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1 March 1919

An airmail service began between Folkestone and Cologne

UK

1 March 1925

T. Claude Ryan’s Los Angeles–San Diego Air Line began the first scheduled passenger service operated wholly over the U.S. mainland and throughout the year

USA

1 March 1925

Ryan Airline Company began regular services

USA

1 March 1928

Aéropostale (originally called Lignes Aériennes Latécoère) inaugurated a pioneering mail service by a flying boat between Toulouse and Buenos Aires

France

1 March 1939

Clarence Decatur C. D. Howe opened first TCA (Trans-Canada Air Lines) transcontinental passenger service from Montreal to Vancouver

Canada

1 March 1947

Siamese Airways Company (SAC) began operations by flying the old pre-war routes within the country

Thailand

1 March 1956

Turkish Airlines Inc. was established with a capital stock of 60 million TL

Turkey

1 March 1958

Malayan Airways took over Federation Air Service (>MAS)

Malaya

1 March 1962

Los Angeles Airways sets up the world’s first commercial service using turbine-powered, multi-engine helicopters

USA

1 March 1968

Aurigny Air Services started operations

UK

1 March 1973

Midland Air Cargo was forced to cease operations

UK

1 March 1974

General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft was formed to succeed General Air Nord

West Germany

1 March 1975

Air Comores was established after Independance

Comoros

1 March 1984

Korean Air Lines was renamed to Korean Air

South Korea

1 March 1984

Braniff operated its first flight (from Dallas/Fort Worth to New Orleans)

USA

1 March 1986

Trans World Airlines acquired Ozark Airlines 

USA

1 March 1996

Santa Bárbara Airline, established on 01Nov1995, started operations (>SBA Airlines)

Venezuela

1 March 1998

Alliance Express operations started

Rwanda

1 March 1999

BWee Express operations started

Trinidad & Tobago

1 March 2004

Regionallink was formed by the amalgamation of Emu Airways, AirNorth Regional and some of the assets of ASA

Australia

1 March 2008

Focus Air ceased operations

USA

1 March 2010

Varsity Express (Oxford) launched services

UK

1 March 2012

 peach started operations after rename from A&F Aviation

Japan

1 March 2012

Avmax Chad flew its first commercial flight

Chad

1 March 2012

Alpha Express Airlines was established

Latvia

1 March 2013

Romstrade Logistic Expres. suspended ops and its AOC was revoked

Romania

1 March 2013

Air Mekong flights are suspended

Vietnam

 

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2 March 1931

Panair do Brasil started operations

Brazil

2 March 1938

Eastern Air Lines acquired for $3.5 million by Eddie Rickenbacker

USA

2 March 1956

Lufttransport-Union was renamed to LTU International Airways & commenced operations (>>airberlin)

West Germany

2 March 1958

Beijing Capital International Airport opened

China

2 March 1969

The first flight of Concorde 001 (F-WTSS) from Toulouse

France

2 March 1971

The Civil Aeronautics Board approves the merger of Trans Caribbean Airways into American Airlines

USA

2 March 1981

Japan Air Lines was the first airline to use a computerized flight simulator to train its crews

Japan

2 March 1984

Airbus launched A320

France

2 March 2007

FlyMe ceased operations

Sweden

2 March 2007

Slovak Airlines ceased operations

Slovakia

2 March 2012

The last departure of an official Continental Airlines flight took place at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time

USA

2 March 2015

ES-Air commenced scheduled operations

Denmark

   

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3 March 1919

The first US international airmail was carried between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia by William Boeing in a Boeing CL-4 S

USA

3 March 1926

Air Service to Red Lake, Ontario began. JV Elliot and AH Farringtron of Elliot Air Service flew two Curtiss JN-4 s with a passenger in each from Hudson to Red Lake, Ontario

Canada

3 March 1930

The inaugural flight over the Prairie Air Mail Route was carried out by Western Canada Airways Ltd. (>>Air Canada)

Canada

3 March 1951

Víctor Inchausti, José Pablo Ramos Bustamante & Enrique Bustamante constituted TAISA (Transportes Aéreo Interiorano SA)

Panama

3 March 1973

Ryan International Airlines began operations as DeBoer Aviation

USA

3 March 1986

ANA started scheduled international flights

Japan

3 March 2008

Sham Wings Airlines began Lo cost scheduled services out of Damascus International Airport that started (>Cham Wings Airlines)

Syria

3 March 2012

Ryjet ceased operations

Spain

3 March 2013

Chathams Pacific ceased operations, to be replaced by Real Tonga

Tonga

   

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4 March 1936

Rigid airship Hindenburg made its first flight

Germany

4 March 1946

American Airlines began using the Douglas DC-4 cross country on trips that lasted 13-to-14-hours

