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1 January 1914
Tony Jannus conducts the United States' first scheduled commercial airline flight for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line
1 January 1919Civil aviation resumes in Germany after WW1Germany
1 January 1920CFRNA (French-Romanian Company for Air Transport) first operative transcontinental airline in the history of aviation was founded (>TAROM)Romania
1 January 1922First airline uniforms are introduced by Instone Air Line


1 January 1923GCEA (Grands Express Aériens) ceased operations (merged with Compagnie des messageries aériennes to form Air Union) (>Air France)France
1 January 1925CIDNA was formed (>Air France)France
1 January 1928

Boeing Air Transport acquires 73% of Pacific Air Transport’s stock and runs an airline up and down the West Coast

1 January 1929LOT was formedPoland
1 January 1935Aeropostal was founded as Linea Aerea Venezolana (LAV)Venezuela
1 January 1936British Airways Limited was formed from United Airways, Hillman’s Airways and Spartan Airlines. (>British Airways)UK
1 January 1940Petropavlosk-Kamchatski Air Enterprise was formed from Aeroflot Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky DivisionUSSR
1 January 1946BEA (British European Airways) was formed


1 January 1946MEA, founded on 31 May 1945, started operationsLebanon
1 January 1946CAA (Central African Airways) was founded & started operationsRhodesia & Nyasaland
1 January 1946A BSAA (British South American Airways) Avro Lancastrian became the first commercial flight to depart Heathrow Airport


1 January 1946Cambrian Air Services was the first British airline to restart operations after WWII, with a charter flight with an Auster Autocrat with a cargo of wire rope


1 January 1946Société Nationale Air France was set up (>Air France)France
1 January 1946East African Airways was foundedKenya
1 January 1948Piedmont Airlines was founded (>>USAir >US Airways >>American Airlines)USA
1 January 1953All American Airways was renamed to Allegheny Airlines (>American Airlines)USA
1 January 1960Fiji Airways was reconstituted, becoming equally owned by BOAC, QANTAS, and Tasman Empire AirwaysFiji
1 January 1964BEA Helicopters was formedUK
1 January 1965TCA (Trans-Canada Airlines)) was renamed Air CanadaCanada
1 January 1966Skyline (NEPC) renamed from Damania AirwaysIndia
1 January 1966

TAC (Transportes Aereas Catarinense) was merged into Cruzeiro do Sul (>Gol)

1 January 1967Malayan Airways was renamed to MSA (Malaysia-Singapore Airlines)Malaysia
1 January 1968Transpac became Air CaledonieNew Caledonia
1 January 1969 FlyBE was formed as Intra AirwaysUK
1 January 1976TABA (Transportes Aereos da Bacia Amazonica) was formedBrazil
1 January 1978British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley, and Scottish Aviation are absorbed into British AerospaceUK
1 January 1980

Air UK was incorporated after the merger of British Island Airways and Air Anglia

1 January 1983Eastern Air Lines‘ first revenue B.757 flight.USA
1 January 1988Pelangi Air started operationsMalaysia
1 January 1989 Air Corsica was established as Compagnie Corse MediterraneeFrance
1 January 1993

Cruzeiro do Sul ceased to exist as it was fully absorbed into Varig (>Gol)

1 January 1994 Conair of Scandinavia and Scanair merged as PremiairDenmark
1 January 1994Eurowings was formed by the merger of NFD Luftverkehrs (founded 1975) and RFG Regionalflug (founded 1976)Germany
1 January 1996 Royal Wings was founded on by Royal DecreeJordan
1 January 1996Augsburg Airways, founded in 1980 as Interot Air Service & renamed to Interot Airways, was renamed to current nameGermany
1 January 1996Skyline (NEPC) was renamed from Damania AirwaysIndia
1 January 1997Aviatrans Cargo Airlines was rebranded as ATRANRussia
1 January 1998Cosmic Air, formed in 1997, started operationsNepal
1 January 2001

Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International were officially merged

1 January 2002

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

1 January 2008ALPI Eagles ceased operationsItaly
1 January 2008Cargo 360 was absorbed into Southern AirUSA
1 January 2011Sunrise Airways, founded in 2010, started operationsHaiti
1 January 2012Budget carrier flydubai launched a cargo divisionUAE
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

