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How Many Airlines Have Existed Since 1903?  
User currently offline757pf From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

Does anyone have a clue?

Do you suppose there's a way to find the accurate number of airlines?

Anybody know how many are flying right this minute?

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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Please be more specific -- what is your definition of airline? Any company that flies passengers for profit from point A to point B? How about cargo carriers? Or companies that give sightseeing tours?

The first passenger airline that fits the first definition I gave, that flys heavier than air craft, existed in 1914:

http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/yhuang3/winged-1.htm


User currently offline757pf From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Never mind........

I have my answer......

I just counted them all.

Hmmmm.....I was right....there have been more than just 18!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Sure. If you count the restarts (airlines that stop but start again with the same name later on) you'll get there easy. Air Holland alone will give you a good number, they go bankrupt every winter and start again in spring  Smile


I wish I were flying
User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

as far as I know none.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 2080 times:

If you include paper airlines (airlines that are proposed, but never initiate service), the number would have to be in the 50,000+ range. And that's a conservative estimate. Just in the U.S. since 1978 there have been 178 airlines that have folded. No telling how many have folded around the world since 1978.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6343 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Of course the correct answer is none, no airline has been around since 1903. If you mean how many airlines have come into existence since then, I'll guarantee that no one will ever be able to say.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offline757pf From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Ahhhhh......I see where you're coming from.

I can see as to how this topic could be interpreted 2 different ways, as "I Miss Piedmont" so aptly points out.

My topic should have stated ....... "SINCE THE FIRST MANNED HEAVIER-THAN-AIR FLIGHT, HOW MANY INDIVIDUAL AIRLINES HAVE GRACED THIS PLANET'S SKIES?" ...... Think that would fit in the space provided for "Topic"?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy

OK....It's an impossible question to answer. No one knows.

But what about "airlines operating currently around the globe". Ha......Anybody got that figure for me? That one should be easier.

BTW......Great handle, IMissPiedmont!!! (I, too, miss those Piedmont 727's and 737's.........Did they have BAC 1-11's in the 1970's?).

 Smile  Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile


User currently offline757pf From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

Refresh....anyone?

Thanx.  Smile


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6343 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

I knew what you meant, just had to get that in. I have a database with names of over 11000 airlines that have existed worldwide. Best guess on current numbers at any one time would be the listings in JP. 2000 edition has over 6500. No BAC 1-11s for Piedmont though. 727s, 737s, YS-11s, FH-227s in the 70s. They added F-28s when they bought Empire.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
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