USA

4 March 1970

Loftleidir, Salén, Luxair and private interests found Cargolux

Luxembourg

4 March 1972

Biman Bangladesh commenced operations as Air Bangladesh

Bangladesh

4 March 1974

Young Cargo was formed by Edward Le Jeune

Belgium

4 March 2002

Ansett (Mark II) permanently ceased operations

Australia

4 March 2010

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

France

4 March 2011

Africa World Airlines received its AOC

Ghana

4 March 2013

REALtonga commenced operations taking over services previously operated by Chathams Pacific

Tonga

   

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5 March 1929

LATAM Chile was formed as Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica

Chile

5 March 1937

Imperial Airways opened Hythe flying boat base on Southampton Water for operations of its Empire services

UK

5 March 1958

FAST (Fleming Airways System Transport) started operations

Philippines

5 March 1964

Somali Airlines was founded as the newly independent Somalia's national airline

Somalia

5 March 1981

Mountain West Airlines ceased operations

USA

5 March 1996

The Belarusian Association of Civil Aviation was reconstructed that results in creation of Belavia Belarusian Airlines

Belarus

5 March 1998

AeroUnion was founded

Mexico

5 March 1999

Southern Air was established out of the assets of Southern Air Transport

USA

5 March 2005

Interjet was founded

Mexico

5 March 2007

Mihin Lanka, formed on 27Oct2006, was awarded its AOC

Sri Lanka

5 March 2007

BA completed the sale of its UK regional subsidiary carrier BA Connect to Flybe

UK

5 March 2007

Air Sofia ceased operations and relocated to Serbia as United International Airlines

Bulgaria

5 March 2015

SkyWise started daily scheduled operations

South Africa

   

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6 March 1958

Pacific Air Lines was renamed from Southwest Airways (>>Delta)

USA

6 March 1964

Air Saint-Pierre was established by the Briand family

St Pierre & Miquelon

6 March 1970

BEA Airtours started operations (>>Thomas Cook Airlines)

UK

6 March 2003

Hooters Air began service, operated by Pace Airlines

USA

6 March 2010

Silver Fly Perak, founded in 2009, started operations

Malaysia

6 March 2012

Aeroperlas made its last official scheduled flight from Tocumen Airport to Bocas del Toro, thus ending 41 years of operation

Panama

6 March 2016

United Airways suspended all operations

Bangladesh

   

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7 March 1932

First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3m

Germany

7 March 1939

Allegheny Airlines began as All American Aviation Company, providing mail delivery and passenger operations (>American)

USA

7 March 1949

Aden Airways was founded

South Yemen

7 March 1957

Antonov An-10 first flight

USSR

7 March 1960

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) wet-leased a B.707 from Pan American airlines, thereby becoming the first Asian airline to induct a jet-aircraft in its fleet

Pakistan

7 March 1975

Yakovlev Yak-42 first flight

USSR

7 March 2007

Maestro announced its bankruptcy and closed definitively

Canada

7 March 2008

Globus Airlines, established as the wholly-owned charter arm of S7 Airlines in January 2007, was awarded its own AOC

Russia

7 March 2012

Direct Aero Service ceased operations, changing its name to Romstrade Logistic Expres

Romania

7 March 2013

Air CEMAC was inaugurated by 6 African states but did not start operations

Republic of Congo

7 March 2016

Southern Airways Express purchased Sun Air Express for an undisclosed amount

USA

   

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8 March 1919

Lignes Aérienns Latécoère established the first link between Europe and Africa as it extended the route from Toulouse & Barcelona to Casablanca (>Air France)

France

8 March 1948

Air India International was incorporated

India

8 March 1974

Inauguration of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

France

8 March 1991

Air Europe goes bankrupt, taking Air Europe Express with it

UK

8 March 1996

Cebu Pacific Air launched operations as Cebu Air and renamed during the same year

Philippines

8 March 2002

NEOS, established on 22Jun2001, launched revenue services

Italy

8 March 2005

The B.777-200LR completed its first flight

USA

8 March 2008

Big Sky Airline's final scheduled flights arrives in Billings, MT

USA

8 March 2008

Flex Linhas Aereas started operations

Brazil

8 March 2010

Varsity Express (Oxford) ceased operations after only 1 week

UK

8 March 2011

Meelad Air, established in Jordan, received Greek AOC

Greece

   

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9 March 1929

Col. Charles A. Lindbergh inaugurated the first direct mail route to Mexico City

USA

9 March 1989

Eastern Air Lines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

USA

   

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10 March 1944

Loftleiðir was formed (>Icelandair)

Iceland

10 March 1945

The Polish government recreates the LOT airline, 7 years after the service was suspended for WWII

Poland

10 March 1947

Ambica Air Lines started operations

India

10 March 1955

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) was formed

Pakistan

10 March 1965

Douglas Airways was founded as Aerial Tours by D. B. Douglas at Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea

