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