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1 April 1924

First revenue flight of Sabena

Belgium

1 April 1926

Società Italiana Servizi Aerei began operations linking Trieste, Venice, Pavia, and Turin with CANT 10 flying boats (>Ala Littoria)

Italy

1 April 1935

Swissair began services between Zürich and London

Switzerland

1 April 1940

BOAC officially took over the operations of Imperial Airways and British Airways Limited

UK

1 April 1947

New Zealand National Airways Corporation began licensed operations

New Zealand

1 April 1947

Aeroput (ceased operations during WWII) was renamed to JAT Jugoslovenski Aerotransport

Yugoslavia

1 April 1949

Boeing Stratocruiser entered service with Pan American World Airways

USA

1 April 1955

First flight of Lufthansa

Germany

1 April 1956

Seaboard and Western Airlines started scheduled all-cargo services across the North Atlantic

USA

1 April 1961

VIASA commenced operations

Venezuela

1 April 1963

Air Ferry, founded in 1961, started general charter and inclusive tour operations

UK

1 April 1965

TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways) changed its name to Air New Zealand

New Zealand

1 April 1965

Malaysian Airways absorbed Borneo Airways

Malaysia

1 April 1965

NAMC YS-11 entered service with Japan Domestic Airlines

Japan

1 April 1969

Air Jamaica, established in Oct1968, started operations

Jamaica

1 April 1970

Bouraq Indonesia Airlines was founded by J A Sumendap

Indonesia

1 April 1971

Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B entered service with British European Airways

UK

1 April 1974

Air Malta started flights with scheduled services to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli

Malta

1 April 1974

British Airways commenced operations after BOAC and British European Airways merge to create the new airline

UK

1 April 1978

New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) merged with Air New Zealand

New Zealand

1 April 1980

Aircraft Innsbruck adopts the title Tyrolean Airways when scheduled services begin

Austria

1 April 1982

Air France flew the Concorde over to Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, Venezuela for the last time

France

1 April 1987

The operations of Western and Delta officially merge

USA

1 April 1988

Toa Domestic Airline changed its name to Japan Air System

Japan

1 April 1988

Thai Airways International merged with Thai Airways Company (TAC)

Thailand

1 April 1989

Burma Airways renamed to Myanma Airways following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar

Myanmar

1 April 1990

Maersk Commuter, having ceased operations on 31Mar1990, had its services assumed by its parent, Maersk Air (>Sterling)

Denmark

1 April 1991

KLM Cityhopper was established by the merger of NLM Cityhopper and NetherLines

Netherlands

1 April 1992

Jet Airways was founded

India

1 April 1992

Tradewinds was renamed SilkAir

Singapore

1 April 1996

Air India Regional was founded as Alliance Air

India

1 April 1997

JAL established JAL Express (JEX)

Japan

1 April 1997

Vayudoot ceased operations

India

1 April 1997

Air Inter, already indirectly under Air France control, was merged with the Company

France

1 April 1998

Pacific Coastal bought the assets of Wilderness Airlines (1975)

Canada

1 April 2001

Air Engiadina ceased operations & was renamed to Swisswings

Switzerland

1 April 2004

Japan Air System was renamed to JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic)

Japan

1 April 2004

AirBridgeCargo started operations

Russia

1 April 2004

LTU Austria, set up by LTU and Billa, Austria's largest retail chain, obtained its AOC

Austria

1 April 2004

JAL/JAS integration was completed

Japan

1 April 2007

LAB (Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) ceased operations

Bolivia

1 April 2007

Cygnus Air was rebranded as Gestair Cargo

Spain

1 April 2009

Starline.kz had its airline license revoked

Kazakhstan

1 April 2009

Kayala Airline (Jeddah) ceased operations

Saudi Arabia

1 April 2009

MAK Air had its AOC revoked

Kazakhstan

1 April 2010

Air Volga declares bankruptcy & operations cease

Russia

1 April 2011

Wizz Air Bulgaria suspended operations and AOC was revoked

Bulgaria

1 April 2011

Orange Air was founded

USA

1 April 2012

Air Nippon operations ceased (>ANA)

