Malév: Looking back at Hungary’s national airline

| March 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

After almost 66 years of continuous service, Malév the state-owned Hungarian airline founded in 1946 announced on February 3, 2012 that it was ceasing operations. The reason according to the carrier’s board of directors is that the company’s financial situation became “untenable.”

As the company’s future remains uncertain, this could inevitably mark the end of an era for Hungary’s national airline.

To mark this occasion, here’s a collection of various postcards, photos, and images of Malév’s 66-year history. A special thanks to those who contributed to this collection.

 

Passengers and by-standers surround a Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Postcard by Malév Archives.

Cargo workers take shipment from a Malév Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Postcard by Malév Archives.

A Malév Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft lands at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Postcard by Malév Archives.

Malév Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft parked at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Postcard by Malév Archives.

Malév logo designed by László Zsótér in 1989. Image by Malév Archives.

A Malév flight inspection service aircraft at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport on August 2, 1992. Photo by flickr member emdjt42.

A Malév timetable from October 26 1997 – March 28, 1998. Photo by flickr member tubular60.

The front of a Malév CRJ200 aircraft on November 10, 2004. Photo by Gergely Óhegyi.

Workers stand behind a Malév Fokker 70 aircraft on September 29, 2007. Photo by flickr member dougma.

Malév Boeing-737 aircrafts on the runway of Budapest Ferihegy International Airport on August 4, 2008. Photo by Gabor Podlovics

A Malév Boeing-737 passes the Hungarian Parliament Building on August 20, 2008. Photo by Gabor Podlovics.

Pilots and crew operators stand behind a Q400 aircraft to mark 65th anniversary of Malév in 2011. Photo by Malév Archives.

The business lounge of Malév at Budapest Ferihegy International Airport on March 27, 2011. Photo by Malév Archives.

Stewardesses serve food on board to passengers on May 21, 2011. Photo by Enrico Wloch/UggBoy Uggirl/photo world sense.

A digital poster created by Malév employees on February 10, 2012. Image by Malév Archives.

A fleet of Malév airplanes in Phoenix Goodyear Airport in March 2012. The planes were brought here to be dismantled. Photo by Joseph P. Veres.

 

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