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National Airlines

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This article discusses airlines by the name "National Airlines"; see National airlines for a list of flag carriers.

National Airlines was the name of two distinct airlines based in the United States.

The original National Airlines was founded in 1934 and based in Florida. On November 10 of 1958, National became the first airline to introduce domestic jet service in the United States, with a flight between Miami's international airport and Idlewild International Airport in New York City. In 1964, it became the first exclusively jet powered service in the United States, and by 1970 became the third airline to offer transcontinental passenger flights. National Airlines merged with Pan Am in 1980.

In 1995, National Airlines returned as a Western regional airline based in Las Vegas. Profitable at first, the second National used Boeing 757 jets with a party atmosphere-like livery to fly to many important regional points, such as Los Angeles and Phoenix. The new National found itself in financial trouble after 9/11, and ceased operations in late 2001.

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