Trans Caribbean Airways
Trans Caribbean Airways was a United States airline owned by O. Roy Chalk. Its hub was San Juan, Puerto Rico. Founded in 1945, it was acquired by American Airlines in 1971. Its headquarters was located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
The main headquarters for Trans Caribbean Airways was in New York for most of the time until it was acquired by American Airlines on March 3, 1971. There was a building in San Juan that was owned by TCA and has a full wall done in tile with the TCA logo.
The female flight attendants wore an unusual uniform hat for a U.S. carrier; it was supposed to be a copy of the Spanish Cordobes hat the color Blue trim in Aqua. It represented the Spanish influence of the Caribbean islands. The uniform was designed by Mrs. O. Roy Chalk, wife of the owner. The last paint job on the tail of the aircraft was a navy blue with an orange palm tree.
According to the Trans Caribbean system timetable dated July 7, 1969, the following destinations were served on the east coast of the U.S. and the Caribbean:
- Aruba (AUA)
- Curacao (CUR)
- Newark (EWR)
- New York City (JFK)
- St. Croix (STX)
- St. Thomas (STT)
- San Juan (SJU)
- Washington, D.C (IAD)
Trans Caribbean operated the following aircraft types during its existence:
- Boeing 727-200
- Douglas DC-4
- Douglas DC-6B
- Douglas DC-8-51
- Douglas DC-8-54CF (convertible passenger/freighter version)
- Douglas DC-8-61 (stretched Super DC-8 version)