1 January 2014RAK Airways ceased operationsUAE
1 January 2015Chautauqua Airlines' ERJ 145s are shifted to sister airline Shuttle America, starting operationsUSA
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2 January 1929LOT formed yesterday, taking over existing domestic lines Aero and Aerolot, started operationsPoland
2 January 1934 Allied Airways was formed as Aberdeen Airways (+>BA)UK
2 January 1959PIA, Vickers Viscount 815 four-turboprop airliner, the first of which was accepted in the UKPakistan
2 January 1965Air Manila, formed in 1964, operated its first flight (>PAL)Philippines
2 January 1989Tupolev Tu-204 first flightUSSR
2 January 2002Lao Skyway was established as Lao AirLaos
2 January 2012VarigLog (Varig Logistics) suspended operations Brazil
2 January 2015Skytrans Regional ceased operationsAustralia
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3 January 1922

Aero Letnany A.10, the first commercial aircraft to be built in Czechoslovakia, made its first flight

3 January 1960Aviaarktika, the flying branch of the Department of Polar Aviation of Glavsevmorput, was absorbed into AeroflotUSSR
3 January 1961PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) first Fokker F-27 Friendship twin-turboprop type receivedPakistan
3 January 1961Aloha retires its last DC-3USA
3 January 1963First flight of the Ilyushin Il-62USSR
3 January 1981Pan Am made its final B.707 flightUSA
3 January 2007 L'Avion first flight was from Paris to Newark (>>Open Skies)France
3 January 2009 SkyStar Airways ceased operations after not paying any of the staff salary for six monthsThailand
3 January 2012Lao Central Airlines, established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air, started operationsLaos
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4 January 1952Pan American World Airways inaugurates the first all-cargo service across the North Atlantic with its recently acquired Douglas DC-6A cargo carrierUSA
4 January 1956A license to operate a flying boat service between Southampton & Las Palmas, Canary Islands, was granted to Aquila Airways


4 January 1972Biman Bangladesh was established as Air Bangladesh but renamed prior to startBangladesh
4 January 2000Buzz operations startedUK
4 January 2012Mesaba Airlines ceased operations (merged with Pinnacle Airlines)USA
4 January 2013AerCaribe Perú, having been incorporated in 2011, has its AOC issued Peru
4 January 2014Tatarstan Air was grounded by Russian Authorities (Rosaviatsia) after ceasing operations on 31Dec2013Russia
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5 January 1936 The Union Steamship Company founded a new national airway, Union Airways of N.Z.New Zealand
5 January 1955

Commander Omar Fontana founded Sadia S.A. Transportes Aéreos Airlines (>Transbrasil)

5 January 1965Fairways start operations (>Filipinas Orient Airways +>PAL)Philippines
5 January 1983United Airlines began the first scheduled nonstop service between the continental United States and MauiUSA
5 January 1994 Chanchangi Airlines was established on by Alhaji ChanchangiNigeria
5 January 2001MidAtlantic Airways, formed from Potomac Air in 2000, started servicesUSA
5 January 2002 Batavia Air start operations as Metro BataviaIndonesia
5 January 2005 Basiqair ceased operations on & merge into TransaviaNetherlands
5 January 2006

Independence Air ceased operations after declaring bankruptcy

5 January 2008Thai Global Airlines ceased operationsThailand
5 January 2010Rwandair Express, rebranded back to RwandAir, is relaunchedRwanda
5 January 2015Utah Airways commenced operationsUSA
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6 January 1926Deutsche Luft Hansa was founded in Berlin by the merger of Deutscher Aero Llyod and Junkers Luftverkehr (>Lufthansa)Germany
6 January 1942Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York; first round-the-world trip by commercial airplaneUSA 
6 January 1944LANE (Líneas Aéreas del Noreste), founded in September 1940, started operations (>>LADE)Argentina
6 January 1953LuftAG (Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf) was formedWest Germany
6 January 2008Aero Airlines ceased operationsEstonia
6 January 2009Ted, the Lo-cost brand of the United Airlines was discontinuedUSA 
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7 January 1922The Boeing BB-1 seaplane, makes its first flight. It is bought by a Canadian and becomes the company’s second international saleUSA 
7 January 1927Imperial Airways commenced a regular service from Basra to Cairo via Baghdad, the first of its Empire "trunk routes"UK 
7 January  1935Avro 652 first flight. it formed the basis for the successful Avro Anson.UK 
7 January 1955Surinam Airways started operationsSuriname
7 January 1980Air Ulster ceased operationsUK 
7 January 1980

