TOMASKEMPNER From Mexico, joined May 2001, 389 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 933 times:
Back on 1991, the world´s greatest airline went away.
For decades PANAM was an example for other airlines,
they flew all over the world. Their route network was so comprehensive that no carrier today could match it.
They flew virtually to every corner of the world.
They broke record after record.
But not everything was so nice, several terrorist attacks, including the famous Lockerbie bombing, this incluiding to its bad management took PA to its ruin.
The incredible pacific division was sold to UA for 750 million dollars, about 57.6 million dollar per city. (NRT,OSA,SEL,PEK,SHA,HKG,TPE,BKK,MNL,SIN,MEL,SYD,Auckland). The Latin American division was also sold to UA as well as the LHR rights.
The awesome European network was sold to DL, from all routes, DL only operates 21 today(MAD,BCN,CDG,NCE,LGW,MAN,SNN,DUB,FRA,MUC,STR,
PA was the first one to fly nonstop to SYD in 747SP, to NRT from JFK, was the launch customer of the 747, was the first one to offer worldwide service, and around the world service.
Such a great airline.
Which carrier today, do you think is PA heir ?
UA has tried to fill PA gap, nice effort but hasn´t make it at all, although their work is terrific, from a National Carrier to a Worldwide one.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 817 times:
What is there to miss? A miss-manahed airline? An airline with a history of poor cockpoi resource management? A once-great name that had long since fallen into disrepair?
Pan American World Airways struggled for the last 20 years of its life. For some time before that things weren't all peachy either. It may have once been the world's greatest, but that was over before Trippe left the office. It is a shame that PanAm was allowed to fall into the state of disrepair it did.
As Greg says, read Skygods - The Fall of Pan Am by Robert Gandt (ISBN 0-688-04615-0). I read it last week, it was really interesting.
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