Japan

1 April 2014

Lakeshore Express suspended services

USA

1 April 2015

Vernon Aviation started charter services from Four Corners Regional Airport, Farmington

USA

1 April 2015

León Airlines commenced operations

Spain

1 April 2016

Nordic Aviation was rebranded as Nordica

Estonia

 

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2 April 1922

Daimler Airway began operations from Croydon to Paris using "cabin boys" on their aircraft

UK

2 April 1937

Aircraft

Sweden

2 April 1940

After the Winter War (between Finland and the Soviet Union), Aero O/Y resumes flights to Tallinn

Finland

2 April 1946

Hawaiian Air Transport Service began operations with Beechcraft D-18Fs

USA

2 April 1955

TCA (Trans-Canada Airlines) introduced the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use turbine power aircraft

Canada

2 April 1970

Royal Air Inter began operations

Morocco

2 April 1980

Air Zimbabwe was renamed from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia after Independence

Zimbabwe

2 April 1982

Newly-formed British Island Airways made its first revenue flight from Gatwick to Catania in Italy

UK

2 April 1984

Eastern Metro Express started operations

USA

2 April 2008

ATA (American Trans Air) filed for bankruptcy protection

USA

2 April 2009

Star Marianas Air, first flight. charter from Tinian to Saipan

Marianas Islands

2 April 2011

Air KBZ, formed in 2010, launched domestic scheduled services from Yangon

Myanmar

2 April 2012

Bravo Air was founded

Ukraine

2 April 2015

Denim established FlyDenim

Netherlands

2 April 2015

Air Croatia started operations

Croatia

 

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3 April 1925

Ford Air Transport Service (Freight Line) opened private air freight service between Detroit, Chicago (>>UAL)

USA

3 April 1933

Highland Airways was formed (>>British Airways)

UK

3 April 1948

Alitalia recommenced services to the United Kingdom after WWII

Italy

3 April 1971

Malaysian Airlines Berhad was registered

Malaysia

3 April 1982

First flight of the Airbus A310

France

3 April 1991

Romavia was established and started operations later in the same year

Romania

3 April 1992

By order of the Director, Air Transport Dept. of the RF Ministry of Transport, the Leningrad United Air Unit was renamed Pulkovo Airlines

Russia

3 April 2000

Tourjets was established. Started operations in 2001

USA

3 April 2001

A340-600 first flight

France

3 April 2003

Air Finland started operations

Finland

3 April 2007

Firefly's first flight, from Penang to Kota Bhar

Malaysia

3 April 2007

Indus Air ceased operations

India

3 April 2008

ATA (American Trans Air) ceased operations

USA

3 April 2016

Crystal Luxury Air started operations

USA

 

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4 April 1927

Colonial Air Transport flew the first passenger service between Boston and New York

USA

4 April 1935

United Airways was formed by Jersey Airways to fly services from London-Heston to Blackpool, Isle of Man, Liverpool, Leeds and Morecambe (>BA)

UK

4 April 1947

CAB certificated Piedmont Airlines as a local service carrier

USA

4 April 1962

Luxair started operations

Luxembourg

4 April 1983

Gatari Air Service operations start

Indonesia

4 April 1990

SunExpress Airlines launched services with a flight from Nuremburg to Antalya

Turkey

4 April 1993

First flight of the Fokker 70

Netherlands

4 April 2002

Inter Airlines, founded in Dec1999, started operations

Turkey

4 April 2004

MidAtlantic Airways, formed as Potomac Air in 2000, officially launched services

USA

4 April 2005

National Aviation Services launched operations

Papua New Guinea

4 April 2007

Amazon Sky, founded in 2006, received its air operator’s certificate

Peru

4 April 2008

Skybus Airlines ceased operations

USA

4 April 2008

Swazi Express Airways, established in 1995 as Steffen Air, ceased operations

Swaziland

4 April 2009

Air Sylhet, founded in early 2007, started operations

UK

4 April 2009

L'Avion merged with with OpenSkies, retaining the latter name

France / UK

 

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5 April 1937

USA

5 April 1966

Hibernian Airlines, formed in 1966, started general passenger and cargo charter operations

Ireland

5 April 1967

Vieques Air Link, founded by Osvaldo Gonzalez in Oct1965, was registered as a corporation

