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1 October 1928

Newark, the first major airport in the New York metropolitan area was opened

USA
1 October 1931KLM began a regular service between Amsterdam and Batavia by Fokker F.XII. At 13,744 km (8,540 miles) this was the longest regular air route in the world at the timeNetherlands
1 October 1935The first company to bear the name British Airways was formed, by the merger of Hillman Airways, Spartan Air Lines and United Airways.UK
1 October 1941Inter-Island Airways name changed to Hawaiian AirlinesUSA
1 October 1947Los Angeles Airways began the first scheduled carriage of airmail using the Sikorsky S-51 helicopterUSA
1 October 1949Aden Airways, a subsidiary of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), started operationsSouth Yemen
1 October 1950Ilyushin IL-14 passenger aircraft first flightUSSR
1 October 1951 Air Vietnam was formed to take over services from Air FranceSouth Vietnam
1 October 1958Nigeria Airways, founded on 23Aug1958 (after the dissolution of WAAC), commenced operations as West African Airways Corporation Nigeria LimitedNigeria
1 October 1963

UTA was formed as a result of a merger between Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) and Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux (TAI)

France
1 October 1963Autair International commenced scheduled services after rename from Autair (>Court Lines)UK
1 October 1964Derby Airways changed its name to British Midland Airways (>British Airways)UK
1 October 1965Bechuanaland National Airways was organized on this day, with the help of the UK airline Autair International (>Botswana Airways)Bechuanaland
1 October 1967Frontier purchased Central AirlinesUSA
1 October 1969The Concorde supersonic transport plane breaks the sound barrier for the first timeUK
1 October 1972Malaysian Airlines Berhad, registered on 03Apr1971, officially began operations (>MAS)Malaysia
1 October 1972SIA (Singapore International Airlines), established on 28Jan1972, started operationsSingapore
1 October 1973TAAG, started operations as DTA on 17Jul1940, was redesignated TAAG-Angola Airlines following independenceAngola
1 October 1974Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on 17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on this dateWest Germany
1 October 1974Air Maldives was formedMaldives
1 October 1977Sun D'Or was established as El Al Charter Services LtdIsrael
1 October 1988Aerovias de Mexico was renamed  to AeroMexicoMexico
1 October 1992Ukraine International Airlines was establishedUkraine
1 October 1994ICX International Cargo Express was merged into Air Transport InternationalUSA
1 October 1994Shuttle by United (formed by United Airlines) began operations (>United Shuttle >>UAL)USA
1 October 1995airBaltic established on 28Aug1995 start operationsLatvia
1 October 1997Alitalia Express started operations (was integrated into mainline Alitalia on 06Feb2015)Italy
1 October 1998Amaszonas was foundedBolivia
1 October 1999

Japan Air Charter  name changed to JALways

Japan
1 October 2002Completion of Rheintalflug Seewald's integration into Tyrolean Airways (>Austrian arrows)Austria
1 October 2004Landsflug, established in 2004, started operationsIceland
1 October 2004Georgian Airways was launched after being renamed from Airzena Georgian AirlinesGeorgia
1 October 2006 Iberia's low-cost subsidiary Clickair was founded as CatairSpain
1 October 2007Caribbean Airlines acquired all outstanding Tobago Express shares, taking over its routes and fleetTrinidad & Tobago
1 October 2007MASWings took over the routes and aircraft previously flown by FlyAsianXpressMalaysia
1 October 2008Asian Express Airlines became Tasman Cargo AirlinesAustralia
1 October 2008Kyokushin Air ceased operationsJapan
1 October 2009SAS Norge was fully absorbed into SASNorway
1 October 2010Star1 Airlines ceased operationsLithuania
1 October 2010ANA Wings operations startedJapan
1 October 2011The Continental-United merger results in the end of ContinentalUSA
1 October 2011Flyme  began operationsMaldives
1 October 2012City Airways operations startedThailand
1 October 2014Air One services start operating under the Alitalia brandItaly
1 October 2014JAL Express started operations after merging into its parent JAL (Japan Airlines)Japan
1 October 2015Arke was renamed to TUIfly (Netherlands)Netherlands
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2 October 1965United Libyan Airlines was absorbed into Kingdom of Libya Airlines (>Libyan Airlines)Libya
2 October 2000Sahara Indian Airlines was rebranded as Air Sahara (>JetKonnect)India
2 October 2001Swissair grounded (declared bankruptcy and 11Sep2001 terrorist attacks blamed)Switzerland
2 October 2007Cargojet Regional began operations as Georgian ExpressCanada
2 October 2009Feel Air was established.Sweden
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3 October 1927Grand Canyon Airlines' first flight was on this date as Scenic AirlinesUSA
3 October 1938

