On October 1, 1980 Flying Tigers merged with Seaboard World Airlines linking the United States with Europe and the Middle East. The merger gave the combined airlines scheduled, all cargo service world wide.
December of '80 saw the beginning of Metro Airways, the passenger division of Flying Tigers.
Both the new Opscon center and new 4-story addition adjacent to the Training Center were opened in 1980.
Flying Tigers transported the world's only sun-powered airplane- the Solar Challenger-from Los Angeles to the Paris Air Show.
On July 31, 1982 Flying Tigers began regularly scheduled jet freighter service between the United States and Sao Paulo to become the only all-cargo carrier connecting South America with a service network that stretched throughout Asia, Europe and North America.