TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

Independence Air had an unusual route to its life as an independent. The airline began life in late 1989 as Atlantic Coast Airlines. The airline provided regional service for mainline carriers before transitioning to operating as an independent carrier. As an independent carrier, Independence attempted to bring low fares to…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: RenoAir

On July 2, 1992, RenoAir commenced operations and began a memorable seven year effort to keep themselves in the sky. As their name suggests, the airline was based in Reno, Nevada, with additional hubs in Las Vegas and San Jose. RenoAir adopted the city of Reno's famous motto with a slight…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Wien Air Alaska

Wien Air Alaska was originally formed by Noel and Ralph Wien who started by ordering a single Fokker F-III plane in 1921 as a way to teach themselves how to fly. After learning how to fly, Noel and Ralph started taking requests from local customers for help if they needed…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: ATA

American Trans Air, or more commonly known as ATA, was founded in August of 1973 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was founded by the Ambassadair Travel Club to provide aircraft for the club. The club's first aircraft was a Boeing 720 named “Miss Indy," followed by the addition of a second…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aspen Airways

Aspen Airways was founded in 1952 as a regional affiliate of United Express. Originally based in Aspen, Colorado, the airline eventually moved their headquarters to Stapleton International Airport. Aspen Airways was actually named after the aspen tree, not after the city in which it was initially based. Aspen had a…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Ted Airlines

Ted was formed by United around the same time that Delta was creating their own low cost carrier, Song. The two carriers were similar due to the fact that they were focusing on fighting low cost carriers and offer low fares to leisure destinations. Both Ted and Song were created…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

During the mid-2000s the trans-Atlantic market became home to a new type of airline. Business class only airlines began springing up on the popular New York to London route. The airlines Eos, MAXjet, and Silverjet all offered a similar product to the same market. The airlines aimed to lure business…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: US Airways’ Short Lived…

Founded by its refreshed carrier, US Airways, MetroJet survived for just three brief years before shutting down. On June 1, 1998, MetroJet took flight using the Boeing 737-200. The airline was referred to by the call sign USAir, referencing the connection. Today in 1998, MetroJet, operated by US Airways, was…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Dutch Antilles Express

Dutch Antilles Express, also known as DAE, dates back to 2003 when the airline consisted of various smaller carriers inside one parent company. The parent company, named Exel Aviation, started operation in 2003 with BonairExel with a single ATR 42 to operate within the Netherland's Antilles. The airline quickly became…