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User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

Which airlines are over 50 years old. The only one I can think of is Singapore Airlines.

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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

Continental, UAL, AA, DL, NWA to name a few.


Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

I think KLM claims to be the world's oldest airline, I could be wrong though.

If Eastern were still around I believe they would be the oldest.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineLasbagman From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3928 times:

Mexicana Airlines

is about 80 years old


User currently offlineAlvaro From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3929 times:

Mexicana is 82 years old and its the fourth oldest airline in the world.

This photo shows Mexicana´s 80th anniversary special scheme:

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Alvaro



En Mexicana cumplimos 85 años de hacerte sentir el placer de volar sin limites
User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3925 times:

KLM is the worlds oldest airline, dating from the 1920's (forget the exact year, but since I am drinking free beer in the SYD Qantas Club, I have an excuse! Big grin )

Qantas *could* be said to be the worlds oldest CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING airline, IF you consider that KLM ceased RPT operations during WWII. Most aviation enthusiasts (including myself, an unashamed Qantas fanatic) however discount this, as the only reason KLM ceased RPT ops was due to the German occupation of The Netherlands.

So, there are STACKS of carriers out there that are a lot older than 50 years old.

Dave


User currently offlineDanielbk From Israel, joined Feb 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3918 times:

EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES, 1948 (55!)

Then:
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Danny.



cockpit? it's that little room in the front of the plane where the pilots seat.. but that's not important now
User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3666 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3891 times:
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HA and AQ have both been around for 50+ years. AQ just turned 50 last year and HA will be 74 on Nov. 11.

User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

Hawaiian Airlines will be 74 this November. Started in 1929 as Interisland Airways flying S-43's.


User currently offlineDETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

Most of the world's major airlines are older than 50 years old. Many airlines were founded after World War II such as Alitalia. Though many have histories that predate the war such as British Airways, KLM, South African Airways, United Airlines. Some airlines began under different names, for instance US Airways was once Allegheny Airlines and later USAir. Singapore Airlines can not claim to be over 50 years except as a successor to Malayan Airways which was founded in 1937 (though did not begin operations until 10 years later due to the war). Malayan Airways then became Malaysian Airways in 1963. When Singapore became independent in 1965, the airline became Malaysia Singapore Airlines, or MSA. Finally in 1971 the joint venture ended with the separation into Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) and Singapore Airlines. So if you want to be technical SIA was officially born in 1972.

User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

LOT Polish Airlines is around 70 years old.

This is a replica of one of their earlier planes...


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And these are pics of the 70th anniversery decals featured on the tails of LOT jets seen here on LOT 737-400s, SP-LLA, and SP-LLG...


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User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Aer Lingus is also over Fifty Years old. I think that Lufthansa is also over 50. There are many, many airlines that are over 50.


Long live Aer Lingus, the Flying Shamrock!
User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3851 times:

The first ever commercial airline was Aircraft Transport and Travel (AT&T) that made it's initial flight on 25 August 1919 from Hounslow Heath (LHR) to Paris (LBG).

Brtish Airways can trace it's history directly back to that flight.




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User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3852 times:

Cathay Pacific was founded in Hong Kong on 24 September, 1946:

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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3839 times:


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Alaska Airlines has been around in one form or another since 1932. However, Alaska Airlines Inc. was formed May 2, 1944 (I've also heard June 6, 1944).

Brian


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

KLM operated a limited service in the Dutch Caribbean during WW2...

They're the oldest airline that has been constantly operating independently (and under the same name too).
They're also one of the first airlines ever (there were earlier airlines, but none of them still exist as an independent entity if at all).



I wish I were flying
User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3388 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

And not only did they operate in the Caribbean during the war, but also in Europe. They flew London-Madrid mostly hauling newspapers but also some passengers (diplomats, bunsinessmen, military etc). The flight was known as the spy-line.


Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineSk From Germany, joined Apr 2003, 75 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

Lufthansa owes its origins to "Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft" (renamed "Lufthansa" in 1933), which is formed from a merger between "Deutsche Aero Lloyd" (DAL) and "Junkers Luftverkehr" on January 6 (1926). The new airline inherits its crane logo, designed by "Deutsche Luft-Reederei" in 1919, from DAL, the blue-and-yellow house colours from Junkers.

More information needed?
http://konzern.lufthansa.com/en/html/ueber_uns/geschichte/chronik/index.html


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

The first part of Scandinavian Airlines was formed back in 1918.



User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

KLM started operation in 1919, so 84 years old.

Picture of first flight London-Amsterdam in 1920.


During WWII also flights UK-Portugal were flown by KLM.

And this is KLMs youngest aircraft, a few weeks old..

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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1873 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

More than 50 years?
Add AF, Lan Chile, Varig, Gulf air, and many more.
Teva




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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3694 times:

When deciding how old an airline is I think it is incorrect to include "ancestor" airlines. Therefore, British Airways was founded, not in 1919, but in April 1974. BA's pregenitors were AT & T, Hillman Airways, Imperial Airways, the pre-WW2 Britiah Airways, BOAC, BEA, Cambrian Airways, BKS/Northeast Airways, BEA Scottish, BEA Channel Islands, BEA Helicopters - quite a list actually and I'm sure I've left out a few..

