RIP 2015: The Years Dead Airlines

Can you believe it? 53 Airlines vanished last year. Little Red was brilliant concept well executed but had no customers, Tyrolean was a devious ploy by Lufthansa to break the labour costs at Austrian by transferring Austrian’s fleet to Tyrolean who operated it cheaper, when they won concessions from Austrian’s labour force they gave them all back and shut down Tyrolean. Cyprus ran out of money – literally. SkyGreece was not very happy paying its creditors. Guess what? They took their plane back. Transaero fell down following Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, a declining Russian economy and political machinations made sure Putin’s Aeroflot friends got there way. Boeing and Airbus lost 4 A380 and 748i sales each as a result.

Others fell victim to competition, incompetence, geopolitics, and even some to bad luck. And yet still certain airlines are still trying to get off the ground even though they should never see the light of day.

There is only one reason most airlines still exist, as few ever pay a dividend to their share holders; they pay their debts, and the banks have too much tied up in them to let them fail.

  • Virgin Atlantic Little Red
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  • Cyprus Airlines
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  • Tyrolean
  • EuroLot
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  • B&H Airlines
  • Syphax Airlines
  • SkyGreece (probably the most stupid airline ever)
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  • Canjet
  • BizAir Shuttle
  • Korongo
  • US Airways
  • Transaero
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  • Estonian Air
  • Island Airways (Nantucket)(founded 1930)
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  • Adriatic Skyways
  • Aerocon
  • Air Lituanica
  • Air Melbourne
  • Ak Bars Aero
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  • Alitalia Express
  • Appalachian Air
  • Asia Airways
  • Aviogenex
  • Business Air (Thailand)
  • ES-air
  • Falcon Air Express
  • Fil-Asian Airways
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  • Freedom Air (Guam)
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  • Guinea Lineas Aéreas
  • HolidayJet
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  • Intersky
  • KAPO Aviakompania
  • LAC (Lignes Aériennes Congolaises)
  • León Airlines
  • Nordic Flyways
  • Nordic Global Airlines (ex FinnAir Cargo operator)
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  • Midex Airlines
  • Osprey Wings
  • Pegasus Asia
  • Seabird Airlines
  • Sky Bishkek
  • Skyforce Aviation
  • Snowbird Airlines
  • SomAir
  • South Supreme Airlines
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  • Southeast Airlines (Kenya)
  • Tomskavia
  • Transportes Generales Aéreos
  • Turks Air Cargo
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  • UTair-Express
  • Volare Airlines
  • Wizz Air Ukraine (closed down and all aircraft transferred to Hungarian registry)