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PAN Am The Pioneer's Will Restart Or Not?  
User currently offlineClippern7471sp From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

As a former pan am frequent flyer who flew many american routes on our favorite clippers now past and gone would any one out there or business person consider restarting pana am and bring her out of the moth balls again. It can be done to see the former queen of the skies and the pioneers of aviation who broke records flying around the world and became the first airline to bring the jet age error into the future with 707 jets 747-121 jumbo jets and the first airline to order the baby jumbo jet known as the 747sp speacail preformance jet. we dearly miss her and would like to see pan am re appear in her former decals and flying newer 747 aircraft around the world. what do you all think. Can it be done or not?

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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6220 times:

Quoting Clippern7471sp (Thread starter):
we dearly miss her



Quoting Clippern7471sp (Thread starter):
Can it be done or not?

What a fantasy. Pan Am's routes, equipment and personnel, all of which "make" a company, were chopped up and sold off to other airlines. All three components were integrated into the operations and cultures of other airlines.

Part of what killed Pan Am (I was there; I was part of the Delta acquisition of the North Atlantic Division) was the inability of the culture to change. Pan Am was VERY old-school at a time when revolutionary ideas about our business were being implemented all around us.

The same people could never recreate a profitable company. And without those people, you would never have the same company.

I have worked for Eastern Air Lines, Pan Am and Delta. Delta is a nice place to work even with all of the financial chaos going on. Eastern was a fun place to work. Pan Am was a chaotic mess of a place to work and had been for decades.

I would guess that what you "miss" so much is the glitz and glamour of the past. That, i'm afraid, is gone forever.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineKSUpilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

There have been attempts at a Pan Am rebirth:

(from Wikipedia.org)

"Pan Am II
A new investment group including Charles Cobb, the former Ambassador to Iceland, purchased the rights to the Pan American brand after the original carrier declared bankruptcy. In September 1996, Pan Am II was started with an Airbus A300 named the Clipper Fair Wind. The goal was to provide low-cost, long-distance travel to major U.S. and Caribbean cities. The new airline was led by the last Vice Chairman and Chief Operations Officer of Pan Am, Marty Shugrue, who also helped in the creation of the WorldPass frequent flyer program and who served as President of American Airlines and later trustee of the Eastern Air Lines estate.
In September 1997, Pan Am Corporation, the airline operation's holding company, bought Carnival Airlines. However, the rapid expansion and economic troubles of the two companies were too much for the new Pan Am—it only survived for two years before declaring bankruptcy. Before Pan Am and Carnival could fully merge, the holding company and its two independently operated airlines, Pan Am and Carnival, filed bankruptcy and ceased scheduled flight operations in February 1998. The operating certificate used for the first reincarnated Pan Am was abandoned in favor of the acquired Carnival's operating certificate. Pan Am, now operating with the Carnival certificate, quickly resumed limited charter operations while new owner Guilford Transportation Industries acquired certain assets of the bankrupt companies after court approval. The new company emerged from bankruptcy in June 1998.

Pan Am III
In June 1998, the Pan Am brand was sold to Guilford Transportation Industries, a railroad company headed by Tim Mellon of the Pittsburgh banking family. Guilford launched Pan American Airways with a fleet of seven Boeing 727s. The third incarnation resumed scheduled operations in October 1999 and flew to nine cities in New England, Florida, the Canadian Maritimes and Puerto Rico. The focus was on secondary airports such as Orlando Sanford International Airport instead of Orlando International Airport, and Pease International Airport and Worcester Regional Airport instead of the crowded Logan International Airport in the Boston area. Pan Am later had cooperative service arrangements with Boston-Maine Airways, a subsidiary incorporated by the airline in March 1999. Guilford ceased operating Pan Am on November 1, 2004. Operations were transferred to Boston-Maine Airways, which resumed 727 service under the "Pan Am Clipper Connection" brand from February 17, 2005."


User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6173 times:

Go ahead and search, you can fly Pan Am today

www.flypanam.com

basically what you are paying for is to fly on a 727 with the Pan Am logo. I think they are currently serving Atlanta, Tunica, Sanford and Puerto Rico.

we all know they have a terrible track record of going into and out of airports


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6144 times:

Aside from the hilarious spelling errors (not to be overly pedantic), it is an impossible dream. An immediate launch of a large, American, 747-based airline is next to impossible. Only two large American carriers even operate the 747, and both of them have financial difficulties and rapidly aging 747 fleets in dire need of in-cabin overhauls. It would pretty much take the Bill Gates-level capital and even after startup, how could a business model based on essentially an all-first class glamorous experience ever succeed in today's market (it couldn't succeed in even the 1980's market)....

User currently offlineCXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

Nothing is impossible, but this is improbable.

Someone, or organization, would need to have a lot a cash to literally burn to return Pan Am to the skies. Routes and aircraft have to be obtained as well as ground facilities at airports, not to mention maintenance, reservations, so on and so on.
Delta seems to be filling the Pan Am void has it expands to more and more international destinations.

