MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6349 posts, RR: 50 Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3546 times:
This is a rundown of Pan Am's Transpacific service in 1984, just two years prior to the selling of all Pacific routes to United. Let us never forget the profoud impact that Pan American World Airways had on commercial aviation. There will never be another airline like the original Pan Am.
Some key features:
* Pan Am had a good sized hub in NRT which saw nonstops to Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei, plus nonstops to Los Angeles, New York/JFK, and San Francisco.
* Los Angeles saw Boeing 747 and 747SP nonstops to Sydney, Tokyo, and one-stop direct service to Auckland via Honolulu.
* Pan Am offered daily JFK-Tokyo service on the 747SP aircraft. The flight, #801, continued on to Taipei, Seoul, or Singapore depending on the day of the week. Pan Am was the first airline in the world to offer nonstop New York-Tokyo service.
* Pan Am's main Pacific base was in San Francisco. Below you will find a rundown of all the daily PA flights from the SFO hub in this time period. I have listed the city, departure time, flight number, aircraft type, number of stops, and the days of operation. All flights operated daily unless noted.
Beijing 12:00pm #17 B747 One Stop Sunday
Chicago/O'Hare 1:30pm #562 B727 Nonstop
Dallas/Ft.Worth 12:30pm #576 B727 Nonstop
Detroit 1:30pm #562 B727 One Stop
Frankfurt 9:00am #172 B747 One Stop
Hong Kong 2:15pm #5 B747SP Nonstop
Honolulu 5:45pm #125 B747 Nonstop
Houston/IAH 12:45pm #712 B727 Nonstop
London/LHR 5:30pm #124 B747 Nonstop
Los Angeles 7:15pm #815 B747SP Nonstop MoWeFr
Manila 12:00pm #11 B747 One Stop MoWeSa
Melbourne 7:15pm #815 B747SP Two Stops MoWeFr
Miami 12:30pm #576 B727 One Stop
New Orleans 12:45pm #712 B727 One Stop
New York/JFK 9:00am #72 B747 Nonstop
11:15am #6 B747SP Nonstop
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4579 posts, RR: 24 Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3489 times:
Thanks for sharing that!
I think it's impossible to forget what Pan American and its staff gave to the world throughout the course of its existance.
However, some people seem only interested in what is happening now, and don't seem to have any care for the past. I'm not one of those at all Airline history is as interesting to me as things happening now!
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
Neptunescar From Maldives, joined Dec 2003, 104 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3437 times:
Thanks MSYtristar for posting that info... as a child i remember seeing the 747's all lined up in a row at SFO, preparing for the afternoon departures to Asia.... fond memories.
do you know the flight number of the SFO LAX MIA that departed SFO at 6 am, and left LAX at around 8 AM? i believe it operated right up unitl the end with an A300. that was the last Pan Am flight i took.
Scotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3391 times:
Brings back great memories of Pan Am. I was fortunate to experience quite a few PA flights, including 801/800 non-stops JFK-NRT-JFK. Very sad when PA went out of business. Also, as a reflection, I read a lot on the trip reports about airline clubs at different airports. IMHO the PA Clipper Clubs were second to none!
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4729 posts, RR: 26 Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3201 times:
In comparison, Pan Am's Pacific ops were actually quite small compared to what NW and UA have today. The actual transpac crossings in the 80s on a somewhat consistent basis included:
PA 801 JFK-NRT 747SP Daily
PA 803 JFK-NRT 747SP 3X weekly (can't remember which year)
PA 11 SFO-NRT 747 Daily
PA 21 LAX-NRT 747 Daily
PA 831 HNL-NRT 747 Daily
PA 5 JFK-SFO-HKG 747SP Daily
PA 811 JFK-LAX-HNL-SYD 1x weekly 747
PA 811 JFK-LAX-HNL-AKL-SYD 3x weekly 747
PA 815 SFO-LAX-SYD 3x weekly 747SP
That's a total of only 6 flights a day - not much compared to what UA has done to the system today.
The SFO-LAX-MIA A300 flight was PA 42 which left SFO at 0600; return was PA 43
PA841 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3181 times:
I flew from SFO to GUM every summer from 1969 to 1981 on Pan American. They were the only airline I knew of until my family switched to Continental and Northwest. I did miss the familiarity with PA. I liked the Clipper Club in SFO and remember having my first cup of coffee at the age of 11 before the flight to Honolulu and my mom wondering why she couldn't keep me from bouncing off the walls of the plane all the way to HNL.
Dc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1554 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3087 times:
I can't recall how many times I visited JFKs Clipper Club. The view was fantastic especialy from the bar located right in the middle of the club. I've still got my Clipper Club luggage tag after all these years.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4729 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2681 times:
The schedule I listed above was more or less for the eighties..looking at some early '70s schedules, there were definitely more flights into SYD (using 707s and 747s) with connections from SYD up to Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Denpasar, in addition to the transpacific runs.