Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6173 times:
Pan Am mk.3 went out of business November 1, 2004. Guildford Transportation transferred the Pan Am operations to Boston-Maine Airways under the name Pan Am Clipper Connection and restarted services under that name on February 17, 2005. That operation ceased operations on February 29, 2008. Technically, one could consider the Boston-Maine operation to be Pan Am mk.4.
Pan Am as an airline should really be considered dead and buried, as the owner of the Pan Am name and associated trademarks is still using them, albeit not on an airline. Guildford Transportation Industries renamed themselves Pan Am Systems and since the airline side shut down last year, the Pan Am name lives on as a railroad:
Alitis From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5624 times:
Didn't Pan Am 3 or whatever iteration buy a whole unch of 727's from UA a few years back? I vaguely remember that UA sold them cheap with the stipulation that they cant be used by Pan Am within the continental US. Were they actually ever used by PA?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25111 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5224 times:
Quoting Tharanga (Reply 13): Have any of the Germans here experience with the Internal German service PAA had? How was the brand seen? Was it strange to have a foreign airline operate a hub there?
There wasn't any alternative to a foreign airline if you wanted to fly to West Berlin in those days. Only U.S. British and French carriers were permitted to operate between what was then West Germany and West Berlin. British European Airways (which merged with BOAC to form the current BA in 1974) and AF also operated several routes between points in Germany and West Berlin in those years, but Pan Am had the largest share of the market. As far back as 1963, PA had 40 flights a day from Berlin (THF airport then) to 8 cities in West Germany.
Quoting Tharanga (Reply 13): I wonder if the PA code is sacred - if it'll be reassigned or not.
That's up to IATA which coordinates airline codes. Most codes of defunct carriers are re-assigned after being left dormant for a few years.