Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 20 hours ago) and read 4494 times:
Last night I was watching the excellent film "Bullitt" and there's a scene at San Francisco Airport (the best part of the movie of course). During that scene Pan Am is calling the departure of a flight with the routing "New York and Rome". Was Pan Am flying transcontintental routes at that point?
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AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 20 hours ago) and read 4487 times:
Yes and no, they flew transcontinental from JFK and SFO. The 707's couldn't go to the far east non-stop so they flew to SFO to refuel and provide connections to other points. They couldn't carry JFK/SFO passengers only.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 2, posted (8 years 20 hours ago) and read 4455 times:
Quoting Cmk10 (Thread starter): Last night I was watching the excellent film "Bullitt" and there's a scene at San Francisco Airport (the best part of the movie of course). During that scene Pan Am is calling the departure of a flight with the routing "New York and Rome". Was Pan Am flying transcontintental routes at that point?
Everyone makes special note of the car chase scenes, but to me, it's the SFO scenes that make the movie!
And as Aircop mentioned, the announcement heard is more or less for the benefit for the passengers arriving from Hawaii who disembarked to stretch their legs, or for those originating passengers ticketed SFO-(JFK)-FCO, or for passengers making a connection in NYC to Europe or the Caribbean.
The only other flight from the west was from Tokyo....but that arrived in the morning....and not at night as portrayed in the movie.
One last thing, I am to understand the announcements and everything else was "real", meaning: nothing was staged for the benefit of the movie...what you see is a real slice of life.
Why not? Thought only US airlines were allwed to carry passangers within the US
Before 1978 routes in the U.S. were highly regulated and only certain airlines could carry pax on specified routes. Because Pan Am was the international airline of the U.S. they were not allowed to carry passengers within the continental U.S. or sell tickets on those routes. They were allowed however to carry pax to and from Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. outlying territories to the continental U.S.
Simairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 883 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 18 hours ago) and read 4376 times:
The route was HNL-SFO-JFK. From memory, it was timed to also feed into international flights from JFK. I have 1967 and 1970 timetables if anyone wants more information, but not here, so not for a few weeks.
Ss278 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 62 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 16 hours ago) and read 4311 times:
Pan Am could carry traffic on their transcon SFO/LAX/JFK flights only if they were continuing on to Europe/South America or Asia. Stopovers were permitted.
Thus if a passenger was flying from San Francisco to Rome, he/she could board Pan Am in SFO, fly to New York and spend a few days there if they wished, then continue on to Rome. Strictly local traffic, i.e. SFO/JFK was not allowed.
Tomindc From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4160 times:
I'm not totally sure of the year, but I remember a business trip DCA/JFK/SFO on PanAm. The JFK departure was on a 747SP on its way to Hong Kong with the stop in SFO. Terrific flight as I wasn't initially booked on that flight but made it with carry-on luggage, and they upgraded me from Y to J!
BOAC911 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 447 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4002 times:
In the film Bullitt, the Pan Am flight leaves SFO for Rome at around 7 pm. Initially, McQueen believes that that the man they're looking for (Mr. Ross) is on the Rome flight, but in the last moment he has a hunch and calls ground control and asks for the London flight to be stopped (it is already taxiing or about to begin its take off run). If Pan Am ever had a SFO-FCO flight at that time, it would have in all likelihood been via SEA, LHR, or maybe JFK. SFO-LHR nonstop was barely possible for the 707-300, but was already being operated regularly at that time. JFK is unlikely b/c the flight would have arrived at JFK at 3 am (Unlikely) In the movie, the script (or at least McQueen's dialogue) gives us the impression that we are clearly dealing with two separate flights (SFO-LHR and SFO-FCO) In other words, something is inconsistent. This particular sequence would have worked perfectly at JFK, especially in view of the fact that several Pan Am 707s are seen lining up for take-off. But somehow I think the San Francisco schedules were adapted for purposes of the script. Additionally, I'm convinced that Pan Am also paid for a promotional consideration. Perhaps Mr. Peter Yates could help us out?