

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : LAT >Compagnie Generale Aeropostale + Air Orient + Air Union + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

L'Avion   

2007 - 2008

Renamed

^ Comments : L'Avion first flight was on 03Jan2007 from Paris to Newark. L'Avion merged with with OpenSkies on 04Apr2009, retaining the latter name

^ Genealogy : Elysair >L'Avion >>Open Skies

LC Aviation   

1989* - 1989*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Leadair UniJet   

1995* - 1995*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Lignes Aeriennes Farman (Farman Airlines)  updated

1919 - 1919

Renamed

^ Comments : SGTA (Société Générale des Transports Aériens) formed as Lignes Aériennes Farman in 1919 was established on 08Feb1919 [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12 January 1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997]

^ Genealogy : Lignes Aeriennes Farman >CGTA + CIDNA + Air Orient + Air Union =>SGELA >Air France

Lignes Aériennes Intérieures   

1958 - 1958*

Renamed

^ Comments : [AIR FRANCE EUROPE was initially formed as LIGNES AERIENNES INTERIORS in 1954 and began operations in 1958 with service between Paris and Srasbourg. The name changed to AIR INTER and renamed to AIR INTER EUROPE in 1996 and to AIR FRANCE EUROPE later on in 1996 and fully integrated into AIR FRANCE in 1997]. [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12Jan1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997]

^ Genealogy : >Air France

Lignes Aérienns Latécoère ( Société des lignes Latécoère)   

1918 - 1927

Renamed

^ Comments : Lignes Aérienns Latécoère was formed in 1918 & started operations on 25Dec1918. Rebranded as Aéropostale in 1927. Introduced a network of routes into Western Africa. Its assets were incorporated into Air France in 1933

^ Genealogy : Lignes Aérienns Latécoère >Aéropostale +>Air France

Littoral Airlines   

(2004)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

LoirExel   

(2005*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Lucas Aigle Azur   

1977* - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : Aigle Azur was created by Sylvain Floirat in Apr1946. Reformed as Lucas Aviation then Lucas Aigle Azur. Rebranded back to Aigle Azur

^ Genealogy : Aigle Azur >Lucas Aviation >Lucas Aigle Azur >Aigle Azur

Lucas Air Transport   

1969 - 1992*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Lucas Aviation   

1970 - 1977*

Renamed

^ Comments : Aigle Azur was created by Sylvain Floirat in Apr1946. Reformed as Lucas Aviation then Lucas Aigle Azur. Rebranded back to Aigle Azur

^ Genealogy : Aigle Azur >Lucas Aviation >Lucas Aigle Azur >Aigle Azur

Messageries Transaeriennes   

1923* - 1927*

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Orient was created in 1929 from the merger of Air Asie & Air Union Lignes d’Orient (renamed from Messageries Transaeriennes). Merged with Air France on 07Oct1933

^ Genealogy : Messageries Transaeriennes >Air Union Lignes d’Orient + Air Asie =>Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA + SGTA =>Air France

Mid Airways (Mid Air)   

1994 - 2001*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Unknown

Midex Airline   

2007* - 2007*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Minerve   

1975 - 1992

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Outre-Mer + Minerve =>AOM + Air Liberte =>Air Lib

Miriadair   

1990* - 1990*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Nantes Aviation   

1975* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

National Air Service   

2005* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

National Private Air Transport   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Neu Extair   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

New Axis Airways (Axis French Airlines)   

2001 - 2009

Inactive

^ Comments : Marseille based freight and passenger charter carrier. NEW AXIS AIRWAYS was formed in Grenoble as SINAIR in 1999. Sold to Axis Partners in 2000 and renamed to AXIS AIRWAYS in 2001. Bankrupt in 2006 before being purchased and renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Sinair >Axis Airways >New Axis Airways

Noor Airways   

2009 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments : Noor Airways was rebranded from Eagle Aviation Europe (2009-2009), which had been rebranded from Eagle Aviation France (founded in 1998)

^ Genealogy : Eagle Aviation France >Eagle Aviation Europe >Noor Airways

Normandie Air Services   

1981* - 1981*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Occitan Air   

1981* - 1981*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Occitania Jet Fleet   

1997* - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : Occitania Jet Fleet was a corporate carrier based at Le Bourget. Renamed from REGOURD AVIATION. Into bankruptcy in early 2004. [EURALAIR-OCCITANIA was formed by the merger of OCCITANIA and EURALAIR INTERNATIONAL after both were taken over aviation investor Angel Gate Aviation.Euralair's business jets have been added to Occtania's]

^ Genealogy : SERVICE >Euralair International + Occitania =>Euralair-Occitania

Ocean Airways   

(2005*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Octavia Airlines   

2001* - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Oxygene Airways   

2010 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Oya Vendee Helicopteres   

