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01 Oct 1928

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

USA

01 Oct 1931

KLM 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 time

Netherlands

01 Oct 1935

The first company to bear the name British Airways was formed, by the merger of Hillman Airways, Spartan Air Lines and United Airways.

UK

01 Oct 1941

Inter-Island Airways name changed to Hawaiian Airlines

USA

01 Oct 1947

Los Angeles Airways began the first scheduled carriage of airmail using the Sikorsky S-51 helicopter

USA

01 Oct 1949

Aden Airways, a subsidiary of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), started operations

South Yemen

01 Oct 1950

Ilyushin IL-14 passenger aircraft first flight

USSR

01 Oct 1951

Air Vietnam was formed to take over services from Air France

South Vietnam

01 Oct 1958

Nigeria Airways, founded on 23Aug1958 (after the dissolution of WAAC), commenced operations as West African Airways Corporation Nigeria Limited

Nigeria

01 Oct 1963

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

France

01 Oct 1963

Autair International commenced scheduled services after rename from Autair (>Court Lines)

UK

01 Oct 1964

Derby Airways changed its name to British Midland Airways (>British Airways)

UK

01 Oct 1965

Bechuanaland National Airways was organized on this day, with the help of the UK airline Autair International (>Botswana Airways)

Bechuanaland

01 Oct 1967

Frontier purchased Central Airlines

USA

01 Oct 1969

The Concorde supersonic transport plane breaks the sound barrier for the first time

UK

01 Oct 1972

Malaysian Airlines Berhad, registered on 03Apr1971, officially began operations (>MAS)

Malaysia

01 Oct 1972

SIA (Singapore International Airlines), established on 28Jan1972, started operations

Singapore

01 Oct 1973

TAAG, started operations as DTA on 17Jul1940, was redesignated TAAG-Angola Airlines following independence

Angola

01 Oct 1974

Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on 17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on this date

West Germany

01 Oct 1974

Air Maldives was formed

Maldives

01 Oct 1977

Sun D'Or was established as El Al Charter Services Ltd

Israel

01 Oct 1988

Aerovias de Mexico was renamed  to AeroMexico

Mexico

01 Oct 1992

Ukraine International Airlines was established

Ukraine

01 Oct 1994

ICX International Cargo Express was merged into Air Transport International

USA

01 Oct 1994

Shuttle by United (formed by United Airlines) began operations (>United Shuttle >>UAL)

USA

01 Oct 1995

airBaltic established on 28Aug1995, started operations

Latvia

01 Oct 1997

Alitalia Express started operations (was integrated into mainline Alitalia on 06Feb2015)

Italy

01 Oct 1998

Amaszonas was founded

Bolivia

01 Oct 1999

Japan Air Charter  name changed to JALways

Japan

01 Oct 2002

Completion of Rheintalflug Seewald's integration into Tyrolean Airways (>Austrian arrows)

Austria

01 Oct 2004

Landsflug, established in 2004, started operations

Iceland

01 Oct 2004

Georgian Airways was launched after being renamed from Airzena Georgian Airlines

Georgia

01 Oct 2006

Iberia's low-cost subsidiary Clickair was founded as Catair

Spain

01 Oct 2007

Caribbean Airlines acquired all outstanding Tobago Express shares, taking over its routes and fleet

Trinidad & Tobago

01 Oct 2007

MASWings took over the routes and aircraft previously flown by FlyAsianXpress

Malaysia

01 Oct 2008

Asian Express Airlines became Tasman Cargo Airlines

Australia

01 Oct 2008

Kyokushin Air ceased operations

Japan

01 Oct 2009

SAS Norge was fully absorbed into SAS

Norway

01 Oct 2010

Star1 Airlines ceased operations

Lithuania

01 Oct 2010

ANA Wings operations started

Japan

01 Oct 2011

The Continental-United merger results in the end of Continental

USA

01 Oct 2011

Flyme  began operations

Maldives

01 Oct 2012

City Airways operations started

Thailand

01 Oct 2014

Air One services start operating under the Alitalia brand

Italy

01 Oct 2014

JAL Express started operations after merging into its parent JAL (Japan Airlines)

Japan

01 Oct 2015

Arke was renamed to TUIfly (Netherlands)

Netherlands

 

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02 Oct 1965

United Libyan Airlines was absorbed into Kingdom of Libya Airlines (>Libyan Airlines)

Libya

02 Oct 2000

Sahara Indian Airlines was rebranded as Air Sahara (>JetKonnect)

India

02 Oct 2001

Swissair grounded (declared bankruptcy and 11Sep2001 terrorist attacks blamed)

Switzerland

02 Oct 2007

Cargojet Regional began operations as Georgian Express

Canada

02 Oct 2009

Feel Air was established.

