On June 30, 1967, a Sud Aviation Caravelle aircraft operating Thai Airways International Flight 601, crashed into the sea while attempting to land at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport during a typhoon. Twenty-four of the eighty passengers and crew on board perished.
On June 24, 1982, a British Airways Boeing 747 on a scheduled flight with multiple legs from London to Auckland flew through a cloud of volcanic ash in Indonesia, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
On June 23, 1985, a Boeing 747-237 aircraft operating Air India Flight 182 was destroyed by a bomb in Irish airspace over the Atlantic Ocean, 70 kilometers south of Cork. The aircraft was en route to London-Heathrow Airport from Montreal-Mirabel Airport.
On June 22, 1962, a Boeing 707-328 aircraft operated by Air France was destroyed when it crashed into a hillside near Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, while on approach into the island airport. All 113 on board were killed.
On June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines began flight operations from Love Field in Dallas, Texas, offering service initially between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio using three B737-200 aircraft.
On June 16, 1941, National Airport opened in the US national capital along the western shore of the Potomac River. Today the airport is known as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
On June 15, 1945, the North American F-82 Twin Mustang made its inaugural flight. The F-82 was the last American piston-engine fighter ordered into production by the United States Air Force (USAF).
On June 12, 2002, Montreal-based low-fare carrier JetsGo officially commenced operations. Less than three years later, the airline disgracefully folded its tent, leaving passengers and creditors stranded.
On May 21, 1927, American pilot Charles Lindbergh became the first person to complete a solo transatlantic crossing in a fixed-wing aircraft between North America and mainland Europe.
On May 14, 1997, the world’s first, and now largest, airline alliance was established, when five major airlines from three continents, United, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Thai Airways International and SAS came together to launch the Star Alliance.