1987* - date

Active

^ Comments : Oya Vendee Helicopteres was founded in 1987. It operates from theÎle d'Yeu (French pronunciation: ​[il djø]) (an island and commune just off the Vendée coast of western France)

^ Genealogy :  

Oyonnair   

1989* - date

Active

^ Comments : Oyonnair is an airline specializing in corporate aviation, transportation, health and transport goods. Based on the airport of Lyon Bron, Oyonnair was created in 1989 by Michel Maradan, specialist aviation business for over 20 years

^ Genealogy :  

Pan Europe Air   

1990 - 1991

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pan Europeenne Air Service   

1977 - date

Active

^ Comments : Pan Europeenne Air Service operations started on 30Jun1977 with regional and air taxi services out of Chambery Savoie and Lyons Bron

^ Genealogy :  

Phenix Aviation   

1998* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Point Air (Le Point Air Mulhouse)   

1981* - 1987

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pontair   

1982* - 1985*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Potez Aero-Service   

1936* - 1936*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Premium Airways   

(2008)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Prest'Affair Voyages   

2003* - 2004*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Proteus Air System   

1986* - 1996

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Proteus Air System > Proteus >Regional Airlines >Regional >Hop!

Proteus Airlines   

1996 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Proteus Air System > Proteus >Regional Airlines >Regional >Hop!

Publi-Air   

1999 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : France DC3 SA >Publi-Air

Pyrenair   

1973* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Rapid Air*   

1989* - 1990*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Regional   

2001 - 2013

Renamed

^ Comments : Regional was integrated with Brit Air & Airlinair to form Hop! on 31Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Airlinair + Brit Air + Regional =>Hop!

Regional Airlines   

1992 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Air Vendee + Airlec =>Regional Airlines >Regional >Hop!

Regionxpress   

(2010)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Regourd Aviation   

1999* - 1999*

Renamed

^ Comments : EURALAIR-OCCITANIA was formed by the merger of OCCITANIA and EURALAIR INTERNATIONAL (Euralair was formed by Alexandre Couvelair in 1963 as SERVICE after both were taken over aviation investor Angel Gate Aviation. Euralair's business jets have been added to Occtania's

^ Genealogy : Regourd Aviation >Occitania + Euralair International =>Euralair-Occitania

RLAF (Réseau des Lignes Aériennes Françaises)   

1945 - 1946

Inactive

^ Comments : During the was, a network of Lignes Aériennes Militaires ( LAM) was set up in Damascus. Run by Lionel de Marmier, under the authority of the General de Gaulle, its purpose was to link up the territories of Free France. It was replaced in early 1945 by the Réseau des Lignes Aériennes Françaises ( RLAF). On 26Jun1945, the French civil aviation industry was nationalized and the former private company Air France became state-owned. A decision on 29Dec1945 terminated the activities of the RLAF and turned the entire French airline network over to the Société Nationale Air France.

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R-Lines   

2002* - 2002

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Rousseau Aviation   

1963* - 1976

Renamed

^ Comments : Rousseau Aviation was founded in 1963

^ Genealogy : Touraine Air Transport >Transport Aerien Transregional >TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

SAGETA   

1953* - 1957*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SANA ( Societe Anonyme de Navigation Aeriennes)   

1948* - 1949*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SAR Avions-Taxi (Services Aéronatiques Roannais)   

1991* - 1991*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SATI   

1948* - 1949

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SCAL (Societe Commerciale Aerienne du Littoral)   

1946* - 1949*

Renamed

^ Comments : [CAT was formed as SOCIETE COMMERCIALE AERIENNE du LITTORAL in 1946. Registered as CAT in Feb1949 & rebranded. Operated cross channel car aircraft. Operated Bristol 170 aircraft into the UK in 1946]

^ Genealogy : SCAL (Societe Commerciale Aerienne du Littoral) >CAT (Cie Air Transport (Compagnie Air Transport))

SCAL (Societe Commerciale du Littoral)   

1959* - 1960*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SCELA   

1933* - 1933

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SCLA   

1940* - 1945

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SEMAF (Ste d'Exploitation du Materiel Aerien Francaise)   

1949* - 1950

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SERVICE   

1963* - 1963*

Renamed

^ Comments : Euralair was formed by Alexandre Couvelair in 1963 as SERVICE

^ Genealogy : SERVICE >Euralair

SFAir (Secmafer Aviation)   

1976* - 1987

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : SFAir >Jet Fret

SGELA (Société General pour l'Exploitation des Lignes Aériennes)   

1933 - 1933

Renamed

^ Comments : On 31May1933, CIDNA, Air Orient, Air Union, and SGTA formed an air service named SGELA (Société General pour l'Exploitation des Lignes Aériennes

