Pan Am Express

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Pan Am Express was a brand name for a flight connection service by Pan American World Airways. It was set up in the early 1980s, and lasted until the demise of Pan Am in 1991.[1]

History[edit]

Presidential Airways, flew for Pan Am Express but was never painted up or branded in Pan Am's colors
An Empire Airlines Fokker F28 Fellowship at LaGuardia Airport (1986).
Republic Airways colors as flown in agreement for Pan Am Express

In 1980, Pan American World Airways acquired National Airlines, thus getting a domestic United States route network for the first time in its history. To cater for flight connections to smaller airports, the installation of a feeder network soon became necessary. For this task, a number of airlines flying large narrow body jet equipment were contracted on codeshare-like agreements:



The focus of the Pan Am Express network was put on feeding into Pan Am's hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The (North-)Eastern United States were particularly well covered, but there also were connections from mid-Western cities to the West Coast.

In 1987, Pan Am acquired Ransome Airlines, which was subsequently renamed Pan Am Express and began operating under the banner and aircraft livery of Pan Am thus became the only regional banner carrier (Commercial Aviation) henceforth.[3][4] It fully concentrated on serving the JFK hub, as well as putting up a second feeder network in Europe, offering regional flights out of Berlin Tegel Airport.[5] Not linked to any other destinations in the regional network, Pan Am Express operated flights between Los Angeles and San Diego at a time. When Pan Am declared bankruptcy in early 1991 and was forced to sell its New York hub to Delta Air Lines, Pan Am Express was relocated to Miami International Airport. From there, a number of destinations in Florida and the Bahamas were served, until the brand was shut down together with its parent on December 4, 1991.

Route network[edit]

