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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by hapuna, Jul 16, 2004.
What is the oldest airline still in operation????
I'd guess American.
A foreign operator maybe?
The big iron pilots surely know which one.
From what I could find in a short period of time, United seems to be the oldest, having been started as Boeing Air Transport in 1927, and changed its name to United Aircraft and Transport Corporation in 1929. American was apparently formed by the consolidation of a number of companies starting in 1929 as The Aviation Corporation and became American Airways in 1930. Those are the two oldest airlines that I can think of off the top of my head.
Strictly speaking, the answer is KLM by a nose. Both they and Avianca Colombia started operations in 1919. KLM was October; Avianca, December.
However, KLM suspended operations during WWII so if the question is continuous operation -- not simply still in operation -- the answer is Avianca.
KLM, BTW, was one of only 2 airlines (El Al was the other) that had different cockpit door keys for each individual airplane prior to 9/11. Any cockpit door key from Eastern would've opened the cockpit door of every Allegheny (etc., etc., etc.) airplane! Or any other airline for that matter, save KLM and El Al.
The answer given in AOPA Pilot magazine was indeed KLM. I believe it was 1918.(God knows what they were flying then!);f
They contracted out for their first aircraft and pilots. The first aircraft they purchased was a Fokker in 1920.
What were they serving in the 1st class cabin??;f