^ Genealogy : CIDNA + Air Orient + Air Union + SGTA =>SGELA >Air France

SGTA (Société Générale des Transports Aériens)  updated

1919 - 1933

Renamed

^ Comments : SGTA (Société Générale des Transports Aériens) formed as Lignes Aériennes Farman in 1919 was established on 08Feb1919 [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12 January 1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997]

^ Genealogy : Lignes Aeriennes Farman >SGTA + Air Orient + Air Union + Compagnie Générale Aéropostale + CIDNA =>SGELA >Air France

Sinair   

2000 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : Marseille based freight and passenger charter carrier. NEW AXIS AIRWAYS was formed in Grenoble as SINAIR in 1999. Sold to Axis Partners in 2000 and renamed to AXIS AIRWAYS in 2001. Bankrupt in 2006 before being purchased and renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Sinair >Axis Airways >New Axis Airways

Skyjet France   

(2000)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sky-Service   

2001* - 2001*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SNE Air Provence International   

1990* - 1990*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Societe Aerienne Francaise d'Affretement (SAFA)   

1966 - 1969

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Charter was established on 07Feb1966 as SAFA. Operations began on 25Jul1966. Renamed on 08Dec1969 to Air Charter International. Renamed to Air Charter & services ceased on 24Oct1998. Into Air France [AIR CHARTER was formed as SOCIETIE AERINNE FRANCAISE d'AFFRETEMENT in 1966. Charter airline that was renamed to AIR CHARTER INTERNATIONAL and then to the present name]. [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12Jan1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997]

^ Genealogy : Societe Aerienne Francaise d'Affretement (SAFA) >Air Charter International >Air Charter >>Air France

Societe Nationale Air France   

1946 - 1948

Renamed

^ Comments : Société Nationale Air France was set up on 01Jan1946

^ Genealogy : >Air France

Southwings   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments : Eurofly intended to start operations in 2004 with an F.100. And then as Southwings in 2005 out of Marseilles

^ Genealogy : Eurofly >Southwings

STAAP (Ste de Transports Aeriens Alpes Provence)   

1949* - 1952

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

STAF   

1990s

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

STAIR (Societe de Transports Aeriens Internationaux et Regionaux)   

1991* - 1991*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Star Airlines (Societe de Transports Aerien Regional)   

1997 - 2006

Renamed

^ Comments : XL Airways France was founded by Cédric Pastour in Aug1995 as Société de Transport Aérien Régional and was trading under Star Europe. It started operations on 22Dec1995. In Oct1997 it changed its trading name to Star Airlines. On 23Nov2006 the airline changed its name to XL Airways France. On 12Sep2008, parent XL Leisure was about to declare bankruptcy. The airline was then bought by Straumur Investment Bank

^ Genealogy : Star Europe >Star Airlines >XL Airways (France)

Star Europe   

1995 - 1997

Renamed

^ Comments : XL Airways France was founded by Cédric Pastour in Aug1995 as Société de Transport Aérien Régional and was trading under Star Europe. It started operations on 22Dec1995. In Oct1997 it changed its trading name to Star Airlines. On 23Nov2006 the airline changed its name to XL Airways France. On 12Sep2008, parent XL Leisure was about to declare bankruptcy. The airline was then bought by Straumur Investment Bank

^ Genealogy : Star Europe >Star Airlines >XL Airways (France)

STASO (Société des Transports Aéronautiques du Sud-Ouest)   

1919 - 1920

Inactive

^ Comments : STASO was the third airline company to be founded in France (after the Lignes Aérienne Farman and the CMA). It was formed in Bayonne on 19Jul1919

^ Genealogy :  

Ste Uni-Air   

1973* - 1978*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Stellair Transports Aeriens   

1989* - 1990

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Strategic Airlines (France)  added

2009* - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments : Strategic Airlines (France) was founded in 2009 & ceased in Sep2010

^ Genealogy :  

Sud Airlines   

2003 - 2008

Inactive

^ Comments : Sud Airlines provided worldwide charter flights based in Marseille. Ceased operations in Jul2008

^ Genealogy :  

Sun Jet   

(1995*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SVT Air Touring (Society de Valorisation du Tourisme)   

1972* - 1973*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TAI (Transportes Aeriens Intercontinentaux)   

1946* - 1963

Renamed

^ Comments : TAI was created on 01Jun1946 & was merged with Union Aéromaritime de Transport on 01Oct1963 to form UTA

^ Genealogy : TAI + UAT =>UTA >>Air France

TAR (Transports Aeriens Reunis)   

1971 - 1975*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TAT European Airlines   

1993* - 1997

Renamed

^ Comments : TAT European Airlines was formed & started ops by Michel Marchais in 1968 as an air taxi company named Touraine Air Transport. British Airways merged TAT into Air Liberté on 26Oct199

^ Genealogy : Touraine Air Transport >Transport Aerien Transregional >TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