Sweden

02 Oct 2017

Monarch Airlines ceased all operations UK

 

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03 Oct 1927

Grand Canyon Airlines' first flight was on this date as Scenic Airlines

USA

03 Oct 1938

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

UK

03 Oct 1973

AeroPeru, formed in 1973 to take over operations of SATCO, operated its maiden flight

Peru

03 Oct 1979

Bering Air, founded by James & Christine Rowe as a charter airline in 1979, started operations

USA

03 Oct 1990

Interflug, as a consequence of the German reunification was liquidated

East Germany

03 Oct 1993

EastWest Airlines ceased operations when it was integrated into Ansett

Australia

03 Oct 2004

Iraqi Airways operations restarted with a flight between Baghdad and Amman

Iraq

03 Oct 2014

TEAM Airlines had its operational license revoked

Brazil

 

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04 Oct 1930

The official opening of London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

UK

04 Oct 1958

BOAC de Havilland Comet made first the commercial transatlantic crossing by a jet airliner, from Heathrow Airport to New York International Airport

UK

04 Oct 1961

North Star Air Lines, an independent airline, registered in London. Did not start operations

UK

04 Oct 1968

First flight of the Tupolev Tu-154

USSR

04 Oct 1994

Merchant Express Aviation Services, established on 11May1990, started operations

Nigeria

04 Oct 1995

Moskovia Airlines was founded as the commercial division of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (Gromov Air)

Russia

04 Oct 2005

GoJet, established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings began scheduled passenger services

USA

 

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05 Oct 1916

AT&T (Aircraft Transport & Travel) (>British Airways) was formed. The first airline to offer regular domestic passenger transportation service

UK

05 Oct 1927

Juan Trippe, having incorporated Eastern Air Transport on 12Sep1925, changed the name of his company to Colonial Air Transport

USA

05 Oct 1951

First flight of the Convair CV-340

USA

05 Oct 1962

Transmeridian began operations as Trans Meridian Flying Service (>British Cargo Airlines)

UK

05 Oct 1985

People Express Airlines acquired Frontier on this date & continued operating it as an independent entity

USA

05 Oct 2008

Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, starting operations on 31Oct2006, ceased on this date

Japan

05 Oct 2013

Colombe Airlines officially launched scheduled operations

Burkina Faso

 

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06 Oct 1923

CSA was founded by the Czechoslovak government as CSA Československé státní aerolinie (Czechoslovak State Airlines)

Czechoslovakia

06 Oct 1927

Western Canada Airways commenced contract airmail service between Lac du Bonnet, Wadhope and Bisset, Manitoba (>Air Canada)

Canada

06 Oct 1929

Hawaiian Airlines, founded on 30Jan1929, began operations on this date as Inter-Island Airways

USA

06 Oct 1955

First flight of the Convair CV-440 Metropolitan

USA

06 Oct 1959

Spantax (Spanish Air Taxi Líneas Aéreas S.A.) was founded by ex-Iberia pilot Rodolfo Bay Wright and ex-Iberia flight attendant Marta Estades Sáez

Spain

06 Oct 1993

Conquest Sun Airlines, founded in Jun1993, started operations

USA

06 Oct 1994

Air Mandalay was established

Myanmar

06 Oct 1994

IMAIR was established as Improtex

Azerbaijan

06 Oct 2001

Silk Way Airlines. founded in 2001, started commercial flights

Azerbaijan

06 Oct 2009

Comoros Islands Airways started operations

Comoros

06 Oct 2010

Blue Line ceased operation

France

06 Oct 2011

Iberia Express was founded

Spain

06 Oct 2014

Livingston Compagnia Aerea (New Livingston) suspended all operations and its AOC was revoked the following day

Italy

06 Oct 2014

East Air suspended operations after the Tajikistan GCAA revoked the carrier's AOC citing “certification” issues

Tajikistan

 

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07 Oct 1919

KLM was formed. It is the longest surviving airline with the same name

Netherlands

07 Oct 1933

Air France was formed from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, CIDNA, Lignes Aériennes Farman and SGTA

France

07 Oct 1975

Alpine Air Express operations started

USA

07 Oct 2009

It was announced that Avianca would merge with TACA but both airlines stated that each would maintain their own identity

El Salvador

07 Oct 2010

SpiceJet commenced operations on 24May2005 & international services are launched on this date with a flight from Delhi to Kathmandu

India

07 Oct 2011

Solid AiR, established in 1996, was declared bankrupt

Netherlands

 

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08 Oct 1929

Cubana was founded as CNCAC (Compañía Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss)

Cuba

08 Oct 1933

CGTA (Compagnie Generale de Transport Aerien) ceased operations when it merged into the newly created Air France

France

08 Oct 1934

Inter-Island Airways made the first inter-island air mail flight in the Hawaiian Islands under a United States Post Office contract.

