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1 August 1928

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

Germany
1 August 1936British Continental Airways & the Scandinavian routes were absorbed into British Airways, although the Belgian routes continued under the BCA name for a further 2 monthsUK
1 August 1946BEA (British European Airways) became as a crown corporation (obtains Royal Assent)UK
1 August 1946SAS was founded (merger of Det Danske Luftfartselskab, Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik and Det Norske Luftfartselskap  as OSAS  (Overseas Scandinavian Airlines System)Scandinavia
1 August 1947KNILM was dissolved and transferred to KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf  (>Garuda Indonesia)Dutch East Indies
1 August 1947KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf was founded as a KLM subsidiary to succeed KNILM (>Garuda)Dutch East Indies
1 August 1951JAL (Japan Air Lines) was formed as Japanese AirlinesJapan
1 August 1953The Air Corporations Act, 1953 was set up. This allowed the formation of Air India & Indian AirlinesIndia
1 August 1953

Indian Airlines was created by the merger of eight private companies

India
1 August 1961Air Afrique, formed on 28Mar1961, start operationsIvory Coast
1 August 1963Jersey Airlines was renamed to British United (C.I.) Airways (>>KLM Cityhopper)UK
1 August 1964ALM-Antillean Airlines founded in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles; an offshoot of KLM Royal DutchNetherlands Antilles
1 August 1966First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30USA
1 August 1967

Qantas Empire Airways changed its name to Qantas Airways Limited

Australia
1 August 1972Northeast Airlines merges into Delta Air Lines having ceased operations the day beforeUSA
1 August 1974Chautauqua Airlines started operations using two 15-passenger Beechcraft 99 aircraftUSA
1 August 1983America West Airlines began flying, from Phoenix, Arizona. (>>US Airways >>American Airlines)USA
1 August 1989CommutAir started operationsUSA
1 August 1991 Tunisair Express was formed as TuninterTunisia
1 August 1992Australian Air Express operations startAustralia
1 August 1997Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete a merger, forming The Boeing Company.USA
1 August 2001Kulula.com's inaugural flightSouth Africa
1 August 2006FAX (FlyAsianExpress) maiden flight (+>AirAsia X) Malaysia
1 August 2008Community Airlines ceased operationsTanzania
1 August 2012AirAsia Japan launched services with a flight from Tokyo Narita to FukuokaJapan
1 August 2014Our Airline became Nauru AirlinesNauru
1 August 2014Spring Airlines Japan launched operations, linking Tokyo/Narita with Hiroshima, Saga, and Takamatsu using 189-seat B.737-800sJapan
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2 August 1926The Ford Tri-Motor, affectionately known as the "Tin Goose", was the largest civil aircraft in America when it started passenger service with Stout Air ServicesUSA
2 August 1929LOT, started operations on 02Jan1929, operated its first international service to ViennaPoland
2 August 1955 VARIG, founded on 07May1927, started international operationsBrazil
2 August 2004First Cambodia Airlines, formed in Feb2004, ceased operationsCambodia
2 August 2011China Eastern Yunnan, formed as Yunnan Airlines in 1992, launched services on from KunmingChina
2 August 2012Iconair received its AOCPakistan
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3 August 2002First flight of the B.737-900, the longest variant of the B.737 to dateUSA
3 August 2009Air Australia started operations as Strategic AirlinesAustralia
3 August 2012 FlyGeorgia, formed in 2011, launched domestic services with a flight from Tbilisi to BatumiGeorgia
3 August 2014Golden Wings Aviation launched domestic flights between the South Sudanese capital of Juba and Wau, capital of the Western Bahr el Ghazal stateSouth Sudan
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4 August 1938

The first Qantas official service leaves Rose Bay for Singapore

Australia
4 August 1966Air Tchad, founded on 24Jun1966, started operationsChad
4 August 1986TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) ceased operations (>>Qantas)Australia
4 August 2000Zhongyan Airlines, formed on 17May1986, ceased operations (acquired by China Southern Airlines)China
4 August 2005TransNusa undertakes its first commercial flightIndonesia
4 August 2006

