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1 June 1946Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux was created (>Air France)France
1 June 1948Convair CV-240 Convairliner entered service with with American AirlinesUSA
1 June 1950Frontier Airlines, a local service airline in the U.S. formed by a merger of Arizona Airways, Challenger Airlines and Monarch AirlinesUSA
1 June 1957Fairwood Common Airfield was renamed Swansea Airport and was officially opened with Cambrian Airways inaugural flight arriving from JerseyUK
1 June 2006SAS Braathens was renamed to SAS NorgeNorway
1 June 1960Trans-Canada Air Lines began transatlantic services, flying between Montreal and LondonCanada
1 June 1961 SFO (San Francisco and Oakland Helicopter Airlines), began services between the airports & downtown heliports in San Francisco & OaklandUSA
1 June 1961UAL (United Air Lines) absorbs Capital Airlines to become the largest airline in the West, with a fleet of 267 aircraftUSA
1 June 1977Air Tanzania started operations Tanzania
1 June 1980

Trans-Central Airlines was reformed from Air Central of Enid, Oklahoma, and began operations

USA
1 June 1986SAT Flug (Special Air Transport) was renamed to GermaniaGermany
1 June 1991Mandarin Airlines was established as Sky Rider & renamed before startingTaiwan
1 June 1993 Chang'an Airlines started operations as Dapeng AirlinesChina
1 June 1994 Constanta State Airlines started operations as Zaporozhye AviationUkraine
1 June 1994ChallengAir started operations (Belgian World Airlines)Belgium
1 June 1998MetroJet, operated by US Airways, began operationsUSA
1 June 1999ATA Airlines acquires Chicago Express for $1.9 millionUSA
1 June 2001Atlasjet carries out its first flight as Atlasjet International AirwaysUSA
1 June 2000Jersey European was rebranded as British European (>Flybe)UK
1 June 2004Westward Airways, established in 2002, started operationsUSA
1 June 2007SAS Braathens renamed to SAS NorwayNorway
1 June 2007Egyptair Express started operationsEgypt
1 June 2009FlyDubai commenced scheduled flightsUAE
1 June 2009JoyAir started operations after being renamed from Happy AirChina
1 June 2009Air Express Sweden was taken over by MCA AirlinesSweden
1 June 2010Holidays Czech Airline took over CSA Czech Airlines charter businessCzech Republic
1 June 2011SAMAir started operations under new ownership after Central Charter Airlines Slovakia failedSlovakia
1 June 2011Air Canada Express officially replaced Jazz as the brand applied to all regional servicesCanada
1 June 2011Great Wall Airlines merged into China Cargo AirlinesChina
1 June 2012Astar Air Cargo, formed as DHL Worldwide Express, ceased operationsUSA
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2 June 1924ABA launched Junkers F-13 passenger services from Stockholm to Helsinki (>SAS)Sweden
2 June 1927Juan Trippe formed Aviation Corporation of the Americas to offer air services to Caribbean (landing rights into Havana)USA
2 June 1971

MSA (Malaysia-Singapore Airlines) first transcontinental flight took of for London

Malaya
2 June 1971Absa Cargo started operations as Brasil Transair (>TAM Cargo)Brazil
2 June 1977Air Gabon flew its first intra-African flight, Libreville-Lome-Abidjan-Lome-LibrevilleGabon
2 June 2006Jeju Air, established in January 2005, began operationsSouth Korea
2 June 2008V Australia installs first B.777 Aircraft Simulator in Australia Australia
2 June 2008Aeromexico Travel, operated by Aeromexico, commenced operationsMexico
2 June 2010FlyDirect goes into liquidation before launching its first serviceNew Zealand
2 June 2010Nigerian Eagle Airlines was renamed to Air NigeriaNigeria
2 June 2010Air Arabia Egypt commenced operationsEgypt
2 June 2014Jet Time Finland started operationsFinland
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3 June 1983Inter (Intercontinental de Aviación) operations startColombia
3 June 1999Asia Pacific Airlines started operations as Aero Micronesia Guam
3 June 2009 Dutch Air Cargo started cargo operations with a Fokker 27-500F freighterNetherlands
3 June 2009Mint Airways started operationsSpain
3 June 2010FlyOristano operations beginItaly
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4 June 1947

