Welcome To Historic Airline Group

Founded in 2011, the Historic Airline Group was originally formed as Piedmont Virtual Airline. However, early on we decided not to limit ourselves to one airline. We love all the classics! We started by adding Pennsylvania Central Airlines, and as interest grew so did our list of classic airlines. Today we bring over 100 classic airlines from around the world to the virtual airline community.

We fly many classic types of aircraft, from the DC-3 to early 747s and everything in between. In addition to the classic passenger airlines, we also have a wide selection of historic cargo airlines. Early FedEx, UPS, Flying Tigers, Trans Air Link, Atlantic Air Cargo. We even have our own in-house cargo airline, Seven Seas Air Cargo. SSAC operates from hubs all over the world, flying everything from Beech 18's to early 747's. We even have some military flights, using classic military transport aircraft.

HAG also has a unique charter division. Many typical small charter aircraft are based at several locations in the US and Great Britian. The difference is that you get to decide where you fly to. The possibilities are endless! Just like real world charters, you never know where you may go next! Our management is a group of active aviation professionals, including pilots and engineers. We love accuracy and realism and incorporate that into our VA. As such, we expect our members to actually fly, so you need to fly at least once every 90 days or you will be dropped.

Our pilots fly for any airline they desire. Pilots are not limited to any specific hub or airline. The choice is yours every time you fly!  Join us today and start enjoying the challenge of operating classic aircraft on historic airline routes. Take your sim flying to a higher level!

Recent Arrivals

Flight Number Pilot Aircraft Departure Arrival Submit Date Status
PIE11420 Jerry Allen N298N KCLT KBNA 09/18/2019 Pending
PIE120 Derek Jager N156DF KDBQ KEYE 09/17/2019 Arrived
PIE119 Derek Jager N156DF KOSH KDBQ 09/17/2019 Arrived
AAL622 Herman Kreimes N5611 KDFW KBOS 09/17/2019 Arrived
PIE118 Derek Jager N156DF KBTL KOSH 09/17/2019 Arrived

NEWS

Posted by David Reed on 09/12/2019

NORDAIR ADDED

Nordair was created in 1947 when Boreal Airways and Mont Laurier Aviation merged. Nordair remained in business for forty years until they merged with CP Air in 1987. Based at Dorval in Montreal (and later Mirabel), Nordair operated scheduled flights primarily in the Quebec province. In addition, they were big into the charter freight business. In October 1968 they entered the jet age with their first of 18 B737-200's. Flightsim has a good texture for the Tinmouse II 737. Be sure to use the gravel runway kit option.


AERONAVES DE MEXICO!

Aeronaves de Mexico (AMX) was the predecessor to today's Aeromexico. The airline was founded by Antonio Lombardo in September 1934 using a Reliant 5A. In the 1940's PanAm, looking to expand it's presence and influence south of the border, bought 25% of Aeronaves. Throughout WW2 very little changed, but after the war Aeronaves upgraded with surplus DC3's and C54's. They also took over various smaller airlines, including Aerovias Guest, which held routes to Madrid and Paris with Constellation L749's. In the 1950's they had earned enough capital to buy second-hand DC-6's (the orginal version) from SAS and inaugurated a very profitable route from Mexico City to New York. Two Britannia's were purchased and also worked the New York route. The company was nationalized in 1959. In the 1960's the merger with Aerovias Guest was finalized, the DC3's and C54's were retired, DC8-50 series jets were introduced, as were two Comet 4C aircraft inherited from Aerovias Guest. In the 1970's the Britannia's and DC6's were retired, DC9's were added, the DC10 was introduced and the name changed to Aeromexico. Over the next few decades there was always drama going on at Aeromexico, but it was Aeronaves De Mexico that served as Mexico's national airline in the beginning, bringing world-class service to the citizens of Mexico. Viva Aeronaves de Mexico! The Historic Airline Group represents Aeronaves de Mexico with the 100 flights using the DC6, L749, Comet 4C, DC8 and DC9.


 





AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS 747 FLIGHTS ADDED

In 1971, Aerolineas Argentinas was given the international rights, meaning no other Argentinian airline could fly internationally. They used six Boeing 707's for service to Europe and the US. ARG received their first B747-200B's in 1976 and placed them into service beginning in 1977, from Buenos Aires to Madrid, Frankfurt and Rome. In June 1980 they began the first South Polar flights from Buenos Aires to Hong Kong via Auckland and the South Pole. They eventually operated five 747-200B's, adding 747-400's later. We represent Aerolineas Argentinas 747 flights with LV-OPA, a 747-287B, line number 552. She was delivered new in January 1982 from the factory and flew for ARG for 23 years exclusively.