Imperial Airways took delivery at Croydon of the first of their Armstrong Whitworth AW 27

UK
3 October 1973AeroPeru, formed in 1973 to take over operations of SATCO, a Peruvian Army predecessor, operated its maiden flightPeru
3 October 1979Bering Air, founded by James & Christine Rowe as a charter airline in 1979, started operationsUSA
3 October 1990 Interflug, as a consequence of the German reunification was liquidatedEast Germany
3 October 2004

Iraqi Airways operations restarted with a flight between Baghdad and Amman

Iraq
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4 October 1958BOAC de Havilland Comet made first the commercial transatlantic crossing by a jet airliner, from Heathrow Airport to New York International AirportUK
4 October 1961North Star Air Lines, an independent airline, registered in London. Did not start operationsUK
4 October 1968First flight of the Tupolev Tu-154USSR
4 October 1994Merchant Express Aviation Services, established on 11May1990, operations started on this dateNigeria
4 October 1995Moskovia Airlines was founded as the commercial division of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (Gromov Air)Russia
4 October 2005GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings began scheduled passenger servicesUSA
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5 October 1916AT&T (Aircraft Transport & Travel) (>British Airways) was formed. The first airline to offer regular domestic passenger transportation service UK
5 October 1951First flight of the Convair CV-340USA
5 October 1962Transmeridian began operations as Trans Meridian Flying Service (>British Cargo Airlines)UK
5 October 1985People Express Airlines acquired Frontier on this date & continued operating it as an independent entityUSA
5 October 2008Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, starting operations on 31Oct2006, ceased on this dateJapan
5 October 2013Colombe Airlines officially launched scheduled operationsBurkina Faso
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6 October 1923CSA was founded by the Czechoslovak government as CSA Československé státní aerolinie (Czechoslovak State Airlines)Czechoslovakia
6 October 1927Western Canada Airways commenced contract airmail service between Lac du Bonnet, Wadhope and Bisset, Manitoba (>Air Canada)Canada
6 October 1929Hawaiian Airlines, founded on 30Jan1929, began operations on this date as Inter-Island AirwaysUSA
6 October 1955First flight of the Convair CV-440 MetropolitanUSA
6 October 1959Spantax (Spanish Air Taxi Líneas Aéreas S.A.) was founded by ex-Iberia pilot Rodolfo Bay Wright and ex-Iberia flight attendant Marta Estades SáezSpain
6 October 1994Air Mandalay was establishedMyanmar
6 October 1994IMAIR was established as ImprotexAzerbaijan
6 October 2001Silk Way Airlines. founded in 2001, started commercial flightsAzerbaijan
6 October 2009Comoros Islands Airways started operationsComoros
6 October 2010Blue Line ceased operationFrance
6 October 2014Livingston Compagnia Aerea (New Livingston) suspended all operations and its AOC was revoked the following dayItaly
6 October 2014East Air suspended operations after the Tajikistan GCAA revoked the carrier's AOC citing “certification” issues Tajikistan
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7 October 1919KLM was formed. It is the longest surviving airline with the same nameNetherlands
7 October 1933Air France was formed from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, CIDNA, Lignes Aériennes Farman and SGTAFrance
7 October 1975Alpine Air Express operations startedUSA
7 October 2009It was announced that Avianca would merge with TACA but both airlines stated that each would maintain their own identity El Salvador
7 October 2010SpiceJet commenced operations on 24May2005 & international services are launched on this date with a flight from Delhi to KathmanduIndia
7 October 2011 Solid AiR, established in 1996, was declared bankruptNetherlands
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8 October 1933 CGTA (Compagnie Generale de Transport Aerien) ceased operations when it merged into the newly created Air FranceFrance
8 October 1929Cubana was founded as CNCAC (Compañía Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss)Cuba
8 October 1934Inter-Island Airways made the first inter-island air mail flight in the Hawaiian Islands under a United States Post Office contract.USA
8 October 1945KD Avia (Kaliningrad Avia) was formed as Kaliningrad AviaUSSR
8 October 1945SAHSA (Servicio Aereo de Hoduras S.A.) was founded on this date with the help of Pan American Airways & began operations on 22Oct1945Honduras
8 October 1951

