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1 August 1928

Luft Hansa and Dobrolet partnered to operate a regular postal service on the route Berlin-Moscow-Irkutsk

Germany

1 August 1936

British Continental Airways & the Scandinavian routes were absorbed into British Airways, although the Belgian routes continued under the BCA name for a further 2 months

UK

1 August 1946

BEA (British European Airways) became as a crown corporation (obtained Royal Assent)

UK

1 August 1946

SAS was founded (merger of Det Danske Luftfartselskab, Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik and Det Norske Luftfartselskap  as OSAS  (Overseas Scandinavian Airlines System)

Scandinavia

1 August 1947

KNILM was dissolved and transferred to KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf  (>Garuda Indonesia)

Dutch East Indies

1 August 1947

KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf was founded as a KLM subsidiary to succeed KNILM (>Garuda)

Dutch East Indies

1 August 1951

JAL (Japan Air Lines) was formed as Japanese Airlines

Japan

1 August 1953

The Air Corporations Act, 1953 was set up. This allowed the formation of Air India & Indian Airlines

India

1 August 1953

Indian Airlines was created by the merger of eight private companies

India

1 August 1961

Air Afrique, formed on 28Mar1961, started operations

Ivory Coast

1 August 1963

Jersey Airlines was renamed to British United (C.I.) Airways (>>KLM Cityhopper)

UK

1 August 1964

ALM-Antillean Airlines was founded in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles; an offshoot of KLM Royal Dutch

Netherlands Antilles

1 August 1965

Transglobe Airways was renamed from Air Links

UK

1 August 1966

First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30

USA

1 August 1967

ASA (African Safari Airways) was formed

Kenya

1 August 1967

Qantas Empire Airways changed its name to Qantas Airways Limited

Australia

1 August 1972

Air Botswana, founded on 02Jul1972 by presidential decree to succeed Botswana Airways, started operations

Botswana

1 August 1972

Northeast Airlines merged into Delta Air Lines having ceased operations the day before

USA

1 August 1974

Chautauqua Airlines started operations using two 15-passenger Beechcraft 99 aircraft

USA

1 August 1983

America West Airlines began operations, from Phoenix, Arizona. (>>US Airways >>American Airlines)

USA

1 August 1989

CommutAir started operations

USA

1 August 1991

Tunisair Express was formed as Tuninter

Tunisia

1 August 1992

Australian Air Express operations started

Australia

1 August 1997

Boeing and McDonnell Douglas completed a merger, forming The Boeing Company.

USA

1 August 2001

Visa Airways was established (Intended to offer domestic services from Mumbai but did not start)

India

1 August 2001

Kulula.com's inaugural flight

South Africa

1 August 2006

FAX (FlyAsianExpress) maiden flight (+>AirAsia X)

Malaysia

1 August 2007

Skyjet Aviation of Quebec officially began operations

Canada

1 August 2008

Community Airlines ceased operations

Tanzania

1 August 2012

AirAsia Japan launched services with a flight from Tokyo Narita to Fukuoka

Japan

1 August 2014

Our Airline became Nauru Airlines

Nauru

1 August 2014

Spring Airlines Japan launched operations, linking Tokyo/Narita with Hiroshima, Saga, and Takamatsu using 189-seat B.737-800s

Japan

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2 August 1926

The Ford Tri-Motor, affectionately known as the "Tin Goose", was the largest civil aircraft in America when it started passenger service with Stout Air Services

USA

2 August 1929

LOT, having started operations on 02Jan1929, operated its first international service to Vienna

Poland

2 August 1955

VARIG, founded on 07May1927, started international operations

Brazil

2 August 2004

First Cambodia Airlines, formed in Feb2004, ceased operations

Cambodia

2 August 2011

China Eastern Yunnan, formed as Yunnan Airlines in 1992, launched services on from Kunming

China

2 August 2012

Iconair received its AOC

Pakistan

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3 August 2002

First flight of the B.737-900

USA

3 August 2009

Air Australia started operations as Strategic Airlines

Australia

3 August 2012

FlyGeorgia, formed in 2011, launched domestic services with a flight from Tbilisi to Batumi

