The idea for this topic was inspired by another topic concerning the U.S. major airlines in 1985, after which RC, WA, OZ, FL, PE, NY, UR, PI, OC and PS were gone within 3 years. In one of the replies, the question of where Pan Am stood in 1985 was raised.
Since PA is a subject that is at or very near the top of my interests in airline history, I set out to answer that question and found it to be a most interesting study that seemed to be a topic in its own right, especially since I have noticed that many who contribute to this forum share my interest in the historic, legendary PA.
Based on information contained in the June 1, 1985 Pan Am timetable from my collection, "Pan Am, An Airline and Its Aircraft" by R.E.G. Davies, and my Jet Airliner Production list, here is what was found.
Pan Am fleet on June 1, 1985: 12xA300B4-200; 4xA310-200; 6xL-1011-500; 13x737-200; 39x727-200; 34x747-100; 7x747-200B; 11x747SP; 8x747-100F/-200F.
Fleet Notes: The last of PA's 727-100s had been sold in 1984. All 16 of the DC-10s that were inherited from NA were gone by April, 1985; 11 DC-10-10s and 4 DC-10-30s were sold to AA in 1983-84 and one -30 to UA in 4/85. The A300B4-200s and A310-200s were being added during the same time the D10s were leaving PA's fleet. Six of the original fleet of 12 L-1011-500s were sold by 3/85, 3 to DL and 3 to the RAF. In 2/86, PA took delivery of 3 more A310-200s and from 1987-88 and in 1990, a total of 14 A310-300s. Twelve second-hand 727-200s were acquired from PE (8) and LH (4) in 1986 for use primarily on the BOS-LGA/LGA-DCA Shuttle which PA took over in the same year.
Pan Am's June 1, 1985 timetable lists 322 flights opb PA to 21 U.S. and 67 international points, plus 82 Pan Am Express flights opb Empire, Republic and Air Atlanta connecting a total of 33 U.S. cities to PA flights at JFK, DTW and MIA. Service to GRU was provided on behalf of PA by TransBrasil from GIG.
The multi-dimensional, yet apparently well-integrated worldwide route network of PA covered six continents and centered around hubs at JFK, MIA, LHR, FRA and NRT plus gateways to Asia and Australia at LAX and SFO. The Internal German Service (IGS) serving West Berlin's TXL was largely a stand-alone specialized niche operation for PA.
From JFK, flights were offered to the following destinations (n/s = non-stop):
Caribbean: n/s to BGI, BDA, NAS, PTP, SXM and STT, with 1-stop same plane services to FDF, STX, SKB.
South America: n/s to CCS and GIG, with same plane service to EZE, MVD.
Europe: n/s to LHR 3x daily, FRA 2x daily, CDG 2x daily, HAM, MUC, NCE, FCO, ZRH plus twice weekly one-stop direct service to VIE via FRA. Additional cities in Europe were served via PA connecting services from several of the cities served non-stop, as noted under FRA and LHR services.
Middle and Near East: n/s to DHA. Same plane services with stops served DXB, KHI, BOM, DEL via FRA on various days of the week.
Asia: n/s to NRT 11x weekly, with daily service continuing on to HKG.
Africa: Twice weekly service from JFK was routed DKR-MLW-LOS-NBO
U.S. cities served n/s or direct: BOS, ORD, CVG, CLE, DFW, DTW, HNL, HOU, IND, MCI, LAX, MCO, PHL, PIT, RDU, STL, SAT, SFO, TPA, DCA, IAD. Pan Am Express, opb: Air Atlanta MEM, ATL; Republic MSP; Empire ALB, BGM, BUF, BTV, ELM, BDL, ITH, ROC, SYR, UCA.
Caribbean/Mexico/Central & South America: n/s to ANU, BGI, FPO, PAP, STT, MEX, GUA, MAR, CCS, GIG, EZE. Same plane, one-stop service to SXM, SDQ, POS, SCL.
Europe: n/s to LHR
U.S.: n/s or direct to CLT, DFW, IAH, LAX, MCO, JFK, LGA, TPA, IAD, DCA. Pan Express opb Air Atlanta to ATL, MEM.
U.S.: n/s to JFK 3x daily, LAX, MIA, SFO, IAD, DTW 5x/wk, SEA 5x/wk.
Europe: n/s to AMS, BRU, NUE (no local traffic) and TXL, FRA, MUC.
FRA Hub Services:
U.S.: n/s to JFK 2x daily, LAX, IAD
Connecting services to Europe, Middle & Near East: n/s to ATH, LHR, WAW, ZAG, DHA, DXB, KHI with same plane service to BEG, DBV, BOM, DEL.
Other intra-Eurpean connections opb PA 72S or 73S: MUC-DBV; MUC-BUD-OTP; HAM-AMS; HAM-VIE; ZRH-STR; ZRH-GVA-IST; ZRH-TXL.
Internal German Services: n/s TXL to FRA, HAM, MUC, NUE, STR.
NRT Hub Services:
U.S.: n/s to JFK 11x/wk, HNL, LAX, SFO
Asia: n/s to OSA, SEL, PEK, SHA, MNL, TPE, HKG. One-stop direct to BKK, SIN.
Australia/New Zealand Services: SFO-LAX-SYD-MEL 3x/wk; JFK-LAX-HNL-AKL-SYD 3x/wk; JFK-LAX-HNL-SYD-MEL 1x/wk.
Other n/s routes from non-hub cities: IAD-CDG 3x/wk; TPA-MEX; IAD-MEX; SFO-HKG.
Pan Am Express flights opb Republic to/from DTW, all n/s: ATL, ORD, CVG, CLE, DFW, FWA, GRR, GRB, IAH, IND, AZO, MCI, MSN, MEM, MKE, BNA, PHX, MBS, STL, SAN, SEA and SBN.
Soon after Pan Am's June 1, 1985 timetable, the Pacific network would be taken over by UA, followed by the LHR routes in May, 1991, followed by DL replacing PA on the remaining Trans-Atlantic routes about six months later at about the same time that Pan Am could "hang in there" no longer. While Pan Am has been gone for nearly a decade, it is not forgotten!
Please add any facts or thoughts or memories you wish to concerning Pan Am.