Pan American World Airways
|Commenced operations||October 1927|
|Ceased operations||December 1991|
|Hubs||New York, Miami, Frankfurt, London/Heathrow, Tokyo/Narita|
|Airport lounge||Clipper Club|
|Fleet size||152 (in 1990)|
|Destinations||all 6 continents|
|Company slogan||Every Country Has An Airline. The World Has Pan Am. |
|Parent company||Pan Am Corporation|
|Headquarters||New York City (until 1980)|
|Key people||Juan Trippe|
History[change | change source]
Pan Am was founded in 1926. Its first flights were from Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba. During the 1920s and 1930s, Pan Am bought several smaller airlines in Central America and South America. These were bought to help Pan Am expand its flights throughout The Americas. Pan Am became the first airline to circumnavigate the world in 1942. By the 1950s, Pan Am had several larger airplanes like the Boeing 377, Douglas DC-6 and the Lockheed Constellation. It went to cities all across the world. In 1959, Pan Am bought its first jet - the Boeing 707. In 1970, Pan Am introduced its first widebody jet - the Boeing 747.
In 1980, Pan Am was combined with National Airlines. This was because Pan Am wanted to fly domestic flights and the government didn't allow it. When Pan Am bought National, it could finally fly domestically. In the 1980s, Pan Am started having many financial problems, having paid too much to buy National Airlines. Pan Am also spent too much money on the new Boeing 747s. The Gulf War of 1990 also caused many problems with Pan Am's transatlantic flights. Pan Am declared bankruptcy in January 1991. Delta Air Lines bought small parts of Pan Am and tried to help it. However, on December 4, 1991 Pan Am stopped flying due to the big financial problems. United Airlines got many of Pan Am's old flights. American Airlines got Pan Am's Miami hub. Pan Am was resurrected twice in 1996 and 1998.
References[change | change source]
- Brady, Tim (2000). The American Aviation Experience: A History. SIU Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-8093-2371-5.
- McCarthy, Kevin M. (2003). Aviation in Florida. Pineapple Press Inc. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-56164-281-6.
- Harris, Don (2011). Pan Am: A History of the Airline that Defined America. BookCaps Study Guides. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-61042-709-8.
Other websites[change | change source]
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