National Airlines acquisition was completed with Pan American taking over the National Airlines fleet and route network

7 January 1981A B.747 of CAAC lands at JFK, marking the first time since 1949 that a flight from mainland China to the US was performedChina
7 January 2006TANS Peru ceased operationsPeru
7 January 2009Eastar Jet inaugurated its first domestic service, Seoul to JejuSouth Korea
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8 January 1959Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy first flightUK 
8 January 1985Netherlines started scheduled flightsNetherlands
8 January 1991Pan Am was forced to declare bankruptcyUSA
8 January 1998

Boeing changed the name of the MD-95 jetliner to the B.717-200

8 January 2007VIAuganda ceased operationsUganda
8 January 2008

BritishJet ceased operations

8 January 2013 Hyperion Aviation was foundedMalta
8 January 2016Sol Lineas Aereas, formed in 2005, ceased operationsArgentina
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9 January 1943First flight of the Lockheed L-049 ConstellationUSA
9 January 1952

The first aircraft owned by JAL, a DC-4 arrived at Tokyo International Airport

9 January 1962First flight of the De Havilland Trident, BEA’s new three-engined jet aircraft took placeUK
9 January 2006All commercial services of Hooters Air were suspended but continued for a short while with Public chartersUSA
9 January 2008Kitty Hawk Air Cargo ceased operationsUSA
9 January 2013 NovoAir started operations with two Embraer ERJ-145Bangladesh
9 January 2013 DhakaAir, the cargo carrier division of NovoAir , started operationsBangladesh
9 January 2015Vistara started operationsIndia
9 January 2015Cyprus Airways suspended operationsCyprus
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10 January 1955

PIA was formed through PIAC Ordinance 1955 as the Government of Pakistan decided to form a state-owned airline

10 January 1990

The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 made its first flight

10 January 1997Palestinian Airlines, founded on 01Jan1995, started a series of pilgrim charter flights to JeddahPalestine
10 January 2008Air Corridor ceased operationsMozambique
10 January 2009Zambian Airways suspended operationsZambia
10 January 2012Air Sweden had its AOC revoked (>Nordic Air Sweden)Sweden
10 January 2013Mineral Airways (the mining-related division of Aerovías DAP) began, using BAe RJ85 aircraftChile
10 January 2016Fly AllWays, formed in 2014, launched its inaugural serviceSuriname
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11 January 1927Aeronaut ceased operationsUSSR
11 January 1933Sir Charles Kingsford Smith made the first commercial flight between Australia and New ZealandAustralia
11 January 1958First flight of the B.707-320 Intercontinental, stretched version of the turbojet-powered B.707-120 USA
11 January 1967Aeromaritime became operational (renamed to Airbus Inter Transport)France
11 January 1979SriLankan was formed with technical assistance from Singapore Airlines as Sri Lanka International Airlines on 11Jan1979Sri Lanka
11 January 2013Golden Myanmar Airlines obtained its AOCMyanmar
11 January 2013Ryan International Airlines ceased operations and entered liquidationUSA
11 January 2016Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan based Air Europa Express began commercial flightsSpain
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12 January 1965Douglas Aircraft rolled out its first DC-9. It was powered by two P&W JT8D enginesUSA
12 January 1970A Pan Am B.747, on a proving flight from New York, was the first wide-bodied airliner to make a landing at Heathrow Airport in LondonUSA
12 January 1975

British Airways launched its "British Airways Shuttle", Europe’s first walk on service

12 January 1990Air Inter was renamed to Air France EuropeFrance
12 January 1993

Air Moldova was founded by the decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova

12 January 1994 CityJet, formed as Business City Direct in 1992, started operations after being renamedIreland
12 January 1999Northwest Sky Ferry was founded as Rugby Aviation (>>San Juan Airlines)USA
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13 January 1930Farman F.300 first flightFrance
13 January 1967Douglas Aircraft and the McDonnell Company merge to form the McDonnell Douglas CorporationUSA
13 January 1974

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport officially opened for commercial flights