The first Royal flight by BOAC takes place. The then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh flew to Montreal in a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser for their Canadian tour

UK
8 October 1998Oslo Airport, Fornebu was replaced replaced by Gardermoen as Norway's new International AirportNorway
8 October 2004Vbird, a low-fare airline founded in 2003, ceased operationsNetherlands
8 October 2014Apsara International Air commenced scheduled operations with daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem ReapCambodia
8 October 2015 Aviatsa commenced commercial operations using a pair of B.737 ClassicsHonduras
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9 October 1922Dornier Do Komet II was first flownGermany
9 October 1935The first Martin M-130, China Clipper, was delivered to Pan AmUSA
9 October 1946Air Atlas (Societe Cherifienne de L'Air) was registered (>RAM)Morocco
9 October 1974Air Maldives started operations with Male to ColomboMaldives
9 October 1998Amakusa Airlines was foundedJapan
9 October 2005Alajnihah Airways launched cargo servicesLibya
9 October 2008Interavia ceased operationsRussia
9 October 2008LagunAir ceased operationsSpain
9 October 2010Air Mekong flight operations are launchedVietnam
9 October 2013Air Bashkortostan was closed down by owner VIM AviaRussia
9 October 2015Congo Airways started operationsDR Congo
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10 October 1926Northwest Airways began service as a contract mail carrier, carrying air mail from the Twin Cities to Chicago (>Delta Air Lines)USA
10 October 1956First flight of the Lockheed L-1649 StarlinerUSA
10 October 1971EgyptAir, established as Misr Airlines on 07Jun1932 was renamed from UAA (United Arab Airlines) on this dateEgypt
10 October 1974Air Nippon started operations as NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways)Japan
10 October 1983Air Link International Airways was establishedPhilippines
10 October 1985Presidential Airways, founded in 1985 by Harold J. (Hap) Pareti (formerly PEOPLExpress) as a low-cost carrier' commenced services on this dateUSA
10 October 2006Esen Air started operationsKyrgyzstan
10 October 2007Azteca Airlines (Lineas Aereas Azteca), having suspended operations on 26Mar2007, ceased fully due to poor financial situationMexico
10 October 2010RAK Airways suspended all services & was relaunched as a low-cost carrierUAE
10 October 2011AviaNova ceased operationsRussia
10 October 2014Primera Air Nordic commenced scheduled operations using its sole aircraft, a B.737-800Latvia
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11 October 1919Handley Page Transport began offering the first in-flight meals, on its London-Brussels service. They are sold at 3 shillingsUK
11 October 1927Richard Hoyt establishes Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean Airways (>PanAm)USA
11 October 1938Blohm & Voss BV 142 first flightGermany
11 October 1947Trans-Texas Airways began operations as a local service carrier (>UAL)USA
11 October 1970First flight of the B.747-200BUSA
11 October 1989Partnair, founded on 30Jun1971, ceased operationsNorway
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12 October 1929Panagra, founded on 13Sep1928, commenced operations (>>Braniff)USA
12 October 1937Malayan Airways was formed (>MAS)Malaya
12 October 1980Mesa Airlines commenced operationsUSA
12 October 1981Great Lakes Airlines began scheduled services with flights between Spencer, Iowa, and Des Moines, IowaUSA
12 October 2009Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuelQatar
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13 October 1919First company executive aircraft entered service: S. Instone & Company (shipping line) operated a de Havilland DH4A from HounslowUK
13 October 1930First flight of the Junkers Ju 52Germany
13 October 1937Elders Colonial Airways commenced flights on the route from Lagos-Accra utilising a de Havilland Express from Imperial AirwaysNigeria
13 October 1950First flight of the Lockheed L-1049 Super ConstellationUSA
13 October 1964
Queen Elizabeth was flown from London to Ottawa on the first Air Canada DC 8 sporting the new titles and paint scheme
Canada
13 October 1976Midway Airlines was founded by investor Irving T. TagueUSA
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14 October 1962Air Madagascar was formed by the Government of the then-new Malagasy Republic and Air France to succeed Madair

