Trans-Pacific Aloha Airlines Pilot Wing
Honolulu, HI 1946-1958
The airline was founded on July 26, 1946 as charter carrier named Trans-Pacific Airlines. Approval to operate as a scheduled airline came when President Harry S.Truman signed the certificate on February 21, 1949, with the first scheduled flight on June 6, 1949. In 1950 the airline adopted the name TPA-The Aloha Airline. In 1958, real estate developer Hung Wo Ching was elected president of the airline. In November 1958 the company changed its name again, becoming Aloha Airlines.