The World's Airlines

Past, Present & Future

1 February 1920

The first commercial Hawaii inter-island flight took place

USA
1 February 1929

The Boeing Airplane and Transport Corp. changed its name to United Aircraft and Transportation Corp.

USA
1 February 1930San Francisco’s first air ferry service started by Air FerriesUSA
1 February 1930

Deutsche Luft Hansa, in partnership with the Chinese Government, established the Eurasia  Aviation Corporation (>Air China)

China
1 February 1932Dobroflot changed its name to AeroflotUSSR
1 February 1934The South African Government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways and renamed it to South African AirwaysSouth Africa
1 February 1935South African Airways acquired South West African AirwaysSouth Africa
1 February 1940The Southern Rhodesian government formed Southern Rhodesian Air ServicesSouthern Rhodesia
1 February 1944Southern Airways was founded (>Delta Air Lines)USA
1 February 1946TARS started operations (>TAROM)Romania
1 February 1947BEA (British European Airways) took over the pre-war domestic independent airlinesUK
1 February 1955

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) launched its first scheduled international service (London, via Cairo and Rome)

Pakistan
1 February 1961The Vickers Vanguard entered service with Trans Canada AirlinesCanada

1 February 1962

Loganair was establishedUK
1 February 1964B.727 entered service with Eastern Air LinesUSA
1 February 1967Saw the Braniff International - Panagra merger completed which extended Latin American routesUSA
1 February 1971 Air Senegal International was established as Air SénégalSenegal
1 February 1972ACES (Aerolineas Centrales de Colombia) began regularly scheduled flightsColombia
1 February 1977Air North was founded by Joseph T. Sparling and Thomas WoodCanada
1 February 1979Saudia commenced joint operations with Pan Am from Dhahran to New York using B,747SPsSaudi Arabia
1 February 1980PATI (Philippine Aerotransport) ceased operationsPhilippines
1 February 1984Netherlines was foundedNetherlands
1 February 1987Pacific Western Airlines ceased operationsCanada
1 February 1987Continental Airlines acquired PeopleExpress which had acquired Frontier Airlines the year before. Both merged into Continental on this dayUSA
1 February 1987

