Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2979 times:
United took over the Pacific route on 2/6/1986. Some 747SP's went to HKG and SYD as Pan AM and came back United. UA got 11 PA 747SP and 6 L-1011-500 airplanes. Then Kernobel came and PA finances those looses with teh UA money, literaly up in smoke.
Foxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 746 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2733 times:
Very cool, thanks for the responses... I was a Pan Am Kid, my Mom was with PA at JFK till she took a retirement package in 83, I remember seeing Sydney on the timetable and then all of a sudden both SYD and my Beloved L1011s were gone!
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2225 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
In relation to that question, was the PA service via either Samoa or Fiji flown with 747s. I can't remember if all four times I took them whether it was 707 or not. I'm sure at least one RT was.
Holding a glass of champagne so the sunrise would reflect through it and a breakfast of blueberries and quiche was just amazing back then. And that was in coach.
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25106 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
Quoting M404 (Reply 5): was the PA service via either Samoa or Fiji flown with 747s. I can't remember if all four times I took them whether it was 707 or not.
I think NAN was using the 747 when PA dropped it sometime between 1980 and 1985 (it's on their 1980 route map but not on their 1985 route map). Not sure about PPG but I doubt they regularly used the 747 there. They dropped PPG sometime between 1974 and 1979. They also dropped PPT sometime between 1973 and 1979.
They had a fatal crash at PPT in July 1973 and another at PPG in January 1974, both involving 707s. That wasn't the best period for PA's safety record with 5 707's lost in 9 months between July 1973 and April 74 with a total of 315 fatalities.
They started Nadi in 1971 if i recall correctly. They also flew on to Melbourne. I remember going to Fiji from melbourne and my Mother said that the 747 was too big to be flying so we went on a BOAC VC10
Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
Aeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
the 747sp flight originated in SFO, it stopped in LAX.
SFO/LAX/SYD/MEL. It left SFO in the early evening. 7 or 8 ish pm..
I dont believe PA had their PPT, PPG & NAN flights past 1979 or so. I first went to Tahiti in 1981 and flew UTA from LAX. I would have chosen PA if it were an option. One ption in 1980/81 to PPG was South Pacific Airlines from Honolulu, I think at that time PA had left PPG.
ERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2149 times:
On the 2nd of June 1986 I flew SYD-LAX on a Pan-Am ticket but the flight was operated by United. We were told that it was the first service to and from Sydney by United. At the Time I wasn't really interested because I missed the 747SP Again!
Question for you, if you flew Pan Am a lot when a kid, did they give you a small "suitcase" with games for kids inside? (crossword puzzle, etc.)
I flew with them in 82 and they gave them to me and my brothers, but eventually got thrown away. I would love to buy one (I am a Pan Am fan) but can't remember what they are called... any info on them would be greatly appreciated.