Georgia

3 August 2014

Golden Wings Aviation launched domestic flights between the South Sudanese capital of Juba and Wau, capital of the Western Bahr el Ghazal state

South Sudan

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4 August 1938

The first Qantas official service left Rose Bay for Singapore

Australia

4 August 1966

Air Tchad, founded on 24Jun1966, started operations

Chad

4 August 1986

TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) ceased operations (>>Qantas)

Australia

4 August 2000

Zhongyan Airlines, formed on 17May1986, ceased operations (acquired by China Southern Airlines)

China

4 August 2005

TransNusa undertook its first commercial flight

Indonesia

4 August 2006

IndiGo started services with a flight from New Delhi to Imphal via Guwahati

India

4 August 2014

Dobrolet shut down due to western sanctions against Russia

Russia

4 August 2014

Western Global Airlines launched operations

USA

4 August 2014

flyvista commenced operations

Georgia

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5 August 1971

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 entered service with American Airlines

USA

5 August 2006

Jade Cargo, founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines, started operations

China

5 August 2008

Nova Air ceased operations

Mexico

5 August 2015

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas started operations

Spain

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6 August 1950

Handley Page Hermes entered service with BOAC

UK

6 August 1954

Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag) was renamed to Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft (>Lufthansa)

Germany

6 August 1986

First flight of the British Aerospace ATP

UK

6 August 2002

REX (Regional Express) started operations

Australia

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7 August 1920

DDL (Det Danske Luftfartselskab ) started its first scheduled route (>>SAS 1946)

Denmark

7 August 1920

Svenska Lufttrafik started services

Sweden

7 August 1953

Eastern Air Lines entered the jet age with the Lockheed Electra prop-jet

USA

7 August 1968

Cayman Airways started operations

Cayman Islands

7 August 1989

Zagal (Zagreb Airlines) was registered (>Croatia Airlines)

Yugoslavia

7 August 1989

Federal Express merged Flying Tigers into its operations (>FedEx)

USA

7 August 1992

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) was established

Azerbaijan

7 August 2000

Ibex Airlines started operations as Fair Inc.

Japan

7 August 2002

EuroManx was established

UK

7 August 2006

South Winds Cargo merged into Centurion Air Cargo to become a fully integrated scheduled airline

USA

7 August 2008

Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, received its AOC from Peru's aviation authority

Peru

7 August 2009

Island Express Air had its first flight as part of the Abbotsford International Airshow

Canada

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8 August 1962

Cherokee Airways was certified as Albany Air Service

USA

8 August 1967

First flight of the B.737-200

USA

8 August 1975

JAA (Japan Asia Airways) was established (>JAL)

Japan

8 August 1996

J-Air was founded

Japan

8 August 1996

East West Airlines ceased operations

India

8 August 1999

Formosa Airlines, founded in 1966, merged into Mandarin Airlines

Taiwan

8 August 2003

 JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) changed its name to Jat Airways (>Air Serbia)

Serbia

8 August 2007

Virgin America began operations

USA

8 August 2008

Bravo Air Congo ceased operations

DR Congo

8 August 2008

Dana Air was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana Group

Nigeria

8 August 2010

T'Way Air was established

South Korea

8 August 2011

Eaglexpress was founded

Malaysia

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9 August 1926

The Focke-Wulf GL 18 first flew and was used by Deutsche Luft Hansa until 1932

Germany

9 August 1957

Orion Airways, established on 26Jan1956, started operations

UK

9 August 1987

TranStar (Southwest’s wholly owned, but independently operated, subsidiary) permanently ceased all operations

USA

9 August 2002

Taj Air, founded on 11Nov1993 as Megapode Airlines, started operations

India

9 August 2012

Loong Air launched services with a flight from Hangzhou to Qingdao as CDI Cargo Airlines

China

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10 August 1928

Ruy Vacani and the Braga Brothers formed ETA (Empresa de Transporte Aéreo)

Brazil

10 August 1947

BEA (British European Airways) began the world's first regular cargo-only airline service (>BA)