Madagascar

14 October 2005Air Jamaica Express ceased operationsJamaica
14 October 2006Air Nauru, was renamed to Our Airline (>Nauru Airlines)Nauru
14 October 2010Air Corsica was renamed from CCMFrance
14 October 2010Livingston Energy Flight have their AOC revoked (+>Livingston Compagnia Aerea)Italy
14 October 2012BlueSky Airways flew its first commercial charter flightBotswana
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15 October 1921CETA (Compania Española de Trafico Aereo) was established (>Iberia Airlines)Spain
15 October 1928KNILM (Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij), founded as NILM, was appended with the Koninklijk (Royal) title (>Garuda)Dutch East Indies
15 October 1932The Aviation Division of Tata Sons start an airmail route between Karachi and Madras, the first regular air service within IndiaIndia
15 October 1934National Airline System, later known as National Airlines, began operations as a Florida intrastate carrier (>PanAm)USA
15 October 1939New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia dedicates an airport in Flushing bearing his name. La Guardia airport was the costliest to build at the time, $45 millionUSA
15 October 1946Malev commenced operations as MaszovletHungary
15 October 1951 Air Vietnam, formed on 01Oct1951 to take over services from Air France, started operationsSouth Vietnam
15 October 1956Royal Air Cambodge was foundedCambodia
15 October 1987 Malaysian Airlines System Berhad was rebranded as Malaysia AirlinesMalaysia
15 October 1991Volga-Dnepr Airlines, established on 22Aug1990 as a joint stock company, started operations Russia
15 October 1997 Buddha Air, formed in 1997, started operationsNepal
15 October 1998China Cargo Airlines, established on 30Jul1998, started operationsChina
15 October 1998Allegiant Airlines, founded as WestJet Express in Jan1997, began scheduled services between Las Vegas and the airline's initial hub in FresnoUSA
15 October 2000Jordan Aviation (JATE), formed in 2000, started operationsJordan
15 October 2000Skyways Regional started operations (>Direktflyg )Sweden
15 October 2001Twin Jet started commercial air charter servicesFrance
15 October 2002Jetconnect, established in Jul2002, commenced operationsNew Zealand
15 October 2007Airbus delivers its first A.380 superjumbo jet, to Singapore AirlinesSingapore
15 October 2009Mistral Aviation, formed in 2002, had its airline license revokedRepublic of Congo
15 October 2009 Direct Aero Service operations started (>Romstrade Logistic Expres)Romania
15 October 2011TAME Xpress, established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of national carrier TAME in Oct2011, started operationsEcuador
15 October 2012Falcon Express Cargo Airlines, formed in 1995, suspended operationsUAE
15 October 2013Air Costa, founded in 2012, operated its first flightIndia
15 October 2014Last commercial flight out of Blackpool Airport (Squires Gate) (to the Isle of Man)UK
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16 October 1933DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) was established (>>SAS)Norway
16 October 1978The L.1011-500 TriStar first flew. This was a longer-range variantUSA
16 October 1991Mandarin Airlines started operations with direct flights from Taipei to SydneyTaiwan
16 October 1992 Euravia ceased operations to form Meridiana with UniversAir & LAC (Lineas Aereas Canarias)Spain
16 October 1997First flight of the B.777-300. This essentially replaced the B.747-100 & B.747-200USA
16 October 2001Royal Air Cambodge was shut downCambodia
16 October 2001Belair Airlines was registered in the Swiss Commercial RegisterSwitzerland
16 October 2003 Mekong Air International ceased operations because of SARS fearsCambodia
16 October 2009Air Dominicana, started operationsDominican Republic
16 October 2012Islas Airways, having started operations on 15Feb2003 ceased & was was subsequently declared bankruptSpain
