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Pan American World Airways

Early Jetliners to Florida

Pan American World Airways Until it ceased operations 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 Caribbean and Latin America route network from Florida with the latest Douglas DC-6 and DC-7 propeller aircraft. They introduced jet service from the Miami base in 1960 with a daily Boeing 707 flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pan American World Airways In 1961, they inaugurated the first international jet service from Tampa with a weekly Miami - Tampa - Merida - Mexico City flight. By 1963, Pan American World Airways was serving Florida exclusively with jets, except for a DC-7 interchange flight with Panagra to some Latin American airports that were not ready for jetliners. Boeing 707's dominated, but a Douglas DC-8-32 apparently maintained the transatlantic route to Lisbon. Boeing 720 jets began to arrive later in the year to take over the shorter routes from Miami to the Caribbean and Latin America.


Sample one-way fares from Miami to San Juan: First class (F)$75; Day coach (Y)$53; from Miami to Rio de Janeiro: First class (F)$508; Day coach (Y)$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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