Sabena started a new route across the Atlantic to New York initially using Douglas DC-4s

Belgium
4 June 1947

Orient Airways commenced operations with four Douglas DC-3s (>PIA)

Pakistan
4 June 1948Philippine Airlines began the first transpacific sleeper service, using DC-6 airliners between San Francisco and ManilaPhilippines
4 June 2005China United Airlines, founded in 1986 as a division of People's Liberation Army, was relaunched under its new ownershipChina
4 June 2010Air Cuenca operations startedEcuador
4 June 2012Scoot had inaugural flight to SydneySingapore
4 June 2013Sky Airlines files for bankruptcy and ceased all flight operationsTurkey
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5 June 1957Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) was establishedTaiwan
5 June 1967Monarch Airlines was foundedUK
5 June 2007Korean Air announced that it would create a new low-cost carrier called Jin Air to compete with Korea's KTX high-speed railway network systemSouth Korea
5 June 1969The Tu-144 first goes supersonicUSSR
5 June 2015Falcon Air Express turns in it's AOC to the FAAUSA
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6 June 1914Trygve Gran made the first air flight out of sight of land. Aberdeenshire in Scotland, to Klep near Stavanger, NorwayNorway
6 June 1927Operations officially begin at Mills Field Municipal Airport of San FranciscoUSA
6 June 1932

Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta A.W.15 first flight

UK
6 June 1944Alaska Airlines commenced operations, after renamed from Alaska Star AirlinesUSA
6 June 1953Wardair, formed in 1952, began operations (>Air Canada)Canada
6 June 1961

JAL began independent service on polar routes to Europe (DC-8)

Japan
6 June 1961Air Congo was founded (>Lina Congo (1))DR Congo
6 June 1964Silver City Airline announces that it had airlifted its one millionth car between England and continental EuropeUK
6 June 1993China Xinhua Airlines started operationsChina
6 June 2007Nurman Avia ceased operationsIndonesia
6 June 2008Kang Pacific Airlines, based at Fujairah Airport started & ended operationsUAE
6 June 2013Kharkiv Airlines made its first flight using a B.737-800 from Kharkiv to Antalya (Turkey)Ukraine
6 June 2014Hermes Aviation started operations with a single B.737-4K5Malta
6 June 2014Pacific Sun rebrands to Fiji LinkFiji
6 June 2015Air Horizont started operationsSpain
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7 June 1919Daimler Hire establishes Daimler Air Hire as a private air hire companyUK
7 June 1932Egyptair was established as Misr AirwaysEgypt
7 June 1938

The first Boeing Clipper (Model 314) made its first flight, piloted by Eddie Allen

USA
7 June 1938

The Douglas DC-4E prototype made its first flight

USA
7 June 1955Lufthansa commenced long-haul service with a flight from Hamburg, Germany to New York CityGermany
7 June 1963MEA (Middle East Airlines) merged with Air Liban to form Middle East Airlines - Air LibanLebanon
7 June 1980

The first transpolar flight of a commercial airline. It was accomplished by an Aerolineas Argentinas B.747

Argentina
7 June 1989Eastern Shuttle formally became Trump ShuttleUSA
7 June 1994Uganda Air Cargo started operationsUganda
7 June 1995B.777 entered Service with United AirlinesUSA
7 June 2005Norfolk Jet Express ceased operationsAustralia
7 June 2006Alitalia CityLiner commenced operations as Air One CitylinerItaly
7 June 2009Medallion Air started operations (>>Ten Airways)Romania
7 June 2010Star Airways started operationsAlbania
7 June 2013

SEAIR (South East Asian Airlines) became Tigerair Philippines

Philippines
7 June 2014Korongo Airlines restarted domestic servicesDR Congo
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8 June 1948Air India commenced a regular Bombay-London service by Lockheed ConstellationIndia
8 June 1962Air-India International was renamed to Air IndiaIndia
8 June 1978Wardair (>Air Canada) became the first operator of the de Haviland Dash 7Canada
8 June 1989Trump Shuttle started operationsUSA
8 June 2005Daily Air launched servicesTaiwan
8 June 2009Tianjin Airlines was rebranded from Grand China Express Air and first flight was on 10 June 2009China
8 June 2011SunExpress Germany launched servicesGermany
8 June 2012REDjet ceased operationsBarbados
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9 June 1922

