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Air India Regional is an Indian airline which was started as a low-cost arm of Indian as Alliance Air. As part of Indian's merger with Air India, it was renamed Air India Regional. It operates 357 weekly flights to 25 domestic destinations as a subsidiary of Air India.
The airline was established on 1 April 1996 and started operations on 21 June 1996. It was wholly owned by Indian. The airline was renamed Air India Regional in the merger between Air India and Indian Airlines.
As of February 2011, Air India Regional Fleet Consists of the following Aircraft Families (All aircraft are dry leased)
As of February the average age of Air India Regional Fleet is 14.2 years.
Capiteq Limited, trading as Airnorth, is a regional airline based on the property of Darwin International Airport in Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. It operates scheduled and charter services in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, with an extension to East Timor. Its main base is Darwin International Airport, with a hub at Maningrida Airport.
The airline was established in 1978 and started operations on 4 July that year. It operated charter flights only until scheduled services were introduced in 1981. It was formerly known as Air North International. In October 2003 Airnorth acquired the assets of Airlines of South Australia (ASA) with the intention of gradually merging the two companies and operating under Airnorth's Air Operator's Certificate. In March 2004 Airnorth acquired the assets of Emu Airways, but in 2005 sold off both ASA and Emu. Airnorth is owned by Skyport Group (55%), QTEC (31%) and John Gamble (14%). On 9 November 2005, ASA and Emu Airways ceased operations.
Airnorth is part of a new coalition of regional air services in Australia, RegionalLink Airlines, put together by Darwin-based aviation services company Capiteq Limited.
AOM French Airlines (previously Air Outre-Mer) was the second largest airline in France from 1990 until 2001. Its head office was located in Building 363 at Orly Airport, Paray-Vieille-Poste.
Air Outre Mer (AOM) was founded in 1988 in the French overseas département of the island of Réunion and began scheduled passenger service in 1990 with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 and a Dornier Do 228. In October 1991, Air Outre Mer merged with Air Minerve, a French airline which was based at Orly and had operated since 1975. The two companies began operating under the name AOM French Airlines although the administrative name was "AOM-Minerve S.A.". Air Minerve was the first airline to compete directly with Air Inter on the French domestic airline market by opening a Paris (Orly) - Nice route in May 1990. In February 1999, Swissair acquired a 49% stake in the airline as a part of its "hunter strategy". For most of the decade, the airline fiercely competed with Air France on both the French domestic market and on the air routes to the French overseas territories. Due to inappropriate fleet management and overcapacity, the airline quickly accumulated huge debts and consequently ceased operations
British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, based in Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. It is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations and second largest measured by passengers carried, behind easyJet.
The British Airways Board was established in 1971 to control the two nationalised airline corporations, BOAC and BEA, and two smaller, regional airlines, Cambrian Airways, from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines, from Newcastle upon Tyne. On 31 March 1974, all four companies were merged to form British Airways. After almost 13 years as a state company, that was sold in February 1987 as part of a privatisation plan by the Conservative Government. The carrier soon expanded with the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1987 and Dan-Air, Gatwick-based carrier, in 1992.
A long-time Boeing customer, British Airways ordered 59 Airbus A320 family aircraft in August 1998. In 2007, it purchased 12 Airbus A380s and 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking the start of its long-haul fleet replacement. The centrepiece of the airline's long-haul fleet is the Boeing 747-400; with 52 examples in
Island Air (officially Hawaii Island Air, Inc.) is an independent American commuter airline based in Honolulu CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii. It operates scheduled inter-island passenger services in Hawaii. Its main base is Honolulu International Airport on Oahu, with a hub at Kahului Airport on Maui.
The airline maintains code sharing and frequent flyer agreements with Hawaiian Airlines, go!, and United Airlines. It also operates its own frequent flyer program, Cloud 9.
Island Air was incorporated in 1980 by Colorado-based Consolidated Oil and Gas as Princeville Airways. It began scheduled services on September 9, 1980, between Honolulu and Princeville using two DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. It served a regular commuter route between Princeville and Honolulu, primarily for Princeville Resort hotel guests. The Princeville Airways fleet consisted of eight DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.
In May 1987, Consolidated Oil and Gas sold Princeville Airways to Aloha Air Group, the parent company of Aloha Airlines. Princeville Airways was renamed Aloha IslandAir and served the growing inter-island commuter needs that Aloha Airlines could not accommodate with its larger jetliners. In June
SEARCA (acronym for Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture) is one of the 20 centers of excellence of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). SEAMEO has 11 member-countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) and seven associate member-countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and The Netherlands).
Established in 1966, SEARCA is hosted by the Government of the Philippines on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna, Philippines.
Hubs:Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
Nordeste Linhas Aéreas Regionais was a regional airline based in Brotas, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil which operated scheduled passenger services in northeast and southeast Brazil. Its main base was Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport, Salvador.
Between 2006 and 2008, Viação Aérea Rio-grandense (informally known as old Varig) used the brand Nordeste Linhas Aéreas for its operations.
On November 11, 1975 the Brazilian Federal Government created the Brazilian Integrated System of Regional Air Transportation and divided the country in five different regions, for which five newly-created regional airlines received a concession to operate air services. Nordeste Linhas Aéreas Regionais S/A was the second of those regional airlines to be made operational. Its services started on June 25, 1976 and its operational area comprised roughly the Northeast and parts of the Southeast regions of Brazil, specifically the states of Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, Bahia and parts of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, and Espírito Santo plus the possibility of serving the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasília when linking them to its area of
Sudan Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية السودانية) is the national airline of Sudan, headquartered in Khartoum. The carrier is a member of the International Air Transport Association, of the Arab Air Carriers Organization since 1965, and of the African Airlines Association since 1968, becoming a founding member along with another ten companies. As of December 2011, the company is owned in its majority by the Government of Sudan, and has a 1,700-strong staff.
The airline is included in the list of airlines banned in the EU, as of March 2010.
The airline was formed in February 1946 with the technical assistance of Airwork Limited, and the commercial support of Sudan Railways. The first scheduled operations were launched in July 1947. Khartoum became Sudan Airways' hub from the very beginning. From there, the carrier started flying four different services all across the Sudanese territory, as well as to Eritrea. The first routes the company flew linked Khartoum with Asmara, Atbara, El Fashir, El Obeid, Geneina, Juba, Kassala, Malakal, and Port Sudan, all of them served with de Havilland Dove equipment.
In the early 1950s the airline incorporated the DC-3 into its fleet; the boost in
Linjeflyg was formed in 1957 as a Swedish domestic airline by Scandinavian Airlines System, Dagens Nyheter AB and Stockholms-Tidningen AB.
In October 1983, Linjeflyg moved from Stockholm-Bromma Airport in the central part of Stockholm, to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in the north of Stockholm. Bromma had been the main hub for Linjeflyg since 1957. On 10 September 1990, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) sold their 50% in Linjeflyg to Bilspedition for 475 million Swedish crowns (SEK). Approximately six months later SAS bought it back. In February 1992, Linjeflyg became too big a threat for SAS. Consequently, SAS bought up the last 50% in Linjeflyg, to perpetuate its dominance. On 1 January 1993, Linjeflyg was merged into SAS. Linjeflyg was Sweden's largest domestic airline. It served over 20 domestic airports and carried over 5 million people annually. Linjeflyg had 2200 employees in 1992, and was the largest Fokker F28 operator in the world, at that time.
Pulkovo Federal State Unified Aviation Service Company (ФГУАП “Пулково”) was an airline with its head office in Moskovsky District, Saint Petersburg, Russia. It operated the Pulkovo Airport and was 100% state owned. It was the third largest airline in Russia. On 29 October 2006 it completed a merger with government owned Federal State Unified Aviation Service Company to form a new company under the Rossiya name.
The airline was named after the area where it is located, along with the village of Pulkovo and Pulkovo Observatory. The airline began on 24 June 1932 with the landing of two aircraft from Moscow at the newly-constructed Shosseynaya Airport south of Leningrad. Air travel expanded rapidly, and in 1939 Shosseynaya Airport operated 29 routes, carrying 6,305 passengers, 708 tons of cargo, and over 333 tons of mail.
The airport became known as Pulkovo in the late 1950s. The airport complex consists of two separate terminals which are so far away from each other than can they can be classified as separate airports.
Pulkovo Airlines used Aeroflot livery until ordered to change it in 1997 so to avoid confusion. Pulkovo Airlines joined IATA in June 2000.
As of 2003, it employs
Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C. (Arabic: القطرية, Al Qatariyah), operating as Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, it operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 100 international destinations from its base in Doha, using a fleet of 110 aircraft.
Qatar Airways operates services across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania, and was named Airline of the Year 2012 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
The airline has more than 20,000 staff, with 14,000 people employed directly and a further 6,000 in its subsidiaries.
Qatar Airways will join the oneworld Alliance late 2013 or during 2014, according to announcements by CEO Akbar Al Baker and oneworld 8 October 2012.
Qatar Airways was established on 22 November 1993. The airline started its operations on January 20, 1994 using a wet-leased Boeing 767-200ER from Kuwait Airways. It was originally owned privately by members of the royal family of Qatar. Then it was re-launched in 1997, under a new management team. Currently, the government of Qatar holds 50% stake in the airline with the rest held by
Bmibaby Limited (styled as bmibaby.com) was a British low-cost airline that flew to destinations in the UK and Europe from its bases at Birmingham and East Midlands airports. It was a subsidiary of British Midland International, itself wholly owned by International Airlines Group (IAG). Bmibaby's head office was at Donington Hall in Castle Donington, North West Leicestershire, England.
Bmibaby held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, and was permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
Following the takeover of BMI and its subsidiaries by IAG in April 2012, it was announced on 3 May 2012 that Bmibaby would be shut down in September 2012, with many flights ceasing to operate with effect from 11 June.
The final Bmibaby flight operated on 9 September 2012.
The airline was established on 24 January 2002 and began operations on 22 March 2002 with a flight between East Midlands and Málaga.
Continued expansion for the airline led to it opening further bases at Cardiff in October 2002, Manchester in May 2003, Durham Tees Valley in October 2003, Birmingham in January 2005. and Belfast City Airport in March 2012.
QantasLink is a regional brand of Australian airline Qantas and is an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliance. It is a major competitor to Regional Express Airlines, Virgin Australia and Skywest Airlines. As of September 2010 QantasLink provides 1900 flights each week to 54 domestic and international locations.
Prior to 2002, Qantas' various subsidiaries operated under separate brands. In 2002 a common brand was created, encompassing AirLink (a franchise, operated at the time by National Jet), Sunstate Airlines, Eastern Australia Airlines, and Southern Australia Airlines.
For a short while, QantasLink took over some of Qantas' non-trunk routes, such as Sydney - Sunshine Coast, using Boeing 717s that were inherited after Qantas acquired Impulse Airlines. QantasLink ceased operating some of these routes after Qantas formed low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways, transferring the Boeing 717 aircraft and routes to the new airline. In 2005/06, eight of the 717s were returned to QantasLink following Jetstar's acquisition of Airbus A320 aircraft, to be operated in Western Australia, Northern Territory and far north Queensland by National Jet (now Cobham Aviation Services
Hubs:Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Air Mauritius Limited, doing business as Air Mauritius, is the flag carrier of Mauritius. The airline is headquartered at the Air Mauritius Centre in Port Louis, Mauritius. Its main base is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
The carrier is 51% owned by Air Mauritius Holdings Ltd., which is in turn owned in its majority (43.83%) by the Mauritian Government. Air Mauritius' wholly owned subsidiaries are Airmate Ltd., Air Mauritius Holidays (Pty) Ltd. Australia, Air Mauritius SA (Proprietary) Ltd., Mauritian Holidays Ltd. (UK) and Mauritius Helicopters Ltd.; partly owned subsidiaries are Mauritius Estate Development Corporation Ltd. (93.7%), Pointe Coton Resort Hotel Company Ltd. (54.2%), and Mauritius Shopping Paradise Company Ltd. (41.7%).
The company is the fourth largest carrier in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has an important standing in the European, African, and Indian Ocean region markets; the airline won the “2011 Indian Ocean Leading Airline Prize”, making it the seventh year in a row for it to win the award. It also performs a range of services in Mauritius for international airlines.
The company was set up on 14 June 1967 by Air France, the BOAC enterprise, and the
Iraqi Airways Company, operating as Iraqi Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية العراقية Al-Khuṭūṭ al-Jawwiyyah al-`Irāqiyyah; also known as Air Iraq), is the national carrier of Iraq, headquartered on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad. One of the oldest airlines in the Middle East, Iraqi Airways operates domestic and regional service. Its main base is Baghdad International Airport.
Iraqi Airways is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
Iraqi Airways was founded in 1945 as a department of the Iraqi State Railways and started operating on 28 January 1946 using five De Havilland Dragon Rapides on a service to Syria. With the help of the British Overseas Airways Corporation the new airline ordered three Vickers Viking aircraft. While waiting for the Vikings to be delivered the airline leased four Douglas DC-3 aircraft from BOAC in December 1946. In 1947 it ordered the de Havilland Dove to replace the Dragon Rapides and the Doves were delivered in October 1947. The three new Vikings were delivered at the end of 1947 and the DC-3s were returned to BOAC, a fourth Viking was bought second-hand.
In 1953 the four-engined Vickers Viscount turboprop was chosen to
American Airlines, Inc., operating as American Airlines (AA), is a major U.S. airline and a subsidiary of AMR Corporation. It is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, adjacent to its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines operates an extensive international and domestic network, with scheduled flights throughout North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. On November 29, 2011, AMR Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey stepped down and was replaced by company president Thomas W. Horton.
Dallas/Fort Worth is the airline's largest hub, with AA and American Eagle, AMR's regional carrier, accounting for about 85% of the traffic and 83% of the landing fees at the airport and traveling to more destinations than from its other hubs. American currently operates maintenance bases at Tulsa (TUL) and Fort Worth Alliance (AFW). American announced that it will close its maintenance base at Fort Worth Alliance Airport by December 2012.
American Airlines has two affiliates: American Eagle, which is a 100% regional subsidiary, and AmericanConnection, which is the code-share regional
Focus cities:Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
MN Airlines, LLC, operating as Sun Country Airlines, is an American low-cost airline headquartered in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Sun Country uses nearby Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) as its main hub and flies scheduled and charter flights from Terminal 2-Humphrey to destinations in the United States, Mexico, Caribbean and Costa Rica. The airline provides charter service for the U.S. Military.
After the shutdown of Braniff International Airways in 1982, a small group of Braniff employees approached Twin Cities tour operator MLT Vacations about dedicating a Boeing 727-200 to the tour operator's leisure destinations. Previously the tour operator had occasionally utilized a Braniff Boeing 727-200 overnighting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport for charters to leisure destinations. In June 1982 an agreement was signed to start a new airline, Sun Country. MLT Vacations owned 51% of the company, with the pilots and flight attendants owning the remainder. An Air Florida Boeing 727-227 advanced aircraft that had been destined for delivery to Braniff as N484BN was secured for the start-up.
Sun Country's original staff consisted of
LC Perú is an airline based in Lima, Peru. It operates scheduled domestic flights. Its main base is Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM).
LC Perú currently flies to these destinations:
As of February 2012 the LC Perú fleet includes:
Flybe Group PLC (styled as flybe, pronounced /ˈflaɪˌbiː/) is a low-cost regional airline group based in Exeter, Devon, England. It operates over 180 routes to 65 European airports and is Europe's largest regional airline, carrying over 6.7 million passengers during 2010. The airline is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: FLYB), and employs around 2,800 people.
Launched in 1979 under the name Jersey European Airways, the airline was subsequently renamed British European, then Flybe. It took over BA Connect in 2007 to create Flybe Group. The group now includes Flybe Aviation Services (engineering and maintenance), Flybe Training Academy (engineering and flight crew training), Flybe UK (airline operations) and Flybe Europe, the holding company for all European operations, which currently consists of Flybe Nordic.
In the UK, Flybe's largest base is Southampton Airport and it has other large bases at Belfast City Airport, Birmingham Airport, and Manchester Airport, with a total of 14 crew and aircraft bases across the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence permitting it to carry
Hi Fly is an airline with its head office in Lisbon, Portugal, which has specialised in the worldwide aircraft lease on medium to long term contracts for airlines, tour operators, governments, companies and individuals. The airline's main centre of flight operations is Portela Airport.
The airline was founded as Air Luxor in December 1988, a corporate jet charter department of Mirpuri Group, which was headquartered at Luxor Square in Lisbon (thus the airline's name). In 1997, the airline was reorganized towards offering commercial charter flights. Scheduled flights were first operated in 2001. In 2003, Air Luxor announced the launch of scheduled low cost flights under the Air Luxor Light branding. When the company suffered from deep financial troubles in late 2005, it was refounded as Hi Fly with new funding from Mirpuri Group, from then on fully concentrating on aircraft lease services.
As of December 2010, the Hi Fly fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average of 11.9 years:
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Lignes Aériennes Congolaises (English: Congolese Airlines) was the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was established in 1997 to succeed the folded Air Zaire. Halting operations in 1999, it was reactivated for a short period in 2002, only to cease operations for good in 2003.
The airline was setup in 1997, and started operations the same year. It was a reorganisation of Air Zaïre.
In 1999, a contract with the Belgian carrier City Bird to wet-lease a Boeing 767-300ER was signed. Under this agreement, the airline would serve the Kinshasa–Brussels route, with the Belgian carrier codesharing the service. Despite the agreement came into being as of April 1999 for a five-year period, it was scrapped in November the same year.
Lignes Aériennes Congolaises (LAC) served the following destinations all through its history:
There was a short-lived agreement between City Bird and LAC to codeshare the Kinshasa–Brussels route, operated by LAC but with City Bird equipment. Since late 2000, LAC codeshared the Harare–Lubumbashi–Kinshasa route, actually operated by Air Zimbabwe; the same agreement enabled Air Zimbabwe to place its code on the Kinshasa–Brussels service, operated
Air Do (株式会社AIRDO, Kabushikigaisha Ea Du), previously known as Hokkaido International Airlines (北海道国際航空株式会社, Hokkaidō Kokusai Kōkū Kabushiki-gaisha), is a Japanese low-cost airline operating scheduled service between Tokyo and cities in Hokkaidō. It is headquartered in the Oak Sapporo Building (オーク札幌ビル, Ōku Sapporo Biru) in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, and its main base of operations is Tokyo International Airport in Ōta, Tokyo. It has 826 employees as of April 1, 2011.
Hokkaido International Airlines was founded in 1996 by Teruo Hamada (浜田輝男, Hamada Teruo), a poultry farmer in Hokkaidō, shortly after the Japanese government approved a domestic airline deregulation policy that would allow carriers to freely set fares on domestic routes. Hamada gathered investments from 29 other individuals who were interested in establishing a low-cost airline to compete with Japan's major domestic carriers (All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Japan Air System) on flights between Hokkaido cities and Tokyo. Additional capital was raised from Kyocera, Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance, Hokkaido Electric Power Company and other institutional investors, as well as from Hokkaido local governments seeking less
Middle East Airlines – Air Liban S.A.L. (Arabic: طيران الشرق الأوسط ـ الخطوط الجوية اللبنانية Țayyarān al-Sharq al-Awsaṭ - al-Khuṭūṭ al-Jawwiyyah al-Libnāniyyah), more commonly known as Middle East Airlines (MEA) (Arabic: طيران الشرق الأوسط Țayyarān al-Sharq al-Awsaṭ), is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, with its head office in Beirut, near Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. It operates scheduled international flights to Asia, Europe, and Africa from its base at Rafic Hariri International Airport.
Middle East Airlines (MEA) is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The airline expressed its interest in becoming a SkyTeam associate member in early 2006 at a press conference in New York. On 28 February 2011, MEA officially signed the partnership agreement with SkyTeam in an official ceremony in Beirut. On 28 June 2012, MEA officially joined SkyTeam to become its 17th member, as well as its second member airline in the Middle East.
Middle East Airlines was founded on 31 May 1945 by Saeb Salam with operational and technical support from BOAC. Operations started
Iran Air (Persian: ایران ایر), formally Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: هواپیمائی جمهوری اسلامی ایران Havapeyma'i-ye Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān) is the flag carrier airline of Iran, operating services to 60 destinations, 35 international and 25 domestic. The cargo fleet operates services to 20 scheduled and 5 charter destinations. Its main bases are the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport for international flights and Tehran Mehrabad Airport for domestic flights . It is headquartered on the grounds of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.
Its acronym, Homa (Persian: هما), is derived from two sources: the initial letters of Iran Air's pre-Revolutionary Persian name, Havapeyma'i-ye Melli-ye Iran (Persian: هواپیمایی ملی ایران); and from Homa, a griffin of Persian mythology.
Recent news reports by Press TV claim that the Iranian government plans to privatize Iran Air with its subsidiary carrier Iran Air Tours along with the Homa Hotel Group.
In 1946, a group of businessmen founded Iran's first flag carrier under the name of Iranian Airways. Operations covered domestic and regional passenger and freight services plus a weekly freight service to Europe. The fleet
Focus cities:Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
For the Russian aviation company see: Polar Airlines
Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. is an American cargo airline based in Purchase, Harrison, New York, U.S.. It operates scheduled all-cargo services to North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Its main base is Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, with hubs at Los Angeles International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea.
Polar was formed in 1993 as a joint venture between Southern Air Transport and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). It started operations in June 1993 and began with charter flights, later adding scheduled services. During 1994, Polar was certified as a supplemental air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administration and on 4 July 1994 as a US all-cargo carrier by the United States Department of Transportation. After several years of continued growth, the remainder of the company was acquired by GECAS.
In November 2001, Polar was acquired by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), whose Atlas Air subsidiary is a leading provider of ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance)
Santa Bárbara Airlines C.A, doing business as SBA Airlines and formerly as Santa Bárbara Airlines prior to 2008, is an airline with its headquarters on the third floor of the Edificio Tokay in Caracas, Venezuela. It operates scheduled domestic and international services. Its main base is Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), Maiquetía (Caracas), with a hub at La Chinita International Airport (MAR), Maracaibo.
The airline was established on 1 November 1995 and started operations on 1 March 1996. It wholly owned Islas Airways until September 2006, when it was sold to the canary islander group Grupo SOAC. The airline has confirmed their first Boeing 767-300 in the new livery, from former SmartLynx Airlines and its scheduled delivery is in June to begin flights to Madrid on 20 June 2009.
At first only covered airline flights to Cabimas, Mérida, El Vigía and Santa Bárbara del Zulia. The route to Alberto Carnevalli Airport in Mérida was diverted to El Vigía-Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo International Airport after the crash of Flight 518. Later, the airlines took new destinations which covered the routes to Barquisimeto, Caracas, Cumaná, Las Piedras (Punto Fijo), San Antonio del Táchira
Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne, or Régional for short, is a subsidiary airline wholly owned by Air France which connects hubs at Paris, Lyon to 49 airports in Europe. The airline operates in Air France livery, retaining its name in small titles and logo on the front fuselage and engines. It became the first European operator of the Embraer 190 aircraft in November 2006. It is headquartered in Bouguenais at the Nantes Atlantique Airport.
On 30 March 2001, Flandre Air, Proteus Airlines, and Regional Airlines merged into Régional.
Régional is upgrading and consolidating its fleet, considering to ally with a turboprop partner as it increasingly turns its focus to its jet operations. The 2 remaining Saab 2000s were phased out in 2006 and the last of its 9 Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias followed in 2008, marking the exit of all of Régional’s turboprop aircraft.
The Régional fleet includes the following aircraft (at June 2012)
Régional's average fleet age is 8.3 years in March 2010.
It became the first European operator of the Embraer 190 on 23 November 2006, when the first of six on order was delivered. The 100 seat aircraft will operate domestic and intra-European services in full
Adria Airways d.d. is the Slovenian national airline. Today, the majority of Adria Airways business is in scheduled flights. Adria operates to 22 scheduled destinations throughout Europe this summer and offers connections to Slovenia and South East Europe with the World. It is a Star Alliance member since 2004 and a Lufthansa partner since 1996. IOSA Registration was received among the first airlines in the world.
The company’s head office is Ljubljana Airport in Zgornji Brnik, Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, near Ljubljana. The company has also representative offices in Brussels, Moscow, Frankfurt, Zurich and sales agents in almost all European countries.
Adria Airways operates charter flights for the most part seasonally, and most frequently to destinations in the Mediterranean. Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt are currently the only charter destinations served by Adria Airways all year round. Ad hoc charter flights are also provided.
Its fleet of 12 planes is one of the most modern fleets in Europe, and is both environment-friendly and economical.
The airline was founded in March 1961 as Adria Aviopromet (Adria Airways). In August the company purchased 2 DC-6B from KLM
Brit Air (short for Brittany Air International) is a regional airline based at Morlaix Airport in Ploujean, Morlaix, Brittany, France, operating scheduled services as an Air France franchise from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Paris-Orly Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The airline was established in 1973 and started operations in 1975. It was founded to provide services for business executives from western France, and introduced regular flights to London Gatwick in 1979. On 1 December 1995, Brit Air signed a franchising agreement with Air France Europe. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France in October 2000. It employs 1,260 staff.
In March 2011, the Brit Air fleet consisted of the following aircraft with an average age of 3.9 years:
Over the years, the airline has operated various aircraft types including:
On 22 June 2003, Air France Flight 5672 (fr:Vol 5672 Air France) from Nantes to Brest, which was operated by a Brit Air CRJ100, crashed 2.3 miles short of the runway when attempting to land at Brest Bretagne Airport at 23:55 local time, resulting in the death of the captain. The aircraft involved (registered F-GRJS) subsequently caught fire (after all 21
Air Atlanta Europe was an airline based at London Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom. It provided long term wet-lease contract flights for Excel Airways (rebranded as XL Airways UK), Virgin Atlantic and others, as well as ad hoc flights tailored to customer requirements.
On 1 May 2006, Air Atlanta Europe was absorbed into Excel Airways.
Air Atlanta Europe Limited was incorporated in the United Kingdom on 9 April 2002. It commenced operations in June 2003. The company held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence that permitted it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. It was revoked on 8 November 2006.
A number of Boeing 747s were operated for the tour operator Travel City Direct and painted with Travel City Direct titles.
Air Atlanta Europe operated from:
Air Atlanta Europe operated to these destinations at August 2005:
As of August 2006 the Air Atlanta Europe fleet includes:
The airline had also previously operated the Boeing 747-200.
Focus cities:Changchun Longjia International Airport
Accidents:China Southern Airlines Flight 3456
China Southern Airlines (simplified Chinese: 中国南方航空公司; traditional Chinese: 中國南方航空公司) (SSE: 600029, SEHK: 1055, NYSE: ZNH) is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China. It is the world's fifth-largest airline measured by passengers carried, and Asia's largest airline in terms of both fleet size and passengers carried. It is also the fourth-largest airline in the world in domestic passenger traffic and the sixth-largest in scheduled domestic passenger-kilometres flown. From its main hubs at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, the airline flies to 121 destinations using a fleet of 422 aircraft.
China Southern Airlines was established on 1 July 1988 following the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Since then, the airline acquired and merged with a number of domestic airlines, becoming one of China's "Big Three" airlines (alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines). China Southern Airlines is a member of SkyTeam. The airlines's logo is a red kapok on a blue vertical tail fin.
In 2010, China Southern Airlines carried 76.5 million domestic and
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Joint Stock Aviation Company operating as Jetstar Pacific is a low-cost airline headquartered in the Tân Bình District of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It operates domestic and international services, and charter flights. Its main base is Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the main airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Pacific Airlines, the airline was renamed Jetstar Pacific on 23 May 2008, becoming part of the Jetstar LCC network operated by its 18% shareholder Qantas.
As part of its expansion plan, it is intended that Jetstar Pacific will have up to 15 Airbus A320 aircraft by 2014. In February 2012, Vietnam Airlines bought a 70% stake in the company.
The airline was established in 1991, and started operations in April of the same year. It has undergone a number of corporate restructurings since then. As result of July 2007 ownership change, Jetstar Pacific Airlines Joint Stock Aviation Company (formerly Pacific Airlines Joint Stock Aviation Company) is owned by State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) of Vietnam, Saigontourist, Luong Hoai Nam (CEO) and Qantas of Australia. Qantas had a 27% share, which gradually increased to 30% in 2010.
