TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Vladivostok Air

With the rise of air travel in the 1930s, airports started appearing around the Soviet Union for military and commercial purposes. Along with the new airports came rising levels of air travel and the creation of Vladivostok Air. The airline started as a hydroplane corporation with flights between Vladivostok and…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Quebecair

Founded in 1947 as Rimouski Airlines, Canadian airline Quebecair took its name in 1953 when the company merged with Gulf Aviation, and would grow to serve numerous cities across Canada over the next several decades. Their hub was based in Quebec until 1957, when Montreal became their main operating base.…

FBF (Flashback Friday) in Aviation History: British Mediterranean Airways

In late October 1994, a group of private investors founded British Mediterranean Airways (BMED) to operate services from the British Isles to the Mediterranean. The airline operated an Airbus A320 on a route from London’s Heathrow to Beirut, Lebanon. The airline quickly found success in their routes to leisure markets,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Estonian Air

With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were without a national carrier. All three newly formed countries started their own national carriers, with Lithuania starting Lithuanian Airlines in 1991, Estonia starting Estonian Air in 1991 and Latvia creating Air Baltic…

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

After the Second World War, air travel in Hungary was decimated. Before the war, four main airlines had dominated the Hungarian skies. However, they were all forced to suspend service for the war. After the war, the four airlines were in ruins, and there nowhere to turn other than mergers.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Cimber Sterling

In 1950, Danish airline Cimber Air took to the skies over Sønderborg, Denmark. For the next 62 years, the long-lasting carrier would operate several varied aircraft types on international and domestic routes, as well as function under key codeshare agreements. Their first aircraft was a SAI KZ III, a lightweight Danish…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Canadian Airlines

Canada is a large and expansive country, with the majority of its population centers spread out. With such a great distance between the major cities, air travel is vital to keep people connected. For years, the Canadian skies have been dominated by Air Canada. However, in the late 1980s, a…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Capital Airlines

Capital's roots can be traced all the way back to 1926 with the formation of airmail carrier Clifford Ball Airlines. In 1936, Pennsylvania Central Airlines, which was Capital's immediate predecessor, resulted from a long, complex series of airline formations and mergers. Capital's presence would last for a relatively short amount…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Loftleiđir

Upon returning from flying lessons in Canada, Icelandic pilot Alfred Eliasson and a few of his fellow training partners decided to start a private airline to compete with the current national carrier, Flugfélag Íslands. Eliasson’s airline, named Loftleiđir, started service between Reykjavik and ĺsafjöđur using a Douglas DC-3 on April…