June 28, 2022
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Today in Aviation: Futura International Airways Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Palma de Mallorca (PMI)-based Futura International Airways (FH) abruptly ceased operations in 2008, with the loss of over 1,200 jobs. Despite carrying 3.7 million passengers in 2007, the airline had accumulated debts of approximately €50m. Despite attempting to restructure with a view to relaunching operations, its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) […]

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Today in Aviation: Low-Cost Leisure Carrier CanJet Commences Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the first incarnation of Canadian low-cost leisure carrier CanJet (C6) commenced operations in 2000. Based in Halifax, Novia Scotia the airline was launched as a division of IMP Group in 1999. In May 2001 C6 was purchased by Canada 3000 (2T), then the largest charter airline in the world. Following […]

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Today in Aviation: Concorde Makes Its First Trans-Atlantic Crossing

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Anglo-French Concorde made its first-ever Trans-Atlantic crossing in 1971 to the South American country of Brazil. Concorde 001 (F-WTSS) left Toulouse as part of a two-week tour of South America, bound for Rio de Janeiro. The aircraft had routed via the Cape Verde islands, Cayenne and São Paulo. Total flying […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the BAe 146

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the prototype British Aerospace BAe 146 took to the skies for the first time from Hatfield, Hertfordshire in 1981. First launched in August 1973 as the Hawker Siddeley (HS) 146, it was designed to fill the gap between turboprops such as the HS 748 and Fokker F27, and small jets […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Boeing 717

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the Boeing 717 took to the skies for the first time from Long Beach, California in 1998. The type began life as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 and was first launched at the Paris Air Show in 1991. Created as a replacement for the popular Douglas DC-9, the aircraft was specifically […]

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Today in Aviation: Aviaco Airlines Is Fully Absorbed Into Iberia

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Aviación y Comercio better know as Aviaco (AO), was fully absorbed into Iberia’s (IB) operation in 1999. AO was founded by Spain’s National Institute of Industry on February 18, 1948. The airline was intended to supplement Iberia’s inadequate regional network, as the flag carrier focused on its long-haul routes. Operations […]

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Today in Aviation: Manx Airlines Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Isle of Man-based Manx Airlines (JE) ceased operations after 20 years of service in the UK and Europe. The airline was founded in early 1982 as a joint venture between British Midland (BD) and Air UK (UK). Both airlines had struggled to make a profit with their Isle of Man […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight Of The NAMC YS-11

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Japanese turboprop Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (NAMC) YS-11 made its maiden flight from Nagoya Airport (NKM) in 1962. Development of the airliner began in the mid-1950s. The Japanese government wanted to create a replacement for the venerable Douglas DC-3. A Global Competitor The aircraft was seen to be key in […]

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Today in Aviation: Canada’s Zoom Airlines Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Ottowa-based Canadian low-cost, long-haul carrier Zoom Airlines (Z4) ceased operations in 2008. Zoom was founded by Scottish brothers John and Hugh Boyle in May 2002. The airline launched operations with an Airbus A320 leased from Monarch Airlines (ZB) and a single Boeing 767-300ER. Trans-Atlantic Operations Initially, flights covered leisure destinations […]

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The Last Pan Am Flight out of Vietnam

The mission 1965/31 took place at Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Saigon —now Ho Chi Minh City— six days before the fall of the city on April 30, 1975. 

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