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1 May 1921

Glavvozdukhflot began mail and passenger flights on the Moscow-Oryol-Kursk-Kharkov route

USSR

1 May 1922

Deruluft (Deutsche-Russische Luftverkehrs, "German-Russian Airlines") commenced operations with Moscow-Konigsberg (part of Germany at that time)

Germany

1 May 1923

First flight of the Aeroflot international route Moscow – Konigsberg (part of Germany at that time)

USSR

1 May 1928

Pacific Airways acquired by Western Canada Airways (..>>Air Canada)

Canada

1 May 1928

Pitcairn Aviation began operations along the Atlantic seaboard as a contract mail-hauler (>Eastern Air Lines in 1934)

USA

1 May 1947

Malayan Airways started operations (>MAS)

Malaya

1 May 1953

Chicago and Southern Airlines merged into Delta

USA

1 May 1966

Jamaica Air Service began service to Miami and New York (>Caribbean Airlines (Trinidad))

Jamaica

1 May 1966

British European Airways opened the first jet service between London Heathrow and Glasgow, using de Havilland Comet 4 Bs (>BA)

UK

1 May 1960

Thai Airways Internationals' first revenue flight

Thailand

1 May 1975

Air Iceland, formed in Akureyri by Tryggvi Helgason as Norðurflug, was incorporated as Flugfélag Norðurlands

Iceland

1 May 1980

Airbourne Freight Co. was renamed to Airborne Express (>ABX)

USA

1 May 1986

Piedmont purchased Empire Airlines in 1985 and merged it in (>US Airways)

USA

1 May 1987

Paramount Airways, formed in 1986 as Diamond Airways, started operations

UK

1 May 1992

Carl Icahn sold TWA’s route authorities from Philadelphia and Baltimore to London to USAir for $50 million

USA

1 May 2000

Tower Air suspended all scheduled flight operations

USA

1 May 2004

Duo Airways, established as Maersk Air (UK) went into administration

UK

1 May 2006

Song merged into Delta Air Lines

USA

1 May 2007

Air Sahara was renamed to JetLite

India

1 May 2009

Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways are combined as Thomson Airways

UK

1 May 2009

Estelar Latinoamerica, formed in Aug2008, began operations

Venezuela

1 May 2009

Air Fiji ceased operations

Fiji

1 May 2011

Air Canada Express launched services

Canada

1 May 2011

Iberworld was rebranded to Orbest Orizonia

Spain

 

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2 May 1944

The Alaska Airlines name was adopted from Alaska Star Airlines

USA

2 May 1952

BOAC flew the world’s first pure jet service. d H Comet operated from London Airport to Johannesburg via Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe and Livingstone

UK

2 May 1971

APSA (Aerolineas Peruanas SA) ceased all flight operations

Peru

2 May 1988

Total Linhas Aereas was established on as Total Taxi Aéreo

Brazil

2 May 1993

Modiluft started operations (>Spicejet)

India

2 May 1993

Hainan Airlines started operations, using B.737-300s

China

2 May 1997

Chanchangi Airlines, established on 05Jan1994 by Alhaji Chanchangi, started operations

Nigeria

2 May 2007

Compass Airlines, formed as Northwest Airlines Cargo, started operations

USA

2 May 2008

Aloha Air Cargo began operations under new ownership after Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

2 May 2016

Nextjet Canada commenced revenue operations

Canada

 

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3 May 1922

William E. Boeing became Boeing Airplane Co. chairman of the board

USA

3 May 1946

Scindia Line services were resumed after World War II (>Air India)

India

3 May 1947

Philippine Airlines started a DC-4 service to Rome and Madrid, thus earning the distinction of being the first airline in Southeast Asia to fly to Europe

Philippines

3 May 1961

The Boeing Airplane Company changed its name to Boeing Company

USA

3 May 1962

Cruz Airways was formed

Philippines

3 May 1973

Chautauqua Airlines was established in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York

USA

3 May 1979

Abelag Airways was formed as a charter airline (>Air Belgium)