Ted was one of two "airline within an airline" divisional brands of United Airlines. It targeted vacation locations in the low cost airline market, in contrast to United's high end divisional "sub-fleeted" brand called United p.s.. "Ted" comes from the last three letters in the United brand name. United marketed Ted anthropomorphically and attempted to personify Ted; it used phrases such as Meet Ted or I've Met Ted.
Due to the airline crisis caused by spiking fuel prices, on June 4, 2008, United announced that the Ted brand and services would be discontinued with the Ted aircraft being fitted with United's First Class cabin and eventually being incorporated into United's regular fleet to compensate for the removal of United's entire 737 fleet. Operations were folded back into the mainline brand on January 6, 2009.
Ted's creation was announced November 12, 2003, and service began on February 12, 2004. It began service in Denver, a United hub, to compete with Frontier Airlines. The airline was equipped with 57 Airbus A320 aircraft, in a 156-seat all-economy configuration. This gave United a way to compete with low-cost airlines, such as Frontier Airlines. All Ted flights were
Focus cities:Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport
Accidents:TACA Flight 110
TACA is the flag-carrier of El Salvador and trade name "brand" comprising a group of five independently IATA-coded and -owned Central American airlines, whose operations are combined to function as one and a number of other independently owned and IATA-coded regional airlines which code-share and feed the TACA brand system. TACA, originally an acronym of Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos (Central American Air Transport), now stands for Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano (Air Transport of the American Continent), reflecting its expansion to North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.
The airlines that make up TACA are:
TACA has three flight hubs or "Centros de Conexiones":
TACA's headquarters are in San Salvador, El Salvador.
TACA was founded in 1931 by New Zealander Lowell Yerex. The idea of its founder was to establish one airline in each Latin-American country, such as Aerovias Brasil in Brazil and other TACAs in Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia.Out of all the TACA franchise airlines created, only TACA International of El Salvador survived, and has now ventured in acquisitions and has helped launch airlines such as the Mexican Volaris and has 49% shares in TACA
Accidents:New Zealand National Airways Corporation Flight 441
National Airways Corporation was the national domestic airline of New Zealand from 1947 until 1978 when it amalgamated with New Zealand's international airline, Air New Zealand. The airline was headquartered in Wellington. Today it exists as a 'paper' airline "Air New Zealand National" to manage that airline's domestic jet fleet.
National Airways Corporation was itself an amalgamation of Union Airways and a number of other smaller operators, including the country's first commercial air service Air Travel (NZ) Ltd. At the time of its inception, it was equipped with de Havilland Dragon Rapides, de Havilland Fox Moths, Douglas DC-3s, Lockheed Electras and Lockheed Lodestars which initially operated inside New Zealand. However in the late 1940s NAC also provided international services to some nearby South Pacific countries, using converted ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Short Sunderlands. By the time of the merger with Air New Zealand, the fleet consisted of 25 aircraft comprising Boeing 737s and Fokker F27s. Engineering workshops were set up at Harewood (Christchurch), Whenuapai (Auckland), Gisborne and Nelson.
The NAC network started with twenty-two destinations and four
Air Adriatic was a charter airline based in Rijeka, Croatia and was the first private Croatian airline. It operated charter services from northern Europe to Croatian holiday destinations. Its main bases were Pula Airport and Dubrovnik Airport. It ceased operations in March 2007 after it had lost its air operator certificate.
The airline was established in October 2001 and started operations in March 2002. It began flying charter services from Ireland and Israel to Croatian destinations. It has also conducted ad hoc services for the United Nations in the Balkans.
It had its headquarters at Rijeka and technical operations based at Pula Airport. In 2004 charters were largely flown between Sweden and Croatia. In 2005 the company bought three additional used McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft from Alitalia. In September 2006 the airline was planning to launch scheduled services and was considering adding Boeing 757-200s to its fleet.
Air Adriatic announced plans for 2007 to launch schedule services from Zagreb to Berlin, Düsseldorf, Malmö, Moscow, Pristina, Skopje and Zürich and to replace its McDonnell Douglas MD-82s with Boeing 737-700 aircraft. It also wet-leased one of its MD-82s to
Hapag-Lloyd Express (previously also marketed as HLX.com) was a no-frills, high-frequency, express airline based in Langenhagen, Germany. It operated services within Germany and to destinations in Europe. In January 2007 in a restructuring, it combined its operations with Hapag-Lloyd Flug to become TUIfly. While Hapag-Lloyd Flug operates all TUIfly flights, Hapag-Lloyd Express markets them.
Hapag-Lloyd Express was established in 2002 and began operations in December 2002. Its main competitors were more established no-frills carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet, as well as other low-cost startups such as Germanwings or Transavia.com, consequently being constantly engaged in a price war with these carriers. In an attempt to win this price war, it expanded rapidly in the first half of 2004, announcing many new routes that it viewed as underserved by other airlines. Examples of such routes include Dublin to Hamburg and Stuttgart, both of which are no longer in operation. In January 2007, Hapag-Lloyd Express and Hapag-Lloyd Flug were merged into the cooperation TUIfly in an attempt to reorganize TUI's airline portfolio.
HLX adopted the IATA code of the now defunct Russian airline,
TransAsia Airways (TNA, 復興航空 Fùxīng Hángkōng) is an airline based in Datong District, Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). It mainly serves the domestic market but also has limited scheduled and charter international services to China, East Asia, and Southeast Asia destinations.
The name of the airline in Chinese, 復興航空, literally means "the airline of the restoration of glory". It was named for the desire and determination of the Nationalist to return to and recover China after retreating to Taiwan and losing the mainland to the Communist.
TransAsia was formed in 1951 as the first private civil airline in Taiwan, flying the Taipei - Hualien - Taitung - Kaohsiung route. It also served as local agent of foreign airlines and provided airport ground handling services for foreign airlines.
Air services ceased in 1958 when the management of the airline decided to concentrate their attention on their agency businesses. It established its airline meal catering services in the same year.
Domestic flights were resumed in 1988, after an absence in the market for 30 years. In 1991, first ATR72 aircraft joined the airline. In 1992, unscheduled charter services to international destinations,
Hubs:General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
Focus cities:Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport
Accidents:Aeroméxico Flight 498
Airways of Mexico, SA de CV (Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V.), operating as AeroMéxico, is the flag carrier airline of Mexico based in Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City. It operates scheduled domestic and international services to North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Its main base is Mexico City International Airport, with secondary hubs at General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, in Monterrey, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, in Guadalajara, and General Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia International Airport in Hermosillo.
Aeroméxico operates a fleet of Boeing 737 narrow-body airliners on short and medium-haul routes, and Boeing 767, and Boeing 777 wide-bodies for long-haul destinations. It has orders for the Boeing 787-8. Aeroméxico subsidiary operates a fleet of Embraer ERJ-145 and Embraer E-190. The Aeroméxico Group includes Aeroméxico mainline and Aeroméxico Connect (regional subsidiary) which together hold the 41.7% of the domestic market share, becoming México's largest domestic airline group, and the 79.8% of the international market share, again in first place followed by Volaris. Aeroméxico and
Air Norway AS is a virtual, regional airline with its head office in the town of Brekstad, the administrative centre of the municipality of Ørland, in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It operates seven round trips a week from its hub at Ørland Airport to Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, and a single, weekly round trip from Oslo to Aalborg Airport, Denmark, using a wet leased Fairchild Metro aircraft from North Flying. The airline was established in 2003. Following the bankruptcy of Coast Air in January 2008, the airline stepped in and was serving Fagernes Airport, Leirin with two daily flights to Oslo, and one daily flight to Trondheim, but these were terminated in 2009.
The airline is owned 40% by Nordic Air, 40% by the Municipality of Ørland and 20% by North Flying. All operations are flown by North Flying, who operate a 19-seat Fairchild Metro 23 in Air Norway livery. The municipality subsidizes the route with NOK 1 million per year. The company has a managing director in a 20% position, plus one person who coordinates booking on an hourly basis. In 2008, the airline had a revenue of NOK 16 million and made NOK 800,000 in profit. Ørland Airport is the civilian section of the military
Omskavia (Russian:ОмскА́виа) was an airline based in Omsk, Russia. It operated domestic and international scheduled and charter, passenger, cargo and mail services, as well as aircraft maintenance. Its main bases were Tsentralny Airport, Omsk, and Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow.
The airline joined the AirBridge alliance in 2004, which was restructured as AiRUnion in the summer of 2005. As of 17 October 2008 the Russian Aviation Authority suspended its flights.
Omskavia was split off from Aeroflot in the early 1990s and was formed as a result of the separation of Omsk State Air Enterprise into airline and airport enterprises. It was established and started operations on 1 February 1994. The airline is owned by KrasAir (71%) and other shareholders (29%).
Omskavia has regular scheduled flights to Moscow, Nizhnevartovsk, Sochi in Russia, and Frankfurt, Hanover, Cologne in Germany. It also charters flights to the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern resorts and Thailand.
Since 1996, Omskavia has been leasing airplanes to Iranian airline Mahan Air. In 2006, four of Omskavia's Tu-154M are scheduled to fly in Iran.
The Omskavia fleet included the following aircraft (as of 3 June 2008):
Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd is a Canadian airline. It operates scheduled, charter and cargo services to destinations in British Columbia. Its head office is located in the South Terminal of Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia. Its main base is Vancouver International Airport, with a hub at Port Hardy Airport.
The airline was established in 1987 by the merger of Powell Air and the Port Hardy division of Air BC. It acquired the shares and assets of Wilderness Airlines on 1 April 1998. It has 300 employees (at March 2007).
Pacific Coastal Airlines operates services to the following destinations in British Columbia:
As of August 2010, the Pacific Coastal Airlines fleet consisted of 24 aircraft:
Hubs:Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Focus cities:Akron-Canton Regional Airport
AirTran Airways is an American low-cost airline headquartered in Dallas, Texas and is a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines. AirTran operates nearly 700 daily flights, primarily in the eastern and midwestern United States, with its principal hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where it operates nearly 200 daily departures. AirTran's fleet consists of Boeing 717 aircraft, of which it was the largest operator, and Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
The original AirTran Airways, a Boeing 737 operator with service to/from Orlando, was founded by AirTran Corporation, the holding company of Mesaba Airlines of Minneapolis, Minnesota, operating as a Northwest Airlink carrier with hubs in Minneapolis and Detroit. In 1994, AirTran Holdings purchased a start up 737 operator named Conquest Sun and renamed the airline AirTran Airways. Conquest Sun, similar to ValuJet, was an airline started by former Eastern Air Lines employees. The original AirTran Airways moved its headquarters to Orlando, Florida, and grew to 11 Boeing 737 aircraft serving 24 cities in the East and Midwest providing low-fare leisure travel to Orlando. In 1995, AirTran Airways was spun off by Mesaba and formed its own
Australian Airlines was a full-service airline based in Australia, servicing Australian and Asian destinations between 2002 and 2006. It was an all-economy, full-service international leisure carrier and was a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas, although run independently of the mainline carrier. Its main base was at Cairns International Airport, with a secondary hub at Sydney Airport.
The airline ceased operations under its own livery on 30 June 2006 but continued to operate flights for Qantas under a wet lease agreement. This means Australian Airlines operated flights for Qantas using its own crew/cost base but under the Qantas brand. Qantas decided to discontinue the public use of the Australian Airlines brand in favour of having Jetstar Airways as its leisure, now low-cost, carrier. Qantas and Jetstar is operating services to replace Australian Airlines' routes, with Jetstar International introduced in late 2006 to help expand the Qantas Group's international presence.
The airline was established in 2001 and started operations on 27 October 2002, reusing the name Qantas gained when it acquired former Australian domestic carrier Australian Airlines in September 1992. Its initial
Air Tahiti Nui is French Polynesia's flag carrier airline with its head office in the Immeuble Dexter in Papeete, Tahiti. It operates international services for the low and high-end leisure travel markets. Its main base is Faa'a International Airport, Papeete.
Air Tahiti Nui was established on 31 October 1996 and commenced flight operations on 20 November 1998. It is the first international airline based in Papeete, Tahiti, formed to develop inbound tourism. The government of French Polynesia is the major shareholder (61.7%) along with other local investors. Currently, Air Tahiti Nui has 782 employees.
Air Tahiti Nui serves the following destinations (as of April 2012):
Air Tahiti Nui has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
The Air Tahiti Nui fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of April 2012):
Bulgaria Air (Bulgarian: България Ер), is the flag carrier airline of Bulgaria, with its head office on the grounds of Sofia Airport in Sofia. The company is owned by Chimimport Inc and is a leader in terms of market share. In 2008, according to the company's Annual Report, Bulgaria Air had 1,185,430 passengers. Bulgaria Air’s fleet consists of 18 aircraft, designed for short and medium range flights.
The airline was established in 2002 as a successor to the insolvent Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. By order of the Minister of Transport and Communications it was declared the national flag carrier in November 2002, starting operations on the 4th of December, 2002. The name and initial logo were determined by a public competition. Bulgaria Air was privatised in 2006; although it was rumoured that the government wanted to sell the carrier to a major foreign investor, a union of locally-owned companies, led by Hemus Air, emerged as the buyer with Italian Air One being the only other contender. Hemus Air reportedly paid €6.6m and promised to invest a further €86m over the next five years. Since then all flights and operations of Hemus Air and its subsidiary Viaggio Air are under name and
Air Botswana Corporation is the national airline of Botswana, with its head office on the grounds of Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. The airline operates scheduled domestic and regional flights from its main base at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.
Air Botswana (Pty.) Limited was founded on 2 July 1972 to succeed two failed former national airlines: Botswana National Airways (1966–1969) and Botswana Airways Corporation (1970–1971). Air Botswana Holdings was responsible for the ownership and leasing of aircraft, and served as the holding company for Air Botswana. During the early formative years, Air Botswana (Pty.) Limited acted as a contractor for numerous flight services, which were contracted to South African Protea Airways, via a local Batswana subsidiary, Air Services Botswana.
Flight operations began on 1 August 1972 utilising the only aircraft of the company: a Fokker F-27 Friendship. Throughout the 1970s, Air Botswana operated a round-trip route from Gaborone-Manzini-Johannesburg-Harare-Gaborone, in addition to domestic services to Francistown, Maun and Selebi-Phikwe. By the late 1970s, Air Botswana operated one HS 748, one Douglas DC-3 and one
Air Scotland was a low-cost airline based in Glasgow, Scotland. It operated scheduled services from Glasgow International Airport, and other UK airports, to the Mediterranean and Athens using the air operator's certificate of Greece Airways, a Greek registered company and licensed by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority.
The airline formerly known as Air Scotland is no longer operating, as the Greek Civil Aviation Authority suspended their Operating Licence and AOC in December 2006.
Air Scotland was established in November 2002 by Iraqi-born businessman Dhia Al-Ani and started operations on 29 March 2003, using 2 Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Electra Airlines, to Spanish holiday resorts. The company was a ticket provider for Electra Airlines until 25 April 2003, when the Electra aircraft were grounded by BAA plc over debts owed to the airport operator. Air Scotland ceased the agreement with Electra and began operating with Air Holland, who agreed to resume operation of the former Electra routes. With the demise of Air Holland, it then began operating under the air operator's certificate of Greece Airways, which was formed out of Electra and owned by Mr Al-Ani, albeit with only
Kenn Borek Air is an airline based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It operates regional passenger and cargo services, contract operations in the Arctic and Antarctic and aircraft leasing. Its main base is at the Calgary International Airport. It charters aircraft for scientific expeditions, oil exploration, etc., and operates air ambulance services.
The airline began operations in 1970 with a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter providing air support for oil exploration activities in the Canadian Arctic. In April 2001, Kenn Borek Air rescued Dr. Ron Shemenski from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
Kenn Borek Air offers a full service overhaul maintenance hangar in Calgary with routine maintenance being completed wherever the aircraft is located.
The airline was used by the BBC during the filming of the documentary Frozen Planet (2011), which was narrated by David Attenborough, and one of its planes is seen in portions of the footage.
As of January 2009, Kenn Borek Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations in Nunavut as Unaalik Aviation :
Kenn Borek also operates services to several communities in the Northwest Territories as Aklak Air:
Royal Air Maroc (commonly called RAM; Arabic: الخطوط الملكية المغربية Al-Khuṭũṭ al-Malikiyyah al-Maghribiyyah, literally Royal Moroccan Lines or Royal Moroccan Airlines; Berber: Amuddu Ugenna Ageldan Umerruk, MGGM) is the flag carrier airline of Morocco, headquartered on the grounds of Casablanca-Anfa Airport in Casablanca. It operates scheduled international flights from Morocco to Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America and a domestic flight and charter flight network, (including Hajj flights). Its base is Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), Casablanca.
As of November 2009 Royal Air Maroc merged Atlas Blue's website with RAM's, and all the fleet of Atlas Blue that was painted in "Royal Air Maroc Operated by Atlas Blue" is going to carry the name of Royal Air Maroc only. However all Atlas Blue flights will operate under the IATA code 8A.
The company was founded in 1953 as Compagnie Cherifienne des Transports Aériens (CCTA). Junkers Ju-52 tri-engine aircraft started local services but these aircraft were soon replaced by DC-3s and Lockheed Constellations. The name Royal Air Maroc was adopted after independence and the company began flying international routes in 1957 from its
Bergen Air Transport AS is an airline based at Bergen Airport, Flesland in Norway. In addition to charter aviation and an aviation workshop, it offers a scheduled service between Bergen and Notodden Airport, Tuven. The airline operates two Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft and one Cessna Citation CJ2. The airline was established in 1998, offering seaplane charter flights using Cessna 421 aircraft. The service to Notodden started in 2000; a Cessna 441 was acquired in 2003, and from 2006 the company has used two Beechcraft. The company is owned by Geir Hellsten and Håkon Lie-Nielsen.
The airline operates two 12-seat Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft, and one seven-seat Cessna Citation CJ2 executive jet. It has its main operative base at Bergen Airport, Flesland, but also has facilities at Notodden Airport, Tuven. The company has ten pilots; its main services are private charter and aviation-mechanical services, but the company also operates a single scheduled service, with six weekly round trips between Bergen and Notodden. In 2011, it had a revenue of NOK 31.0 million and a NOK 0.25 million profit.
Bergen Air Transport was founded in 1998 by Geir Hellsten and Håkon Lie-Nielsen, and
Air São Tomé and Príncipe (Linhas Aéreas de São Tomé e Príncipe, Lda) was an airline based in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe. It operated scheduled services within the islands and to neighbouring Gabon. Its main base was São Tomé International Airport. It lost its only aircraft in an accident in 2006.
The airline was established and started operations on 1 October 1993. It replaced the former flag carrier Equatorial International Airlines. It was owned by TAP Portugal (40%), government of São Tomé and Príncipe (35%) and Mistral Voyages (1%).
Air São Tomé and Príncipe operated the following services (at January 2005):
On May 23, 2006, Air São Tomé and Príncipe's only aircraft, a DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300, crashed in Ana Chaves Bay in the north east of São Tomé Island during a training flight. There were four fatalities, and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Air São Tomé and Príncipe operated :
ArkeFly is a Dutch charter airline headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands. It is the charter carrier of the Dutch arm of the German travel conglomerate TUI and its main base is Schiphol Airport. It carries out regular and chartered flights, although most of the chartered flights are operated for the Dutch tour operator Arke. It operates to destinations in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Mexico, Caribbean, Canary Islands, United States, Africa, Asia, Brazil and the Netherlands Antilles.
ArkeFly traces its roots to Air Holland, which was founded in 1981. After financial problems Air Holland was taken over by the Exel Aviation Group and took a new start as HollandExel in March 2004. In May 2005 the Exel Aviation Group was declared bankrupt. The German TUI Group took over the airline's activities and renamed it ArkeFly. It is now wholly owned by the TUI Group. Its name was based on the biggest Dutch tour operator, Arke, which is also a subsidiary of the TUI Group. The newly reorganised airline operated its first flight in September 2005.
Operations in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, began on 15 July 2004 as
Hubs:Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport
Accidents:Varig Flight 254
VARIG (acronym for Viação Aérea RIo-Grandense) was the first airline founded in Brazil, in 1927. From 1965 until 1990 it was Brazil's leading and almost only international airline. In 2005, Varig went into judicial reorganisation, and in 2006 it was split into two companies informally known as "old" Varig - heir to the original airline, and "new" Varig - a new company presently fully integrated into Gol Airlines.
Sociedade Anônima Empresa de Viação Aérea Rio-Grandense – VARIG was the first national airline established in Brazil. It was founded on 7 May 1927 in Porto Alegre, by Otto Ernst Meyer-Labastille, a German aviator decorated in the World War I, who immigrated to Brazil in 1921 and noticed how necessary air transportation was for a large country like Brazil. Varig was an off-spring of the German trade company and airline Condor Syndikat, thus sharing the same origin as Syndicato Condor, later renamed Serviços Aéreos Cruzeiro do Sul. Condor Syndikat gave the initial operational and financial support and for a short time Varig and the sister-company Syndicato Condor operated in partnership.
The first aircraft of VARIG was a ten-passenger Dornier Do J Wal flying boat,
Harmony Airways was an airline headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, a suburb of Vancouver. It operated holiday flights from Canada to Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada and Manchester. Its main base was Vancouver International Airport.
The airline started operations in 2002 as HMY Airways before being renamed Harmony Airways in May 2004. It was wholly owned by David Ting Kwok Ho. Starting with flights within North America, it later expanded to the overseas market with flights to Manchester and had a long-term plan to expand into the Asian market with flights to China.
On March 27, 2007, Harmony Airways announced that it had issued layoff notices to all staff, and that it was ending scheduled flight service on April 9, 2007.
Harmony Airways had services to the following destinations:
The Harmony Airways fleet included the following aircraft:
As of March 2007 the Harmony Airways fleet included 4 Boeing 757-200 On March 22, 2007 the National Post reported that Harmony Airways would reduce its fleet to 3 Boeing 757-200. In the summer of 2007, British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce purchased two of Harmony's 757-200s in order to harvest the plane's RB211-535 engines to support
Vanguard Airlines was an airline based in Kansas City, Missouri. For a time, Vanguard also had significant operations at Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, until late 2000. It ceased operations on July 29, 2002, after filing for bankruptcy. The airline flew leased Boeing 737s and MD-80 aircraft to several destinations from its main hub in Kansas City at the time of its demise. Vanguard Airlines started service in 1994.
Vanguard was originally started as a Low-cost, low-fare airline, the purpose of which was to undercut the costs of the major carriers and so be able to charge lower fares. Super-low regular advance fares of as little as $29 each way were the norm. Sale fares of as little as $10 were not uncommon. By the time Vanguard started, however, most major carriers had learned how to deal with such competition. They simply lowered prices in the markets where these smaller airlines flew, making it impossible for the Low-cost airlines to make money.
Reservations were outsourced to a call center in Lawrence, KS run by Dakotah Reservations, a division of Dakotah Direct (now owned by West Business Services). Reservation agents were mostly college students
Air China Limited (SEHK: 0753, LSE: AIRC, SSE: 601111) (simplified Chinese: 中国国际航空公司; traditional Chinese: 中國國際航空公司; pinyin: Zhōngguó Guójì Hángkōng Gōngsī; literally "China International Airlines Company", abbreviated 国航) is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People's Republic of China, with its headquarters in Shunyi District, Beijing.
Air China's flight operations are based out of Beijing Capital International Airport and is the world's 10th largest airline by fleet size. The airline ranked behind its main competitors China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines in terms of total passengers carried.
The enterprise logo of Air China consists of an artistic phoenix pattern, the name of the airline written in calligraphy by former national leader Deng Xiaoping, and “AIR CHINA” in English. The phoenix logo is also the artistic transfiguration of the word “VIP”. Air China is a member of the Star Alliance.
In 2010, Air China carried 60 million domestic and international passengers with an average load factor of 80%. The airline reported a net profit of 12 billion yuan (USD $1.83 billion) in 2010.
Air China was established on 1 July 1988 as a result of the
Albanian Airlines MAK Sh. p.k. (trading as Albanian Airlines) was an airline based in Tirana, Albania. It operated scheduled international services. Its main hub was Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza. On 11 November 2011 Albania’s Civil Aviation Authority revoked the license of Albanian Airlines.
The airline was established in May 1991 under the name of Arberia Airlines, and was the private airline of politicians for communist Albania. It was later renamed Albanian Airlines in May 1992 and started open operations to the public in mid 1992. It was formed as a joint venture between the Albanian state-owned Albtransport and Tyrolean Airways of Austria flying a single Austrian registered, De Havilland Canada Dash 8-102 - Manufacturer Serial Number 243 (OE-LLI), as part of a deal to allow Gernot Langes-Swarovski and Christian Schwemberger-Swarovski, the principles of Tyrolean Airways, to establish a crystal cutting facility in Albania for Swarovski crystal. The aircraft were originally flown and maintained by Canadian pilots and mechanics under Austrian licences. Tyrolean opted out of the relationship in August 1994, taking back the single Dash 8.
Albanian Airlines was privatised
Saudi Arabian Airlines (الخطوط الجوية العربية السعودية) operating as Saudia (Arabic: السعودية as-Saʿūdiyyah ) is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. The airline reverted back to its abbreviated English brand name Saudia (used from 1972 to 1996) from Saudi Arabian Airlines (historic name in use until 1971 and reintroduced in 1997) on 29 May 2012, the name was changed to celebrate the company's entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance on that day, and it was a part of a larger rebranding initiative. It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 90 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during Ramadan and the Hajj season.
The airline's main operational base is at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED). Other major hubs are Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH), and Dammam-King Fahd International Airport (DMM). The new Dammam airport was opened for commercial use on 28 November 1999. Dhahran International Airport in use until then, has reverted to being used as a military base.
Saudia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers
Tarhan Tower Airlines was a charter airline based in Istanbul, Turkey. Its main hub was Atatürk International Airport. During December 2007 SHGM (Turkish Civil Aviation authority) suspended the licence allowing the airline to operate due to issues found within the airlines maintenance department.
Tarhan Tower Airlines operated the following services (at December 2006):
Bahamasair Holdings Limited, operating as Bahamasair, is an airline based in the Bahamasair House in Nassau, Bahamas. It is the national airline and operates domestic scheduled services to 14 destinations and regional scheduled services to destinations in the Caribbean and the United States. Its main base is Lynden Pindling International Airport. It has the same logo as the Bahamas current logo.
Bahamasair was born out of the oil crisis of the 1970s. In 1970, British Airways stopped flying to The Bahamas, and the Bahamian Government accurately predicted that some of the other major airlines flying to the country would follow British Airways' lead. Bahamasair was therefore established by the government and started operations on 7 June 1973, by acquiring the operations of Flamingo Airlines and Out Island Airways.
Bahamasair initially encountered operating difficulties, including poor maintenance facilities, economic conditions and company structure. Those factors brought public distrust as a consequential added problem. However, jet airliners started to arrive in the shape of brand new Boeing 737s, and in 1972, it opened its first international service, from Nassau to Tampa, Florida.
PT Lion Mentari Airlines, operating as Lion Air, is Indonesia’s largest privately run airline, capturing the largest share of the domestic market share. Headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lion Air flies to cities within Indonesia and to Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Its main base is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. It operates scheduled passenger services on an extensive network from Jakarta to 56 destinations (as of July 2010).
Along with most other Indonesian carriers, Lion Air (including its Wings Air subsidiary) is on the list of air carriers banned in the European Union due to safety concerns as of February 2012.
The airline was established in October 1999 and started operations on June 30, 2000, when it began scheduled passenger services between Jakarta and Pontianak using a leased Boeing 737-200. It is owned by Rusdi Kirana and family. The airline is also planning to join IATA and therefore hoping to become the second IATA Indonesian member carrier after Garuda Indonesia. Lion Air failed, in early 2011, the initial IATA assessments for membership due to safety concerns. Lion Air and Boeing is pioneering the use of Required Navigation
Color Air AS was the first Norwegian low-cost airline. It operated from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen in 1998 and 1999 with a fleet of three Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Color Air was a brand extension of Color Line, which shared a common owner in the Olav Nils Sunde-controlled Color Group. The airline operated five daily round trips from Oslo to Trondheim and Bergen, four to Ålesund and one to London, in addition to a weekly trip to Alicante. Color Air pioneered the low-cost business model in Norway, with a denser seating, no frills and lack of a frequent flyer program. Tickets were sold only via the Internet, by telephone or in supermarkets; when bought from travel agents, there was a NOK 200 surcharge.
