I was talking with my father tonight and he was saying that Lockerbie was the final nail in the PA coffin. Had the terrorist act not happened, what do you think would have been the future for Pan Am? I did not have an answer for him.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Having worked at PA when all of these events happened, I don't think it would have changed the outcome any - I think we would have continued to spiral downward but it would have been a longer, slower and probably more painful death...
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
Actually, the book "Skygods" is an excellent resource. A leaner Pan Am had a slight resurgence in 1988 (and had actually hired pilots for the first time since the late 60s) but the loads took a dive after the explosion. Ultimately, they would have suffered the same fate: you can't have an international operation without a local feed (which Pan Am was woefully lacking).