10 March 1967

The IL-62 entered full passenger service on the Moscow to Khabarovsk route with Aeroflot

USSR

10 March 1973

PAL (Philippine Air Lines) was re-designated as the national flag carrier by President Marcos

Philippines

10 March 1993

Dlmania Airways was set up by Pervez Damania in 1992 & started operations (>Skyline (NEPC))

India

10 March 1997

Air Kazakhstan, started from the remnants of Kazakhstan Airways, was renamed

Kazakhstan

10 March 1999

AeroPeru (Empresa de Transporte Aéreo del Perú) ceased operations

Peru

10 March 2004

HK Express was incorporated (>HK Express)

Hong Kong

10 March 2006

Northwest Airlines bought the operating certificate of Independence Air for $2 million to establish a new regional airline (>Compass Air)

USA

10 March 2008

Cameroon Airlines ceased operations

Cameroon

10 March 2011

Air National notifies the NZCAA that it was voluntarily ceasing operations after being suspended on 28Jan2011

New Zealand

10 March 2014

Rhein-Neckar Air commenced operations with flights between Mannheim City Airport and Berlin Tegel Airport

Germany

   

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11 March 1918

The first regular international airmail service began, with Hansa-Brandenburg C.I aircraft linking Vienna, Lviv, Proskurov, and Kiev

Austria

11 March 1935

Avro 652 Avalon was delivered to Imperial Airways

UK

11 March 1955

Orient Airways merged into the government's proposed airline, Pakistan International Airlines

Pakistan

11 March 1964

BEA (British European Airways) operated the DH Trident's first commercial service, standing in for a Comet 4B

UK

11 March 1971

Alyemda was established in Aden after nationalizing Brothers Air Service (>>Yemenia)

South Yemen

11 March 1973

TAMPA Cargo was founded in Medellin (>Avianca Cargo)

Colombia

11 March 1977

Air Tanzania was established after the breakup of East African Airways

Tanzania

11 March 1991

Airtours International launched operations (>Thomas Cook)

UK

11 March 1993

First flight of the A.321

France

11 March 1994

Laser launched commercial operations, from Porlamar to Maiquetía

Venezuela

11 March 2005

Jetsgo ceased all operations and declares bankruptcy protection

Canada

11 March 2005

China's first private airline, Okay Airlines made its maiden revenue flight

China

11 March 2007

Jags Aviation began commercial operations

Guyana

11 March 2009

AirAsia X inaugurated its first low-cost and nonstop service between Kuala Lumpur and London

Malaysia

11 March 2013

Capital Cargo International Airlines ceased operations and merged into ATI (Air Transport International)

USA

11 March 2014

Ohana by Hawaiian launched its inaugural turboprop service to Molokai

USA

11 March 2016

Air Caraïbes Simply was launched to relaunch the inter-island traffic in the Caribbean

Guadeloupe

   

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12 March 1927

Fokker F.VIII (F.8) first flight

Netherlands

12 March 1938

CAUSA (Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya SA) commenced operations

Uruguay

12 March 1979

Atlantic Southeast Airlines was founded (>ExpressJet Airlines)

USA

12 March 1996

Uni Air, formed as Makung Airlines in 1988, was rebranded as Makung International Airways in 1994 & again to UNI Air

Taiwan

12 March 1996

Florida West International Airways operations started

USA

12 March 1996

Zorex Air Transport, a Barajas, Madrid based carrier, was formed

Spain

12 March 2002

Riau Airlines was established (started operations Dec2002, ceased in 2011)

Indonesia

12 March 2004

First flight of the Embraer ERJ-190

Brazil

   

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13 March 1929

CLASSA (Campanole de Lineas Subvencionades) was formed (>Iberia)

Spain

13 March 1952

The Airspeed Ambassador entered service with British European Airways

UK

13 March 2002

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) started operations

Belgium

13 March 2005

Air Shenpix was established in 1997, changed its name to Airtransse in Dec2004 and restarted operations

Japan

13 March 2006

Inaugural flight of Volaris (Toluca to Tijuana)

Mexico

13 March 2008

Girjet ceased operations

Spain

13 March 2009

MexicanaLink commenced operations

Mexico

   

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14 March 1924

Aero O/Y (Finnair) took delivery of its first aircraft, a Junkers F 13

Finland

14 March 1927

Pan American Airways was formed to carry airmail on the Key West-Havana route by Air Force Majors “Hap” Arnold, Carl Spaatz and John H. Jouett

USA

14 March 1941

Air Cargo, Inc. was formed by United, American, TWA and Eastern to deliver freight

USA

14 March 1945

Aviateca (Empresa Guatemalteca de Aviación S. A) was formed (>TACA)