The first airliner night flight was made by Grands Express, from Le Bourget in France to Croydon (>Air France)

France
9 June 1943Marcus Wallenburg forms Svensk Interkontinental Luftrafik, A.B. (SILA) in Stockholm (>SAS)Sweden
9 June 1958London Gatwick Airport opens after two years of extensive reconstruction. It was the first multimodal airport in the world, with direct rail connections from the main terminal to LondonUK
9 June 2005Aerocon started servicesBolivia
9 June 2006Go! started operationsUSA
9 June 2012More Linhas Aereas started operationsBrazil
9 June 2014North American Airlines ceased operationsUSA
9 June 2014Discovery Air inaugurates flights between Lagos and Abuja using a B.737-300Nigeria
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10 June 1965A BEA Trident 1C performs the world's first automatic landing during a scheduled commercial air serviceUK
10 June 1992Airlink started operation as Airlink AirlinesSouth Africa
10 June 1997Wardair Canada (1975) changed name to Wardair International (>Air Canada)Canada
10 June 2003Wings Air started operationsIndonesia
10 June 2004JetBlues' first international service was from JFK to SantiagoUSA
10 June 2009First flight of Tianjin Airlines after rebrand from Grand China Express AirChina
10 June 2009Jetstar NZ domestic operations are launchedNew Zealand
10 June 2010Sky Pasada, founded on 01Feb2010, started operationsPhilippines
10 June 2014Dobrolet operated its first commercial flight on the Moscow to Simferopol routeRussia
10 June 2014Orange Air commenced operations out of Orlando Sanford International AirportUSA
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11 June 1926The first flight of the Ford Trimotor, an all-metal monoplane known affectionately as the “Tin Goose"USA
11 June 1931The 40 passenger Handley Page HP-42 four-engine biplane entered service with Imperial AirwaysUK
11 June 1935DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) started operations (>SAS)Norway
11 June 1979Red Baron Air was founded (>Florida Commuter Airlines >Southern Airlines)USA
11 June 1984Midwest Express started operations (>MidWest >Frontier Airlines)USA
11 June 2008Trai Thien Air Cargo was established by the Ho Chi Minh Planning and Investment AuthorityVietnam
11 June 2008Aerocondor (ATA Aerocondor Transportes Aéreos Lda) ceased operationsPortugal
11 June 2012Pacific Royale began commercial operationsIndonesia
11 June 2014PAL Airlines airline got its AOC back and began operations again with B.737-300Chile
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12 June 1934In the United States, the Air Mail Act of 1934 closely regulates the contracting of air mail services and prohibits aircraft manufacturers from owning airlines.USA
12 June 1939The British Overseas Airways Corporation Ltd Bill, providing for the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd, was introduced in the House of Commons by Sir Kingsley WoodUK
12 June 1992EuroCypria begin operations began with two new A.320 aircraftCyprus
12 June 1994First computer-designed commercial aircraft, B.777-200 first flown (line number WA001)USA
12 June 1995Air Zaire declares bankruptcy by a Brussels court after incurring debts to the value of BFr1 billionZaire
12 June 2001Jetsgo commenced operationsCanada
12 June 2006ALMA (Aerolineas MesoAmericanas) commenced operationsMexico
12 June 2010WhiteJets started operationsBrazil
12 June 2014Buzz Airways officially launched operations connecting Branson, Missouri with Chicago Midway and Houston HobbyUSA
12 June 2014AirAsia India's inaugural flight took off from Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport for GoaIndia
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13 June 1965The first prototype BN-2 Islander conducts its maiden flightUK