The airline was established in response to the opening of Gardermoen, which would allow any airline sufficient landing slots to compete with the incumbents Braathens and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Color Air commenced operations on 1 August 1998, with the two other airlines moving from Oslo Airport, Fornebu on 8 October. Following the airline's establishment, a price war broke out between it and the two incumbents. All three increased capacity and dropped prices, giving a 40% increase in
Finnair Plc (Finnish: Finnair Oyj, Swedish: Finnair Abp) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland with its headquarters in Vantaa, Finland and its main hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Finnair and its subsidiaries dominate both the domestic and international air travel markets in Finland. The largest owner is the government of Finland with 55.8% of the shares. Finnair is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance. In 2006, the airline transported 8.8 million passengers, on a network of 15 domestic and 55 international destinations. In addition there are about 60 seasonal charter-flight destinations. As of early 2012, the Finnish government is considering decreasing its share of Finnair ownership below 50%.
In 1923, consul Bruno Lucander founded Finnair as Aero O/Y (Aero Ltd). The company code originates from this AY = Aero Yhtiö i.e. company in Finnish. Lucander had previously run the Finnish operations of the Estonian airline Aeronaut. In mid-1923 he concluded an agreement with Junkers Flugzeugwerke AG to provide aircraft and technical support in exchange for a 50% ownership in the new airline. The charter establishing the company was signed in Helsinki on September 12,
Master Airways was an airline that was set up in 2006 (following the independence of Montenegro) as a subsidiary of Montenegro Airlines, in order to provide scheduled flight services out of Niš, Serbia. The airline had one Fokker 100 aircraft on lease from Montenegro Airlines, which was to be used for these flights.
Operations were never started, though, and in 2007 Master Airways was dissolved again.
Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, the airline became a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems. It was also a founding member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global airline industry association. Identified by its blue globe logo, the use of the word "Clipper" in aircraft names and call signs, and the white pilot uniform caps, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century. In an era dominated by flag carriers that were wholly or majority government-owned, it was also the unofficial flag carrier of the United States. During most of the jet era, Pan Am's flagship terminal was the Worldport located at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
Pan American Airways, Incorporated (PAA) was founded as a shell company on March 14, 1927 by Air Corps Majors
MAXjet Airways was an American, transatlantic, all-business class airline that operated between 2003 and 2007. Its headquarters were located on the grounds of Washington-Dulles International Airport, and in the Dulles area of Loudoun County, Virginia, United States.
MAXjet operated services to London Stansted Airport, United Kingdom from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.
From the beginning, MAXjet Airways was compromised by a significant lack of economies of scale, having only a maximum of 5 aircraft at the height of its operations, although this is similar to other competing airlines in this class (EOS, SilverJet etc.). It offered passengers airport lounge access (flagship lounge at Stansted; shared, non-proprietary at JFK and LAX; not available in Las Vegas), premium complimentary meals and beverages and on-demand in-flight entertainment. MAXjet's corporate slogan changed from "It's just good business" to "Affordable Business Class." sometime in mid-2006, and then to "It's Business Class. Only Smarter", in November, 2007.
On 24 December 2007, the airline filed for Chapter 11
Tiara Air Aruba is an airline based in Aruba. Tiara Air has flights to Curaçao, Punto Fijo, Bonaire and Riohacha. The airline is operating two Shorts 360 twin-engine turboprop aircraft built in 1983 and it is rumored there are plans to upgrade its current fleet with regional turboprops/jets. The airline is currently based at Queen Beatrix International Airport. Alejandro Muyale, the director, named the airline after his daughter Tiara Muyale. The word "tiara" is derived from Latin, meaning "crown".
The air agency is now located in Sabana Blanco, Oranjestad. Since November 2008, they have also added a service center on Curaçao, it is located in Parera, Willemstad and since 18 July 2010, they have also added a Service Center on Bonaire, in Kralendijk.
Alejandro Muyale (whose family owned business has been performing "Ground Handling Services" at Aruba Airport for over 30 years now and at Curaçao Airport for more than 6 years) fulfilled his dream of applying for certification with the Department of Civil Aviation. The Economic Authority has been granted, the aircraft, a 36-seater Shorts 360 and a second aircraft was purchased soon afterwards - both from Pacific Coastal Airlines in
Brindabella Airlines Pty Ltd is a regional airline based in Canberra, Australia. It is a Qantas affiliate airline operating a small regional network. Its main base is Canberra International Airport.
The airline was established and started operations in 1994. It began as an executive air charter and aircraft hire service, with an affiliated aircraft maintenance business. In 2000, Brindabella Airlines added a flight training school to its operations, and in April 2003, scheduled Regional airline services. The flight training school closed in mid-2010. It was formerly wholly owned by Jeffrey Boyd and Lara Corry-Boyd and employs over 80 staff, and is now controlled by Aeropelican Air Services.
In December 2005, Brindabella won an award for excellence in tourism at the Rhodium ACT and Region Tourism Awards 2005. During August 2006, Brindabella Airlines won two awards at the ACT Telstra Business Awards 2006 - Brindabella the Panasonic Australia accolade for businesses with more than 20 employees but less than or equal to 50 employees; and the AMP Innovation Award for the most innovative business in the ACT.
Brindabella Airlines introduced the BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft on 5 May 2008 as
EuroAtlantic Airways - Transportes Aéreos S.A., operating and styled as euroAtlantic airways, is a charter airline based in Sintra, Lisbon Region, Portugal. It operates worldwide charter services, with an emphasis on the USA, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan and Australia, as well as ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) and other wet lease operations. Its main base is Portela Airport, Lisbon.
Founded as Air Zarco on 25 August 1993, the company adopted the trade name Air Madeira until 17 May 2000, when the Memorandum of Association was altered by deed, and the name of EuroAtlantic Airways - Transportes Aéreos S.A. was adopted.
EuroAtlantic is FAA (FAR129) and EASA (JAR OPS1) certified and has a maintenance agreement with TAP Air Portugal. EuroAtlantic operated a direct flight from Lisbon to Dili's Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in January 2008 using a Boeing 757 carrying 140 members of the Portuguese National Guard. It was the first flight to land, larger than a Boeing 737 or a C-130 Hercules at the DIL/WPDL runway.
In 2005, euroAtlantic had €109 million in revenue and a profit of €5.9 million.
EuroAtlantic owns 38% of the national airline of São Tomé and
Mandarin Airlines, Limited (Chinese: 華信航空; pinyin: Huáxìn Hángkōng) is an airline based in Songshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. The Republic of China-based airline is China Airlines' regional and domestic subsidiary. It also operates charter services. Its main base is Taichung Airport.
Mandarin Airlines was established on June 1, 1991, and was originally a joint venture of China Airlines (66%) and the Koo's Development Corporation (33%); the names of both investors formed the Chinese name of Mandarin Airlines. Mandarin's establishment had much to do with the political status of Taiwan. At the time, Mandarin Airlines' parent company, China Airlines, still carried the national flag of the Republic of China on its livery as a symbol of the continued existence of the Republic of China government. Because of this, the People's Republic of China used its influence to block any country that it had formal diplomatic relationship with from allowing China Airlines to establish routes to it, such as Canada and Australia. However, PRC objected less to ROC airlines that did not carry the national flag from flying international routes, thus Mandarin Airlines was established to take advantage of
Porter Airlines is a regional airline headquartered at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Porter operates regularly scheduled flights between Toronto and locations in Canada and the United States using Canadian-built Bombardier Dash-8 Q 400 turboprop aircraft.
Porter's operation at the Toronto airport was launched in 2006 after some controversy. Robert J. Deluce, who is now the CEO of Porter Airlines, came up with the idea of creating a regional airline using Bombardier turboprop aircraft to major cities of Canada within the range of Toronto. A planned bridge to the airport was cancelled in 2003, leading to lawsuits between the Robert J.Deluce and the City of Toronto. The airline lost the case in court but the idea for the airline remained. With the compensation received from the Toronto Port Authority for the lawsuit, REGCO bought the island airport terminal used by Air Canada Jazz. Porter has expanded its operations since 2006, adding more destinations and planes. Porter opened a new, larger, passenger terminal at the island airport in March 2010. Construction on a pedestrian tunnel linking the island airport to the mainland
SATENA (acronym of Servicio Aéreo a Territorios Nacionales) is a Colombian government owned airline based in Fontibón, Bogotá, Colombia. It operates regional, domestic and international routes. Its main hub is El Dorado International Airport.
SATENA was first established on April 12, 1962 by the President of the Republic, Alberto Lleras Camargo, who created the airline using Decree 940 in order
"to form an aerial transport service for the benefit of the underdeveloped regions of the country, with the object of promoting the welfare of educational campaigns, agricultural and pastoral development and the economic and social progress of such territories."
In order to achieve this under government auspices, the airline was then entrusted to the control of the Colombian Air Force, initiating its first operations with the routes Bogotá - Leticia and Leticia - Tarapacá - El Encanto - Puerto Leguízamo. The Government equipped the company with one C-54, two C-47, two Beaver L-20 aircraft, and later added two PBY Catalina amphibious aircraft, property of the Rotatory Fund of the Colombian Air Force. Later, in 1964, it added three additional C-47 and two more C-54 aircraft, all of them
Shaheen Air International operating as Shaheen Air is a private Pakistani airline with its head office on the grounds of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Shaheen Air, which provides passenger, cargo and charter services, serves the major cities of Pakistan and Persian Gulf. It was established in December 1993 and on 25 October 1994, it was accorded the status of 'Second National Carrier of Pakistan', by the Government of Pakistan. Its main base is Jinnah International Airport (KHI), Karachi, with a hub at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB), Islamabad.
Besides serving major domestic routes i.e. Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar, Shaheen Air has also been operating flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Kuwait, Doha and Muscat from almost all the major international gateways of Pakistan.
In 2004, Shaheen Air International (SAI) became Shaheen Air and the airline introduced a new livery and corporate website, as it was owned by Arshad Jalil and Khalid Mehmood Sehbai of Edmonton, Canada. The airline also introduced flights to Quetta from Karachi. The Governor of Balochistan said that the improvement of air links were also discussed in the ongoing talks between
Wiggins Airways is an American fixed base operator, cargo airline, and charter airline based at Manchester, New Hampshire and operating from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Wiggins Airways was founded in 1929 by E.W. Wiggins, operating out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Wiggins Airways was bought out by its employees in the creation of an Employee Share Ownership Plan in 1985. Wiggins currently employs over 160 people, operating a fixed base operator (FBO) and private terminal at Manchester Boston Regional Airport. Wiggins Aviation also provides refueling and service to both commercial and private aircraft.
Wiggins Airways currently operates a fleet of 52 aircraft. The majority of these aircraft operate as feeders for UPS Airlines and FedEx Express.
As of March 2009, the Wiggins Airways fleet includes :
Aero Asia International was a private airline based in Karachi, Pakistan. It operated domestic and international services.
Since May 2007, the airline was suspended from the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAA) due to the previous management's issues relating to the operating compliance on some CAA terms. Since then, the owners and executives have been sourcing expertise, systems and aircraft in order to facilitate lifting of the suspension in early 2009 in accordance with the 2007 Draft National Aviation Policy issued by the Pakistan CAA.
The airline was established in 1993. It started operations on 4 May 1993 The airline made a promising start, employing senior ex-Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) management. The airline contracted two Romanian Airlines aircraft for wet-lease & lease-purchase of BAC 1-11 aircraft. Operations were started with wet-leased BAC 1-11 aircraft from the VIP fleet of Romania operated by Romavia Airlines, a sister company of the Romanian Air Force.
This fleet was primarily used by Romanian government dignitaries during Nicolae Ceauşescu's times. However, the post Ceauşescu governments decided to earn a little money by leasing this fleet to other
Air Macau Company Limited (simplified Chinese: 澳门航空; traditional Chinese: 澳門航空; pinyin: Àomén Hángkōng) is the flag carrier airline of and headquartered in Macau. The airline operates services to 12 destinations in Mainland China, as well as regional international services, from its hub at Macau International Airport.
The airline was established on 13 September 1994, and began commercial operations on 9 November 1995, with a flight from Macau to Beijing and Shanghai (prior to 1995, there was no air service to Macau other than the helicopter service). One-aircraft service between Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei began on 8 December 1995. The first pure-freighter service was launched on 7 October 2002, between Taipei and Shenzhen via Macau.
Air Macau is owned by China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) (51%), TAP Portugal (20%), STDM (14%), EVA Air (5%), the government of Macau (5%) and Macau investors (5%) and employs 1,023 staff (at March 2007). Two companies controlled by Macau SAR's Chief Executive Edmund Ho have sold a combined 1.25 percent stake in financially troubled Air Macau to a unit of China flagship carrier Air China, Reuters reported during the week.
According to the
Air Wales (Welsh: Awyr Cymru) was an airline based at Cardiff International Airport in Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan. It operated scheduled regional services within Great Britain, as well as to Ireland, Belgium and France. On 23 April 2006, Air Wales ceased all operations, citing "spiralling costs" and "aggressive competition" from larger low-cost airlines.
Air Wales was established in January 1997 with the assistance of property financier Roy Thomas and started operations in January 2000. Initially based at Pembrey Airport in west Wales and operating two Dornier 228 aircraft, Air Wales expanded to employ over 120 personnel, including 45 flight deck staff, 20 engineers and 20 cabin crew. It revived the name of an airline from the 1970s which was eventually integrated into Air UK.
Operations transferred to Red Dragon House at the grounds of Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, in October 2001. Passenger numbers failed to reach the company's break-even levels and, after three years, Air Wales gave up all its Swansea routes. The airline decided to concentrate on routes out of Cardiff, moving operations to a new headquarters at Cardiff International Airport in October 2004.
In December 2005,
Focus cities:Del Caribe International General Santiago Marino Airport
Aserca Airlines C.A. (Aero Servicios Carabobo) is an airline based in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela. It operates domestic and regional scheduled services to destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and the USA. Its main base is Arturo Michelena International Airport, Valencia, with a hub at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas.
The airline was established in 1968 and started operations in 1991 with small aircraft for private transport. In 1992 it entered the domestic scheduled market with a leased Douglas DC-9-30. Aserca's operations were centred around Valencia, but it managed to develop Caracas as a hub after 1994 which made it experience a significant growth in its market share, expanding its network to Bogotá, Lima and Miami (no longer in service) via Aruba. Between 1998 and 2000 Aserca had a controlling interest in Air Aruba. In 2008, Aserca took a majority stake in fellow Venezuelan carrier SBA Airlines (formerly Santa Bárbara Airlines). A proposed merger is in discussion.
Aserca Airlines consists of 11 destinations, nine of them are domestic.
The Aserca Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 20 May 2012) :
In 2011, an Aserca Airlines DC9 had
CanJet Airlines is a low-cost chartered airline based in Enfield and in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada at the Halifax International Airport. It operates contract and ad hoc charters throughout Canada and the United States. CanJet is wholly owned by IMP Group International and has 572 employees (as of March 2007).
Before September 10, 2006, CanJet served 15 cities in Canada and the United States as a discount passenger airline. On September 5, 2006, CanJet announced it would cease scheduled flights but would continue to operate as a chartered airline.
The airline was established in 1999 and started operations on September 5, 2000. It was launched as a division of IMP Group and merged with Canada 3000 in May 2001 shortly before Canada 3000's bankruptcy.
CanJet was successfully relaunched on June 20, 2002 as an independent airline. Originally the airline flew to three destinations, but quickly expanded. Canjet operated a fleet of nine Boeing 737-500 — seven of which were formerly operated by United Airlines, one by Lufthansa — and one Boeing 737-300. These airframes date back to the early 1990s. There were plans to expand the airline's fleet of Boeing 737-500
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC; Chinese: 中国民用航空局; pinyin: Zhōngguó Mínyòng Hángkōng Jú), formerly the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (Chinese: 中国民用航空总局; pinyin: Zhōngguó Mínyòng Hángkōng Zongjú), is the aviation authority under the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China. It oversees civil aviation and investigates aviation accidents and incidents. As the aviation authority responsible for China, it concluded civil aviation agreements with other aviation authorities, including those of the Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China which are categorized as "special domestic". The agency is headquartered in Dongcheng District, Beijing.
The CAAC does not share the responsibility of managing China's airspace with the Central Military Commission under the regulations in the Civil Aviation Law of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国民用航空法, Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Mínyòng Hángkōng Fǎ). Being subordinate to military traffic, non-commercial civil aviation is rather restricted. General and private aviation in mainland China is relatively rare compared to developed countries.
CAAC was formed on November 2, 1949,
European Air Transport N.V./S.A. (EAT) was a cargo airline with its head office in Building 4-5 on the grounds of Brussels Airport and in Zaventem, Belgium. The airline is wholly owned by Deutsche Post DHL and operates the group's DHL-branded parcel and express services in Europe.
Due to the merger agreement (dated 10 February 2010) it came to the resolution of the European Air Transport N.V. Brussels. The Company was incorporated by the European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH and merged with it.
European Air Transport was founded 1971 in Belgium by two pilots, Mr. Pirlot de Corbion and Mr. Dessain, as an air taxi service. EAT started with a 2 aircraft, a Beechcraft Queen Air and a Gardan Horizon. It soon became clear that there was a need for pilots on the Belgian market, so EAT started a pilot training school. In 1973 EAT was the first Piper Flying Centre in Europe.
EAT expanded its activities by entering into a contract with DHL Worldwide Express in 1985. Just before that, DHL selected Brussels Airport as the location for its European Hub. The co-operation between EAT and DHL was so successful that in 1986 DHL decided to make EAT part of the DHL group, and thus became the major DHL
Iran Aseman Airlines (Persian: هواپیمایی آسمان) is an airline based in Tehran, Iran, operating scheduled domestic and regional flights within the Persian Gulf area, as well as charter and air taxi services.
The airline was established and started operations in 1980. In March 2007 it was owned by Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company and had 298 employees. It has since been privatized.
According to an aviation website, the airline's historic links go back to 1958 to the airline Air Taxi Co., which became Pars Air in the 1970s and later Iran Aseman Airlines. Aseman was the first aviation company in the Middle East to provide Air Ambulance services.
The Iran Aseman Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2012):
The airline is one of only a few worldwide to still operate the Boeing 727 in scheduled passenger service. One of the reasons for this are the US trade restrictions on Iran that prevent the airline from acquiring newer Boeing aircraft. One of the two Airbus A340's belonging to the airline is held in Lourdes, also due to US trade restrictions on Iran.
The Aseman Aviation Medical Center conducts periodic examination of crew and ground personnel.
Jetsgo Corporation was a Canadian low-cost carrier based in the Saint-Laurent area of Montreal. Jetsgo served 19 destinations across Canada, 10 destinations in the United States, and 12 scheduled weekend-charter destinations in the Caribbean. Jetsgo abruptly ended service and entered bankruptcy protection on March 11, 2005, leaving thousands of passengers stranded, right at the beginning of the busy March-break travel season. According to news outlets, the airline was still processing orders and taking payments for flights the very night before they claimed bankruptcy.
Soon after its demise, the company pledged to make a comeback as a charter-only airline, but on May 13, 2005, the airline officially declared bankruptcy, cancelled plans to relaunch service, and began the process of liquidation.
Jetsgo was launched on June 12, 2001 and ceased operations on March 11, 2005. The airline was Canada's third largest airline at the time with up to 10% of the domestic market. Expert analysts widely blame the airline itself for poor management. Founder Michel Leblanc had previously founded Royal Aviation, which he later sold to Canada 3000.
On March 11, 2005, Jetsgo abruptly announced that it
Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a regional airline based in Cologne, Germany. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and member of the Lufthansa Regional network. It is the largest regional airline in Europe. Its main base is Cologne Bonn Airport, with hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport.
The airline was founded as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi (OLT) in 1958 and became Ostfriesische Lufttransport (OLT) in 1970 (still exists today as a separate airline) in Emden. It was reorganised and renamed as DLT Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH on 1 October 1974 and began cooperation with Lufthansa in 1978 with short-range international routes. By 1988 all operations were on behalf of Lufthansa. In March 1992 DLT became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and was renamed Lufthansa CityLine. Lufthansa CityLine counts 2,332 employees, of whom 664 work in the cockpit, 849 in the cabin and 819 on the ground in the technical and administrative areas (as of December 31, 2011).
As of May 2012, the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 7.7 years:
Lufthansa placed an order on 17 April 2007 for 30 Embraer E-190/195 and 15 Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to
Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) (Malay: Syarikat Penerbangan Singapura; Chinese: 新加坡航空公司; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Hángkōng Gōngsī, abbreviated 新航; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் வான்வழி) (SGX: C6L) is the flag carrier airline of Singapore. Singapore Airlines operates a hub at Changi Airport and has a strong presence in the Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and "Kangaroo Route" markets. The company also operates trans-Pacific flights, including the world's two longest non-stop commercial flights from Singapore to Newark and Los Angeles on the Airbus A340-500.
Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of Airbus A380, currently the world's largest passenger aircraft. SIA has diversified airline-related businesses, such as aircraft handling and engineering. Its wholly owned subsidiary, SilkAir, manages regional flights to secondary cities with smaller capacity requirements. Subsidiary Singapore Airlines Cargo operates SIA's dedicated freighter fleet, and manages the cargo-hold capacity in SIA's passenger aircraft. SIA has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Atlantic and engages the low-cost carrier sector through its stake in Tiger Airways. It ranks amongst the top 15 carriers worldwide in terms of
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) (SET: THAI, Thai: บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด (มหาชน) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of Thailand. Formed in 1988, the airline has its corporate headquarters in Chatuchak District, Bangkok, and primarily operates out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. THAI is a founding member of the Star Alliance. The airline is the largest shareholder of the low-cost carrier Nok Air with a 49% stake, and it also has plans to launch a regional carrier under the name Thai Smile in the middle of 2012 using new Airbus A320 aircraft.
From its hub at Suvarnabhumi Airport, THAI flies to 71 destinations in 35 countries, using a fleet of 91 aircraft. The airline was once the operator of two of the world's longest nonstop routes between Thailand and Los Angeles and New York, but due to high fuel prices and the withdrawal of aircraft, the airline abandoned all nonstop U.S. services in 2012. Currently, services between Bangkok and Los Angeles are served via Incheon Airport near Seoul. THAI's route network is dominated by flights to Europe, East Asia, and South/Southwest Asia, though the airline serves Johannesburg in South Africa and five cities in
Astraeus Limited, trading as Astraeus Airlines, was a British airline based at Astraeus House in Crawley, West Sussex, England. Founded in 2002, it entered administration on 21 November 2011, ceasing operations the same day.
Established as a charter airline, Astraeus changed its business model in May 2008 and ceased full-time charter and scheduled service flying to concentrate on sublease activities. Astraeus provided aircraft anywhere in the world to meet short and long term lease requirements, wet lease, damp lease or dry lease options. The main base was London Gatwick Airport. The company being named after the Greek God of the dusk.
Astraeus Airlines also had a history of providing ad-hoc capacity to various clients. This included sports charters (Manchester United, Arsenal, UK and Irish FA and many others), military charters, show business charters (Disney, Warner Bros), varied Government contracts and general charters for the leisure and business industry.
Astraeus Limited held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence and was therefore permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. Astraeus Airlines was an IOSA
Paramount Airways was an airline based in Chennai, India. It operated scheduled services, mainly targeting business travellers. Its hub was Chennai International Airport and was the first airline in India to launch the New Generation Embraer 170/190 Family series aircraft.
The airline started operations in October 2005 with the company head-quartered in Madurai, also the location of Paramount Textiles. It operated to regional destinations in south and eastern India until early 2010.
The airline ceased operations when legal issues arose between Paramount Airways and the lessors of their Embraer aircraft. The dispute led to a Police-led raid of the Paramount Group's Office and the residence of the airline's Managing Director. The raid was held in connection to irregular financial transactions and the non-repayment of bank loans. These events caused a gradual termination of all services as the fleet was grounded and seized by the leasing companies.
In November 2010, it was announced that Paramount Airways had won their legal battle and were set to resume services with a fleet of Airbus and Bombardier aircraft. Normalisation of the route network was scheduled for December 2010, but did
Air Europa Líneas Aéreas, S.A.U. is the third largest airline in Spain after Iberia and Vueling. The airline is headquartered in the Centro Empresarial Globalia in Llucmajor, Majorca, Spain. It also operates from Sweden (Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) and Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport) and also tour services between northern and western Europe and holiday resorts in the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. It also operates domestic scheduled services and long-haul scheduled services to North America and South America. Its main base is Palma de Mallorca Airport, Palma de Mallorca.
The airline is 100% owned by Globalia, a travel and tourism company managed by Juan Jose Hidalgo. Since September 2007 the airline has been a member of the SkyTeam alliance. During the last ten years its operations have gradually shifted ever more to focusing on scheduled flights.
Air Europa started in 1986 (registered in Spain as Air España SA and previously known as such) as part of the British ILG-Air Europe Group and 75% owned by Spanish banks. It originally had a similar livery to Air Europe but with Air Europa titles, aircraft were registered in Spain and flew holiday charters from Mediterranean
Blue Islands Limited is an airline of the Channel Islands. Its head office is in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, and its registered office is in Saint Anne, Alderney. It operates scheduled services from and within the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Its main base of operations is Jersey Airport.
The airline was formally established in 2001 (but had been operating since 1999 as a small operation) by Le Cocq's Stores in Alderney and was initially known as Le Cocq's Airlink. It started operations carrying perishable goods from Bournemouth to Alderney. Scheduled services were added on the same route on 1 February 2002. The Rockhopper name was adopted on 29 August 2003. In 2004 ownership changed to Healthspan Leisure and in 2005, Jetstream aircraft were added to the fleet. The company moved its main operating base from Alderney to Jersey in January 2006. Its Headquarters is now at Healthspan House, The Grange, St. Peter Port, Guernsey. The airline is wholly owned by the Healthspan Group. The company changed the trading name from Rockhopper to Blue Islands on 14 February 2006. The move coincided with the delivery of the first of its new fleet of
Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG, part of Lufthansa Regional, is an airline with its head office in the Düsseldorf Administrative Center (Verwaltungsstandort Düsseldorf) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Eurowings operates scheduled domestic and European flights on behalf of Lufthansa.
Previously its head office was in the Dortmund Administrative Center (Verwaltungsstandort Dortmund) at Dortmund Airport in Dortmund, with Düsseldorf designated as the seat of the company. The headquarters and maintenance base at Dortmund Airport were recently closed.
The airline was formed in 1993 following a merger of Nürnberger Flugdienst (NFD) and Reise- und Industrieflug (RFG), two commuter airlines based in Nürnberg and Dortmund, respectively. Flight operations using an initial fleet of ATR 42 and 72 aircraft inherited from Eurowing's predecessors were launched on 1 January 1994. Subsequently, BAe 146 aircraft were added to the fleet, which were later followed by larger Airbus A320 family aircraft and even an Airbus A310. Independent flight operations came to end when Eurowings was acquired by Lufthansa.
As at 31 December 2006, Lufthansa had a 49% shareholding in Eurowings with a call option for 50.91% of the
Hapag-Lloyd Flug (between 2005 and 2007 also marketed as Hapagfly) was an airline based in Langenhagen, Lower Saxony, Germany. It operated scheduled and charter passenger flights, mainly to holiday resorts in Europe. In January 2007 in a restructuring, it combined its operations with Hapag-Lloyd Express to become TUIfly, for which it operates all flights, while Hapag-Lloyd Express markets them.
The original HAPAG company first became involved in the aviation industry in 1910, sponsoring Zeppelin flights.
Hapag-Lloyd Flug was established in July 1972, when the Hapag-Lloyd shipping group bought a few Boeing 727s to fly its cruise passengers from Germany to the ports of call for the cruises. It began operations on 30 March 1973. Through the years, the airline added regular passenger flights to its schedule, as well as new airplanes, such as the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A310 aircraft. Since 1997, it has been a subsidiary of TUI AG, which also includes the Hapag-Lloyd cargo container line and cruise line.
