The operation was from the B part of Terminal one, including the check-in area. The Internal German fleet was stationed in Berlin, first at THF
and later at TXL
. That gave PanAm even more freedom since, before the reunification of Germany, the US and allies were the sovereign powers in Berlin. Hence, actually Berlin was the European hub and PA had flights from there to HAM
, the other destinations served by BE
/AF. They also had flights to ZRH
, another PA hub in Europe which had also direct flights to HAM
From the FRA
hub the flights went to LHR
(at least twice daily 727s connecting with 747 under the same flight (including the tragic 101), JFK
,BOM, and that list is not complete. I am not sure if LAX
had non-stop flights or just through flights.
By any standards, the PanAm operation in Germany at the time was huge and LH
took a while to overtake them. They had many German employess and a good number ofn Americans stayed here after retirement. The 727s had Germany names like "Clipper Flotte Motte" or "Clipper Langer Lulatsch" which are typical Berlin lingo.
Planes operated, well, I have seen the DC6's until the late 60s, after that they had 727-190, 727-200, 737-100 and A300 / A310 on the European network. Intercont services saw the Dc8, 707 and 747-100/200s as well as the SP
Well, sweet nostalgia. I loved PanAm as an airline I flew many times and did business with as a freight forwarder. These times are gone and they don't come back, the business is different today, much different.