Continental acquires New York Air

USA
1 February 1988UPS (United Parcel Service) was foundedUSA
1 February 1988Titan Airways operations startedUK
1 February 1989PeopleExpress flew its last service from Newark, New Jersey, to New York; it had been taken over by Continental AirlinesUSA
1 February 1994Omskavia was established & started operationsRussia
1 February 1996Air Philippines start services (+>PAL Express)Philippines
1 February 2002LeCocq's Airlink scheduled services began (>Blue Islands)UK
1 February 2006CitiExpress, was renamed to BA Connect (>FlyBE)UK
1 February 2006UAL. Corp, United Airlines' parent company emerges from bankruptcy after being in such position since 09Dec2002, the longest such filing in historyUSA
1 February 2007 Sun Air was renamed to Pacific Sun after it was purchased by Fiji AirwaysFiji
1 February 2007 PW Express began services in HawaiiUSA
1 February 2010Sky Pasada was foundedPhilippines
1 February 2010 Fly Hellas operations commenced as Viking Hellas AviationGreece
1 February 2014Merpati suspended operationsIndonesia
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2 February 1951First flight of the Douglas DC-6B, extended version all-passenger variant of DC-6A, without cargo doorUSA
2 February 1954Japan
2 February 1961The first commercial use of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou took placeCanada
2 February 1970China Airlines started trans-pacific flights to San FranciscoTaiwan
2 February 1994Gujarat Airways was establishedIndia
2 February 2006 Orex Aviation was formed as a Business/Private Charter based at Aruba Reina Beatrix International (AUA)Aruba
2 February 2012QuikJet Cargo, founded in 2007, started operationsIndia
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3 February 1926The Aero Corporation of California was formedUSA
3 February 1928New York City decides to build its first municipal airport, Floyd Bennett FieldUSA
3 February 1931Canadian Airways flew the first international service between Winnipeg and Pembina, North DakotaCanada
3 February 1933INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.) commenced operations (>PAL)Philippines
3 February 1934Lufthansa began the first regular airmail service across the Atlantic Ocean, between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.Germany
3 February 1946Pan American inaugurated the first commercial use of Lockheed Model 049 Constellation with the aircraft’s first scheduled service between New York and BermudaUSA
3 February 1955 AeroCondor was formed as Linea de Aviacion CondorColombia
3 February 1975First scheduled flight was operated by Cyprus Turkish AirlinesNorthern Cyprus
3 February 1978de Havilland Canada Dash 7, popularly known as the Dash 7, turboprop-powered regional airliner with STOL capabilities, was introduced in service by Rocky Mountain Airways.USA
3 February 1992Ada Air, formed by Albanian/French Ada Group as Adalbanair n 1991, started operationsAlbania
3 February 1995USAfrica Airways ceased operationsUSA
3 February 2003Air Arabia was founded UAE
3 February 2008Silver State Helicopters ceased operations and entered bankruptcyUSA
3 February 2008Bahrain Air's inaugural flight takes off from Bahrain to DubaiBahrain
3 February 2010 Krohn Air started operations from MoldeNorway
3 February 2012Tasair, formed in 1965. was placed in voluntary liquidationAustralia
3 February 2012Malev halts operations after 66 years of serviceHungary
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4 February 1932British Amphibious Airlines was formed to exploit an agreement to use the sea and foreshore at Blackpool for conducting flight in amphibious flying boatsUK
4 February 1956Deutsche Lufthansa began scheduled services (>Interflug)East Germany
4 February 1972Biman Bangladesh  started its domestic services, initially linking Dhaka with Chittagong, Jessore and Sylhet, using a single DC-3 acquired from IndiaBangladesh
4 February 1974Mesaba Airlines started regularly scheduled airline services serving rural Minnesota communitiesUSA
4 February 1977Kenya Airways began service from Jomo Kenyatta International airport in NairobiKenya
4 February 1988Air Hong Kong commenced operationsHong Kong
4 February 1998WestPAC (Western Pacific Airlines) ceased operationsUSA
4 February 2005Corporate Airlines ceased operations, prior to being renamed to RegionsAirUSA
4 February 2006Air Engiadina was founded Switzerland
4 February 2010Republic Airways announced their intent to close Lynx by September 2010USA
4 February 2014Krohn Air filed for bankruptcy after suspending all flightsNorway
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5 February 1919Beginning of regular flights between Berlin and Weimar by the Deutsche Luft-Reederei with AEG and DFW biplanes (>Lufthansa)Germany
5 February 1982Laker Airways operated its last flightUK
5 February 2001

Royal Jordanian was registered as a Public Shareholding Company

Jordan
5 February 2008Aviaprad ceased operationsRussia
5 February 2008 Somon Air started operating with regular flights to Moscow and DubaiTajikistan
5 February 2016 Dominican Wings commenced revenue operations with its first commercial flight (Santo Domingo Las Américas-Port of Spain)Dominican Republic
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6 February 1920Avro 547 first flightUK
6 February 1923Danziger Luft Reederei merged with DLL (Danziger Lloyd Luftdienst) to form Danziger Aero LloydGermany
6 February 1923Deutscher Aero Lloyd was formedGermany
6 February 1929

First flight carrying international airmail in Central America and USA. Lindbergh piloting the amphibious Sikorsky S-38 opens the Pan American Miami-Panama route

USA
6 February 1946TWA completes its first international flight, from New York to Paris with a a Lockheed ConstellationUSA
6 February 1964United's first B.727 scheduled service took place with a flight from San Francisco to DenverUSA
6 February 1998Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National AirportUSA
6 February 1999Air Lesotho closes downLesotho
6 February 2009FedEx closes a hub for the first time in its history, when operations at its Asian-Pacific hub at Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines ceaseUSA
6 February 2010Euroline became Georgian International AirlinesGeorgia
6 February 2015Alitalia Express was integrated into mainline AlitaliaItaly
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7 February 1919Svensk Lufttrafik was foundedSweden
7 February 1934The first airmail flight between Australia and New Zealand was made by Charles Ulm in an Avro Ten, taking 14 hours 10 min.Australia
7 February 1937