USA

08 Oct 1945

KD Avia (Kaliningrad Avia) was formed as Kaliningrad Avia

USSR

08 Oct 1945

SAHSA (Servicio Aereo de Hoduras S.A.) was founded on this date with the help of Pan American Airways & began operations on 22Oct1945

Honduras

08 Oct 1951

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

UK

08 Oct 1998

Oslo Airport, Fornebu was replaced replaced by Gardermoen as Norway's new International Airport

Norway

08 Oct 2004

Vbird, a low-fare airline founded in 2003, ceased operations

Netherlands

08 Oct 2014

Apsara International Air commenced scheduled operations with daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Cambodia

08 Oct 2015

Aviatsa commenced commercial operations using a pair of B.737 Classics

Honduras

 

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09 Oct 1922

Dornier Do Komet II was first flown

Germany

09 Oct 1935

The first Martin M-130, China Clipper, was delivered to Pan Am

USA

09 Oct 1946

Air Atlas (Societe Cherifienne de L'Air) was registered (>RAM)

Morocco

09 Oct 1974

Air Maldives started operations with Male to Colombo

Maldives

09 Oct 1998

Amakusa Airlines was founded

Japan

09 Oct 2005

Alajnihah Airways launched cargo services

Libya

09 Oct 2008

Interavia ceased operations

Russia

09 Oct 2008

LagunAir ceased operations

Spain

09 Oct 2010

Air Mekong flight operations are launched

Vietnam

09 Oct 2013

Air Bashkortostan was closed down by owner VIM Avia

Russia

09 Oct 2015

Congo Airways started operations

DR Congo

 

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10 Oct 1926

Northwest Airways began service as a contract mail carrier, carrying air mail from the Twin Cities to Chicago (>Delta Air Lines)

USA

10 Oct 1956

First flight of the Lockheed L-1649 Starliner

USA

10 Oct 1971

EgyptAir, established as Misr Airlines on 07Jun1932 was renamed from UAA (United Arab Airlines) on this date

Egypt

10 Oct 1974

Air Nippon started operations as NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways)

Japan

10 Oct 1981

Air Saint Barthelemy started operations ( =>Air Caraïbes)

Guadeloupe

10 Oct 1983

Air Link International Airways was established

Philippines

10 Oct 1985

Presidential Airways, founded in 1985 by Harold J. (Hap) Pareti (formerly PEOPLExpress) as a low-cost carrier' commenced services on this date

USA

10 Oct 2004

Air Equator received its air operator's certificate

Maldives

10 Oct 2006

Esen Air started operations

Kyrgyzstan

10 Oct 2007

Azteca Airlines (Lineas Aereas Azteca), having suspended operations on 26Mar2007, ceased fully due to poor financial situation

Mexico

10 Oct 2010

RAK Airways suspended all services & was relaunched as a low-cost carrier

UAE

10 Oct 2011

AviaNova ceased operations

Russia

10 Oct 2013

Bhutan Airlines resumed services after ceasing as Tashi Air

Bhutan

10 Oct 2014

Primera Air Nordic commenced scheduled operations using its sole aircraft, a B.737-800

Latvia

10 Oct 2015

ECAir was forced to suspend all operations

 R of Congo

10 Oct 2016

Sky Gates Airlines is a cargo carrier that had it's first commercial flight with its B.747-400F

Russia

10 Oct 2016

Anda Air operated its 1st flight on 10Oct2016, from Kyiv, Zhulyany airport to Marsa Alam, Egypt

Ukraine

 

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11 Oct 1919

Handley Page Transport began offering the first in-flight meals, on its London-Brussels service. They are sold at 3 shillings

UK

11 Oct 1927

Richard Hoyt established Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean Airways (>PanAm)

USA

11 Oct 1938

Blohm & Voss BV 142 first flight

Germany

11 Oct 1947

Trans-Texas Airways began operations as a local service carrier (>UAL)

USA

11 Oct 1970

First flight of the B.747-200B

USA

11 Oct 1989

Partnair, founded on 30Jun1971, ceased operations

Norway

 

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12 Oct 1929

Panagra, founded on 13Sep1928, commenced operations (>>Braniff)

USA

12 Oct 1937

Malayan Airways was formed (>MAS)