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

India
4 August 2014Dobrolet shuts down due to western sanctions against RussiaRussia
4 August 2014Western Global Airlines launched operationsUSA
4 August 2014flyvista commenced operationsGeorgia
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5 August 1971McDonnell Douglas DC-10 entered service with American AirlinesUSA
5 August 2006Jade Cargo, founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines, started operationsChina
5 August 2008Nova Air ceased operationsMexico
5 August 2015Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas started operationsSpain
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6 August 1950Handley Page Hermes entered service with BOAC

UK

6 August 1954Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag) was renamed to Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft (>Lufthansa)Germany
6 August 1986First flight of the British Aerospace ATP

UK

6 August 2002REX (Regional Express) started operationsAustralia
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7 August 1920DDL (Det Danske Luftfartselskab ) started its first scheduled route (>>SAS 1946)Denmark
7 August 1920Svenska Lufttrafik started servicesSweden
7 August 1953Eastern Air Lines entered the jet age with the Lockheed Electra prop-jetUSA
7 August 1968Cayman Airways started operationsCayman Islands
7 August 1989Zagal (Zagreb Airlines) was registered (>Croatia Airlines)Yugoslavia
7 August 1989Federal Express merges Flying Tigers into its operations (>FedEx)USA
7 August 1992Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) was establishedAzerbaijan
7 August 2000Ibex Airlines started operations as Fair Inc.Japan
7 August 2002EuroManx was established

UK

7 August 2006South Winds Cargo merges into Centurion Air Cargo to become a fully integrated scheduled airlineUSA
7 August 2008Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, received its AOC from Peru's aviation authorityPeru
7 August 2009Island Express Air had its first flight as part of the Abbotsford International AirshowCanada
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8 August 1967First flight of the B.737-200USA
8 August 1975JAA (Japan Asia Airways) was established (>JAL)Japan
8 August 1996J-Air was founded Japan
8 August 1996East West Airlines ceased operationsIndia
8 August 1999Formosa Airlines, founded in 1966, merged into Mandarin AirlinesTaiwan
8 August 2003 JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) changed its name to Jat Airways (>Air Serbia)Serbia
8 August 2007Virgin America began operationsUSA
8 August 2008Bravo Air Congo ceased operationsDR Congo
8 August 2008Dana Air was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dana GroupNigeria
8 August 2010T'Way Air was establishedSouth Korea
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9 August 1926The Focke-Wulf GL 18 first flew and was used by Deutsche Luft Hansa until 1932Gemany
9 August 1957Orion 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 2002Taj Air, founded on 11Nov1993 as Megapode Airlines, started operationsIndia
9 August 2012Loong Air launched services with a flight from Hangzhou to Qingdao as CDI Cargo AirlinesChina
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10 August 1928Ruy Vacani and the Braga Brothers forms ETA (Empresa de Transporte Aéreo)Brazil
10 August 1947BEA (British European Airways) began the world's first regular cargo-only airline service (>BA) UK
10 August 1965B.727-200 received its first order, from Northeast Airlines USA
10 August 2002US Airways files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyUSA
10 August 2006Origin Pacific ceased operationsNew Zealand
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11 August 1939Pan Am began scheduled flights from New York to Southampton, EnglandUSA
11 August 1952BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) inaugurates its new weekly service between London and Colombo, the capital of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

UK

11 August 1995Embraer flew its first passenger jet, the ERJ-145Brazil
11 August 2004Nordavia, formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron, became AVL in 1995, was renamed to Aeroflot-NordRussia
11 August 2012Windjet, established in 2003 ceased operationsItaly
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12 August 1918The US Army (U.S. Air Mail Service) turns airmail operations over to the Post Office DepartmentUSA
12 August 1935de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly first flight

UK

12 August 1993MIAT Mongolian Civil Air Transportation Corporation was renamed to MIAT (Mongolian Airlines) & began operationsMongolia
12 August 1994Air Bosna was registered at Sarajevo under terms of a ruling of the High Court (>B&H Airlines)Bosnia & Herzegovina
12 August 2008

