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An African Safari Airways DC-10 (Photo: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: African Safari Airways

In the mid-1960s, Swiss entrepreneur Karl Jakob Rüdin was interested in branching out and creating a vacation getaway in Kenya that would create a complete getaway with the company taking care of everything for passengers along the way. The tour operator, called African Safari Club, would be founded in 1967 and would start with their very own hotel, the Watamu Beach Hotel, being constructed in the coastal town of Mombasa. To make sure passengers got the home to hotel experience,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Western Airlines

Western Airlines had a long and storied history spanning six decades. Like many early airlines, the carrier was founded with a mail contract and tasked with transporting mail for the government. In the early days of aviation, the U.S. Postal Service helped to provide the founding of numerous airlines. The…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Alas Uruguay

A few months after PLUNA’s demise and liquidation, Uruguayan aviation was lacking a flag carrier and, most importantly, a strategy. There were a couple of private operators that jumped right into the extinct carrier's routes. Former Pluna employees were bound to migrate to new companies, but a small group aimed…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: DETA Air

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the newly-formed Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region of Europe would become a melting pot of new privatized airlines looking to capitalize on new markets and untapped services inside these newly independent nations. This trend would see airline rise in fall in the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Virgin America

Over the years Richard Branson and the Virgin Group have built an empire that spans the globe. Included in his empire has been multiple airlines, including the group's flagship airline Virgin Atlantic. In the early 2000s, the Virgin Group and Richard Branson set its sights on conquering the skies above…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Southern Winds Airlines

In the controversial 1990s, Argentina's economy experienced a boom, a boom that can be only compared with its catastrophic awakening in the 2000s. We can say the same thing about Southern Winds, an Argentinian carrier that lasted nine years and whose incredible growth was just a buildup for its demise.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Holidays Czech Airlines

With the demand for travel to leisure destinations increasing, legacy brands have been coming up with their own leisure-specific offshoots to work alongside their main airlines. CSA Czech Airlines is just one of those airlines that decided to take up the task and launch its own leisure specific brand in…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Primera Air

Earlier this week, Nordic low-cost carrier Primera Air ceased operations after ten years of operations. The closure came as a surprise to many as the airline was going through a period of rapid expansion in the transatlantic market, with four route announcements in the last two months of its operation.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: SkyWork Airlines

SkyWork Airlines of Switzerland has roots of starting small and changing over time. The airline was originally a flight school and private airline founded in Belp using smaller propeller aircraft from central Switzerland to neighboring cities. The to-be carrier was founded in 1983 under the name SkyWork AG. As the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Mohawk Airlines

Mohawk Airlines was founded in 1945 as Robinson Aviation. Its founder, C.S. Robinson, was an aerial photographer and conducted the airline's first flight on April 6. The airline was based in Ithaca, New York and started operations with the Fairchild F-24. As the second World War ended, the airline supplemented its…