13 June 1980Red Baron Air ceased operations prior to rename (>Florida Commuter Airlines >Southern Airlines)USA
13 June 2009Cargolux Italia started operationsItaly
13 June 2011Skywings Asia Airlines started operationsCambodia
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14 June 1929Imperial Airways made the first 30-minute "tea" flight over London, costing £2 2s, reduced in 1931 to £1 10s (>BA)UK
14 June 1940Elders Colonial Airways ceased operationsNigeria
14 June 1940SCADTA merged with SACO (Servicio Aereo Colombiano) to form AviancaColombia
14 June 1940Jersey Airways, with assistance from No.24 Squadron, began an air evacuation of staff and equipment to UK mainlandUK
14 June 1945First flight of the Avro Tudor, the first British pressurized civilian aircraftUK
14 June 1946Iraqi Airways started international servicesIraq
14 June 1967Air Mauritius was foundedMauritius
14 June 2006Izair, formed in 2005 as Izmir Hava Yollari, started operationsTurkey
14 June 2007FAX (FlyAsianExpress) ceased most operations (+>AirAsia Express)Malaysia
14 June 2008Enimex ceased operationsEstonia
14 June 2010NOAR Linhas Aereas started operationsBrazil
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15 June 1931Canadian Airways pilot E. W. Stull in a Fokker F.14 A, flew the first radio beam from Winnipeg to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.Canada
15 June 1933Pacific Seaboard Air Lines was founded (>Chicago & Southern Air Lines >Delta Air Lines)USA 
15 June 1940Avianca (Aerovias Continente Americana) operations start as Avianca (Aerovias Nacionales de Colombia)Colombia
15 June 1945 TAM started operations by the Bolivian Air ForceBolivia
15 June 1946Commercial Air Services started (>Comair)South Africa
15 June 1947SATA Air Acores started operations as Sociedade Açoreana de Estudos Aéreos LdaPortugal
15 June 1953SACA (Societie Algerienne de Constructions Aeronautiques) was renamed to CGTA (Compagnie Generale de Transports Aeriens) (> Air Algerie)Algeria
15 June 1961El Al set a world record for the longest non-stop commercial flight: a B.707 flew from New York to Tel Aviv, covering 5,760 miles (9,270 km) in 9 hours and 33 minutesIsrael
15 June 1974Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter started operations (>KF Cargo)Canada
15 June 1984Nightexpress operations startGermany
15 June 1984Saab 340 entered service with CrossairSwitzerland
15 June 1985Express Airlines 1 started operations (>Endeavor Air)USA 
15 June 1990 Air Corsica started operations as Compagnie Corse MediterraneeFrance
15 June 1990Spirit Airlines started operations as Charter OneUSA 
15 June 1998Allegiant Air, founded as WestJet Express, started operationsUSA 
15 June 1999Midwest Airlines operations startEgypt
15 June 2002Sky Airlines started operationsChile
15 June 2002Cargojet Airways started operations after rename from Canada Cargo 3000Canada
15 June 2002Air Guyane Express operations startGuyana
15 June 2012YanAir was formedUkraine
15 June 2014Bingo Airways shuts downPoland
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16 June 1926Armstrong Whitworth Argosy entered Service with Imperial AirwaysUK
16 June 1941First US federally owned airport opened. Washington DC (today Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)USA 
16 June 1980AeroCondor formed ceased operationsColombia
16 June 2003LanDominicana started operations (>>LAN Airlines)Dominican Republic
16 June 2004Virgin America was renamed from Virgin USAUSA 
16 June 2004Independence Air began operationsUSA
16 June 2005Air Mali was formed as CAM (Compagnie Aérienne du Mali)Mali
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17 June 1927

