Today's issue of the 'portsmouth Herald has a piece on Pan Am' impending expansion of service. It indirectly confirms our assumption that the new markets will be in the Caribbean and South America:
Passangers flying Pan Am soon will have more planes to ferry them between destinations.
Staff photo by Deb Cram
Pan Am acquiring 727s from United
By Christine Gillette, email@example.com
PORTSMOUTH — Pan American Airways is buying 24 full-size passenger aircraft from United Airlines.
United Services, the airline's support business, will deliver a Boeing 727-200 each week for the next six months, according to a United official, making it one of the largest sales the company has made to another airline.
"Over the past five years, we have sold 43 DC-10-10 aircraft to FedEx Corp.," Martin Lawrence, manager of aircraft sales for UAL Corp., United's parent company, was quoted as saying by Reuters. "But with the sale to Pan Am, we will deliver an aircraft a week for the next six months."
A Pan Am official said Monday the new aircraft will begin arriving at its Pease International Tradeport maintenance facility on Thursday. Once there, some aspects of what is known as "bridging the equipment" — translating information from the previous owner's maintenance program into Pan Am's maintenance system — will take place, said Dan Fortnam, Pan Am's head of marketing.
"That's a time-consuming process," he said.
Fortnam wasn't sure how many jobs the new aircraft might translate into either at Pan Am's maintenance operation at Pease or in the airline's flight-related operations. The airline currently employs about 600 people, the majority of whom are based at the tradeport, where Pan Am operates its maintenance division, corporate headquarters and fixed-base operator business, Pan Am Services.
"Certainly, it's going to mean growth for us. Where and when that growth takes place, we're kind of keeping that close to the (vest) at the moment," Fortnam said.
"We have not said a whole lot about this because it doesn't make business sense to tell our competition exactly what, where and when," he said. "It would give them an advantage."
In addition to the aircraft, Pan Am will buy three 727 training simulators and a cockpit-procedures trainer from United.
Neither side would release how much Pan Am is paying for the aircraft and other equipment.
Fortnam did confirm the aircraft will be used for passenger service but would not say whether it would be for charters or scheduled flights.
"I think the concentration is going to be where Pan Am, the name, has the most impact, in the Caribbean, Latin America, Central and South America," he said.
It appears unlikely all 24 aircraft will ultimately be based at Pease.
"They'll be based in many places," Fortnam said.
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