CHESTER CHARTER ADDS A 727

Chester Charter has gone big with a Boeing BBJ 727 added to their fleet. N606DH is the 52nd 727 built, being delivered new to Lufthansa in June 1964. Eleven years later it went back to Boeing and was converted into a corporate aircraft, and has remained that way ever since. The aircraft now has over 36,000 flight hours, and is the oldest operational Boeing 727 in the world. Outfitted with long range fuel tanks and new generation radios and electronics. The aircraft features a VIP interior with Living Room, Private Bedroom and Bath, complete with shower, a kitchen, and dining area. The aircraft has three bathrooms. This remarkable aircraft is available for charter from Hayward, St Louis and Luton.


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SEVEN SEAS MOVES NORTH

Our very own cargo airline, Seven Seas Air Cargo (SSA), has just opened a new cargo base in Edmonton, Canada. Located in the heart of Alberta province, we have three flight daily from Long Beach, Toledo Express and Seattle. These flights are operated by either the DC8-63F or DC9-32F, depending on load. In Edmonton we have based three of our C-54 cargo aircraft. Each is capable of carrying up to 20,000 lbs of cargo. Destinations include Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Peace River, Rainbow Lake, Ft Smith, Hay River, Ft McMurray and Ft Resolution. Depending on how well it does, we may add a L188F Electra II or B737F at a later date. Also, Seven Seas has just announced the retirement of two aircraft. Our SSA YS11 fleet and Constellation fleet have been removed from service, providing a more standardized fleet of DC6, DC7 and L188 types.


MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE AIRLINES JOINS HAG

We have just added Malaysia-Singapore Airlines to HAG. Actually, this is an expansion of our already existing Malaysian Airlines. Malaysia-Singapore Airlines was formed by the governments of Malaysia and Singapore in 1966 as a joint effort. Six years later they agreed to split, forming Mayasia Airline System and Singapore Airlines. Malaysia focused on domestic routes, later going international, while Singapore went directly into the international market. At HAG we have three aircraft types- The Comet, the Boeing 707 and the Boeing 737.




WESTERN DC6 ROUTES ADDED

We have added Western DC-6 routes. Western was set to launch longer range flights with the new DC6 in 1947, but financial troubles forced them to sell the routes and delivery positions to United Airlines. However in 1953 Western was healthy enough to acquire the DC-6B they longed for and began service between Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis. Many more routes soon followed.





WESTERN SCHEDULE UPDATE - DC10 ADDED

Western Airline's schedules for the Boeing 720B have been updated to reflect their schedule from 1968. Accurate departure and arrival times are used for the detail-oriented HAG pilot. We also added Western DC10-10 schedules from 1987. Western operated twelve DC10-10's, and later two DC10-30's, one of which was written off in Mexico City. The -10 series were all purchased new from McDonnell-Douglas with seating for 46 in First Class and 193 in Coach. Western flew them primarily to Honolulu from Anchorage, San Francisco, Los Angeles and even San Diego. In 1987 they would connect to Salt Lake City, where they flew round trips to Dallas and Seattle. These wide-bodies were operated until their merger with Delta in 1987. One went to American in 1985, another went to Capitol in 1981, while the rest went to Delta and fairly quickly to new operators. For Western, the DC10 was the height of their growth, the largest aircraft operated by them, and successfully too.


TWA L749 INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ADDED

When TWA acquired it's first L749 Constellation, they quickly moved to put it on their international routes, using its longer range to advantage. In 1951, TWA flew non-stop from LaGuardia to London and Paris on their Ambassador flights, while from Boston they flew non-stop to Shannon, Ireland. From Shannon the flights continued to London or Paris, then continuing on to various destinations in Europe, the Middle East and as far east as Bombay. To get the range needed, the L749A carried 6245 gallons of fuel, while burning an average of 96 gph/eng at 315 mph. It takes careful planning and favorable winds, but you too can fly a Constellation across the pond. Using actual timetable times, and period-correct ticket prices (adjusted for inflation), these flights are sure to be money makers!




THE LOCKHEED L-749

Shortly before WW2 began, Lockheed developed the L-049 Constellation for commercial service, but when the US entered the war all the L-049 production became C-69s for the USAAF. They were equipped with the new Wright R3350 Duplex-Cyclone engine. These were the same engines that were used on the B-29, which had priority, further delaying production. The R3350 has issues though, and were grounded until these could be worked out. They became excellent engines, so long as you treated them right. After the war the L-049 was improved for the airlines, creating the L-649 with increased weight and payload and better soundproofing. But the airlines wanted range, specifically to cross the Atlantic nonstop. Lockheed increased the fuel capacity significantly, added updated R3350 engines, stronger landing gear, structural improvements and even better soundproofing. Six months after the L-649 first flew, the L-749 flew, weighing 24K pounds more than the L-049 with the same wing. Only one month later it entered airline service, with Air France. 60 L-749s were built, along with 59 slightly improved L-749As. Designed to carry 60-80 passengers, this number fell considerably on the non-stop New York to London flights due to weight limitations. This is part of the reason why flying was so expensive back then! The L-749 could cruise at 300 knots at up to 24 thousand feet. The Constellation line almost ended here had it not been for an Air Force order for ten more C-121s. The DC6 came on the scene, airlines asked Lockheed for a better L-749 to compete with it, leading to the L-1049. Whether operated domestically or internationally, the trustworthy L-749 flew for the major airlines for almost thirty years.



