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Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:06 am

what is the worlds oldest airline is it BA UAL DL AA AF QF? i wanna hear why u think your choosen airline is the worlds oldest?
 
Matt D
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:09 am

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the undisputed oldest still existing airline in the world. Founded in 1919.

No reason why I chose them other than it being the simple truth.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:14 am

Matt D is correct. It is KLM. Conceived in 1919. Regards.
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:15 am

I would say it's TWA they started way back in 1930
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dragon-wings
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:17 am

I guess KLM is the olderest, when I wrote my post I didnt see the posts about KLM.
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:32 am

KLM is legendary!
 
trintocan
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:36 am

KLM is the oldest airline flying under its original name. The oldest overall is Avianca though which began under another name 1 year earlier, in 1918. KLM first formed in 1919.

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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:11 am

Mexicana de Aviacion founded in 1921.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:16 am

QANTAS is the second oldest airline est. in 1921. QANTAS proclaims that they are the oldest airline in the English speaking world.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:17 am

I always thought it was Chalk's...they also claim 1919 and to be the world's oldest airline.

http://www.chalksoceanairways.com/sub3.htm
 
chepos
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:21 am

Between KLM and Avianca. Mexicana and Qantas are also old.
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yow
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:22 am

Qantas is third oldest Avianca and KLM are older. Which one is older is up for debate, it depends on how you decide when the airline was formed. The answer could be based on when the airlines hired their first employee or when their inaugural flight took place. Anyone on the board born in the early 1900s that could maybe provide a little insight? (I'm neutral on this issue of which one is really older.)
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:51 am

Lufthansa has been around a long time also, not the first but it is up there.

THE FIRST LUFTHANSA FLIGHT WAS ON APRIL 6, 1926
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 12:33 pm

I dont see the airline BWIA West Indies of Trinidad and Tobago which has bee servicing the Caribbean for 60 years. It was establish in November 1940 and itts new livery was i 60 year old make over. It was first called British West Indian Airways. For more than 55 years it operated at a loss and for the last 2-3 years it has operated at a profit. It also has one of he best saftey records in the world. The airline pilots are known to only fly when hey are sure the aircraft is working and this caused many delays hence the airline earned the name "Better Walk If Able" or "But Will It Arrrive". I has remmeded that problem with its 6 state of the art 737 800.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:00 pm

Koninklijke Luchtwaart Maatschappij

1. I'm not sure of the spelling.
2. Dont ask me what exactly that means; I'm not Dutch  Smile
 
TriStar_500
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:24 pm

Where is BWIA West Indies? Even though it is relaivley small compared to the like of Ba Ual AA etc. It will be celebraing 61 years of service to the Caribbean. Formed in 1940 it has one of the best saftey record the hasn't be a crash for over 20 years. It operates a 13 plane fleet made up 2 L1011 TriStar 500 ( the other 2 were retired due to mechanical problems) 4 MD 83s 6 new 737-800 and 3 Dash 8 300 Quiet Series which they realy are
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:30 pm

LOT was concieved in 1920.
 
Al
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Not Chalks

Tue Jun 26, 2001 5:22 pm

Chalks like to claim they are, but they weren't even an airline until the late 1950's. Until then they were an ad hoc taxi carrier. The longest continually operated airlines are KLM and Qantas - despite the claim for Avianca, they ceased service for a short period then started again under a different name.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 5:49 pm

KLM, Koningklijke Luchtvaart Maatschapij =
Royal air travel company
Started operations October 1919.

Qantas, Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services, started operations in November 1920.

I remember when the DC-3 was new!
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 7:41 pm

KLM is definitly the oldest, but aeroflot had first scheduled flights
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:37 pm

KLM is definitely the world's oldest airline.
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 9:44 pm

lufthansa's celebrating seventy-five years this year if thats any help.

It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:10 pm

>>>The oldest overall is Avianca though which began under another name 1 year earlier, in 1918.

If you count name changes: Lufthansa´s forerunner "Deutsche Luft-Reederei" was founded in 1917 - their crane trademark is Lufthansa´s logo until today.

Daniel Smile

 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:14 pm

Easyjet No ?
 
OH-LZA
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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:19 pm

Finnair was founded in 1923 but at that time their name was Aero O/Y (hence the IATA designator, AY). I know it's not the oldest, but it's up there.

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RE: Worlds Oldest Airline

Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:34 pm

They go like this:

-KLM
-Avianca
-Qantas
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