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Vintage Trans Pacific Airlines - TPA - (Hawaii) Cabin Bag
A nice small advertising cabin Bag in brown vinyl with great graphics...looks like an early 737 that is pictured. Bag Measures 13'x 8" and 5 1/2' wide. Excellent condition all over. Trans-Pacific Airlines was founded by Ruddy Tongg in 1948 and later became Aloha Airlines. Tongg picked the name because he initially had an interest in flying routes to China. However, the communist revolution in 1949 put an end to that. The airline became popular and known for its friendly and efficient service. The marketing department used the company's initials, TPA, to create its first slogan: "The People's Airline." The slogan was immensely popular, and people started referring to the airline as "The People's Airline" instead of Trans-Pacific Airlines. The new CEO, Hung Wo Ching, later dropped the TPA in favor of Aloha Airlines. He said the friendliness of the staff came from their aloha spirit. He saw tourism growing and wanted a company name that would appeal to visitors. Hung Wo Ching took Aloha Airlines from being a struggling newcomer into a profitable jet age. The venerable 16 passenger DC-3s lasted 15 years but were eventually replaced in 1969 with Boeing 737 "Funbirds" that could hold 118.Competition and a weak economy ended passenger service in 2008, although Aloha Air Cargo continues to fly.
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Bernard Molloy, Auckland, New Zealand
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