Belgium

3 May 1991

Alisarda name was changed to Meridiana

Italy

3 May 2003

Air China Cargo, formerly the cargo department of Air China was created

China

3 May 2009

Syrian Pearl Airlines operated its first flight

Syria

3 May 2012

Bornholmerflyet launched services

Denmark

3 May 2012

Cimber Sterling ceased operations

Denmark

3 May 2013

Saha Airlines flight operations were suspended

Iran

3 May 2016

Hummingbird Air restarted services

US Virgin Islands

 

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4 May 1928

First British Royal family member to fly with Imperial Airways. HRH The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, flew Paris to London

UK

4 May 1953

Naka Nihon Air Service Co. was formed (>>ANA)

Japan

4 May 1956

Chitreana de Aviación started operations from Paitilla to Chitré

Panama

4 May 1959

Pilatus PC-6 Porter first flight

Switzerland

4 May 1979

Air Europe began operations

UK

4 May 1992

The State national service Turkmenistan Airlines was founded

Turkmenistan

4 May 1993

First flight of the B.747-400 Freighter

USA

4 May 2005

SpiceJet was renamed from Royal Airways

India

4 May 2010

Deer Jet Airlines was divided into two airlines. While the charter operation has kept the Deer Jet branding, scheduled operations using A319's were renamed Capital Airlines

China

4 May 2011

Aviacsa (Aviacion de Chiapas) finally ceased operations

Mexico

4 May 2011

Virgin Blue became Virgin Australia

Australia

4 May 2014

Niger Airlines, founded in 31July2012, officially launched domestic operations

Niger

 

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5 May 1924

Deutsche Aero Lloyd establishes a partnership with the Colombian company SCADTA to create Condor Syndikat

Brazil

5 May 1947

Alitalia (Aereolinee Italiane Internazionali), incorporated in Sep1946, operated its first domestic flight on the Turin – Rome – Catania route

Italy

5 May 1962

Thomson Airways, formed as Euravia on 01Dec1961, started operations

UK

5 May 1966

Formosa Airlines was founded (>>Mandarin Airlines)

Taiwan

5 May 1990

Aviacsa (Aviacion de Chiapas) was established

Mexico

5 May 1991

Tranzair commenced scheduled services

New Zealand

5 May 1991

Croatia Airlines operated its first service between Zagreb and Split with a leased MD82

Croatia

5 May 1993

Jet Airways began commercial airline operations with four B.737-300

India

5 May 2004

ValuAirs' first flight

Singapore

5 May 2008

Philippine Airlines’ regional carrier PAL Express began operations with 8 daily flights between Manila and Malay using Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprops

Philippines

5 May 2010

BVI Airways, having been founded in 2010, commenced operations

UK Virgin Islands

5 May 2013

Orbest declared bankruptcy and ceased operations

Spain

5 May 2015

Qazaq Air was established by Samruk-Kazyna

Kazakhstan

5 May 2016

All the LAN Airlines were renamed to LATAM when their parent company LAN Chile merged with TAM Airlines

Americas

 

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6 May 1949

Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) operated its first flight with a leased Douglas DC-3 (>>American Airlines)

USA

6 May 1993

Aero Asia International started operations

Pakistan

6 May 2007

SkyValue and their fleet of one B.737 (leased from Xtra Airways) ceased operations

USA

6 May 2009

Air Arabia Maroc started operations

Morocco

6 May 2012

Palau Airways operations started

Palau

6 May 2014

TRIP merged into Azul

Brazil

6 May 2016

Fly Sarvaq was planning to commence operations but was renamed to Go Sarvaq prior to start

Canada

 

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7 May 1927

San Francisco Airport (SFO) opened on 150 acres of cow pasture

USA

7 May 1927

Varig was founded as the first Brazilian airline by German Otto Ernst Meyer-Labastille

Brazil

7 May 1969

NAYSA started operations as NAYSA (Navegacion y Servicios Aereos)

Spain

7 May 1997

GENSA founded on 13Dec1996 in Sao Paulo Congonhas, transferred to Campo Grande in the state of Matto Gross do Sul

Brazil

7 May 1997

Montenegro Airlines operated its first flight

Montenegro

7 May 2002

Northwest Sky Ferry, founded as Rugby Aviation on 12Jan1999, received FAA Certification

USA

7 May 2010

BoraJet, formed in 2008 as Bora Jet Exclusive Charter, started operations

Turkey

7 May 2013

Skywest Airlines became Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

Australia

 