Puerto Rico

5 April 1968

Monarch Airlines commenced commercial operations

UK

5 April 1977

Spirit Lake Airways began operations (reorganised in 1979 as Great Lakes Airlines)

USA

5 April 1981

Druk Air was founded

Bhutan

5 April 2001

FreeBird Airlines started operations with a service between Istanbul and Lyon

Turkey

5 April 2002

Flight West Airlines, placed into Voluntary Administration on 04Dec2001, was rebranded as Alliance Airlines

Australia

5 April 2008

flyNordic merged into Norwegian

Sweden

5 April 2008

Skyway Airlines (Midwest Connect) ceased operations

USA

5 April 2012

Mandala Airlines started operations Tigerair Mandala

Indonesia

5 April 2012

Volotea commenced operations

Spain

5 April 2012

LINK Airs was established but went bankrupt before starting

Japan

5 April 2013

Avient Aviation ceased operations

Zimbabwe

 

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6 April 1926

Varney Air Lines flew the first Contract Air Mail flight from Boise, Idaho, to the railroad mail hub at Pasco, Washington (>UAL)

USA

6 April 1944

Loftleiðirs' first revenue flight took place (>Icelandair)

Iceland

6 April 1957

Olympic Airways was created by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, from the ashes of bankrupt Hellenic state airline T. A. E. (Technical and Aeronautical Exploitations).

Greece

6 April 1967

The last TWA Constellation was retired from passenger service and TWA became the first U.S. airline to go all-jet

USA

6 April 1981

Air California was rebranded as AirCal (>American Airlines)

USA

6 April 1984

The last passenger B.727 was delivered to USAir

USA

6 April 2002

Astraeus started operations

UK

6 April 2011

Riau ceased operation for the final time

Indonesia

6 April 2011

Layonair operations are launched, operating on behalf of Iberia Cargo

Spain

6 April 2013

Lauda Air, established in Apr1979, was rebranded to Austrian myHoliday

Austria

 

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7 April 1980

PEOPLExpress was formed

USA

7 April 1982

Trans Adria merged into JAT (Yugoslav Airlines) (>>Air Serbia)

Yugoslavia

7 April 1992

AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines was established

Azerbaijan

7 April 2005

Air Exel ceased operations

Netherlands

7 April 2015

Olympus Airways was formed (started operations in 2016)

Greece

7 April 2015

APEX Airlines commenced scheduled operations

Myanmar

 

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8 April 1920

de Havilland DH.18 first flight

UK

8 April 1932

CLASSA was rebranded as LAPE (Líneas Aéreas Postales Españolas) (>Iberia)

Spain

8 April 1946

Ethiopian Airlines first scheduled flight took place as Ethiopian Air Lines to Cairo via Asmara in a Douglas C-47

Ethiopia

8 April 1988

Pacific Southwest Airlines shuts down operations and was integrated to USAir (>American)

USA

8 April 1998

SATA International, first established under the name of OceanAir, started operations

Portugal

8 April 1999

Tassili Airlines started operations

Algeria

8 April 2002

Swisswings ceased operations

Switzerland

8 April 2002

Intensive Air ceased operations

South Africa

 

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9 April 1927

CLASSA was established together with the Higher Aeronautic Council by virtue of a decree (>Iberia)

Spain

9 April 1929

Air Union

France

9 April 1958

DC-8 aircraft One, registered N8008D, was rolled out of the Douglas Aircraft - Long Beach, CA

USA

9 April 1965

BAC One-Eleven entered service with British United Airways (>British Airways)

UK

9 April 1967

First flight of the B.737-100

USA

9 April 1994

The first B.777, line number WA001, was rolled out

USA

9 April 2001

TWA's 75-year existence as an independent airline came to an end when American Airlines purchased TWA's assets

USA

9 April 2007

Harmony Airways ceased operations

Canada

9 April 2008

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines ceased operations

Hong Kong

 

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10 April 1923

Daimler Airways began the first scheduled service between London and Berlin (via Bremen and Hamburg)

UK

10 April 1926

Lindberg became chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., flying a Saint Louis to Chicago mail route

