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Pan American Airways - An Introduction to this Database

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Hello Pan Am Fans,
Over the years Pan Am, whether it be Pan American Airways, Pan American World Airways, Pan American Grace, Pan Am Express, or any of the myriad of other carriers associated with Pan Am, operated a wide variety of airliners. The purpose of this database is to list these airliners, as well as where they came from and where they went. It is, however, beyond the scope of this database to fully chronicle the entire life of each airframe, but rather just its time at Pan Am. There are several great sources of this information, whether in print or on line.
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Dave Powers

Airline Mergers and Acquisitions:

Pan Am, which itself tenuously began operations on 19 October 1927, inherited a wide variety of aircraft types, the result of purchasing, founding and/or merging with various airlines around the world. The following is a list of these airlines:

Pan American Airways - founded on 14 March 1927
New York Airways - founded on 8 July 1927
Peruvian Airways - bought 50% interest on 16 September 1928
West Indian Aerial Express - acquired on 22 December 1928
Compania Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) - purchased on 23 January 1929
Pan American - Grace Airways (PANAGRA) - founded on 25 January 1929
Sociedad Colombo-Alemana de Transportes Aereos (SCADTA) - acquired controlling interest on 15 February 1930
New York, Rio and Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) - absorbed on 15 September 1930
Panair do Brasil (originally NYRBA do Brasil) - bought on 15 September 1930
Pacific Alaska Airways - founded on 29 April 1931
Boston-Maine Airways - began contract flight operations on 31 July 1931
Aerovias Centrales, S.A. - founded on 26 February 1932
Uraba, Medellin and Central Airways - bought controlling interest on 13 April 1932
Compania Nacional Cubana de Aviacion (Cubana)- bought on 6 May 1932
Alaskan Airways - bought in 1932
Pacific International Airways - bought in 1932
Servicios Aviacion de Guatemala - bought on 21 June 1933
China National Airways Corporation (CNAC) - bought 45% interest on 7 July 1933
Panama Airways - bought on 7 November 1933
Alaska Southern Airways - bought on 13 November 1934
Aerovias de Guatemala - bought 40% on 10 October 1940
Aeronaves de Mexico - bought 40% interest on 18 December 1940
Bahamas Airways - bought 45% interest on 10 December 1943

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