Between 1983 and 1991, the Pan Am Express branding was used on flights to the following destinations in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas:[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Location US State/
Country
Airport Start End operated by
Phoenix Arizona Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Los Angeles California Los Angeles International Airport
1989
1990
Pan Am Express
San Diego California Lindbergh Field
1985
1989
1986
1990
Republic Airlines
Pan Am Express
Hartford County Connecticut Bradley International Airport
1984
1987
1985
1991
Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines
Pan Am Express
Daytona Beach Florida Daytona Beach International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Fort Myers Florida Southwest Florida Regional Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Naples Florida Naples Municipal Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Key West Florida Key West International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Melbourne Florida Melbourne International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Miami Florida Miami International Airport (hub)
1984
1990
1986
1991
Air Atlanta
Pan Am Express
Naples Florida Naples Municipal Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Sarasota Florida Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
West Palm Beach Florida Palm Beach International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Atlanta Georgia William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
1984
1986
Air Atlanta, Republic Airlines
Chicago Illinois O'Hare International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Fort Wayne Indiana Fort Wayne International Airport
1986
1986
Republic Airlines
Indianapolis Indiana Indianapolis International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
South Bend Indiana South Bend Regional Airport
1986
1986
Republic Airlines
Baltimore Maryland Baltimore/Washington International Airport
1987
1991
Pan Am Express
Boston Massachusetts Logan International Airport
1988
1990
Pan Am Express
Detroit Michigan Detroit-Wayne Airport (focus city)
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Grand Rapids Michigan Kent County International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Kalamazoo Michigan Kalamazoo County Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Minneapolis Minnesota Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Kansas City Missouri Kansas City International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
St. Louis Missouri Lambert–St. Louis International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Albany New York Albany International Airport
1985
1990
Emerald Airlines, Pan Am Express
Binghamton New York Edwin A. Link Field-Broome County Airport
1985
1996
Emerald Airlines
Buffalo New York Buffalo Niagara International Airport
1983
1991
Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines, Pan Am Express
Elmira New York Elmira Regional Airport
1985
1996
Emerald Airlines
Ithaca New York Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
1983
1986
Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines
New York City New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (hub)
LaGuardia Airport
1983
1991
Air Atlanta, Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines, Pan Am Express, Republic Airlines
Rochester New York Greater Rochester International Airport
1983
1991
Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines, Pan Am Express
Syracuse New York Syracuse Hancock International Airport
1983
1991
Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines, Pan Am Express
Utica New York Oneida County Airport
1983
1986
Emerald Airlines, Empire Airlines
Akron Ohio Akron-Canton Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Cincinnati Ohio Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Columbus Ohio Port Columbus International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Dayton Ohio Dayton International Airport
1986
1986
Republic Airlines
Erie Pennsylvania Erie International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Philadelphia International Airport
1987
1991
Republic Airlines, Pan Am Express
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Pittsburgh International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Providence Rhode Island T. F. Green Airport
1984
1987
1984
1991
Empire Airlines
Pan Am Express
Memphis Tennessee Memphis International Airport
1984
1986
Air Atlanta, Republic Airlines
Nashville Tennessee Berry Field
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Austin Texas Robert Mueller Municipal Airport
1983
1983
Emerald Airlines
Dallas Texas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Houston Texas Houston Intercontinental Airport
1983
1985
1983
1986
Emerald Airlines
Republic Airlines
McAllen Texas McAllen-Miller International Airport
1983
1983
Emerald Airlines
San Antonio Texas San Antonio International Airport
1983
1983
Emerald Airlines
Burlington Vermont Burlington International Airport
1985
1986
Emerald Airlines
Norfolk Virginia Norfolk International Airport
1987
1991
Presidential Airways, Pan Am Express
Seattle Washington Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Appleton Wisconsin Outagamie County Regional Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Green Bay Wisconsin Austin Straubel International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Madison Wisconsin Madison Municipal Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Milwaukee Wisconsin General Mitchell International Airport
1985
1986
Republic Airlines
Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport
1987
1987
Presidential Airways
Freeport Bahamas Grand Bahama International Airport
1990
1991
Pan Am Express
Governor's Harbour Bahamas Governor's Harbour Airport
1991
1991
Pan Am Express
Marsh Harbour Bahamas Marsh Harbour Airport
1991
1991
Pan Am Express
Nassau Bahamas Nassau International Airport
1991
1991
Pan Am Express
North Eleuthera Bahamas North Eleuthera Airport
1991
1991
Pan Am Express
Rock Sound Bahamas Rock Sound International Airport
1991
1991
Pan Am Express
Treasure Cay Bahamas Treasure Cay Airport
1991
1991
Pan Am Express
Hamilton Canada Hamilton International Airport
1988
1988
Pan Am Express


In Europe, the following destinations were served:

Boarding of a Pan Am Express ATR 42 at Sylt Airport (1991).
Location Country Airport Start End
Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck Airport
1988
1988
Salzburg Austria Salzburg Airport
1988
1988
Vienna Austria Vienna International Airport
1988
1988
Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen Airport
1990
1991
Strasbourg France Strasbourg International Airport
1988
1989
(West) Berlin (West) Germany Berlin Tegel Airport (hub)
1988
1991
Bremen (West) Germany Bremen Airport
1989
1990
Dortmund (West) Germany Dortmund Airport
1988
1988
Düsseldorf (West) Germany Düsseldorf International Airport
1988
1988
Hamburg (West) Germany Hamburg Airport
1991
1991
Hanover (West) Germany Langenhagen Airport
1988
1991
Kiel (West) Germany Kiel Airport
1988
1990
Westerland (West) Germany Sylt Airport
1989
1991
Oslo Norway Fornebu Airport
1990
1991
Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Arlanda Airport
1989
1989
Basel Switzerland EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
1988
1989

Fleet[edit]

A Pan Am Express de Havilland Canada Dash 7 on arrival at Logan International Airport, completing a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (1987).

The following aircraft types were used on Pan Am Express flights:

Aircraft Airline
ATR 42 Pan Am Express
Boeing 727 Air Atlanta, Republic Airlines
Convair CV-580 Republic Airlines
de Havilland Canada Dash 7 Pan Am Express
Fokker F27 Friendship Emerald Airlines
Fokker F28 Fellowship Empire Airlines
McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Emerald Airlines, Republic Airlines

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