PAN AM Pacific Division & Asia



Airborne Dreams: Nisei Setwardesses and Pan American World Airways by Christine Yano

In 1955 Pan American World Airways began recruiting Japanese American women to work as stewardesses on its Tokyo-bound flights also as part of its round-the-world flights. Based in Honolulu, these PANAMers were known as PAN AM's "Nisei".








East Asia
  • People's Republic of China - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Changsha, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan - Naha, Osaka, Tokyo Main Asian Technical Hub
  • South Korea - Seoul, Busan
  • North Korea - Pyongyang
  • Mongolia - Ulan Bator (now Ulaanbaatar)
  • Taiwan, Republic of China - Taipei,[15] Kaohsiung
Indian Subcontinent
  • India - Bombay (now Mumbai), Calcutta (now Kolkata), Delhi
  • Pakistan - Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad
Southeast Asia
  • Burma (now Myanmar) - Rangoon (now Yangon)
  • Indonesia - Denpasar, Jakarta
  • Philippines - Cebu, Manila
  • Singapore
  • North Vietnam - Hanoi, Nha Trang
  • South Vietnam (now Vietnam) - Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Thailand - Bangkok
  • American Samoa (United States) - Pago Pago
  • Australia - Melbourne, Sydney
  • Fiji - Nadi
  • French Polynesia - Papeete
  • Guam (United States)
  • Kiribati - Kanton Island (Trans-pacific stopover)
  • New Caledonia (France) - Nouméa
  • New Zealand - Auckland
  • Wake Island (United States)

PAN AM's India base: Mumbay

PAN AM's Indian based crews operated B-747 flights from Mumbay to Karachi continuing to Frankfurt, Germany.

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PAN AM crew, Indian base (1985)


Rohit Lakhanpal, based with PAN AM at Mumbay:

"Most of us were acquired by Delta and flew till 2006 when then they shut the Bombay base down."