National Airlines (1977–1986)

The second United States airline to be named National Airlines was owned by United Air Carriers. It operated from 1977 to 1986.

National Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
OV NAN Nation Air
FoundedJuly 21, 1977 (1977-07-21)
Ceased operationsMay 1986 (1986-05)
Fleet sizeSee Fleet below
Parent companyUnited Air Carriers

History edit

The airline was created when officials of the supplemental airline Overseas National Airways formed a FAR Part 129 leasing company known as United Air Carriers on July 21, 1977. When Overseas National Airways folded in 1978, the company was renamed to Overseas National Airways and was certified in 1980 under FAR 121 as a cargo and passenger charter company.

In 1982 the company gained approval for scheduled service, leading to the company purchasing the name National Airlines from Pan Am in anticipation of scheduled New York to Paris service. The scheduled service never materialized, although flights on the route were flown as charters. The company faced financial problems and by December 1985 it ceased operations, filing for bankruptcy in May 1986.[1]

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Incident edit

  • On 13 September 1982, an ONA DC-10-30, which was leased to Spantax and operating flight BX 995, was destroyed by fire after a burst nosewheel caused the captain to abort takeoff at Málaga, Spain. 51 individuals were killed, with 342 surviving.

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Notes edit

  1. ^ Tom W Norwood (1996). "1981". Deregulation Knockouts Round One. Airways. p. 62. ISBN 0-9653993-0-3.