In November 2005, the airline changed its name to Hapagfly due to the new marketing strategy of the TUI Group. In January 2007, it was merged into the new cooperation TUIfly with
Jordan Aviation (PSC) is an airline based in Amman, Jordan. It operates worldwide charter flights, provides wet lease services to major airlines seeking additional capacity and is also an important provider of air transportation for UN peacekeeping forces. Its main base is Queen Alia International Airport (AMM/OJAM), Amman from where it operates its fleet of Wide Body and Narrow Body aircraft. In addition it has its own MRO which forms part of is Operations & Technical Centre opened in October 2010. Jordan Aviation is an IATA member and an IOSA certificated airline. It is also a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization – AACO, the International Air Carrier Association – IACA and the Flight Safety Foundation – [FSA].
The airline was established as a company in 1998 and gained its Air Operators Certificate in 2000 commencing operations in October of that year. It launched services from Amman as the first privately owned charter airline in Jordan. Jordan Aviation operates a varied route network with a worldwide AOC. UN Peacekeepers are carried extensively on the various aircraft in the Fleet and the company also is involved in "wet-leasing" aircraft to air carriers who need extra
Palestinian Airlines (Arabic: الخطوط الفلسطينية al-khutut al-filastiniya) is an airline based in Arish, Egypt that is wholly owned by the Palestinian Authority. it stopped operations in 2005 but returned to service in May 2012. Its current base is El Arish International Airport.
Palestinian Airlines is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
The airline was established on 1 January 1995 and started operations in June 1997 with a series of charter flights carrying pilgrims to Jeddah. The flights were originally slated to operate from Gaza, but due to an Israeli ban, the services operated from Port Said, in northern Egypt. Scheduled services began on 23 July 1997, operating from Arish to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Palestinian Airlines transferred its base to Gaza following the opening of the airport in November 1998 and added a number of new routes in the region. The airline was grounded in October 2000 following the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada and was forced to move to El Arish International Airport in December 2001, after destruction of the runway at its previous base, Yasser Arafat International Airport, where it operated limited services. It is wholly owned by the
Financially speaking, and according to the Airlines for America definitions, SkyWest Airlines is a North American major airline. SkyWest however, operates on a regional airline level and is a member of the Regional Airline Association. SkyWest Airlines, along with ExpressJet Airlines, is owned by SkyWest, Inc. and is headquartered in St. George, Utah, USA, SkyWest Airlines flies to 160 cities, in 38 States, Washington D.C., 5 Canadian Provinces and 2 cities in Mexico. The airline serves as a feeder airline, operating under contract with various major carriers. It flies as SkyWest Airlines in a partnership with United Express on behalf of United Airlines, as US Airways Express on behalf of US Airways, as Delta Connection on behalf of Delta Air Lines. SkyWest announced that it will fly in a partnership with American Eagle on behalf of American Airlines which will commence on November 15, 2012.
As of 2011, SkyWest employs over 11,000 people throughout North America. The airline averages 1,741 departures a day, with 1,085 operating as United Express, 543 operating as Delta Connection, 89 operating as US Airways Express, and 24 operating as Alaska Airlines. In total, SkyWest carried
Transavia Airlines C.V., styled as transavia.com and known as Transavia, is a Dutch based low-cost airline operating as an independent part of the Air France-KLM group. Its main base is at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) and Eindhoven Airport (EIN) are its secondary hubs. In France, Paris-Orly Airport is the main base of its French affiliate. Transavia.com chiefly operates scheduled and charter services to leisure destinations. It is headquartered in the TransPort Building at Schiphol Airport in Haarlemmermeer.
Spring 1966: At the private home of Captain *Pete* (Huntley Gordon) Holmes (31.8.1916 – 14.4.2006) the first brainstorming about establishing a 2nd *charter* company in The Netherlands began together with his longtime friend,the American *Slick* (Chalmers H.) Goodlin (2.1.1923 – 20.10.2005). Slick Goodlin had recently bought the dormant tiny company Transavia Limburg, based in Maastricht and had 3 DC6's available. The Dutch Government needed to be approached in order to obtain an operating license for the airline, out of Amsterdam Airport and for those DC6's.
At that stage John Block, meanwhile a former member of the Martinair Holland management
Atlantic Airways (OMX: FO-AIR) is the national airline of the Faroe Islands, operating domestic helicopter services and international passenger services as well as search and rescue responsibilities from its base at Vágar Airport, on the Faroese island of Vágar. Most of its pilots are members of the Faroese Pilot Association.
Regular air links to the Faroes had been in operation since 1963, between the islands and Denmark. Although the airport at Vágar had been constructed by the British Army during World War II, air traffic to the islands was practically non-existent between the departure of the British and the start of services to Copenhagen. Calls for the creation of a Faroese airline company began in the early 1980s. Passenger numbers were steadily increasing and Danish carrier Maersk Air enjoyed the monopoly as the sole airline to serve the Faroe Islands.
As a result, Atlantic Airways was established in 1987, initially between the Faroese government (51%) and Danish airline Cimber Air (49%), though the Faroese government would assume full ownership in 1989. Flights commenced between Vágar and Copenhagen on 28 March 1988 using a British Aerospace BAe 146. A hangar was built at
Croatia Airlines d.d. is the national airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Croatia. Based in Buzin, Zagreb, the airline is a member of Star Alliance and operates domestic and international services. Its main base is Zagreb Airport, with focus cities being Dubrovnik and Split. In 2008 Croatia Airlines posted a net profit of 38 million Croatian kuna and transported 1,870 000 passengers (2008). Croatia Airlines is the leading airline (in terms of passengers) from the former Yugoslavia.
The airline was established on 20 July 1989, trading with the name Zagal (formally, Zagreb Airlines), and started operations using a single Cessna 402 aircraft on cargo services for UPS. After the first democratic elections held in Croatia, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines on 23 July 1990.
In 1991 Croatia Airlines signed an agreement with Adria Airways which allowed it to lease a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 to commence domestic jet services between Zagreb and Split. Due to the ongoing military conflict in the region and the closure of the airspace over Croatia, the airline was soon forced to suspend operations. As soon as flights restarted, Croatia Airlines acquired three Boeing 737s from
Deutsche Lufthansa AG (FWB: LHA, OTCQX: DLAKY) (German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏt͡ʃə ˈlʊfthanza]) is the flag carrier of Germany and the largest airline in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size. The German government had a 35.68% stake in Lufthansa until 1997, but the company is now owned by private investors (88.52%), MGL Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrswerte (10.05%), Deutsche Postbank (1.03%), and Deutsche Bank (0.4%) and has 119,084 employees (as of 2011). The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for "air"), and Hansa (after the Hanseatic League).
The airline is the world's fourth-largest airline in terms of overall passengers carried, operating services to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. Together with its partners, Lufthansa services around 410 destinations. With over 870 aircraft it has the largest passenger airline fleet in the world when combined with its subsidiaries.
Lufthansa's registered office and corporate headquarters is in Deutz, Cologne, Germany, with its main operations base (Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC) and primary traffic hub at Frankfurt
WinAir Airlines was a charter passenger airline in the United States based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Established in 1997, its first flight was a Super Bowl charter on January 25, 1998. This rapid certification was credited partially to experienced staff, which included personnel from Morris Air, Key Airlines, and Champion Air.
In November 1998, the airline launched public scheduled charter flights from a hub at Long Beach Municipal Airport in Long Beach, California to Las Vegas, Nevada, Oakland, California, Sacramento, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The airline applied to the FAA for authority to operate as a scheduled passenger airline, but this was not received by the time the airline shut down.
After running into substantial financial difficulties and maintenance concerns caused by the leaseholders and former aircraft owners including Pegasus Airlines of Turkey and Garuda Indonesia regarding some of the airline's leased 737-400 aircraft, the airline shut down on July 6, 1999.
The airline was featured in the 1999 film For Love of the Game. The film was released in September 1999, two months after the airline ceased operations.
The airline also planned flights to Seattle,
Indian, formerly Indian Airlines (Indian Airlines Limited from 1993 and Indian Airlines Corporation from 1953 to 1993) was a major Indian airline based in Delhi and focused primarily on domestic routes, along with several international services to neighbouring countries in Asia. It was state-owned, and was administered by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. It was one of the two flag carriers of India, the other being Air India. The airline officially merged into Air India on 27 February 2011.
On 7 December 2005, the airline was rebranded as Indian for advertising purposes as a part of a program to revamp its image in preparation for an initial public offering (IPO). The airline operated closely with Air India, India's national carrier. Alliance Air, a fully owned subsidiary of Indian, was renamed Air India Regional.
In 2007, the Government of India announced that Indian would be merged into Air India. As part of the merger process, a new company called the National Aviation Company of India Limited (now called Air India Limited) was established, into which both Air India (along with Air India Express) and Indian (along with Alliance Air) would be merged. Once the merger was completed,
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), operating as Southwest Airlines, is the largest low-cost carrier in the United States, and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was established in 1967, adopting its current name in 1971. It is the largest airline in the United States based upon domestic passengers carried as of June 5, 2011 (2011 -06-05).
Although it operated Boeing 727 aircraft for a short time during the 1970s and 1980s, between that time and 2012 the airline operated only Boeing 737 aircraft, and as of August 2012 is the largest operator of the Boeing 737 worldwide with over 572 of these aircraft in service, each operating an average of six flights per day.
In May 2011, the airline acquired Orlando-based AirTran Airways, with full integration of the carriers expected to be complete by 2015. On March 1, 2012, the company was issued a single operating certificate meaning that from a technical standpoint, Southwest and AirTran became one airline.
Southwest has more than 46,000 employees as of August 2012 and operates more than 3,400 flights per day. As of August 2012, Southwest Airlines operates scheduled service to 77 destinations in 40 states.
Focus cities:Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Swiss International Air Lines AG (short: Swiss) is the flag carrier airline of Switzerland operating scheduled services in Europe and to North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Its main hub is Zurich Airport (ZRH). The airline was formed after the 2002 bankruptcy of Swissair, Switzerland's former flag carrier.
Swiss is a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, with headquarters at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg near Basel, Switzerland, and an office at Zurich Airport in Kloten, Switzerland. The company's registered office is in Basel.
The airline uses the IATA Code LX that it inherited from the Swiss regional airline Crossair (Swissair's code was SR). The ICAO code is SWR, inherited from Swissair (Crossair's was CRX), in order to keep international traffic rights.
The airline was formed after the 2002 bankruptcy of Swissair, Switzerland's former flag carrier. Crossair had 40% of its income come from the defunct Swissair. The new airline's losses totaled $1.6 billion from startup until 2005. Swissair's biggest creditors, Credit Suisse and UBS, sold part of Swissair's assets to Crossair, the regional counterpart to the transatlantic Swissair. At the time, both
Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane S.p.A. (Italian for Alitalia - Italian Air Lines), in its later stages known as Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane S.p.A. in Extraordinary Administration, was the former Italian flag carrier. Based in Rome, the company had been in precarious economic conditions for many years and is currently under liquidation.
The Italian government and some other organizations have invested €4.9 billion since 1998. Several attempts to take over or merge Alitalia were made between 2005 and 2009. In 2006 the government could no longer offer support to the failing airline since it had been forbidden by the European Union to inject new capital. In August 2008 Alitalia went bankrupt. Compagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) bought the Alitalia brand and some assets for €1.052 billion ($1.33 billion), paying €427 million in cash and taking on €625 million in Alitalia debts on December 12, 2008.
Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane S.p.A. was established on 16 September 1946 as Aerolinee Italiane Internazionali, more commonly known as Alitalia, an Italian portmanteau of the words ali (wings) and Italia (Italy). It started operations on 5 May 1947, in which year it carried over 10,000
“B&H Airlines“, d.o.o. is an airline with its head office in the Energoinvest Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, operating scheduled services, charter passenger services and small cargo services. With its home base at the Sarajevo International Airport, the airline is the flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As of mid-2012, the airline is jointly owned by the government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (99.93%) and Energoinvest (0.07%), after being jointly owned by Turkish Airlines (49%).
The airline was founded on 12 August 1994 as Air Bosna. In the autumn of 2003, the airline ceased operations due to an increased debt that it could no longer repay. It remained defunct until May 2004, when the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina promised to revive it. In June 2005 it restarted operations as B&H Airlines, operating a pair of ATR-72 aircraft.
In late 2007, the Bosnian government announced it was to sell shares in B&H Airlines. On 23 February 2008 it was reported that Turkish Airlines were in negotiations to buy the airline, and on 30 March 2008 that Croatia Airlines was also interested in a stake. The government of the Federation of Bosnia and
Bangkok Airways Co., Ltd. (สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์) is a regional airline based in Chatuchak District, Bangkok, Thailand. It operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Burma, India and Singapore. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. Bangkok Airways is currently an official sponsor of Lampang.
The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services under contract from Overseas International Construction Company (OICC) an American construction company, United States Operations Mission (USOM) and a number of other organisations engaged in oil and natural-gas exploration in the Gulf of Thailand. It began scheduled services in 1986, becoming Thailand's first privately-owned domestic airline. It re-branded to become Bangkok Airways in 1989. The airline is owned by Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth (92.31%), Sahakol Estate (4.3%), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2%) and other shareholders (2.19%). It has 1,903 employees and also wholly owns subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways.
It built its own airport on Koh Samui, which was opened in April 1989 and offers direct flights between the island and Chiang
Blue1 Ltd (Finnish: Blue1 Oy) is a Finnish airline owned by SAS Group, with a hub at Copenhagen Airport. Blue1 flies to around 20 destinations in Finland, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. It carried over 1.4 million passengers in 2009. The airline is a member of Star Alliance and has its head office is in Vantaa.
The airline was established in 1987 and started operations in 1988 as Air Botnia, flying Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes on night cargo flights and on passenger services from Helsinki to Kauhajoki and Seinäjoki. It started to supplement its unpressurised Bandeirantes with leased British Aerospace Jetstream 31s in 1993, but cash flow problems in the summer of 1995 caused British Aerospace to repossess the Jetstreams and brought Air Botnia to the point of bankruptcy, with last minute negotiations needed to save the airline, which continued operations in a reduced scale.
The airline was purchased by SAS Group in January 1998, with the new owners re-equipping the airline, replacing its Jetstreams with Saab 340s later that year, and receiving its first jets, Fokker F28 Fellowships in 1999. The elderly F28s were soon replaced as their high noise levels restricted operations,
Futura International Airways was an airline based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. It operated scheduled services and charter flights for tour operators and other airlines, in Europe, as well as wet lease and ad hoc charters. Its main base was Palma de Mallorca Airport.
After failing to re-finance itself the company ceased trading on the 8 September 2008, leaving many passengers stranded in and around Spain.
The airline was established in 1989 by Aer Lingus, Belton Air and Banco Santander, starting operations on 17 February 1990 with a flight from Palma de Mallorca to Manchester. During the 1990s, the airline expanded to cover the whole of Europe, including the Canary Islands in the South and Scandinavia and Iceland in the North, with charter flights, ad-hoc charters, third party short-medium-long term operations (wet-lease) and ACMI. It used to operate, under the leadership of CEO Roman Pané , its own scheduled flights and ad-hoc flights on behalf of various tour operators and airlines in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Futura operated from five permanent bases: Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, Málaga, Gran Canaria and Dublin; as well as various other seasonal
OJSC Transaero Airlines (Russian: ОАО «АК «ТРАНСАЭРО», Открытое акционерное общество "Авиационная компания "ТРАНСАЭРО") or simply Transaero (Russian: Трансаэро) is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Domodedovo International Airport, Domodedovsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter flights to more than 99 domestic and international destinations. Its main bases are Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow and Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg.
Transaero began as a charter airline with aircraft leased from Aeroflot. It was incorporated as a joint stock company on 28 December 1990 and was the first non-Aeroflot company approved for scheduled passenger services in the Soviet Union. Its first charter service was Moscow to Tel Aviv on November 5, 1991. In July 1992, Transaero received its own Ilyushin Il-86. It became the first non-Aeroflot airline to operate scheduled flights in Russia when it launched its Moscow - Norilsk flight in January 1993 followed by Kiev, Sochi and Almaty later the same year. Its first international scheduled route from Moscow to Tel Aviv was inaugurated in November 1993.
In April 1993, Transaero
JSC "Nordavia" (Russian: ЗАО «Нордавиа»), formerly known as Aeroflot-Nord (Russian: ЗАО «Аэрофлот-Норд») is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Talagi Airport in Arkhangelsk, Russia. It operates mainly scheduled domestic and regional services. Its main bases are Talagi Airport and Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.
The airline was formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron (Russian: Архангельский объединенный авиационный отряд) and became AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines (Russian: Архангельские воздушные линии) in 1991. In August 2004 Aeroflot acquired 51% of the airline, with the rest being held by Aviainvest. The company was renamed Aeroflot-Nord, becoming Aeroflot's second regional airline. It joined the European Regions Airline Association in December 2006.
As the contract with Aeroflot ceased on 1 December 2009, the airline operates since then independently as Nordavia. Reasons for the retreat of Aeroflot were the bad press the subsidiary received following the Aeroflot Flight 821 disaster, and the decision of Russian aviation officials dating from 15 July 2009, to impose restrictions (including ban on international charter tours) on then Aeroflot-Nord flight
Air Tindi is an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Now owned by Discovery Air, it operates scheduled and on demand charter services. Its main base is Yellowknife Airport and the airline was formerly owned by the Arychuk family. The name Tindi means "the big lake" or "Great Slave Lake", in the local native Tłı̨chǫ Yatiì language.
Air Tindi was established by two families, Alex Arychuk and his wife Sheila, and his brother Peter Arychuk and his wife Teri. It began operations on 1 November 1988, with four float/ski aircraft. In 1990, it purchased its first De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter with the help of the Rae-Edzo Development Corporation, allowing the airline to expand and provide more services to the growing mining exploration industry. In 1991, Air Tindi merged with Latham Island Airways and acquired a further four aircraft in the process. By mid-1992, Air Tindi was operating four Twin Otters on floats. In 1993, their first large aircraft, a DHC 4 Caribou for re-supply work with the mining industry, was purchased. A DHC Dash 7 was acquired in 1996.
On 19 December 2006, Air Tindi sold to Discovery Air (TSX at DA.A), a publicly traded holding company
Centralwings was a charter airline based in Warsaw, Poland. The airline operated as a low-cost airline and then became a charter-only operation in October 2008. It was a subsidiary of LOT Polish Airlines, operating international services in Europe, using Boeing 737 aircraft. Its main base was Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, with hubs at Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport and John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice. On 26 March 2009 the board of LOT Polish Airlines decided to close Centralwings with no information about what will happen to its employees.
The airline was established in December 2004 and started operations in February 2005. Centralwings, as its name suggests, competed in the Central European market, namely Poland, with a fleet of LOT Boeing 737 aircraft.
Centralwings operated scheduled services from Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wroclaw. For most of this time around 60% of its capacity was allocated to routes serving Ireland and the UK, where it faced fierce competition from ultra-low-cost competitors such as Ryanair and Wizz Air. However, it also operated flights to a range of Mediterranean beach and island destinations as well as
Gulf Traveller was the all-economy full service subsidiary airline of Gulf Air. Its main base was Abu Dhabi International Airport. It was briefly relocated between Bahrain and Muscat airports after Abu Dhabi pulled out of the Gulf Air consortium in 2005, and in May 2007 Oman also pulled out of the group leaving Bahrain as sole owner of Gulf Air. Gulf Traveller has since been disbanded due to these changes.
Gulf Traveller was founded on 1 June 2003 as part of the Gulf Air three year restructuring and turnaround programme instigated by James Hogan. The model behind Gulf Air was to economise on routes with little demand for First or Business Class passengers. Gulf Traveller's inaugural flight between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah took place on 15 June 2003.
Gulf Traveller also made history with the appointment of a female pilot - the first airline in the region to do so. The female pilot is a French national, Caroline Le Cann, flying the Gulf Traveller Boeing 767.
Gulf Traveller planned to add Birmingham, United Kingdom, to its list of destinations in 2004, however, the project was put on hold for the foreseeable future in 2005, and then eventually scrapped.
Gulf Traveller operated to the
Jet2.com Limited is a British low-cost airline based at Leeds Bradford Airport, England. It operates services from eight UK bases to 54 destinations. The airline also offers contract charter and air cargo services. Its main base and headquarters is at Leeds Bradford Airport, with smaller bases at Manchester, Belfast International, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle, East Midlands and Glasgow. It has about 1,500 employees as of January 2011.
The airline carried 4.2 million passengers during 2011, their highest recorded total.
The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
Jet2.com Limited is a subsidiary of the Dart Group PLC, an aviation services and distribution group. The airline began operating commercial aircraft in 1978 under the name Channel Express (Air Services), initially as a freight operator and then from 2001 operating both freight and passenger charter services using Boeing aircraft to international destinations on mainly short and medium haul flights.
In 2003 the Channel Express established the Jet2.com brand from Leeds Bradford International Airport and
North American Airlines, Inc., is an American airline with its headquarters in Building 141 on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, USA. Prior to May 2008, it operated scheduled international services from the USA to Africa and Guyana. Today, it operates domestic and international charter services and wet lease services. Its main aircraft and maintenance base is Tampa International Airport.
North American Airlines is a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., formerly Global Aero Logistics, Inc. Unlike the other airlines that are or were a part of Global Aviation, ATA Airlines (now defunct) and World Airways, North American was founded after airline deregulation in the United States.
North American was established in 1989 and began operations on January 20, 1990. It was founded by Dan McKinnon, former head of the then-Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), mainly to provide feeder services to El Al gateways in North America, and to provide services for Club Med. El Al held a 24.9% stake in the airline until it sold it back to McKinnon in July 2003. It was acquired by World Air Holdings in April 2005.
It began by flying charter flights
The National Air Company Uzbekistan Airways (operating as Uzbekistan Airways) (Uzbek: O‛zbekiston havo yo‛llari (Latin Uzbek), Ўзбекистон Ҳаво Йўллари (Cyrilic Uzbek); Russian: Узбекские Авиалинии) is the national airline of Uzbekistan, headquartered in Tashkent. From its hub in Tashkent Airport, the airline serves a number of domestic destinations; the company also flies international services to Asia, Europe and North America.
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbek President Islam Karimov in 1992 authorised the creation of Uzbekistan Airways. The carrier was established on 28 January 1992, and took over the operations of the Uzbekistan division of Aeroflot on 31 May 1992. The airline's maiden flight was from Tashkent to London.
Domestic flights used Russian-built aircraft that formerly belonged to Aeroflot. When international routes became top priority, Airbus planes were leased, starting in 1993. The international fleet now uses a mixture of Boeing and Airbus airplanes.
Uzbekistan Airways serves almost 50 domestic and international destinations, from Tashkent International Airport. The airline owns 11 airports, five of which have international status.
Allegiant Air is an American low-cost airline owned by Allegiant Travel Co. (NASDAQ: ALGT) that operates scheduled and charter flights. Allegiant Travel Company is a publicly traded company with 1,300 employees and one billion USD market capitalization. The corporate headquarters is in Enterprise, Nevada, an unincorporated suburb of Las Vegas.
Allegiant Air was founded in January of 1997 by Mitch Allee (Owner, CEO), Jim Patterson (President) and Capt. Dave Beadle (Chief Pilot). The airline received FAA and DOT Certification in June of 1998.
Allegiant was founded in 1997 under the name WestJet Express. After a trademark dispute with West Jet Air Center of Rapid City, South Dakota, and with the name's similarity to WestJet Airlines of Canada, the airline adopted the name Allegiant Air and received its operating certificate for scheduled and charter domestic operations in 1998. The airline also has authority for charter service to Canada and Mexico. Wholly owned by Allegiant Travel, the airline has over 1,800 employees.
Scheduled service began on October 15, 1998 between Las Vegas and the airline's initial hub in Fresno, California, at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, with
Scenic Airlines is an American regional airline based in Paradise, Nevada, USA. It operates sightseeing flights from Boulder City Airport in Boulder City, Nevada. Scenic is owned by Grand Canyon Airlines since 2008.
Scenic Airlines was started by John & Elizabeth Seibold and their single engine Cessna airplane in North Las Vegas in 1967. Between 1967 and 1993 Scenic Airlines grew to be one of the world's largest fixed-wing air tour operations. In 2000, John Seibold was recognized by the Las Vegas Review Journal as being one of the most influential businessmen in Las Vegas in the previous 100 years. In 1977, Scenic Airlines purchased the design and manufacturing rights to turboprop-powered conversions of the Cessna 402 and Cessna 414 from American Jet Industries. In 1983, the airline co-developed modifications to the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter to make it more suitable for use as an air tour airplane. The airline eventually moved to Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.
In 1993 the Seibolds sold the airline to SkyWest Airlines and it continued to see growth until it merged with Eagle Canyon Airlines in 1998. In spring 2006, citing rising fuel costs, the airline
Afriqiyah Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية الأفريقية) is an airline based in Tripoli, Libya. Before the Libyan civil war it operated domestic services between Tripoli and Benghazi and international scheduled services to over 25 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; since the war it is trying to rebuild its business and repair damaged aircraft. Its main base is Tripoli International Airport. The name Afriqiyah comes from the Arabic language word for African. The 9.9.99 logo on the side of Afriqiyah's aircraft refers to the date of the Sirte Declaration which marked the formation of the African Union. Afriqiyah Airways is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and the International Air Transport Association. The airline generated US$120 million in revenue in 2006. By mid-October 2010, Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines (Libya's other state flag carrier) were expected to merge into one airline, but this was postponed to Q1 of 2013.
The airline was established in April 2001 and commenced scheduled services on 1 December 2001. It is wholly owned by the Libyan government and has 287 employees (at March 2007). The airline started off with Boeing 737-400
Air Vanuatu is an airline with its head office in the Air Vanuatu House, Port Vila, Vanuatu. It is Vanuatu's national flag carrier, operating to Australia, New Zealand and points in the South Pacific. Its main base is Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila.
Air Vanuatu was established in early 1981 after Vanuatu gained independence from the United Kingdom and France the previous year. The assistance of Ansett Airlines was sought and a five year agreement put in place for Ansett to provide aircraft and operating staff. Ansett also took a 40% stake in the new airline, the government of Vanuatu holding the other 60%. The first Air Vanuatu flight, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 owned and operated by Ansett, departed Sydney for Port Vila on 5 September 1981. In May 1982 a Boeing 737-200 of Polynesian Airlines replaced the DC-9; this was replaced in turn by an Ansett 737-200 in October 1985. In March 1986 the agreement with Ansett expired and was not renewed, this had the effect of grounding the airline.
In 1987 the company was re-established with 100% ownership by the government of Vanuatu, after a new commercial agreement was signed with Australian Airlines; weekly Sydney - Port Vila
Hubs:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Accidents:Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529
Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) was an American airline based in the A-Tech Center in College Park, Georgia, flying to 144 destinations as a Delta Connection carrier and, as of February 2010, commenced service as a United Express carrier. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. ASA operated nearly 900 flights each day. Its main hub was at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
In November 2011, ASA and ExpressJet received a single operating certificate from the FAA and in December 2011, all flights were branded as ExpressJet.
On March 12, 1979, the company was incorporated as Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. with headquarters established in the Atlanta area. June 27 saw the start of operations with one 19-passenger Twin Otter aircraft between Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. From 1979 to 1999 the call sign for ASA was "ACEY". In 1999 there was confusion with call sign for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)- New Mexico based fighter unit w/ call sign "ACER". The FAA insisted one change call its sign and ASA was the one to change since they had used the call sign for the least amount of time. June 27, 1999 ASA changed to call sign CAA "Candler"
BA Connect was a fully owned subsidiary airline of British Airways. Headquartered in Didsbury, Manchester, England, it operated a network of domestic and European services from a number of airports in the United Kingdom on behalf of British Airways. The airline operated as a low-cost carrier, with food sold via a 'buy on board' programme (except for flights to London City Airport).
On 3 November 2006 British Airways announced the sale of BA Connect to Flybe. It formally transferred to Flybe on 25 March 2007.