It is like saying I was born in 1890, the date of my grandmother's birth.

Aer Lingus was founded in 1936.

Most of the European national airlines were founded pre-WW2. Some, unfortunately, have "gone under" very recently eg. Swiss Air and SABENA.


User currently offlineFlywithken From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3694 times:

To compliment the above post about Alaska Airlines, They just celebrated their 70th anniversary last year. They were started in 1932 with McGee Airways, flying between ANC and Bristol Bay. They merged with Star Airlines in '34. After a few more mergers and name changes they ended up with ALASKA AIRLINES, and that a history of AS in a nutshell!

FLY AS!
KEN


User currently offlineHoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3046 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
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Korean Air which was originally called Korea Aviation started in 1926.



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User currently offlineTreg From Estonia, joined Oct 2001, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

What about Columbias Avianca? They are operational since 1919...

25 Post contains links and images BDRules : bmi / BD is also over 50 years old when they started out as Derby Aviation back in 1949. Bt they were around before that too when they were formed as
26 Quebecair727 : Air Canada is 65. Time to retire!
27 Carduelis : Keesje Good bit for KLM - the picture of the aircraft shown (De Havilland 9) G-EAL* is one of two aircraft (the other was G-EAQP) on contract work to
28 Sq_ek_freak : Isnt Philippine Airlines Asia's oldest airline? More than 50+ for sure though!
29 Tkcom : Thai Airways was formed 1951 (52 years) TK
30 Acvitale : vianca, and Chalks Ocean are the oldest. Sadly Avianca is tetering. Chalks was the earliest of the three and holds title to the worlds oldest continuo
31 Post contains links Keesje : KLM was given its current name in 1919. Here is the document. http://corporate.klm.com/CorporateInformation/history/1920-1929/1919.asp The KLM site sa
32 FRA_M25 : Hi folks, Varig was founded in may 1927 so it's 76 years old. CSA was founded in 1923, so it is 80 years old. Finnair was founded in 1923, so it is 80
33 Captaink : BWIA West Indies Airways.. is 60+ years old
34 Garuda : Garuda Indonesia is also more than 50 yrs old. Garuda Indonesia's 1st flight was on 26 January 1949 under the name of Indonesian Airways, a charter ai
35 Post contains links and images A388 : I read somewhere that Avianca of Colombia is the oldest airline, but not many people know this. Avianca also started in 1919. They started a few month
36 Post contains images FunFlying : Long live Finnair - 80 years of beautiful flying! FF
37 ZSSNC : SAA even celebrated 50 years of service from JNB to FRA last year. And since the Springbok route is much older than that they can claim that they offe
38 Mas a330 : How about Malaysia Airlines?
39 Trident : BDR Rule - you obviously misunderstood me. BMI is just a refinement of a name, as was BM, BMA, British Midland and the original Derby Airways. That ai
40 Post contains images Bobrayner : Separate legal entity? So a name change doesn't matter, but you'd like to draw the line where there is a change to corporate structure or ownership, e
41 Trident : Legally, in the UK at least, a name change does not matter. I am a professional accountant and I have performed many "name change" exercises on behalf
42 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : How about QANTAS? Australia's airline was founded in the outback in 1920, making it nearly as old as KLM and Avianca. View Large View MediumPhoto &cop
43 Fanofjets : Aeroflot surely must be over a half century old!
44 Sonic : Lithuanian Airlines is 65 years old, although their existance was interrupted by Soviet occupation. Lithuanian Air Lines (Lietuvos Oro Linijos) was es
45 Post contains images RA-85154 : Aeroflot celebrates its 80ieth birthday this year: founded in 1923 and named Aeroflot in 1930 it has always been the national carrier of the USSR and
46 Going64 : Avianca is not from 1919. It was formed by the merger of Pan American's SCADTA (formed 1919) and Servicio Aéreo Colombiano in 1933.
47 Lfutia : KLM hands down since it was created in 1919 and still flies w/ its original name.. Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij -aka KLM Leo/ORD
48 Post contains links and images N751PR : Philippine Airlines: 62 years old. View Large View MediumPhoto © Martin Oertle
49 ERJ135 : Aer Lingus formed April 1936, Dobrolet the forerunner of Aeroflot, 1923 Aerolineas Argentinas December 7th 1950 Aeronaves de Mexico, now Aero Mexico,
50 HAL : And just to add (and please the purists), Hawaiian Airlines has been flying since 1929 with no mergers, shutdowns, or acquisitions, and only one name
51 EL-AL : Arkia Israeli Airlines, first flight in 1950, then called "Arkia Inland Airlines" EL-AL
52 Acvitale : KLM does not win hands down... Chalks is still older and has been flying continuously since 1919. They have a 7 month lead on KLM. And going one step
53 Flyboy_se : JAT Yugoslav Airlines is 76 years old. The airline was formed on 17 th june of 1927 under the name of Aeroput.Their first airplane were french Potez 2
54 AJ : United777 and Mas a330, technically Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines are only 31 years old, as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines ceased operations i
55 AndrewAir : How old is British Airways? I think they are 50+ years old. Andrew
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