FIRST PASSENGER FLIGHT ARRIVES ON GUAM
October 14, 1936
A year and a day after the first "test run" of the Clipper, the first airborn passengers arrived on Guam on a Pan Am flight from the States. The airlines had built a small hotel in Sumay earlier in the year. Prominent members of the American press were on board to write the story. This first flight was made up of free passengers then. But only twelve days later, on October 26, the first true, paying passengers arrived on Guam aboard the Pan Am flight.
The effects of commercial aviation to Guam were tangible. The number of people on Guam mailing letters trippled. Important Americans who could have an effect on Guam traveled through Guam as Pan Am flew passengers from the States to Manila and back. Guam's isolation was greatly reduced. Chamorros who could afford it also flew via Pan Am.