Guatemala

14 March 1945

TAP (Transportes Aereos Portugueses) was founded

Portugal

14 March 1947

Saudia started operations as Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudi Arabia

14 March 1947

First flight of the Lockheed L-749 Constellation

USA

14 March 1961

Inex-Adria Airways was founded as Adria Airways

Yugoslavia

14 March 2001

Atlasjet was established by Oger Holding A.S as Atlas International Airways (>AtlasGlobal)

Turkey

14 March 2006

Helios Airways was renamed to Ajet

Cyprus

14 March 2007

MDLR Airlines, founded 2007, started operations

India

14 March 2007

Firefly, originally known as Kelas Services, received its AOC

Malaysia

14 March 2007

FlyLAL Charters was registered as a company

Lithuania

14 March 2011

Flyme was launched

Maldives

14 March 2014

TAR (Transportes Aéreos Regionales) started operations

Mexico

   

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15 March 1938

Iranian State Airlines of the Ministry of Post and Telegram scheduled services started

Iran

15 March 1939

CSA interrupts activities due to the occupation of Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia

15 March 1941

Philippine Airlines began service with a Beechcraft Model 18 NPC-54 with flights from Manila to Baguio

Philippines

15 March 1946

Kenmore Air operations start as Kenmore Air Harbor

USA

15 March 1946

Aviateca started operations

Guatemala

15 March 1947

Air Algérie was founded as SACA (Societie Algerienne de Constructions Aeronautiques)

Algeria

15 March 1955

Lufttransport-Union, was founded on 20Feb1955, started operations(>>airberlin)

Germany

15 March 1958

Olmedo Alfaro, Raúl Arias Espinosa & Harmodio Arias Jr. founded Aero Química

Panama

15 March 1967

Air Southwest (>Southwest Airlines) was incorporated by Herb Kelleher and Rollin King

USA

15 March 1974

The A300B2 received certification from French and German aviation authorities

France

15 March 1975

Air Austral started operations as Reunion Air Service

Reunion

15 March 1976

Abu Dhabi Aviation was established & began as a helicopter operator

UAE

15 March 1979

Swissair became the first A310 customer

Switzerland

15 March 1992

Tunisair Express operations started as Tuninter

Tunisia

15 March 1993

Omni Air International started operations under the name of Omni Air Express

USA

15 March 1996

Fokker went into bankruptcy

Netherlands

15 March 1996

Falcon Air Express, established in 1995, started operations

USA

15 March 1996

Air Memphis operations started

Egypt

15 March 1998

Hokkaido Air System operations start

Japan

15 March 1999

Aero VIP was established

Argentina

15 March 2002

IRS Airlines operations started

Nigeria

15 March 2005

Siberia Airlines was rebranded as S7 Airlines

Russia

15 March 2009

East Star Airlines ceased flights & was declared bankrupt on this date

China

15 March 2011

Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC) ceased operations

Indonesia

15 March 2013

Airphil Express was renamed back to PAL Express

Philippines

15 March 2014

Asian Airs' inaugural flight

Thailand

15 March 2016

AzalJet was founded by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL)

Azerbaijan

   

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16 March 1926

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy first flight

UK

16 March 1947

Saudi Arabian Airlines (>Saudia) began regular international services

Saudi Arabia

16 March 1947

Convair CV-240 first flight

USA

16 March 1954

Kuwait Airways started operations as Kuwait National Airways

Kuwait

16 March 1956

Sadia SA Transportes Aereos first regular flight was operated (>TansBrasil)

Brazil

16 March 1958

TACV, founded in 1958, started operations

Cape Verde Islands

16 March 1958

Air Inter operated its first flight (>Air France)

France

16 March 1960

KLM opens its first intercontinental jet service, by DC-8 from Amsterdam to New York

Netherlands

16 March 1964

Air Congo was renamed to Air Congo (Brazzaville) (>Lina Congo)

Republic of Congo

16 March 2003

Flying Finn Airlines, established in Dec2002, started operations

Finland

16 March 2006

The New Kitakyushu Airport opened

Japan

16 March 2006

StarFlyer, founded as Kobe Airlines on 17Dec2002, changed its name & started operations

Japan

16 March 2006

Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, was renamed

USA

16 March 2007

Tiger Airways Australia was established in Darwin

Australia

16 March 2011

Wataniya Airways ceased all its operations because of financial difficulties

Kuwait

16 March 2012

REDjet operations ceased

Barbados

   

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17 March 1923

Open joint stock Dobrolet (The Russian Society for Voluntary Air Fleet) was established

USSR

17 March 1967

Air Burkina was established under the name of Air Volta

Upper Volta

17 March 1996

Táxi Aéreo Fortaleza) was renamed to TAF Linhas Aéreas.

