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Chronicle of Pan Am (1927 - 1950)

 

 Date Event
1927 First American airline to operate a permanent international air service.
1927 First American airline to operate land planes over water on regularly sheduled flights.
1927 First American airline to operate multi-engine aircraft permanently in sheduled transportation.
1928 First American airline to use radio communications.
1928 First American airline to carry emergency livesaving equipment.
1928 First airline to use multiple flight crews.
1928 First American airline to develop an airport and airways traffic control system.
1928 First American airline to order and purchase aircraft built to its own specifications, the Sikorsky S-38.
1929 First American airline to employ cabin attendants and serve meals aloft.
1929 First airline to develop and use instrument flying techniques.
1929 First American airline to develop a complete aviation weather service.
1930 First American airline to offer international air express service.
1931 First American airline to develop and operate four-engine flying boats.
1932 First airline to sell all-expense international air tours.
1935 First airline to develop and use long-range weather forecasting.
1935 First American airline to install facilities for heating food aboard on aircraft.
1935 First airline to operate sheduled transpacific service
1939 First airline to provide transatlantic passenger and mail service
1942 First airline to complete a round-the-world flight.
1942 First airline to operate international service with all-cargo aircraft.
1944 First airline to propose a plan for low cost, mass transportation on a worldwide basis.
1945 First airline to use high-speed commercial land planes on a transatlantic route, the Douglas DC-4.
1946 First airline to operate non-stop scheduled service between Miami and New York (National).
1946 First American airline to install GCA, Ground Controlled Approach, in overseas operations.
1946 IGS (Internal German Service) started service.
1947 First airline to operate a scheduled round-the-world service.
1948 First airline to provide tourist-class service outside the continental US.
1949 Pan Am is the launch customer for Boeing's B-377 Stratocruiser.
1950 First airline with low-cost day and night coach service on the East Coast. (National)
1950 First commercial airline to enter the Korean airlift.

1951-1979   1980-1991  
 

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