The company was incorporated on 26 January 1970 as Brymon Aviation Limited which operated as Brymon Airways. On 30 July 1993 the company was renamed Brymon Airways Limited to reflect the operating name.
The company was purchased by British Airways in 1993 and on 28 March 2002 it was merged with British Regional Airlines and was renamed British Airways Citiexpress Limited operating as British Airways Citiexpress.
The regional operations of British Airways at Birmingham and Manchester, and the operations of the former CityFlyer Express, were integrated into the new airline later in 2002.
On 1 February 2006 the airline was renamed BA Connect Limited operating as BA Connect and
Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A. is a low-cost airline based in Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania, operating mostly out of Henri Coanda International Airport. It started operations in December 2004.
At its founding, Blue Air also operated a domestic Bucharest-Timişoara flight, though this was discontinued in March 2005 due to low demand and competition from TAROM as well as Căile Ferate Române, the Romanian rail company. Blue Air began domestic flights to Cluj Napoca International Airport from Bucharest on 29 October 2006, operated with a Boeing 737. The company was one of the cheapest air carriers at November 2006 to serve Bucharest and other Romanian cities (until other air carriers like Wizz Air, Germanwings, MyAir or EasyJet started to operate in the country).
As of March 2012, the Blue Air fleet consists of the following aircraft, with an average age of 20.5 years:
Go! (styled as go!), based in Honolulu is a regional brand of Phoenix, Arizona based Mesa Airlines. Go! operates inter island services within Hawaii. Its main base is Honolulu International Airport. It is a division within the Mesa Airlines subsidiary of Mesa Air Group and its flights are operated by Mesa Airlines.
Regional carrier Mesa Airlines started Go!'s inter-island operations on June 9, 2006, using five Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jet aircraft.
In September 2006, the airline announced that it had reached an agreement with Mokulele Airlines, whereby Mokulele would operate Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft to Kapalua, Molokai, and Lanai under the name Go!Express. Service began with flights from Kapalua to Honolulu, Kahului, and Kona on April 17, 2007. Service began for flights to Molokai on July 21, 2007 and flights to Lanai on October 6, 2007. Following Mokulele's agreement with Republic Airways Holdings to have that company operate flights in Hawaii using 70-seat jets, Mesa announced that it will be terminating the Go!Express agreement with Mokulele in April 2009. The airline later accelerated plans to terminate the agreement with Mokulele, and ended the code-share on March 24,
Loganair Limited is a Scottish airline with its registered office on the grounds of Glasgow International Airport and in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Loganair operates scheduled services under a Flybe franchise in mainland Scotland and to Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. In addition it operates a service to Belfast City - Northern Ireland and to Birmingham from its Dundee base. Its tag line is "Scotland's Airline". It also provides services for the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and night mail services on behalf of Royal Mail. In addition to its main base at Glasgow, the airline has hubs at Edinburgh Airport, Inverness Airport, Dundee Airport and Aberdeen Airport.
The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence. It is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. Loganair was founded in 1962 and despite the ownership of the company changing hands on several occasions it has always operated under the same name and callsign making it the United Kingdom's oldest operating airline.
On 8th July 2011, it was announced that Loganair had agreed to purchase Cambridge based ScotAirways. The airline will
NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH, also known as flyNiki is a scheduled semi-lowcost airline and a subsidiary of Air Berlin, Germany's second largest airline. It mainly serves business and some leisure destinations and is headquartered in Office Park I at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat, Wien-Umgebung, Austria. Niki operates charter services to leisure destinations in Europe and the Middle East from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and Linz on behalf of tour operators as well. Although it's often called "low-cost", it provides full service, like free refreshments, newspapers, baggage, etc.
The livery carries a distinctive cartoon insect at the front of the aircraft, and is meant to represent the 'fly' part of the catchphrase fly Niki.
Niki Lauda, ex-Grand Prix driver, had been ousted from Lauda Air by boardroom politics in November 2000. In 2003 Niki Lauda acquired the former Aero Lloyd Austria operation. The airline started operations on 28 November 2003 with the temporary name FlyNiki. On 9 January 2004, Niki announced cooperation with Air Berlin. The two airlines call their cooperation "the first European low-cost airliner alliance". Russian carrier S7 Airlines is projected to join. In the
Skyway Airlines was an American ramp and aircraft ground handling services and catering company based in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Until April 5, 2008, it operated as a regional airline under the business name Midwest Connect, feeding Midwest Airlines's hub at General Mitchell International Airport with twelve 32-seat Fairchild-Dornier 328JET jet aircraft, and four 19-seat Beechcraft 1900 turboprops. Skyway Airlines, along with its parent corporation, Midwest Air Group, has ceased operations.
Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection, began flight operations on April 17, 1989.
Skyway began operations as a division of Phoenix, Arizona-based Mesa Air Group. Mesa's Skyway Airlines division operated Beechcraft 1900C 19-passenger airliners, providing regional airline feed to Midwest Express Airlines in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois.
In 1994, Midwest Express established Astral Aviation, Inc., as a wholly owned subsidiary to take over the operation of Skyway Airlines. The 1900C aircraft were replaced with 12 brand-new Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. The first flight took place from Milwaukee to Flint, Michigan, on February 15, 1994. Skyway grew to connect Milwaukee with
TNT Airways, a subsidiary of TNT Express, is a cargo and (since 2004) passenger airline, operating chartered flights to mainly European destinations. The airline was founded in 1999 and has its head office in Liège, Belgium, on the grounds of Liège Airport, its hub.
1999 TNT Airways is founded and incorporated in Belgium. AOC and Air Transport License application with the Belgian Authorities.
2000 First BAe 146-300 QT Type Certification in Belgium. TNT Airways resumes air operations immediately between Liege and Vienna with its first BAe 146-300 QT. Introduction of its first Airbus A300B4F into service. Full member of IATA. Extension of its operation area from European coverage to Worldwide coverage.
2001 TRTO (Type Rating Training Organization) approvals allowing in-house crew training for the A300, BAe146 and extended to training of instructors and examiners. Recognized as Scheduled Operator by Belgian Authorities.
2002 US Department of Transport and FAA approval to conduct operation with inter-modal capability between the US and Belgium. License by Liege Airport Company (SAB) to provide ramp handling services to 3rd party carriers whether passenger or cargo operators. TRTO
US Airways is a major U.S. airline based in the U.S. city of Tempe, Arizona. A member of the Star Alliance Network, the airline utilizes a fleet of 338 mainline jet aircraft and 285 regional jet and turbo-prop aircraft connecting 204 destinations in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East.
The carrier operates the US Airways Shuttle, a US Airways brand which provides hourly service between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Regional airline service is branded as US Airways Express, operated by contract and subsidiary airline companies.
As of July 2012, US Airways employed 32,306 people worldwide and operated 3,197 daily flights (1,268 US Airways Mainline, 1,929 US Airways Express).
US Airways traces its history to All American Aviation Inc, a company founded by du Pont family brothers Richard C. du Pont, Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr. and CEO Steven Gardner. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the airline served the Ohio River valley in 1939. In 1949 the company was renamed All American Airways as it switched from airmail to passenger service; it became Allegheny Airlines in 1953.
Allegheny's first jet was the Douglas DC-9 in 1966; it absorbed Lake Central Airlines in 1968
Focus cities:Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Vueling Airlines SA (BMAD: VLG), commonly shortened to Vueling, is a low cost airline based in El Prat de Llobregat, near Barcelona (Spain), where it maintains its main operating base. Its name came from the Spanish word Vuelo, which means flight. There are seven additional bases at Amsterdam, Bilbao, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Toulouse and Valencia.
Vueling serves destinations in Europe and the western Mediterranean.
Vueling was established in February 2004 and commenced operations on 1 July 2004 with a flight between Barcelona and Ibiza. The initial fleet consisted of two Airbus A320 aircraft, based in Barcelona serving Paris, Brussels, Palma and Ibiza.
Initially, major shareholders of Vueling Airlines were Apax Partners (40%), Inversiones Hemisferio (Grupo Planeta) (30%), Vueling's management team (23%) and V.A. Investor (JetBlue Airways) (7%). During its nascent stages, the company's general manager was Lázaro Ros, while Carlos Muñoz was CEO. In November 2007, Vueling appointed managing director of Spanair Lars Nygaard as CEO to replace Carlos Muñoz, who remained as a member of the Board of Directors.
Madrid was added as the airline's second base in 2005,
Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 四川航空公司) is a regional airline headquartered on the grounds of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan in the People's Republic of China, operating mainly scheduled domestic flights out of Chengdu Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. The airline launched its first long-haul overseas route in June 2012 with flights to Vancouver, Canada.
The airline was established on 19 September 1986, with operations starting 14 July 1988 between Chengdu and Wanzhou. In August 2002 it was reorganised and the Sichuan Airlines Group, which is owned by the provincial government, became the major shareholder (40%). The other shareholders are China Southern Airlines (39%), Shandong Airlines (10%), Shanghai Airlines (10%) and Gingko Restaurant (1%). The company has 1,844 employees.
As of July 2012, the Sichuan Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 6.3 years:
Jetstar Airways is an Australian low-cost airline headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. It is a subsidiary of Qantas, created in response to the threat posed by low-cost airline Virgin Blue (now known as Virgin Australia). The airline operates an extensive domestic network as well as regional and international services from its main base at Melbourne Airport, using a mixed fleet of Airbus A320 family and Airbus A330 aircraft.
Parent company Qantas also has stakes in sister companies Jetstar Asia Airways and Valuair in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific Airlines in Vietnam and new upcoming carriers in Asia Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Hong Kong. Jetstar shares its parent's strong competition with Australia's biggest low-cost carrier Virgin Australia. Both Tiger Airways Singapore and Tiger Airways Australia are also major competitors to Jetstar in the low-cost market.
The airline was established by Qantas in 2003 as a low-cost domestic subsidiary. Qantas had previously acquired Impulse Airlines and operated it under the QantasLink brand from 2001 onwards, but following the decision to launch a low-cost carrier, re-launched the airline under the Jetstar brand. Domestic passenger services began
One-Two-GO Airlines (Thai: วัน-ทู-โก แอร์ไลน์) was a low-cost airline based in Don Mueang, Bangkok, Thailand. Following the crash of OG 269 in Phuket, Thailand on September 16, 2007, One-Two-GO was banned from flying in European Union nations due to safety concerns. Its main base was Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok. Always owned and managed by Orient Thai Airlines and owned by CEO Udom Tantiprasongchai and his wife Nina Tantriprasongchai, the One-Two-GO brand was retired in July 2010, and the aircraft re-branded as Orient Thai Airlines.
The airline started operations on 3 December 2003.
On April 8, 2009, the European Commission added One-Two-GO Airlines to its blacklist of airline operators banned from entering European airspace.
One-Two-GO Airlines served domestic destinations Chiang Rai and Phuket from their base at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
The One-Two-GO Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
The airline was in negotiations with Japan Airlines to purchase several used MD-80s aircraft for expansion. This never happened.
Three years after the crash, the British Coroner's Inquest examining the cause of the British nationals' deaths cited
Suckling Airways is an airline that focuses on ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) work and ad hoc corporate charters for business and sporting organisations. It has its head office at Cambridge Airport, Cambridgeshire.
Suckling Airways (Cambridge) Ltd holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
On 8 July 2011, it was announced that Glasgow based airline Loganair had agreed to buy Suckling Airways, the airline will continue to trade as a separate airline which holds its own licences and approvals.
The company reverted back to its registered name of Suckling Airways in July 2011, before this the company was trading as ScotAirways. The re-brand was part of the deal with Loganair.
The airline was established in November 1984 and started operations in 1986. It was founded as Suckling Aviation by Roy and Merlyn Suckling, originally operating charter and air taxi services from a grass runway in Ipswich. Scheduled services began on 26 April 1986 from Ipswich Airport to Manchester and Amsterdam using a single 18-seat Dornier Do228-200. The service was
Sterling Airlines A/S was a low-cost airline with its head office at Copenhagen Airport South in Dragør, Dragør Municipality, Denmark. It was created in September 2005 through the merger of two Danish airlines — Sterling European Airlines and Maersk Air — which had been bought by the Icelandic investment group Fons Eignarhaldsfélag a few months before. One month after the merger, Sterling Airlines was sold to the FL Group. In December 2006, Sterling was sold again, this time to Nordic Travel Holding. On 6 January 2006, Hannes Smárason, CEO of the FL Group, stated that a merger of EasyJet and Sterling was a possibility.
On 29 October 2008, Sterling filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. On 4 December 2008, Cimber Air announced that it had purchased Sterling and intended to restore the airline as a separate company, with a gradual expansion throughout Europe. The purchase included Sterling's name, website and landing slots, but not aircraft. Former Sterling employees were not guaranteed jobs in the resurrected company, although Cimber believed many of them would be offered jobs.
At the end of 2005, Sterling Airlines had 1,600 staff and 29 aircraft, making it almost twice as
1Time is a low-cost airline based in the Isando Industrial Park in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. It operates scheduled domestic and regional services. Its main base is OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.
The name of the company, "one time!", is a South African expression meaning "for real!".
The founders owned an aviation holding company, Afrisource Holdings, through which they owned Aeronexus, an aviation company that offered various aircraft services (and currently performs maintenance for 1Time).
1Time commenced ticket sales in January 2004, and started flying on 25 February 2004, with three daily return flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
The Avstar Group has acquired a 15% shareholding in 1Time Holdings and under the deal the airline will lease two additional 157-seat McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft from the Group. 1Time carried over a million passengers in 2006 on services to eight destinations.
The airline is owned by Afrisource Holdings (50%), MKJH Trust (30%) and Mogwele Investments (20%) and has 420 employees (at March 2007).
1Time Holdings made an IPO on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange
Atlas Blue was a low-cost airline with its head office on the grounds of Marrakech-Menara Airport in Marrakech, Morocco, operating out of Menara International Airport.
Since the end of 2009, Atlas Blue is a subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc (RAM), operating chartered and scheduled services to Europe. During 2010, Atlas Blue flights were rebranded as Royal Air Maroc flights, with the aircraft being re-painted in RAM livery, too. By the end of 2010, the Atlas Blue brand will cease to exist.
Atlas Blue was established on 28 May 2004 and started operations on 26 July 2004, with charter operations from Morocco to France using a single Boeing 737-400. Another 5 Boeing 737-400s were transferred from Royal Air Maroc to expand services to Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Atlas Blue is owned by Royal Air Maroc (99.99%) and private investors (0.01%), and has 167 employees.
At the end of 2009, Royal Air Maroc bought Atlas Blue. As a first sign of the merger, the Atlas Blue website was shut down on 21 of January 2010.
Atlas Blue operated scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of February 2010):
The Atlas Blue fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of January 2010)
Atlasjet Havacılık A.Ş. is an airline based in Florya, Bakırköy district, Istanbul, Turkey, operating domestic and international scheduled passenger services and regular charter flights to Europe, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates, usually out of either Atatürk International Airport; Istanbul, Ercan Airport; Northern Cyprus, Adnan Menderes Airport; İzmir, or Antalya Airport; Antalya.
The airline was established on 14 March 2001 and started operations on 1 June 2001. Formerly known as Atlasjet International Airlines, it was set up as a subsidiary of Öger Holdings. In 2004 ETS Group acquired a 45% stake, which was increased to 90% in February 2006 following the taking over of Öger's 45% holding. The company is led by its CEO Orhan Coşkun had 730 employees (as of 2007).
Atlasjet operates scheduled flights to the following destinations:
As of July 2012, and according to the company website, the Atlasjet fleet consists of 14 aircraft with an average age of 11.8 years. Currently the fleet only consists of Airbus aircraft.
In the past Atlasjet have used Boeing 757s, Airbus A330s and McDonnell Douglas MD-83s among planes.
In November 2011 Atlasjet signed a Letter of Interest for 10
MexicanaClick, formerly Click Mexicana, was Mexicana's regional operator, serving most of Mexicana's domestic routes between more than 25 Mexican cities. It was founded as a low-cost carrier, but changed its market to regional operations after its acquisition by Mexicana. Its main base was Mexico City International Airport.
The airline was founded in 1975 and started operations on 12 July 1975 as Aerocaribe. It was formed by Yucatán private investors but was bought by Corporación Mexicana de Aviación on 23 August 1990. It operated regional services under the Mexicana Inter banner using Fairchild FH-227 and Douglas DC-9-30 aircraft (as of January 2005). Mexicana decided to transfer its fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft to Aerocaribe and rebrand the airline, with Click Mexicana starting operations in July 2005. Some services previously operated by Mexicana de Aviación, such as Ciudad del Carmen, Cozumel, and Saltillo, were shifted to Click Mexicana. In December 2005 the Mexicana group, including Click Mexicana, was reprivatised and sold by the Mexican government to Grupo Posadas, a hotel chain.
As part of a restructuring of Mexicana in 2008, it was announced that Click would stop service
Focus cities:Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
IndiGo, is a private, low-cost airline based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Since commencing operations in August 2006, it has established itself as one of India's leading airlines using its model of efficient, low-cost operations and by attracting customers with low fares. IndiGo is the largest low cost carrier in India and is India's largest carrier by market share as of August 2012. As of March 2012 it is the only airline in India making profits. Aditya Ghosh, a former lawyer, is credited for the growth of the airline since he joined as the President in 2008.
IndiGo was set up in early 2006 by Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, of InterGlobe Enterprises. InterGlobe holds 51.12% stake in IndiGo and 48% is held by Caelum Investments, a Virginia, US based firm, run by Rakesh Gangwal.
IndiGo placed a firm order of 100 Airbus A320-200 aircraft during June 2005 in plans to commence operations in mid 2006. Former US Airways Executive vice-President and Marketing and Planning Bruce Ashby joined IndiGo as its Chief Executive Officer. The airline already acquired parking lots for its brand new aircraft at both Mumbai and Delhi airports. By the time they announced the first flight, they had
Royal Swazi National Airways Corporation was the national airline of the Kingdom of Swaziland. Headquartered in Mbabane with its operational base at Matsapha Airport near Manzini, the airline was founded in 1978.
In March 1978, the government of Swaziland announced that it was setting up a national airline to be known as Royal Swazi National Airways Corporation, and informed privately owned airline Swazi Air that it would be required to close down operations by 1 August 1978. In mid-1978 it was announced that Royal Swazi had purchased a 63-seat Fokker F.28 Mk.3000 from Fokker with which it would begin its services. Fokker-VFW F28 pilots, among other technical assistance. The airline also acquired a low-cycle Vickers Viscount 839 which had previously been operated by the Iranian government and the Sultan of Oman's Air Force. On 1 August 1978, the airline inaugurated its services with the F28 on a flight from Manzini to Johannesburg via Durban, whilst the airlines' Viscount was on standby at Matsapha Airport. Services to Lusaka, Mauritius and Blantyre were expected to be added to the fledgling airline's route network.
The airline made headlines when on 25 November 1981 a group of 44
Yemenia (Arabic: اليمنية), also known as Yemen Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية) is the national airline of Yemen, based in Sana'a. It operates scheduled domestic and international passenger flights to destinations in Africa and the Middle East, as well as to Asia and Europe, and one flight weekly to Boston out of its hubs at Sana'a International Airport, and (to a smaller extent) Aden International Airport. Yemenia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
Yemenia dates its origins back to Yemen Airlines, a company that was founded in the second half of the 1940s and owned by Ahmad bin Yahya, then King of Yemen.
When the Yemen Arab Republic was proclaimed in 1962, Yemen Airlines was issued a new airline licence on 4 August of that year (which remains valid until today), thus becoming the flag carrier of the country, with its head office in the Ministry of Communication Building in Sana'a. In 1967, the airline entered a co-operation with United Arab Airlines, which lasted until 1972. During that period, it was known as Yemen Arab Airlines.
In July 1972, the Yemen Airways branding was launched, which coincided with the company being nationalized. In 1977, Saudi Arabia
Bellview Airlines was an airline headquartered at Bellview Plaza in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. Founded in 1992 and having had 308 employees, it operated scheduled passenger flights within Africa as well as to London out of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The airline was shut down in 2009.
In 1992, Bellview Airlines emerged out of Bellview Travels Limited, a Lagos based travel agency, originally concentrating on offering executive charter services using a single Yakovlev Yak-40 aircraft. In 1993 scheduled domestic passenger services commenced with a leased Douglas DC-9-30. In order to expand further, a subsidiary in Sierra Leone was founded in 1995, which later merged back into its parent company.
The Government of Nigeria set a deadline of April 30, 2007, for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise to avoid being grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety. Bellview Airlines satisfied the criteria of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and was subsequently re-registered for operation.
In October 2009 Bellview Airlines suspended all operations following the suspension of its London Heathrow services.
At July 2009, Bellview
Hubs:Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Focus cities:Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
Accidents:Air Canada Flight 797
Air Canada (TSX: AC.A, AC.B) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Canada. The airline, founded in 1936, provides scheduled and charter air transport for passengers and cargo to 178 destinations worldwide. It is the world's tenth-largest passenger airline by number of destinations, and the airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, an alliance of 28 member airlines formed in 1997. Air Canada's corporate headquarters are located in Montreal, Quebec, while its largest hub is Toronto Pearson International Airport, located in Mississauga, Ontario. Air Canada had passenger revenues of CA$10.2 billion in 2011. The airline's regional service is Air Canada Express.
Canada's national airline originated from the Canadian federal government's 1936 creation of Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA), which began operating its first transcontinental flight routes in 1938. In 1965, TCA was renamed Air Canada following government approval. Following the 1980s deregulation of the Canadian airline market, the airline was privatized in 1988. In 2001, Air Canada acquired its largest rival, Canadian Airlines. In 2003, the airline filed for bankruptcy protection and, the following year, emerged and
CHC Helikopter Service, previously CHC Norway, CHC Helikopter Service and Helikopter Service was the Norwegian division of CHC Helicopter Corporation. The airline was an independent company until 1999. It operates primarily to oil platforms on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, with crew change, infield shuttle and search and rescue operations. Though the global headquarters are in Richmond, B.C., Canada, the company has its main base at Stavanger Airport, Sola.
The company also operates out of the airports Bergen Airport, Flesland, Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy, Florø Airport and Kristiansund Airport, Kvernberget in addition to the oil installations Ekofisk, Oseberg, Statfjord and Heidrun. It also operated a public service obligation on the route Bodø-Værøy and the national rescue helicopter service for some years.
The company started out operating under the name Scancopter-Service A/S in 1956, using various small helicopters. But in 1966 the first steps in the Norwegian oil exploration started, and the company acquired two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters and at the same time changed its name to Helikopter Service. By 1980 the company was operating 20
Focus cities:Del Caribe International General Santiago Marino Airport
LASER (Línea Aérea de Servicio Ejecutivo Regional) is an airline based in Caracas, Venezuela. It operates scheduled and passenger charter services within Venezuela. Its main base is Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas.
The airline was established in 1993 and started operations in 1994. The airline was started by a group of pilots and investors
LASER operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (July 2012):
The LASER Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of January 2010) :
Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MYX: 3786), doing business as Malaysia Airlines (abbreviated MAS), is the government-owned flag carrier of Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines operates flights from its home base, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and with a secondary hub at Kuching. It has its headquarters on the grounds of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor. The airline plans to relocate its headquarters from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to KLIA in February 2012.
Malaysia Airlines operates flights in Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and on the Kangaroo Route between Europe and Australasia. It operates transpacific flights from Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles, via Tokyo.
Apart from the airline the group also includes aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and aircraft handling. Malaysia Airlines has two airline subsidiaries: Firefly and MASwings. Firefly operates scheduled flights from its two home bases Penang International Airport and Subang International Airport. The airline focuses on tertiary cities. MASwings focuses on inter-Borneo flights. Malaysia Airlines has a freighter fleet operated by MASKargo, which manages freighter flights and
MIAT Mongolian Airlines (Mongolian: Монголын Иргэний Агаарын Тээвэр, Mongolyn Irgenii Agaaryn Teever (MIAT), Mongolian Civil Air Transport) is Mongolia's national airline, headquartered in the MIAT Building in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The airline operates international scheduled services from its base at Chinggis Khaan International Airport near Ulaanbaatar.
MIAT Mongolian Airlines was formed in 1956. It began operations with the help of Aeroflot and began flights on 7 July 1956 using an Antonov An-2 from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk. The airline also used Soviet-built Lisunov Li-2s for flights to international destinations like Beijing and Moscow. During the 1960s and 1970s the airline obtained Antonov An-24 and An-26 twin turboprops. Tupolev Tu-154 jets were introduced in the late 1970s.
In 1992, MIAT bought five Chinese Harbin Y-12 commuter aircraft and acquired a Boeing 727-200 from Korean Air, one more following in 1994. An Airbus A310 was leased in 1998, and a new Boeing 737 was leased in 2003 to replace the aging 727-200 fleet. Starting from 2003 until 2008, MIAT's An-24 and An-26 fleet was gradually retired. In April 2008, MIAT received its second Boeing 737-800
Onur Air (Turkish: Onur Air Taşımacılık AŞ) is an airline based in Florya, Bakırköy district, Istanbul, Turkey. It operates scheduled domestic services and charter flights to a large number of destinations throughout Europe from its main base at Atatürk International Airport. The airline is owned in equal parts by Cankut Bagana (its previous CEO), Hayri İçli (the CEO) and Ünsal Tülbentçi.
Onur Air was established on 14 April 1992. It started operations using a wet-leased Airbus A320 on 14 May 1992 with a flight to Ercan in Cyprus. Within 11 months, three more aircraft were added to the fleet. By June 1995, Onur Air was operating a fleet of seven aircraft. By the end of 1995, it was operating nine aircraft. In 1996, Ten Tour acquired the airline. Due to recession, Onur Air had to reduce the number of the planes in its fleet to 13 in 1998, and then to nine in 1999. But once again, the fleet grew rapidly reaching the present number of 31.
In June 2010, Onur Air board member Mehmet Pekpak announced plans to start a new airline in Egypt from December 2010. He explained the move is intended in part to address the drop in charter traffic to Turkey during the winter months by transferring
Rutaca (Rutas Aéreas C.A.) is an airline based in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela.
Rutaca was established and began operations in 1974. It currently operates scheduled and charter services throughout the country.
This is the list of places that Rutaca flies to (as of September 2006):
The RUTACA Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 19 October 2008) :
Scandinavian Airlines or SAS, previously Scandinavian Airlines System, is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the largest airline in Scandinavia.
Part of the SAS Group and headquartered at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) in Sigtuna, Sweden, the airline operates 182 aircraft to 90 destinations. The airline's main hub is Kastrup or Copenhagen Airport, which is the main European and intercontinental hub. Somewhat smaller hubs also exist at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen and Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.
In 2011, SAS carried 22.9 million passengers, achieving revenues of SEK 38 billion. This makes it the eight-largest airline in Europe. SAS' fleet consists of Airbus A319, A320 (To be delivered soon), A321, A330 and A340, Boeing 737 Classic and Next Generation, Bombardier CRJ900 and McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (To be phased out). It is a founding member of the Star Alliance.
The airline was founded in 1946 as a consortium to pool Det Danske Luftfartselskab's, Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik's and Det Norske Luftfartselskap's transatlantic services. European and domestic cooperation started two years later and, in 1951, the airlines merged to create SAS.
The airline was founded on
Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd (ASX: SXR, LSE: SKYW) is a regional airline company based in Perth, Western Australia, Australia; servicing key towns in the state of Western Australia, Darwin, Northern Territory and Melbourne, Victoria; as well as charter flights to Bali, Indonesia.
Skywest began service in 1963 as Carnarvon Air Taxis flying charter flights with small general aviation aircraft out of Carnarvon, Western Australia. In 1979 it changed its name to Skywest Aviation and had moved to Perth's Jandakot Airport. In 1980 Skywest Airlines was formed, based at Perth Airport, and acquired Stillwell Airlines and its routes; the combined fleet included 39 aircraft, making it the second largest commuter airline in Australia at the time. The Skywest Airlines/Aviation fleet included a mix of general aviation types and small airliners including GAF N-24 Nomads, Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirantes, Beechcraft King Air 200s & Fairchild SA-227 Metro IIIs, as well as smaller types such as Cessna 182s and Piper Aztecs.
