National Airlines (1983)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
National Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
- OV (NAN) Nation Air
Commenced operations 1977
Ceased operations May 1986
Fleet size See Fleet below
Parent company United Air Carriers

The second American airline to be named National Airlines (ICAO: NANCall sign: Nation Air) was owned by United Air Carriers. It operated from 1977 to 1986.


The airline was created when officials of supplemental airline Overseas National Airways formed a FAR Part 129 leasing company known as United Air Carriers on July 21, 1977. When the 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 American World Airways 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]



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