USA

10 April 1937

Trans-Canada Airlines was formed by an Act of Parliament (>Air Canada)

Canada

10 April 1962

The first commercial plane to land at Maldives airport was an Air Ceylon flight

Maldives

10 April 1976

Eagle Air was founded as Arnarflug

Iceland

10 April 2003

KLMs' sale of Buzz to Ryanair, estimated to be in the region of €20.1 million, was completed

UK

10 April 2006

Air Bashkortostan started operations

Russia

10 April 2008

Airphil Express (>PAL Express) was founded by PAL to replace Air Philippines

Philippines

10 April 2008

Frontier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Emerged on 01Oct2009

USA

10 April 2009

Zetavia was founded

Ukraine

10 April 2014

New Jatayu Air started operations

 Indonesia

10 April 2015

Air100, having ceased operations in 2014, resumed in Feb2016, stopped again

Finland

 

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11 April 1924

 Fokker F-VII first flight

Netherlands

11 April 1933

Airspeed AS.5 Courier first flight

UK

11 April 1934

American Airways became American Airlines

USA

11 April 1946

ViaBras (Viação Aérea Brasil) was founded (>Gol)

Brazil

11 April 1983

Trans States Airlines operations start as Resort Air

USA

11 April 1987

Air 2000 started operations

UK

11 April 1992

Chang'an Airlines was founded as Dapeng Airlines

China

11 April 1994

Flitestar ceased operations and was liquidated

South Africa

11 April 1994

Trek Airways ceased operations and was liquidated

South Africa

11 April 1998

Iberworld started operations (>Orbest Orizonia Airlines)

Spain

11 April 2007

Gabon Airlines started operations

Gabon

11 April 2015

BQB Airlines ceased operations

Uruguay

 

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12 April 1911

Pierre Prier made the first non-stop passenger flight, travelling from London to Paris in a Blériot, taking 3hrs 45mins

France

12 April 1919

Aerial Transport Ltd, first aerial transport company in Australia was registered

Australia

12 April 1986

City Center Airlines was dissolved

Canada

12 April 1992

Trump Shuttle became U.S. Airways Shuttle

USA

12 April 1994

Belgian World Airlines was formed as ChallengAir

Belgium

12 April 2001

Sky Airlines operations started

Turkey

12 April 2012

BB Airways, founded in Jan2012, received its Air Operator Certificate

Nepal

12 April 2014

Afghan Jet International, founded in 2013, commenced operations

UAE

12 April 2015

Air Pegasus started operations

India

 

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13 April 1919

Vickers Vimy Commercial first flight from Joyce Green airfield in Kent

UK

13 April 1973

The introduction of the first of three former Japan Airlines B.727-100 series made Dan-Air first British operator of the Boeing trijet

UK

13 April 2000

Donavia started operations under the Aeroflot-Don name

Russia

13 April 2000

The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed (>Maldivian)

Maldives

13 April 2004

Caricom Airways was founded as Kuyake Aviation

Suriname

13 April 2006

DOT LT was rebranded from Danu Oro Transport

Lithuania

13 April 2011

Frontier formed a new subsidiary, Frontier Express

USA

13 April 2017

First flight of the B.737MAX 9

USA

 

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14 April 1925

Ford Air Transport Service

USA

14 April 1929

Ed Link introduced a ground-based flight trainer. During World War II, half a million pilots received flight training in Link trainers.

USA

14 April 1948

British Eagle was formed as Eagle Aviation at Aldermaston

UK

14 April 1955

Air Charter (formed in 1947) inaugurated its first vehicle ferry service between Southend and Calais using a Bristol 170 Mark 32 Super Freighter

UK

14 April 1971

BOAC operated its first commercial B.747 flight, flying from London to New York

UK

14 April 1972

Lockheed L-1011 was certified

USA

14 April 1992

Nort Jet, founded in Feb1989 by mostly Basque entrepreneurs, ceased operations

Spain

14 April 1992

Onur Air (Onur Havayollari Tasimacilik A.S.) was established

Turkey

14 April 2004

ValuAir obtained air operator’s certificate (>>Jetstar Asia Airways)

Singapore

14 April 2008

Delta and Northwest Airlines announced that they would merge to create the world's largest airline under the Delta name