13 January 1982The prototype B.757 rolled out of the Renton factoryUSA
13 January 2003Livingston Energy Flight was establishedItaly
13 January 2009

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

13 January 2010Blue Wings ceased operationsGermany
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14 January 1934de Havilland Express DH.86 first flightUK
14 January 1935United Air Lines decides to equip its fleet with a de-icing system for airplane wings, following successful tests on a Boeing 247USA
14 January 1946

Pan American began transatlantic Lockheed Constellation flights

14 January 1958QANTAS became the first foreign airline permitted to fly across the United StatesAustralia
14 January 1976

British Airways took delivery of its 1st Concorde

14 January 1979

Braniff Airlines began flying leased Concorde

14 January 1983Druk Air, formed on 05Apr1981 by Royal Proclamation, started operationsBhutan
14 January 1994Transbrasil created its regional subsidiary Interbrasil STAR to operate as feeder-carrierBrazil
14 January 2003PMTair was foundedCambodia
14 January 2008Prima Charter ceased operationsPoland
14 January 2009 Cimber Sterling operations startedDenmark
14 January 2011 Asia Majestic Airlines was established, but never started operationsThailand
14 January 2012Turpial Airlines was foundedVenezuela
14 January 2013Donbassaero Airlines ceased operationsUkraine
14 January 2014American Airlines Group officially announced the rebranding of its American Eagle subsidiary is to be to EnvoyUSA
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15 January 1914Benoist Aircraft Company launched the first regularly scheduled passenger airline in the USUSA
15 January 1927Boeing Air Transport was formed, to carry airmail between Chicago and San Francisco (=>UAL)USA
15 January 1937Beechcraft Model 18 first flightUSA
15 January 1961

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome opens

15 January 1991Air Dolomiti operations startedItaly
15 January 1995Magnicharters, established in 1994, started operationsMexico
15 January 1999Bismillah Airlines operations startedBangladesh
15 January 2001Gol Transportes Aereos operations startedBrazil
15 January 2002

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

15 January 2002A318 takes off on its maiden flightFrance
15 January 2002AirEst, founded in 2002, started operationsEstonia
15 January 2002Puma Air operations startedBrazil
15 January 2003Yangtze River Express was formed to takeover the cargo operations of the airlines of its parent HNA Group China
15 January 2003Mekong Air International, founded in 2002 commenced servicesCambodia
15 January 2005Air Aland was established as Flyg & Far ÅlandFinland
15 January 2010Although originally planned for Apr2009, the first revenue flight of Asky Airlines (Africa Sky) took placeTogo
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16 January 1928Seven passengers on board a Fokker-7 inaugurated Pan American Airways passenger services; flew from Key West to Havana (>Pan Am)USA
16 January 1953Bristol Superfreighter first flightUK
16 January 1967Air California began services with five daily return trips between Orange County Airport (Los Angeles) and San Francisco (>>American Airlines) USA
16 January 1984Air U.S. name changed to ExcellairUSA
16 January 1994MAT (Macedonian Air Transport) was establishedMacedonia
16 January 2006Deta Air started operationsKazakhstan
16 January 2006

Sky Asia changed its name to Nok Air

16 January 2015Business Air operations were suspended was rebranded Intira Airlines in Jun2015Thailand
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17 January 1929Colonial Flying Service and Scully Walton Ambulance Company organise the United State’s first civilian air ambulance serviceUSA
17 January 1930

Pitcairn Aviation's name changed to Eastern Air Transport, Inc.(>Eastern Air Lines)

17 January 1935

Latécoère 521 a six-engine flying boat, and one of the first large trans-Atlantic passenger aircraft made its first flight

17 January 1948BOAC began to replace flying boat routes with the Lockheed Constellation (>BA)UK 
17 January 1963First flight of the Short SC.7 SkyvanUK 
17 January 1994A.330 was introduced into service with with Air Inter (>>Air France)France
17 January 2002Astraeus was establishedUK
17 January 2009FlyLal suspended operationsLithuania
17 January 2013Golden Myanmar Airlines conducted its first scheduled flightMyanmar
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
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18 January 1934

Qantas Empire Airways Limited was registered in Brisbane, effectively combining the interests of Imperial Airways and Qantas

