Pan American World Airways

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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 flag carrier of the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. It was founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba. The airline is credited for many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems. It was also a founding member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global airline industry association.

Identified by its blue globe logo ("The Blue Meatball"), the use of the word "Clipper" in its aircraft names and call signs, and the white uniform caps of its pilots, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century. In an era dominated by flag carriers that were wholly or majority government-owned, it was also the unofficial overseas flag carrier of the United States. During most of the jet era, Pan Am's flagship terminal was the Worldport located at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.


Founded: March 14, 1927 (as Pan American Airways [PAA])

Commenced operations: October 19, 1927

Ceased operations: December 4, 1991


  • Frankfurt Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City)
  • Heathrow Airport (London)
  • Miami International Airport
  • Haneda Airport (before 1978) (Tokyo)
  • Narita International Airport (1978–1985) (Tokyo)


  • Sahsa (40%) (1945-1970)
  • Pan Am Express (1987–1991)
  • Panagra (50%) (1928-1967)

Fleet size: 226

Destinations: 86 countries on all six major continents at its peak in 1968


  • New York City
  • Miami, Florida

My Pan Am models:

Boeing 747-100, 1:200
De Havilland Canada DHC-7, 1:200