USA

14 April 2012

Syphax Airlines started operations, with scheduled services beginning on 29Apr2012

Tunisia

 

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15 April 1925

Ukvozdukhput began operating services from Kharkiv to Odessa and Kiev (>Aeroflot)

USSR

15 April 1926

Charles Lindbergh of Robertson Aircraft started Contract Air Mail service over route CAM-2 from Lambert Field to Chicago

USA

15 April 1928

Travel Air 6000 first flight (later known as the Curtiss-Wright 6B when Travel Air was purchased by Curtiss-Wright)

USA

15 April 1935

British Continental Airways Limited was formed (>BA)

UK

15 April 1936

Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish Government to provide air services between Ireland and the UK

Ireland

15 April 1947

Airways-India, formed in Sep1945, started scheduled operations, with Calcutta to Bangalore (>Air India)

India

15 April 1947

Air Serbia, founded as Aeroput, started operations as JAT

Yugoslavia

15 April 1947

Sudan Airways, formed in 1946, began domestic operations

Sudan

15 April 1947

Trans Canada Airlines inaugurated transatlantic service between Dorval and Prestwick with the North Star (>Air Canada)

Canada

15 April 1950

The first scheduled BEA service from London Heathrow, a Vickers Viking to Paris, took place (>BA)

UK

15 April 1962

SATENA, incorporated in 1962 under the Ministry of National Defence, started operations

Colombia

15 April 1962

Iran National Airlines Corporation, formed by PAS + Iranian Airways on 24Dec1962, started operations

Iran

15 April 1964

Japan Domestic Airlines Co, Ltd. was established by merging Nitto, Fuji and Kita Nihon Airlines

Japan

15 April 1977

Comair, founded by David Mueller and his Father Raymond on 31Jan1977 as Wings Airways, started operations

USA

15 April 1981

Kabo Air, established in Feb1980 by Dr. Alhaji Muhammadu Adamu Dankabo, started operations

Nigeria

15 April 1986

Suckling Airways operations started (>>Loganair)

UK

15 April 1989

DAT (Danish Air Transport) operations started

Denmark

15 April 1991

Pacific Airlines, founded in Dec1990, commenced operations (>Jetstar Pacific)

Vietnam

15 April 1993

Polar Air Cargo, founded in 1993, started operations

USA

15 April 1994

Aerosvit Airlines, founded on 25Mar1994 as Aerosweet Airlines, commenced operations

Ukraine

15 April 1995

St Barth Commuter operations started

St Barths

15 April 1996

Asian Spirit, established in Sep1995, started operations (>>AirAsia Philippines)

Philippines

15 April 1996

Capital Cargo International Airlines, founded by Peter Fox in Sep1995, started operations (>>ATI)

USA

15 April 2002

Alliance Airlines, after rebranding from Flight West Airlines, started operations

Australia

15 April 2003

Song started operations (>>Delta)

USA

15 April 2003

Eritrean Airlines operations started

Eritrea

15 April 2009

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency cancelled the operating license of airline Elbrus-Avia

Russia

15 April 2010

Travel Service Slovakia started operations

Slovakia

15 April 2014

American Eagle Airlines rebranded to Envoy

USA

 

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16 April 1929

Inland Flying Service started operations (>PSIoWA +>Portsmouth Aviation)

UK

16 April 1934

Northwest was reincorporated under Minnesota law as Northwest Airlines

USA

16 April 1934

VASP, founded on 04Nov1933, started operations

Brazil

16 April 1935

East Coast Airways, established in 1935, started a regular passenger service (>ANZ)

New Zealand

16 April 1935

A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 made the first airline flight from the continental US to Hawaii

USA

16 April 1962

BEA operated its first commercial Handley Page Herald service (>BA)

UK

16 April 1969

First flight of the Let L-410 Turbolet

USSR

16 April 1973

Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante entered service with Transbrasil

Brazil

16 April 1991

airberlin, formed as a US charter company in Portland, Oregon as Air Berlin, was established as a German carrier

Germany

16 April 1996

Gazpromavia Air Enterprise started operations

Russia

16 April 2007

Jet Airways announced that Air Sahara will be renamed as Jetlite (>JetKonnect)

