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One of the airline's L-749A aircraft (Photo: RuthAS (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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 Ju 52 configured as a floatplane. Eventually, their fleet expanded to include the Short Sandringham 7, Lockheed Constellation L-749, Short Sunderland, Curtiss C-46, and a leased Lockheed L-1049. Flying boats…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Monarch Airlines

On Oct. 2, 2017, Monarch Airlines, a British charter airline, closed its doors permanently after nearly 50 years of service. The demise is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and left 110,000 people stranded. The airline has a long history and its demise left many people in shock…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: KTHY – Kirbis Türk…

Located at Ercan International Airport (ECN) on the border between the North and South Island of Cyprus, Turkish KTHY, or "Cyprus Turkish Airlines," was based on the Turkish side of the island. The airline started off in December 1974 in the city of Nicosia, with the first flight taking off…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Lakeshore Express

After the success of SeaPort Airlines in the Pacific Northwest by offering low-cost airfare with an alternative security entrance, investors in the Chicago area plotted to repeat success, but this time in the Rust Belt. Lakeshore Express started operations in 2012 by operating flights between Chicago-Midway to Pellston and Lansing,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Deutsche BA

British Airways foray into other European airlines began in 1992, when it purchased a 49% stake in Delta Air, a German regional airline based in Friedrichshafen. British Airways renamed the airline Deutsche BA (dba) and proceeded to change the focus of the airline. In 1997, the airline acquired the remaining…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Origin Pacific Airways

Established in 1996, Origin Pacific Airways officially commenced operations from its hub in Nelson, New Zealand in April 1997. The airline was founded on experience by Robert Inglis and Nicki Smith, who had formerly founded Air Nelson in 1979 before it was sold to Air New Zealand. Over the course…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: US Airways

The origins of US Airways can be traced back to Pennsylvania in the year 1939 as All American Aviation. This company eventually changed its name to Allegheny AIrlines and experienced a series of mergers with Lake Central Airlines and Mowhawk Airlines. As Allegheny contracted Henson Aviation, the predecessor to the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: British Overseas Airways Corporation…

Founded in 1939, British Airways Overseas Corporation, or BOAC, endured a long, rough history, yet left a strong legacy during the nearly four decades the airline existed. Created as a state-owned airline in the midst of a war, BOAC was the product of a merger between Imperial Airways and British…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Go Fly

In the 1990s, the low-cost market in Europe was booming. Both Easyjet and Ryanair were experiencing success in offering low-cost, no frill flights. This success began to effect the performance of full service carriers in Europe. British Airways decided to fight this competition by starting its own low-cost airline separate…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Dominicana de Aviacion

Founded in 1944, Compania Dominicana de Aviacion, also known as Dominica, was launched with a fleet of DC-3s and, later, DC-6s at its headquarters in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. The ultimate goal for forming the airline was to create a true national airline to handle a growing amount of passengers.…