Aeroput, was founded (later succeeded by JAT and now by Air Serbia)

Yugoslavia
17 June 1929Delta Air Service made its first passenger flight (>Delta Airlines in 1945)USA
17 June 1939The official opening of Derby Airport, which was located at Burnaston, was performed by the Secretary of State for Air, Kingsley WoodUK
17 June 1947Pan Am began a New York to San Francisco service flying west-to-east around almost the entire globeUSA
17 June 1955First flight of the Tupolev Tu-104USSR
17 June 1959First flight of OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi (>(Lufthansa CityLine)West Germany
17 June 1982Horizon Air acquires Air OregonUSA
17 June 1996Blue Dart Aviation started operationsIndia
17 June 2001PGA Express started operationsPortugal
17 June 2003Windjet started operationsItaly
17 June 2004LanChile changed its formal name to LAN Airlines (>LATAM Chile)Chile
17 June 2004Cargo division of LanChile was rebranded to Lan CargoChile
17 June 2009NordStar operated its first flight, from Norilsk to Moscow-Domodedovo and Krasnoyarsk.Russia
17 June 2010Tibet Airlines was incorporatedChina
17 June 2014Thai AirAsia X launched its inaugural flight with a full load factor of 377 passengersThailand
17 June 2014Greenland Express inaugurates flights between Denmark & Greenland via Iceland using Fokker 100 (>Sky Greenland)Denmark
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18 June 1939The first direct transatlantic seaplane service was begun by Pan Am, from New York to SouthamptonUSA
18 June 1971Southwest Airlines began operations after being renamed from Air SouthwestUSA
18 June 1973Bahamasair commenced operations, to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, BahamasBahamas
18 June 2004AirBlue started operationsPakistan
18 June 2007West Air received its AOCChina
18 June 2009Corporate Xpress shut down operationsCanada
18 June 2014Aerogal was renamed to Avianca EcuadorEcuador
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19 June 1937

Imperial Airways operated its first New York to Bermuda flight

UK
19 June 1972Skywest Airlines started operationsUSA
19 June 1993Copa Airlines started operations as Aero RepublicaColombia
19 June 2008OpenSkies started operations using a single B.757 transferred from the BA fleetUK
19 June 2014Iconair started operationsPakistan
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20 June 1928Tulsa-Oklahoma City Airline began service (>Braniff Air Lines)USA
20 June 1938Southern Airways started operationsUK
20 June 1983First flight of the Bombardier Dash 8Canada
20 June 1995Albanian Airlines started operationsAlbania
20 June 2006Andes Líneas Aéreas began operationsArgentina
20 June 2011 ICARO Express files for bankruptcyEcuador
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21 June 1933Indian TransContinental Airlines was formedIndia
21 June 1944Copa Airlines was founded by local investors & Pan Am as Compania Panamena de Aviacion (COPA)Panama
21 June 1961First flight of the Aviation Traders CarvairUK
21 June 1995

The B.767 Freighter made its first flight

USA
21 June 1996Air India Regional started operations as Alliance AirIndia
21 June 2005Air Turquoise was foundedFrance
21 June 2007Grixona ceased operationsMoldova
21 June 2011Iconair was established in KarachiPakistan
21 June 2011Air Cuenca ceased operationsEcuador
21 June 2012Velvet Skys' liquidation was finalisedSouth Africa
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22 June 1910The German firm Delag inaugurates the first regular passenger-carrying airship serviceGermany
22 June 1927VARIG, founded on 07May1927 by Otto Ernst Meyer-Labastille, started operationsBrazil
22 June 1941

Start of the Continuation War places Aero O/Y under military control once again

Finland
22 June 1984Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, began services to North America, using B.747sUK
22 June 1996Dniproavia became a joint stock companyUkraine
22 June 2000 Indonesia AirAsia started operations as AWAIRIndonesia
22 June 2001NEOS was establishedItaly
22 June 2012LAN signs a non-binding agreement with Brazilian airline TAM Airlines to merge, and form the LATAM Airlines Group, was completed on this dayChile
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23 June 1928

Merger of Aviation Corp of Americas with Pan American Airways Inc

USA
23 June 1933Pacific Seaboard Airlines, founded on 15Jun1933, operated its first flight (>Chicago & Southern Air Lines >>Delta Air Lines)USA
23 June 1994MAT Macedonian Airlines started operations Macedonia
23 June 1999Aero VIP, established on 15Mar1999, started operationsArgentina
23 June 2003 Pullmantur Air operations start (>Wamos Air)Spain
23 June 2005B&H Airlines, formed on 12Aug1994 as Air Bosna, restarted after renameBosnia & Herzegovina
23 June 2007Jett8 Airlines Cargo, formed in 2006, started operationsSingapore
23 June 2009

Republic Airways announces the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines

USA
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24 June 1918The first air mail in Canada was flown from Montreal to TorontoCanada
24 June 1926The first scheduled flights to Chişinău started on the route Bucharest – Galaţi – Chişinău and Iaşi, operated by CFRNA (Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne)Moldova
24 June 1932Pulkovo Airlines was founded (>>Rossiya)Russia
24 June 1966Air Tchad was foundedChad
24 June 1960First flight of the Hawker Siddeley HS 748UK
24 June 1995Slovak Airlines was establishedSlovakia
24 June 2003Hellas Jet first flight was operated from AthensGreece
24 June 2008Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) was established by the present President & CEO Yohei Suzuki as Suzuyo AirJapan
24 June 2013WestJet Encore, a regional airline that was a wholly owned subsidiary of WestJet commenced operationsCanada
24 June 2014Bosnian Wand Airlines was founded in Gornje DubraveBosnia & Herzegovina
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25 June 1919

The world’s first all-metal transport aircraft , the Junkers F-13, made its first flight at Dessau, Germany

Germany
25 June 1933

Pacific Seaboard Air Lines made its first flight (>Chicago & Southern Air Lines >Delta Air Lines)

USA
25 June 1936American Airlines became the first to place the DC.3 in service (using the berth-equipped DST version)USA
25 June 1938The official public opening of Manchester Airport at Ringway, England, was held with an extensive air displayUK
25 June 1945 Flying Tiger Line was formed as National Skyway Freight (>FedEx)USA
25 June 1946First transatlantic flight for Air France. Paris to New YorkFrance
25 June 1955First flight of the Scottish Aviation Twin PioneerUK
25 June 1968Finnair Oy became the company's official nameFinland
25 June 1985Southwest Airlines acquires Muse Air, with it continuing to operate as a separate airline until February 1986 when its name changed to TranStarUSA
25 June 1988China Eastern Airlines was established under the CAAC Huadong AdministrationChina
25 June 1995Aviacon Zitotrans operations startRussia
25 June 2002SkyNet Airlines, established 2001, started operationsIreland
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26 June 1934First flight of the Airspeed AS.6 EnvoyUK
26 June 1945Air France became a state-controlled entity under the control of the Transport MinistryFrance
26 June 1980Iran Aseman Airlines was formed by the merger of 4 airlines (Air Taxi, Hoor Asseman, Pars Air & Air Service)Iran
26 June 1991Tranzairs' final flights are flown following the airline's collapseNew Zealand
26 June 2007Jatayu Airlines ceased operationsIndonesia
26 June 2012 Air Finland ceased operations & filed for bankruptcyFinland
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27 June 1930Canadian Airways Ltd, was incorporated. Formed by the merger of Inter-Provincial Airways + Western Canada Airways (>Air Canada)Canada
27 June 1932PSIoWA (Portsmouth,Southsea & I.O.W. Aviation) first flight after moving from the Isle of Wight and being renamed from Inland Flying ServiceUK
27 June 1936 Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior first flight USA
27 June 1961Cubana started operationsCuba
27 June 1977First flight of the CASA C-101Spain
27 June 1979ASA (Atlantic Southeast Airlines) started operationsUSA
27 June 1998

The new Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Sepang was officially opened. It had the first Airport Operational Database (AODB)

Malaysia
27 June 2008GrandStar Cargo International started operationsChina
27 June 2008Aero-Tropics ceased operationsAustralia
27 June 2011Bimini Island Air ceased operationsUSA
27 June 2013Air Pacific ceased operations prior to a rebrand back to Fiji AirwaysFiji
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28 June 1927

Iberia was initially founded as Iberia Compañía Aérea de Transportes with an initial capital investment by the financier Horacio Echeberrieta and Deutsche Luft Hansa of 1.1 million pesetas

Spain
28 June 1937Wearne's Air Service started operations to Kuala Lumpar and Penang (>MAS)  Malaya
28 June 1953Air Atlas and Air Maroc merged to form CCTA (Compagnie Cherifienne de Transports Aeriens) (>RAM)Morocco
28 June 1957Royal Air Maroc (RAM) started operations being renamed from CCTA (Compagnie Cherifienne de Transports Aeriens)Morocco
28 June 1973A300B3 made first flight from ToulouseFrance
28 June 1986Airlines of S.A. are taken over by Ansett & renamed Ansett Airlines of SAAustralia
28 June 2005United Airways was foundedBangladesh
28 June 2005Air Nigeria commenced operations as Virgin NigeriaNigeria
28 June 2012Seabird Airlines, founded on 11Feb2010, launched servicesTurkey
28 June 2013