India

16 April 2012

Korongo Airlines started domestic services to Kinshasa

DR Congo

16 April 2012

TEAM Airlines had their AOC suspended by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil

Brazil

 

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17 April 1919

CAF (Compagnie Aerienne Francais)(Nimes-Nice) was created

France

17 April 1926

Western Air Express began operations with flights between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles  (>Western Airlines >>Delta)

USA

17 April 1934

First flight of the de Havilland Dragon Rapide DH.89

UK

17 April 1952

Official opening of Jan Smuts International Airport – Johannesburg

South Africa

17 April 1968

Brower Flight Service was certified (>Brower Airways)

USA

17 April 1968

Bonanza Air Lines received CAB approval to merge with Pacific Air Lines & West Coast Airlines to form Air West (>Delta Air Lines)

USA

17 April 1969

Tigerair Mandala was founded as Mandala Airlines

Indonesia

17 April 1973

FedEx delivers its first package as Federal 17aprExpress

USA

17 April 1980

Airborne Express was established (>ABX Air)

USA

17 April 1989

Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection, began flight operations

USA

17 April 2001

Cargo Lion ceased operations

Luxembourg

17 April 2006

Hooters ceased operations

USA

17 April 2015

TomskAvia had its AOC suspended by Rosaviatsia

Russia

 

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18 April 1919

CMA (Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes) commenced a mail and freight service between Paris and Lille, using ex-military Breguet 14s

France

18 April 1948

Cyprus Airways, established on 24Sep1947, started operations

Cyprus

18 April 1953

The first turboprop airliner, the Vickers V-701 Viscount, entered scheduled passenger service with British European Airways (>BA)

UK

18 April 1979

New York Airways, a helicopter airline founded in 1949, ceased operations

USA

18 April 1991

Eastern Air Lines was dissolved after 64 years of operation. Many of its remaining assets are parcelled out to American and Continental

USA

18 April 1996

Air Jamaica Express began operations

Jamaica

18 April 2011

Far Eastern Air Transport, having ceased operations on 13May2008, restarted services

Taiwan

18 April 2013

Air Cargo Germany ceased operations

Germany

18 April 2013

Mongolian Airlines became Hunnu Air

Mongolia

 

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19 April 1925

 Ryan Airline Company was founded by T. Claude Ryan and Benjamin "Frank" Mahoney

USA

19 April 1926

Pitcairn Aviation was formed (>Eastern Air Lines)

USA

19 April 1999

South Airlines was founded

Ukraine

19 April 2009

Arkaim was established

Russia

19 April 2012

BMI's (British Midland Interntional)) ownership transferred to IAG at 23:59 (>BA)

UK

 

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20 April 1935

The first passengers left London for Australia on a new Imperial Airways/Qantas service

UK

20 April 1959

Aeroflot puts the 84 - 110-seater Ilyushin IL-18, its first turboprop, into service from Moscow to Alma Ata & Adler

USSR

20 April 1992

Sakhalinskie Aviatrassy operations start (>Aurora)

Russia

20 April 2001

Tasman Pacific Airlines abruptly stopped flying (>Qantas New Zealand)

Australia

20 April 2003

LAPA (Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas) ceased operations

Argentina

20 April 2011

Air One Cityliner was renamed to Alitalia CityLiner

Italy

20 April 2011

Ridge Airways, owned by Sergey Kocharov, was founded

Armenia

20 April 2014

Global Air Jets started operations

USA

20 April 2015

Wizz Air Ukraine, having started operations on 11Jul2008, ceased operations

Ukraine

 

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21 April 1945

Deutsche Luft Hansa last scheduled flight, Berlin to Munich, took place

Germany

21 April 1948

Pennsylvania-Central Airlines changed its name to Capital Airlines (>United Airlines)

USA

21 April 2012

Pacific Royale Airways having received its AOC on 29May2012, had its final proving flight

Indonesia

21 April 2016

Armenia Airways, formed on 25Nov2015, started limited operations

Armenia

 

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22 April 1983

 Finnair became the first airline to operate a non-stop service from Europe to Japan

