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January 2018 Additions & Updates

31 Jan 2018

Low-cost long-haul airline French Blue [updated] will change its name into French Bee [added] to avoid a lawsuit of American low-cost airline JetBlue

France

31 Jan 2018

Air Amami scrubbed its launch plans and is to be dissolved [updated] (via ch-aviation)

Japan

31 Jan 2018

Flybondi started scheduled passenger operations following its maiden commercial flight on 26Jan2018 [updated]

Argentina

31 Jan 2018

Lanai Air is a newly started virtual carrier based out of Lanai City (LNY), Hawaii [added]

USA

31 Jan 2018

Universal Airlines [updated] traces its origins to 1946 when brothers Duane, Lloyd, Howard and Elroy Zantop set up Zantop Flying Service [added]

USA

30 Jan 2018

BVI Airways has had a history starting and stopping. Now seems to have ceased operations again [updated]

UK Virgin Islands

30 Jan 2018

Air Philip is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Seoul Gimpo (GMP) [added]

South Korea

30 Jan 2018

North South Airlines, a charter carrier based out of Manila (Ninoy Aquino International) airport, is still operating [updated]

Philippines

30 Jan 2018

MS Aviation is a business and private charter carrier based out of Vienna International (VIE) [added]

Austria

30 Jan 2018

The Dominican Republic's civil aviation board has suspended PAWA's Certificate of Economic Authorization for a period of ninety (90) day due to debt issues [updated]

Dominican Republic

29 Jan 2018

Island Flying Service [added] known previously as Bahamas Air Traders [added] operated charter services throughout the Bahamas, and to the mainland of the USA

Bahamas

29 Jan 2018

International Airlines was a supplemental carrier based out of San Antonio, Texas [added]

USA

29 Jan 2018

Augusta Airways was based at Port Augusta in South Australia's 'Iron Triangle'. Took over the assets and routes of Brennan Aviation [added] in 1983

Australia

28 Jan 2018

RCR Air was a private and business charter carrier based out of Lexington Davidson County (KEXX) [added]

USA

28 Jan 2018

Royal Air was established at Kansas City, Missouri less than a month after President Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act in Oct1978 [added]

USA

28 Jan 2018

Air Amder was a cargo carrier based out of Nouakchott (NKC). Ceased operations in 2007 [updated]

Mauritania

28 Jan 2018

CPM (Compagnie Mauritaniènne de Transports) (1998*-2006) was a cargo carrier based out of Nouakchott (NKC) [added]

Mauritania

27 Jan 2018

AéroRegional is a passenger charter carrier based out of Shell Pastaza (PTZ) [added]

Ecuador

27 Jan 2018

Northeast Airlines [updated] has been rebranded to Air Northeast [added] (via ch-aviation)

China

27 Jan 2018

Rota Air was established as an FBO at Istanbul in 1995, Rota also operated executive and small group passenger charters. Based out of Ataturk Airport [added]

Turkey

26 Jan 2018

CCF Aviation was incorporated on 06Sep1963. Based out of Biggin Hill (BQH / EGKB). Operations started in Nov1963 [added]

UK

26 Jan 2018

Rosvertol was established at Rostov-on-Don in the spring of 1993. It was the operating arm of the Rostov helicopter plant [added]

Russia

26 Jan 2018

Ross Aviation was established at Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953 and is still active [updated]

USA

26 Jan 2018

Rogers Heavy Lift Helicopters [added] was established by Robin M. Rogers at Clovis on 01July1994 as a subsidiary of Fresno-based Rogers Helicopters [added]

USA

25 Jan 2018

California Airlines was formed in Sep1964 as an intra-state carrier to operate low-fare scheduled services between San Jose and Los Angeles [added]

USA

25 Jan 2018

Aero Transport Flugbetriebsgesellschaft [added] was formed early in 1958 in association with the West German charter company LTU

West Germany

25 Jan 2018

Bahamas Helicopters was nominally based at Nassau (it has no connection with Bahamas Airways, being owned by American interests) [added]