Fiji Airways officially launched as the Air Pacific brand was retired

Fiji
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29 June 1928Western Air Express took over Pacific Marine AirwaysUSA
29 June 1939Pan Am's Dixie Clipper completes first commercial plane flight to EuropeUSA
29 June 1947Pan Am's Lockheed Constellation "Clipper America" completes the 1st around the world passenger flight. 10 countriesUSA
29 June 1947BVS-Bulgarske Vazdusne Sobsternic was set up (>Balkan Bulgarian Airlines)Bulgaria
29 June 1962First flight of the Vickers VC10, an evolution of the long-range British airlinerUK
29 June 1961Air Congo, having been founded 06Jun1961, commenced operationsDR Congo
29 June 1972Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug was foundedWest Germany
29 June 1990Air Japan was established as World Air NetworkJapan
29 June 2002Global Supply Systems operations startUK
29 June 2003West African Airlines started operationsBenin
29 June 2005 MyCARGO started operations as ACT AirlinesTurkey
29 June 2010Regional Pacific Airlines went into administration and all flight operations are stoppedAustralia
29 June 2010Hebei Airlines relaunched operations after rebrand from Northeast AirlinesChina
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30 June 1931Avianca El Salvador operations started as TACA AirlinesEl Salvador
30 June 1932Alaska Airlines started operations as Alaska Star AirlinesUSA
30 June 1934American Airways, becoming American Airlines on 11Apr1934, commenced operationsUSA
30 June 1948Air Namibia, formed as South West Air Transport in 1946, started operationsSouth West Africa
30 June 1947Bighorn Airways operations startedUSA
30 June 1947Bharat Airways began scheduled services (>Air India) India
30 June 1948 Air Labrador started operations as Newfoundland AirwaysCanada
30 June 1950Arkia Inland Airlines started operationsIsrael
30 June 1953Air Tahiti began operations as RAI (Reseau Aerien Interinsulaire)French Polynesia
30 June 1957Aero Cuahonte operations startedMexico
30 June 1959 Aero, founded in 1958, started operations as Aero Contractors of NigeriaNigeria
30 June 1961Scanair was set up (>Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia)Sweden
30 June 1961Adria Airways started operations as Adria Airways before renamed back to Inex Adria AirwaysYugoslavia
30 June 1964Air Saint-Pierre, established on 06Mar1964 by the Briand family, started operationsSt Pierre & Miquelon
30 June 1967First flight of BAC One-Eleven Series 500, evolution of British short-range jet airlinerUK
30 June 1967Air Burkina started operations as Air VoltaUpper Volta
30 June 1967Air Brousse was taken over by Air CongoDR of Congo
30 June 1968 Ameriflight started operations as California Air CharterUSA
30 June 1969Aerosucre operations startedColombia
30 June 1970Air Safaris & Services operations startedNew Zealand
30 June 1971Airfast Indonesia started operationsIndonesia
30 June 1971Partnair was foundedNorway
30 June 1972ASL, formed as ABC (Air Bridge Carriers) at East Midlands Airport, started operationsUK
30 June 1972Mercury Singapore Airlines was renamed to SIA (Singapore International Airlines) prior to start of operationsSingapore
30 June 1974Amerijet International started operations as AmerijetUSA
30 June 1975Air Burundi started operations after rename from STABBurundi
30 June 1977Air North, formed 01Feb1977 by Joseph Sparling & Thomas Wood, started operationsCanada
30 June 1978Aklak Air operations startedCanada
30 June 1978Air Inuit, established in 1978 by the Makivik Corporation, started operationsCanada
30 June 1979Air Nelson, founded by Robert Inglis and Nicki Smith in 1976, started operationsNew Zealand
30 June 1979 ATI, established in 1978, started operations as US AirwaysUSA
30 June 1979DANA (Dornier Aviation Nigeria) operations startedNigeria
30 June 1979DHL International (SNAS Worldwide Express) operations startedBahrain
