What are the oldest airlines in the world that are still flying?
Earlier this week I shared a heartwarming British Airways video that celebrates the life of a 99-year old woman while also recognizing BA’s 99th anniversary. That got me thinking about the oldest airlines still flying.
As it turns out, calling BA 99 years old is a topic of debate. Daimler Airway was established in 1919. It later merged with Imperial Airways which merged with British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), which eventually became British Airways. In its current form, BA was founded in 1974. BA is therefore not on my list below. My list below includes airlines that have operated more or less continuously since their inception. Names may have changed, but companies remain intact.
9. Air Serbia
Nice read! Have you flown them all?
Have not flown Tajik or Czech.
Fascinating! It’s especially interesting to see some of the older aircraft.
Also, I think “call sign” should be something else – perhaps “airline code” instead? AFAIK, a call sign is used in radio communication. I don’t think ATC controllers call Qantas “QF” or Avianca “AV,” but rather, they’d use their call signs, like “Speedbird” for BA.
Uh…United? April 1926
I count United as having been formed in 1929. Varney was bought by UATC and UATC later became United, but I don’t think it is fair to say one component of United that dated back to 1926 means United itself, even under another name, was founded in 1926. You see my point?
LO must be#11. I feel like it has been flying since the 1920’s