What happened today in airline history?
This page updates daily with historical airline events that happened on this day around the world. This collection goes back over 100 years with 4724 events currently recorded in the airline database.
- The Wright brothers successfully taking to the air in 1903 with the first powered aircraft.
- The formation of the longest surviving airline with the same name KLM in 1919.
- BOAC flying the world’s first pure jet service in 1952.
- The first flight of Concorde in 1969.
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Today in airline history, 17 events from 19th January:
Dublin Airport was officially opened when an Aer Lingus Lockheed 14 aircraft departsIreland
First flight Convair CV-580 conversion from Convair CV-340 aircraft with two Allison 51 D13D/H 4-bladed propeller turbopropsUSA
Canadian Airlines International acquires Wardair, Canada's third largest carrier, for $250 million (>>Air Canada)Canada
American Airlines purchases the Central and South American routes owned by struggling Eastern Air LinesUSA
The ATR 72-500 made its maiden flightFrance
Atlantis European Airways was foundedArmenia
Air Stord, founded in Jan1990, ceased operationsNorway
Aero Zambia, established on 21May1994, closed down due to safety concernsZambia
Sobelair ceased operationsBelgium
Ying'an Airlines, founded in 2005 as Yunnan Ying'an General Aviation, received its air operator's certificate from the CAACChina
The last B.737-200 aircraft flew for America West, operating a PHX-Ontario-PHX turnUSA
Air Caledonian ceased operationsUnited Kingdom
Jet Airways announces its purchase of Air Sahara, creating the largest domestic airliner in IndiaIndia
Flag carrier Japan Airlines files for protection from bankruptcyJapan
Ten Airways ends operations after the Romanian civil aviation authority (Autoritatea Aeronautică Civilă Română - AACR) suspended its AOCRomania
Indonesia AirAsia X operated its inaugural flightIndonesia
Backbone Aviation, via its official website and Facebook account, confirmed the voluntary suspension of its AOC while it negotiates with potential investorsDenmark