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PAN AM Express Berlin

PAN AMm Express ATR-42 at Sylt airport,  Berlin based until 1991 when PAN AM Express was taken over by TWA which closed operations then at Berlin’s Tegel airport.

 

 

 

 

Pan Am Express, which was not included in Pan Am’s IGS sale to Lufthansa, continued operating all of its German and international scheduled routes from Tegel as an independent legal entity until its acquisition by TWA in 1991. Following TWA’s takeover of Pan Am Express, the former Pan Am Express Berlin operations were then closed.

PAN AM Express European (Berlin base) destinationsIn Europe, the following destinations were served:

Location Country Airport Start End
Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck Airport
1988
1988
Salzburg Austria Salzburg Airport
1988
1988
Vienna Austria Vienna International Airport
1988
1988
Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen Airport
1990
1991
Strasbourg France Strasbourg International Airport
1988
1989
(West) Berlin (West) Germany Berlin Tegel Airport (hub)
1988
1991
Bremen (West) Germany Bremen Airport
1989
1990
Dortmund (West) Germany Dortmund Airport
1988
1988
Düsseldorf (West) Germany Düsseldorf International Airport
1988
1988
Hamburg (West) Germany Hamburg Airport
1991
1991
Hanover (West) Germany Langenhagen Airport
1988
1991
Kiel (West) Germany Kiel Airport
1988
1990
Westerland (West) Germany Sylt Airport
1989
1991
Oslo Norway Fornebu Airport
1990
1991
Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Arlanda Airport
1989
1989
Basel Switzerland EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
1988
1989

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Pan Am Express, the commuter subsidiary of Pan American World Airways, has named William R. Lange president and chief operating officer.

For Mr. Lange, who is 44 years old, the move will mean a change from planning and scheduling posts at Pan Am’s headquarters in New York, where he has been vice president for planning, to an operational job.

“It’s been a dream of mine to be able to have control of an airplane operation,“ Mr. Lange said last week.

At the Philadelphia-based commuter operation, he succeeds John F. Leonard, who left to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Business Express, a commuter operation affiliated with Delta Air Lines.

Pan Am Express got its start in 1986, when Pan American bought a Pennsylvania-based commuter operation, Ransome, and renamed it Pan Am Express.

Today the subsidiary, which provides connecting domestic and European feed traffic to Pan Am’s international and American operations, operates turboprop aircraft in the areas around New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, and propitiously, at Berlin. “I think the opening of the Berlin wall opens a lot of exciting opportunities,“ he said, adding that he would be watching for opportunities to expand the operation, including into East Germany. The Berlin operation began last year with four planes.

Pan Am Express will also be starting up in Florida this spring, connecting Key West and Palm Beach with Miami.

“The concept of a commuter feed carrier is a significant one,“ Mr. Lange said. “We are bringing 500 to 600 passengers a day into Kennedy Airport so they can climb on jets and go to places farther away.“

Pan Am Express, though, has been having “a tough year by itself, just as Pan Am is having, profitwise,“ he added. As Pan Am goes, so goes Pan Am Express, he said.

Mr. Lange holds a B.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with master’s degrees in flight transportation and aeronautical engineering.

After finishing school, he joined American Airlines, where he spent three years, before switching to Pan Am. In 1984, Mr. Lange headed Pan AM’s 24-hour control center monitoring worldwide operations. In 1987 he was named general manager for airline planning and scheduling.