Can You Identify the Airline From Just the Logo on the Tail?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: Youtube via Hawaiian Airlines

About This Quiz

From their inception in the early days of aviation - the first passenger route was between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida and was established in 1914 - airliners have moved people all over the world. 

Starting out small, and with just domestic routes like that one way back in 1914, routes soon started between states, provinces, capitals and eventually across the sea to other continents. 

The first commercial transatlantic flight was actually achieved by Germany when a Focke Wulf Condor 200 flew from Berlin to Brooklyn in 1948.

With the age of the jet airliner, things changed even more considerably. These massive aircraft could fly fast, and link up parts of the world that before could only be reached by sea, and over a period of months. This was now cut down to a few days. 

And so we come to the purpose of this quiz. Since the advent of the passenger transport or airliner, there have been many companies that have had their planes fly domestic routes and all over the world. But would you be able to identify them by just looking at the logo on their tail fin? Some are easy, while others will certainly put you to the test!

What are you waiting for? Good luck!

Although this airline was first formed in 1937, it started operating under the name, Air Canada, in 1965. They currently fly to more than 350 destinations worldwide.

The national carrier of Britain, British Airways was established in 1974 after a merger of four separate British airline companies. It flies to 183 destinations around the world.

American Airlines started operations in the United States in 1936. Flying out of 10 major U.S. hubs, American Airlines services 350 destinations worldwide.

The national carrier of France, Air France was established in 1933. Today, it is one of the biggest airlines in the world, employing more than 80,000 staff and flying to 201 destinations around the globe.

Flying out of Auckland, Air New Zealand is the national carrier of the island nation. Mostly operating in the Pacific Rim region, Air New Zealand flies to 52 destinations.

Flying out of Dubai, Emirates is one of the top-rated airlines in the world and the fourth largest in terms of passengers carried. Its fleet of more than 250 aircraft flies to 141 destinations worldwide.

Hawaiian Airlines has a proud history as the main carrier within the island state and was established in 1929. The airline flies to 28 destinations from two main hubs on the islands.

The national carrier of Holland, KLM was established in 1919. KLM currently operates a fleet of more than 100 aircraft and flies to 145 destinations. KLM is the oldest airline in the world that still flies under its original name.

The national carrier of the Republic of South Africa, South African Airways was established in 1934. With both domestic flights as well as routes to major destinations around the world, South African Airways is one of the biggest airlines from Africa.

The national carrier of Australia, Qantas is the biggest airline in the world in terms of not only international destinations flown but the size of its fleet as well. Qantas was established in 1921 which makes it the third oldest airline.

Although Mexico had a national airline which was established in 1934, Aero Mexico succeeded this in 1988. One of the smaller national airlines, Aero Mexico flies to 25 different countries and more than 80 locations within those countries.

Air India has a long history as the national carrier of the country and was formed in 1946. A member of the worldwide Star Alliance, Air India flies to 94 destinations and employes close to 21,000 people.

Based in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific was formed in 1946 by Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow and American Roy C. Farrell. One of the most respected airlines in the Pacific region and worldwide, Cathay Pacific flies to more than 76 destinations, excluding subsidiaries. It has won the world's best airline award on four occasions.

Founded in 1937, Continental operated from the United States until 2012 when it merged with United Airlines. At the height of its business, Continental flew to 148 destinations.

Flying out of Zagreb airport, Croatia Airlines was formed 28 years ago. It operates mainly in Europe, flying to 38 destinations with a relatively small fleet of just 14 aircraft.

One of the biggest airlines flying out of the United States, Delta has a long history in aviation, having first been established in 1929. Delta employs around 80,000 people and flies to 325 destinations in 56 countries.

First established in 1947 as Malaysian Airways, this carrier has met with much tragedy in the last decade. Two aircraft belonging to Malaysia were lost with significant loss of life. First, Flight 370 was lost at sea in 2014, although the location remains unknown. Four months later, Flight 17 was shot down by a missile over Ukraine.

The national carrier of Qatar, this airline flies to more than 150 destinations and has a fleet of 213 aircraft. Qatar operates in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.

Established in 1933, Turkish Airlines is now the national carrier of the country. It serves more than 300 destinations worldwide. This includes 120 different countries, the most by any airline.

Established in 1955, Lufthansa is the national carrier of Germany. With a fleet of more than 300, Lufthansa flies to around 200 destinations worldwide and employs close to 125,000 people.

Swiss International is the national carrier of Switzerland. It flies to 102 destinations in 46 countries, mostly in Europe. The company was established in 2002 after the bankruptcy of Swiss Air.

Founded in 1951, Japan Airlines is the national carrier of the island nation. It flies to 92 destinations but is not the largest airline in the country. That privilege belongs to Air Nippon.

Established in 1985, Ryan Air is an Irish low-cost airline. It flies to 205 different destinations, mostly in Europe and has a fleet of more than 400 aircraft. In 2016, it was the largest European airline by number of passengers flown.

This low-cost airline is the sixth largest in the United States, flying to 101 destinations with a fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

The national carrier of Singapore, this airline was established in 1947. Flying primarily in Asia, Singapore Airlines serves more than 60 destinations.

Varig Airlines - This Brazillian airline was established in 1927 and closed down in 2006.

Established in 1999, this low-cost airline operates from Indonesia. It flies to around 126 destinations in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Tiger Air ceased to exist in 2017 after it merged with Scoot. Up until that point, it had mainly operated in Southeast Asia.

Flying out of Tawain, China Airways is the largest airline from the island country. It flies mainly to Hong Kong but has another 101 destinations (including cargo) for its fleet of around 85 aircraft which includes those of three subsiduary airlines, namely Mandaran Airlines, China Airlines Cargo and Tigerair Taiwan.

Established in 1956, Vietnam airlines serves 64 destinations, mostly in and around Southeast Asia.

The national carrier of Iran, Iran Air operates a fleet of close to 40 aircraft and flies to 71 destinations, mostly in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

With more than 91 destinations, mostly in Southeast Asia, Thai Airways is the national carrier of this tourist haven.

Operating mostly in Asia, Korean Air, established in 1962, is the national carrier of South Korea. Serving 127 different locations, Korean Air is part of the world's top 20 airlines in terms of passengers.

Meaning 'air fleet,' Aer Lingus flies out of Ireland to more than 93 destinations. It is the national carrier of Ireland.

This British low-cost airline was established in 1968 but ceased operations in 2017.

Established in 1984, Midwest Airlines ceased to exist in 2010 after merging with Frontier Airlines.

The national carrier of the island nation of Sri Lanka, this airline was established in 1979. It now services destinations in and around the Asian subcontinent.

Flying out of Mumbai, Jet is an international carrier in India. More than 300 daily flights are carried out to 68 destinations worldwide.

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