Would it be great to see Pan Am as an international carrier from the US again, Sure! We all can dream.  cloudnine 



What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
User currently offlineKSUpilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6109 times:

Just on that site right now, all it is Boston-Maine airways painted up like Pan Am.

You can find images on here if you look under Pan Am in 2005 and 2006.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9238 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6098 times:

Quoting Afay1 (Reply 4):
how could a business model based on essentially an all-first class glamorous experience ever succeed in today's market

I guess if it were to survive beyond 1991, the bastard terrorist attacks would have put the end to PanAm... That... and the increase in fuel prices...



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User currently offlineSparkingWave From South Korea, joined Jun 2005, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

All it would take would be for someone to buy United Airlines and the Pan Am trademark and slap that blue meatball over the UA "U" on the tail.

SparkingWave ~~~



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User currently offlineAAL0616 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

Interesting comment Sparkling Wave. Although Delta acquired Kennedy, Atlantic authorities and the shuttle, I've always considered United the successor carrier to Pan Am, for many reasons. First, the dedicated and classy people of the Pacific Division, its very considerable assets and history, for $750 million, an unbelievable bargain; the marquee flagship authority to London Heathrow, and, last but not least, the Latin American Division based in Miami, at auction, which Delta (unwisely) did not take along with New York. With all its financial problems, associated with the cyclical rise and fall of North Atlantic revenues, the local union stuff, the (shh!) "mob" and others in New York raking money off the company (a.k.a, outright theft) and unwise, come and go Acker domestic route whims a la Braniff following deregulation, thrashing the National folks and culture, etc. etc., the "real deal" is:

The Pacific and Latin America always made money and were the soul of the company. Acker sold San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Tokyo; cut off Pan Am's arms and legs, and all of it eventually saved United, actually; later, Miami, which for Pan Am (less National but also National solo) always made money on its own (given high Latin yields), was ironically ignored by Delta when they could have had a deal for it (blinked when challenged by American grabbing Eastern's carcass?), but then was smartly grabbed by United but then abandoned due mostly to the bankruptcy in retrospect. So many threads of history.

All perhaps inevitable. Rather than wish Pan Am back, which is certainly beyond belief unless, yes, United, the route-map successor, changes its name and restores many services, I imagine the sale of New York; possibly Acker's idea of building up Dulles to escape the Kennedy black hole (which he tried to start doing half-heartedly before being let go, and Steve Wolf then did), but most importantly, what about the fantasy of:

Pan Am kept the Pacific and Latin America and sold the Atlantic except London?

I know. Fantasy. Almost like calling the current little 727-thing Pan Am.

Tragic.


User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1343 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Quoting Clippern7471sp (Thread starter):
s a former pan am frequent flyer who flew many american routes on our favorite clippers now past and gone would any one out there or business person consider restarting pana am and bring her out of the moth balls again. It can be done to see the former queen of the skies and the pioneers of aviation who broke records flying around the world and became the first airline to bring the jet age error into the future with 707 jets 747-121 jumbo jets and the first airline to order the baby jumbo jet known as the 747sp speacail preformance jet. we dearly miss her and would like to see pan am re appear in her former decals and flying newer 747 aircraft around the world. what do you all think. Can it be done or not?

As already mentioned, Pan Am is still around even though it's not the original, and is far from it.



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5985 times:

Quoting AAL0616 (Reply 9):
Acker

He killed Pan Am. He left a trail of bankrupt carriers...Braniff, BWIA, Pan Am and FlyI.

He should have been banned from the business like Lorenzo.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineNewkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5975 times:

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 10):
Pan Am is still around even though it's not the original, and is far from it.

Apparently not too far from it... Still flying the 727!  Smile


User currently offlineAwysBSB From Brazil, joined Sep 2005, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5749 times:

A great move I see for Pan Am is become focused in Y class service and follow a similar strategy Legend Airlines used to follow with its 56-seat jets.

User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5603 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 11):
He killed Pan Am. He left a trail of bankrupt carriers...Braniff, BWIA, Pan Am and FlyI.

Acker was one of them (head guy) the whole u. mgt team was lousy, hell they sold everything which made money and kept the crap............

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 11):
He should have been banned from the business like Lorenzo.

Agree 100% and I wish they could be held personal accountable for their action......... and put these guys in jail................

Bringing back PA to somewhat what they were would require tremendous amount of money....... and I am sure the 380, T7, 787 & 350 would look awesome in the PA colors............

Cheers,


User currently offlineMalpensaSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

Sorry, but how can anything call itself Pan Am? This business of buying and selling names only cheapens the legacy of what once was. For many of us Pan Am was the 747, Pan Am was JFK, Pan Am was LHR, Pan Am was San Francisco, Pan Am was elegance.. The same as for many of us.. TWA was the 747, TWA was the L1011, TWA was JFK, TWA was STL, TWA was Rome, TWA was a recognized leader.. Now we all are hear talking about a name that someone purchased to use on a lowly airline that flys cheap gamblers from A to B, and overall only tarnishes what we once loved about a great and wonderful airline.

