Pan American Airways (PAA) First airline to offer through passenger service to Argentina down the coast of South America

During the administration of Calvin Coolidge, the US government looked to Pan Am as an extension of US foreign policy which would allow economic expansion into Latin America and the Caribbean. The US government “awarded Pan Am every foreign airmail route for with bids were invited”. The success of Pan Am was largely attributed to the diplomatic genius of the company’s founder and visionary, Juan Trippe, and the Foreign Mail Act. This Act, passed with the purpose of regulating the international mail service, stipulated that only airlines capable of operating with scale while upholding the dignity of the United States would be allowed to  carry mail. Not only that, the Act stated that contracts would only be granted to companies that were given invitations by Latin American Countries. Trippe maintained good relations with leaders of these countries thereby securing air routes.

Continue reading “Pan American Airways (PAA) First airline to offer through passenger service to Argentina down the coast of South America”

Advertisements