16 October 2014FlySafair started operationsSouth Africa
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17 October 1945 Lacsa was established by Pan American World Airways, the Costa Rican government and Costa Rican private interests (>Avianca Costa Rica)Costa Rica
17 October 1977Port Authority of New York & New Jersey lost its bid to ban the ConcordeUSA
17 October 1996Last Vickers Vanguard (G-APEP) British short/medium-range turboprop airliner retired. Now on display at Brooklands MuseumUK
17 October 2001RPX Airlines operations startedIndonesia
17 October 2008Omskavia ceased operationsRussia
17 October 2008Tesis Aviation Enterprise, founded in 1993, had their flights suspended by the Russian aviation authority due to unpaid feesRussia
17 October 2008Vyborg North-West Air Transport ceased operationsRussia
17 October 2008Hansung Airlines had its AOC withdrawn. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010South Korea
17 October 2011Libyan Airlines resumed commercial services following the lifting of all sanctionsLibya
17 October 2015US Airways, established as All American Aviation eventually merged into American AirlinesUSA
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18 October 1948Cathay Pacific Airways, founded in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co., was registered as Cathay PacificHong Kong
18 October 1979First flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80USA
18 October 1994Air Mandalay start operations with a flight from Yangon to MandalayMyanmar
18 October 2005Eos (Atlantic Express) started operationsUSA
18 October 2006Eirjet ceased operationsIreland
18 October 2008Hansung Airlines stopped flying as AOC was withdrawn on 17Oct2008 (>T'Way Air)South Korea
18 October 2011 TAR Aerolíneas was formed by Grupo Mafra (a property development group)Mexico
18 October 2014Mitsubishi MRJ90 official rollout occurredJapan
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19 October 1917Love Field in Dallas, Texas was openedUSA
19 October 1920SCADTA (Sociedad Colombo-Allemán De Transporto Aéreo)(Colombian-German Air Transport Corporation) began operations (>Avianca)Colombia
19 October 1927Pan Am started operations as ACA (Aviation Corporation of the Americas)USA
19 October 1970Midland Air Cargo, formed in 1970, began revenue servicesUK
19 October 1977Concorde made its first landing in New York CityUK / France
19 October 1999Lion Air was foundedIndonesia
19 October 2010Hamburg International shuts down all operations and files for bankruptcy protectionGermany
19 October 2016Jetairfly  became TUIfly BelgiumBelgium
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20 October 1955LTU International Airways was founded as Lufttransport-Union (>airberlin)West Germany
20 October 1956Royal Air Cambodge, founded on 15Oct1956, started operationsCambodia
20 October 1956LIAT was founded as Leeward Islands Air Transport ServicesAntigua
20 October 1961Madair launched services, between Tananarive and Paris using a Douglas DC-7C (>Air Madagascar on 14Oct1962)Malagasy Republic
20 October 1969Finnair introduces an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming the first airline to dispense with the need for a navigator aboardFinland
20 October 2008New Air & Tours was rebranded as enerjetCanada
20 October 2008flySur ceased operationsSpain
20 October 2011Flybe Nordic began operationsFinland
20 October 2012Kingfisher, having ceased operations on 30Sep2012, had its AOC revokedIndia
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21 October 1929Chinese Airways Federal Inc., inaugurated on 26Aug1929, began scheduled servicesChina
21 October 1936

PanAm initiates regular weekly transpacific passenger service as the Hawaii Clipper takes off from Almeda, near San Francisco, arriving at Manila on 27Oct1936

