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Pan Am

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Pan Am Trailer - Pan Am

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What If Pan Am Was Still Operating Today?

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Pan Am shut down on this day in 1991 | Eyewitness News Vault

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Legend Vault - Pan Am

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Pan Am Training Video: "This is MY Jump Seat" (circa mid-1980s)

Pan American World Airways, originally founded as Pan American Airways and commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier and unofficial overseas flag carrier of the United States for much of the 20th century. It was the first airline to fly worldwide and pioneered numerous innovations of the modern airline industry, such as jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems. Until its dissolution in 1991, Pan Am "epitomized the luxury and glamour of intercontinental travel", and it remains a cultural icon of the 20th century, identified by its blue globe logo, the use of the word "Clipper" in its aircraft names and call signs, and the white uniform caps of its pilots.
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  • Formation 

  • Clipper era 

  • Post-war expansion and modernization 

  • Jet age 

  • Widebody era 

  • Supersonic plans 

  • Computerized reservations, Pan Am Building and Worldport 

  • Peak 

  • Internal German Services (IGS) and other operations 

  • Fallout from 1973 oil crisis 

  • Attempts to build a US domestic network 

  • National Airlines takeover 

  • Disposal of non-core assets and operational cutbacks 

  • Fleet restructuring 

  • Sale of Pacific division 

  • Establishment of local feeder networks 

  • US East coast shuttle 

  • Financial, operational and reputational setbacks 

  • Failed bid for Northwest Airlines 

  • Fallout from 1990–91 Persian Gulf War 

  • Bankruptcy 

  • Airlines 

  • Railways 

  • Record-setting flights 

  • Corporate affairs 

  • In popular culture 

  • Flight crews 

  • Acquisitions and divestments