In 1927 the skies gave birth to an icon. An icon that some say ‘ushered in the Golden Age of airlines’. An icon that was the mother of the legendary Boeing 747. An icon so embedded in pop culture that books, songs, movies and Broadway musicals just had to be written and made about it. Then in 1991, that icon was lost.
Pan American World Airlines (colloquially known as Pan Am) made it possible for us to see the world, visit new places and feel optimistic about the future. Innovations in flight technology during the war allowed Pan Am to push us closer together as a global race of people after we had spent years tearing each other apart. As a result, the airline held a special place in everyone’s hearts whether they knew it or not.
The last time Pan Am refreshed its brand was in 1973. The airline was already using this design for almost 20 years when it went bankrupt in 1991. A lot has happened since then, not only in the aviation industry but in the whole world. So it begs the question:
‘What would Pan Am look like today?’