Bahamas

24 Jan 2018

Bodensee-Flugdienst was formed in 1965 and operated daily scheduled services from Stuttgart-Friedrichshafen with an extension to Munich twice weekly. Based out of Stuttgart Flughafen [added]

West Germany

24 Jan 2018

B.N.P. Airways was a small charter operator based in Vancouver & used Grumman Goose [added]

Canada

24 Jan 2018

Fly Orana provided charter services but unsure if still operating [added]

Australia

24 Jan 2018

Little is known of Air Hibiscus (c1991) except it operated Short SD-360 aircraft [added]

Australia

24 Jan 2018

Avitour Air Services was a subsidiary of Marom Aviation Services. Air-taxi and charter operations were undertaken, and since Feb1964 scheduled services were operated linking Tel-Aviv and Eilat with Haifa [added]

Israel

23 Jan 2018

Kam Air suspended all operations after a tragic and violent attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Bagh-e-Bala section of Kabul. 11 crew member were killed by the Taliban who stormed the hotel on 21Jan2018 [updated]

Afghanistan

23 Jan 2018

Türkmenair [added], founded in 2008 (Istanbul Atatürk), rebranded itself as JetGlobe [added] (Istanbul Atatürk) in an effort to better reflect its global positioning

Turkey

22 Jan 2018

Alpar Flug und Flugplatzgesellschaft was a air-taxi and charter operator that specialised in Alpine flying [added]

Switzerland

22 Jan 2018

Airnautica-GECA, a charter operator, ceased operations on 01Jan1966 [added]

France

22 Jan 2018

Air Lorraine was a charter operator which received a two year licence to operate passenger and freight flights within Metropolitan France, c1966. Unsure if started operations [added]

France

22 Jan 2018

Helisul Taxi Aéreo founded Helisul Linhas Aéreas on 16May1994, as a charter airline operating regular flights [added]

Brazil

22 Jan 2018

(TABA) Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes was founded in 1945 by Alberto Martins Torres as Transportes Aéreos da Bacia Amazônica [added]. Renamed when it stopped operating in the Amazon Basin

Brazil

21 Jan 2018

TAP (Transportes Aereos Paraense) was established in the late 1950s to operate a domestic service from Belem to Rio de Janeiro via Pedro Alfonso and Brasilia. Unsure if started [added]

Brazil

21 Jan 2018

Air Lloyd was formed in Dec1961 by the merger of two German taxi and charter operators, Deutsche Nahluftverkehr [added] of Gummersbach and Deutsche Taxiflug [updated] of Mannheim

West Germany

21 Jan 2018

Aircruise (Operating) was a taxi and executive charter operator based out of Leavesden Aerodrome, Watford in the mid-1960s [added]

UK

20 Jan 2018

BB Airways is planning to restart operations around Jun2018 [updated]

Nepal

20 Jan 2018

Air Falcon is a scheduled regional carrier based out of Lahore Allama Iqbal International (LHE). It was formed in 2015 [added]

Pakistan

20 Jan 2018

Domestic Airways, founded in 2015, has now received its AOC in order to offer commercial charter and scheduled services [added]

Guyana

20 Jan 2018

AVIAC (Aerovias Centroamericanas) is a passenger charter carrier based out of Tegucigalpa Toncontín Interational (TGU) [updated]

Honduras

19 Jan 2018

Backbone Aviation, via its official website and Facebook account, confirmed on 19Jan2018 the voluntary suspension of its AOC while it negotiates with potential investors [updated]

Denmark

19 Jan 2018

Alfa Air of Africa is a planned business and private charter carrier based out of Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny (ABJ) [added]

Ivory Coast

19 Jan 2018

Aeronaves Alimentadores was formed in 1968 as a subsidiary of Aeronaves de Mexico to operate third-level services and also freight flights [added]

Mexico

19 Jan 2018

Sunair Aviation is hopeful of starting again at the end of 1Q2018 [updated]

New Zealand

18 Jan 2018

Aerial Services (Tasmania) operated in Tasmania from Hobart to Queenstown, Devonport and Wynward  in the early 1970s [added]

