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.

1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s

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.

1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1980s cont. | 1990s | 1990s cont. | 2000s