Gemini Air Cargo, formed in 1995, ceased operations

USA
12 August 2003Darwin Airline was formed (>Etihad Regional)Switzerland
12 August 2012CTK CiTylinK ceased operationsGhana
12 August 2015Originair made its first flights, between Nelson and Palmerston NorthNew Zealand
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13 August 1922Rhodesian Aerial Tours damages its only aircraft & goes into liquidationSouthern Rhodesia
13 August 1923Junkers Luftverkehr was formed (..>Lufthansa)Germany
13 August 1982Tower Air was formed by Zev Melamid, Mordechi Gill, Morris Nachtomi, and Sam Fondlier as equal shareholdersUSA
13 August 1997 A330-200 first flightFrance
13 August 2002Midway Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyUSA
13 August 2003WBA (Wimbi Dira Airways) started operationsDR Congo
13 August 2004MenaJet, established in May2003, started operationsLebanon
13 August 2009Frontier Airlines and Lynx Aviation was purchased by Republic Airways Holding of Indianapolis, Indiana through an auction held in the US Bankruptcy CourtUSA
13 August 2010LAN Argentina was rebranded as LATAM Airlines ArgentinaArgentina
13 August 2010Andalus Lineas Aereas ceased operationsSpain
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14 August 1923British Marine Air Navigation Company (BMAN) commenced operations (>BA)UK
14 August 1958Boeing delivers first B.707 to Pan AmUSA
14 August 1969Braniff began non-stop B.707 service from Dallas Love Field to HonoluluUSA
14 August 1978Fast Air was formed (>LANExpress)Chile
14 August 2005 AirBlue, founded in 2003, started international services started with a flight to DubaiPakistan
14 August 2007First flight of IL-96-400TRussia
14 August 2008Prima Charter, formed in 2005 as Fischer Air Poland & renamed to Euro Charter, ceased operationsPoland
14 August 2012MAP (Manaus Aerotaxi Participações S/A) founded in 2011, received its AOCBrazil
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15 August 1933Turkish Airlines, established on 20May1933 as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi, started operationsTurkey
15 August 1937Lufthansa began seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the routeGermany
15 August 1945First flight of Ilyushin IL-12USSR
15 August 1947

Copa Airlines started operations as Compania Panamena de Aviacion

Panama
15 August 1949EL Al, incorporated on 15Nov1948 after the first flight, an emergency, in Sep1948, commenced regular servicesIsrael
15 August 1959Polynesian Airlines started operationsSamoa
15 August 1965Libyan Airlines, founded in 1964, started operations as Royal Libyan AirlinesLibya
15 August 1972Air Mauritius, founded on 14 June 1967, started operationsMauritius
15 August 1974Court Lines goes bankrupt, with all flights cancelledUK
15 August 1979IAS Cargo Airlines, founded in 1966, ceased operations, prior to its merger with TMAC (Transmeridian Air Cargo)UK
15 August 1984Skybus started operations as Isles of Scilly SkybusUK
15 August 1986Avianca Ecuador began operations as AeroGal Ecuador
15 August 1987bmi Regional, formed in 1987, started operations as Business AirUK
15 August 1989Air Mike Express commenced operationsGuam
15 August 1993Braathens Regional, formed in Sep1976 as Golden Air & Renamed to Golden Air Flyg, started operationsSweden
15 August 1993Air Urga, formed in 1993, started operations as URGA (International Joint-Stock Aviation)Ukraine
15 August 1993Myanmar Airways International started operationsMyanmar
15 August 1994Rossiya Airlines started operationsRussia
15 August 1995SEAir (South East Asian) started operations (>Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo)Philippines
15 August 1996DHL Aero Express started operationsPanama
15 August 1998China Eastern Airlines, established on 25Jun1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration, started operationsChina
15 August 2003 Air Inter Island was founded by Martin Maldonado FrómetaDominican Republic
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16 August 1946

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

UK

16 August 1947First flight of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 BeaverCanada
16 August 1952First flight of the Bristol Britannia from Filton, Bristol, England

UK

16 August 1964The name Britannia Airways was adopted from Euravia when the airline started re-equipping with Bristol Britannia (>Thomsonfly)

UK

16 August 1970Aer Arann, formed in 1970, started operations (>Stobart Air)Ireland
16 August 1984First flight of ATR 42, French-Italian twin-turboprop, short-haul regional airliner.France
16 August 1986Cook Islands International began operations with a flight from Sydney to RarotongaNew Zealand
16 August 2006DauAir ceased operationsGermany
16 August 2011Jetstar Japan, a Joint venture between Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Mitsubishi Corporation was launchedJapan
16 August 2013Zest Air ceased operation, prior to a rebrand to AirAsia ZestPhilippines
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17 August 1998Yeti Airlines, formed in 1998, received its Air Operators CertificateNepal
17 August 2004Teddy Air terminated its operations stating that they were not making any moneyNorway
17 August 2011 Kaltim Airlines, the airline of Samarinda was founded by Awang F. Ishak and Sabri RamdhanIndonesia
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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 1970Westward Airways was formed & started services in 1971 between Land's End Airport and the Scilly Isles