British Airways Ltd transfered its operational base from Gatwick to Croydon Airport

UK
7 February 1949Ambica Air Lines was liquidatedIndia
7 February 1966 Air Charter was established under the name SAFA (>Air France)France
7 February 1967

Tyumen Civil Aviation Division was created by a Decree of the Minister of Civil Aviation of the USSR (>Azur Air Ukraine)

USSR
7 February 1972Introduction of the Tu-154 with AeroflotUSSR
7 February 2002Air Afrique declared bankruptcyIvory Coast
7 February 2007 Air Bishkek was re-established as Kyrgyz AirwaysTajikistan
7 February 2007Alexandair ceased operationsGreece
7 February 2007Western Airlines, formed in 2005, ceased operationsUSA
7 February 2013 TAF Linhas Aéreas had its license finally revokedBrazil
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8 February 1919SGTA (Société Générale des Transports Aériens) was established on 08Feb1919 (>>Air France)France
8 February 1927Junkers Luftverkehr Persien, started Iran's first two-weekly scheduled passenger air services from Tehran to Bandar PahlaviPersia
8 February 1933First flight of the Boeing 247USA
8 February 1946TAA (Trans Australia Airline)was founded (>>Qantas) Australia
8 February 1966Freddie Laker founded Laker Airways after quitting British United to start his own airlineUK
8 February 1975

Cyprus Airways restarted limited operations from Larnaca Airport after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus

Cyprus
8 February 1994Frontier Airlines was incorporated by a group that included executives of a previous incarnation of Frontier AirlinesUSA
8 February 1999First flight of the Tupolev Tu-334Russia
8 February 2007BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ London City Airport-based subsidiary, received its air operator’s certificateUK
8 February 2010First flight of the B.747-8FUSA
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9 February 1934

Postmaster General James A. Farley, carrying out the wishes of U.S. President Roosevelt, announces the cancellation of all existing airmail contracts

USA
9 February 1955First flight of the Convair CV-540USA
9 February 1963B.727-100 made its first flightUSA
9 February 1969The B.747-100 made its first flightUSA
9 February 1983British Airways began B.757 serviceUK
9 February 1989B.747-400 entered service with Northwest AirlinesUSA
9 February 1997

The first Next-Generation, a B.737-700, made its first flight

USA
9 February 2000Estafeta Carga Aerea was establishedMexico
9 February 2005Pacific Island Aviation ceased operationsMarianas Islands
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10 February 1925Pacific Airways was formed by D. R. MacLaren and took over the fishery patrol from the RCAF. (>Air Canada)Canada
10 February 1940CAETA (Cia. Anonima Espanola de Transporte Aereo), formed in 1939, merged into IberiaSpain
10 February 1965Panair do Brasil was forced to cease operations abruptlyBrazil
10 February 1974A LAN Chile B.707 made the world's first transpolar non-stop flight between South America (Punta Arenas Airport) and Australia (Sydney Kingsford-Smith AirportChile
10 February 1996Royal Wings, founded on 01Jan1996 by Royal Decree, started operationsJordan
10 February 1996Edelweiss Air operations startedSwitzerland
10 February 1997Aotearoa Airlines, established  in early 1997, began services between Gisborne and HamiltonNew Zealand
10 February 2004SkyAsia,  the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways was set up (>Nok Air)Thailand
10 February 2011peach was founded as A&F AviationJapan
10 February 2012 Zambezi Airlines having just had its AOC suspended then restarted, was closed downZambia
10 February 2015Bosnian Wand Airlines' suspended operationsBosnia & Herzegovina
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11 February 1956First flight of the Antonov An-8USSR
11 February 1958Ruth Carol Taylor was hired by Mohawk Airlines, becoming the first African-American flight attendant in the United StatesUSA
11 February 1983Druk Air inaugurated scheduled revenue flights with Flight 101 departing Paro for KolkataBhutan
11 February 1986United completed its purchase of Pan Am’s Pacific division for $715 million and began service to an additional 11 cities for a total of 13 cities in 10 Pacific Rim countriesUSA
11 February 1992Air Sofia started operationsBulgaria
11 February 1992