18 January 1960The original Airlines of South Australia (ASA) first flew (replacing Guinea Airways)Australia
18 January 1991Eastern Air Lines ceased operations after 64 years of operation. Many of its remaining assets are parcelled out to American and ContinentalUSA
18 January 1991Eastern Metro Express ceased operations when Eastern Air Lines closedUSA
18 January 2005The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, gets unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in FranceFrance
18 January 2007Colgan Air was acquired by Pinnacle Airlines Corporation for US$20 millionUSA
18 January 2010Arctic Transportation Services became Ryan AirUSA
18 January 2011North Cyprus Airlines was founded, shortly after the bankruptcy of Cyprus Turkish Airlines in Jun2010. Did not start operationsNorthern Cyprus
18 January 2013

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

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19 January 1940

Dublin Airport was officially opened when an Aer Lingus Lockheed 14 departed

19 January 1960First flight of the Convair CV-580 conversion from Convair CV-340 aircraft with two Allison 501 D13D/H 4-bladed propeller turbopropsUSA
19 January 1989American Airlines purchased the Central and South American routes owned by struggling Eastern Air LinesUSA
19 January 1989Canadian Airlines International acquires Wardair, Canada's third largest carrier, for $250 million (>>Air Canada)Canada
19 January 1996The ATR 72-500 made its maiden flightFrance
19 January 1999Atlantis European Airways was foundedArmenia
19 January 1999Air Stord, founded in Jan1990, ceased operationsNorway
19 January 2000Aero Zambia, established on 21May1994, closed down due to safety concernsZambia
19 January 2004Sobelair ceased operationsBelgium
19 January 2005Air Caledonian ceased operationsUK 
19 January 2005The last B.737-200 flew for America West, operating a PHX-Ontario-PHX turnUSA
19 January 2006Jet Airways announces its purchase of Air Sahara, creating the largest domestic airliner in IndiaIndia
19 January 2010Flag carrier Japan Airlines files for protection from bankruptcyJapan
19 January 2015Ten Airways ends operations after the Romanian civil aviation authority (Autoritatea Aeronautică Civilă Română - AACR) suspended its AOCRomania
19 January 2015Indonesia AirAsia X operated its inaugural flightIndonesia
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20 January 1928Syndicato Condor, founded on 01Dec1927, was recognised by the Brazilian Government Brazil
20 January 1938A Flight Refuelling Ltd Armstrong Whitworth AW.23 refueled an Imperial Airways Short Empire over Southampton WaterUK 
20 January 1954Far Eastern Airlines began operations (=>ANA)Japan
20 January 1959First flight of the Vickers VanguardUK 
20 January 1981Vayudoot was founded (>>Air India)India
20 January 1990North American Airlines began operationsUSA
20 January 1993Domodedovo CAPA was officially separated from Aeroflot, when it was awarded with operator licence №4 by the State Civil Aviation ServiceRussia
20 January 1994Qatar Airways commenced operationsQatar
20 January 1997 Maverick Airlines operations started offering VIP tours of the Grand CanyonUSA
20 January 2008Yeti Air International services were startedNepal
20 January 2009The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute suspended Caribair from operating for "operational irregularitiesDominican Republic
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21 January 1930First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary airportCanada
21 January 1970

The B.747 was supposed to operate its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American but it was delayed

21 January 1976Scheduled flights of Concorde began on the London–Bahrain and Paris–Rio (via Dakar) routes (British Airways and Air France)UK  / France
21 January 2003Caribbean Sun Airlines commenced operationsPuerto Rico
21 January 2005Quebecair Express ceased operationsCanada
21 January 2011Tonlesap Airlines started operationsCambodia
21 January 2014Small Planet Airlines Italia, having ceased operations on 17Jan2014, had its AOC revokedItaly
21 January 2016Alas Uruguay, founded in Oct2013, began scheduled commercial operationsUruguay
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22 January 1948First flight of the Short Sealand, a British light, twin engined commercial amphibian aircraftUK 
22 January 1952The de Havilland Comet 1 became the first turbojet-powered civil airliner to be awarded a certificate of airworthiness. Entered Service with BOACUK 
22 January 1970The B.747 commenced its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan AmericanUSA
22 January 1971WAAC (West African Airways Corporation Nigeria) was rebranded as Nigeria AirwaysNigeria
22 January 1977

