Colonial Air Transport

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Colonial Air Transport
Founded 1926
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts
Key people Juan Trippe

Colonial Air Transport was an early airline that flew between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts.[1]


It was founded in 1926 in New York City by Juan Trippe.

Colonial acquired rights to fly the early U.S. airmail commercial route CAM-1, with the first flight held on July 26, 1926.[2]

In 1927 the headquarters were moved to Boston.

On April 15, 1929 they started passenger service between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

In 1930, it was acquired by AVCO to become American Airlines.[3]


The Colonial Air Transport fleet consisted of the following aircraft as of 1926:[4]

Colonial Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Routes Notes
Fokker Universal 2 New York - Boston
Fokker F.VII 2 New York - Boston
Curtiss Lark 1 New York - Boston


  1. ^ a b "Air Line To Boston To Start Tomorrow. 3 Planes Will Be Used in First Regular Passenger Service. To Make 2 Trips Daily. Christening Trips Today. Flights Will Take 105 Minutes. Bus Terminal Here to Be at Hotel Pennsylvania.". New York Times. April 14, 1929. Retrieved 2014-01-04. The first regular passenger air service will go into operation on a daily schedule tomorrow morning, when the Colonial Air Transport starts its service from Newark Airport to the East Boston field. Planes will leave ... 
  2. ^ Henry M. Holden. Teterboro Airport. ISBN 0-7385-7217-9. 
  3. ^ Colonial Air Transport
  4. ^ Larson, George C. (August 1976). "The Birth of Flying Magazine". Flying. 99 (2): 9. Retrieved October 18, 2012.