Malaya

12 Oct 1950

Blue-Air operated its last revenue earning flight

UK

12 Oct 1980

Mesa Airlines commenced operations

USA

12 Oct 1981

Great Lakes Airlines began scheduled services with flights between Spencer, Iowa, and Des Moines, Iowa

USA

12 Oct 2005

Azmar Air, founded in 2005, started operations

Iraq

12 Oct 2009

Sol Linhas Aéreas, founded in 2008, operated its first flight

Brazil

12 Oct 2009

Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel

Qatar

 

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13 Oct 1919

First company executive aircraft entered service: S. Instone & Company (shipping line) operated a de Havilland DH4A from Hounslow

UK

13 Oct 1930

First flight of the Junkers Ju 52

Germany

13 Oct 1937

Elders Colonial Airways commenced flights on the route from Lagos-Accra utilising a de Havilland Express from Imperial Airways

Nigeria

13 Oct 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 Oct 1976

Midway Airlines was founded by investor Irving T. Tague

USA

 

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14 Oct 1962

Air Madagascar was formed by the Government of the then-new Malagasy Republic and Air France to succeed Madair

Madagascar

14 Oct 1983

Canavia Transit was dissolved

Canada

14 Oct 2005

Air Jamaica Express ceased operations

Jamaica

14 Oct 2006

Air Nauru, was renamed to Our Airline (>Nauru Airlines)

Nauru

14 Oct 2010

Air Corsica was renamed from CCM

France

14 Oct 2010

Livingston Energy Flight had their AOC revoked (+>Livingston Compagnia Aerea)

Italy

14 Oct 2012

BlueSky Airways flew its first commercial charter flight

Botswana

 

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15 Oct 1921

CETA (Compania Española de Trafico Aereo) was established (>Iberia Airlines)

Spain

15 Oct 1928

KNILM (Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij), founded as NILM, was appended with the Koninklijk (Royal) title (>Garuda)

Dutch East Indies

15 Oct 1932

The Aviation Division of Tata Sons start an airmail route between Karachi and Madras, the first regular air service within India

India

15 Oct 1934

National Airline System, later known as National Airlines, began operations as a Florida intrastate carrier (>PanAm)

USA

15 Oct 1939

New 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 million

USA

15 Oct 1946

Malev commenced operations as Maszovlet

Hungary

15 Oct 1951

Air Vietnam, formed on 01Oct1951 to take over services from Air France, started operations

South Vietnam

15 Oct 1956

Royal Air Cambodge was founded

Cambodia

15 Oct 1987

Malaysian Airlines System Berhad was rebranded as Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia

15 Oct 1991

Volga-Dnepr Airlines, established on 22Aug1990 as a joint stock company, started operations

Russia

15 Oct 1997

Buddha Air, formed in 1997, started operations

Nepal

15 Oct 1998

China Cargo Airlines, established on 30Jul1998, started operations

China

15 Oct 1998

Allegiant Airlines, founded as WestJet Express in Jan1997, began scheduled services between Las Vegas and the airline's initial hub in Fresno

USA

15 Oct 2000

Jordan Aviation (JATE), formed in 2000, started operations

Jordan

15 Oct 2000

Skyways Regional started operations (>Direktflyg )

Sweden

15 Oct 2001

Twin Jet started commercial air charter services

France

15 Oct 2002

Jetconnect, established in Jul2002, commenced operations

New Zealand

15 Oct 2007

Airbus delivers its first A.380 superjumbo jet, to Singapore Airlines

Singapore

15 Oct 2009

Mistral Aviation, formed in 2002, had its airline license revoked

Republic of Congo

15 Oct 2009

Direct Aero Service operations started (>Romstrade Logistic Expres)

Romania

15 Oct 2011

TAME Xpress, established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of national carrier TAME in Oct2011, started operations

Ecuador

15 Oct 2012

Falcon Express Cargo Airlines, formed in 1995, suspended operations

UAE

15 Oct 2013

Air Costa, founded in 2012, operated its first flight

India

15 Oct 2013

Kyrgyz Airlines was set to launch operations with Bishkek - Istanbul but failed to start because AtlasJet pulled out of deal

Kyrgyzstan

15 Oct 2014

Last commercial flight out of Blackpool Airport (Squires Gate) (to the Isle of Man)

UK

 

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16 Oct 1933

DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap) was established (>>SAS)

Norway

16 Oct 1978

The L.1011-500 TriStar first flew. This was a longer-range variant

USA

16 Oct 1991

Mandarin Airlines started operations with direct flights from Taipei to Sydney

Taiwan

16 Oct 1992

Euravia ceased operations to form Meridiana with UniversAir & LAC (Lineas Aereas Canarias)