In 1982, the controlling companies merged Skywest Airlines with TransWest airlines. At the time Skywest operated 16 aircraft and TransWest 25.
Then in 1983 Skywest proposed to merge with
Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir), Inc., operating as SEAir, is an airline based in Pampanga, Philippines, operating domestic flights out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila. Its other hubs are Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, Malay, Aklan and Clark International Airport (formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport), Angeles.
The airline was established in 1995 and started operations on the same year. Its franchise however, was granted by Congress of the Philippines only on May 13, 2009 through Republic Act No. 9517.
The airline received its corporate registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 25 March 1995 mainly to operate aircraft leasing, chartering and few domestic scheduled flights. In May 1995, the airline was registered with the Clark Special Economic Zone to operate services in the Clark-Manila-Subic area and to tourist destinations throughout Luzon and the Visayas regions. It has had continual route expansion and opened a hub in Zamboanga City in 2002.
Seair is majority-owned by local investors - 60% by the Lopezes, 10% by Nikos Gitsis and Iren Dornier at 30%. Iren Dornier is a German pilot and entrepreneur, the grandson of German flying pioneer
Amerer Air is a cargo airline based in Linz, Austria. It is Austria's largest dedicated cargo airline operating services from Linz and Cologne throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Its main base is Linz Airport.
The airline was established and started operations in 1995 with one Fokker F27 Mk500. Between 1997 and 2006 two Lockheed L-188 Electra were operated for United Parcel Service and TNT N.V.. In 1999, international long distance road transport was introduced to supplement air freight activities. The airline is owned by Heinz Peter Amerer (50%) and Susanne Amerer (50%) and has 40 employees. Future expansion plans include the purchase of Boeing 737-300 Freighter aircraft.
The Amerer Air fleet includes the following aircraft (at March 2007) :
Flyglobespan was a British low-cost airline based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It formerly operated scheduled services from five airports across the UK and Ireland to destinations in Europe, North America, North Africa and South Africa. Its main bases were Glasgow International Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Aberdeen Airport. The airline's slogan was "Award-winning airline". It went into administration due to financial problems and the airline declared bankruptcy on 16 December 2009. Because of the administration, Flyglobespan cancelled all of its scheduled flights. As of 14 December 2010, the business was formally declared to be in liquidation.
Flyglobespan (a trading name for Globespan Airways Limited) was established in November 2002 as an offshoot of the Globespan Group. Operations started in April 2003 using two Boeing 737-300 aircraft provided by Channel Express on services from Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport to five destinations in Spain, France and Italy.
Globespan, an Edinburgh-based tour operator with over 30 years experience, already offered scheduled and charter flights, cruise travel, rail and coach travel, motor home and car rental, and hotel accommodation
For the American cargo airline, see Martinaire.
Martinair Holland N.V., operating as Martinair, is the second Dutch airline headquartered in the TransPort Building on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands. It operates cargo services to over 50 destinations worldwide. Services are largely on a scheduled basis, but charter services are also operated. Its main base is Schiphol Airport.
The airline was founded on 24 May 1958 as Martin's Air Charter (MAC), by Martin Schröder and John Block, with one aircraft, a de Havilland Dove and five employees. In 1963 Mr. Schröder sold 49% of the company to four equal shipping company shareholders (12.25% each, these eventually combining as Nedlloyd). KLM would later purchase the 50+% that Mr. Schröder owned, buying him out. The name was changed to Martinair Holland in 1966. A healthy boost came in 1967 with the opening of business to the United States. Martinair became all jet-powered in 1971.
In 1991, the first aircraft with the "Martinair Cargo" name was introduced, and "Holland" was dropped from all aircraft. In 1996, Martinair bought a 40% stake in Colombian cargo carrier TAMPA Cargo, based in Medellín, which
PSA Airlines is an American regional airline headquartered at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, that flies under US Airways Express brand for US Airways. PSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group. PSA has crew bases in Knoxville, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina and Dayton, Ohio. It has maintenance bases in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio and at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport in Green, Ohio.
As of July 2012, PSA Airlines employed 992 people. The airline operates 172 daily flights in 65 cities as US Airways Express for US Airways.
Named after its owner Vee Neal Frey, Vee Neal Airlines was established in 1979 and began initial operations from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In May 1980, the operation was expanded to include scheduled air services between Latrobe and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Cessna 402.
Between June 1980 and 1982, Henry Fish and a John P. Leemhuis lobbied civic and business leaders in the Erie, Pennsylvania area to raise venture capital to expand Vee Neal Airlines. After receiving financing, six Jetstream aircraft were ordered to fashion a route system that would insure air service links on a nonstop basis to key cities. In
Japan Transocean Air Co., Ltd. (日本トランスオーシャン航空株式会社, Nippon Toransuōshan Kōkū Kabushiki-gaisha), or JTA, is an airline based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It operates domestic services. Its main base is Naha Airport. From 1967 until 1993, the airline was known as Southwest Air Lines.
The airline was established on 20 June 1967 as Southwest Air Lines (南西航空, Nansei Kōkū), and started operations in July 1967. It changed its name in July 1993. It has 754 employees (at March 2007) and is owned by Japan Airlines (51.1%), Naha Airport Terminal (17%), Okinawa Prefecture (12.9%) and others (19.1%)
It flew Convair 240s until new capital from JAL allowed it to upgrade to NAMC YS-11s, and eventually Boeing 737s. JTA occasionally lends aircraft to JAL in the event of equipment failure. JTA also provides maintenance services for JAL Group Boeing 737-400 aircraft. JTA owns 72.9% of Ryukyu Air Commuter.
As of February 2012, the Japan Transocean Air fleet consists of 9 Boeing 737-400 aircraft, all aircraft are in full-economy class configuration and the capacity is 150.
Types formerly operated include: NAMC YS-11, Boeing 767-200, Boeing 737-200
Air Méditerranée ("Air Mediterranean") is an airline headquartered on the property of the Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport in Juillan, France. It was established and started operations in 1997 and operates chartered passenger and cargo flights, mostly out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
It was previously headquartered in Le Fauga, close to Toulouse.
Air Méditerranée operates the following services (as of 28 May 2011 (2011 -05-28)):
As of December 2010, the Air Méditerranée fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 13.9 years:
The airline and pilot denied a group of 22 hearing impaired passengers to board a flight from Marseille to Turkey for "security reasons". The airline argued that they were not notified ahead of time, stating that deaf and disabled passengers require additional cabin crew. A spokesperson explained that it was not the airlines intent to discriminate the passengers and that it was solely a security concern. The group of passengers is seeking to file a human rights complaint with the authorities. Members of several institutions have come forward to stress that deaf individuals are to be treated as those who do not speak the airlines main
Air One S.p.A., operating as Air One "Smart Carrier", is Alitalia's low cost carrier subsidiary with flights based in Milan Malpensa Airport, Pisa Airport, Venice Marco Polo Airport and Catania Fontanarossa Airport.
Before the merger with Alitalia, Air One was a competitor, the second largest airline in Italy, with a network to 36 destinations in Italy, Europe and North America. Its main bases were Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Linate Airport in Milan and Turin International Airport, each equipped with a dedicated Air One Lounge named Sala Welcome, which can still be used by Alitalia customers.
"Air One" is a portmanteau of the English meaning Air One and the Italian word 'airone', meaning heron (the bird depicted in the logo), which is also the airline callsign.
Air One began life as Aliadriatica which was established in Pescara in 1983 to operate as a flying school and provide air-taxi services and later regional scheduled services. In 1988 Gruppo Toto, one of the leading building and civil engineering groups in Italy, became the majority shareholder. With the acquisition of its first Boeing 737-200 in June 1994, Aliadriatica started scheduled and charter
Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano S.A. (abbreviated LAB, also known as LAB Airlines) was an airline serving as flag carrier of Bolivia. It operated domestic and international flights, aiming at passenger as well as cargo transport. LAB was active for more than 80 years, having been based in Cochabamba most of the time, with Cochabamba Airport being an important operational base. Before its demise its headquarters was on the property of Wilstermann Airport in Cochabamba. The largest hub was located in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (El Trompillo Airport or Viru Viru International Airport), though.
NOTE: The following narrative relies only on one single, non-neutral source.
Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano was founded by Guillermo Kyllmann in Cochabamba on September 15, 1925. The name was chosen after the British insurance market Lloyd's of London for its image of safety and security. Flight operations were launched on 23 September using Junkers F.13 aircraft, the first of which had been a present from the German community in Bolivia.
In July 1930, LLoyd Aéreo began to serve international routes, with scheduled flights between La Paz, where it was based then, and Corumbá, Brazil. On the grounds of a co-operation
MNG Airlines is a cargo airline based in Istanbul, Turkey. It operates scheduled and charter services within the Middle East and to the Far East, United States and European destinations. Its main bases are Atatürk International Airport, Istanbul, Antalya Airport and Brussels Airport.
The airline was established by Mehmet Nazif Gunal in 1997 and started operations on 30 November 1997. Transatlantic services began in 1998 with a flight from Frankfurt to Toronto, followed by scheduled services to the USA on 8 November 1998. In mid-2002 passenger operations were added. In 2005 MNG won an award from Airbus for 100% reliability on the 30 year old Airbus A300. On February 6, 2006 MNG ceased all passenger flights (reported in Turkish press). Only cargo flights are being continued.
MNG operate scheduled freighter services to the following at December 2011:
The MNG Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (at July 2011):
Aurigny Air Services Limited, styled as aurigny.com (and pronounced /ˈɔəriːniː/) is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Guernsey Airport in the Channel Islands, and wholly owned by the States of Guernsey. It operates passenger and freight services between the Channel Islands, northern France and the United Kingdom. Its main base is Guernsey Airport, with other aircraft and crew based at Jersey Airport and Alderney Airport. Aurigny is one of the longest serving regional airlines in the world, and is one of the oldest established airlines in Britain except for Loganair and Monarch Airlines. The origin of its name lies in the Auregnais word for Alderney.
Aurigny Air Services was founded by Sir Derrick Bailey and started operations on 1 March 1968 after British United Airways withdrew the Alderney to Guernsey route. It operated Britten-Norman Islander aircraft originally, developing a highly efficient network linking the Channel Islands with each other and with France and the United Kingdom During the first year of operations the airline carried 45,000 passengers between Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney.
Aurigny became the first commercial operator of the Britten-Norman
Jet4you was a low-cost airline based in Casablanca, Morocco. It operated services between Moroccan cities and destinations in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland (Sunway charter) and Italy. Its main base was Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, with focus cities at Agadir, Nador, Paris and Tangier.
The airline started operations on 26 February 2006. It is owned by TUI Travel PLC (40%), Attijariwafa Bank (20%), Investima-SGMB (20%) and MM.Marrache et Benabbes Taarji (20%). The shareholders have jointly established a Moroccan company, Societe d'Investissement Aerienne, the investment vehicle behind the airline.
The objective is to widen the network to other European countries and reach 1.5 million passengers by 2010, with a fleet of ten aircraft and a 395-strong team.
On 17 June 2008, it was announced that TUI Travel had taken 100% ownership of the airline, and on 18 July 2009, TUI Travel signed a letter of intent to sell a majority stake in Jet4you to Royal Air Maroc
Jet4you adopted the IATA code 8J from the now defunct Russian airline Komiinteravia.
On 10 January 2012, it was announced that Jet4you would be completely integrated in the Belgian company
CJSC Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) (Ukrainian: Закрите акціонерне товариство «Авіакомпанія Міжнародні Авіалінії України» (МАУ), Aviakompaniya Mizhnarodni Avialiniyi Ukrayiny, [ˌɑwijɑkɔmˈpɑɲijɑ miʒnɑˈrɔdni ˌɑwijɑˈʎiɲiji ukrɑˈjɪnɪ]) is one of the flag carriers of Ukraine, based in Kiev. It operates scheduled domestic and international passenger and cargo services to cities in western Europe. Its main base is Kiev's Boryspil International Airport.
The airline was established on 1 October 1992, and started operations on 25 November 1992 (Kiev-London flight). It was one of the first joint ventures with foreign capital in Ukraine and was the first airline in the CIS to introduce new Boeing 737 aircraft. The founding shareholders were the Ukrainian Association of Civil Aviation and Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA), an Irish aircraft-leasing company. In 1996, Austrian Airlines and Swissair became shareholders, investing US$9 million in new equity. The airline began cargo operations with an Il-86 aircraft on 13 November 1994 to London and Amsterdam, and today operates a dedicated aircraft for freight operations. In 2000, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development became a
Focus cities:Newquay Cornwall International Airport
Air Southwest was a British airline owned by Eastern Airways. It operated regional scheduled passenger services in the South West of England. Its main base was Plymouth City Airport, with hubs at Newquay Cornwall Airport and Bristol Airport. The airline employed 145 people and was headed by Managing Director Peter Davies and Deputy Chief Executive Mike Coombes.
The company held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
Air Southwest was established in May 2003 by Sutton Harbour Holdings to fill the void left by the withdrawal of British Airways from the South West of England. Its first hub was set up at Plymouth City Airport and operations began on 26 October 2003, the day after British Airways withdrew from the market. The initial route was Plymouth-Newquay-London Gatwick. This was soon followed by the introduction of the Plymouth-Bristol-Manchester route which was later extended to Jersey.
On 11 April 2005 the company established a new hub at Newquay, with direct flights to Dublin and flights to Leeds-Bradford via Bristol. At the same time, the airline added a crew base
Air Transat is an airline based in Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, operating scheduled and charter flights, serving 60 destinations in 25 countries. The airline is owned and operated by Transat A.T. Inc. During the summer season its main destinations are Europe and in the winter season the Caribbean, Mexico, USA and Central America. Its main Canadian gateways are Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport. The airline also has operations at Calgary International Airport, Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport and others.
Air Transat made its inaugural flight on November 14, 1987, travelling from Montreal to Acapulco. Six years later, Air Transat assumed defunct Nationair's maintenance base and aircraft. Today, the company books over 3.5 million passengers a year. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc. Today Air Transat is one of Canada's largest airlines, after Air Canada and WestJet. Air Transat has 2,100 (2010) employees. On February 13, 2011, Air Transat Flight TS163 operated with their first all female flight crew from Cancun to Vancouver.
Air Transat specializes in
Hubs:General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
Focus cities:Cancún International Airport
Consorcio Aviaxsa, S.A. de C.V., doing business as Aviacsa, was a low-cost airline of Mexico with its headquarters in Hangar 1 of Zone C on the property of Mexico City International Airport in Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City, Mexico. The airline operated domestic services until the airline's grounding, radiating from major hubs at Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara and international service to Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA. Aviacsa also had a U.S. office in Houston.
According to the Department of Communications and Transportation, as of September 2008, Aviacsa ranked as the seventh largest Mexican airline in domestic and international flights, down from the third largest at the end of 2007.
On July 6, 2009, Aviacsa suspended operations due to economic crisis. Aviacsa has then ceased operations on May 4, 2011. There is some speculation that Aviacsa will be liquidated in November.
The airline was established on May 5, 1990, as a flag carrier airline by the government of the Mexican state of Chiapas in order to fulfill the transportation needs of the fast-growing communities located in that state. It operated its first flight on September 20, 1990, using one 89-seat British
Binter Canarias S.A. is an airline based in Gran Canaria, Spain. It is a regional carrier operating inter-island services within the Canary Islands, in addition to services to Morocco, and Portugal. The airline carried 2.9 million passengers in 2008. Binter Canarias received Europe's best regional airline 2005 and, on September 24, 2010, it was announced that Binter Canarias had won the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Gold Award: Airline of the Year for 2010/2011. Most of the flights traded as Binter Canarias are Naysa or Canarias Airlines flights, which have franchise agreements with Binter Canarias but stay completely independent companies.
Members of the Board:
BinterCanarias began as a regional airline and is currently the only one to operate in the eight airports of the Canaries. Binter also operates connections with Marrakech, Aaiun and Madeira. Binter has sales offices, Binter Vende, at the airports and, since 2005, the ground support service has been provided by Atlántica Handling. Since January 2008 the Technical assistance service for Binter aircraft has been provided by BinterTechnic.
The airline was established on 18 February 1988 and started
Focus cities:Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Accidents:JetBlue Airways Flight 292
JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU), often stylized as "jetBlue", is an American low-cost airline. The company is headquartered in the Long Island City neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. Its main base is John F. Kennedy International Airport, also in Queens.
The airline mainly serves destinations in the United States, along with flights to the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. As of December 7, 2011 (2011 -12-07) JetBlue serves 71 destinations in 21 states, and twelve countries in the Caribbean, South America and Latin America.
JetBlue maintains a corporate office in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. JetBlue is a non-union airline.
JetBlue was incorporated in Delaware in August 1998. David Neeleman founded the company in February 1999, under the name "NewAir." Several of JetBlue's executives, including Neeleman, are former Southwest Airlines employees. JetBlue started by following Southwest's approach of offering low-cost travel, but sought to distinguish itself by its amenities, such as in-flight entertainment, TV on every seat and Satellite radio. In Neeleman's words, JetBlue
Mahan Airlines, operating under the name Mahan Air, (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran. It operates scheduled domestic services and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. Its main base is Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, Iran.
The airline was established in 1991 and began operations in June 1992 as Iran's first private airline. It joined the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Organisation (96%). As of March 2007 it has 2,511 employees. At its operational launch in May 1993, Mahan Air fleet consisted of two Tupolev 154 aircraft, with a staff of 99 and a route network from Tehran to two domestic destinations. Growth was initiated with the addition of Airbus A300 wide-body aircraft to the fleet in 1999 and the Airbus A310 in 2001. This enabled the airline to reach beyond the regional destinations it served. Its route network now spans 28 destinations in 12 countries with a fleet of 25 Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft. It holds 13% of all international flights from Iran, and 8% of the domestic market.
Due to the sanctions imposed by the US government, Iranian airlines can only acquire
Twin Jet is an airline based in Aix en Provence, France, which started in May 2001 with its first scheduled flight in March 2002. It is also a Flying Blue partner.
The company operates 250 flights a week to Bergerac, Limoges (Limoges – Bellegarde Airport), , Metz-Nancy, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Geneva, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Paris-Orly Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Pau, Périgueux, Strasbourg (Strasbourg Airport) and Toulouse.
Its activity is complemented by business aviation and charter flights. Catering services are available on board.
Twin Jet operates the following services (as of September 2012) :
Twin Jet operates propeller-driven BEECH 1900 aircraft.
As of August 2011 the Twin Jet fleet includes:
Twin Jet is the number one in Europe with this aircraft.
United Air Lines, Inc., operating as United Airlines, is a major U.S. airline and the world's largest airline in terms of number of destinations. United employs 86,852 people. It is a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc. formerly, UAL Corporation, with corporate headquarters in Chicago. United's largest hub is George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. United is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world, and offers connections to over 1,000 destinations in over 170 countries worldwide. The airline's regional service is United Express.
United Airlines originated from the Varney Air Lines air mail service of Walter Varney, who also founded Varney Speed Lines which later became Continental Airlines. Founded in Boise, Idaho in 1926, the carrier flew the first Contract Air Mail flight in the U.S. on April 5, 1926, marking the first scheduled airline service in the country's history. In 1927, airplane pioneer William Boeing founded his own airline, Boeing Air Transport, and began buying other airmail carriers including Varney Airlines. In 1929, Boeing merged his company with Pratt & Whitney to form the United Aircraft and Transport
Open Joint Stock Company "UTair Aviation" (Russian: ОАО «Авиакомпания «ЮТэйр») (MCX: UTAR) (commonly known as UTair) is an airline with its head office on the property of Khanty-Mansiysk Airport in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. It operates scheduled domestic and some international passenger services, scheduled helicopter services (e.g. from Surgut) plus extensive charter flights with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in support of the oil and gas industry across Western Siberia. UTair is also involved with relief operations for the United Nations. Its main base is at Roschino International Airport (TJM) in Tyumen Oblast, Russia located 13 km west of the city of Tyumen.
In February 1967, the Aeroflot Tyumen Directorate was set up in order to meet the transport requirements of the fast-growing oil and gas industry undergoing development in Western Siberia. In the wake of the break-up of the Aeroflot organization, Tyumenaviatrans Aviation (TAT) was formed in 1991 to replace the Aeroflot Tyumen Directorate. TAT adopted the name of UTair in early 2003. The airline is owned by Khanty Mansiysk District administration (23%), Surgut City administration (19%), Russian shareholders and companies
N.V. Virgin Express S.A. was an airline created within the Virgin Group. It operated flights mainly to southern Europe from its hub at Brussels Airport. Ticket sales were mainly through the Internet. The airline has merged with SN Brussels Airlines to form Brussels Airlines which started operations on 25 March 2007 Virgin Express has its head office in Building 116 at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Belgium, near Brussels.
Virgin Express started on 23 April 1996, when the Virgin Group (with chairman Richard Branson) bought the Belgian leisure airline EBA (EuroBelgian Airlines) and rebranded it into Virgin Express. It also took over EBA's fleet of Boeing 737s and has operated this type of aircraft ever since. The airline soon concentrated on low-budget scheduled flights out of its Brussels hub and became a major competitor for Sabena and later SN Brussels Airlines. In October 2004, the Virgin Group sold its assets to SN Brussels Airlines and both airlines were integrated into the parent holding company SN Airholding, chaired by Viscount Etienne Davignon. On 31 March 2006, SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express announced their fusion into a single company, named Brussels Airlines.
Focus cities:Sanya Fenghuang International Airport
Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA) (SSE: 600221) (Chinese: 海南航空公司; pinyin: Hǎinán Hángkōnggōngsī) is an airline headquartered in Haikou, People's Republic of China. It is the largest privately owned air transport company and the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China. It operates scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes from Hainan and nine locations on the mainland, as well as charter services. Its main base is Haikou Meilan International Airport, with a hub at Beijing Capital International Airport and several focus cities.
Hainan Airlines was established in October 1989 as Hainan Province Airlines in Hainan, the largest special economy zone in China. It was then renamed as Hainan Airlines and became China's first joint-stock air-transport enterprise in January 1993 and began scheduled services on 2 May 1993.
Executive-jet operations with a Bombardier Learjet 55 were added in April 1995. In 1998, Hainan Airlines became the first Chinese carrier to own shares in an airport after it purchased 25% stake of Haikou Meilan International Airport.
In 2000, HNA Group (Hainan Airlines Group, S: 海南集团, T: 海南集團, P: Hǎinán Jítuán)
Hubs:Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport
Focus cities:General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
ABC Aerolíneas, S.A. de C.V., operating as Interjet, is a Mexican low-cost airline with its headquarters in Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico. The airline operates scheduled flights to 25 domestic and 7 international destinations out of Toluca Airport and Mexico City International Airport. It is wholly owned by the Aleman Group. It is one of the first regular low-cost airlines of Mexico and claims to offer the most extensive domestic network compared to its competitors.
Interjet started operations on December 1, 2005, with an initial fleet of seven Airbus A320 aircraft, which had previously belonged to Volare Airlines. The airline placed an order for 16 new A320 aircraft to replace the second-hand ones, which was increased by another 10 aircraft on 10 January 2010. After the demise of Mexico City-based competitor Aero California in August 2008, Interjet took over the vacant slots and established flight services to Mexico City International Airport.
Interjet is the first low cost carrier that will operate the Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet 100 in its fleet, following an order filed on 17 January 2011. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2012. Although, it
Bristow Norway AS (formerly Norsk Helikopter) is a Norwegian helicopter company that transports crew to oil installations in the North Sea. It has headquarters in Stavanger and has additional operations out of Bergen, Brønnøysund, Hammerfest. The company operates a fleet of 17 helicopters and has 250 employees.
The company has contract for crew flights with Statoil, Marathon Oil, BP, Talisman Energy, and ConocoPhillips. In addition it has one AWSAR (All Weather Search and Rescue) Eurocopter EC225 stationed in Hammerfest.
The company started operations from the Norwegian oil capital Stavanger in 1993. The company was a joint venture between the Ugland shipping family (51%) and the Aberdeen based Bristow Group (49%), who operate helicopters to oil installations on the British sector of the North Sea. Bristow Group is partially owned by the American Offshore Logistics, and in total the three companies operate 420 helicopters.
The first new base was opened at Bergen Airport, Flesland in 1999. Later Norsk Helikopter opened bases at Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy (2002) and at Hammerfest Airport (2004).
In March 2005 the company bought the helicopter operator Lufttransport and its Swedish
Focus cities:Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
Avianca Brazil (Portuguese: Avianca Brasil), trademark of Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S/A, is a Brazilian airline based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It operates passenger services from 23 destinations. Its main base is Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo and Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro.
Even though the legal name of the airline remains OceanAir, Avianca (Colombia) authorized OceanAir to use its name as a brand-name. Avianca (Colombia) and Avianca (Brazil) remain separate legal entities although closely linked and belonging to the same conglomerate of companies, the Synergy Group. It is envisaged that Avianca Brazil will be later integrated into the AviancaTaca holding. CEO is José Efromovich, younger brother of Germán Efromovich.
According to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) in December 2011 Avianca Brazil had 3.93% of the domestic and 1.31% of the international market shares in terms of passengers per kilometre flown.
The airline was established in 1998 as an air taxi company to operate services for oil companies in the Campos Basin. Its name was then OceanAir and began to operate scheduled services in 2002, between São Paulo, Rio de
South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, with headquarters in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The airline flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, using a fleet of 54 aircraft. The airline is headed by and CFO Wolf Meyer. Siza Mzimela has resigned as CEO of the airline on 8 October 2012 due to the airline's crisis.
South African Airways was founded in 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South African government. The airline was initially overseen and controlled by South African Railways and Harbours Administration. It suffered imposed sanctions by African countries during apartheid, which forced it to adopt long-range aircraft and other measures to counter these restrictions. During this time, it was also known by its Afrikaans name, Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL), which has been dropped. In 1997 a major overhaul programme, which involved a change of name, image and aircraft livery, as well as the introduction of online ticketing services, was carried out by the company's board. The carrier has since joined
Vildanden AS ("The Wild Duck") was a virtual, regional airline based at Skien Airport, Geiteryggen in Norway, where it was the only airline. With operations starting in 2005, it flew to Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger using a Jetstream 32 and a ATR 42, which is wet leased from Danish Air Transport (DAT) and Helitrans. Previously, the airline has also served Stockholm and Molde, and has also operated Saab 340 aircraft, operated by Coast Air, Air Aurora and Avitrans. The airline hadbeen in conflict with Coast Air about terminating the wet lease agreement. The company has had to be bailed out several times, including by the municipality, until it managed to make its first profit in 2009. It ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in January 2011.
The airline was based at Skien Airport, Geiteryggen. It provides twenty weekly trips to Bergen and weekly trips to Stavanger. In 2009, 50,000 people traveled with Vildanden. The company has one ATR 42, which seats 48 passengers and is operated by Danish Air Transport, and one Jetstream 32, which seats 19 and is operated by Helitrans. The airline used Sandefjord Airport, Torp as its reserve airport in case of bad weather. The airline is
Ghana International Airlines (GIA) was the national airline of the Republic of Ghana. The airline suspended operations on 13 May 2010.
GIA operated scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services. Its main base was Kotoka International Airport, Accra.
The airline was set up in 2004 as a partnership between the government of Ghana and a group of private international investors. A team of executives led by Ralph Atkin, founder of SkyWest Airlines in the United States, was installed, which also included Brian Presbury, the former CEO of Kenya Airways.
Ghana International Airlines commenced operations on 29 October 2005 with daily flights between Accra and London Gatwick Airport using a Boeing 757 wet leased from Ryan International Airlines. The airline commenced seasonal service to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2006. Flights to Düsseldorf, Germany, began in 2008.
It is owned by the Ghanaian government (70%) and US consortium (GIA-USA) (30%), but the shareholders have been engaged in a protracted legal dispute since 2006. The airline had 168 employees (at March 2008).
Ghana International served the following destinations :
Iran Airtour (Persian: ایران ایر تور) is an airline based in Tehran, Iran. It is a subsidiary of Iran Air and operates scheduled domestic services and international services in the Middle East, as well as charter services including Europe. Its main base is Mashhad International Airport.