Australia

18 Jan 2018

Aerangol operated a network of third-level services in Angola around 1972 [added]

Angola

18 Jan 2018

Frank Lazzari founded AeroVen (Aeroactividades Venezolanas) in 1951. It was the first serious bush flying air taxi in the country [added]

Venezuela

18 Jan 2018

Libya’s state-owned airline Afriqiyah Airways suspended all flights after 20 people killed and 63 wounded on 15Jan2018 [updated]

Libya

17 Jan 2018

Centurion Cargo ceased operations due to DOT concerns in Dec2017. It now has until 30Mar2018 to prove that it is fit to restart operations [updated]

USA

17 Jan 2018

Status changed as Haifu Airlines prepares to launch shortly [updated]

China

17 Jan 2018

Air Inuit acquired Montreal-based Chaperal Charters in 1984 [updated]

Canada

16 Jan 2018

Air Illinois was formed as Illinois Airways [added], & was certificated as an intra-state scheduled-service carrier

USA

16 Jan 2018

Air Alpes took over Air Vosges [added] on 01Jan1975

France

16 Jan 2018

ALTA (Air Limousin Transport Aerien) (ii) was a small regional airline based in Limoges-Bellegarde (1979 - 1989) [added]

France

16 Jan 2018

EAC (Europe Air Charter) (ii) was formed in 1972 to operate passenger and cargo charter flights to points in Europe and the Mediterranean area [added]

France

16 Jan 2018

EFS Flug-Service was a German charter airline based in Düsseldorf. The company was founded in 1980, it operated business flights and air taxi traffic [added]

Germany

15 Jan 2018

Little is known of Great Atlantic Airlines, other than it operated a B.737-200 [added]

Barbados

15 Jan 2018

Caribair operated BAe 146 & Saab 340 aircraft but unsure of any dates [updated]

Barbados

15 Jan 2018

Little is known of Aerowings, other than it operated a DC.10 in 2002 [added]

Barbados

14 Jan 2018

Carson Helicopters began helicopter operations in 1963 and undertakes general charter services [added]

USA

14 Jan 2018

Island Helicopters was formed in 1968 to operate general helicopter services such as air-taxi, ambulance, agricultural and flying training [added]

USA

13 Jan 2018

EACS Aviation is a planned business and private charter carrier to be based out of Malta Luqa International (MLA) [added]

Malta

13 Jan 2018

Lear JeTravel was formed in Oct1968 as a subsidiary of William P. Lear Enterprises [added]

USA

12 Jan 2018

Murchison Air Charter operated from Port Hedland and Carnarvon, taking over some of the Mac.RobertsonMiller routes in the 1960s/1970s [added]

Australia

12 Jan 2018

Little is known yet about Bushair Services, only that, amongst other, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCA) has issued a dire warning to airlines flying domestic and international flights, that their licenses would be revoked if they keep on disregarding cargo regulations [added]

Kenya

12 Jan 2018

Jiangsu Jet is a passenger charter carrier based out of Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International (WUX). Its AOC was issued on 26Oct2016 [added]

China

11 Jan 2018

Bluebird Cargo [updated] was established in 2000 & operations started on 25Mar2001 with international cargo services out of Kevflavik. Renamed to Bluebird Nordic [added] in Jan2018

Iceland

11 Jan 2018

FlyCapri (Green Bay) is a Wisconsin-based start-up virtual carrier. It could also be called just Capri. It was founded on 01Aug2017 [added]

USA

11 Jan 2018

Imperial Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Bamako Sénou International (BKO) [added]

Mali

11 Jan 2018

Aerospostal ceased again in late Sep2017 but is hoping to restart in 1Q2018 [updated]

Venezuela

10 Jan 2018

Afeef Zara Airways is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Karachi Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah International (KHI) [added]

Pakistan

10 Jan 2018

Air Sial is a start-up launched by the business Community of Sialkot. Intended to start in late 2016 but is hoping for 2018 [updated]