UK

18 August 1997Aerostar started operationsUkraine
18 August 2003DAE (Dutch Antilles Express), formed in Nov2002, launched services  as BonAirExeNetherlands Antilles
18 August 2008STP Airways commenced operations with flights between Lisbon, Portugal, and São ToméSao Tome & Principe
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19 August 1969

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

Brazil
19 August 1982United became the first carrier to operate the B.767-200sUSA
19 August 1994Moldavian Airlines, established on 26Jul1994, started operationsMoldova
19 August 2002 GO services ended when it integrated into Easyjet

UK

19 August 2002 EuroManx, established on 07Aug2002, started operations

UK

19 August 2005Flair Airlines, privately owned, started operationsCanada
19 August 2014Chautauqua Airlines ended operationsUSA 
19 August 2014Fly Romania cancelled all flightsRomania
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20 August 1919The world’s first scheduled airship service was launched in Berlin, operated with a Zeppelin LZ 120 BodenseeGermany
20 August 1949CHA (Chicago Helicopter Airways) started operations as Helicopter Air ServiceUSA 
20 August 1963First flight of the BAC One-Eleven

UK

20 August 2007Loch Lomond Seaplanes launched scheduled services from Glasgow Seaplane Terminal to Oban in Scotland

UK

20 August 2007Groznyavia was created by the government of the Chechen RepublicRussia
20 August 2010Flex Linhas Aereas having been relaunched from Nordeste, declared bankruptcy & ceased operationsBrazil
20 August 2011Southern Star started operationsSouth Sudan
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21 August 1929Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose had its first flight with Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger divisionUSA
21 August 1941SATA Air Acores was founded as Sociedade Açoreana de Estudos Aéreos Lda.Portugal
21 August 1985Sir 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 1974First flight of the Short 330

UK

22 August 1990Volga-Dnepr Airlines was established as a joint stock company & started operations in Oct1991Russia
22 August 2008The consortium Comapagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) was founded. The consortium bought Alitalia and Air One, joining them together to eventually form the present AlitaliaItaly
22 August 2014SouthEast Airlines launched operationsKenya
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23 August 1949BOAC commenced its first services to the Far East to be flown entirely by landplanesUK
23 August 1958Nigeria Airways was founded (after the dissolution of WAAC) & commenced operations on 01Oct1958Nigeria
23 August 1965Air Wisconsin started operationsUSA
23 August 2008Airlines Tonga, commenced operations in Dec2005, ceasedTonga
23 August 2009Wings of Bornholm commenced operationsDenmark
23 August 2011 Robin Hood Aviation filed for insolvency and ceased operations the following dayAustria
23 August 2012Air China Inner Mongolia was launched with start-up capital of Yuan 1bnChina
23 August 2013The incorporation process of Panatal into TAM was finalisedBrazil
23 August 2015Sea Air started operationsCroatia
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24 August 1931Aerial Transport of Siam Company (ATSC) began operating (>Thai Airways International) Siam
24 August 1959Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) inaugurated the first jetliner service between the continental United States and Hawaii, using B.707sUSA
24 August 1959 Thai Airways International was established to operate international servicesThailand
24 August 1976Rio-Sul Servicos Aereas Regionais was establishedBrazil
24 August 1986

Frontier Airlines ceased operations (>UAL)

