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An American Connection EMB aircraft (Photo: Cory W. Watts from Madison, Wisconsin/Creative Commons)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Trans World Connection / AmericanConnection

Trans World Connection was originally a small regional and commuter airline that operated on behalf of Trans World Airlines in the 1990s. The airline used a small fleet of Saab 340s, Jetstream 41s, and ATR 42s to provide connection services from their hubs in St. Louis, New York-JFK and Los Angeles. While regional arms of a major airline are not usually successful, Trans World Connection was able to see some success while operating next to TWA’s other regional arm, Trans…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Niki

Austrian low-cost airline Niki is one of the most recent casualties of the aviation industry, shutting down operations less than a month ago. Unfortunately, the airline was caught up in the collapse of German carrier Air Berlin. Although marketed as a low-cost carrier, the airline offered many amenities of full-service…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Grandstar Cargo and Jade…

When the Chinese manufactured goods market booming in the early 2000s, airlines and investors were looking for ways to get involved in the trade of Chinese exports and invested heavily in creating cargo carriers. Here are two cargo airlines that got there start, and ultimately saw their end, during this…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Impulse Airlines

Impulse Airlines was founded in 1992 by Sue and Gerry McGowan. Operations began later that year as a regional carrier based in Newcastle, New South Wales. The airline operated regional routes within New South Wales using the Beechcraft 1900D. Destinations included Sydney, Melbourne, and Australian capital Canberra, among others. The…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aero California

The 1960s saw the success of various domestic airlines in Mexico. With numerous successes among airlines taking hold in the country, new airlines started to look for cities to make their name outside of Mexico City. One of the new airlines to launch was Aero California in 1960. The airline…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air Illinois

During the 1970s and 80s, the regional airline market was filled with airlines named after their respective states. These included large, successful airlines, such as Air California, as well as many smaller airlines, such as Air Indiana. Neighboring Illinois was home to one of these small, intrastate carriers: Air Illinois.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: AIRES Colombia

As the 1980s rolled around, the Colombian market was cluttered with various smaller carriers hoping to dethrone the national flag carrier, Avianca. One of those airlines was the small domestic carrier, Aerovias de Integracion Regional SA, also known as AIRES Colombia. The carrier started operations out of their hub in…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Interflug

After the end of World War Two, Germany was divided in two. West Germany was left to the Americans, French, and British, while East Germany was a part of the Soviet Union. Initially, air service in the two countries was only allowed by the occupying forces. By the 1950’s the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano

In the 1920s with the expansion of the commercial aviation industry, more and more airlines began to arise. The South American country of Bolivia saw its first commercial carrier start service in 1925. The new carrier, Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB), was formed by Guillermo Kyllmann with the goal of servicing the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Compañía Aeronáutica Uruguaya SA

Founded in December of 1936, Uruguayan carrier Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya SA, or CAUSA, was formed by banker Luis J. Supervielle and Colonel Tydeo Larre Borges. For the next 31 years, the airline would play a sizable role in Uruguay’s airline industry. Flights began in 1938, using a 17 seat Junkers…