Back on 1991, the world´s greatest airline went away.
For decades PANAM was an example for other airlines,
they flew all over the world. Their route network was so comprehensive that no carrier today could match it.
They flew virtually to every corner of the world.
They broke record after record.
But not everything was so nice, several terrorist attacks, including the famous Lockerbie bombing, this incluiding to its bad management took PA to its ruin.
The incredible pacific division was sold to UA for 750 million dollars, about 57.6 million dollar per city. (NRT,OSA,SEL,PEK,SHA,HKG,TPE,BKK,MNL,SIN,MEL,SYD,Auckland). The Latin American division was also sold to UA as well as the LHR rights.
The awesome European network was sold to DL, from all routes, DL only operates 21 today(MAD,BCN,CDG,NCE,LGW,MAN,SNN,DUB,FRA,MUC,STR,
PA was the first one to fly nonstop to SYD in 747SP, to NRT from JFK, was the launch customer of the 747, was the first one to offer worldwide service, and around the world service.
Such a great airline.
Which carrier today, do you think is PA heir ?
UA has tried to fill PA gap, nice effort but hasn´t make it at all, although their work is terrific, from a National Carrier to a Worldwide one.