22 famous airlines that have gone out of business
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- Icelandic ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air ceased operations on Thursday.
- The seven-year-old airline shut down operations after failing to secure a fresh round of investment from Icelandair and private equity firm Indigo Partners.
- Wow Air is the third European airline to go out of business this year after Germania and British Midland Regional shut down in February.
- Here's a list of 23 airlines that went bust over the past couple of decades.
Icelandic ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air ceased operations on Thursday. The seven-year-old airline shut down operations after failing to secure a fresh round of investment from Icelandair and private equity firm Indigo Partners.
Wow Air joins British Midland Regional and Germania as the third European airline to go bust in 2019 amid stiff competition along with political and economic instability.
Over the past two decades, a number of well-known airline brands have disappeared from the aviation landscape. A large number of these brands have gone away due to mergers as airlines joined together in order to survive the brutally competitive market place.
Northwest and Delta merged to form the new Delta Air Lines. United and Continental merged to create the new United Airlines with planes painted in Continental livery. TWA was acquired by American Airlines. America West and US Air merged to become US Airways. American Airlines and US Airways then merged to form a new American Airlines under US Airways management. Virgin America was acquired by Alaska Airlines while AirTran Airways and Morris Air were acquired by Southwest Airlines.
In Canada, Canadian Airlines was merged into Air Canada. While in Brazil, Varig was acquired by Gol. The UK's British Caledonian and British Midland were both acquired by British Airways, itself created by the 1974 merger of British Overseas Airways Corporation, British European Airways, and two smaller regional carriers.
But with the sudden collapse of Wow Air in mind, we at Business Insider decided to compile a list of airlines that went out of business the old fashioned way, running out of money.
Here's a closer look.
Lakers Airways Skytrain: defunct 1982.
Braniff international Airways: defunct 1982.
Eastern Air Lines: defunct 1991.
Midway Airlines: Defunct 1991.
Interflug: defunct 1991.
Pan American World Airways: defunct 1991.
Tower Air: defunct 2000.
Ansett Australia: defunct 2001.
Sabena: defunct 2001.
Swissair: defunct 2002.
Aloha Airlines: defunct 2008.
ATA Airlines: defunct 2008.
Mexicana: defunct 2010.
Spanair: defunct 2012.
Malev: defunct 2012.
Kingfisher: defunct 2012.
Transaero: defunct 2015.
Monarch Airlines: defunct 2017.
Air Berlin: defunct 2017.
Primera Air: defunct 2018.
Germania: defunct 2019.
Flybmi/British Midland Regional: defunct 2019.
Wow Air: defunct 2019.
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