A fantastic five for you today although not for the airlines concerned!
We start on positives however with two aircraft making their maiden flights.
First of it's Convairs CV880 in 1959
Next it is Fairchild's modified F27 the FH227.
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Unfortunately there is now a run of airlines ceasing operations.
The first is Brazilian outfit VASP which went under in 2005.
Next is Spanair in 2012 which failed despite a last ditch attempt by Qatar.
Just a year later German regional OLT Express also failed.