Many of us aren’t lucky to afford business or first class tickets, and some get the privilege after clocking up miles on countless flights, but what many airlines call “First Class” by today’s standards falls short of the experience delivered by Pan Am. Only a very rare few airlines deliver a similar experience such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines on their Airbus A380s.
The photos below were taken by Michael Kelley in a mock up set, showing us the experience on board Pan Am flight 120 from Los Angeles International (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) which was serviced with a Boeing 747-200 “Clipper Gem Of The Ocean” (then registered as N730PA). The project name is called “Bringing Pan Am Back To Life“.
Here’s a small back story.
From its founding in the 1920s to its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, Pan Am set the status quo when it came to international travel. Everyone wanted to fly Pan Am, other airlines wanted to be Pan Am, and everyone wanted to work for Pan Am. Revered by the rich and famous, the traveling public, enthusiasts and employees alike, Pan Am’s legacy lives on to this day. In an attempt to share this legacy with the world, I worked with Anthony Toth, one of the world’s foremost experts on aviation history, to bring Pan Am back to life in 2014. This is the story of Pan Am Flight 120, from Los Angeles International (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) on a Boeing 747-200, Clipper Gem Of The Ocean.