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JayJ
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Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:39 am

Hi All,

Though I am always thoroughly excited by commercial aviation and the exciting changes that always take place - new airlines, new liveries, new routes, different aircraft types etc, I am also interested in seeing which airlines don't make it (as big as they'd like).

Does anyone know of any good sites that list airline (any type LCC or Premium - full service) or cargo (commercial) carriers that are now defunct (for each year) - or have maybe even managed to (in some cases) restart?

For example were there many that became defunct in 2014?

Many thanks
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:43 am

The following are lists of US and International airlines that have gone bankrupt over the past 20 years.

United States List

Name Filing Date Returned / Comment
Continental Airlines 1990-12-03
Pan American World Airways 1991-01-08
Eastern Air Lines 1991-01-18
American West Airlines 1991-06-27
Trans World Airlines 1992-01-31
Hawaiian Airlines 1993-09-21
Trans World Airlines 1995-06-30
Pan American World Airways 1998-02-26
Trans World Airlines 2001-01-10 Filed as part of an acquisition by American Airlines
US Airways 2002-08-11 2003-03-31
United Airlines 2002-12-09 2006-02-01
Air Canada 2003-04-01 2004-09-30
Flash Airlines 2004-03-01
US Airways 2004-09-12 2005-09-27 acquisition by America West
Aloha Airlines 2004-12-30 2006-02-17
Northwest Airlines 2005-09-14 2007-05-31 Acquired by Delta in 2008
Delta Air Lines 2005-09-14 2007-04-30
Comair 2005-09-14
Independence Air 2006-01-05 Filed and liquidated
Maxjet Airways 2007-12-26 Filed and discontinues operations
Silverjet Airways 2007 Filed and discontinues operations
Aloha Airlines 2008-03-31 Filed; discontinues passenger operations
ATA Airlines 2008-04-03 Filed and discontinues operations
Skybus Airlines 2008-04-05 Filed and discontinues operations
Frontier Airlines 2008-04-10 2009-10-01
Eos Airlines 2008-04-26 Filed and discontinues operations
Sun Country Airlines 2008-10-06 Filed
Primaris Airlines 2008-10-15 Filed and discontinues operations
Mesa Air 2010-01-05
Arrow Air 2010-07-01 Filed, discontinued, and undergoing liquidation
Mexicana 2010-08-28 Filed and suspends operations
American Airlines 2011-11-29 Filed and continues operations

Airlines that have gone bankrupt the past two decades:

International List

Name Filing Date Returned / Comment
Ryan International Airlines 2012-03-07
Malev Hungarian 2012
Spanair 2012
Japan Airlines 2010-01-19 2011-03-28
Malaysia Airline (MAS) 2005 2007

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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:55 am

Spicejet for 2014.
And don't forget Kingfisher for the past 20 years list.
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:13 am

Add AirTran to the 2014 list (though by way of a merger rather than bankruptcy).
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:36 am

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 1):
Malaysia Airline (MAS) 2005 2007

Really? That's news to me.
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:07 am

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 1):

Those are bankruptcy filings. I'm pretty sure the OP was looking for airlines that shut down/went out of business.

I'm assuming the new PeoplExpress would make the list for 2014.

[Edited 2014-12-24 22:07:40]
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:15 am

Let's add:

WO & NA to the list. Both shutdown in April of 2014.
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:58 am

California Pacific? That one didn't even start!
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:36 am

Spice has not shut down, the only ones that have are Air Tran, Evergreen, North American, World and Global Supply Systems.
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:55 am

Hamburg Airways (HK) | Germany | 20.12.2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg_Airways

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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:19 pm

Hi! How are You? Here are two links to help You, I did a search in Google and find these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_defunct_airlines

http://www.airlines-inform.com/world_airlines/ceased_operations/

I Hope it helps and have a nice day. Best wishes.
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:27 pm

This site provides some interesting background and details at least for the U.S.

http://www.departedflights.com/
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:39 pm

Just planes used to keep a list, last update I see is 2013. I'm sure crankyflier or someone will post a list in the upcoming weeks.
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:03 am

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 1):
American West Airlines 1991-06-27

There was never such airline.
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:48 am