USA
24 August 1992AeroSur started operationsBolivia
24 August 1994TAC (TransAir Congo) was establishedRepublic of Congo
24 August 2010SAMA ceased operationsSaudi Arabia
24 August 2013DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) ceased operationsNetherlands Antilles
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25 August 1919AT&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 worldUK
25 August 1955First flight of the Handley Page Dart HeraldUK
25 August 1993Air Zarco adopted the name of Air Madeira (>EuroAtlantic Airways)Portugal
25 August 1995First flight of the Airbus A.319France
25 August 2005Hansung Airlines received its AOC but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010South Korea
25 August 2008The airline division of Island Aviation Services, formed on 13Apr2000, was rebranded as MaldivianMaldives
25 August 2011Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas was established by former Air Madrid director Julio MartinezSpain
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26 August 1929Chinese Airways Federal was inauguratedChina
26 August 1929Union Airways began airmail operations with five de Havilland DH 60 Gipsy Moth bi-planes (>South African Airways)South Africa
26 August 1929The first flight of the largest trimotor transport aircraft built by Fokker, the F.IX, takes to the air on its first flight. The prototype (PH-AGA) was handed over to KLM on 08May1930Netherlands
26 August 1936LAM (Linhas Aereas de Mocambique) was established & commenced charter operations in 1936 as DETAMozambique
26 August 1969First flight of the Fairchild Swearingen MetrolinerUSA
26 August 1996Cebu Pacific Air was renamed from Cebu AirPhilippines
26 August 2016Eagle Airways ceased operationsNew Zealand
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27 August 1932Sakhalin United Detachment started operations (..>>Aurora)USSR
27 August 1934LAMSA (Lineas Aéreas Mineras) was formed (..>>Aeromexico)Mexico
27 August 1963Jamaica Air Service was founded. (renamed to Air Jamaica in 1968 & merged into in Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines on 30Apr2010)Jamaica
27 August 2009East Star Airlines, having ceased flights on 15Mar2009. was declared bankruptChina
27 August 2009AviaNova began operationsRussia
27 August 2014European Coastal Airlines started operationsCroatia
27 August 2015Skygreece Airlines suspended operations following a series of transatlantic flight cancellationsGreece
27 August 2015Qazaq Air commenced revenue operations with flights between Almaty and AstanaKazakhstan
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28 August 1950Vickers Viscount 700, which held up to 45 passengers, first flewUK
28 August 1986Frontier Airlines, having ceased operations on 24Aug1986, files for bankruptcyUSA
28 August 1995 airBaltic was establishedLatvia
28 August 2008Zoom Airlines ceased operationsCanada
28 August 2010Mexicana suspended operationsMexico
28 August 2010Mexicana Click ceased operations after its parent company Mexicana stops operatingMexico
28 August 2010Mexicana Link ceased operations after its parent company Mexicana stopped operatingMexico
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29 August 1959Victoria Flying Services was formed by Bill SylvesterCanada
29 August 1966NLM (Netherlands Airlines) started operations (>KLM City Hopper)Netherlands
29 August 1970First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10USA
29 August 1973Flying Tigers was the launch customer for the B.747 freighter.USA
29 August 2002LAPA, renamed to ARG Argentina Línea Privada & was changed to AIRG had its original name restoredArgentina
29 August 2003LeCocq's Airlink was renamed to Rockhopper (>Blue Islands)UK
29 August 2005Universal Airlines ceased operationsGuyana
29 August 2014

Moskovia Airlines' AOC was withdrawn

Russia
29 August 2014Urumqi Airlines commenced revenue servicesChina
29 August 2015Gabon flyafrica was officially unveiled to the public at a ceremony held in LibrevilleGabon
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30 August 1962Surinam Airways, formed in 1953 with the same name, was renamed to SLM after Govt. takeoverSuriname
30 August 1962First flight of the NAMC YS-11Japan
30 August 1999Reno Air ceased operations (>>American Airlines)USA
30 August 2013DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) declared bankruptcy having ceased operations earlier on 24Aug2013Netherlands Antilles
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31 August 1947Antonov An-2 first flightUSSR
31 August 1962First flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle 10A, re-engined prototype evolution of the French short/medium-range jet airlinerFrance
31 August 1977Antonov An-72 first flightUSSR
31 August 1981Líneas Aéreas de Nicaragua, operating as LANICA, was the national airline from 1945, ceased operationsNicaragua
31 August 1995Lynden Air Cargo started operationsUSA
31 August 1999Reno Air was fully integrated into American AirlinesUSA
31 August 2000Virgin Australia commenced operations as Virgin BlueAustralia
31 August 2010Freedom Airlines ceased operationsUSA
31 August 2012FlyJamaica received its Jamaican air operator’s certificateJamaica
31 August 2013AirAsia Japan was relaunched as Vanilla AirJapan
31 August 2015 Cargo carrier, Airest announced the start of a new passenger airline named FlyestEstonia
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