Brazil

17 March 2011

Operations by Afriqiyah Airways are terminated due to the Libyan civil war

Libya

   

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18 March 1918

The first Norwegian airline, DNL (Det Norske Luftfartrederi) was founded

Norway

18 March 1962

The Convair CV-990 entered service with American Airlines

USA

18 March 1963

LAP was officially founded by the government through the Decree Nr.337 (>LATAM Paraguay)

Paraguay

18 March 1970

Tropair, founded on 28Mar1965. was renamed to Safair Freighters

South Africa

18 March 2003

Air Armenia started operations

Armenia

18 March 2008

Adam Air ceased operations

Indonesia

   

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19 March 1921

Handley Page Transport operated the first subsidised London to Paris service

UK

19 March 1932

Flinders Island Airways began regular aerial service

Australia

19 March 1969

The first scheduled jet air service inside the Arctic Circle began as Nordair inaugurated a weekly return service between Montreal, and Resolution Bay, Cornwallis Island

Canada

19 March 2001

Canadian Airlines International merged into Air Canada

Canada

19 March 2001

CMTA (Compagnie Mauritanienne de Transports Aerien) was launched

Mauritania

19 March 2010

Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines, formed on 09ct1990, had its AOC was suspended

Philippines

19 March 2014

Aer Arann announced that it would be changing its corporate name to Stobart Air by the end of 2014

Ireland

   

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20 March 1919

CGEA (Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens) was formed (>Air France)

France

20 March 1924

Aero O/Y (>Finnair) made its maiden commercial flight carrying 162 kilos of mail from Helsinki to Tallinn

Finland

20 March 1932

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin began regular trans-Atlantic services between Germany and Brazil, using the Graf Zeppelin

Germany

20 March 1940

Boeing delivered Pan American Airways its first Model 307 Stratoliners

USA

20 March 1965

Invicta International Airlines first revenue earning flight took place

UK

20 March 1970

Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter was established (>KF Cargo)

Canada

20 March 1991

Daallo Airlines, formed in 1991, started operations

Djibouti

20 March 1998

Air Provence Charter ceased operations before renaming to Virgin Express (France)

France

20 March 2002

bmibaby launched operations with a flight between East Midlands and Malaga

UK

20 March 2008

Aloha Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

USA

20 March 2011

Tunisair Express, formed as Tuninter, was renamed from SevenAir

Tunisia

20 March 2011

First flight of the B.747-8I

USA

20 March 2014

Florida Express Jet intended to begin operations but never started

USA

   

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21 March 1927

Honolulu International Airport, one of the oldest airports in the United States, was dedicated as John Rodgers Airport

USA

21 March 1934

Railway Air Services Ltd. (RAS) was registered. Formed by the four mainline railways and Imperial Airways

UK

21 March 1935

DELAG (Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft) merged into Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei (DZR)

Germany

21 March 1990

Nouvelair Tunisie started operations as Air Liberte Tunisie

Tunisia

21 March 1991

Avial Aircompany was incorporated (>AVIAL NV,)

Russia

21 March 1992

Pacific Island Aviation moved to commuter airline status & started operations

Marianas Islands

21 March 2003

Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with operations still continuing

USA

21 March 2011

Tabarak Aviation, created in Nov2010, started operations with a wet-leased  B.737-800

Jordan

   

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22 March 1919

The first regular international commercial route opened between Paris and Brussels, flown by an F.60 Goliath from Farman Airlines (Lignes Aeriennes Farman)

France

22 March 1921

Aeronaut was founded

USSR

22 March 2011

Velvet Sky operations began operations

South Africa

22 March 2012

Corse Air announced it would be changing its name to Corsair International

France

22 March 2013

Air Manas was renamed to & had its first flight under the brand name Pegasus Asia. Renamed back to Air Manas

Kyrgyzstan

   

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23 March 1922

British Marine Air Navigation Company (BMAN) was formed (>BA)

UK

23 March 1958

Flight of the first Fokker F27 Mk 100. To be delivered to Aer Lingus in Nov1958

Netherlands

23 March 1989

EasyJet Switzerland, founded in 1988 as TEA Basel, started operations

Switzerland

23 March 1998

Braathens SAFE changed its name and corporate identity to Braathens

Norway

23 March 2000

Amakusa Airlines, founded on 09Oct1998, launched services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto

Japan

23 March 2012

Pan Am World Airways Dominicana was renamed to PAWA Dominica

Dominican Republic

   

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24 March 1942

Quebec Airways became part of the CPA family (>Air Canada)

Canada

24 March 1947

Reeve Aleutian Airways was incorporated. Ceased operations on 05Dec2000

USA

24 March 1950

Gulf Aviation was registered as a private shareholding company (>Gulf Air)

Bahrain

24 March 1995

Chukotavia was formed by the merger of Anadyr Air Enterprise & Chaunski Air Enterprise.