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8 May 1930

The largest trimotor transport aircraft built by Fokker, the F.IX  was handed over to KLM

Netherlands

8 May 2002

Express Airlines I changed its name to Pinnacle Airlines

USA

8 May 2005

Launch of Kingfisher Airlines in Mumbai

India

8 May 2008

Angkor Airways ceased operations

Cambodia

8 May 2008

EuroManx ceased operations

UK

8 May 2014

Union Express Charter Airline started operations

Myanmar

 

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9 May 1917

William Boeing changed the name of Pacific Aero Products to the Boeing Airplane Co.

USA

9 May 1936

The German airship Hindenburg lands at Lakehurst, New Jersey after its first scheduled transatlantic flight

Germany

9 May 1967

First flight of the Fokker F28 Fellowship

Netherlands

9 May 2005

Britannia Airways became Thomsonfly

UK

9 May 2005

BelgiumExel ceased operations

Belgium

9 May 2005

Kingfisher Airlines started operations

India

9 May 2007

Air Dominicana was founded

Dominican Republic

9 May 2008

My Travel Airways renamed to Thomas Cook Scandinavia

Denmark

9 May 2011

Artsakh Air planned to launch scheduled services but failed to start

Azerbaijan

 

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10 May 1923

Zakavia was created in Georgia (>Aeroflot via Dobrolyot)

USSR

10 May 1947

Seaboard World Airways started operations  as Seaboard & Western Airlines

USA

10 May 1950

de Havilland DH.114 Heron first flight

UK

10 May 1991

First flight of Bombardier CRJ100, regional airliner

Canada

10 May 2003

Viking Airlines, established in 2003, started operations

Sweden

10 May 2005

HollandExel was renamed to Arkefly (>Arke)

Netherlands

10 May 2010

Sol del Paraguay was formed

Paraguay

10 May 2011

REDjet commenced operations commenced

Barbados

 

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11 May 1919

A.V. Roe in Manchester opens Britain’s first scheduled air service

UK

11 May 1921

Glavvozdukhflot began mail and passenger flights on the Moscow-Oryol-Kursk-Kharkov route

USSR

11 May 1934

First flight of the Douglas DC-2

USA

11 May 1990

Merchant Express Aviation Services was established

Nigeria

11 May 1992

Aero Costa Rica started services

Costa Rica

11 May 2000

Malawi Express was launched

Malawi

 

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12 May 1926

NAT (National Air Transport began air service, between Chicago and Dallas, via Kansas City, Mo. (>UAL)

USA

12 May 1939

US Airways began operations as All American Aviation

USA

12 May 1982

Braniff International ceased all operations

USA

12 May 1984

The Airbus A.310 entered service with Air France.

France

12 May 2009

Tailwind Airlines started operations

Turkey

 

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13 May 1927

Colonial Air Transport offers a sightseeing trip from Teterboro, New Jersey, around New York City for just $8, less than the price of a similar trip in a taxi (>American)

USA

13 May 2008

Far Eastern Air Transport ceased operations but restarted services on 18Apr2011

Taiwan

13 May 2010

Albatros Airlines obtained its air operators certificate (AOC)

Venezuela

13 May 2015

Eastern Air Lines, founded in 2011, was awarded its Part 121 AOC from the US FAA

USA

13 May 2016

Small Planet Airlines Germany launched operations

Germany

 

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14 May 1923

The first aircraft to be operated by ÖLAG (Österreichische Luftverkehrs AG) flew from Vienna to Munich (>Interflug)

Austria

14 May 1949

Following the government’s decision to create a single state airline, four airlines merged to form Aerolineas Argentinas

Argentina

14 May 1975

Royal Brunei Airlines started operations

Brunei

14 May 1992

Onur Air (Onur Havayolları Taşımacılık) launched its first flight to the Ercan Airport in Northern Republic of Cyprus

Turkey

14 May 1993

South East Air was established by Raymond Hector and Bill Moffatt

New Zealand

14 May 2009

Wizz Air Ukraine having started operations on 11Jul2008, launched international services from Lviv

Ukraine

14 May 2010

BQB Airlines operations started (>Amaszonas del Uruguay)