TAT Express   

(1998*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Taxi Air Fret   

2003* - 2009*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Taxi Avia France (TAF)   

1973 - 1975*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : TAF >Avia Taxi France >>TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

TEA (Trans Europe Air)   

1981* - 1981*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TEA Europe   

1993* - 1995*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TEA France   

1988* - 1991

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Touraine Air Transport   

1968 - 1993*

Renamed

^ Comments : TAT European Airlines was formed & started ops by Michel Marchais in 1968 as an air taxi company named Touraine Air Transport. British Airways merged TAT into Air Liberté on 26Oct199

^ Genealogy : Touraine Air Transport >Transport Aerien Transregional >TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Trans Alsace   

1993 - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments : Trans Alsace was formed as Jet Alsace in 1988. Ceased operations on 03Jul1994

^ Genealogy : Jet Alsace >Trans Alsace

Trans Azur Aviation   

1982* - 1982*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Trans International Air Cargo   

(1982)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Transavia France   

2007 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Transcontinentale   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Transport Aerien Transregional   

1989* - 1990*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Touraine Air Transport >Transport Aerien Transregional >TAT European Airlines >>Air Liberte >Air Lib

Transport Air Centre   

1989* - 1991*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Trans-Union   

1966* - 1968*

Inactive

^ Comments : Trans-Union SA was formed in 1966 as a reconstruction of Air Esterel

^ Genealogy :  

Twin Jet   

2001 - date

Active

^ Comments : Twin Jet was established as a business air charter company. Offered commercial air charter services from 15Oct2001 & launched scheduled services in May2002. Had Hex'Air merge in in Jan2017

^ Genealogy : Hex'Air >>Twin Jet

UAR (Union Aeronautique Regionale)   

1977 - 1979

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Uni Air Rouergue >Air Rouergue >UAR

UAT (Union Aeromaritime de Transports)   

1949 - 1963

Renamed

^ Comments : TAI was created on 01Jun1946 & was merged with Union Aéromaritime de Transport on 01Oct1963 to form UTA

^ Genealogy : TAI + UAT =>UTA >>Air France

Uni Air International (Uni-Air)   

1969 - 1993

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Uni Air Rouergue   

1970* - 1974

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Uni Air Rouergue >Air Rouergue >UAR

Unijet   

2004* - 2004*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

UTA (Union de Transportes Aeriens)   

1963 - 1990

Renamed

^ Comments : TAI was created on 01Jun1946 & was merged with Union Aéromaritime de Transport on 01Oct1963 to form UTA. Merged into Air France on 12Dec1990 & ceased to exist on 18Dec1992 [AIR FRANCE was formed by a merger of 5 airlines in 1933 (CGTA (Founded in 1919), CIDNA (Cie International de Navigation Aerienne), AIR-UNION, AIR-ORIENT and AEROPOSTALE. Also acqired the assets of Cie General Aeropostale in the same year. Rationalised in 1948 along with AIR BLANC and AIR FRANCE TRANSATLANTIQUE to form the modern AIR FRANCE. On 12Jan1990, the operations of all government owned airlines, Air France, Air Inter, Air Charter and UTA, were merged into the Air France Group. AIR FRANCE EUROPE was integrated into the parent company in 1997]

^ Genealogy : TAI + UAT =>UTA >>Air France

Vargas Aviation   

1971* - 1975*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Virgin Express   

1998 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : Virgin Express (France) was founded as Air Provence Charter on 11Nov1995.Ceased operations on 20Mar1998 before renaming

^ Genealogy : Air Provence Charter >Virgin Express (France)

West Air France   

2002 - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : West Air France started operations as Air Provence in 1985 & renamed to Air Provence International in 1996. Acquired by West Air Sweden & renamed. Liquidated, lack of business

^ Genealogy : Air Provence >Air Provence International >West Air France

Westair   

2001* - 2002

Renamed

^ Comments : Aeris was founded as Air Toulouse International (ATI) in 1990. Acquired Westair in 2002. Ceased operating in late 2003

^ Genealogy : Westair >>Aeris

Wijet   

2009 - date

Active

^ Comments : Bizjet operator Wijet (Paris Le Bourget) will merge with its British counterpart Blink (Blackbushe) to form the world’s largest air-taxi service provider

^ Genealogy :  

XL Airways France   

2006 - date

Active

^ Comments : XL Airways France was founded by Cédric Pastour in Aug1995 as Société de Transport Aérien Régional and was trading under Star Europe. It started operations on 22Dec1995. In Oct1997 it changed its trading name to Star Airlines. On 23Nov2006 the airline changed its name to XL Airways France. On 12Sep2008, parent XL Leisure was about to declare bankruptcy. The airline was then bought by Straumur Investment Bank

^ Genealogy : Star Europe >Star Airlines >XL Airways (France)

Xo Airways   

(2010)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Zenith Airways   

(2009)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

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