The airline was established in 1973 by Iran Air and started scheduled operations in 1990 with services for its domestic tours division.
Iran Airtour operates scheduled services to the following destinations:
The Iran Airtour fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2011):
Trans States Airlines is the twenty-second largest American regional airline. Trans States Airlines, along with Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, is owned by Trans States Holdings and is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri.
As of 2011, Trans States Airlines employed 650 people throughout North America. The airline operates over 150 daily flights in 39 cities as United Express for United Airlines and US Airways Express for US Airways. In total, TSA carried 2.1 million passengers in 2011.
The company began operations as Resort Air in 1982. In 1985, the company entered into an agreement with Trans World Airlines to operate as Trans World Express serving six cities in Missouri and Illinois. The company changed its name to Trans States Airlines in 1989. That same year, TSA began operations as USAir Express with flights into Los Angeles. In 1995, TSA began operatons as a feeder airline into JFK Airport as United Express.
The call sign "Waterski" and the ICAO 3-letter identifier "LOF," which stands for 'Lodge of the Four Seasons', are from the early days when the company was operated as Resort Air and took visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
Trans States Airlines is
TUIfly Nordic AB, formerly known as Britannia Nordic, is a charter airline based in Stockholm, Sweden. The name changed on 1 May 2006. It operates holiday charter flights from airports in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden to fly vacation travelers for the tour operators Star Tour (Denmark and Norway), Fritidsresor (Sweden) and Finnmatkat (Finland). They have destinations in the Canary Islands, Egypt, Greece, the Mediterranean, and Thailand.
The airline was originally formed in 1985 to handle the charter operations of Transwede Airways. In 1996, the charter part of the airline was taken over by Swedish tour operator Fritidsresor and renamed Blue Scandinavia. When Britannia Airways took control in 1998 following the acquisition of Fritidsresor by Thomson, the airline was renamed Britannia AB and later rebranded as Britannia Nordic. In 2000 Preussag (later TUI) acquired the Thomson Group.
In November 2005, the airline was rebranded as Thomsonfly and in May 2006 as TUIfly Nordic due to the new marketing strategy of the TUI Group. In the case of TUIfly Nordic, sometimes the logo of 'Fritidsresor' is marked on the fuselage to indicate their role as the companies main tour operator.
WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX: WJA) is a Canadian low-cost carrier that provides scheduled and charter air service to 81 destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1996, it is currently the second-largest Canadian air carrier, behind Air Canada, operating an average of 425 flights and carrying over 45,000 passengers per day. In 2010, WestJet carried over 15 million passengers, making it the tenth-largest airline in North America by passengers carried.
WestJet is a public company with over 8,000 employees, and is non-unionized and not part of any Airline alliance. It operates variants of a single aircraft type, all from the Boeing 737 Next Generation family. The airline has its headquarters and main hub at Calgary International Airport, with another large hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
WestJet had passenger revenues of $2.6 billion (CAD) in 2010.
Founded by Clive Beddoe, David Neeleman, Mark Hill, Tim Morgan, and Donald Bell, WestJet was based on the low-cost carrier business model pioneered by Southwest Airlines and Morris Air in the United States. Its original routes were all located in Western Canada, which gave
Air Malta plc is the national airline of Malta, headquartered in Luqa. It operates services to 36 destinations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The airline's hub and base is at Malta International Airport.
Shortly after the Second World War, several small private airlines were formed in Malta. Amongst these were The Malta Instone Airline, BAS (Malta) Ltd, and Malta Airlines. In 1947 the former two companies merged to form Air Malta Ltd in fierce competition with the latter. Eventually in 1951 Malta Airlines absorbed the operations of Air Malta Ltd and continued operating through an agreement with BEA until 1973. The owners of Air Malta Ltd used their real estate, staff and equipment to set up a ground handling company called MAS, Malta Aviation Services.
In the early 1970s the Maltese government made a call for an international airline partner to help set up an airline. Pakistan's PIA was selected and a new carrier set up. The name chosen for the new airline was similar to that of its forerunner, Air Malta Co Ltd, and was established on 31 March 1973. BEA was chartered to continue its Malta operations, this time for Air Malta, until Air Malta's first flight on 1 April 1974.
Arik Air is a Nigerian airline operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. It is also the national carrier of Sierra Leone. It operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Arik Air's head office is the Arik Air Aviation Center on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.
On 3 April 2006, Arik Air took over the former Nigeria Airways facilities in Lagos, some three years after its liquidation, and began reconstruction work. On 14 June 2006, Arik took delivery of 2 new Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to fly domestic routes throughout Nigeria and, within the African continent from Summer 2006, 2 ex-United Airlines Boeing 737–300s and 3 50 seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. On 30 October 2006, Arik began scheduled passenger flights with four flights between Lagos and Abuja using CRJ 900 aircraft. Flight operations began to Calabar on 15 November 2006 and services to Benin City and Enugu started on 7 January 2007. The airline is wholly owned by Ojemai Investments.
The Nigerian government set a deadline of 30 April 2007 for all airlines operating in the
Edelweiss Air AG is a charter airline with its head office in the Edwelweiss Air Operations Center (OPC) on the property of Zurich Airport and in Kloten, Switzerland, operating mainly out of Zurich Airport, with a smaller base at Geneva International Airport. The company's name derives from the Swiss unofficial national flower, the Edelweiss, which is also painted on the airplanes.
The airline was founded on 19 October 1995 in Bassersdorf, Switzerland, with just one aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83. The fleet was subsequently expanded and renewed. In 1998, new Airbus A320 aircraft were introduced to replace the MD-83s, and in 1999 long-haul flights were commenced using the Airbus A330-200. AS of March 2011, Edelweiss Air added the larger Airbus A330-300 to its fleet, with an order having been filed on 5 April 2010.
Until November 2008, Edelweiss Air was wholly owned by Kuoni Travel Ltd and had 190 employees, when the operating rights were sold to Swiss International Air Lines, in exchange for sale rights of hotel capacities via the Swiss sales network. As Swiss International Airlines have since been acquired by Lufthansa, Edelweiss Air also has become a subsidiary of the
Kam Air (Persian: کام ایر) is an airline company that is headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services. The Kabul International Airport serves as its main hub.
The airline was founded on 31 August 2003 by Zamari Kamgar and was the first privately owned passenger airline in Afghanistan. Its first flight operated on 8 November 2003 between Kabul, Herat and Mazari Sharif with a Boeing 727. Kam Air's first plane was provided by General Abdul Rashid Dostum as payment for supplying Dostum's private militia with fuel and food.
Kam Air has its headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, opposite to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. At one time it was headquartered in the Kabul Business Centre in Shah-e-Naw, Kabul. As of 2012, a ticketing office is at the Kabul Business Centre. Zamari Kamgar is the Chairman and Chief Executive, Farid Peykar as Vice President, Timor Shahab as Vice President and Head of Flight Operations, and Parwiz Kamgar as the Vice President and Finance Manager.
Kam Air had announced launch of European operations from August 2010, with Vienna coming online first and then London (Gatwick),
Güneş Ekspress Havacılık A.Ş., doing business as SunExpress, is an airline based in Antalya, Turkey. It operates scheduled and charter flights to destinations in Europe. Its main base is Antalya International Airport (AYT).
The airline was established in October 1989 and started operations in April 1990 with a charter service between Antalya and Frankfurt, Germany. SunExpress was founded as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. In 1995 Lufthansa transferred its SunExpress shares to Condor Flugdienst, to group all tourist flights under a single unit. In February 2007, all Condor shares were retaken by Lufthansa.
The owners of SunExpress are 50% Turkish Airlines and 50% Lufthansa. The airline carried just over 2.358 million passengers in 2006. With 617 employees, 373 of which are flight crew staff, SunExpress is the largest employer in Antalya. Including 181 staff at the Izmir office and 23 at Frankfurt, SunExpress employs 821 people in total.
SunExpress operates a fleet of 25 airplanes with an average age of 7.69 years and a seating capacity of 4800 seats. All Boeing airplanes leased by SunExpress are equipped with blended winglets installed by THY Maintenance
Air France (formally Société Air France, S.A.), stylised as AIRFRANCE, is the French flag carrier headquartered in Tremblay-en-France, (north of Paris). It is a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. As of 2011 Air France serves 35 destinations in France and operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to 156 destinations in 91 countries (including Overseas departments and territories of France) and also carried 59,513,000 passengers in 2011. The airline's global hub is at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with Paris Orly Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Marseille Provence Airport, Toulouse Blagnac Airport, and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport serving as secondary hubs. Air France's corporate headquarters, previously in Montparnasse, Paris, are located on the grounds of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris.
Air France was formed on 7 October 1933 from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA).
During the Cold War, from 1950 until 1990, Air France was one of the three main
Australian air Express is a logistics company based in Melbourne, Australia. It operates freight-only services within Australia using leased Qantas, National Jet Systems, and Pel-Air aircraft and a fleet of land vehicles. Its main base is Melbourne Airport.
Australian air Express was established in early 1992 as a Domestic air freight company with the ability of pick-up and delivery services using both vans and trucks. AaE started operations on 1 August 1992. It was established as a joint venture between Australia's largest airline Qantas (50%), and government-owned postal provider Australia Post (50%) as a main competitor to the then Ansett Australia. AaE operates more than 50 nightly inter-capital freighter services. AaE use freight capacity on Qantas domestic flights and also dedicated cargo services operated on their behalf by several different companies, principally using Boeing 727 aircraft. Australian air Express began the phasing out of the 727s in September 2006 and they are being replaced by specially-converted Boeing 737 aircraft that were formerly part of the Qantas fleet, operated by Qantas subsidiary Express Freighters Australia. The first Boeing 737 entered service
Danish Air Transport, abbreviated DAT, is an airline based at Vamdrup, Denmark, operating scheduled and chartered passenger and cargo flights.
Danish Air Transport was founded and started operations in 1989, initially as a cargo airline. Soon special operations like the transport of live horses or supplies for the Paris Dakar Rally in Africa were offered, too. Passenger charter flights were added in 1994, with the subsequent launch scheduled services on 18 November 1996. In December 2004, DAT flew several scheduled passenger flights between Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands. If the trial had turned out successful, it would have launched regular service between these two countries from Easter 2005. However, the ATR-42s turned out to be not suitable for the route. After initially having thought about adding larger aircraft types to its fleet, the airline instead decided against operating on that route.
Danish Air Transport operates the following destinations (as per August 2012):
In addition, the following destinations are operated for DAT by DOT LT: Norway
Spring and summer 2012 Danish Air Transport will operate charter flights between Albert - Picardie Airport in
Pegasus Airlines (Turkish: Pegasus Hava Taşımacılığı A.Ş.) is a low-cost airline headquartered in the Halkalı area of Küçükçekmece, Istanbul, Turkey. Formerly a charter airline in partnership with Aer Lingus, Pegasus is now completely controlled by Esas Holding.
On 1 December 1989 two businesses, Net and Silkar, partnered with Aer Lingus to create an inclusive tour charter airline called Pegasus Airlines and services were inaugurated on 15 April 1990 with two Boeing 737-400s. However, four months after the launch, Iraq invaded Kuwait and the seven month occupation that followed had a serious effect on Turkish tourism.
By 1992, tourists began returning to the country and Pegasus grew with the acquisition of a third 737-400. The airline leased a further two Airbus A320s to meet the summer demand.
After two positive years, Aer Lingus and Net sold their shares in the company in 1994 to Istanbul based Yapi Kreditbank, making Pegasus a purely Turkish company.
On 4 September 1997, Pegasus placed an order for one 737-400 and one 737-800 from Boeing Commercial Airplanes making it the first Turkish carrier to place an order for the Boeing 737 Next Generation. The airline also signed lease
Focus cities:Kingsford Smith International Airport
Virgin Samoa, formerly Polynesian Blue, is a Virgin Australia Holdings airline that flies between Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. It is 49% owned by the Samoan government. Polynesian Blue took over the long haul flights (those involving Australia or New Zealand) which were operated by Polynesian Airlines. On 7 December 2011, it was announced that Polynesian Blue would change its name to Virgin Samoa.
Virgin Blue Holdings signed an agreement with the Samoan government to operate a joint venture airline called Polynesian Blue. The announcement came after several months of detailed discussions between the two parties and involved the Samoan government and Virgin Blue joining forces to set up a new company to operate jet routes previously flown by Polynesian Airlines. The name Polynesian Blue was in keeping with the Virgin Blue family of brands, which also included Christchurch-based airline Pacific Blue. Its first flight was on 31 October 2005, between Apia and Auckland in New Zealand, and Sydney in Australia.
The airline is 49% owned by the Samoan Government and 49% owned by ASX-listed Virgin Australia Holdings (AX: VAH). The remaining 2% is held by an independent Samoan
Qantas Airways Limited ( /ˈkwɒntəs/) (ASX: QAN) is the flag carrier of Australia. The name was originally "QANTAS", an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". Nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo", the airline is based in Sydney, New South Wales, with its main hub at Sydney Airport. It is Australia's largest airline, the oldest continuously operated airline in the world and the second oldest in the world overall. Qantas headquarters are located in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay.
Qantas carries a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carries 18.7% of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia.
Qantas was founded in Winton, Queensland on 16 November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited. The airline's first aircraft was an Avro 504K. The airline flew internationally from May 1935, when it commenced service from Darwin, Northern Territory to Singapore. In June 1959 Qantas entered the jet age when the first Boeing 707-138 was delivered.
Qantas headquarters are located in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.
In 1920 Queensland and
Societé Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne (Sabena) was the national airline of Belgium from 1923 to 2001, with its base at Brussels National Airport. After its bankruptcy in 2001, the newly formed SN Brussels Airlines took over part of Sabena's assets in February 2002, which then became Brussels Airlines. The airline had its corporate headquarters in the Sabena House on the grounds of Brussels Airport in Zaventem.
SABENA is short for Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne ('Belgian corporation for exploiting aerial navigation'). It began operations on 23 May 1923 as the national carrier of Belgium. It had been created by the Belgian government after its predecessor SNETA (Syndicat national pour l'étude des transports aériens) - formed in 1919 to pioneer commercial aviation in Belgium - ceased operations. The first commercial flight of Sabena was operated between Brussels and London (UK) on 1 July 1923 via Ostend. Services to Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Strasbourg (France) were launched on 1 April 1924. The Strasbourg service was extended to Basle (Switzerland) on 10 June 1924. Amsterdam (Netherlands) was added on 1 September 1924, and
Canada 3000 Inc. was a Canadian discount charter airline offering domestic and international flights. It was the largest charter airline in the world at the time of its operation, with over 90 destinations worldwide, although it changed to scheduled service in 2000 after the Canadian Airlines and Air Canada merger. Canada 3000 competed with Air Canada, WestJet, and fellow charter airline Air Transat. In November 2001, the airline went out of business after a sharp decline in revenues following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. There have been several attempts to restart the airline since then. The airline was headquartered in Etobicoke in the west-end of Toronto, Ontario.
The airline was created in 1988 by British airline Air 2000, initially for charter service to lease some of its airplanes for Canadian charter travel. The airline was denied license to operate by the National Transport Agency NTA because of the control and ownership of the UK firm. Air 2000 dropped out of an ownership position, and the airline started operations in December 1988. In May 1989, by order of the NTA, it changed its name to 'Canada 3000.'. The next year the airline
Cayman Airways is the national flag carrier of the Cayman Islands. With its head office in Grand Cayman, it operates mainly as an international and domestic scheduled passenger carrier, with cargo services available on all routes. Its operations are based at Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town, Grand Cayman. The airline also offers a limited charter service.
The airline was established and started operations on August 7, 1968. It was formed following the Cayman Government's purchase of 51% of Cayman Brac Airways, from LACSA, the Costa Rican flag carrier, and became wholly government owned in December 1977. The airline operated regional services from Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town, Grand Cayman to Gerrard Smith International Airport on Cayman Brac. Early on, the airline's aircraft was a single DC-3. A few months after it was formed, Cayman Airways flew its first international route to Kingston, Jamaica, on a leased BAC 1-11. International service to Miami began in 1972 using a single leased Douglas DC-6. The airline acquired its first jet aircraft; the BAC 1-11 in 1978, and began services to Houston. In 1979, a second BAC 1-11, A Hawker Siddleley
Vietnam Airlines Company Limited, trading as Vietnam Airlines (Vietnamese: Hãng Hàng không Quốc gia Việt Nam), is the national flag carrier of Vietnam. Founded in 1956 under the name Vietnam Civil Aviation, the airline was established as a state enterprise in April 1989. Vietnam Airlines is headquartered in Long Bien, Hanoi, with hubs at Noi Bai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The airline flies to 46 destinations in 19 countries, excluding codeshared services.
Vietnam Airlines was officially formed in 1996, after bringing together several service companies. The company is overseen by a seven-seat management board, members of which are appointed by the Vietnamese Prime Minister.
With the core activity of the airline being passenger transportation, Vietnam Airlines also earns revenue from catering and the maintenance and overhauling of aircraft through a number of its subsidiaries. The maintenance and overhauling of aircraft is handled by Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company (VAECO), while the former is performed by Noibai Catering Services Join-Stock Company and Vietnam Air Caterer, who cater airlines that use Vietnam Airlines’ hubs. The airline also
Dubrovnik Airline Limited was a Croatian charter airline, based in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It operated tourist charter flights from Europe and Israel to holiday destinations in Croatia. Its main base was Dubrovnik Airport.
In 2006 Dubrovnik Airlines carried 380,000 passengers while the first seven months of 2007 saw it transport 360,000 passengers.
The airline was officially launched on 15 December 2004 by Croatian shipping company Atlantska Plovidba. It started operations in 2005, The airline was loss making since 2009 and ceased all operations on October 23, 2011 after defaulting on its debts thus declaring bankruptcy.
Flightline was an airline based in Southend-on-Sea, England. It operated branded wet lease, ad-hoc and contract passenger and freight charter services, as well as VIP flights and aircraft sales and maintenance. Sub-services were flown for major airlines in Europe as required. Its main bases' were London Southend Airport.
The company held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, and was permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
Flightline operated up to 14 flights a day between Aberdeen (ABZ) and Scatsta in the Shetland Isles (SCS) on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell and other members of the IAC (Integrated Aviation Consortium). Offshore workers were flown to Scatsta Airport and then transferred onto helicopters to several oil platforms, however this contract was due to end in February 2009.
Flightline also had a maintenance facility at its Southend base which provided base maintenance for the BAe-146 fleet as well as a small naumber of 3rd party aircraft. The engineering facility was closed in July 2008 in order to raise more funds to keep the airline running.
At time of closure of the airline in December 2008, they had
Hong Kong Express Airways Limited (Chinese: 香港快運航空有限公司, formerly 港聯航空有限公司; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 faai3 wan6 hong4 hung1 jau5 haan6 gung1 si1), is an airline based in Hong Kong, with its main hub at Hong Kong International Airport. The airline operates scheduled passenger services to 19 destinations in seven countries across Asia, including codeshares with its sister airline, Hong Kong Airlines. It has an all Boeing fleet of narrow-body aircraft and a confirmed joint order, with Hong Kong Airlines, of 51 narrow- and wide-body aircraft with Airbus.
The airline was incorporated on 10 March 2004 and was owned by Macau casino entrepreneur Stanley Ho. It became Hong Kong's fourth passenger airline when it received a revised air operator's certificate in July 2005. The same month, the airline took delivery of its first 76-seat twinjet Embraer 170 and became the Asian launch operator of the regional jet. The airline's initial use of its first Embraer 170 was on charter services to Taichung on 3 September 2005, followed by scheduled passenger services to Guangzhou on 8 September. On 3 August 2006, HNA Group, the parent company of Hainan Airlines, announced a finalized agreement to acquire
Air Berlin GmbH & Co. Luftverkehrs KG (stylized as airberlin or airberlin.com) is Germany's second largest airline, after Lufthansa, and Europe's sixth largest airline in terms of passengers. It operates an extensive network including holiday destinations in the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands and North Africa as well as intercontinental destinations in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas. The airline is a member of the Oneworld alliance.
Air Berlin concentrates on serving major German and European cities to attract business traffic. A total of 23 German cities are served, more than any other airline. Its largest hub is Berlin-Tegel Airport, followed by Düsseldorf Airport. Other important destinations are the focus cities Nuremberg Airport and Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma.
The airline is headquartered at the Airport Bureau Center in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin. Air Berlin's parent company, airberlin group or Air Berlin GmbH, is publicly traded (FSE: AB1, ISIN is GB00B128C026). In May 2012, it had 9,200 employees. The airline (including subsidiaries) carried 33.6 million passengers in 2010.
Air Berlin has been criticized for their poor and non-responsive
Contact Air Flugdienst is a regional airline headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, operating scheduled services as part of Lufthansa Regional, and on behalf of Swiss International Airlines.
The airline was established by Gunther Eheim (who is the whole owner until today) as a worldwide passenger and executive charter airline and started operations in 1974 with an initial fleet of Dassault Falcon 20 and Bombardier Learjet aircraft.
Contact Air became the first partner airline in the Team Lufthansa regional group in April 1996. On 16 October 2003 the airline introduced the new Lufthansa Regional brand and began operating as such in early 2004. In November 2011 Lufthansa announced to end the agreement with Contact Air and they will leave Lufthansa Regional ending all routes they have operated for Lufthansa by October 2012 .
In July 2012 is has been announced that Contact Air will be bought by OLT Express Germany, which plans to discontinue the brand by September 2012 after governmental approval of the takeover.
As of September 2012, Contact Air operates the following scheduled services on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines:
As of April 2012, the Contact Air fleet consists of 8
GoAir is an Indian low-fare airline based in Mumbai, India. It operates domestic passenger services to 22 cities with 92 daily flights and approximately 638 weekly flights. Its main base is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.
Go Airlines (India) Ltd. is the aviation foray of the Wadia Group. The airline operates its services under the brand GoAir. The airline uses Airbus A320 aircraft.
GoAir featured in the 2009 drama-documentary The Age of Stupid.
GoAir was founded by Jehangir Wadia, currently the managing director of the airline. It launched commercial operations in November 2005. It is now wholly owned by the Wadia Group, Mumbai based and majority owners of Bombay Dyeing and Britannia Industries.
Since January 2007, GoAir has been recording an average load factor of 86%. As part of its future outlook, GoAir will continue to purchase more aircraft and expand its route network.
GoAir operates to 21 destinations in India, with 156 daily flights and approximately 1092 weekly flights:
GoAir's fleet consists of Airbus A320-200s, a medium range airliner with capacity of 180 passengers.
The fleet as of January 2011:
As of January 2011, the average fleet age of GoAir was
Hello AG, operating as Hello, is a Swiss charter airline, offering holiday flights to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea out of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Geneva International Airport or Zürich Airport. The airline's head office is located at the General Aviation site in EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France, near Basel.
The airline was established in 2003 in Basel by Moritz Suter (who owns it until today) and launched operations on 6 August 2004. Originally being intended as a regional scheduled carrier, it was relaunched on 1 May 2005 as a charter airline.
In December 2011, the company had 140 employees.
The Hello fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of April 2012):
Kendell Airlines was a regional airline in Australia, at times the largest in the country. It served major regional centres in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania from Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney. Many of its services were in co-operation with its parent company Ansett Australia from the 1990s.
The airline was founded in 1967 as Premiair Aviation by aviation enthusiast Don Kendell and partners, originally serving as an air charter provider and flying school, based in Wagga Wagga. In 1971, the name of the company was changed to Kendell Airlines, which coincided with the launch of scheduled services using Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft between Wagga Wagga and Melbourne, a route which had previously been operated by Ansett Airlines (later called Ansett Australia). Shortly afterwards, the route network was expanded with flights to Sydney and Canberra.
Flight operations saw a further increase when de Havilland Heron and Swearingen Metro II aircraft were added to the fleet, the latter in May 1979 following the Second Oil Crisis. On 25 February 1985 the airline introduced the 34-seat Saab 340, a more modern regional airliner; Kendell was the first airline in the
Lynden Air Cargo is an American cargo airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. It operates scheduled services and on demand charter, international and domestic flights, including services for the US military. Its main base is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
The airline was established in 1995 and started operations on 31 August 1995. It began operation of Lockheed L-382 Hercules aircraft in 1997. It has 140 employees. The company has a Civil Reserve Air Fleet contract with the United States Department of Defense.
Lynden Air Cargo operates the following domestic scheduled freight services : Anchorage, Bethel, Kotzebue and Nome
As of March 2009 the Lynden Air Cargo fleet includes :
SilkAir (Singapore) Private Limited (Chinese: 勝安航空 Shèngān Hángkōng) is an airline based in Singapore. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines and operates scheduled passenger services from Singapore to 43 cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and Australia . It has its head office on the fifth storey of SIA Superhub 1. As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, it serves the short-haul destinations in the Singapore Airlines Group network, and flew 1.56 million passengers in 2006. It made a profit of S$30 million, as turnover rose 20.4% to $415 million.
As of 31 March 2010, SilkAir employs 278 staff.
The airline had its roots as a regional air-charter company in the form of Tradewinds Charters, formed in 1976, and using planes predominantly leased from parent company Singapore Airlines serving leisure destinations. Scheduled services were introduced as Tradewinds Airlines on 21 February 1989, when it leased McDonnell Douglas MD-87 airplanes for services to six destinations, namely Bandar Seri Begawan, Pattaya, Phuket, Hat Yai and Kuantan from Singapore's Changi Airport and Tioman from Singapore's Seletar Airport. As the carrier matured, regional business
Focus cities:Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Song, LLC was a low-cost airline within an airline" brand owned and operated by Delta Air Lines.
Song's main focus was on leisure traffic between the northeastern United States and Florida, a market where it competed with JetBlue Airways. It also operated flights between Florida and the West Coast, and from the Northeast to the west coast.
Song's aircraft were fitted with leather seats and free personal entertainment systems at every seat, with audio MP3 programmable selections, trivia games that could be played against other passengers, a flight tracker, and satellite television (provided by the DISH Network). Song offered free beverages, but charged for meals and liquor. Both brand-name snack boxes and healthy organic meals were offered. The flight safety instructions were sung or otherwise artistically interpreted, depending on the cabin crew. In addition to crew uniforms designed by Kate Spade, customized cocktails created by nightlife impresario Rande Gerber and an in-flight exercise program designed by New York City fitness guru David Barton, the airline created its own distinct mark in the industry. The airline operated more than 200 flights a day and carried over ten
Yakutia Airlines (Russian: Авиакомпания „Якутия“ - Aviakompaniya “Yakutiya”) is an airline based in Yakutsk, Russia. It operates domestic passenger services in Russia and within the CIS, as well as charters to destinations in Europe from its hubs at Yakutsk Airport and Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.
The airline was founded as Sakhaavia, the former Aeroflot Yakutsk Division and also previously known as Yakutaviatrans. It also operated cargo charters to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East until it filed for bankruptcy in early 1999. It emerged in 2000 and is controlled by the regional government, Neryungri State Air Enterprise. It merged with Yakutavia in 2002 and changed its name to Yakutia Airlines.
Yakutia Airlines was planned to be the launch customer for the Antonov An-140 aircraft. It currently operates of the twin-turboprop 52-seat aircraft and has another four on order. These aircraft are meant to replace its Antonov An-24s.
As of May 2011, Yakutia Airlines operates flights to the following:
Yakutia Airlines code share with the following:
The Yakutia Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (at June 2011)
Caribbean Airlines Limited operating as Caribbean Airlines is the national airline of Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Airlines Limited operates both Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica brands and as such is also the flag carrier to Jamaica through its brand, Air Jamaica.
Caribbean Airlines began operations on 1 January 2007, replacing its predecessor, BWIA West Indies Airways. Its headquarters are in the Iere House in Piarco, Tunapuna-Piarco region, Trinidad and Tobago. Its inflight magazine is Caribbean Beat. Caribbean Airlines flies from the Caribbean to the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
Caribbean Airlines was incorporated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on 27 September 2006.
In September 2006, following the recommendation of Peter Davies, the CEO of BWIA West Indies Airways, Caribbean Airlines got approval from the Trinidad and Tobago government to begin operations, after the failed negotiations between the unions and the management of its predecessor, BWIA. As a result, it was announced on 8 September 2006, that BWIA was to be shut down before the launch of Caribbean Airlines.