Spain

16 Oct 1997

First flight of the B.777-300. This essentially replaced the B.747-100 & B.747-200

USA

16 Oct 2001

Royal Air Cambodge was shut down

Cambodia

16 Oct 2001

Belair Airlines was registered in the Swiss Commercial Register

Switzerland

16 Oct 2003

Mekong Air International ceased operations because of SARS fears

Cambodia

16 Oct 2008

Air Dominicana, started operations

Dominican Republic

16 Oct 2012

Islas Airways, having started operations on 15Feb2003 ceased & was was subsequently declared bankrupt

Spain

16 Oct 2013

It was announced that the Georgian civil aviation authority had suspended FlyGeorgia's license

Georgia

16 Oct 2014

FlySafair started operations

South Africa

16 Oct 2015

Fly Ernest was founded (>Ernest Airlines)

Italy

 

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17 Oct 1945

Lacsa was established by Pan American World Airways, the Costa Rican government and Costa Rican private interests (>Avianca Costa Rica)

Costa Rica

17 Oct 1977

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey lost its bid to ban the Concorde

USA

17 Oct 1996

Last Vickers Vanguard (G-APEP) British short/medium-range turboprop airliner retired. Now on display at Brooklands Museum

UK

17 Oct 2001

RPX Airlines operations started

Indonesia

17 Oct 2003

Fjellanger Widerøe went bankrupt

Norway

17 Oct 2008

Omskavia ceased operations

Russia

17 Oct 2008

Tesis Aviation Enterprise, founded in 1993, had their flights suspended by the Russian aviation authority due to unpaid fees

Russia

17 Oct 2008

Vyborg North-West Air Transport ceased operations

Russia

17 Oct 2008

Hansung Airlines had its AOC withdrawn. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

South Korea

17 Oct 2008

LTE International Airways ceased operations

Spain 

17 Oct 2011

Libyan Airlines resumed commercial services following the lifting of all sanctions

Libya

17 Oct 2015

US Airways, established as All American Aviation eventually merged into American Airlines

USA

 

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18 Oct 1948

Cathay Pacific Airways, founded in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co., was registered as Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong

18 Oct 1979

First flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80

USA

18 Oct 1994

Air Mandalay start operations with a flight from Yangon to Mandalay

Myanmar

18 Oct 2005

Eos (Atlantic Express) started operations

USA

18 Oct 2006

Eirjet ceased operations

Ireland

18 Oct 2008

Hansung Airlines stopped flying as AOC was withdrawn on 17Oct2008 (>T'Way Air)

South Korea

18 Oct 2011

TAR Aerolíneas was formed by Grupo Mafra (a property development group)

Mexico

18 Oct 2014

Mitsubishi MRJ90 official rollout occurred

Japan

 

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19 Oct 1917

Love Field in Dallas, Texas was opened

USA

19 Oct 1920

SCADTA (Sociedad Colombo-Allemán De Transporto Aéreo)(Colombian-German Air Transport Corporation) began operations (>Avianca)

Colombia

19 Oct 1927

Pan Am started operations as ACA (Aviation Corporation of the Americas)

USA

19 Oct 1970

Midland Air Cargo, formed in 1970, began revenue services

UK

19 Oct 1977

Concorde made its first landing in New York City

UK / France

19 Oct 1999

Lion Air was founded

Indonesia

19 Oct 2010

Hamburg International shuts down all operations and files for bankruptcy protection

Germany

19 Oct 2016

Jetairfly  became TUIfly Belgium

Belgium

 

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20 Oct 1955

LTU International Airways was founded as Lufttransport-Union (>airberlin)

West Germany

20 Oct 1956

Royal Air Cambodge, founded on 15Oct1956, started operations

Cambodia

20 Oct 1956

LIAT was founded as Leeward Islands Air Transport Services

Antigua

20 Oct 1961

Madair launched services, between Tananarive and Paris using a Douglas DC-7C (>Air Madagascar on 14Oct1962)

Malagasy Republic

20 Oct 1969

Finnair introduces an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming the first airline to dispense with the need for a navigator aboard

Finland

20 Oct 2008

New Air & Tours was rebranded as enerjet

Canada

20 Oct 2008

flySur ceased operations

Spain

20 Oct 2011

Flybe Nordic began operations (>NoRRA (Nordic Regional Airlines))

Finland

20 Oct 2012

Kingfisher, having ceased operations on 30Sep2012, had its AOC revoked

India

20 Oct 2015

Congo Airways, the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having been created on 15Aug2014, started operations