Malmo Aviation was sold to CityAir Scandinavia

Sweden
11 February 1996Alyemda merged into Yemenia to create a single national airline for YemenYemen
11 February 2000JetBlue commenced operations out of New York’s JFK AirportUSA
11 February 2002First flight of the A.340-500, Long-range wide-body four engine jetFrance
11 February 2008

Ural Airlines took over all routes previously operated by Aviaprad

Russia
11 February 2010 Seabird Airlines was founded by company chairman Kursad ArusanTurkey
11 February 2011

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

Indonesia
11 February 2013Ohana by Hawaiian was announced as Hawaiian Airlines’ new regional subsidiaryUSA
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12 February 1919

Lignes Aeriennes Farman opens the route between Paris and Brussels, flown by an F.60 Goliath

France
12 February 1947

The first international flight of Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi (State Airlines Administration) was flown (>Turkish Airlines)

Turkey
12 February 2003Jet2.com commenced operationsUK
12 February 2004FlyNiki was renamed to NikiAustria
12 February 2004Exactly four years & one day after the launch of JetBlue, United Airlines responds to its low cost competitors by creating another airline called TedUSA
12 February 2013Bahrain Air ceased operationsBahrain
12 February 2013Mordovia Airs' AOC was revokedRussia
12 February 2013Karinou Airlines, established as Africa Airlines in Apr2012 had its inaugural scheduled service from Bangui to KinshasaCentral African Republic
12 February 2015FlyEgypt's' first commercial flight heading to Jeddah was to uplift a group of VIPsEgypt
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13 February 1928Prospecting Airways Ltd. was formed for aerial prospectingCanada
13 February 1936Imperial Airways commenced airmail services to West Africa (>British Airways)UK
13 February 1963PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines became a public corporation) (>US Airways) USA
13 February 1985Qantas New Zealands' first scheduled flight as Newmans AirNew Zealand
13 February 1986

Muse Air changed its name to Tran-Star (>Southwest)

USA
13 February 1995Air Philippines was incorporated, with the base of operations being the former Naval Air Station Cubi PointPhilippines
13 February 2002SkyEurope Airlines flew its first passengersSlovakia
13 February 2007Pacific Airlines, founded in Dec1990, was relaunched as a low-cost carrier (>Jetstar Pacific)Vietnam
13 February 2012PEOPLExpress II was foundedUSA
13 February 2013Aerosvit Airlines ceased operationsUkraine
13 February 2015GX Airlines (Guangxi Beibu Gulf Air) officially started operationsChina
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14 February 1928

The first Short S.8 Calcutta flying boat built for Imperial Airways make its first flight at Rochester

UK
14 February 1942Douglas DC.4 first flight (C-54)USA
14 February 1946Philippine Airlines resumes service after a 5-year hiatus during World War IIPhilippines
14 February 1970Air Nauru started operations (>Nauru Airlines)Nauru
14 February 1975

Swiss was founded as Business Flyers Basel. Renamed to Crossair just prior to starting scheduled services

Switzerland
14 February 1980Japan Air Lines began commercial operations with the highest-capacity airliner ever put into scheduled service, conducting the inaugural flight of eight B.747SRJapan
14 February 2006 Blue Islands started services after being renamed from Rockhopper UK
14 February 2012Seabird Airlines, founded on 11Feb2010 by company chairman Kursad Arusan, was awarded its AOCTurkey
14 February 2013American Airlines and US Airways announce an $11,000,000,000 deal to mergeUSA
14 February 2013FlyJamaica launched scheduled operations from Kingston Norman Manley to New York John F. Kennedy InternationalJamaica
14 February 2013South Airlines: Ukraine’s aviation authorities grounded the airline after a crashUkraine
14 February 2016TUS Airways, established in Jun2015, started flights from LarnacaCyprus
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15 February 1920CCNA  (Compania Colombiana de Navigacion Aerea), first civil aviation company in Colombia, commenced operationsColombia
15 February 1924The Dornier Delphin II first flewGermany
15 February 1926Ford Air Transport Service became the first U. S. private air carrier to operate a contract airmail (CAM) route (>>UAL)USA
15 February 1946First flight of the Douglas DC-6, a piston-powered airliner and transport aircraftUSA
15 February 1948