Pakistan

10 Jan 2018

Kitty Hawk Airways was founded in 1978, and offered passenger service that year only [added]

USA

10 Jan 2018

Vistara Express [added] is the name of Vistaras' new regional airline. It will be based at Delhi Indira Gandhi International (DEL)

India

09 Jan 2018

GoGreen Airways is a planned virtual airline based at Luton Airport, UK hoping to use A.320 aircraft initially to Pakistan [added]

UK

09 Jan 2018

Liberty Airlines is a passenger charter carrier based out of Monrovia Spriggs Payne (MLW) [added]

Liberia

09 Jan 2018

Liberty Air is a planned scheduled carrier to be based out of Lahore Allama Iqbal International (LHE) [added]

Pakistan

09 Jan 2018

United Airways is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Islamabad Chaklala Benazir Bhutto International (ISB) [added]

Pakistan

08 Jan 2018

Dena Airways is a passenger charter carrier based out of Tehran Mehrabad International (THR) [added]

Iran

08 Jan 2018

Opticap Aviation is a charter carrier based at Wilmington. Currently operating De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft [added]

USA

08 Jan 2018

Europ Star ceased operations in Oct2017 [updated]

Austria

08 Jan 2018

Virgin Samoa ceased operations in Nov2017 [updated]

Samoa

08 Jan 2018

Bravo Air (Georgia) - suspect it ceased operations in 2017 [updated]

Georgia

08 Jan 2018

Air Annobón (Malabo Santa Isabel (SSG)) had its AOC was revoked in Sep2016 [updated]

Equatorial Guinea

07 Jan 2018

Interstate Airways was incorporated as a federally registered corporation in 2012 by Captain Rabia Ibrahim. It is a scheduled carrier based out of Juba (JUB) [added]

South Sudan

07 Jan 2018

JMJ Flight Services is a business and private charter carrier based out of Norfolk International (ORF). It was incorporated on 07Feb2005 [added]

USA

07 Jan 2018

Nightexpress ceased operations in late 2017 [updated]

Germany

07 Jan 2018

Territory Airlines took over MAC Air Charter in 1975 [added]

Papua New Guinea

07 Jan 2018

Lachlan Valley Farm Services was licensed to operate third-level services in New South Wales [added]

Australia

07 Jan 2018

Hicks Airlines is the name under which Hicks Aviation Pty Ltd operated a network of third-level services radiating from Perth [added]

Australia

07 Jan 2018

The Austrian Ministry of Transport has extended the validity of Niki's air operator's certificate (AOC) for three months through 13Apr2018, ORF has reported. The decision will allow the airline to keep all its slots until the takeover by IAG International Airlines Group is finalised (via ch-aviation) [updated]

Austria

06 Jan 2018

Ukrainian Wings was founded in Jan2016. It was initially denied its AOC by the SAAU but resubmitted its application, and secured a license in Oct2016. It appears to have started operations [updated]

Ukraine

06 Jan 2018

Air Pohang start is delayed until mid 1Q2018 [updated]

South Korea

06 Jan 2018

Flyservus [added] is a virtual carrier based out of Crotone (CRV). Flyservus is the trading name of Common Sky, an Austrian based airline which will operate the services

Italy

06 Jan 2018

In Jan2018 it was announced that El Al are to discontinue the Up brand. The airline will cease operations in the second quarter of 2018 and all flights and aircraft will return to El Al [updated]

Israel

05 Jan 2018

Norfolk Island Airlines (i) was renamed to Norfolk Airlines [updated]

Australia

05 Jan 2018

Norfolk Island Airlines (ii) commenced operations in 2017 [updated]

Australia

05 Jan 2018

Longjiang Airlines received its AOC in Feb2017 and started operations on 10Feb2017 [updated]

China

05 Jan 2018

On 29Mar2017, Longhao Airlines successfully achieved its maiden flight between Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Nantong Xing Dong International Airport [updated]

China

05 Jan 2018

Linhas Aérea Redentora planned to commence operations on 15May2017, offering services from Brasilia to Belo Horizonte Pampulha. Not sure whan it started but appears to have done so in 2017 [updated]