Uruguay

14 May 2012

Bingo Airways operations started

Poland

 

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15 May 1922

Instone Air Line commenced flights between London and Brussels (>BA)

UK

15 May 1925

Junkers G.23 entered service with AB Aerotransport (Swedish Air Lines)(>SAS)

Sweden

15 May 1930

Ellen Church became the world's first flight attendant, working for Boeing Air Transport (>UAL)

USA

15 May 1944

Wisconsin Central Airlines was founded (>Delta Air Lines)

USA

15 May 1945

Vostok Airlines was established as Aeroflot, Far Eastern division (264 Squadron)

USSR

15 May 1948

World Airways operations started

USA

15 May 1957

North Cariboo Air started operations as North Cariboo Flying Service

Canada

15 May 1971

TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) was established by merging Japan Domestic Airlines and Toa Airways (>JAL)

Japan

15 May 1977

Empire Airlines was established and started operations in Orofino as a charter company originally named Clearwater Flying Service

USA

15 May 1986

African Express Airways started operations

Kenya

15 May 1992

Tolmachevo State Aviation Enterprise was renamed to Siberia Airlines (rebranded as S7 Airlines)

Russia

15 May 1993

VLM (Vlaamse Luchttransportmaatschappij) started operations

Belgium

15 May 1993

Kolavia (Kogalymavia) started operations before being renamed to MetroJet in 2012

Russia

15 May 1997

Euro-Asia Air International operations start

Kazakhstan

15 May 2000

Helios Airways commenced airline operations (>Ajet)

Cyprus

15 May 2002

Air Astanas' maiden flight

Kazakhstan

15 May 2003

Global Air, formed as Aerolineas Damojh, started operations after being renamed

Mexico

15 May 2004

Titan Aero Airlines, having had its AOC suspended on 28Oct2003, has it revoked

Russia

15 May 2005

Planet Airways ceased operations

USA

15 May 2006

Zozik Air launched operations

Iraq

15 May 2006

The first flight of FaroeJet

Faroe Islands

15 May 2008

Aloha Air Cargo commenced operations as an independent airline after Aloha Airlines ceased operations

USA

15 May 2009

CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali) was rebranded as Air Mali

Mali

15 May 2009

Medallion Air received its AOC

Romania

15 May 2012

Air Côte d'Ivoire was set up

Ivory Coast

15 May 2014

Fly Romania commenced operations

Romania

15 May 2014

Manston airport (Kent) closed

UK

 

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16 May 1928

Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) comes into being (>American Airlines)

USA

16 May 1946

ALFA, a joint venture was established by the Argentine government through the merger of CSSA & CDNA

Argentina

16 May 1968

Air Micronesia started operations (..>>UAL)

Guam

16 May 1971

Trans Polar ceased operations

Norway

16 May 1983

Tol Air operations started operations (>Four Star Air Cargo)

Puerto Rico

16 May 2009

Perm Airlines had its license revoked

Russia

16 May 2013

Paradise Air ceased air charter operations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

 

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17 May 1920

KLM's first flight: Pilot Jerry Shaw flew from London to Schiphol in a leased De Havilland DH-16

Netherlands

17 May 1981

Corsair was founded as Corse Air International

France

17 May 1986

Zhongyan Airlines was formed (>>China Southern Airlines)

China

17 May 1992

Munich Airport commenced operations, moving from the former site at Munich-Riem Airport

Germany

17 May 2000

Air Zarco (Air Madeira) adopted its new name: euroAtlantic airways

Portugal

17 May 2002

East African Airlines, originally incorporated as Africa Air, was renamed

Uganda

17 May 2005

Galaxy Airlines was established

Japan

17 May 2007

Aero Asia International ceased operations

Pakistan

17 May 2008

Kosmas Air ceased operation

Serbia

17 May 2012

AeroSur ceased operations

Bolivia

17 May 2016

Air Lubo (ALK JSC), formed in 2012, started services

Bulgaria

 

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18 May 1934

The Douglas DC-2, forerunner of the DC-3, entered commercial service on TWA’s Columbus–Pittsburgh–Newark route

