Pan Am is preparing its sixth reincarnation, this time introducing “luxury” passenger service onboard the Boeing 747.
Pan Am Returns…With 747 Service?
Enter, Gene “D.G.” Tatum, the President of the latest incarnation. He’s hoping to be based in Ecuador…or Colombia…or Costa Rica…or somewhere.
“We are hoping to enter a joint venture agreement with the Ecuadorian Government for their recently closed, state owned TAME Airlines; however negotiations seem to have stalled as the officials from TAME wish to sell off the assets rather than try and salvage the Airline. Both Colombia and Costa Rica have expressed interest in housing Pan Am.”
At least for now, he’s opened an office in Miami while he hunts for the company’s permanent headquarters:
“We are looking for a corporate center in the South American marketplace. The new headquarters will directly employ a staff of 1200.”
The plan is to use 747 Combi aircraft (Sam Chui made a great video on KLM’s recently-retired 747 Combi if you want more info).
In a blog post on the topic, Tatum’s writing style can only be properly called dramatic.
“In this turbulent global economy – with this global pandemic – sometimes the best path forward is looking backward. Pan Am clearly had people’s attention at one point, and there’s potentially less legwork needed to resurrect a safe well known brand than starting from scratch, attempting to grab mind and heart-share among the harried masses.”
With elements of a political rally or religious tent meeting:
“But how do you do it? There was a reason that Pan Am went away. Is its past glory irretrievable, and a waste of time and energy to attempt a resurrection?
“We say NO!”
And a promise for the best and safest…and oh so altruistic…service in the world.
“At Pan Am Global we feel the past is a lesson with which must not be ignored. For that reason we are returning the operations of Pan Am to historical greatness offering a healthier upscale service to all of our customers. No longer will you be packed as sardines in a metal cylinder flying six miles above earth at 500 plus miles per hour.
“With foresight and technology, risk factors on a Pan Am flight are at a minimal. You will enjoy the spaciousness, service, and comfort of times past offering a well improved healthy and enjoyable environment.
“You, your friends, and your family can rest assured that Pan Am has your best interest in mind.”
I love it. His “luxury business class seat” is a picture he swiped from British Airways of its 787-9 first class. We’ve always said British Airways’ first class is world’s best business class…
If I would have told you that Eastern Airlines and Pan Am are vying for dominance in Latin America, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking I was in the wrong decade. I don’t see this latest incarnation taking off anytime soon, but Tatum has taken out a page from Baltia’s playbook. Well done.