Kenya Airways was established following the breakup of East African Airlines

22 January 1998

The B.737-600, the smallest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family made its first flight

22 January 2003Yangtze River Express operations startedChina
22 January 2010United Eagle Airlines was renamed to Chengdu AirlinesChina
22 January 2016Fly AllWays commenced revenue servicesSuriname
22 January 2017 GI Aviation formally commenced operationsUAE
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23 January 1938Armstrong Whitworth Ensign first flight (built for Imperial Airways)UK
23 January 1986

Northwest Orient announced an agreement with Republic Airlines for Northwest to acquire Republic for $884 million

23 January 1995Fortunair operations ended due to financial troubleCanada
23 January 2002

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

23 January 2004Thomas Cook - powered by Condor returned to the Condor brand nameGermany
23 January 2008Coast Air ceased operationsNorway
23 January 2013 Vizion Air operations started with ad-hoc charter operations with Fokker 50Belgium
23 January 2014Phakalane Airways began operationsSouth Africa
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24 January 1961First flight of the Convair 990 Coronado, stretched version of their earlier Convair 880USA
24 January 1970Pelita Air Service operations startedIndonesia
24 January 1974IFG Interregional Fluggesellschaft ceased operations & went into liquidationWest Germany
24 January 1998 Bhoja Air started its international operations with a flight between Karachi and DubaiPakistan
24 January 2002bmibaby was foundedUK
24 January 2005 Vildanden, founded on 23Nov2004, started operations from Skien Airport, GeiteryggenNorway
24 January 2008World Focus Air rebranded to Ank Air Turkey
24 January 2009 Wataniya Airways  started operationsKuwait
24 January 2013Cargo North operations startedCanada
24 January 2013R Airlines, founded in 2012, launched its inaugural charter flight between Bangkok and Gaya, Bihar, IndiaThailand
24 January 2017Imo Air inaugurated scheduled commercial operationsNigeria
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25 January 1926Stinson Detroiter first flightUSA
25 January 1930

The Aviation Corporation’s airline subsidiaries were incorporated into American Airways, Inc.

25 January 1944British Latin American Airlines was formed (...>>BA)UK
25 January 1959First domestic airline to fly its own jets was American Airlines flying B.707sUSA
25 January 1983

First prototype of the Saab-Fairchild SF-340 made its maiden flight

25 January 1996West Coast Air operations startedCanada
25 January 2004Aria services were suspendedFrance
25 January 2005GWA (Great Western Airlines) ceased operationsAustralia
25 January 2007Silverjet's first scheduled flight between London Luton and Newark beganUK
25 January 2009The AOC of Nordic Airways was suspendedSweden
25 January 2011Senegal Airlines made its first flightSenegal
25 January 2015Bosnian Wand Airlines officially launched its 1st flight via Athens from SarajevoBosnia & Herzegovina
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26 January 1938

First landing of a scheduled U.S. passenger airliner using ILS (Pennsylvania Central Airlines Boeing 247-D)

26 January 1939

The Boeing Model 314 Clipper was given permission by the Civil Aeronautics Authority to be used for commercial service by Pan Am

26 January 1945First flight of the Miles Aerovan, a twin engine short-range low-cost transportUK
26 January 1949

The first commercial flight of Indonesian Airways from Calcutta to Rangoon was made using a Douglas DC-3

26 January 1956Orion Airways was establishedUK
26 January 1970Brymon Aviation was incorporated (>FlyBE)UK
26 January 1981Vayudoot began operationsIndia
26 January 1988

Dual ceremonies celebrated the simultaneous roll-out of the B.737-400 and the B.747-400

26 January 1989Orion ceased operations (>Thomson Airways)UK
26 January 1990 Hak Air was founded on as an aircraft chartering and leasing company associated primarily with the HajjNigeria
26 January 2007Air Asturias ceased operationsSpain
26 January 2010Aer Lingus Regional was foundedIreland
26 January 2010Quantum Air ceased all operationsSpain
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27 January 1953

Regular services of Aerolineas Argentinas between Buenos Aires and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), with stops in Cordoba and Salta, was inaugurated

