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30 Years of Airbus A340 Operations

Today, the Airbus A340 reaches 30 years of commercial operation. Here is our tribute to this aircraft.

Oldest Airlines Still in Operation Part 1

These are the oldest airlines, founded before WWII, that are still in operation today.


2/24/1957: World’s First Commercial Trans-Polar Flight

Today in Aviation, SAS Scandinavian Airline System (SK) commenced the world's first regular polar air service in 1957.

2/01/1964: Boeing 727 Enters Service With Eastern Air Lines

Today in Aviation, the American-built, three-engine Boeing 727 entered service with launch customer Eastern Air Lines in 1964.

1/29/1966: The Official Opening of Auckland Airport

Today in Aviation, Auckland Airport (AKL), the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, opened its doors in 1966.

1/24/1961: Maiden Flight of the Convair 990 Coronado

The Convair 990 'Coronado,' built following a request from American Airlines (AA), took to the skies for the first time on this day in 1961.


1/04/1964: First Papal Visit to Use an Aircraft

In 1964 Pope Paul VI became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to travel onboard a commercial airline.

12/10/1958: First Jet-Powered US Domestic Flight

Today in Aviation, National Airlines (NA) operated the United States first jet-powered domestic flight in 1958, beating American Airlines (AA) by a month.

12/08/1964: United Airlines Caravelle Makes First Automatic Landing in the US

A french built aircraft became the first airliner to make a fully computerised controlled landing in the US on this day in 1964.

Flashback: United Airlines Boeing 787 Inaugural

10 years ago today, the first Boeing 787 in America entered service with United Airlines (UA). Airways was there for the occasion.

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