Pan Am - Chronology 1951-1979
First airline to use aircraft built specifically for tourist-class service in transatlantic service, the Douglas DC-6B.
Pan Am specifies and orders the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8.
Taking advantage of jets, Pan Am introduces Economy fares.
Oct 26, 1958
Pan Am's Boeing 707 Clipper America starts the jet age with the first scheduled transatlantic service in American built jets.
First airline to operate a scheduled round-the-world jet service.
Pan Am initiates first Douglas DC-8 jet service.
First airline to offer a worldwide marketing service to shippers and importers around the world.
First airline to operate 100,000 transatlantic flights.
First airline to develop a global computer reservation systems (PANAMAC).
First airline to operate the Boeing 707-321C pure-jet freighters.
First airline to relay in-flight messages via Satellite Syncom III.
First airline to operate round-the-world jet-freighters.
Apr 13, 1966
Pan Am placed the largest commercial aircraft order in history, $525 million, for 25 Boeing 747 jets.
First airline to make fully automatic approach and landing in sheduled service.
First airline to transmit engine data and position information from the air to the ground in less than a second via a data link system which routes the information to a computer in the home office and then to interested departments.
First airline to demonstrate satisfactorily and receive FAA approval for regular use of the Carousel IV inertial guidance system.
First airline to operate the Boeing 747 in regular sheduled service.
First U.S. airline with sheduled nonstop flights between Miami and London. (National)
First airline to fly in the 747 a production-model system for communications via satellite
First airline to test Data Link, automatic aircraft identification and position equipment.
First airline to open major maintenance facility specifically designed for jumbo jets.
First airline to offer round-the-world service with the Boeing 747.
First airline to use FAA-certified visual approach monitor (VAM), a heads-up pilot display used during visual landings.
First airline to open largest single air terminal in world (located at J.F.K International Airport, New York).
First to use electronic surveillance and screeing devices for security in boarding passengers.
First airline to offer upper deck dining service on the 747's.
First airline to order the Boeing 747SP jet.
First airline to install fleetwide Ground Proximity Warning Systems (GPWS) and have system certificated by FAA.
First airline to take delivery of and ingaurate service with the Boeing 747SP.
First airline to etablish round-the-world record-setting flight with commercial airliner (747SP) with revenue passengers aboard.
First round-the-world flight via the North and South Poles with revenue passengers aboard - to celebrate Pan Am's 50th anniversary.
First airline with sheduled nonstop flights between Miami and Paris. (National)
First airline to introduce a round-the-world excursion fare of $999.
First international airline to introduce a new class of service for business travelers and full-care economy passengers - Clipper Class.