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Airlines That Celebrated Their 100th Anniversary in 2019

by Matt Falcus

With 2020 around the corner, 2019 saw some incredible anniversaries and milestones for the world’s oldest airlines.

A lot of publicity was evident for the #BA100 anniversary, celebrating British Airways’ anniversary. In addition there were a number of other airlines celebrating. They are:



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Founded in 1919, with its first flight the same year.

Avianca is Colombia’s national airline. It has also branched out into other South American countries in recent years.


British Airways

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Founded in 1919 as Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited.

Making a big deal of its 100th anniversary in 2019, modern-day British Airways was actually only founded in 1974. But its heritage and forerunners were represented in the introduction of special liveries showing British European Airways (BEA), British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and two previous British Airways liveries.



KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

2019-12-21, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, PH-BKA (Oranje Bloesem - Orange Blossom) - painted in KLM 100 Years special colours, Schiphol, Aalsmeerbaan

Founded in 1919, with its first flight in May 1920.

KLM added a ‘100’ logo to most of its aircraft, and had plenty of special events to mark its anniversary.



What to look out for in 2020

Next year sees the 100th anniversary of Qantas, the national airline of Australia.

It has been causing waves in the industry lately with its Project Sunrise which has seen non-stop test flights flown between Sydney and both London and New York ahead of eventual scheduled services beginning in a couple of years time.

To mark the anniversary, one of the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners has already been painted in special titles.



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MERVYN CROWE January 7, 2020 - 7:41 am

I have flown with all those 100 year anniversary airlines, and will continue to do so with all of them actually.


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