Finland

22 April 1985

PanAm sold its Pacific division to United Air Lines for $750 million; including all its Pacific routes & B.747SP fleet

USA

22 April 1987

Air Engiadina was founded (>Swisswings)

Switzerland

22 April 2009

Irtysh-Air, established in 2007, started operations

Kazakhstan

 

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23 April 1919

The North Sea Aerial Navigation Company began a passenger run between Leeds & Hounslow in ex-military Blackburn RT.1s

UK

23 April 1920

Companía Franco Argentina de Transportes Aéreos was formed by a French Aviation Mission headed by the commander Precardin and Almandos Almonacid

Argentina

23 April 1920

Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aerienne  was created as a joint project between Romania & France (>CIDNA > Air France)

France

23 April 1959

First heliport in Britain opened in London

UK

23 April 2001

The first flight of Airbus 340-600

France

23 April 2006

Air Wales ceased operations

UK

23 April 2008

Turkish Airlines established Anadolujet

Turkey

23 April 2009

Saha Airlines suspended all flights

Iran

23 April 2013

Sunday Airlines took to the skies, officially launched operations 3 days later

Kazakhstan

23 April 2015

Air Croatia, founded in 2013, had its services suspended

Croatia

 

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24 April 1946

Winged Cargo opened an unusual freight service in which goods are carried in a Waco CG-4A glider towed by a DC-3

USA

24 April 1966

Scheduled air carrier jet operations began at Washington National Airport

USA

24 April 1969

BEA Airtours was formed as a division of BEA to provide it with a low cost platform for holiday travel

UK

24 April 1994

South African Express, founded in 1993, started operations (>SA Express)

South Africa

24 April 1998

Jubba Airways was formed

Somalia

24 April 2007

Norwegian acquired FlyNordic from Finnair

Norway

24 April 2007

Mihin Lanka commenced operations

Sri Lanka

24 April 2009

Air Sénégal International suspended all operations

Senegal

 

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25 April 1935

Cambrian Airways was set up as Cambrian Air Services (>BA)

UK

25 April 2005

MaxJet officially changed its name from SkyLink Airways following a formal objection from SkyLink Aviation in Canada

USA

25 April 2008

Ocean Airlines ceased operations

Italy

25 April 2010

Enter Air operations started

Poland

25 April 2013

FlyNonstop commenced operations out of Kristiansand

Norway

 

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26 April 1924

Imperial Airways launched its first flight between London Croydon and Paris Le Bourget with a DH.34

UK

26 April 1940

TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways) was registered in Wellington as a limited liability company (>ANZ)

New Zealand

26 April 1972

SkyWest Airlines was founded when Ralph Atkin buys Dixie Airlines

USA

26 April 1972

The first Lockheed L-1011 TriStar entered scheduled service, with Eastern Air Lines, on its route from Miami to New York

USA

26 April 1986

Suckling Airways started scheduled operations (>>Loganair)

UK

26 April 1987

Canadian Airlines International flew from this date until it's merger with Air Canada on 29Mar2001

Canada

26 April 1990

Airbus launched the “baby” of the A320 Family, the 107-seat A318

France

26 April 1996

Denim Air, started operations

Netherlands

26 April 2004

Boeing launched the B.787 Dreamliner program with an order for 50 aircraft from All Nippon Airways

USA

26 April 2013

Sunday Airlines, having taken to the skies on 23Apr2013, officially launched operations

Kazakhstan

26 April 2014

Qingdao Airlines commenced operations

China

 

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27 April 1955

First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle

France

27 April 1974

Tunisavia operations started

Tunisia

27 April 1988

TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) was established

Mexico

27 April 2003

RwandAir, founded as Rwandair Express on 01Dec2002, commenced operations

Rwanda

27 April 2005

A380 successfully completed its first flight

France

27 April 2008

Eos Airlines ceased operations

USA

27 April 2009

Linus Airways suspended operations as it had no aircraft to operate

Indonesia

27 April 2010

Layonair was established in the Canary Islands

Spain

27 April 2010

OceanAir Linhas Aéreas was renamed to Avianca (Brazil)

Brazil

27 April 2015

Chilean Airways began operations from its home base in Calama as AeroDesierto

Chile

27 April 2016

Leste Aviation launched its inaugural test flight

East Timor

 

