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  • List of airlines by foundation date


    This is a list of airlines by foundation date, founded by December 31, 1929. For airlines founded after 1929 see :Category: Airlines by year of establishment. The date of the first airline service may differ from the foundation date. Bold names indicate that the airline is still in operation. Airline Established Ceased operations Notes DELAG The world's first airline in revenue service. Operated Zeppelin airships. Merged with Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei (DZR) in 1935, which continued transatlantic flights until the Hindenburg disaster in 1937. Company dissolved in 1940. Aero Rt. Merged with Magyar Aeroforgalmi Rt (MAEFORT) St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line First winged airline. See Thomas Reilly, Jannus: An American Flyer Aircraft Transport and Travel Services started 25 August 1919; first scheduled daily international commercial air service, London to Paris. A subsidiary of Airco, its assets were used to create Daimler Airway Chalk's Ocean Airways Started scheduled service between Florida and the Bahamas in February 1919; Became Chalk's International Airlines. Deutsche Luft-Reederei Services started February 5, 1919. Became part of Deutscher Aero Lloyd in 1923, merged into Deutsche Luft Hansa in 1926. Founding member of International Air Traffic Association in 1919. Det Norske Luftfartsrederi Founding member of IATA Danish Air Lines Services started August 7, 1920. Part of SAS since 1946. Société des lignes Latécoère Services started December 25, 1918; rebranded as Aéropostale in 1927; its assets were incorporated into Air France in 1933 Svensk Lufttrafik Services started 7 August 1920 Lignes Aériennes Farman Merged with 4 other airlines to form Air France. Société Générale des Transports Aériens Merged with 4 other airlines to form Air France. Grands Express Aériens Merged with Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes to form Air Union. SNETA Merged into Sabena. Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes Merged with Grands Express Aériens to form Air Union. Daimler Airway Merged with 3 other airlines to form Imperial Airways. Compañía Colombiana de Navegación Aérea CCNA First airline in Colombia with mail contract with Colombian Government. KLMStill in operation Operations stopped during World War II (in Europe) apart from the operations in the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean. Merged with Air France in 2004. The airline is the "Oldest operating airline by date". AviancaStill in operation Founded as Colombo-German Air Transport Society, or SCADTA. Merged with SACO on June 14, 1940 and then renamed to Avianca. "Oldest operating airline in the Americas". Handley Page Transport Merged with 3 other airlines to form Imperial Airways. Instone Air Line Merged with 3 other airlines to form Imperial Airways. Aero Merged with Norske Aeroplanfabrik / CFRNA Renamed CIDNA in 1925; the French arm was merged with 4 other airlines to form Air France; the Romanian arm was renamed LARES. QantasStill in operation Holds title of "Third oldest operating Airline by Years in service" After KLM. As well as "Second oldest Continuously Operating Airline in the World" After Avianca. Due to KLM suspending service during WW2. Aeronaut Operated the routes: Tallinn-Helsinki, Tallinn-Stockholm, Tallinn-Riga-Königsberg and Tallinn-Tartu-Viljandi-Pärnu. Stopped operations in 1927 due to financial problems. Aerotarg Operated only on the route between Poznań–Warsaw and Poznań–Gdańsk, mainly in order to serve participants and visitors of the first Poznań International Fair. Mexicana Suspended operations indefinitely. MRO still operational. / Deruluft Joint German-Soviet airline. West Australian Airways Became part of Australian National Airways. Aeromarine West Indies Airways Services started 1 November 1920; first U.S. international air service Junkers Luftverkehr A division of the aircraft manufacturer Junkers; became a separate company in 1924; merged into Deutsche Luft Hansa in 1926; joint-ventures with airlines in Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland Aerolloyd Name changed to Aerolot in 1925; merged with other privately owned airlines in Poland formed LOT Polish Airlines. Malert Fore-runner of Malev Hungarian Airlines. Air Union Merged with 4 other airlines to form Air France. / Aeroflot Still in operation Founded as Dobrolyot, name changed to Aeroflot in 1932. SABENA Succeeded by SN Brussels Airlines. MRO still operational. British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd Merged with 3 other airlines to form Imperial Airways. Czech AirlinesStill in operation Founded as Czechoslovak State Airlines, name changed to Czech Airlines in 1995. FinnairStill in operation Founded as Aero O/Y, name changed to Finnair in 1968. Florida Airways Ukrvozdukhput Merged with Zakavia and Deruluft to form Dobrolyot, forerunner of Aeroflot. Zakavia Merged with Ukrvozdukhput and Deruluft to form Dobrolyot, forerunner of Aeroflot. Condor Syndikat German-based Brazilian airline; absorbed into Deutsche Luft Hansa Delta Air LinesStill in operation Founded as Huff Daland Dusters for crop dusting, renamed 'Delta Air Service' in 1928, operated scheduled services from 1928 to 1930 and since 1934, Oldest operating airline in the United States. AB Aerotransport Formed SAS. / Tajik Air Still in operation Founded as a division of Aeroflot in Tajik ASSR, became independent in 1991. Imperial Airways Amalgamated to form British Overseas Airways Corporation - itself merged to found British Airways. / Slov-Air Founded as a department of Bata Shoes; name changed to Svitlet in 1948, to Agrolet in 1950 (became part of CSA, became independent in 1955), and to Slov-Air in 1969. Aero Merged with Aerolot formed LOT Polish Airlines. Ryan Airline Company Name changed to B. F. Mahoney Aircraft Corporation. National Air Transport Became part of United Airlines following Air Mail Act of 1934. Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano Former flag carrier of Bolivia; replaced by Boliviana de Aviación. Unión Aérea Española Merged with Concesionaria de Líneas Aéreas Subvencionadas following Wall Street Crash of 1929. Ford Air Transport Service The world's first regularly-scheduled commercial cargo airline. Società Anonima Navigazione Aerea Merged with 3 other airlines to form Ala Littoria. Western Airlines Founded as Western Air Express; merged with Transcontinental Air Transport to form Transcontinental & Western Air in 1930; severed from T & WA again in 1934; named changed to General Air Lines and back to Western Air Express in 1934, and to Western Airlines in 1941; merged with Delta Air Lines in 1987. Pacific Air Transport Merged into Boeing Air Transport, but continued to operate as a separate division until 1934. Deutsche Luft Hansa Name styles as Deutsche Lufthansa from 1933. Operations suspended following the German defeat in World War II. There is no legal connection to Lufthansa, which was founded in 1953. Western Canadian Airways Amalgamated with several Eastern Canadian carriers forming Canadian Airways. Varney Air Lines Merged with 3 other airlines to form United Airlines following the Air Mail scandal in 1933 and the Air Mail Act of 1934. In 1934 Varney Speed Lines was established becoming Continental Airlines in 1936 when Robert Six took over control. Eastern Air Lines Started Operations in 1926 as (Pitcairn Aviation). Until 1929 changed to "Eastern Air Transport" now Eastern Air Lines until 1991. Northwest Airlines Merged with Delta Air Lines. Colonial Air Transport Formed American Airlines. Pan American World Airways Founded by Juan T. Trippe and began operations in 1927 as Pan American Airways (PAA). Former flag carrier of United States. Bankrupted in 1991 due to: high fuel prices because of the first Gulf War and 1973 oil crisis; a series of hijackings; no US network until the 1980s; the Lockerbie bombing of flight 103. Varig New airline formed with the same name in 2006 and eventually sold to Gol Transportes Aéreos. /// Air Serbia Still in operation Formed as Aeroput in 1927, then re-formed as JAT - Jugoslovenski aerotransport in 1947, rebranded as Jat Airways in 2003, and then as Air Serbia in 2013. IberiaStill in operation Merged with British Airways to form International Airlines Group (IAG) in January 2011 Bunavad First national airline of Bulgaria. Cruzeiro do Sul Founded as Syndicato Condor; name changed to Cruzeiro do Sul in 1943; merged with Varig in 1993. Grand Canyon AirlinesStill in operation Founded as Scenic Airways; name changed to Grand Canyon Airlines in 1930. Maddux Air Lines Merged with TAT to form TAT-Maddux Air Lines, itself merged to form T & WA. Standard Air Lines Sold off to Western Air Express, itself merged to form T & WA. National Parks Airways Bought out by Western Air Express. / Wien Air Alaska First airline in Alaska. MacRobertson Miller Airlines Absorbed into Ansett. Paul R. Braniff, Inc. First Braniff brothers airline entity that operated scheduled service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Forerunner of Braniff Airways and then became Braniff Air Lines, Inc., and later Braniff Airways, Inc. in November 1930. / KNILM First operated as KNILM. KNILM dissolved and transferred to KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf (today Garuda Indonesia) Universal Air Lines Merged with other companies to form American Airlines. ETA Ceased operations due to administrative difficulties. Faucett Perú Japan Air Transport Merged into Imperial Japanese Airways. Mid-Continent Airlines Founded as Hanford's Tri-State Airlines; name changed to Mid-Continent Airlines in 1938; merged into Braniff International Airways in 1952. Transcontinental Air Transport Merged with Western Air Express to form Transcontinental & Western Air (T & WA) in 1930; renamed Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1950; merged into American Airlines in 2001. LOT Polish AirlinesStill in operation Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT created by the Polish government they have absorbed airlines Aerolot (1922) and Aero (1925). / Hawaiian Airlines Still in operation Incorporated January 30, 1929 as Inter-Island Airways. Began service October 6, 1929. Name changed to Hawaiian Airlines October 1, 1941. LATAM ChileStill in operation Began as Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica. It took the name Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile (LAN Chile) in 1932. In September 1989, the Chilean government privatized the carrier. LAN Chile became LAN Airlines in 2004 but in 2010, LAN mergered with TAM Airlines and became LATAM Airlines. LAN Airlines still operates under the name LATAM Chile as a subsidiary of LATAM Airlines Group. Concesionaria de Líneas Aéreas Subvencionadas Ceased operations due to the Spanish Civil War. AeropostalStill in operation Founded as Linea Aeropostal Venezolana LAV, name changed to Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela in 1997 after privatization. Pan American-Grace Airways Joint venture between Pan Am and Grace Shipping Company; merged into Braniff in 1969. CubanaStill in operation Panair do Brasil Founded as Nyrba do Brasil. Name changed to Panair do Brasil in 1930. Bankruptcy forced by the Brazilian Government. Wiggins AirwaysStill in operation Union Airways First South African airline; taken over by the government and renamed South African Airways. For airlines founded after 1929 see :Category: Airlines by year of establishment

  • List of aircraft (F)


    This is a list of aircraft in alphabetical order beginning with 'F'.

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