Post-war operation of Moscow Shosseynaya Airport started

USSR
15 February 1992 Lietuva Aviakompanija started charter flights (>FlyLAL)Lithuania
15 February 1997Silver Air Services operations startedCzech Republic
15 February 1999 Carpatair operations started as Veg AirRomania
15 February 2000TNT Airways, formed as TNT Aviation Services in the UK in 1987, started operations in BelgiumBelgium
15 February 2002Odette Airways began operations (>Helvetic Airways)Switzerland
15 February 2002DAT, briefly operated under the DAT Plus brand, but was rebranded as SN Brussels Airlines (>Brussels Airlines)Belgium
15 February 2003Islas Airways started operationsSpain
15 February 2005The first B.777-200LR, the world’s longest range commercial airplane was rolled out in EverettUSA
15 February 2009Kunming Airlines, established in Dec2005, operated its first flightChina
15 February 2010Hola Airlines ceased operationsSpain
15 February 2010Copterline, Finland's largest helicopter airline filed for bankruptcy, citing inability to keep the company profitableFinland
15 February 2016Hermes Airlines ceased operationsGreece
15 February 2016Air Mediterranee ceased operationsFrance
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16 February 1968CAT (Civil Air Transport) ceased operationsTaiwan
16 February 1982The first production Airbus A.310 was rolled out at the factory in Toulouse, destined for SwissairFrance
16 February 1995 Kato Airline was founded by Karl Johan and Torlaug KarlsonNorway
16 February 1998SonAir was reformed as a commercial carrier from DAR (Direcção de Aeronaútica)Angola
16 February 2003Air Paradise, established in Jun2002, started operationsIndonesia
16 February 2004Niki first flight with an A.320 from Vienna to DusseldorfAustria
16 February 2006Kobe Airport, a controversial offshore airport in Kobe, Japan, opens for airline serviceJapan
16 February 2013Iraqi Airways began flights to Kuwait for the first time since Iraq invaded Kuwait in Aug1990Iraq
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17 February 1936

Ansett made its first flight from Hamilton to Melbourne

Australia
17 February 1969

UB Air was incorporated

India
17 February 1984Air Europa was founded as Air EspañaSpain
17 February 1985Ryukyu Air Commuter operations startedJapan
17 February 1988Asiana Airlines was established in Seoul as Seoul Air InternationalSouth Korea
17 February 1990Futura International Airways, formed as CHIASA (Compania Hispano Irlandesa de Aviacion) in 1989, started operationsSpain
17 February 1992Aegean Aviation was the first airline to be issued with a Greek independent air operator's licenceGreece
17 February 2005Opening of the new international airport in Nagoya, Japan. It was the third Japanese international airportJapan
17 February 2009Air Libya Tibesti started operations (>Air Libya)

Libya

17 February 2012OzJet ceased all operations

Australia

17 February 2012Air Australia ceased operations

Australia

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18 February 1911The first airmail was carried by an aeroplane. Henri Pequet carried mail across the Jumna River, from Allahabad to Naini JunctionIndia
18 February 1948Aviaco was formed to operate all-cargo services (>Iberia)Spain
18 February 1956

Moscow route was opened making Finnair as the first Western airline to begin a service to the Soviet capital after the Second World War

Finland
18 February 1971BEA (British European Airways) received its first Trident 3BUK
18 February 1988Binter Canarias was established Spain
18 February 2013

Aurela ceased operations

Lithuania
18 February 2013Jamaica Air Shuttle suspended all flight operations citing the current economic climateJamaica
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19 February 1912The first flight of the Zeppelin LZ II, Victoria Louise, and its introduction into service with the German airship company DELAGGermany
19 February 1934President Roosevelt cancelled all existing airmail contracts. The Military took over temporarilyUSA
19 February 1934Wideroes Flyveselskap AS was foundedNorway
19 February 1934The Douglas DC-1 made record coast-to-coast flight, Los Angeles to Newark, N. J., 13 hours, 4 min.USA
19 February 1965Lufthansa signs up as the first customer for the forthcoming B.737Germany
19 February 1982The first B.757 takes to the air on its maiden flightUSA
19 February 1988