UK

10 August 1965

B.727-200 received its first order, from Northeast Airlines

USA

10 August 2002

US Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA

10 August 2006

Origin Pacific ceased operations

New Zealand

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11 August 1939

Pan Am began scheduled flights from New York to Southampton, England

USA

11 August 1952

BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) inaugurated its new weekly service between London and Colombo, the capital of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

UK

11 August 1995

Embraer flew its first passenger jet, the ERJ-145

Brazil

11 August 2004

Nordavia, formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron, became AVL in 1995, was renamed to Aeroflot-Nord

Russia

11 August 2012

Windjet, established in 2003 ceased operations

Italy

11 August 2016

Texas Air Shuttle commenced operations following its inaugural flight between Conroe and McKinney

USA

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12 August 1918

The US Army (U.S. Air Mail Service) turned its airmail operations over to the Post Office Department

USA

12 August 1935

de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly first flight

UK

12 August 1993

MIAT Mongolian Civil Air Transportation Corporation was renamed to MIAT (Mongolian Airlines) & began operations

Mongolia

12 August 1994

Air Bosna was registered at Sarajevo under terms of a ruling of the High Court (>B&H Airlines)

Bosnia & Herzegovina

12 August 2003

Darwin Airline was formed (>Etihad Regional)

Switzerland

12 August 2008

Gemini Air Cargo, formed in 1995, ceased operations

USA

12 August 2012

CTK CiTylinK ceased operations

Ghana

12 August 2015

Originair made its first flights, between Nelson and Palmerston North

New Zealand

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13 August 1922

Rhodesian Aerial Tours damaged its only aircraft & goes into liquidation

Southern Rhodesia

13 August 1923

Junkers Luftverkehr was formed (..>Lufthansa)

Germany

13 August 1982

Tower Air was formed by Zev Melamid, Mordechi Gill, Morris Nachtomi, and Sam Fondlier as equal shareholders

USA

13 August 1997

 A330-200 first flight

France

13 August 2002

Midway Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA

13 August 2003

WBA (Wimbi Dira Airways) started operations

DR Congo

13 August 2004

MenaJet, established in May2003, started operations

Lebanon

13 August 2009

Frontier Airlines and Lynx Aviation was purchased by Republic Airways Holding of Indianapolis, Indiana through an auction held in the US Bankruptcy Court

USA

13 August 2010

LAN Argentina was rebranded as LATAM Airlines Argentina

Argentina

13 August 2010

Andalus Lineas Aereas ceased operations

Spain

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14 August 1923

British Marine Air Navigation Company (BMAN) commenced operations (>BA)

UK

14 August 1951

AVISPA, founded on 01Nov1950 as the first Panamanian international cargo carrier, started operations with a Curtiss C-46 on 14Aug1951

Panama

14 August 1958

Boeing delivered first B.707 to Pan Am

USA

14 August 1969

Braniff  began non-stop B.707 service from Dallas Love Field to Honolulu

USA

14 August 1978

Fast Air was formed (>LANExpress)

Chile

14 August 2005

AirBlue, founded in 2003, started international services started with a flight to Dubai

Pakistan

14 August 2007

First flight of IL-96-400T

Russia

14 August 2008

Prima Charter, formed in 2005 as Fischer Air Poland & renamed to Euro Charter, ceased operations

Poland

14 August 2012

MAP (Manaus Aerotaxi Participações S/A) founded in 2011, received its AOC

Brazil

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15 August 1933

Turkish Airlines, established on 20May1933 as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi, started operations

Turkey

15 August 1937

Lufthansa began seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the route

Germany

15 August 1945

Manchuria Aviation Company, national airline of Manchukuo (Manchuria, China) ceased operations  with Japan’s surrender

China

15 August 1945

First flight of Ilyushin IL-12

USSR

15 August 1947

Copa Airlines started operations as Compania Panamena de Aviacion

Panama

15 August 1949

The Berlin Airlift finally finished

UK

15 August 1949

EL Al, incorporated on 15Nov1948 after the first flight, an emergency, in Sep1948, commenced regular services