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28 April 1928

The Clifford Ball Airline began operating Mail routes between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Ohio, but scheduled passenger service did not begin until this date (>UAL)

USA

28 April 1937

The first commercial flight across the Pacific was made as a PanAm Boeing 314 Clipper seaplane arrived in Hong Kong

USA

28 April 1958

The first transatlantic service of Aerlinte Eireann leaves Dublin and Shannon for New York (>Aer Lingus)

Ireland

28 April 1979

The first airberlin jet, took off from Berlin-Tegel for Palma de Mallorca (known as Air Berlin)

Germany

28 April 1985

Continental inaugurated its first scheduled service to Europe with flights from Houston to London/Gatwick (>>UAL)

USA

28 April 1993

Oki Air International was established

Montenegro

28 April 1995

WestPac (Western Pacific Airlines) began services using eight B.737-300

USA

28 April 2003

LAN Ecuador, established in Jul2002, started operations

Ecuador

28 April 2012

Air Onix began flight operations with a fleet of three B737-300s, B737-400s

Ukraine

 

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29 April 1929

Stout Air Services was purchased by United Aircraft and Transport Corporation (UATC)

USA

29 April 1964

PIA became the first airline from a non-communist country to fly into the People’s Republic of China

Pakistan

29 April 1964

BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) introduced the VC10 into its London-Lagos route (>BA)

UK

29 April 1968

United Air Lines became the first carrier to put the B.737-200 into service

USA

29 April 1976

ABA (Transportes Aereos da Bacia Amazonica) services started

Brazil

29 April 1987

LTE International Airways was formed

Spain

29 April 1988

USA

29 April 1991

Archana Airways was founded

India

29 April 2004

The first B.777-300ER aircraft was delivered to Air France

France

29 April 2005

First flight of Air India Express, Air India’s budget airline

India

29 April 2005

Grixona started operations

Moldova

29 April 2008

Nationwide Airlines ceased operations

South Africa

29 April 2009

Air Arabia Maroc was officially launched (renamed from Regional Air Lines)

Morocco

29 April 2012

Syphax Airlines started operations

Tunisia

29 April 2014

Fly540 Ghana, having started operations in Dec2011, ceased

Ghana

29 April 2014

Fly540 Angola ceased operations

Angola

29 April 2014

North American Airlines ceased operations

USA

29 April 2014

Mid Africa Aviation started business

Gambia

 

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30 April 1933

The first air service internal to Scotland, Renfrew – Campbeltown, began, operated by Midland & Scottish Air Ferries

UK

30 April 1940

Inaugural TEAL route from Auckland to Sydney (>ANZ)

New Zealand

30 April 1969

Aviogenex, formed on 21May1968 as Genex Airlines, restarted under current name

Serbia

30 April 1969

The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerøe of Norway, made her first flight as a first officer for SAS

Norway

30 April 1975

Air Vietnam, formed on 01Oct1951 to take over services from Air France, ceased operations

South Vietnam

30 April 1981

The original PeopleExpress began flights with a route from Newark to Columbus

USA

30 April 1991

Interflugs' last commercial flight

East Germany

30 April 1993

Air Atlantis ceased operations

Portugal

30 April 1994

Qantas closed Australian Airlines

Australia

30 April 1997

Fischer Air, established on 26Jul1996, started operations

Czech Republic

30 April 2003

Condor Berlin was renamed to Thomas Cook - powered by Condor

Germany

30 April 2005

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) commenced services

Netherlands Antilles

30 April 2005

Harlequin Air ceased operations

Japan

30 April 2006

Songs' last flight took off  (>Delta)

USA

30 April 2006

Air Livonia, a Parnu based carrier, ceased operations

Estonia

30 April 2007

ADC Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Space World International Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Dasab Airways ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Chrome Air Services ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Fresh Air ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Albarka Air ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Freedom Air Services ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2007

Sosoliso Airlines ceased operations

Nigeria

30 April 2010

Wings of Bornholm ceased flights

Denmark

30 April 2010

Air Jamaica merged into in Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines

Jamaica

30 April 2010

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport opened to traffic

South Africa

   

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