During the last quarter of 2006, in an effort to scale down operations for the
Isles of Scilly Skybus is a British airline which operates seasonal and year round domestic scheduled services to the Isles of Scilly from Land's End Airport and Newquay Airport in Cornwall, and from Exeter, Bristol and Southampton. Their head office is located in the Isles of Scilly Travel Centre in Penzance, Cornwall.
Isles of Scilly Skybus Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type B Operating Licence; it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with fewer than 20 seats and/or weighing less than 10 tonnes.
The airline is owned by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and has 50 employees (at March 2007). The parent company operates shipping services to the Isles of Scilly in its own name, and also owns Westward Airways.
The airline was established in March 1984 and started operations in August 1984. Isles of Scilly Skybus originated as an air charter operator at Land's End aerodrome which operated high frequency services to the Isles of Scilly. Following the withdrawal of Brymon Airways routes to and from the islands the operator stepped in, initially operating services to Plymouth. This route was later dropped but with the addition of Twin
Myanmar Airways International Co., Ltd. (Burmese: အပြည်ပြည်ဆိုင်ရာ မြန်မာ့လေကြောင်း) is the international flag carrier of Myanmar, headquartered in Yangon. It operates scheduled international services to destinations mainly in Southeast Asia. The carrier is based at Yangon International Airport.
The airline was founded by the government before independence in 1946 as Union of Burma Airways. It initially operated domestic services. International services were added in 1950. The name was changed to Burma Airways in December 1972, and to Myanma Airways on April 1, 1989, following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar. International services were transferred to Myanmar Airways International, set up in 1993.
Myanmar Airways International (MAI) took off in August 1993, initially created as a joint venture between Myanma Airways and Singapore-based Highsonic Enterprises, with the support of Royal Brunei Airlines. It boasted a Singapore management team (many ex-Singapore Airlines staff), new Boeing aircraft, all-expatriate cockpit crews, improved training for flight attendants and new UK Civil Aviation Authority operating standards. Eventually, the original joint venture was
Portugália–Companhia Portuguesa de Transportes Aéreos, S.A., doing business as Portugália, is a regional airline with its head office in Building 70 on the grounds of Lisbon Portela Airport in Lisbon, Portugal, and a subsidiary of TAP Portugal. Portugália received the title of "Best Regional Airline" in Europe 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and the Skytrax Award for Best Cabin Staff in Europe, in 2005. It operates scheduled international and domestic services from Lisbon and Porto, as well as European charter services, since 2007 exclusively under TAP flight codes. Its main base is Portela Airport, Lisbon, but it has a secondary hub at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto.
The airline was established on 25 July 1988 as a joint-stock company, but had to wait two years before it could start services, due to a delay in air transport liberalization. It started operations on 7 July 1990 with a flight from Lisbon to Porto. It also flew from Lisbon to Faro that same day. It started operations with scheduled domestic and international charter flights, as scheduled international flights were not then permitted under Portuguese legislation. International scheduled flights started in
Turkish Airlines (Turkish: Türk Hava Yolları) (İMKB: THYAO) is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, headquartered in the Turkish Airlines General Management Building on the grounds of Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy, Bakırköy, Istanbul. It operates scheduled services to 163 international and 41 domestic cities (38 domestic airports), serving a total of 204 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. With an increase to 91 destination countries, the carrier's destination network from one hub is the world's largest. The airline's main base is at Atatürk International Airport, with secondary hubs at Esenboğa International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, and Adnan Menderes Airport. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 THY carried 17 million, 19.7 million, 22.5 million, 25.1 million and 29 million passengers with total revenues of US$2.23, $3.0, $4.5, $4 and $5.6 billion, respectively.
The airline has 18,188 employees (30 June 2011). THY has been a member of the Star Alliance network since 1 April 2008.
Other airline companies that are/were owned or co-owned by Turkish Airlines include AnadoluJet, SunExpress, Cyprus Turkish Airlines, North Cyprus Airlines and
Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) is an airline based in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, Washington in the United States. The airline originated in 1932 as McGee Airways. After many mergers with and acquisitions of other airlines, including Star Air Service, it became known as Alaska Airlines in 1944. It has expanded greatly since its founding and now has service not only within the state of Alaska but also throughout the contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico and four Hawaiian Islands. Alaska Airlines carries more passengers between the state of Alaska and the contiguous United States than any other airline.
Classified as a major carrier, it is the seventh-largest US airline in terms of passenger traffic. Alaska currently operates its largest hub at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.
Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, Horizon Air, is closely integrated into Alaska's operations, with Alaska and Horizon sharing many routes. Both airlines are owned by the same parent company, Alaska Air Group. In 2012, J. D. Power and Associates ranked Alaska Airlines highest in customer satisfaction for traditional North American airlines. This is the fifth consecutive year that Alaska Airlines has won
Aviajet is a Dublin-based charter broker. While it's not an airline, the company provides flights for tour operators. Its flights are operated by MD83's in the Aviajet livery. Airlines that lease Aviajet's aircraft include MAP Jet and Spanair. Air Atlanta Icelandic have previously operated A310's for Aviajet, and euroAtlantic Airways have done the same thing with a Boeing 767-300.
As of 2005, Aviajet fly to 16 European destinations from Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport:
The Aviajet fleet includes the following aircraft (at March 2008):
No aircraft at the moment.
Japan Air Commuter Co., Ltd. (日本エアコミューター株式会社, Nihon Ea Komyūtā Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese airline based in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture. It operates feeder services in support of Japan Airlines. Its main base is Kagoshima Airport, with hubs at Osaka International Airport, Amami Airport and Fukuoka Airport.
The airline was established on 1 July 1983 and started operations in December 1983. A joint investment plan with public and private investors in fourteen Kagoshima Prefecture municipalities established Japan Air Commuter. At the time JAC was an affiliate of Toa Domestic Airlines, later known as Japan Air System. In the 1990s JAC had its headquarters in the Kagoshima Airport Building Annex in Mizobe, Aira District, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Japan Air System later merged into Japan Airlines. Japan Air Commuter has 471 employees (at March 2007) and is owned by Japan Airlines (60%) and 14 local municipalities of the Amami Islands and Kagoshima (40%).
Due to the restructuring plan of Japan Airlines, Arata Yasujima was promoted to president of Japan Air Commuter on February 1, 2010. Yasujima replaces Masaru Onishi, who was promoted to president of JAL.
As of November 2010 the
Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse (literally Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation) is a Norwegian non-profit foundation that promotes and implements measures to provide emergency medical assistance. It has about 820,000 members (exceeding one of six Norwegians).
Through its three limited subsidiaries the foundation operates air ambulance helicopters and planes in Norway and internationally.
The entire corporation has 220 employees.
Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NLA) is a limited company wholly owned by the foundation that operate helicopters in the Norwegian air ambulance system on behalf of the government.
The company operate Eurocopter EC 135 helicopters from 8 helicopter bases in Norway, based in Arendal, Bergen, Dombås, Førde, Lørenskog, Stavanger, Trondheim and Ål.
Additionally, the company provide medical staff to Sea King search and rescue helicopters of the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
NLA Global Medical Support AS (GMS) is a limited company wholly owned by the foundation that provide medical assistance abroad to members of the foundation, or on behalf of the government or private companies, like insurance or shipping companies. If necessary GMS will transport the patient back to
SpiceJet is a low-cost airline headquartered in Chennai, India owned by billionaire Kalanithi Maran. It began service in May 2005 and by 2012, it was India's third largest airline in terms of market share ahead of Air India, Kingfisher Airlines and GoAir.
The origins of SpiceJet track back to February 1993 when ModiLuft, one of India's first post-deregulation airlines that was launched by the Indian industrialist S K Modi, in technical partnership with the German flag carrier Lufthansa. The airline project was started in February, 1993 by S K Modi, Ashutosh Dayal Sharma and Kanwar K S Jamwal and on 5 May 1993 took the first flight from New Delhi to Mumbai. The airline actually started operations within three months of its conception – a record of kinds in itself. It maintained very high standards in flight safety, ground maintenance and on-time performance, owing to a strong support from Lufthansa AG. The team consisting of Indian and German technical staff and pilots was built by Kanwar K S Jamwal, General Manager Projects, a thorough professional himself, was responsible for setting up the Airline and its operations. Captain R L. Kapur and Retired First officer Cdr. S. Raj along
World Airways, Inc., is an American airline headquartered at the HLH Building in Peachtree City, Georgia. For the most part, the company operates non-scheduled services. Its main aircraft and maintenance base is Tampa International Airport.
World Airways was founded in 1948 by Benjamin Pepper with the introduction of ex-Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying boats. Edward Daly, however is thought of as World's founder. He bought the airline in 1950 for $50,000 and proceeded to acquire DC-4s.
World got its first government contract in 1951 and has had a substantial amount of government business since then.
Later, World acquired DC-6s and Lockheed Constellations. World entered the jet era in the late 1960s with Boeing 707s and 727s. In the early 1970s, World acquired Douglas DC-8s.
World became a key military contractor during the Vietnam War, flying troops and equipment between the war zone and World's base at Oakland International Airport. On March 29, 1975, World operated the last airlift flight out of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam. Two 727s were flown to Đà Nẵng, one of which landed with Daly aboard. Thousands rushed the airplane and it took off on a taxiway under heavy fire. The
JSC "Donavia" (Russian: ОАО «Донавиа»), formerly Aeroflot-Don (Russian: ОАО «Аэрофлот-Дон»), is an Aeroflot subsidiary airline based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. It operates scheduled domestic and international passenger flights network as well as passenger and cargo charters, most of which to the Middle East. Its main bases are Rostov-on-Don Airport and Mineralnye Vody Airport (after Kavminvodyavia bankruptcy).
The airline was established as Donavia following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It absorbed the Rostov assets of the Soviet airline Aeroflot, and was one of many such "Babyflots" to emerge in the early 1990s. However, the airline was purchased by Aeroflot in 2000 and started operations under the Aeroflot-Don name on 13 April 2000. On 25 September 2009, the airline was once again renamed Donavia.
Donavia serves the following destinations (as of 25 January 2012 (2012 -01-25)) :
The Donavia fleet includes the following aircraft (at May 2011):
ADA S.A., operating as Aerolínea de Antioquia (ADA), is a regional airline with its headquarters on the property of Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellín, Colombia. It started operations in 1987. The airline operates scheduled domestic services from Medellín to over 20 destinations. Its main base is Olaya Herrera Airport.
Aerolínea de Antioquia serves the following destinations (as of July 2010):
The Aerolínea de Antioquia fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 20 December 2011):
AeroSvit Airlines closed joint stock company (Ukr. Закрите акціонерне товариство «Авіакомпанія АероСвіт»), operating as AeroSvit — Ukrainian Airlines / АероСвіт, is one of the Ukrainian flag carriers. Its head office is on the grounds of Boryspil International Airport in Boryspil, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. AeroSvit operates currently the largest network (among other Ukrainian carriers) of scheduled international flights, performing scheduled domestic and international services directly or by code share to over 72 destinations including long-haul international services to China, India, Thailand, Canada, USA, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, as well as charter services.
Aerosvit Airlines is a full member of IATA and an IATA IOSA certified carrier.
Its main base is Boryspil International Airport, Kiev.
The airline was established on 25 March 1994, and started operations in April 1994 with flights from Kiev to Tel Aviv, Odessa, Thessaloniki, Athens and Larnaca in co-operation with Air Ukraine. In October 1994, it started to dry-lease Boeing 737-200 aircraft as the network expanded to include flights to Moscow. It was the first European passenger airline to use Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
Air Memphis is a charter airline based in Cairo, Egypt. Its main base is Cairo International Airport.
The airline was established in August 1995 and started operations in March 1996. It had 530 employees as of March 2010.
The Air Memphis fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2011):
Société Airlinair is an airline based in Rungis, France, operating scheduled regional flights (some of which are on behalf of Air France), and aircraft lease services. The airline has set up bases at Paris-Orly Airport and Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. As an Air France regional partner, it also offers flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
The airline was established in 1998 and started operations in May 1999. It was founded by four principal shareholders including Lionel Guérin and is owned by private investors (80.5%) and Brit Air (19.5%).
As of December 2010, Airlinair operates scheduled flights to the following domestic destinations:
Additionally, the followings destinations are served on behalf of Air France:
As of December 2010, the Airlinair fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 16.1 years:
American Eagle Airlines Inc. (formerly Simmons Airlines), is a certificated air carrier based in Fort Worth, Texas. American Eagle the "marketing brand" however, is used by both Executive Airlines (OW) based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with American Eagle Airlines (MQ), in the operation of passenger air services as the regional affiliates of American Airlines, (AA) . All three airlines are wholly owned subsidiaries of AMR Corp. American Airlines also allows codeshares through 15 aircraft with an outside airline, Chautauqua Airlines under contract to provide regional service under the AmericanConnection brand.
Operating over 1,800 flights a day, serving 159 cities across the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, American Eagle is considered to be the world's largest regional airline system.
The American Eagle brand is an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliance. Until April 11, 2012 Eagle had a code share agreement with Delta Air Lines on California routes.
The name was also used between April 1980 and April 1981 by an unrelated air charter service that suspended operations and filed bankruptcy before flying any scheduled operations. SkyWest, Inc. announced that
Cielos del Sur S.A., operating as Austral Líneas Aéreas, more commonly known by its shortened name Austral, is a domestic airline of Argentina, the sister company of Aerolíneas Argentinas. It is the second largest domestic scheduled airline in the country, after Aerolíneas Argentinas itself. As a subsidiary of Aerolíneas Argentinas, the company shares its headquarters with that airline, which is located in the Torre Bouchard, San Nicolás, Buenos Aires. Its main base of operations is Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires.
Austral is currently fully integrated into Aerolíneas Argentinas; however, some differences arise, especially those relying upon the Unions the staff of both companies are affiliated to, which lead to constant conflicts.
The airline currently operates an all-Embraer 190 fleet.
The origins of the carrier can be traced back to 1957, when Compañía Austral de Transportes Aéreos SACI (CATASACI) was founded, starting scheduled services in January 1958 (1958-01). CATASACI focused its services on southwestern Argentina, but it also operated international flights to Montevideo, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas. In 1965, Pan Am acquired a 22% stake in CATASACI in return for
Blue Dart Aviation is an all-cargo airline based in Chennai, India. It operates scheduled night express cargo flights including domestic and regional charters. It has an in-house maintenance capability and provides aircraft maintenance and engineering support to other airlines.
The airline was incorporated in 1995 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Dart Express, a Mumbai based integrated express package Distribution Company. It is now part of DHL Aviation and owned by Deutsche Post DHL. Blue Dart Aviation started operations on June 1996 with two Boeing 737 Freighters bought from Indian Airlines and inducted its first Boeing 757 freighter in 2006.
Blue Dart Aviation operates services to the following domestic destinations:
The current fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2012):
Canadian Pacific Air Lines was a Canadian airline that operated from 1942 to 1987. It operated under the name CP Air from 1968 to 1986. Based at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, it served Canadian and international routes until it was purchased and absorbed into Canadian Airlines.
In the early 1940s, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company purchased ten bush airlines in a short time span, finishing with the purchase of Canadian Airways in 1942, to form Canadian Pacific Air Lines. Early management were largely bush flying pioneers, including president Grant McConachie, superintendent Punch Dickins, and Wop May, who would become a repair depot manager in Calgary.
In 1968, Canadian Pacific Air Lines was rebranded as CP Air. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company (renamed Canadian Pacific Limited in 1971) had decided to align the airline's name and logo design to that of its other subsidiaries, including CP Hotels, CP Ships, and CP Transport (CP Rail was spun off from the parent company later).
CP Air battled with the government-owned Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA. later Air Canada) for international and transcontinental routes for much of its history. Despite
Accidents:10 August 2005 helicopter crash near Tallinn
Copterline is a Finnish-Estonian helicopter airline, flying a regular 18-minute service on the Helsinki–Tallinn route. Copterline flies a AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter.
Copterline OÜ (Estonia) is the flight operator, and FastClass Oy (Finland, former Line Support Oy) is the parent company, which is responsible for maintenance. The predecessor of Line Support was the Finnish company Copterline Oy (1990–2010).
Hubs:Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Focus cities:Los Angeles International Airport
Accidents:Delta Air Lines Flight 1141
Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), operating as Delta Air Lines, is a major United States airline headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. The airline operates an extensive domestic and international network serving all continents except Antarctica. Delta Air Lines and its subsidiaries operate over 5,000 flights every day with approximately 75,000 employees. The airline's hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic (88 million passengers per year) and number of landings and takeoffs. Delta is the sixth-oldest operating airline by foundation date, and the oldest airline still operating in the United States. Delta Air Lines is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, the other three being Korean Air, Air France, and Aeroméxico. The loyalty program for Delta Air Lines is SkyMiles. Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline in terms of fleet size, revenue passenger-kilometers flown, and scheduled passenger traffic.
Formed with a Huff-Daland Duster, the first true crop duster, the plane was deployed to combat the boll weevil in 1925 and was nicknamed "The Puffer" due to the
El Al Israel Airlines Ltd (TASE: ELAL), trading as El Al (Hebrew: אל על, "To The Skies" or "Skywards", Arabic: إل عال), is the flag carrier of Israel. Since its inaugural flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv in September 1948, the airline has grown to serve some 36 destinations, operating scheduled domestic and international services and cargo flights to Europe, North America, Africa and the Near and Far East from its main base in Ben Gurion International Airport.
El Al in principle offers only kosher in-flight meals and does not fly passengers on the Jewish Sabbath or religious holidays. It is considered one of the world's most secure airlines, thanks to its stringent security procedures, both on the ground and on board its aircraft. Although it has been the target of many attempted hijackings and terror attacks, only one El Al flight was successfully hijacked. As Israel's national airline, El Al has played an important role in humanitarian rescue efforts, airlifting Jews from other countries to Israel, setting the world record for the most passengers on a commercial aircraft by Operation Solomon when 14,500 Jewish refugees were transported from Ethiopia in 1991.
In 2011, El Al
Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد, ʼal-ittiħād) is a flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. Established by Royal decree in July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.
The airline operates more than 1,300 flights per week to 85 passenger and cargo destinations in 55 countries, with a fleet of 67 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In 2011, Etihad carried 8.3 million passengers, a 17% increase on the previous year, delivering revenues of US$ 4.1 billion and net profits of US$ 14 million.
Etihad was awarded the World's Leading Airline in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by the World Travel Awards.
In addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad also operates Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo. The airline is based at Abu Dhabi International Airport and its head office is in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi.
Etihad reported its first full-year net profile in 2011, of US$14 million, in line with the strategic plan announced by CEO James Hogan in 2006.
In December 2011, Etihad announced it had taken a 29.21% stake in Air Berlin, Europe’s sixth largest airline, and James Hogan was appointed Vice Chairman. It followed this up with minority stakes in other
FlyNordic was an airline based in Stockholm, Sweden. It operated scheduled and charter services in Scandinavia and Europe. Its main base was Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. In 2007 the airline was bought by Norwegian Air Shuttle and became a fully integrated part of the latter.
The airline was established in 1996 as Reguljair and operated domestic services using an Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante until its operating licence was revoked on 14 November 2000. The airline was relaunched as Nordic East, dba Flynordic.com on 1 December 2000. In November 2003 Finnair acquired 85% of the shares and the remaining 15% in May 2004, when a new subsidiary company, Nordic Airlink Holding, was established. In October 2004 the airline was rebranded as FlyNordic. Finnair placed FlyNordic into bankruptcy in 2005, although operations of the reorganised company, Nordic Airlink Holding, doing business as FlyNordic, continued as usual. It has 240 employees (at March 2007).
On 24 April 2007 Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that they had bought 100% of the FlyNordic shares from Finnair. This makes Norwegian Scandinavia's largest low-cost airline. As a result of Finnair's ownership in FlyNordic, Finnair
Frontier Airlines, is a United States low-cost airline headquartered in Denver, Colorado, USA. The carrier, which is a subsidiary and operating brand of Republic Airways Holdings, operates flights to 76 destinations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico. The airline maintains a hub at Denver International Airport. Through a code-share agreement with Great Lakes Airlines the airline connects passengers to surrounding Rocky Mountain States.
Frontier Airlines was incorporated on February 8, 1994, by a group that included executives of a previous incarnation of Frontier Airlines in response to the void left by Continental Airlines' 1993 shutdown of its Denver (Stapleton) hub. Scheduled flights began five months later in July 1994 utilizing Boeing 737 aircraft. Like the original, Frontier flew out of Denver and for the first 9 years used the slogan "The Spirit of the West" which was displayed above the windows and just behind the cursive letters "Frontier" on the fuselage of their aircraft. In 1999, Frontier signed agreements to begin purchasing and leasing Airbus A318 and A319 aircraft to expand its fleet. The airline took delivery of its
Kenya Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Kenya Airways, is the flag carrier of Kenya. The company was founded in 1977, after the dissolution of East African Airways. The carrier's head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, with its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The airline was wholly owned by the Government of Kenya until April 1995 (1995-04), and it was privatised in 1996, becoming the first African flag carrier in successfully doing so. Kenya Airways is currently a public-private partnership. The largest shareholder is the Government of Kenya (29.8.%), followed by KLM, which has a 26.73% stake in the company. The rest of the shares are held by private owners; shares are traded in the Nairobi Stock Exchange, the Dar-es-Salaam Stock Exchange, and the Uganda Securities Exchange.
Kenya Airways is widely considered as one of the leading Sub-Saharan operators. The carrier became a full member of SkyTeam in June 2010 (2010-06), and is also a member of the African Airlines Association since 1977. As of June 2012, the company has 4,834 employees.
Kenya Airways was established by the Kenyan government on 22 January 1977, following the break-up of the East African
Focus cities:Rodriguez Ballon International Airport
LAN Perú S.A. is an airline based in Lima, Peru. It is a subsidiary of Chilean publicly traded company LAN Airlines (NYSE: LFL), which owns 49% of the airline. It operates scheduled domestic and international services. Its main base is on the grounds of Jorge Chávez International Airport. LAN Perú is the dominant airline in Peru, controlling 73.4% of the domestic market.
The airline was established in July 1998 and began operations on July 2, 1999 with domestic services from Jorge Chávez International Airport to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco and Rodriguez Ballon International Airport, Arequipa. The launch of LAN Perú marked the reappearance of a major national airline in Peru after the demise of AeroPeru, Compañia de Aviación Faucett and others. An international service to Miami International Airport was added on November 15, 1999. It became a subsidiary of LAN in September 2002. It is owned by LAN Airlines (49%), ER Larraín (30%) and Inversiones Aéreas (21%) and has 1,500 employees (at March 2007).. Nowadays, the company offers a range of 25 destinations in Peru, the rest of South America, North America and Europe. LAN Perú codeshares with American Airlines
Nordic Airways was an airline based in Stockholm, Sweden. It operated extensive charter and wet lease services. The company's low-cost airline subsidiary Nordic Regional also operates a scheduled network of services linking five domestic and one international destination. Its main base was Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.
Nordic Airways served charter flights for Airtours, Apollo and Neckerman as well as ACMI charters for SAS, Germanwings, Spanair, Sterling, LTE International Airways, Air Comet and Centralwings.
The airline originated from a privately owned airline Reguljair, which started services between Luleå and Stockholm in 2001, by which time it had become Nordic Airlink. Finnair acquired 85% of the company in 2003 and the company was split into two. The Finnair low cost subsidiary FlyNordic and the privately held Nordic Leisure. For domestic Nordic Leisure flights the brand Nordic Regional is used. The Nordic Airways name was adopted for Nordic Leisure/Nordic Regional in January 2006.
On 2 January 2009, Nordic Airways operated the first commercial flight between Europe and Iraq in 17 years. The flight carrying about 150 passengers and operated between Copenhagen and Baghdad
Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was a scheduled and charter airline with its head office in Tullamarine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, operating within Australasia from Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport and Perth Airport. In 2008 the airline was sold to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, and on 20 May 2009 it suspended its last remaining operations from Perth. In June 2009, OzJet was purchased by the Strategic group. With the insolvency of Strategic Airlines on 17 February 2012 also OzJet ceased all operations and went as part of the mother company into administration. Administrator is the company KordaMentha.
The name Ozjet was first registered as a trademark to Peter Schott, a Metroliner pilot from New South Wales studying for his Masters of Business Administration at Swinburne University in Victoria in 2002. When the Minardi Formula One team owner Paul Stoddart (born in Coburg, Victoria) announced the idea of a "low-cost" domestic regional airline, Ausjet, a new company Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd was created. Peter Schott and Paul Stoddart realised the potential of adopting the Ozjet name and did so.. In 2004 the original Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was deregistered and Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd became
Skyservice Airlines Inc. was a charter airline (Skyservice Airlines) based in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It employed more than 2000 people. Skyservice Airlines Inc. flew within Canada and to the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Israel and Europe. During the summer Skyservice sold tickets to Europe from Toronto using a Boeing 757-200WL. It also used an Airbus A330-300 for other chartered flights to Europe from Canada. Scheduled services to some destinations were offered during the summer season. Skyservice offered online-booking for those who wished to travel on Skyservice's scheduled destinations in the summer. Skyservice Airlines began operations in 1994.
Skyservice was forced into receivership on March 31, 2010 as a result of a near $9 million debt to its long term partner Sunquest Vacations. As a result, Skyservice abruptly ceased operations. Roughly 860 jobs are expected to be lost as a result.
The airline was started in 1986. On May 2, 2005, Skyservice introduced the first of two Boeing 767-300 aircraft to its fleet, the first of which entered service on that date with a flight from Toronto to Puerto Vallarta. The aircraft (both formerly with MyTravel Airways)
Slovak Airlines (Slovenské aerolínie a.s.) was an airline based in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was the flag carrier of the Slovak Republic operating a scheduled service to Moscow, Brussels and international charter flights to Russia, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Tunisia and Italy. The company also ran wet-lease operations. Its main base was M. R. Štefánik Airport, Bratislava.
The airline ceased operations in February 2007.
The airline was established on 24 June 1995 and started operations in May 1998. It was founded by Viliam Veteška and a group of private investors. In January 2005 Austrian Airlines acquired the majority stake (62%) in the company. Slovak Airlines ceased operations after Austrian Airlines repossessed two aircraft having withdrawn financial support in January 2007. The company filed for bankruptcy on 2 March 2007. Large portion of employees and offices was taken over by small Seagle Air.
The airline flew scheduled services from Bratislava to Brussels (7 weekly, codeshare with Austrian, Fokker 100) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (4 weekly, codeshare Aeroflot, Fokker 100).
In 2006 the airline flew the following charter flights from Bratislava (with Boeing
Smart Wings is a low-cost airline with its head office on the property of Václav Havel Airport Prague in Ruzyně, 6th district, Prague, Czech Republic. It is the low cost brand name of Travel Service. It operates services to several European destinations.
The airline was established and started operations in 2004 and is wholly owned by the Travel Service, a 66% subsidiary of Icelandair Group.
Smart Wings adopted the IATA code of the now defunct Slovakian airline Tatra Airlines, which operated from 1991 to 1998.
The Smart Wings fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 24th June 2012):
Smart Wings also operates eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft which are painted in the colours of Travel Service airline.
Transmile Air Services is a cargo airline with its head office in the Transmile Centre in the Cargo Complex of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor, Malaysia.
It is an express freight and freighter charter company. The airline was established in November 1993. It has courier transportation services between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia and services international companies such as DHL Worldwide Express, United Parcel Service, Air Macau and CEN Worldwide, among others. Transmile also provides aircraft charters and wet leases specialists with experience operating cargo flights around the world. Transmile Air was designated a National Cargo Carrier by the Malaysian Transport Ministry in 1996. Transmile is a corporation listed on Bursa Malaysia or (Malaysia Exchange).
Transmile began with one Boeing 737 and one Cessna Grand Caravan in providing air express transport service to Pos Malaysia Berhad for their courier business to East Malaysia in November 1993. It later developed into an international company and the only dedicated intra-Asian overnight express cargo operator in Malaysia. Their first Boeing 727 freighter service commenced in 2000 for the Kuala