Aviation History
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: First European Embraer E190 Operator

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Air France Régional (YS) became the first European operator of the Brazilian built Embraer E190. After a delivery flight from the manufacturers São Paulo base the first example, from an initial order of six touched down in France in 2006. Ordered in September 2005, the E190 replaced a previous order […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Martin 2-0-2

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the twin-piston-engined Martin 2-0-2 type aircraft took to the skies for the first time in 1946. The plane was produced for just one year and only 47 were ever built but the airliner went on to fly for 28 years.  Glenn L. Martin had established the Martin company in 1912. […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: Astraeus Airlines Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, UK charter and sub-lease carrier Astraeus Airlines (5W) ceased operations in 2011 for more than one reason. CEO Hugh Parry citied ‘Lower-than-expected levels of business during the summer of 2011, a lack of contracts for winter 2011-2012 and some extremely bad luck with a number of technical issues’ as reasons […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: Brighton City Airways is Founded

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Virtual airline Brighton City Airways was founded in 2012. The company was conceived by entrepreneurs and pilots Jonathan Candelon and Neil Laughton.  The pair chose Shoreham Airport (ESH), West Sussex as the base for their new operation. ESH is the oldest airport in the UK and the oldest purpose-built passenger […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: Atlantic Coast Airlines Rebrands as Independence Air

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, US regional carrier Atlantic Coast Airlines (DH) announces its rebranding as a low-cost carrier Independence Air (DH) 2003. Atlantic Coast commenced flights on December 15, 1989. It began life as a United Airlines (UA) ‘Express’ affiliate, operating flights from Chicago (ORD) and Washington (IAD). In 1999, feeder services also began […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: Crossair is Born

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Swiss airline Business Flyer Basel AG changed its name to Crossair (LX) in 1978. The airline would later become SWISS. Business Flyer was established on February 14, 1975, by businessmen and Pilot Moritz Sutter and Peter Kalt. The pair purchased a Cessna 320 and Piper L-4 and commenced limited air-taxi […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: General Electric’s GE90 Enters Service

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the General Electric GE90, seen on the Boeing 777, entered service in 1995, changing the way aircraft were powered. The engines first took flight on a British Airways (BA) trip between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dubai Airport (DXB). GE noted at the time that the engine was the most reliable […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: Qantas Is Established

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Australia established Qantas (QF) as its first airline in 1920, making it the world’s third oldest commercial carrier. Today, QF maintains its position as the country’s largest carrier. The Beginning of an Era In 1919, the Commonwealth offered a £10,000 prize for the first Australians who reached the milestone of flying […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: LTE International Airways Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI)-based LTE International Airways (XO) ceased operations in 2008. LTE International was set up in 1987 by a group of Spanish businessmen and German charter carrier LTU International (LT). Flights commenced on November 1, 1987 after three Boeing 757-200s were transferred over from LTU. The 757 […]

Read More
Today in Aviation

Today in Aviation: First Flight Airline Shuttle America

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, a new low-cost commuter airline Shuttle America (S5) made its maiden flight in 1998, established by CEO David Hackett. His aim was to offer high-frequency, direct flights between underserved cities on the eastern seaboard. Operations began with a fleet of three De Havilland Dash 8-300s, painted in a smart patriotic […]

Read More
You cannot copy content of this page
X