As far as Pan Am goes, there is a number of ex Pan Am In-Flight Management and Crew Members working for EOS(Hector Adler of note), Delta, and United Airlines.


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4137 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Quoting SparkingWave (Reply 8):
All it would take would be for someone to buy United Airlines and the Pan Am trademark and slap that blue meatball over the UA "U" on the tail.

That's not far from what Pan Am III did. They purchased several United 727-200s and flew them up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and repainted the 'U's' with blue meatballs.

As a New Hampshire resident, I am tremendously embarrassed that this current incarnation of Pan Am has anything to do with New Hampshire. But Guilford Transportation is--in my opinion, so as not to run the risk of defamation--the sleaziest outfit going. That, of course, is a function of the people. But they purchased the Pan Am logo and some other assets and ran roughshod all over it, leaving unpaid bills and angry airport operators in their wake. Now you know why Pan Am III barely stays long enough at any one airport, and why they fly to no-name airports in the first place. A charade, an embarrassment, a folly, a crime that Guilford has anything to do with Pan Am. They can't even run their railroad operations well, never mind an airline.

Chris in NH


User currently offlineAAL0616 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5553 times:

Chris NH is absolutely right about the current Pan Am III owners, or how they are viewed by virtually everyone in the original Pan Am community and anyone who has come in contact with them or worked with them.

It is very sad and strange, and given the issues surrounding them, it would not be surprising to see legal actions regarding several serious possible charges become public in the near future.

Personally, seeing the Pan Am logo on railroad rolling stock is particularly galling, let alone the sleazy operating certificate shenanigans.


User currently offlineGeorgiabill From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5505 times:
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Ditto AAL0616. It's sad to see freight cars with Pan Am's logo on them. Yesterday I saw one passing through Durham N.H. northbound. All I can say the owners of this once proud name and logo have certainly tarnished the image.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

Ask yourselves this:

How many of you would like to see Pan Am return so thatr you can support and experience all the glamor and prestige of a lost age?

And how many of you simply want to take pictures of a Pan Am 777?

Think about it.


User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

Might as well wish for the return of black & white television....

PanAm is dead. NOTHING will bring it back.



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User currently offlineAwysBSB From Brazil, joined Sep 2005, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5414 times:

I do not understand why anyone miss United, American and Delta that existed during 70`s.
Why Pan Am and TWA have to be the missed ones?
It seems Pan Am and TWA are fated to be images of the past.
I think we should start to imagine how would be those two airlines, if they had not ceased operations and have been progressing in the same way of British, United or JAL.


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4137 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5394 times:

Quoting AAL0616 (Reply 17):
Personally, seeing the Pan Am logo on railroad rolling stock is particularly galling, let alone the sleazy operating certificate shenanigans.

VERY true! An excellent point. Indeed, 'rolling stock' should be changed to 'laughing stock.'

Chris in NH


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5323 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 11):
He killed Pan Am. He left a trail of bankrupt carriers...Braniff, BWIA, Pan Am and FlyI.

Pan Am was rapidly sliding towards failure ever since Juan Trippe bought the 747's. PA ddt need THAT manyof them (I believe 25 was the original order?). That put PA in a HUGE financial black hole. Najeeb Halaby, Ed Acker and everone else running PA was so mesmerized by the history and grandeur of what WAS, that they couldnt see ahead. Much like Braniff, and other airlines.

Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 15):
The same as for many of us.. TWA was the 747, TWA was the L1011, TWA was JFK, TWA was STL, TWA was Rome, TWA was a recognized leader..

TWA was ATH as well...and in my mind...SLC...read back to their early history and find out what i mean.  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 15):
TWA was the 747, TWA was the L1011, TWA was JFK, TWA was STL, TWA was Rome, TWA was a recognized leader..

Where do you come up with this stuff?


TWA was ALWAYS #2 to Pan Am. TWA had several "firsts" in its corporate history. But nothing like Pan Am. Pan Am created the industry.

TWA "was the 747"? Hardly. TWA "was the L1011?" What???? TWA "was St Louis"? Big deal, so was Ozark.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
25 Pulkovokiwi : Juan's baby had its day in the sun and now its dead-move on.
26 WesternA318 : It, along with Eastern launched the L-1011. and we ended up buying Ozark, whats your point?
27 QF108 : Just out of curiosity does this Pan Am use the callsign 'Clipper' ?
28 Post contains images MalpensaSFO : To many people their first trip on a 747 was TWA... To many people TWA was better than Pan Am... So the jist of what you are saying is that TWA was??
29 N231YE : Correct...From what I was told by an economics teacher while I was in High School, Pan Am mainly died after deregulation. Unlike the other legacy car
30 Aviateur : This is maybe the most bizarre thread I've ever encountered on this site. Can Pan Am be revived? That's like asking if the Brontosaurus can (or should
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