30 June 1979Aerovias DAP, formed in 1979, started operationsChile
30 June 1981Augsburg Airways, founded in 1980 as Interot A.S., started operationsGermany
30 June 1983Berry Aviation operations startedUSA
30 June 1984Air Link International Airways started operationsPhilippines
30 June 1984Aerolineas SOSA, formed in 1984, started operationsHonduras
30 June 1986Air Chathams operations startedNew Zealand
30 June 1986Air Cargo Carriers, founded in 1986 by Jim Germek, started operationsUSA
30 June 1986 Bangkok Airways started operations as Sahakol AirThailand
30 June 1986Air Atlanta Icelandic operations startedIceland
30 June 1987Airlines PNG operations started as Milne Bay AirPapua New Guinea
30 June 1987Angola Air Charter, formed by TAAG in 1987, started operationsAngola
30 June 1987Ace Air Cargo started operations as Yutana AirlinesUSA
30 June 1988Blue1 started operations as Air BotniaFinland
30 June 1989Antonov Airlines (Design Beureau) started operationsUkraine
30 June 1989 Berjaya Air started operations as Pacific Air CharterMalaysia
30 June 1989 AeroLitoral, formed as Servicios Aereos Litoral in 1988, started operations (>Aeromexico Connect)Mexico
30 June 1990BETA Carga started operations as Brasair Transportes AéreosBrazil
30 June 1990Air VIA was founded and started operations as Varna International AirwaysBulgaria
30 June 1990 Saha Airlines operations startedIran
30 June 1990Air Post, established as a JV between Airwork New Zealand and the New Zealand Post, started operationsNew Zealand
30 June 1990 Aviatrans Cargo Airlines operations started (>ATRAN)Russia
30 June 1990Air Japan started operations as World Air NetworkJapan
30 June 1991 Aserca Airlines started operations under the name Aero Services CaraboboVenezuela
30 June 1991Aerocardal, formed in 1989, started operationsChile
30 June 1992AMC Airlines operations startedEgypt
30 June 1992Mordovia Air was formed as Aeroflot's Saransk division. Reformed as Saransk Air Enterprise in 1992 & started operationsRussia
30 June 1993Atlas Air operations startedUSA
30 June 1993Abakan Avia, started operations (>Royal Flight)Russia
30 June 1993Abakan Air Enterprise, originally Aeroflot Abakan division, started operations (+>Aurora)Russia
30 June 1994Air Georgian operations startedCanada
30 June 1994Brindabella Airlines operations startedAustralia
30 June 1994Aerogaviota, founded by the Cuban Army in 1994, started operationsCuba
30 June 1995Avior Airlines operations started as Avior ExpressVenezuela
30 June 1996Dniproavia started operationsUkraine
30 June 1997Cairo Aviation started operations as Air CairoEgypt
30 June 1997Air Iceland operations startedIceland
30 June 1997Air Mediterranee operations startedFrance
30 June 1997Africa West Cargo, formed in 1997, started operationsTogo
30 June 1998OceanAir Linhas Aéreas operations started (>Avianca (Brazil))Brazil
30 June 1998Atlantic Airlines operations startedUK
30 June 1998Yeti Airlines, formed in 1998, started operationsNepal
30 June 1999Aviavilsa operations startLithuania
30 June 2000Ak Bars Aero operations started as Bugulma Air EnterpriseRussia
30 June 2000Lion Air started operationsIndonesia
30 June 2001Avia Jaynar operations startedKazakhstan
30 June 2001Armavia started operationsArmenia
30 June 2003DHL Worldwide Express was renamed to Astar Air CargoUSA
30 June 2005ABC Air Hungary operations startHungary
30 June 2007Ayk Avia operations startedArmenia
30 June 2007Jetstream Express ceased operationsUK
30 June 2008Air Midwest ceased operationsUSA
30 June 2009AlMasria Universal Airlines operations startedEgypt
30 June 2009Star1 Airlines commenced operationsLithuania
30 June 2010Arrow Cargo ceased scheduled operationsUSA
30 June 2010Axiom Air operations startedNigeria
30 June 2014CCA (Central Connect Airlines) ends operationsCzech Republic
30 June 2014PEOPLExpress II started operationsUSA
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