USA

18 May 1948

Aquila Airways was formed

UK

18 May 1981

Air Bahama, started as International Air Bahama, ceased operations

Bahamas

18 May 1999

Tepavia Trans was founded

Moldova

18 May 2004

Royal Tongan Airlines ceased all operations

Tonga

18 May 2007

Peace Air ceased operations

Canada

18 May 2014

Ruili Airlines commenced operations

China

18 May 2015

Petra Airlines restarted operations as Air Arabia Jordan

Jordan

 

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19 May 1912

First official mail flight service of the Deutschen Reichspost (German Postal Service) between Mannheim and Heidelberg

Germany

19 May 1987

Pacific Southwest Airlines of San Diego became a wholly-owned subsidiary of USAir Group

USA

19 May 2004

Wizz Air commenced operations

Hungary

19 May 2006

East Star Airlines started operations

China

19 May 2015

Blue Sky Airways was incorporated

Australia

 

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20 May 1927

The Boeing Model 40A two-passenger mail plane made its first flight

USA

20 May 1933 

Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi (State Airlines Administration) operating under the supervision of the Ministry of National Defence was established (>THY (Turkish Airlines))

Turkey

20 May 1939

The Boeing 314 entered service with Pan American Airways

USA

20 May 1956

Cubana buys 3 Vickers Viscounts 700 for Havana to Miami

Cuba

20 May 1965

First flight of the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

Canada

20 May 2002

SAM Colombia and its major rival ACES Colombia join to create Alianza Summa, and begin merged operations

Colombia

20 May 2010

Albatros Airlines, established on 27Dec2007, started operations

Venezuela

20 May 2015

NokScoot commenced operations

Thailand

 

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21 May 1921

Aerotarg was established

Poland

21 May 1925 

National Air Transport, one of the companies that originally made up United Airlines, was founded, for the purpose of carrying parcels

USA

21 May 1946

KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) inaugurated a scheduled service to New York; first European airline to open post-war flights to NY

Netherlands

21 May 1951

TransAsia was formed as the first private civil airline in Taiwan  as Foshing Airlines

Taiwan

21 May 1953

Dan-Air was incorporated (>British Airways)

UK

21 May 1968

Aviogenex was founded as Genex Airlines

Serbia

21 May 1970

Air Guadeloupe was founded as SATA (Société Antillaise de Transport Aérien)

Guadeloupe

21 May 1994

Aero Zambia was established

Zambia

21 May 2013

TACA International Airlines merged with Avianca and was renamed as Avianca El Salvador

El Salvador

21 May 2014

Northwest Sky Ferry merged into San Juan Airlines

USA

21 May 2015

Choice Aire started charter flights between Miami & Atlantic City

USA

21 May 2016

Hongtu Airlines commenced revenue operations

China

 

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22 May 1936

Aer Lingus Teoranta was registered as an airline (>Aer Lingus)

Ireland

22 May 1978

Tonga Air Service began operations

Tonga

22 May 1981

Atlantic Air started operations (BEX >Envoy Air)

USA

22 May 1995

Trade Air, founded in 1994, started operations

Croatia

22 May 1998

Go opened its first “no-frills” route from Stansted to Rome Ciampino

UK

22 May 2000

Welcome Air started operations

Austria

22 May 2007

SkyBus, an ULCC modelled after Ryanair began operations

USA

22 May 2010

Air Arabia Egypt secured it operating license from the Egyptian authorities

Egypt

22 May 2012

Skyways Express announced immediate cancellation of all flights due to lack of finances

Sweden

22 May 2012

Mint Airways became insolvent & ceased operations

Spain

22 May 2014

Eznis Airways ceased operations

Mongolia

22 May 2015

Air Lituanica ceased operations

Lithuania

 

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23 May 1920

River Plate Aviation Co. began operations (=>Companía Rio Platense de Aviación)

Argentina

23 May 1923

SABENA was formed, adding new European routes to SNETA's routes in Belgian Congo that it took over

Belgium

23 May 1924

The first scheduled air service in Canada began. Laurentide Air Service offered flights between Angliers, Lake Fortune and Rouyn, Quebec

Canada

23 May 1926

Western Air Express (WAE) became one of the first U.S. airlines to offer regular passenger service