Russia

24 March 1999

Kiwi International Air Lines ceased operations

USA

24 March 2006

Styrian Spirit ceased operations

Austria

24 March 2007

Air Adriatic ceased operations

Croatia

24 March 2007

BA Connect ceased operations

UK

24 March 2010

Highland Airways was placed into voluntary administration, and all flights cancelled

UK

24 March 2012

flyCongo resumed domestic services after being renamed from Hewa Bora Airways (>Fly CAA)

DR Congo

   

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25 March 1932

Aeroflot was officially adopted for the entire Soviet Civil Air Fleet. Renamed from Dobrolet

USSR

25 March 1946

The official opening ceremony of London Heathrow Airport was performed by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation

UK

25 March 1964

Domodedovo Airlines operated its first revenue service as Domodedovo United Air Detachment

USSR

25 March 1971

First flight of the Ilyushin Il-76

USSR

25 March 1985

Emirates Airlines was established by the Dubai government

UAE

25 March 1992

Azur Air Ukraine, formed on 07Feb1967 as Tyumen Civil Aviation Division, was re-established as Tyumenaviatrans

Ukraine

25 March 1992

EuroCypria Airlines was founded

Cyprus

25 March 1994

Aerosvit Airlines was founded as Aerosweet Airlines

Ukraine

25 March 1994

SA Express was granted a license to operate domestically

South Africa

25 March 2001

Bluebird Cargo operations started

Iceland

25 March 2002

Intersky Aviation, formed in Nov2001, began operations

Austria

25 March 2007

BA Cityflyer, having received its air operator’s certificate on 08Feb2007, started operations

UK

25 March 2007

Brussels Airlines, created by the merger of SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) and Virgin Express, began operations

Belgium

25 March 2008

ASA (African Safari Airlines) ceased operations

Kenya

25 March 2012

Jetlite was merged into Jet Airways' inhouse low cost brand JetKonnect

India

25 March 2012

Iberia Express commenced operations

Spain

   

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26 March 1922

de Havilland DH.34 first flight 

UK

26 March 1928

SAM (Societal Aerea Mediterranea) was founded

Italy

26 March 1931

Swissair was formed by the merger of Ad Astra Aero and Balair (+>Crossair)

Switzerland

26 March 1934

Short Scylla first flight

UK

26 March 1939

The Boeing 314’s (Clipper) first trial flight across the mid-Atlantic occurs

USA

26 March 1940

First flight of the Curtiss C-46 Commando

USA

26 March 1946

Braathens S.A.F.E was founded by Ludvig G. Braathen (>SAS)

Norway

26 March 1971

CASA C-212 Aviocar first flight

Spain

26 March 1989

Binter Canarias, established on 18Feb1988, started operations

Spain

26 March 1989

Austrian Airlines began international flights for the first time in almost two decades on a flight from Vienna to New York’s JFK

Austria

26 March 1992

First flight of the Saab 2000

Sweden

26 March 1996

Pace Airlines was founded after approval from the FAA and the US Dept. of Transportation

USA

26 March 2003

Lao Airlines was rebranded from Lao Aviation

Laos

26 March 2007

Azteca Airlines (Lineas Aereas Azteca) ceased operations

Mexico

26 March 2008

The world’s largest airport terminal, Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3

China

26 March 2009

The Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines took the decision to close its subsidiary, Centralwings

Poland

26 March 2015

HolidayJet launched services with a flight to Antalya

Switzerland

   

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27 March 1920

The last commercial flights took place at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, and AT&T moved its operations to Croydon Airport

UK

27 March 1924

ABA was formed at Stockholm by Adrian and Carl Florman (>SAS)

Sweden

27 March 1926

Clifford A. Ball, a McKeesport, Pennsylvania, automobile dealer and owner of a controlling interest in Bettis Field near Pittsburgh, won airmail contract route No. 11

USA

21 March 1927

Honolulu International Airport is one of the oldest airports in the United States.  It was dedicated as John Rodgers Airport

USA

27 March 1952

United was the launch customer for the CV.340, taking its first aircraft

USA

27 March 1970

Concorde made its first supersonic flight

UK

27 March 1975

First flight of the de Havilland Canada Dash 7, piloted by Bob Fowler

Canada

27 March 1995

Aero Zambia started operations

Zambia

27 March 2000

JMC Airlines, launched on 01Sep1999 by merger of Flying Colours & Caledonian Airways, started operations (>Thomas Cook Airlines)

UK

27 March 2001

Athens International Airport Inauguration by the Prime Minister, C. Simitis

Greece

27 March 2002

Air Canada launched Jazz after renaming it from Air Canada Regional (>Air Canada Express)