DR Congo

 

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21 Oct 1929

Chinese Airways Federal Inc., inaugurated on 26Aug1929, began scheduled services

China

21 Oct 1936

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

USA

21 Oct 1948

Tunisair operations started as Societe Tunisienne de l'Air

Tunisia

21 Oct 1950

First flight of the Martin 4-0-4

USA

21 Oct 1966

First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-40

USSR

21 Oct 1970

Caledonian Airways took over British United Airways & renamed it to British Caledonian (>BA)

UK

21 Oct 2004

East Line Air, established on 27Nov1995 was renamed Russian Sky Airlines

Russia

21 Oct 2004

Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo & Shenzhen Airlines

China

21 Oct 2008

Aladia ceased operations

Mexico

21 Oct 2012

Hello operations started in August 2004 & ceased on this date

Switzerland

 

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22 Oct 1923

Ost-Europa-Union was formed from the merger of two groups of companies affiliated with Junkers

Germany

22 Oct 1929

NYRBA do Brasil began operations (renamed to Panair do Brasil on 21Nov1930)

Brazil

22 Oct 1945

SAHSA (Servicio Aereo de Hoduras S.A.) began operations using a Douglas DC-2 on domestic flights

Honduras

22 Oct 2000

Buraq Air was established on this date & started operations on 15Nov2001

Libya

22 Oct 2002

Euroline (formerly Avia24), formed in 2004, was awarded its air operator’s certificate

Georgia

22 Oct 2012

P.C. Air ceased operations

Thailand

22 Oct 2012

Gambia Bird Airlines operations started

Gambia

 

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23 Oct 1944

SADE (Servicios Aeropostales del Estado) merged with LASO (Linea Aérea Sud Oeste) & LANE (Linea Aérea Nordeste) to become LADE (Lineas Aereas del Estado)

Argentina

23 Oct 1946

Orient Airways was registered in Calcutta (>>PIA)

Pakistan

23 Oct 1968

Aeropelican Air Services was established on this date & started operations on 01Jul1971 (>>Brindabella Airlines)

Australia

23 Oct 1991

Elk Airways was established

Estonia

23 Oct 2006

Porter Airlines scheduled services started, using its two Q400s

Canada

23 Oct 2009

Seagle Air ceased operations

Slovakia

23 Oct 2011

Dubrovnik Airlines started operations in 2005 & ceased on this date after defaulting on its debts

Croatia

23 Oct 2013

Aegean Airlines completed acquisition of Olympic Air

Greece

 

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24 Oct 1945

American Overseas Airlines began the first scheduled commercial transatlantic airline service by a landplane, operating between New York City & Bournemouth-Hurn Airport

USA

24 Oct 1961

NAB (Navegacao Aerea Brasileira) was purchased by Lóide Aéreo Nacional

Brazil

24 Oct 1994

Montenegro Airlines was founded

Montenegro

24 Oct 1995

MarkAir, formed in 1946 as Interior Airways, ceased operations

USA

24 Oct 1998

Air Charter ceased services & merged into Air France

France

24 Oct 1999

Royal Phnom Penh Airways was established

Cambodia

24 Oct 2006

Express Freighters Australia, established in Aug2006, commenced operations

Australia

24 Oct 2007

BoA (Boliviana de Aviació) was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318

Bolivia

24 Oct 2007

Caribbean Star Airlines was purchased by LIAT on this date, with the merger being finalised on 15Jun2007, with LIAT becoming the surviving carrier

Antigua

24 Oct 2012

WOW air acquires Iceland Express' operations and network

Iceland

24 Oct 2014

The New Zealand division of Vincent Aviation was placed into receivership

New Zealand

24 Oct 2014

4YOU Airlines was declared bankrupt

Poland

24 Oct 2016

Alas Uruguay suspended all operations following its last flight: Buenos Aires Aeroparque- Montevideo

Uruguay

 

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25 Oct 1927

Bunavad, the first national airline of Bulgaria, commenced operations

Bulgaria

25 Oct 1930

TWA (originally Transcontinental and Western Air) began the first regular passenger flights between New York and Los Angeles (>American Airlines)

USA

25 Oct 1946

CAT (Civil Air Transport) was formed as Chinese (CNRRA) Air Transport

Taiwan

25 Oct 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 Oct 1961

Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei, subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst

West Germany

25 Oct 1985

First flight for Emirates, was EK600 operating Dubai–Karachi

UAE

25 Oct 1991

First flight of the A.340-200

France

25 Oct 1994

Shaheen Air, founded in Dec1993, started operations as Shaheen Air International

Pakistan

25 Oct 2003

Minerva Airlines, a regional airline operating behalf of Alitalia was formed in 1993 & suspended operations due to bankruptcy on this date

Italy

25 Oct 2007

First commercial flight with passengers of Airbus A.380 was made by Singapore Airlines. Passengers bought seats in charity auction

Singapore

25 Oct 2009

CSA Czech Airlines discontinued all long-haul routes from Prague, including New York and Toronto

Czech Republic

25 Oct 2015

Transaero Airlines declared bankruptcy & ceased operations

Russia

 

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26 Oct 1958

The first commercial flight by a B.707 jet airliner took place, on Pan American World Airway's transatlantic service from New York City to Paris

USA

26 Oct 1968

First flight of the Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante

Brazil

26 Oct 1986

Ozark Air Lines, founded on 01Sep1943, ceased operations (>>TWA >>American Airlines)

USA

26 Oct 1993

ValuJet Airlines began operations (>>AirTran >>Southwest Airlines)

USA

26 Oct 1997

British Airways merged TAT into Air Liberté

France

26 Oct 2003

Air Southwest, established in May2003, began operations (>>Eastern Airlines)

UK

26 Oct 2005

The first flight of Sawan Airlines was from London's Stansted Airport to Erbil took place

Iraq

26 Oct 2006

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, long-haul low-cost airline, began operations

Hong Kong

26 Oct 2007

Cargo Air was re-established from Vega Airlines & started operations on 15Sept2008

Bulgaria

26 Oct 2008

Felix Airways was founded as the 1st lo-fare carrier in Yemen

Yemen

26 Oct 2011

ANA (All Nippon Airways) flew the first commercial flight of a B.787 Dreamliner, from Tokyo to Hong Kong

Japan

26 Oct 2012

Gambia Bird Airlines first international service, from Banjul to London Gatwick, took place

Gambia

26 Oct 2013

Jat Airways was reformed as Air Serbia

Serbia

26 Oct 2013

Augsburg Airways ceased operations

Germany

26 Oct 2013

MetJet ceased operations

USA

26 Oct 2014

ValuAir flights taken over by Jetstar Asia Airways

Singapore

 

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27 Oct 1936

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

USA

27 Oct 1960

Air Mali (1960–1985) was established

Mali

27 Oct 1971

Air Congo, founded 06Jun1961, commenced operations 29Jun1961 & was renamed to Air Zaïre on this date

Zaire

27 Oct 1972

Biman Bangladesh was officially founded

Bangladesh

27 Oct 1988

First flight of the ATR 72

France

27 Oct 2002

Australian Airlines launched services

Australia

27 Oct 2002

Germanwings was founded

Germany

27 Oct 2006

Mihin Lanka was formed on this date

Sri Lanka

27 Oct 2008

Air Busan, established in Aug2007, started operations on this date as Busan International Air

South Korea

27 Oct 2012

bmi was integrated into British Airways

UK

27 Oct 2013

HK Express' first flights as an LCC commenced

Hong Kong

27 Oct 2014

Appalachian Air started operations from Pikeville, Kentucky, to Nashville, Tennessee

USA

27 Oct 2015

Kiwi Regional Airlines, founded in 2014 by local businessman Ewan Wilson, commenced operations

New Zealand

 

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28 Oct 1927

Pan Am opens its 1st service, a 90 mile route between Key West & Cuba carrying only mail

USA

28 Oct 1939

Aerolloyd Iguassú, founded in the beginning of 1933 in Curitiba, was sold to VASP

Brazil

28 Oct 1972

First flight of the Airbus A300

France

28 Oct 1979

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

USA

28 Oct 1981

Constellation International Airlines was founded on 27May1978 as Unijet. Renamed to BFS International (Benelux Falcon Service) on this date

Belgium

28 Oct 1990

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

Germany

28 Oct 1991

Namib Air name was changed to Air Namibia

Namibia

28 Oct 1994

BMED (British Mediterranean Airways), established as a limited company in 1994 Lord Hesketh, began operations (>>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)

UK

28 Oct 2001

Cronus was fully integrated under the Aegean Airlines brand

Greece

28 Oct 2003

Titan Aero Airlines had its AOC suspended

Russia

28 Oct 2003

Air Arabia, founded on 03Feb2003, commenced operations

UAE

28 Oct 2007

BMED (British Mediterranean Airways) was fully integrated into British Midland (BMED >>British Midland >bmi >>British Airways)

UK

28 Oct 2008

Avolar began operations on 07Sep2005 & was forced to ceased on this date due to the illegal operations of the airline

