Pacific Air Lines
San Francisco-based Pacific Air Lines was founded as Southwest Airways in 1941 by veteran aviator Jack Connelly and film producer Leland Hayward. Originally a military flight training and transport provider, Southwest Airways commenced scheduled airline service in 1946 upon securing $2,000,000 from investors including Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart. With a point-to-point route network comprised mostly in the State of California, Southwest Airways pioneered no-frills, quick-turnaround airline service decades before today’s low-cost carriers.
Southwest Airways would change their name to Pacific Air Lines in 1958, and would join the Jet Age shortly thereafter with their acquisition of Fairchild F-27 turboprops. Boeing 727-100s were acquired in 1965, but were ill-suited for Pacific’s point-to-point short hauls in California and onward to Portland, Reno, and Las Vegas.