Not so long after the Wright brothers’ first flight on the beaches of Kitty Hawk in 1903, commercial airlines began forming around the world. The very first would be over 100 years old now — if they were still around. However, there are some airlines still flying today that are well into their 90s and going strong.
Pinpointing which airlines are among the world’s oldest is a little trickier than it sounds. For instance, a German airline called Lufthansa was founded in 1926, but was dissolved by the Allies in 1951. A completely new airline founded in 1953 resurrected the name, livery and logo. Despite that, Lufthansa unfortunately does not make this list since the new airline and the old were separate entities.
By contrast, the airline we now know as Delta was called Huff Daland Dusters when it was founded in 1924 and renamed in 1928. Because it was the same airline, it does make the list. We are only counting airlines whose original or main component is the airline that you can still fly today. We’re also only including (mostly) major international airlines. Sorry, Grand Canyon Airlines, founded 1927.
With all that in mind, here are the grande dames of the sky. How many have you flown?