Wednesday, 24th April 2019


Airline companies provide air transport services for travelling passengers and freight.

Many airlines will focus on one specific type of cargo such as mail or passengers.

They will often also be categorised as intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, regional or international so there are lots of career paths for you to enter when you want to work within aviation.

The history of Airlines

The first attempt at a commercial airline was mid-19th century. American aviation pioneers, Rufus Porter and Frederick Marriott used airships as airlines focusing on the New York-California route. Attempts, however, were not successful due to mishaps such as the airships catching on fire.

The very first successful airline was DELAG (Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft) which was founded on November 16th 1909.

The four oldest airlines which are still in operation are are KLM, Colombia’s Avianca, Australia’s Qantas and the Czech Republic’s Czech Airlines.

Careers in the UK Airline industry

There are many UK airlines, operating in all sectors of the industry carrying over 129 million passengers and 1.1 million tonnes of cargo a year.

All UK-registered airlines are covered by the British Air Transport Association (BATA).

Leading Airlines 2012


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