Re: PanAm Kids
Posted by Steve on 2/1/2012, 1:15 am, in reply to "Re: PanAm Kids"
Truly great memories. My father flew for PAA and we were stationed in Berlin (70-72) - I just had the opportunity to fly into Tegel last week. I was 5-7 when we lived their, but remember the airport this many years later - seems much smaller now. And no, the level of service on my recent flight was no where close to what PAA was known for. |
Many flights around the world, put on a tie and a sport coat, wait listed A1 (I think is was the code) and off to great places, with the safety, security and customer focus of Pan Am behind us.
: So true! I was flying around the world in
: accompanied at 12 and I always knew I would
: be fine. Pan am was family and we did have
: to dress up to travel.
: I remember arriving in Seattle from London.
: I had to clear customs and check in again
: for a flight to San Francisco where my aunt
: was waiting for me. Flying sublo was always
: risky, but often I'd get a seat in first
: class. Dressing up made
: All the difference. Ah the good old days!
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: Remember flying sublo with your parents?
: Living overseas on the economy? I'm sure we
: all have great stories to share.
: I remember flying on 707s when cargo was
: still loaded onto the plan if it wasn't
: full. My brother and I would make a bed
: between the seats and the cargo boxes and
: sleep. Sometimes there were cargo flights
: with a few seats for crew and families,
: those were the best flights, we owned the
: whole plane!
: Tell me your story!
: During the late-60s & early-to-mid 70s,
: my mother worked for PanAm in Res. and then
: in the Sales Office in Seattle. I remember
: vividly all the trips every spring break
: & summer vacation to Hawaii &
: Europe. I was very young then, so really I
: took them for granted, but now as an adult
: in my 40s, I look back on them and really
: appreciate how truly amazing those trips
: were, and how exciting flying USE to be.
: When I talk about those days, I'm always
: surprised by the reactions of people when I
: describe how truly fabulous & truly
: glamorous flying was in those days; it's
: something people who've only been flying for
: the past 20 or so years can't even fathom,
: which is really sad.