27 January 1955Ariana Afghan Airlines was founded as Aryana Airlines Afghanistan
27 January 1959First flight of Convair 880USA
27 January 1966First flight of the Fairchild FH-227USA
27 January 2004Flying Finn Airlines ceased all flights & entered bankruptcyFinland
27 January 2008VASP ceased operationsBrazil
27 January 2011Asian Wings operated its first flightMyanmar
27 January 2013OLT Express ceased operationsGermany
27 January 2013Spanair suspended operationsSpain
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28 January 1927

The Boeing Airplane Co. signs a contract with the U.S. Postal Department to fly airmail

28 January 1935First flight of the Potez 62, a twin-engine civil airlinerFrance
28 January 1946 OMTA (Organisacao Mineira de Transportes Aereos) began operations as an air charter company (>Gol)Brazil
28 January 1946Iraqi Airways started operationsIraq
28 January 1972SIA (Singapore International Airlines) was established as the national carrier after the split from MSASingapore
28 January 1988Aboitiz Air Transport started operations (>2Go)Philippines
28 January 1992Uzbekistan Airways was established. Took over the operations of the Uzbekistan division of Aeroflot on 31May1992Uzbekistan
28 January 2011Air Nationals' operations were suspended by the NZCAA due to safety concernsNew Zealand
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
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29 January 1966

Official opening of new Auckland International Airport at Mangere

New Zealand
29 January 1979Mountain West Airlines' operated its first flightUSA
29 January 1987

Aeromar was established as Transportes Aeromar

29 January 1999Air Srpska started scheduled operations with a flight from Banja Luka to BelgradeBosnia & Herzegovina
29 January 2004 Virgin Australia (NZ) started operations as Pacific Blue AirlinesNew Zealand
29 January 2005

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

29 January 2007Sky Express, commenced operationsRussia
29 January 2009MacAir Airlines entered voluntary administration and ceased operations the next dayAustralia
29 January 2013

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

29 January 2016 Jiangxi Airlines commenced commercial operations on with scheduled passenger flights between Nanchang and Urumqi via Xi'an XianyangChina
29 January 2017Serene Air started operations with B.738 aircraftPakistan
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30 January 1929Hawaiian Airlines was formed as Inter-Island AirwaysUSA
30 January 1933Curtiss T-32 Condor II first flight USA
30 January 1934Junkers Ju 160 first flightGermany
30 January 1942
30 January 1947Braathens SAFE commenced commercial operations (>SAS)Norway
30 January 1947

Inauguration of TWA transatlantic all-cargo service.

30 January 1974

H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened Rarotonga International Airport

Cook Islands
30 January 1983Sun Country Airlines began operationsUSA
30 January 1998British Airways launched the low-fare airline Go (>Easyjet)UK
30 January 2008City Star Airlines ceased operationsUK
30 January 2009MacAir Airlines having entered voluntary administration on 29Jan2009, ceased operationsAustralia
30 January 2012USA3000 Airlines ceased operationsUSA
30 January, 2017Shuttle America ceased operations and all remaining aircraft and crew were transferred to Republic AirlinesUSA
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31 January 1949Pan Am received the first Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser to be delivered.USA
31 January 1959PIA (Pakistan International Airlines), Vickers Viscount 815 four-turboprop airliner, started revenue earning service on the service linking Karachi and DelhiPakistan
31 January 1977 Comair was founded by David Mueller and his Father Raymond as Wings AirwaysUSA
31 January 1983McDonnell Douglas launched the MD-83USA
31 January 1986Boeing completed purchase of de Havilland CanadaUSA
31 January 1989

Northwest was launch customer of the world’s largest commercial airliner, the B.747-400

31 January 1998Export Air del Peru was merged into Cielos del PeruPeru
31 January 2008 Royal Bengal Airlines, founded in 2006, launched commercial operations from DhakaUK / Bangladesh
31 January 2008

The deal in which EasyJet acquired GB Airways was concluded

31 January 2010Northwest Airlines ceased operations (>>Delta Air Lines)USA
31 January 2011Fly540 having launched charter services in December 2010, commenced scheduled services as an ICAO registered airlineAngola
31 January 2013Batavia Air ceased operationsIndonesia
31 January 2014 Malawian Airlines, formed in Jul2013, commenced operations serving the Blantyre–Lilongwe domestic routeMalawi
31 January 2015MiniLiner had its AOC suspended by the Italian civil aviation authority ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile)Italy
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