USA
21 October 1948 Tunisair operations start as Societe Tunisienne de l'AirTunisia
21 October 1950First flight of the Martin 4-0-4USA
21 October 1966First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-40USSR
21 October 1970Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways & renamed it to British Caledonian (>BA)UK
21 October 2004East Line Air, established on 27Nov1995 was renamed Russian Sky AirlinesRussia
21 October 2004

Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo & Shenzhen Airlines

China
21 October 2008Aladia ceased operationsMexico
21 October 2012Hello operations started in August 2004 & ceased on this date Switzerland
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22 October 1923 Ost-Europa-Union was formed from the merger of two groups of companies affiliated with JunkersGermany
22 October 1929NYRBA do Brasil began operations (renamed to Panair do Brasil on 21Nov1930)Brazil
22 October 1945SAHSA (Servicio Aereo de Hoduras S.A.) began operations using a Douglas DC-2 on domestic flightsHonduras
22 October 2000Buraq Air was established on this date & started operations on 15Nov2001Libya
22 October 2012P.C. Air ceased operationsThailand
22 October 2012Gambia Bird Airlines operations startedGambia
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23 October 1944SADE (Servicios Aeropostales del Estado) merges with LASO (Linea Aérea Sud Oeste) & LANE (Linea Aérea Nordeste) to become LADE (Lineas Aereas del Estado)Argentina
23 October 1946Orient Airways was registered in Calcutta (>>PIA)Pakistan
23 October 1968Aeropelican Air Services was established on this date & started operations on 01Jul1971 (>>Brindabella Airlines)Australia
23 October 1991Elk Airways was establishedEstonia
23 October 2006Porter Airlines scheduled services started, using its two Q400sCanada
23 October 2009Seagle Air ceased operationsSlovakia
23 October 2011 Dubrovnik Airlines started operations in 2005 & ceased on this date after defaulting on its debtsCroatia
23 October 2013

Aegean Airlines completes acquisition of Olympic Air

Greece
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24 October 1945American Overseas Airlines began the first scheduled commercial transatlantic airline service by a landplane, operating between New York City & Bournemouth-Hurn AirportUSA
24 October 1961NAB (Navegacao Aerea Brasileira) was purchased by Lóide Aéreo NacionalBrazil
24 October 1994Montenegro Airlines was foundedMontenegro
24 October 1995MarkAir, formed in 1946 as Interior Airways, ceased operationsUSA
24 October 1998Air Charter ceased services & merged into Air FranceFrance
24 October 1999Royal Phnom Penh Airways was establishedCambodia
24 October 2007BoA (Boliviana de Aviació) was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318Bolivia
24 October 2007Caribbean Star Airlines was purchased by LIAT on this date, with the merger being finalised on 15Jun2007, with LIAT becoming the surviving carrierAntigua
24 October 2012WOW air acquires Iceland Express' operations and networkIceland
24 October 2014The New Zealand division of Vincent Aviation was placed into receivershipNew Zealand
24 October 20144YOU Airlines was declared bankruptPoland
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25 October 1927