USA

23 May 1936

Opening of Stockholm Bromma Airport

Sweden

23 May 1953

SACA merged with Compagnie Air Transport to form CGTA (Air Algérie Compagnie Générale de Transports Aériens-Air Algérie (>Air Algérie)

Algeria

23 May 1972

Air Littoral started operations

France

23 May 1994

Air Nostrum was constituted

Spain

23 May 2000

Danube Wings, started as VIP Air, was renamed to VIP Wings

Slovakia

23 May 2008

Club Air Italy ceased operations

Italy

23 May 2008

Pacific Airlines renamed to JetStar Pacific

Vietnam

23 May 2014

SkyAero started operations with its maiden flight from Nairobi to Kisumu using a DC9

Kenya

23 May 2015

Tropical Air Gabon secured its AOC

Gabon

23 May 2015

Limitless Airways commenced operations

Croatia

 

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24 May 1940

South African Airways became a military wing, and all commercial services are suspended

South Africa

24 May 1946

Chicago and Southern (C&S) Air Lines was awarded its first international route to the Caribbean

USA

24 May 1958

Martinair was established by aviation pioneer Martin Schröder as Martin’s Air Charter

Netherlands

24 May 1975

PATI (Philippine Aerotransport): started operations

Philippines

24 May 1985

Dragonair was established in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

24 May 1988

British Airways took over British Caledonian

UK

24 May 2004

SkyNet ceased operations

Ireland

24 May 2005

SpiceJet commenced operations

India

24 May 2011

Hermes Airlines was formed

Greece

24 May 2014

Aviolet, owned by Air Serbia, using three B.737-300 started

Serbia

24 May 2015

Autolux Airways began operations

Ukraine

 

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25 May 1946

National Air Charters started operations (>NAC (National Airways Corporation)

South Africa

25 May 1950

Vaengir was founded

Iceland

25 May 1987

Flight West Airlines was established by Sir Dennis Buchanan (+>Alliance Airlines)

Australia

25 May 1992

Aero Continente started operations (>Neuvo Continente)

Peru

25 May 1993

Talair ceased all flights & aircraft transferred to Flight West Airlines (Australia)

Papua New Guinea

25 May 2003

Aero Mongolia, founded in 2002, started operations

Mongolia

25 May 2004

Qantas’s new low cost domestic airline, Jetstar, commenced domestic operations

Australia

25 May 2007

RegionsAir ceased operations

USA

25 May 2007

Mithras Air was formed

Bulgaria

25 May 2009

Star1 Airlines was established

Lithuania

25 May 2009

FlyDubai received its air operator’s certificate

UAE

25 May 2012

VivaColombia operations started

Colombia

25 May 2016

Nordic Seaplanes commenced operations with flights between Copenhagen and Aarhus

Denmark

 

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26 May 1936

Aer Lingus took delivery of its first aircraft, registered EI-ABI, and named it "Iolar"

Ireland

26 May 1963

BUA (British United Airways) began a twice-daily rail-air-rail service between the city centres of London & Paris (>BA)

UK

26 May 1983

PEOPLExpress started flights from Newark to London (>Continental >UAL)

USA

26 May 1989

Eurofly was established (Eurofly + Meridiana =>Meridiana Fly)

Italy

26 May 2004

ata Brasil (Atlantico Transporte Aereo) started operations. Ceased in 2006

Brazil

26 May 2006

Charlan Air Charter ceased operations

South Africa

26 May 2009

Golden Bay Air originated on 27Feb2006 as Capital Air and was re-registered

New Zealand

26 May 2011

Caribbean Airlines acquired all routes operated by Air Jamaica

Trinidad & Tobago

26 May 2011

TNT Express, formerly an operating division of TNT N.V., carrier was de-merged from its parent company

Netherlands

26 May 2016

OrenAir's AOC was revoked after integration into Rossiya

Russia

 

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27 May 1929

CLASSA, constituted on 13Mar1929, commenced operations (>Iberia)

Spain

27 May 1938

British Guiana Airways was registered (>Guyana Airways)

British Guiana

27 May 1936

Aer Lingus made its maiden flight from Baldonnel Aerodrome in Dublin to Bristol (Whitchurch airfield) in the UK

