France’s air minister Pierre Cot formally inaugurates the country’s national airline, Air France.
The Avro Tudor 4 enters service with British South American Airways.
The US Navy R4D-5 Skytrain Que Sera Sera, commanded by Rear Admiral George Dufek, becomes the 1st airplane to make a landing at the South Pole.
Colonel G. Mosolov sets a new airspeed record of 2,387 km/h (1,483 mph) in the Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-66.
BEA retires the DC-3, its last piston-engined airliner serving out of London-Heathrow, from scheduled passenger service.
a Pan Am Boeing 747SP circumnavigates the world over the two poles.
the Australian airline industry is deregulated. Airlines are allowed to select their own routes and set their own fares.
American Eagle Airlines Flight 4184 crashed in Roselawn, Indiana after a flaw in the ATR-72's deicing system lead to a buildup of ice on the plane's wings.
Air Tahiti Nui formed.
EgyptAir Flight 990, a Boeing 767 on its way Cairo, Egypt, was deliberately crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket, Massachusetts by the co-pilot as a way of committing suicide. All 217 passengers and crew members on board were killed.
A Metrojet/Kolavia Airbus A321 bound for St. Petersburg breaks up and crashes into the Sinai desert minutes after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. All 217 passengers and 7 crew are killed. Initial investigations point towards a bomb. Read more...