The first B.767-300ER was delivered to American Airlines

USA
19 February 1988First flight of the B.737-400USA
19 February 2002First flight of the Embraer E-170, a Brazilian narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range, jet airlinerBrazil
19 February 2015 Qazaq Air was established by Samruk-Kazyna as Air KazakhstanKazakhstan
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20 February 1939First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner series, 16-22 seat, twin-propeller aircraft intended for shorter routes than the DC-3 or DC-4USA
20 February 1955 Lufttransport-Union was founded (>>airberlin)West Germany
20 February 1962Piedmont retired the last of its DC-3 aircraft on the 15th anniversary of its first scheduled flightUSA
20 February 1963Austrian Airlines received the first of five SE.210-VIR Caravelles, their first jet aircraftAustria
20 February 1988British Midland operated its final Viscount flight, 21 years after the airline had first operated the typeUK
20 February 1998 OceanAir was renamed to SATA International (>Azores Airlines)Portugal
20 February 1998TWA retires the last of its B.747USA
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21 February 1949Aloha Airlines, founded as charter carrier Trans-Pacific Airlines, received approval to operate as a scheduled airline came when President Harry S. Truman signed the certificateUSA
21 February 1960

Finnair takes delivery of its first Caravelle A and became the first airline in the world to operate a jet passenger aircraft with a flight deck crew of two

Finland
21 February 1971ANA (All Nippon Airways) operated their first international flight, a B.727 charter from Tokyo to Hong KongJapan
21 February 1989

Tradewinds started scheduled services after being renamed from Tradewinds Charters (>SilkAir)

Singapore
21 February 1996Kato Airline, founded on 16Feb1995 by Karl Johan and Torlaug Karlson at Evenes airport, received its AOCNorway
21 February 2000TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) was declared bankruptMexico
21 February 2002Cargojet Airways was establishedCanada
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22 February 1920

First transcontinental mail service arrived in New York from San Francisco. The trip took 33 hours and 20 minutes

USA
22 February 1927 Condor Syndikats' first flightBrazil
22 February 1960

Official opening of Christchurch International Airport

New Zealand
22 February 1987A320 roll-out and first flightFrance
22 February 1989Alsavia was createdFrance
22 February 1993

The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 commercial transport made its first flight

USA
22 February 2002Cargojet Airways was renamed from Canada Cargo 3000Canada
22 February 2009SkyAirWorld suspended operationsAustralia
22 February 2011Air Nicaragua was founded as the potential national flag carrier of Nicaragua but never started servicesNicaragua
22 February 2011Gomelavia, founded in 1996, ceased operationsBelarus
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23 February 1934

Lockheed Electra L-10 first flight, the first airliner to be pressurised

USA
23 February 1935

Edmond Thieffry operated Sabena’s first long haul flight to the Congo occurs and takes five and a half days

Belgium
23 February 1981 AIRES Colombia launched services (>Lan Colombia)Colombia
23 February 2001Air Senegal International, established on 01Feb1971 as Air Sénégal, started operationsSenegal
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24 February 1920 Aktiengesellschaft merged with 2 other airlines to form Ad Astra Aero AG (>Crossair)Switzerland
24 February 1921The first wholly Douglas-designed / built aircraft, the Cloudster, makes its first flightUSA
24 February 1931Short S17 Kent first flight UK
24 February 1948Wisconsin Central Airlines began scheduled service (>>Delta Air Lines)USA
24 February 1957

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was the first airline in the world to inaugurate a regular Polar service, with Douglas DC-7C

Scandinavia
24 February 1961

Iranian Airways and Persian Air Services merged to form United Iranian Airlines (>IranAir)

