Pan American World Airways

Early Jetliners to Florida

Pan American World Airways Until its closure in 1991, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was the principal international air carrier of the United States. It was the first U.S. airline to establish jet service, which it did in 1958 flying the Boeing-707-121 "Clipper America" from New York (Idlewild) to Paris (Le Bourget). It was one of many firsts for the "World's Most Experienced Airline".

Pan American World Airways Meanwhile, Pan American World Airways was operating its route network from Florida to the Caribbean and Latin America with the latest Douglas DC-6 and DC-7 propeller aircraft. Jet service was introduced to Florida in 1960 with a daily Boeing 707 flight from Pan Am's Miami base to San Juan, Puerto Rico. By 1963 they were serving Miami and Tampa exclusively with a fleet of jet aircraft. Boeing 720 jets began to arrive later in the year to take over the shorter routes from Miami to points south.


Sample minimum one-way fares from Miami to San Juan: First class $75; Day coach $53; from Miami to Rio de Janeiro: First class $508; Day coach $290; All fares are in U.S. dollars.


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B707 - Pan American World Airways
Boeing 707 Pan American World Airways
Series: 121 Engines: 4 x PW JT3C-6 Thrust: 13500lb (6124kg) Wingspan: 130ft (40m) Length: 144ft (44m) Height: 41ft (12m) Passengers: 174 Max weight: 247000lb (112039kg) Range: 3510mi (5649km) Max cruise: 620mph (998kph)
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DC8 - Pan American World Airways
Douglas DC-8 Pan American World Airways
Series: 30 Engines: 4 x PW JT4A-9 Thrust: 16800lb (7620kg) Wingspan: 142ft (43m) Length: 150ft (46m) Height: 42ft (13m) Passengers: 177 Max weight: 315000lb (142884kg) Range: 4660mi (7499km) Max cruise: 555mph (893kph)
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