Canada

27 March 2005

Germania Express merged into dba

Germany

27 March 2007

Koral Blue, formed by Tunisia's Karthago Airlines in Jan2006, started operations

Egypt

27 March 2008

Azul (Azul Linhas Aéreas) was founded by David Neeleman

Brazil

27 March 2008

London Heathrow's state-of-the-art Terminal 5 opened

UK

27 March 2011

People's Vienna Line had its maiden flight

Austria

27 March 2013

Midsea Express having ceased operations in Apr2012 to be rebranded as Fil-Asian Airways, made its first commercial flight

Philippines

27 March 2014

World Airways, having started operations on 15May1948, ceased

USA

27 March 2016

TAP Express, incorporated on 25Jul1988 & first flight on 07Jul1990 as PGA (Portugalia Airlines), was renamed

Portugal

   

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28 March 1920

London’s airport was moved from Hounslow Heath to the much larger and better equipped airfield of Croydon Aerodrome

UK

28 March 1931

UATC formed the corporation United Air Lines, Inc. to manage its airline subsidiaries

USA

28 March 1941

NAB (Navegacao Aerea Brasileira) inaugurated services

Brazil

28 March 1947

A dual ceremony, the first two Douglas DC-6 commercial airliners are delivered to American Airlines and United Air Lines

USA

28 March 1952

Convair CV-340 entered service with United Air Lines

USA

28 March 1961

Air Afrique was formed

Ivory Coast

28 March 1965

Tropair was founded (>Safair)

South Africa

28 March 1980

Orion began operations with three B.737-200s (>Thomson Airways)

UK

28 March 1980

First flight of the British Aerospace Jetstream

UK

28 March 1981

Dornier Do 228-100 first flight

Germany

28 March 1988

Air France, launch customer for the A.320 took delivery of the first aircraft

France

28 March 1988

Atlantic Airways first flight from its base on the island of Vágar, to Copenhagen

Faroe Islands

28 March 1992

Chosonminhang was renamed Air Koryo by the decision of the Government

North Korea

28 March 1999

Air A!ps started operations as KLM alps

Switzerland

28 March 2001

Swisswings started operations

Switzerland

28 March 2001

Hong Kong Airlines was founded & started operations as CR Airways

Hong Kong

28 March 2002

BA Connect was formed as CitiExpress

UK

28 March 2005

Chicago Express Airlines, also known as ATA Connection, ceased operations

USA

28 March 2006

Rose Air was formed as Air Bright

Bulgaria

28 March 2007

GOL announces acquisition of Varig

Brazil

28 March 2008

CATA Linea Aerea bankruptcy was formally declared

Argentina

28 March 2010

Viva Macau had its AOC revoked after it started cancelling its flights due to an inability to pay for fuel

Macau

28 March 2010

Aer Lingus Regional, founded on 26Jan2010, commenced operations

Ireland

28 March 2010

Air One Smart Carrier became a separate brand from Alitalia, being relaunched by Alitalia as a “smart carrier"

Italy

28 March 2010

PAL Express rebranded itself as Airphil Express

Philippines

28 March 2011

Camair-Co officially started operations

Cameroon

28 March 2013

AirAsia India was formed

India

28 March 2014

Veca Airlines was founded

El Salvador

28 March 2016

AzalJet, founded on 15Mar2016 by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), commenced operations

Azerbaijan

   

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29 March 1946

An agreement was signed under which Maszovlet, the Hungarian-Soviet Civil Air Transport Joint Stock Company and the legal predecessor of Malev, was established

Hungary

29 March 1948

World Airways was founded by Benjamin Pepper

USA

29 March 1951

Flight Safety Inc. began operations at the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, New York with just one secretary and rented late night hours on a Link trainer simulator

USA

29 March 1956

Deutsche Flugdienst scheduled flight operations were launched with a pilgrimage flight to Israel (>>Condor)

Germany

29 March 1963

Alisarda was set up by Prince Karim al-Hussayn Aga (>Meridiana)

Italy

29 March 1960

Tupolev Tu-124 first flight

USSR

29 March 1971

Air Fiji, having started as Air Pacific on 10Jul1967, was renamed to Fiji Air

Fiji

29 March 1971

Air Southwest changed its name to Southwest Airlines

USA

29 March 1981

British Airways made its last Vickers VC10 flight

UK

29 March 1988

Spantax ceased all operations, leaving some 7,000 passengers around Europe stranded

Spain

29 March 1990

First flight of IL-114 regional aircraft

USSR

29 March 1998

Crossair Europe started scheduled services to points in Italy and France

France

29 March 1999

Dalavia, founded as Khabarovsk Aviation Enterprises in 1953, was renamed

Russia

29 March 2001

Incheon Airport officially opened

South Korea

29 March 2001

Athens International Airport was in full operations as of 06:00 hrs.

