In the spring of 1998, the remains of Pan Am were sold to Guilford Transportation, headed by Timothy Mellon of the famous Pittsburgh family and himself a pilot. The transaction, which removed Pan Am from bankruptcy, was helped along by a VERY COOL bankruptcy judge who wanted to do whatever he could to keep the Pan Am name flying.
Pan Am is now based at the Pease International Tradeport outside Portsmouth, NH. There are currently are seven 727’s flying, one of which is named for that nice judge, the Clipper A. Jay Cristol. Another is named Clipper Walt Helmer in honour of Timothy Mellon’s first flight instructor.
Boston Magazine article about Pan Am
The new company operates scheduled 727 service to:
Allentown, PA (Lehigh Valley International Airport)
Baltimore, MD (Baltimore-Washington International Airport)
Bangor, ME (Bangor International Airport)
Gary, IN – (Gary Chicago Regional Airport) 25 miles east of Chicago, IL
Portsmouth, NH (Pease International Tradeport) – 40 miles north of Boston, MA.
Saint Petersburg, FL (St. Petersburg – Clearwater International Airport)
Sanford, FL – (Orlando Sanford International Airport) Convenient to Orlando, FL
San Juan – (Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport)
Worcester, MA (Worcester Regional Airport)
Pan Am’s first flights were between Portsmouth, NH and Sanford, FL. Next, service was added to Gary, IN; Pittsburgh, PA; and Mid-America airport near St. Louis. In January, Pan Am added flights from Allentown to Sanford and discontinued service to Pittsburgh.
In February of 2001, Pan Am added flights between Worcester, MA and Sanford; and service from Portsmouth to Bangor, Gary, and Allentown was dropped, as was service between Allentown and Gary.
In May, Pan Am, in concert with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, began service between Sanford, San Juan, and Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. The SFB-SJU service, which operates twice daily except Tuesdays, is available as scheduled service; however the flights to the Dominican Republic, which only operate Monday and Friday, are charters as part of tours. Connecting service from most of Pan Am cities to San Juan is available via Sanford. However, nonstop service from Gary and Mid-America to Sanford was reduced to thrice weekly, with a one-stop service on the other three days.
On July 2, 2001 Pan Am announced that daily 727 service between both Sanford and San Juan and Miami International Airport would begin in August. However, the Miami service did not materialize. Instead, Pan Am added dropped flights to Mid-America and added Baltimore and St. Petersburg to its system in December (details in News). The next planned destination is reportedly Freeport in the Bahamas, with 5 flights weekly from Sanford.
Pan Am was one of only a few airlines that did not post layoffs or service reductions in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. On February 15th, 2002, news broke that the company would be purchasing 24 additional 727’s from United Airlines. In mid-March it was announced that a number of these planes would be used for a new airline based in the Dominican Republic (details in News).
Pan Am have also flown sub-service for Air Aruba, Kiwi and other airlines, and transported the Boston Red Sox and the presidential press corps. They began military charter flights between Norfolk, Jacksonville and Guantanamo Bay in late May.
At Portsmouth, Pan Am are also the FBO and do 727 repairs for other airlines, under the moniker of Pan Am Services.
A Pan Am subsidiary, Boston-Maine Airways, has ten British Aerospace J31 Jetstream turboprops and two Casa 212 cargo-utility planes. In the spring of 2001 the company and its maintenance technicians were recipients of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Award, which recognizes a demonstrated commitment to superior maintenance training.
Boston-Maine operates from Cumberland and Hagerstown, MD to Baltimore, connecting there to Pan Am’s jet system. Beginning March 4th, Pan Am now also flies from Atlantic City, NJ to Baltimore, Portsmouth and White Plains, NY.
BMA flies cargo between Hanscom Field in New Bedford, MA to Nantucket & Martha’s Vinyard using the Casa 212’s.
On May 10, the Maryland Aviation Administration announced that Boston-Maine Airways had been selected to operate 3 daily round trips between The Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, Richard A. Henson Field in Hagerstown, and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Both cities currently only have service to Pittsburgh on Chautauqua/USAir Express. This service was expected to begin in August, but was delayed repeatedly because the government had yet to give BMA its Part 121 Certification that would allow it to operate scheduled flights. This certification was granted in December of 2001, and passenger flights started just days later (see news).
Other services we have seen various newspapers say are being considered for the Boston-Maine Airways Jetstreams:
Bangor or Portland, ME to St. John and Fredericton, NB
Mascoutah, IL to Branson, MO and Detroit, MI (City Airport)
Bedford, MA to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, MA
Saint Petersburg to Naples, Marathon Key and Sanford, FL