Consolidated Commodore and the new era in flying boat design of the 1930s
The Consolidated Commodore is a close relative to the P2Y. It differs by having one wing (dropping the small lower wing for wind floats), more powerful engines and a passenger cabin layout. It was used successfully by a handful of airlines—notably the New York, Rio, Buenos Aires Line which was forced to merge with Pan American Airways. Maximum passenger capacity was fourteen but at the expense of range. The Commodore was a solid, dependable and capable flying boat demonstrating the potential for reliable international flight which lead to the larger flying boats used so successfully by PAA as the flying clippers.