EyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 312 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3475 times:
Can anyone tell me how many 720's Pan Am had in their fleet and what routes they operated them on? I flew BOS-BDA-BOS on a Pan Am 720 back in '73 and if I recall correctly they picked up some ex-Lufthansa aircraft. Did they purchase/lease 720's from anyone else?
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3425 times:
To the best of my recollection, Pan Am had a total of 9 720-B's, all of which were delivered directly from Boeing. They were used in both the Caribbean and Latin American routes as well as BOS/BDA/BOS. The JFK/BDA/JFK flight was always operated with a 707 back then as this a/c was scheduled to turn to PA002 that evening JFK/LHR and round the world in a special 32/96 config.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3144 times:
Pan Am operated a total of 9 720Bs at various times from 1963 to 1974. Three ex-American 720-023Bs were leased from Patricia Leasing Corporation, from 1963, then bought from same in 1964. The other six were purchased from Lufthansa. Here's a synopsis of the history of each 720B ever operated by Pan Am:
N780PA 720-023B del. new to AA; leased then owned by PA 1963-74
N781PA same as N780PA
N782PA same as N780PA except withdrawn from use in 1972, then sold in 1974
N783PA 720-030B del. new to LH, PA bought 1964, sold to Avianca 1973
N784PA same as N783PA
N785PA 720-030B del. new to LH, PA bought 1966, sold to Ariana Afghan 1973
N786PA 720-030B del. new to LH, PA bought 1965, sold to Avianca 1972
N787PA 720-030B del. new to LH, PA bought 1966, sold to Alia Royal Jordanian 1972
N788PA 720-030B del. new to LH, PA bought 1965, sold to Alia Royal Jordanian 1972
Unfortunately, Pan Am timetables (like American's) issued during the years they operated 720Bs did not distinguish between 707 and 720 models In fact, during the years Pan Am's fleet included 707s, 720Bs and DC-8-30s the ultra-generic designation "Jet" covered all three in their timetables. Although, suffice it to say, the fan-engined 720B (as operated by Pan Am) was known to have a good "hot and high" performance and was conceived especially for routes too thin traffic-wise to support the larger 707s and DC-8s, so put these two strengths of the 720B together and one can well imagine the routes on which they would have served, even if the timetables leave us guessing. It is also interesting to note that, for a time, the 720B could claim to have the longest range of any commercial aircraft type.