Here is a list from our database at ch-aviation:
RAK Airways
Fly540 Angola
Vincent Aviation (Australia)
Central Connect Airlines
Rostock Airways
Helitt Líneas Aéreas
Air100
Global Supply Systems
Fly540 Ghana
Aerospace One
Merpati
Tigerair Mandala
Air Arctic
Livingston Air
Small Planet Airlines Italia
Trawel Fly
Sky Aero
Wat Phnom Airlines
Moldavian Airlines
Eznis Airways
Krohn Air
Gorkha Airlines
Vincent Aviation (New Zealand)
Rayyan Air
4YOU Airlines
Bingo Airways
Fly Romania
Bylina
Dobrolet
Moskovia Airlines
Vladivostok Air
FlyOlympic
ValuAir
SAMair
Siam General Aviation
Aviatrans K
Khors Aircompany
Air Uganda
Go!
Lakeshore Express
North American Airlines
World Airways

I intentionally removed some really small ones.

TRIP Linhas Aéreas has merged into Azul
JAL Express has merged back into JAL
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:29 am

Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 14):

Thats quite a list, is Valuair the one that was running Jetsstar Asia? too bad Eznis also closed. What happened to Rayyan?I read they moved base to Jeddah but havent shut down.

Off topic why isnt your site showing Egypt Air Cargo fleet? I tried PM you twice but it said error cant find ThomasJaeger.

[Edited 2014-12-25 23:34:28]
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:17 pm

Quoting 777way (Reply 15):
Off topic why isnt your site showing Egypt Air Cargo fleet? I tried PM you twice but it said error cant find.
http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/airline/MSX#al_profile_tab_fleet or http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/aircraft/search?search=1&cha=MSX
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:13 am

Thats odd why a seprate entry for MS cargo? all the other operators cargo fleets are listed in the passenger division information.

JetKonnect is another brand that had become defunct.
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:05 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 17):
Thats odd why a seprate entry for MS cargo? all the other operators cargo fleets are listed in the passenger division information.

They have their own AOC.

Jet Konnect as a brand has disappeared, but as an airline still exists (with S2 code), they now operate alongside Jet Airways (9W) with the same product. I assume not much longer but for now they still do.

Rayyan Air restarted as AHS Air International.
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:33 am

Here in Australia there was Aeropelican which merged with Brindabella. Brindabella was placed in receivershipi n December 2013.

A small operator, Sunshine Express formerly offered a number of services before ceasing in 2006. Some routes were taken over by Brindabella and QantasLink.

A fully owned subsidiary of Qantas, Australian Airlines, operated services to some Australian an Asian destinations between 2002 and 2006, until Qantas decuded to concentrate on its Qantas and Jetstar brands. Qantas had acquired the brand when it purchased Australian Airlines in 1992.

Australian Airlines was previously called Trans Australian Airlines, established in 1946, renamed in 1986 and ceasing operations in 1994. The airline had been set up in competition to Australian National Airways (ANA) which at the time was Australia's largest airline. ANA was eventuall swallowed by Ansett.
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:08 am

No S2 is Jet Lite India Ltd, the company which remains operational as you said, JetKonnect was the brand name which it was using that is gone.
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:39 pm

Quoting JayJ (Thread starter):
Does anyone know of any good sites that list airline (any type LCC or Premium - full service) or cargo (commercial) carriers that are now defunct (for each year) - or have maybe even managed to (in some cases) restart?


JayJ, visit CrankFlyer at www.crankyflier.com. He usually does a post at the end of each year recapping defunct airlines.

EDIT: Search for "Airlines We Lost" and you will see his list for the previous years. He should have a 2014 list on Monday or Tuesday.

[Edited 2014-12-27 11:48:48]
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:56 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 20):
No S2 is Jet Lite India Ltd, the company which remains operational as you said, JetKonnect was the brand name which it was using that is gone.

Thanks, will figure it out.
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:20 pm

List is posted, with some good details about each: http://crankyflier.com/2014/12/29/airlines-we-lost-2014/
 
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RE: Defunct Airlines (2014)

Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:38 am

It seems that we can add Gambia Bird Airlines to this list

Gambia Bird Suspends Operations (by eielef Dec 30 2014 in Civil Aviation)

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