Our History

ALPA’s history is steeped in our commitment to advancing the piloting profession and to ensuring that airline travel grows ever safer.
As the world’s largest pilots’ union, ALPA has advanced the piloting profession since 1931. 

Click on the timeline below to view a chronicle of the pilot labor movement.

Pilot Labor Movement Timeline
1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2006

Throughout its more than 70 years, ALPA’s safety experts have contributed to remarkable achievements in aviation safety. 

Click on the Seventy Years of Safety timeline below to find out more.

Seventy Years of Safety Timeline
1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1980s - cont. 1990s 1990s - cont. 2000s


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