Brazil

05 Jan 2018

Ryanair UK is the result of the Brexit negotiations. The Irish LCC said it had now applied for an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). To be based at London Stansted (STN) [added]

UK

05 Jan 2018

Get1Jet is a passenger charter carrier based on the Le Castellet Airport using a Pilatus PC12 [added]

France

05 Jan 2018

Sydney Seaplanes suspended all flight operations following the crash of a De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver on 31Dec2017, that killed all five passengers and one pilot on-board [updated]

Australia

05 Jan 2018

SZ United Jet [added] is a Shenzhen Bao'an International (SZX) based business and private charter carrier. Rebranded from Yifeng Business Aviation [added]

China

04 Jan 2018

Island Airways was formed in 1965 by the merger of two charter companies. Scheduled services were operated from Maryborough to Hervey Bay and Orchid Beach [added]

Australia

04 Jan 2018

Blue Air (Romania) is establishing Blue Air Moravia as scheduled carrier subsidiary based in Brno. Operations will commence in Mar2018 [added]

Czech Republic

04 Jan 2018

Hong Kong Air Cargo, a subsidiary of Hong Kong Airlines started operations in 3Q2017 [updated]

Hong Kong

04 Jan 2018

Honesty Air Cargo, is new airline that part of a larger shipping group, appears to have started operations in 2017 [updated]

UAE

04 Jan 2018

GrandView Aviation [updated] was formerly known as Baltimore Helicopter Services [added]

USA

04 Jan 2018

GrandView Jets, to be based at at Washington National Ronald Reagan Airport, started operations in 2017 [added]

USA

04 Jan 2018

Island Airways was formed in 1965 by the merger of two charter companies. Scheduled services were operated from Maryborough to Hervey Bay and Orchid Beach [added]

Australia

04 Jan 2018

Blue Air (Romania) is establishing Blue Air Moravia as scheduled carrier subsidiary based in Brno. Operations will commence in Mar2018 [added]

Czech Republic

04 Jan 2018

Hong Kong Air Cargo, a subsidiary of Hong Kong Airlines started operations in 3Q2017 [updated]

Hong Kong

04 Jan 2018

Honesty Air Cargo, is new airline that part of a larger shipping group, appears to have started operations in 2017 [updated]

UAE

04 Jan 2018

GrandView Aviation [updated] was formerly known as Baltimore Helicopter Services [added]

USA

04 Jan 2018

GrandView Jets, to be based at at Washington National Ronald Reagan Airport, started operations in 2017 [added]

USA

03 Jan 2018

FlyValan appears to have started in Dec2017 out of Genoa [updated]

Romania

03 Jan 2018

FlyLolo, appears to have started operations, with Christmas flights from the UK to the Canary Island.  [updated]

UK

03 Jan 2018

Fayaka Airways appears to have started operations in 2017 [updated]

DR Congo

03 Jan 2018

Elit'Avia San Marino started operations in 2017 [updated]

Italy

03 Jan 2018

Cal Jet by Elite was launched on 08Dec20150 by airline veterans. It commenced regular passenger flights between Carlsbad, CA and Las Vegas McCarran with effect from 28Sep2017 [updated]

USA

03 Jan 2018

Blackbird Air (Billund) has begun commercial flight services following the awarding of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by the Danish Transport Authority (Trafikstyrelsen) [updated]

Denmark

03 Jan 2018

BAS Guernsey (Business Aircraft Services Guernsey) started operations in late 2017 [updated]

UK

02 Jan 2018

Aushaanair appears to have started operations in Aug2017 [updated]

Kenya

02 Jan 2018

Air Shabelle launched domestic and international operations with B.737-400 equipment on 01Mar2017 [updated]

Oman

01 Jan 2018

O'Driscoll Aviation offers rotary fixed wing services out of Howard Springs , Northern Territory [added]

Australia

01 Jan 2018

Civil Flying Services ceased operations around 1979 and was renamed to Stillwell Airlines [updated]

Australia

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