Today In Aviation History: October 31st –

Today In Aviation History: October 31st

These are the top events in aviation history for October 31st:

Sunday, October 31, 1937
Continental Air Lines moved its headquarters to Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colorado from the Continental Center I building in the Cullen Center complex in Downtown Houston

Friday, October 31, 1947
Avro Tudor 4 entered service with BSAA (British South American Airways)

Thursday, October 31, 1957
Alitalia merged with Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) and took on the name of Alitalia Linee Aeree

Wednesday, October 31, 1962
China Airlines, formed on 16Dec1959, start domestic operations

October 31, 1969
Tellair (i), founded by the shareholders of British Eagle Airways and the Swiss cantons of Bern and Valais in Mar1968, ceased operations

October 31st, 1974
SADELCA (Sociedad Aerea del Caqueta) was founded

Friday, October 31, 1975
General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft, formed on 01Mar1974 to succeed General Air Nord, ceased operations

Monday, October 31, 1977
Air Tungaru was founded

October 31st, 1979
Midway Airlines, founded on 13Aug1976, by investor Irving T. Tague, started operations

October 31st, 1982
Continental merged with Texas International (dissolving TI), offering service to four continents (North and South America, Asia and Australia)

Saturday, October 31, 1987
British Airways accepts the airline’s first women pilots

Thursday, October 31, 1996
Air Tahiti Nui, founded on this date, commenced operations on 20Nov1998

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
United Shuttle (formed by United Airlines began operations on 01Oct1994 as Shuttle by United, ceased operations

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Swissair was grounded after 70 years of flying, with the 09/11 terrorist attacks blamed

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Air Canada Jetz commenced operations

October 31st, 2004
Snowflake terminated operations, but continued to be used as a brand for discounted tickets on European destinations

Monday, October 31, 2005
Jazeera Airways, established as first nongovernment owned airline in the Middle East in Apr2004, started operations

Monday, October 31, 2005
Aero Flight ceased operations

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Jags Aviation was established as a domestic charter company

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Galaxy Airlines, established on 17May2005, restarted operations

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Ajet, formerly Helios Airways, ceased operations

Friday, October 31, 2008
Air Comet Chile ceased operations

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ryazanaviatrans, established in 1992, was ordered to cease operations

October 31st, 2018
Watermakers Air rebranded as Makers Air

October 31, 2018
Istanbul’s New Airport opened for business, with Turkish Airlines launching its first flights from the new-build hub

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