Bunavad, the first national airline of Bulgaria, commenced operations

Bulgaria
25 October 1930TWA (originally Transcontinental and Western Air) began the first regular passenger flights between New York and Los Angeles (>American Airlines)USA
25 October 1946CAT (Civil Air Transport) was formed as Chinese (CNRRA) Air TransportTaiwan
25 October 1951
Japan Airlines (as Japanese Airlines) operated its first flights, using three Northwest Airlines Martin 2-0-2 aircraft, flown by Northwest crews
Japan
25 October 1985First flight for Emirates, was EK600 operating Dubai–KarachiUAE
25 October 1991First flight of the A.340-200France
25 October 1994 Shaheen Air, founded in Dec1993, started operations as Shaheen Air InternationalPakistan
25 October 2003Minerva Airlines, a regional airline operating behalf of Alitalia was formed in 1993 & suspended operations due to bankruptcy on this dateItaly
25 October 2007First commercial flight with passengers of Airbus A.380 was made by Singapore Airlines. Passengers bought seats in charity auctionSingapore
25 October 2009CSA Czech Airlines discontinued all long-haul routes from Prague, including New York and TorontoCzech Republic
25 October 2015Transaero Airlines declared bankruptcy & ceased operationsRussia
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26 October 1958The first commercial flight by a B.707 jet airliner takes place, on Pan American World Airway's transatlantic service from New York City to ParisUSA
26 October 1968First flight of the Embraer EMB 110 BandeiranteBrazil
26 October 1986Ozark Air Lines, founded on 01Sep1943, ceased operations (>>TWA >>American Airlines)USA
26 October 1993ValuJet Airlines began operations (>>AirTran >>Southwest Airlines)USA
26 October 1997British Airways merged TAT into Air LibertéFrance
26 October 2003Air Southwest, established in May2003, began operations (>>Eastern Airlines)UK
26 October 2006Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, long-haul low-cost airline, began operationsHong Kong
26 October 2007Cargo Air was re-established from Vega Airlines & started operations on 15Sept2008Bulgaria
26 October 2008 Felix Airways was founded as the 1st lo-fare carrier in YemenYemen
26 October 2011
ANA (All Nippon Airways) flew the first commercial flight of a B.787 Dreamliner, from Tokyo to Hong Kong
Japan
26 October 2012Gambia Bird Airlines first international service, from Banjul to London Gatwick, took placeGambia
26 October 2013Jat Airways was reformed as Air SerbiaSerbia
26 October 2013

Augsburg Airways ceased operations

Germany

26 October 2013MetJet ceased operationsUSA
26 October 2014ValuAir flights taken over by Jetstar Asia AirwaysSingapore
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27 October 1936

PanAm initiates regular weekly transpacific passenger service as the Hawaii Clipper takes off from Almeda, near San Francisco on 21Oct1936, arriving at Manila on this date

USA
27 October 1960Air Mali (1960–1985) was establishedMali
27 October 1971Air Congo, founded 06Jun1961, commenced operations 29Jun1961 & was renamed to Air Zaïre on this dateZaire
27 October 1972Biman Bangladesh was officially foundedBangladesh
27 October 1988First flight of the ATR 72France
27 October 2002Australian Airlines launched servicesAustralia
27 October 2002Germanwings was founded

Germany

27 October 2006Mihin Lanka was formed on this dateSri Lanka
27 October 2008Air Busan, established in Aug2007, started operations on this date as Busan International AirSouth Korea
27 October 2012bmi was integrated into British AirwaysUK
27 October 2013HK Express' first flights as an LCC commencedHong Kong
27 October 2014Appalachian Air started operations from Pikeville, Kentucky, to Nashville, TennesseeUSA
27 October 2015Kiwi Regional Airlines, founded in 2014 by local businessman Ewan Wilson, commenced operationsNew Zealand
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28 October 1927Pan Am opens its 1st service, a 90 mile route between Key West & Cuba carrying only mailUSA
28 October 1939Aerolloyd Iguassú, founded in the beginning of 1933 in Curitiba, was sold to VASPBrazil
28 October 1972First flight of the Airbus A300France
28 October 1979

Allegheny Airlines changed its name to USAir, reflecting the growing route system of this former local-service carrier (>American)

USA
28 October 1990

First scheduled flight of Lufthansa to Tegel Airport in Berlin after German reunification

Germany

28 October 1991Namib Air name was changed to Air NamibiaNamibia
28 October 1994BMED (British Mediterranean Airways), established as a limited company in 1994 Lord Hesketh, began operations (>>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)UK
28 October 2001Cronus was fully integrated under the Aegean Airlines brandGreece
28 October 2003Air Arabia, founded on 03Feb2003, commenced operationsUAE
28 October 2007BMED (British Mediterranean Airways) was fully integrated into British Midland (BMED >>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)UK
28 October 2008Avolar began operations on 07Sep2005 & was forced to ceased on this date due to the illegal operations of the airlineMexico
28 October 2015Fastjet Zimbabwe launched with an inaugural flight between Harare and Victoria FallsZimbabwe
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29 October 1918DDL (Det Danske Luftfartselskab), was founded (>SAS)Denmark
29 October 1923

