Pan Am's Future

Thu Aug 31, 2000 10:55 pm

Does anyone think that Pan Am will became the king of the world airliners again? Because it's kind of sad to see that Pan Am ceased operations in '91 and right now, with only few domestic routes.
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RE: Pan Am's Future

Thu Aug 31, 2000 11:43 pm

No, unless the current Pan Am dies out and someone purchases the name and logo to start a Pan Am IV. At this time, that does not look like a very likely outcome.
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RE: Pan Am's Future

Fri Sep 01, 2000 11:51 am

I won't hold my breath for it, but the current version seems to have a reasonable enuogh structure in place. That is to say, everything I've heard has been positive, and that they're doing well enough. I certainly hope they can increase in size and find their niche. Maybe someday they'll start competing with the big boy, but it won't be for a long, long time.
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RE: Pan Am's Future

Sat Sep 02, 2000 12:33 am

"Competing with the big boy?"

Is Pan Am going into the fast food business?

Lame joke. Sorry.
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RE: Pan Am's Future

Sat Sep 02, 2000 12:54 am

I don't know whether or not the new Pan Am will ever develop to the same level as its predecessor. While deregulation has been great by truly opening up air travel to the masses, it sure would be nice to return to some of the civility that airlines like Pan Am and TWA represented in the post WWII era. Airlines like Pan Am that were so heavily dependent upon government regulation, subsidies and route allocations found themselves ill suited for the post deregulation environment. To be sure, that civility from the post WWII era was bought for a price. Air travel was within the reach of very few compared to the present, but it sure was an event.

In my mind, Pan Am will always represent that bygone time when you got dressed up in your Sunday best to fly. A time when you got served a real meal while aloft. When you were actually attended to by a "stewardess". Commercial air travel has become a process more than an event and I suppose that was the inevitable outcome of deregulation.

While I wish the newest evolution to bear the "Blue Meatball" logo all the best, I doubt they'll ever be the driving force within the industry that the original Pan Am was.

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RE: Pan Am's Future

Sat Sep 02, 2000 1:39 am

LOL! good one LHMark... I guess I forgot to add an "s" on there.   Thanks for the chuckle!
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RE: Pan Am's Future

Sat Sep 02, 2000 4:15 am

I think that the best bet for Pan Am III is to create a niche market for itself, serving secondary airports. This strategy seems to be working pretty well, so they might expand slowly along this line. But I don't think they'll ever get to the size of the orginal Pan Am.
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RE: Pan Am's Future

Sat Sep 02, 2000 6:00 am

I think that this PAN AM will go international like a few places in Canada, The Carribean and maybe Cancun Mexico as a seasonal vacation spot but with the airline flying 727s and management deciding on either 717s, A320s or 737s to replace the 727s in a few years (too expensive to maintain and not so fuel efficient) as I had talked to a PAN AM employee over the phone yesterday. I think thats as international as they're going to get. PAN AM 3 will take along time to become like PA 1 at the rate they're going. PA 2 definatly had a chance given they were in the top 10 largest airlines in the US until they blew it by merging with that screwed up carrier Carnival and that Martin Shugrue was replaced by that punk ass ceo from Carinival who flew PA 2 into the ground by pissing off too many people especially the Miami Heat Basketball team and management by not delivering they're promise.

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