Israel

15 August 1959

Polynesian Airlines started operations

Samoa

15 August 1965

Libyan Airlines, founded in 1964, started operations as Royal Libyan Airlines

Libya

15 August 1972

Air Mauritius, founded on 14 June 1967, started operations

Mauritius

15 August 1974

Court Lines goes bankrupt, with all flights cancelled

UK

15 August 1979

IAS Cargo Airlines, founded in 1966, ceased operations, prior to its merger with TMAC (Transmeridian Air Cargo)

UK

15 August 1984

Skybus started operations as Isles of Scilly Skybus

UK

15 August 1986

Avianca Ecuador began operations as AeroGal

Ecuador

15 August 1987

bmi Regional, formed in 1987, started operations as Business Air

UK

15 August 1989

Air Mike Express commenced operations

Guam

15 August 1990

Air Post started operations

New Zealand

15 August 1993

Braathens Regional, formed in Sep1976 as Golden Air & Renamed to Golden Air Flyg, started operations

Sweden

15 August 1993

Air Urga, formed in 1993, started operations as URGA (International Joint-Stock Aviation)

Ukraine

15 August 1993

Myanmar Airways International started operations

Myanmar

15 August 1994

Rossiya Airlines started operations

Russia

15 August 1995

SEAir (South East Asian) started operations (>Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo)

Philippines

15 August 1996

DHL Aero Express started operations

Panama

15 August 1998

China Eastern Airlines, established on 25Jun1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration, started operations

China

15 August 2003

Air Inter Island was founded by Martin Maldonado Frómeta

Dominican Republic

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16 August 1946

East Anglian Flying Services commercial operations commence (>Channel Airways)

UK

16 August 1947

First flight of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

Canada

16 August 1952

First flight of the Bristol Britannia from Filton, Bristol, England

UK

16 August 1964

The name Britannia Airways was adopted from Euravia when the airline started re-equipping with Bristol Britannia (>Thomsonfly)

UK

16 August 1970

Aer Arann, formed in 1970, started operations (>Stobart Air)

Ireland

16 August 1984

First flight of ATR 42, French-Italian twin-turboprop, short-haul regional airliner.

France

16 August 1986

Cook Islands International began operations with a flight from Sydney to Rarotonga

New Zealand

16 August 2006

DauAir ceased operations

Germany

16 August 2011

Jetstar Japan, a Joint venture between Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Mitsubishi Corporation was launched

Japan

16 August 2013

Zest Air ceased operation, prior to a rebrand to AirAsia Zest

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17 August 1998

Yeti Airlines, formed in 1998, received its Air Operators Certificate

Nepal

17 August 2004

Teddy Air terminated its operations stating that they were not making any money

Norway

17 August 2011

Kaltim Airlines, the airline of Samarinda was founded by Awang F. Ishak and Sabri Ramdhan

Indonesia

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18 August 1930

Eastern Air Lines inaugurated passenger operations between New York and Washington as Eastern Air Transport

USA

18 August 1970

Westward Airways was formed & started services in 1971 between Land's End Airport and the Scilly Isles

UK

18 August 1991

Mexicargo was founded by Marco Mediola and began flights in Feb1996 using a B.727-225F Mexico

18 August 1997

Aerostar started operations

Ukraine

18 August 2003

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express), formed in Nov2002, launched services  as BonAirExe

Netherlands Antilles

18 August 2008

STP Airways commenced operations with flights between Lisbon, Portugal, and São Tomé

Sao Tome & Principe

18 August 2016

Syrian Civil Aviation Authority issued EBLA Airlines with operator's license on 18Aug2016 but did not appear to start in 2016

Syria

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19 August 1969

Embraer was founded as a mixed capital company, controlled by the Union

Brazil

19 August 1982

United became the first carrier to operate the B.767-200s

USA

19 August 1994

Moldavian Airlines, established on 26Jul1994, started operations

Moldova

19 August 2002

GO services ended when it integrated into Easyjet

UK

19 August 2002

EuroManx, established on 07Aug2002, started operations

UK

19 August 2005

Flair Airlines, privately owned, started operations

Canada

19 August 2014

Fly Romania cancelled all flights

Romania

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20 August 1919

The world’s first scheduled airship service was launched in Berlin, operated with a Zeppelin LZ 120 Bodensee