CSA, founded on 06Oct1923, commenced operations as Czechoslovak State Airlines

Czechoslovakia
29 October 1930Dobrolet was abolished, forming the basis for the Central administration of the Civil air fleet (GU GVF), later becoming AeroflotUSSR
29 October 1959First flight of the Antonov An-24USSR
29 October 1962

East Anglian Flying Services officially changed its name to Channel Airways

UK
29 October 1989 ILG fully integrated Guernsey Airlines into Air Europe ExpressUK
29 October 1994Dissolution of Euroberlin FranceFrance
29 October 2000Air Andaman started operationsThailand
29 October 2005Air Aland, established as Flyg & Far Åland in Jan2005. started operationsFinland
29 October 2005Ghana International Airlines launched with inaugural flight from Accra to LondonGhana
29 October 2006

Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise, founded on 24Jun1932, merged into Rossiya

Russia
29 October 2008Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, commenced operationsPeru
29 October 2008

Sterling ceased operations

Denmark
29 October 2008Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) and absorbed into Delta Air Lines Inc. by a merger that was approved on this dateUSA
29 October 2011Sky Express ceased operationsRussia
29 October 2011OpenSkies ceased operationsUK
29 October 2013FlyNonstop ceased operationsNorway
29 October 2014Air Armenia suspended operationsArmenia
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30 October 1928The Japanese government established the JAT (Japan Air Transport Corporation (NKYKK) as the national flag carrierJapan
30 October 1930Cubana, founded on 08Oct1929 as CNCAC (Compañía Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss), started operationsCuba
30 October 1945The act that called for the creation of the East African Air Transport Authority, the organism that among other things would create East African Airways (EAA), was signedKenya
30 October 1955

The first commercial flights begin at the new O’Hare Field, Chicago International Airport

USA
30 October 2005

First flight (Auckland – Apia) of Polynesian Blue, a partnership between Virgin Blue and the Government of Samoa (>Virgin Samoa)

Samoa
30 October 2006Arik Air commenced operationsNigeria
30 October 2011PRiMA Aero Trasport Italiani, launched as Eagles Airlines, operated its last flightItaly
30 October 2013Midway Airlines (founded on 15Nov1993) ceased operationsUSA
30 October 2014NokScoot secured its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Thai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)Thailand
30 October 2014Fuzhou Airlines launched operations with a commercial flight between Fuzhou and BeijingChina
30 October 2014Air One ceased operations and its assets merged into AlitaliaItaly
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31 October 1937
Continental Air Lines moved its headquarters to Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colorado from the Continental Center I building in the Cullen Center complex in Downtown Houston
USA
31 October 1947Avro Tudor 4 entered service with BSAA (British South American Airways)UK
31 October 1957Alitalia merged with Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) and took on the name of Alitalia Linee AereeItaly
31 October 1962China Airlines, formed on 16Dec1959, started domestic operationsTaiwan
31 October 1975General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft, formed on 01Mar1974 to succeed General Air Nord, ceased operationsWest Germany
31 October 1977Air Tungaru was foundedKiribati
31 October 1982Continental merged with Texas International dissolving TI), offering service to four continents (North and South America, Asia and Australia)USA
31 October 1987British Airways accepted the airline's first women pilotsUK
31 October 1996Air Tahiti Nui, founded on this date, commenced operations on 20Nov1998French Polynesia
31 October 2001Air Canada Jetz commenced operationsCanada
31 October 2001 Swissair was grounded after 70 years of flying, with the 9/11 terrorist attacks blamedSwitzerland
31 October 2001United Shuttle (formed by United Airlines) began operations on 01Oct1994 as Shuttle by United, ceased operationsUSA
31 October 2005Jazeera Airways, established as first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East in Apr2004, started operationsKuwait
31 October 2005Aero Flight ceased operationsGermany
31 October 2006Jags Aviation was established as a domestic charter company Guyana
31 October 2006Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, started operationsJapan
31 October 2008Air Comet Chile ceased operationsChile
31 October 2012Ryazanaviatrans, established in 1992, was ordered to cease operationsRussia
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