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Today in Aviation: Gardermoen Replaces Oslo Fornebu Airport

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Oslo Fornebu Airport (FBU), which also served Eastern Norway, is replaced by Gardermoen Airport (OSL) in 1998.  FBU was officially opened on June 1, 1939, when a KLM DC-2 arrived from Amsterdam (AMS). However, Lufthansa (LH) had the honor of being the first airline to land at the airport, when […]

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Today in Aviation: Flag-carrier Air France Is Born

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Air France (AF) was officially inaugurated at Le Bourget Airport (LBG) after the merger of a number of independent French airlines. Aviation in the country can trace its history back to 1909 and the formation of Compagnie Générale Transaérienne which used airships and seaplanes. Following the end of World War […]

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Today in Aviation: Spanish Charter Carrier Spantax Is Founded

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Spanish leisure carrier Spantax (BX) was founded in 1959. The airline was set up by ex-Iberia (IB) Pilot and Flight Attendant Rodolfo Bay Wright and his partner Marta Estades Sáez. Based in Gran Canaria, the airline started life flying geologists and technicians exploring oil opportunities in the Sahara Desert and […]

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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the Convair CV-340

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the American-built, improved high-elevation performance 44-seat Convair CV-340 made its maiden flight in 1951. The aircraft was a stretch of the popular CV-240, one of the most advanced short-haul airliners of its day. The 240 was built following a requirement from American Airlines (AA) for a replacement for its fleet […]

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Today in Aviation: BOAC’s First Transatlantic Jet-powered Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC) launches the world’s first jet-powered transatlantic flight in 1958. Using the de Havilland Comet 4, BOAC beat rival Pan American to the post by just three weeks. this was despite Pan Am launching a high-profile advertising campaign, announcing their intention to begin their service with […]

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Today in Aviation: Iraqi Airways Restarts Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Iraqi Airways (IA) recommenced scheduled international operations with a flight between Baghdad and Amman in 2004. This followed the grounding of the airline following the Iraq war. A new company was established to build the new airline and distance itself away from Saddam Hussein’s regime. Today, the carrier operates an […]

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Today in Aviation: Monarch Airlines Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the UK’s fifth-largest airline Monarch Airlines (ZB) ceased operations in 2017. Its failure was, at the time, the biggest in British aviation history. It also created the largest repatriation since World War Two, until Thomas Cook’s collapse two years later. The airline took to the skies on April 5, 1968 […]

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Today in Aviation: Newark Liberty International Airport Opens

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) opened in 1928. The facility became the first major airport in the metropolitan area and quickly grew to become the world’s busiest commercial airport. Initially known as Newark Metropolitan Airport, 68 acres of land were reclaimed from the Passaic River to accommodate the […]

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Today in Aviation: Air Southwest Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, UK regional operator Air Southwest (SZ) ceased operations in 2011. The airline, based at Plymouth City Airport (PLH) commenced operations on October 26, 2003. It was established by PLH owner Sutton Harbour Holdings to fill the gap left after British Airways (BA) decided to withdraw operations from the facility. Three […]

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Today in Aviation: Air Florida Commences Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Miami-based Air Florida (QH) commenced revenue operations in 1972 using a number of second-hand Lockheed Electra. Businessman Eli Timoner had seen the rise of Pacific Southwest Airlines (PS) in California and wanted to emulate its success with his new intrastate airline. With twice-daily flights between Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO) and […]

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