Aeroflot is the national transporter and the biggest airline in Russia. Aeroflot has domestic and international flights to 97 cities in 48 countries, mainly from the international airport Sheremetyevo, Moscow.With a main base in Moscow Aeroflot is one of the oldest airlines in the world, established back in 1923. The company was the first in the world to introduce a regular passenger line on 15 September, 1956 with the plane Tupolev TU-104.
Air Berlin is the second biggest airline in Germany after Lufthansa and the sixth biggest in Europe for transported passengers. The airline serves a broad network of regular and low-cost flights, including holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, North Africa and distant destinations in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the United States.
Based in Paris, the French Air France is one of the biggest airlines in the world. The company is a subdivision of Air-France-KLM group and it is one the members that had established the alliance SkyTeam, where it cooperates with Delta Air Lines, Aeroméxico, Korean Air, CSA Czech Airlines, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Northwest Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Continental Airlines
The day of 13 January, 2009 will be remembered in the history of the Italian aero navigation as the day when the new national Italian transporter was established. On this day Air One and Alitalia began merging their route network, fleet, administrative and commercial structure.
Established in 1958 Austrian Airlines is famous for its broad network of flights mainly in Central and East Europe and Middle East. The airline often is a pioneer in adding new and unknown destinations in its routes.The well-focused network for long flights is complementing with the frequent flights for medium and short destinations which give an opportunity for transfers.
Founded in 1974, British Airways is the largest airline in the United Kingdom and the second largest in Europe after Air France - KLM, with more flights across the Atlantic Ocean than any other airline. Only in 2008, British Airways lost its high position as the largest airline in the UK, measured in passengers.
Bulgaria Air has been the national airline for Bulgaria since the end of 2002, when it inherits the Balkan Airlines (existed from 1968 to 2002). Bulgaria Air was a government airline by the end of 2006, when it was privatized by Balkan Hemus Group, the owner of Hemus Air and Viaggio Air, as of September 2007 three airlines merged into one.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the national airline of the Netherlands and is a part of Air France - KLM. Founded in 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world that still operates under its original name. It has about 33 thousand employees (at March 2008), and for the period April 2007 - March 2008 KLM has transported about 23.4 million passengers.
The Polish airlines LOT are found on January 1, 1929. The Company has come a long way since its first flight with the planes "Junkers", designed for a limited number of passengers and transporting several hundred passengers annually. In 1989, LOT became the first transporter in Eastern Europe, which used the "West" Boeing 767, and in October 2003 it joined the alliance Star Alliance.
The national transporter for Germany, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, is the second largest airline in Europe after Air France - KLM. The company was founded in 1926 in Berlin and its name comes from Luft (the German word for "air“), and Hansa (from the name of the medieval Hanseatic trading league). Lufthansa is one of the founding members of the largest airline alliance Star Alliance.
The Turkish Airlines were founded back in 1933 and are the national transporter of Turkey. The airline regularly flies to 127 international and 35 domestic cities, serving a total of 165 airports in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. The main base of the airline is the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. In 2009 the company transported a total of 25.1 million passengers, with a total annual income of $4 billion.