Germany

20 August 1949

CHA (Chicago Helicopter Airways) started operations as Helicopter Air Service

USA 

20 August 1963

First flight of the BAC One-Eleven

UK

20 August 2007

Loch Lomond Seaplanes launched scheduled services from Glasgow Seaplane Terminal to Oban in Scotland

UK

20 August 2007

Groznyavia was created by the government of the Chechen Republic

Russia

20 August 2010

Flex Linhas Aereas having been relaunched from Nordeste, declared bankruptcy & ceased operations

Brazil

20 August 2011

Southern Star started operations

South Sudan

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21 August 1929

Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose had its first flight with Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger division

USA

21 August 1941

SATA Air Acores was founded as Sociedade Açoreana de Estudos Aéreos Lda.

Portugal

21 August 1985

Sir Freddie Laker accepted a £8 million in a settlement with British Airways. Laker had sued twelve airlines for conspiring to drive Laker Airways out of business

UK

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22 August 1974

First flight of the Short 330

UK

22 August 1990

Volga-Dnepr Airlines was established as a joint stock company & started operations in Oct1991

Russia

22 August 2008

The consortium Comapagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) was founded. The consortium bought Alitalia and Air One, joining them together to eventually form the present Alitalia

Italy

22 August 2014

SouthEast Airlines launched operations

Kenya

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23 August 1949

BOAC commenced its first services to the Far East to be flown entirely by landplanes

UK

23 August 1958

Nigeria Airways was founded (after the dissolution of WAAC) & commenced operations on 01Oct1958

Nigeria

23 August 1965

Air Wisconsin started operations

USA

23 August 2008

Airlines Tonga, commenced operations in Dec2005, ceased

Tonga

23 August 2009

Wings of Bornholm commenced operations

Denmark

23 August 2011

Robin Hood Aviation filed for insolvency and ceased operations the following day

Austria

23 August 2012

Air China Inner Mongolia was launched with start-up capital of Yuan 1bn

China

23 August 2013

The incorporation process of Panatal into TAM was finalised

Brazil

23 August 2015

Sea Air started operations

Croatia

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24 August 1931

Aerial Transport of Siam Company (ATSC) began operating (>Thai Airways International)

Siam

24 August 1959

Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) inaugurated the first jetliner service between the continental United States and Hawaii, using B.707s

USA

24 August 1959

Thai Airways International was established to operate international services

Thailand

24 August 1976

Rio-Sul Servicos Aereas Regionais was established

Brazil

24 August 1986

Frontier Airlines ceased operations (>UAL)

USA

24 August 1992

AeroSur started operations

Bolivia

24 August 1994

TAC (TransAir Congo) was established

Republic of Congo

24 August 2010

SAMA ceased operations

Saudi Arabia

24 August 2013

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) ceased operations

Netherlands Antilles

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25 August 1919

AT&T (Aircraft Transport and Travel) used DH.16s to pioneer a regular service from Hounslow Heath Aerodrome to Le Bourget, the first regular international service in the world

UK

25 August 1955

First flight of the Handley Page Dart Herald

UK

25 August 1993

Air Zarco adopted the name of Air Madeira (>EuroAtlantic Airways)

Portugal

25 August 1995

First flight of the Airbus A.319

France

25 August 2005

Hansung Airlines received its AOC but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

South Korea

25 August 2008

The airline division of Island Aviation Services, formed on 13Apr2000, was rebranded as Maldivian

Maldives

25 August 2011

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas was established by former Air Madrid director Julio Martinez

Spain

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26 August 1929

Chinese Airways Federal was inaugurated

China

26 August 1929

Union Airways began airmail operations with five de Havilland DH 60 Gipsy Moth bi-planes (>South African Airways)

South Africa

26 August 1929

Union Airways began airmail operations with five de Havilland DH 60 Gipsy Moth bi-planes (>South African Airways)