Greece

29 March 2006

Northwest reported that Independence Air would be renamed Compass Airlines

USA

29 March 2008

JoyAir was established as Happy Air

China

29 March 2008

GB Airways merged into easyJet

UK

29 March 2009

BoA (Boliviana de Aviació)s' inaugural flight

Bolivia

29 March 2013

Armavia filed for bankruptcy

Armenia

29 March 2013

Arkefly ceased operations (>TUIfly (Netherlands))

Netherlands

29 March 2015

ES-Air ceased operations after only starting on 02Mar2015

Denmark

   

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30 March 1934

Sikorsky S-42, the Flying Clipper, first flight

USA

30 March 1970

Lufthansa became the first European airline to receive the B.747

Germany

30 March 1973

The first flight of Hapag-Lloyd. A B.727-100 took off from Hamburg bound for Ibiza with 124 passengers on board

Germany

30 March 1994

NEPC Airlines started operations

India

30 March 2003

Arctic Air, a Kautokeino, Alta based airline, had its last scheduled flight

Norway

30 March 2004

Conviasa was formed as the successor to Viasa by Presidential Decree

Venezuela

30 March 2008

Freedom Air ceased operations

New Zealand

30 March 2008

AirClass Airways ceased operations

Spain

30 March 2008

MyTravel Airways was fully integrated into Thomas Cook

UK

30 March 2012

Kirov Air Enterprise, having started operations in 1992,  ceased

Russia

30 March 2013

Armavia ceased operations

Armenia

30 March 2014

Up, founded by its parent El Al, commenced operations

Israel

   

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31 March 1918

Austria initiated the first regularly scheduled airmail service in the midst of World War I

Austria

31 March 1919

SNETA (Syndicat National d’ Etude du Transport Aérienne) was founded (>Sabena)

Belgium

31 March 1924

Imperial Airways Limited was formed

UK

31 March 1930

United Aircraft and Transport Corp. (UATC) acquired NAT (National Air Transport) (>United)

USA

31 March 1931

PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) started non scheduled operations

Philippines

31 March 1933

Martz Air Lines, formed as Frank Martz Coach Co., Air Lines Division, finally amalgamated into American Airlines

USA

31 March 1937

Deruluft (Deutsch-Russische Luftverkehrs) ceased operations

Germany

31 March 1950

Garuda Indonesia, founded in 1949, started operations

Indonesia

31 March 1952

Avio Linee Italiane S.A. (ALI) was absorbed by LAI (Linee Aeree Italiane)(>Alitalia)

Italy

31 March 1958

Austrian Airlines began to operate scheduled services

Austria

31 March 1959

BOAC commenced its first scheduled around-the-world service

UK

31 March 1973

Air Malta was set up by a Resolution of Malta’s House of Representatives and registered as a limited liability company

Malta

31 March 1974

BOAC and BEA are dissolved upon the formation of British Airways

UK

31 March 1981

Islena Regional Airlines operations started

Honduras

31 March 1989

The Canadian Transportation Agency approved the sale of Wardair to Canadian Airlines International (>Air Canada)

Canada

31 March 1990

Maersk Commuter ceased operations and was incorporated into Maersk Air's regular operations (>Sterling)

Denmark

31 March 1991

NLM Cityhopper & NetherLines merged to create KLM Cityhopper

Netherlands

31 March 2002

Swiss began operations, taking over many routes from bankrupt Swissair

Switzerland

31 March 2003

US Airways emerged from bankruptcy

USA

31 March 2003

The new Air Tanzania, restructured in Dec2002, commenced operations

Tanzania

31 March 2003

JMC Airlines was renamed to Thomas Cook Airlines

UK

31 March 2004

Thomsonfly began scheduled operations with B.737-500 aircraft (>Thomson Airways)

UK

31 March 2007

LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operations

Bolivia

31 March 2008

Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

31 March 2008

Japan Asia Airways flew its last flight, from Taipei to Nagoya (Chubu), concluding 32 years of operations. Merged into JAL

Japan

31 March 2010

EAT Leipzig was awarded its air operator’s certificate (AOC)

Germany

31 March 2012

Livingston’s first flight took off from Milan Malpensa destined for Marsa Alam

Italy

31 March 2013

Georgia Skies (Pacific Wings Airlines) ceased operations

USA

31 March 2013

Executive Airlines (dba American Eagle) conducted its last flights

Puerto Rico

31 March 2013

Air Mantra all operations were suspended due to poor bookings, and the company was subsequently liquidated

India

31 March 2013

Brit Air, Airlinair and Regional merged to form Hop!

France

31 March 2014

go! ended operations

USA

31 March 2015

AtlasGlobal was renamed from Atlasjet

Turkey

31 March 2015

Austrian arrows, having started operations on 16Sep2003, ceased

Austria

31 March 2015

Eurolot carries out its last flight (from Zurich to Cracow)

Poland

   

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