airbus60
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What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Thu Mar 16, 2000 4:18 pm

What was the first?
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Thu Mar 16, 2000 4:47 pm

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines - That's the oldest airline in the world - and it still keeps on ticking! It first went up in 1919, a year after WW1 ended. Qantas and BA are not far behind.
 
Trident
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Fri Mar 17, 2000 4:11 am

The first ever airline (DELAG) was operated by the Zeppelin airship company and started operations in 1908 using their own airships. The first airline route flown by aeroplanes was between Tampa Bay and St Petersburg Florida in 1914 using a single Benoist flying boat. The oldest surviving airline still operating under its original name is KLM, founded in 1919. I refuse to accept that British Airways is any older than April 1974, the day it officially came into existence. Granted, some of BA's ancestors date back to 1919 but the route from 1919 to 1974 is long and convoluted.
 
LHMark
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Fri Mar 17, 2000 4:39 am

Is Chalk's of Florida still around? They were founded in 1918. Last I heard, they flew Grumman Goose, mallard & turbo-mallard flying boats from Miami to the U.S. Virgin Islands & Bimini.
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blink182
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Fri Mar 17, 2000 9:28 am

if i am right, it is KLM
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
 
KALB
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Fri Mar 17, 2000 11:02 am

I believe Avianca was established in the early twenties. I'll check on it.
 
VirginA340
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Sat Mar 18, 2000 5:49 am

KLM was formed in 1919 that's the oldest and the only airline under it's original name Qantas, BA ,Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, United nad American were not far behind KLM.
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Trident
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Sat Mar 18, 2000 5:56 am

Why do people keep including BA as an "old" airline. it's not!!!!. See my previous post above.

I was born in 1958, my grandmother was born in 1890, does that make me 110 years old?

 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Come Out?

Sat Mar 18, 2000 5:56 am

KALB, for your information...
Avianca was started in the fall of 1919 and as such is the second oldest airline still operating (after KLM). It started out as SCADTA.

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