South Africa

26 August 1929

The first flight of the largest trimotor transport aircraft built by Fokker, the F.IX, took to the air on its first flight. The prototype (PH-AGA) was handed over to KLM on 08May1930

Netherlands

26 August 1936

LAM (Linhas Aereas de Mocambique) was established & commenced charter operations in 1936 as DETA

Mozambique

26 August 1969

First flight of the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner

USA

26 August 1996

Cebu Pacific Air was renamed from Cebu Air

Philippines

26 August 2016

Eagle Airways ceased operations

New Zealand

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27 August 1932

Sakhalin United Detachment started operations (..>>Aurora)

USSR

27 August 1934

LAMSA (Lineas Aéreas Mineras) was formed (..>>Aeromexico)

Mexico

27 August 1963 

Jamaica Air Service was founded. (renamed to Air Jamaica in 1968 & merged into in Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines on 30Apr2010)

Jamaica

27 August 2009

East Star Airlines, having ceased flights on 15Mar2009. was declared bankrupt

China

27 August 2009

AviaNova began operations

Russia

27 August 2014

European Coastal Airlines started operations

Croatia

27 August 2015

Skygreece Airlines suspended operations following a series of transatlantic flight cancellations

Greece

27 August 2015

Qazaq Air commenced revenue operations with flights between Almaty and Astana

Kazakhstan

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28 August 1950

Vickers Viscount 700, which held up to 45 passengers, first flew

UK

28 August 1986

Frontier Airlines, having ceased operations on 24Aug1986, files for bankruptcy

USA

28 August 1995

airBaltic was established

Latvia

28 August 2008

Zoom Airlines ceased operations

Canada

28 August 2010

Mexicana suspended operations

Mexico

28 August 2010

Mexicana Click ceased operations after its parent company Mexicana stops operating

Mexico

28 August 2010

Mexicana Link ceased operations after its parent company Mexicana stopped operating

Mexico

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29 August 1959

Victoria Flying Services was formed by Bill Sylvester

Canada

29 August 1966

NLM (Netherlands Airlines) started operations (>KLM City Hopper)

Netherlands

29 August 1970

First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10

USA

29 August 1973

Flying Tigers was the launch customer for the B.747 freighter.

USA

29 August 2002

LAPA, renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada & was changed to AIRG had its original name restored

Argentina

29 August 2003

LeCocq's Airlink was renamed to Rockhopper (>Blue Islands)

UK

29 August 2005

Universal Airlines ceased operations

Guyana

29 August 2014

Moskovia Airlines' AOC was withdrawn

Russia

29 August 2014

Urumqi Airlines commenced revenue services

China

29 August 2015

Gabon flyafrica was officially unveiled to the public at a ceremony held in Libreville

Gabon

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30 August 1962

Surinam Airways, formed in 1953 with the same name, was renamed to SLM after Govt. takeover

Suriname

30 August 1962

First flight of the NAMC YS-11

Japan

30 August 1999

Reno Air ceased operations (>>American Airlines)

USA

30 August 2013

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) declared bankruptcy having ceased operations earlier on 24Aug2013

Netherlands Antilles

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31 August 1947

Antonov An-2 first flight

USSR

31 August 1962

First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle 10A, re-engined prototype evolution of the French short/medium-range jet airliner

France

31 August 1977

Antonov An-72 first flight

USSR

31 August 1981

Líneas Aéreas de Nicaragua, operating as LANICA, was the national airline from 1945, ceased operations

Nicaragua

31 August 1995

Lynden Air Cargo started operations

USA

31 August 1999

Reno Air was fully integrated into American Airlines

USA

31 August 2000

Virgin Australia commenced operations as Virgin Blue

Australia

31 August 2010

Freedom Airlines ceased operations

USA

31 August 2012

FlyJamaica received its Jamaican air operator’s certificate

Jamaica

31 August 2013

AirAsia Japan was relaunched as Vanilla Air

Japan

31 August 2015

Cargo carrier, Airest announced the start of a new passenger airline named Flyest

Estonia

   

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