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An Era Aviation Dash 8 100 on final. (Photo: Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA (ERA Aviation prop plane landing at ANC) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Throwback Thursday (TBT) in Aviation History: Era Aviation

Founded in 1948 by entrepreneur Carl Brady, Era Aviation began as a for-hire helicopter company based in Alaska. Brady would make most of his early work government related, with mapping projects making up most of his early projects. However, the company would expand over its early years and grow in include a full helicopter division specializing on reaching isolated Alaskan towns that couldn’t be reached with fixed-wing aircraft. The company expanded through the 1950s and added fixed-wing aircraft on a charter…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Shuttle by United

The recession of the early 1990s brought about numerous problems for airlines in the United States. The financial struggles that plagued the country's airlines caused many to renegotiate contracts and cut costs to better compete with low-cost carriers. At United Airlines, the airline went into negotiations with its unions in…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Trans European Airlines (TEA)

With the demand for leisure destinations increasing in the mid to late 1900s carriers were popping up in hopes of attracting their share of the market value. One of the carriers to appear from this rise in demand was Brussels-based Trans European Airlines, abbreviated as TEA. The airline was launched…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: ALM Antillean Airlines

ALM Antillean Airlines was founded on Aug. 1, 1964, as a division of the Dutch national carrier KLM. The Netherland Antilles were a constituent country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands and consisted of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius. The islands were separated by the large…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Equatorial Congo Airlines

During the 2000s, African countries watched as foreign airlines made strides connecting their countries to the world through expanded service and alliances. From that rose the large African carriers of today such as South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways. However, that yearning for success drove some countries to…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: New York Airways

One of the main issues for flyers in New York City is simply getting to the airport. During rush hour, the drive from Manhattan to any one of New York’s three airports can exceed an hour. For business travelers, this is valuable time wasted sitting in the back of a…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Transportes Aéreos Nacional

In 1946, Brazilian airline Transportes Aéreos Nacional was created by two former pilots and two shareholders. By 1948, the airline took to the skies for the first time, launching service from its headquarters in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to three initial destinations using its first two DC-3 aircraft. Over the course…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: SAHSA

While the small Central American country of Honduras does not currently have a flag carrier, that was not always the case. Honduras’ original flag carrier was Servicio Aéreo de Honduras S.A., abbreviated to SAHSA, which formed in the 1940s to bring commercial service to the rural country. The original funding…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Shuttle America

Shuttle America spent most of its life as a regional carrier for a variety of major carriers in the United States. However it began life in 1995 as a low cost carrier. The airline began operations on Nov. 12, 1998, based at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. The…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Channel Express

In 1978, Channel Express took to the skies out of Bournemouth Airport in England as Express Air Services. Initially, the carrier focused on service to the Channel Islands off the coast of France and cargo operations in the U.K. and Europe, in addition to charter flights to the Middle East,…