CONTINENTAL UPDATES

We just completed a major overhaul of the Continental Airlines schedules. As a result, the number of Continental flights has more than doubled. You name it, we got, from the DC3 to the Viscount to the 757. Continental started out in 1934 as Varney Speed Lines. Founded by Walter Varney, who was also a founding member of United Airlines. In 1936 they moved to Denver and renamed the airline Continental. For a while after WW2, Continental operated several interchange routes with major US carriers, similar to todays code-sharing agreements. In 1955 though, they bought Pioneer Airlines and got Harding Lawrence, Pioneers Executive Vice President. Lawrence went out and bought two DC-7B's and began service to Chicago and Los Angeles, putting Continental squarely in the major carrier arena. In 1958 they began put the new Viscount into service, and in 1959 they got their first jet, a Boeing 707. Revenue in 1960 was five times what it was in 1956. But Continental was not done yet. They introduced low-cost fares, opening up airline travel to millions more Americans. In the 1960s Continental made millions ferrying troops back and forth to Vietnam, helping them retire the Viscounts and replace them with DC9's and 727's. In 1968, using their Pacific experience, they formed Air Micronesia, based in Guam. Continental was the second launch customer for the 747 in 1970, and put the DC10 into service two years later. Despite recessions, a takeover by Frank Lorenzo, strikes by unions and resistance from the Federal government, Continental survived. They merged with several smaller airlines and learned valuable lessons from that. In 2010 they merged successfully with United.





TRANS AUSTRALIAN UPDATES

We just completed a major update with Trans Australian Airlines (TAA). We now have timetable-accurate routes for their DC9, B727, F27, Lockheed Electra II, Convair 240, Viscount, DC6B, DC4 and DC3 aircraft. Now you can experience the historically accurate flying in Australia with Trans Australian!







EL AL AIRLINES JOINS HAG
We have just added another historical airline, El Al Airlines. Based in Tel Aviv, they got their start in 1948 as the national airline of Israel. Service began using the DC4, while the C46 operated their cargo routes. Soon their passenger flights moved into pressurized Constellation L-049's, but in 1955 they began operating the Bristol Britannia. With this aircraft they could operate flights to the United States through London, and sales tripled in the first year. 1960 saw the arrival of the 707-320B, which allowed non-stop service from New York to Tel Aviv. The 707 was the workhorse of the fleet, and in 1971 they bought their first 747. Many thought it was too expensive and too big of a target for terrorists, but El Al saw terrific profit from it. In the 1950s and 1960s El Al developed a very effective security routine for it's flights, As a result, only one El Al aircraft was ever hijacked. Today we have timetable-accurate flights for El Als 707 and 747 from 1975, and L-049 flights from 1956. Unique in the airline industry is El Als dedication to only serving kosher meals and never flying on the Jewish Sabbath.


NORTHWEST ORIENT 747 ROUTES UPDATED

We have just updated the Northwest Orient schedules from 1979 and 1987. These historically accurate timetables accurately reflect the time when Northwest cruised to Europe and all across the Pacific. In 1970 Northwest Orient Airlines put their first 747's into service on a rather conservative schedule, including just one trans-Pacific flight from Seattle to Tokyo. In our latest timetables, Northwest 747's roam to Europe from Newark, Boston and Minneapolis, and fly to Tokyo from Newark, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit and Anchorage, and continue on to places like Seoul, Hong Kong and Manila. During the period 1979 to 1987, NWOA operated 23-32 747-100's and -200's. They also operated them domestically, between Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Newark and Los Angeles, as well as one round trip from Chicago to Tampa.


Statistics

Total Pilots: 103
Total Flights: 17,741
Total Flights Today: 1
Total Flight Hours: 40,904 hrs
Total Pax Carried: 95,864,860
Total Fuel Burned: 199,901,559 lbs
Total Flight Miles: 10,229,978 nm
Total Schedules: 16840

Newest Pilots

AMX0807 Pedro Contreras Mexico
WRL0806 Chris Carpenter United States
NWA0805 Matt McCabe United States
DAL0804 Alec Drewry United States
BEA0803 Niccol? Savastano Italy

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