Iran
24 February 2003The B.777-300ER completed its first flightUSA
24 February 2006Air Gabon ceased operationsGabon
24 February 2012Airco Charters suspended operations indefinitelyCanada
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25 February 1930Ralph O'Neil lands in Miami on first mail service New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) after 6-day flight from ArgentinaUSA
25 February 1932The Central Administration of the Civil Air Fleet was founded and Aeroflot was adopted as the official abbreviation of the country’s civil aviation serviceUSSR
25 February 1955 SACA (Compañía de Servicios Aereos del Canajagua Azul SA) was formed in Las TablasPanama
25 February 1965

The Douglas DC-9 twinjet airliner made its first flight

USA
25 February 1970TWA became the first airline to fly a B.747 within the US, when it inaugurates a service between Los Angeles and New YorkUSA
25 February 1985London European Airways, formed in 1984, started servicesUK
25 February 20041time launched its low-fare operationsSouth Africa
25 February 2007 Flynas operations started as nasairSaudi Arabia
25 February 2013Alpha Express Airlines, established on 01Mar2012, started operationsLatvia
25 February 2013Air Malawi suspended all flightsMalawi
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26 February 1921Danziger Luftpost was formed by the German airline Junkers LuftverkehrPoland
26 February 1931Imperial Airways began scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth ArgosysUK
26 February 1941Philippine Airlines was founded, making it Asia’s first and oldest carrier, still to this day operating under its original namePhilippines
26 February 1945First flight of the Sud-Ouest Bretagne, a twin engine airlinerFrance
26 February 1990EuroFly began operationsItaly
26 February 1991Kuwait Airways was relaunched following the liberation of KuwaitKuwait
26 February 2006Jet4You started operations (>>JetairFly (Belgium))Morocco
26 February 2011Indian ceased operating under its own brand with the merger with Air India being completedIndia
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27 February 1946Actividades Aéreas Chiricanas was foundedPanama
27 February 1965First flight of the Antonov An-22USSR
27 February 1995The last commercial flight departed Stapleton, DenverUSA
27 February 1997

The name US Airways was put into use, officially replacing USAir

USA
27 February 2001AccessAir, founded in 1997, ceased operationsUSA
27 February 2003Iceland Express started operations (>>WOW)Iceland
27 February 2003Viaggio Airwas, founded in 2002, started operations (>Bulgaria Air)Bulgaria
27 February 2004TAG City-Air, founded as Teuto Air, ceased operationsGermany
27 February 2005Okay Airways, China's first private airline received its AOCChina
27 February 2006

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) was the first to fly the B.777-200LR

Pakistan
27 February 2006Golden Bay Air originated as Capital Air New Zealand
27 February 2009 ERA Aviation ceased operations (bought by Frontier Alaska Group, name change to Era Alaska)USA
27 February 2009 Virgin Australia International started operations as V AustraliaAustralia
27 February 2012Velvet Sky ceased operationsSouth Africa
27 February 2015Aerocon suspended servicesBolivia
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28 February 1921

Due to subsidised European competition, all British airlines cease operations

UK
28 February 1940NAB (Navegacao Aerea Brasileira) was incorporated in Rio de Janeiro (>VASP)Brazil
28 February 1966SPANZ (South Pacific Airline of New Zealand) was forced to call in the receivers & making its last commercial flightNew Zealand
28 February 1992Ukraine Air Alliance was establishedUkraine
28 February 1992East West Airlines started operationsIndia
28 February 1995The new Denver International Airport was inauguratedUSA
28 February 2003GIRjet was createdSpain
28 February 2008Boston-Maine Airways, operating as Pan Am Clipper Connection, ceased operationsUSA
28 February 2010Meridiana Fly was renamed to Meridiana after merging with EuroflyItaly
28 February 2011Swift Air, incorporated in Sep2009, began operationsMalawi
28 February 2014Air A!ps ceased operationsAustria
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29 February 1948Introduction of the Convair CV-240 familyUSA
29 February 1952Aero Geral merges into Varig (>>Gol)Brazil
29 February 1972Channel Airways operated last flightUK
29 February 1996WestJet was founded & began operationsCanada
29 February 2004Air Kazakhstan ceased operationsKazakhstan
29 February 2012Aeroperlas ceased full operationsPanama
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