Pan Am ExperienceTGIF, everyone! Here’s a fun one to wrap up the week: Remember when, back in the yee olden days, airplane travel was… glamorous? Now, Air Hollywood’s new attraction — The Pan Am Experience — offers wannabee time-travelers the opportunity to “relive the magic of flying onboard a luxurious Pan Am 747″ — without ever leaving the ground.

Pan Am ExperienceFrom the press release:

Air Hollywood Announces the Launch of “The Pan Am Experience”

Specialty motion picture studio teams with Pan Am enthusiast Anthony Toth to bring retro airline service to Southern California.

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LOS ANGELES -­‐ Air Hollywood, a Los Angeles-­‐based motion picture studio specializing in aviation-­‐themed content, and Anthony Toth, film & television aviation prop master, together announce the launch of The Pan Am Experience – a service that promises patrons to “relive the magic of flying onboard a luxurious Pan Am 747.”

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Within Air Hollywood’s unique aviation-­themed film studio, an exact interior replica of a Pan Am Boeing 747 sits, complete with both the First & Clipper Class Cabins and Pan Am’s famous Upper Deck Dining Room. The airplane is outfitted with all the furnishing of this golden era of travel, including the classic spiral staircase that connects First Class to the Upper Deck as well as all the cabin décor that made the airplane so special, including authentic China, linens, and stemware from Pan Am.

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Flight attendants will provide cocktail and dinner service to the mock travelers while playing a movie from the overhead projection system. After the “flight,” patrons can peruse a vast collection of airline memorabilia, shop for licensed Pan Am merchandise, and visit Air Hollywood’s other movie sets and props used in hundreds of films, television shows, and commercials for the past forty years including the original cockpit used in the Paramount Pictures classic “Airplane!”

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The first Pan Am Experience [took place] Saturday, September 20, with a total of seven events scheduled through the end of the year. The Pan Am 747 is also available for filming and private event rentals. For more information about The Pan Am Experience, visit PanAmExperience.com.

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About Air Hollywood
Air Hollywood is the world’s premiere aviation-­‐themed motion picture studio, having served hundreds of feature films, TV shows, and commercials for the past fifteen years. For more information, please visit AirHollywood.com.

About Anthony Toth

Anthony began his career in the airline industry in 1987 and joined Air Hollywood in 2013. He has become Hollywood’s key contributor for vintage aviation props in both television and movie production. He is well known in the industry for his preservation of the Pan Am brand and restoration of a Pan Am 747 aircraft.

What a wonderful idea — and a such a fun way to learn more about the history of American aviation through experiencing it first hand. Now, who is planning a trip?

Photos copyright Michael Kelley.

  1. Geronimom says:

    Unfortunately, what people nowadays don’t seem to understand is why the quality of service is so much lower in the U.S. airline industry, even considering the lower cost of ticket prices. I try to explain that in the past, before deregulation, government set the prices and routes for the airlines and made them virtually the same on all carriers. So by having price taken out of the equation, the only way left to attract customers to a particular airline was by the quality of its service – hence all of the over-the-top one upsmanship you saw back in the day: cocktail lounges on board, “sexy stews”, gourmet meals, tons of legroom, etc. Now that price has become the main deciding factor, outstanding service is no longer the main focus.

    In answer to airlines not being moneymakers, this from an old USAtoday article:

    “So why is it so hard to make money running an airline?
    — Planes are expensive. A Boeing 737’s list price is about $80 million; leasing one costs about $300,000 a month.
    — Oil prices are volatile. Fuel is an airline’s largest expense. American paid an average $2.32 for a gallon of fuel last year; it expects to pay $3.01 this year. Yes, some drivers pay more for gas, but consider this: American used 2.5 billion gallons of fuel last year.
    — Pilots, mechanics and other employees have very specialized jobs demanding higher salaries. Government regulations and union contracts limit the length of workers’ shifts, often creating logistical challenges.
    — Recessions. When businesses fold or vacationers lose jobs, the airlines lose passengers.
    — The uncontrollable. Snowstorms, volcanic ash clouds, earthquakes, outbreaks of diseases like SARS and terrorism can ground planes or scare away passengers.

    Besides all of that, airlines have to worry about what their competition does. If one carrier cuts fares, everybody else usually matches — even if it cuts into profits — because they know fliers will go for the airline that’s $10 cheaper.
    Then there’s the brash, eager, entrepreneur who decides to siphon away passengers with a hip, new airline offering deeply-discounted tickets.”

    The article goes further on to ask: “So, if it’s such a tough business, what makes anyone go into it? “It’s not making toilet paper,” Burr said. “It’s a very sexy business. I don’t think that necessarily attracts the best and brightest, which probably go to Silicon Valley and universities and medicine … that’s probably part of why the industry has problems.”

    Bwaahaahhaa! Sad – but probably more true than not these days!

  2. pam kueber says:

    I love airline travel in America today — it is SO INEXPENSIVE! Seriously, you get what you pay for. I am fine with discomfort at today’s prices — and at today’s extraordinary safety levels. I fly Southwest almost religiously — I love that I can take two bags at no incremental cost… I love that they make it easy to change your reservation… and if the flight is long, I pay the $15 extra to get earliest possible boarding so I can grab the seat I want.

  3. Joe Felice says:

    Well, of course I heard of Brylcreem, but in the ’50s & ’60s, it was either rose oil or butch wax that boys used. Brylcreem (and Old Spice) was for old fogies, which I am today, but still use neither!

  4. Joe Felice says:

    All I can say is you must lead a charmed life. The one you describe is so different from that which most people experience elsewhere. I detest flying, because it is such a hassle. The airport is so-far away, and you have to get there 2 hours before your flight, just for the privilege of being profiled and scrutinized, neither of which make me feel any safer. And it’s a constant push and shove. People are so mean and angry, and everybody is so self-engaged with their “devices.” And then you board. . . I hate being nickled-and dimed to death. I’d rather get one ticket that allows me to sit in a reserved seat and take my carry-on bag, without having to go through a smorgasbord of options. So, as you can tell, I rarely travel. I used to love to do so, back when it was both a pleasure and a convenience. Which raises the point: People of my age and generation DO remember when things were so-vastly different in the country, and this makes it so hard for us to adapt to the modern way of doing things, all of which we know could be done better. Like customer service–I often find myself lecturing people about what it is and how to provide it. Plus there is the ever-present disappointment in our society. When we were growing up, we were led to believe that things would only get better in our country, and technology was to lead the way, but just the opposite has occurred. The regression of our society towards incivility leaps us agape and often depressed.

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