Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.
The intercontinental airline service made its debut in 1927. The flight, by Imperial Airways, was from London to Cairo.
In 1930 Charles Townsend Ludington, his brother and two other executives formed Ludington Airline, the first every-hour-on-the-hour air service. It was also the first airline that carried passengers only and was not supported by government revenue from air mail service contracts that all other airlines depended on.
Air India, the flag carrier airline of India, began operations under the name Tata Airlines on October 15, 1932.
Pan American Clipper flights served the first hot meals to passengers in 1935.
The first commercial flight across the Pacific was made by a Pan-American Boeing 314 on April 28, 1937.
The first commercial around-the-world airline flight took place in 1942. Pan American World Airways was the company credited with the historic feat.
Seven years later, on January 6, 1947, Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.