Mexico

28 Oct 2015

Fastjet Zimbabwe launched with an inaugural flight between Harare and Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

28 Oct 2016

PeopleFly, a Cagliari Elmas (CAG) carrier, had hoped to start operation but did not

Italy

 

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29 Oct 1918

DDL (Det Danske Luftfartselskab), was founded (>SAS)

Denmark

29 Oct 1923

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

Czechoslovakia

29 Oct 1930

Dobrolet was abolished, forming the basis for the Central administration of the Civil air fleet (GU GVF), later becoming Aeroflot

USSR

29 Oct 1959

First flight of the Antonov An-24

USSR

29 Oct 1962

East Anglian Flying Services officially changed its name to Channel Airways

UK

29 Oct 1989

ILG fully integrated Guernsey Airlines into Air Europe Express

UK

29 Oct 1994

Dissolution of Euroberlin France

France

29 Oct 2000

Air Andaman started operations

Thailand

29 Oct 2005

Air Aland, established as Flyg & Far Åland in Jan2005. started operations

Finland

29 Oct 2005

Ghana International Airlines launched with inaugural flight from Accra to London

Ghana

29 Oct 2006

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

Russia

29 Oct 2008

Peruvian Airlines, founded in Nov2007, commenced operations

Peru

29 Oct 2008

Sterling ceased operations

Denmark

29 Oct 2008

Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) and absorbed into Delta Air Lines Inc. by a merger that was approved on this date

USA

29 Oct 2011

Sky Express ceased operations

Russia

29 Oct 2011

OpenSkies ceased operations

UK

29 Oct 2013

FlyNonstop ceased operations

Norway

29 Oct 2014

Air Armenia suspended operations

Armenia

29 Oct 2016

Mihin Lanka ceased operations and its routes were taken over by SriLankan Airlines

Sri Lanka

 

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30 Oct 1928

The Japanese government established the JAT (Japan Air Transport Corporation (NKYKK) as the national flag carrier

Japan

30 Oct 1930

Cubana, founded on 08Oct1929 as CNCAC (Compañía Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss), started operations

Cuba

30 Oct 1945

The 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 signed

Kenya

30 Oct 1955

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

USA

30 Oct 2005

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

Samoa

30 Oct 2006

Arik Air commenced operations

Nigeria

30 Oct 2011

PRiMA Aero Trasport Italiani, launched as Eagles Airlines, operated its last flight

Italy

30 Oct 2013

Midway Airlines (founded on 15Nov1993) ceased operations

USA

30 Oct 2014

NokScoot secured its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Thai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)

Thailand

30 Oct 2014

Fuzhou Airlines launched operations with a commercial flight between Fuzhou and Beijing

China

30 Oct 2014

Air One ceased operations and its assets merged into Alitalia

Italy

30 Oct 2015

North Shore Air, a short-lived regional scheduled airline, ceased flights

New Zealand

 

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31 Oct 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 Oct 1947

Avro Tudor 4 entered service with BSAA (British South American Airways)

UK

31 Oct 1957

Alitalia merged with Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) and took on the name of Alitalia Linee Aeree

Italy

31 Oct 1962

China Airlines, formed on 16Dec1959, started domestic operations

Taiwan

31 Oct 1975

General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft, formed on 01Mar1974 to succeed General Air Nord, ceased operations

West Germany

31 Oct 1977

Air Tungaru was founded

Kiribati

31 Oct 1982

Continental merged with Texas International dissolving TI), offering service to four continents (North and South America, Asia and Australia)

USA

31 Oct 1987

British Airways accepted the airline's first women pilots

UK

31 Oct 1996

Air Tahiti Nui, founded on this date, commenced operations on 20Nov1998

French Polynesia

31 Oct 2001

Air Canada Jetz commenced operations

Canada

31 Oct 2001

Swissair was grounded after 70 years of flying, with the 9/11 terrorist attacks blamed

Switzerland

31 Oct 2001

United Shuttle (formed by United Airlines) began operations on 01Oct1994 as Shuttle by United, ceased operations

USA

31 Oct 2005

Jazeera Airways, established as first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East in Apr2004, started operations

Kuwait

31 Oct 2005

Aero Flight ceased operations

Germany

31 Oct 2006

Jags Aviation was established as a domestic charter company

Guyana

31 Oct 2006

Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operations

Greece

31 Oct 2006

Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, started operations

Japan

31 Oct 2008

Air Comet Chile ceased operations

Chile

31 Oct 2012

Ryazanaviatrans, established in 1992, was ordered to cease operations

Russia

   

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