Ireland

27 May 1955

First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle

France

27 May 1969

The Prototype of the Saunders ST-27 was first flown in Montreal

Canada

27 May 1972

TAN (Transportes Aereos Neuquen) was established as Líneas Aéreas del Neuquén

Argentina

27 May 1978

Constellation International Airlines was founded as Unijet

Belgium

27 May 1999

National Airlines initiated service with nonstop flights between its Las Vegas hub and Chicago Midway and Los Angeles

USA

27 May 2006

MidAtlantic Airways ceased operations

USA

27 May 2011

Eagles Airlines was renamed to PRiMA Aero Trasport Italiani

Italy

 

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28 May 1946

Aloha Pacific, a subsidiary setup by Aloha Airlines, started operations with a single DC-10

USA

28 May 1946

BOAC operated its first departure from London Airport instead of Hurn (>British Airways)

UK

28 May 1947

BSAA  trialed non-stop flights from London to Bermuda using aerial refuelling over the Azores (>British Airways)

UK

28 May 1949

Bharat Airways began international operations (>Air India)

India

28 May 1998

Jubba Airways started operations

Kenya

28 May 1998

Freedom Air Services was established

Nigeria

28 May 1999

The first flight of Aegean Airlines, from Athens to Heraklion and Thessaloniki

Greece

28 May 2004

Atlas Blue was established

Morocco

28 May 2005

Knighthawk Air Express' operations are cancelled

Canada

28 May 2007

Chongqing Airlines' AOC was issued

China

28 May 2012

Azul announced the acquisition of TRIP Linhas Aéreas

Brazil

28 May 2013

TAMPA Cargo was rebranded as Avianca Cargo

Colombia

28 May 2013

Avianca Central America commenced operations

Colombia

28 May 2013

jetXtra commenced operations using a Volotea B.717

UK

28 May 2014

Vincent Aviation (the Australia division) shut down

Australia

28 May 2015

Eastern Air Lines operated it's  first charter flight

USA

 

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29 May 1934

Highland Airways commenced the first regular airmail service within the United Kingdom, between Inverness and Kirkwall (>British Airways)

UK

29 May 1992

Spirit Airlines was renamed from Charter One (formed 1980)

USA

29 May 2005

Air Italy started operations (>>Meridiana >Meridiana Fly)

Italy

29 May 2009

Gianair was incorporated

Ghana

29 May 2012

Pacific Royale received its AOC

Indonesia

29 May 2012

Bhoja Air ceased operations

Pakistan

 

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30 May 1912

Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever at the early age of 45

USA

30 May 1924

The 1st aerial crop-dusting co, Huff Daland Dusters was incorporated (>Delta Air Lines)

USA

30 May 1938

WR Carpenter Airlines began an Australia - New Guinea air mail service

Australia

30 May 1958

The Douglas DC-8 made its first flight

USA

30 May 1974

Airbus A300 entered service with Air France

France

30 May 2008

Silverjet ceased operations

UK

30 May 2009

FlyMontserrat operated its first charter flight

Montserrat

30 May 2010

Air Minas was grounded

Brazil

30 May 2016

Flymojo missed the deadline to start the process that would lead to an AOC

Malaysia

 

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31 May 1926

Colorado Airways first flight (>Delta Airlines)

USA

31 May 1933

CIDNA, Air Orient, Air Union, and CGTA formed an air service named SGELA (Société General pour l'Exploitation des Lignes Aériennes)(>Air France in same year)

France

31 May 1941

United Air Lines end the first all-freight service by a U.S. airline

USA

31 May 1945

MEA (Middle East Airlines) was founded

Lebanon

31 May 1946

London Heathrow Airport was officially opened

UK

31 May 1986

Rex Air Charter disappeared when it was rebranded as Waiheke Air Services

New Zealand

31 May 1992

Uzbekistan Airways took over the operations of the Uzbekistan division of Aeroflot

Uzbekistan

31 May 2008

Champion Air ceased operations

USA

31 May 2010

Iraqi Airways restarted operations after Desert Storm

Iraq

31 May 2012

WOW air, founded in November 2011, commenced operations

Iceland

31 May 2015

Nordic Global Airlines ceased operations

Finland

 

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