Pan Am Alumni Association – Japan Events

by Kaz Wakabayashi

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2022 Pan Am Reunion Osaka in May rsz

Pan Am Alumni Association – Japan Members at the Reunion in Osaka held on May 23, 2022

 

Pan Am Alumni Association – Japan was established in 1987, one year after the sale of the Pacific Operations to United Airlines in February 1986 with the membership amounted to over 600. Since then, reunion gatherings have been held annually in Tokyo, Narita Airport area and Osaka with a theme of “Pan Am is Gone but not Forgotten” in Japan.

 

Pan Amers in Japan Reunited to Celebrate Multiple Anniversaries in 2017

 Pan Am Alumni Party 2017 for the 70th Anniversary of Pan Am Service to Japan rsz

A reunion banner, 2017

 

Three Pan Am Anniversaries

As we noted the Year 2017 would bring three anniversaries mentioned hereunder, a decision was made to hold a grand Alumni Reunion in a special way to remember and join the world-wide efforts of preserving the legacy of Pan American World Airways at the prestigious Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in the center of Tokyo Marunouchi on September 30, 2017.

Three anniversaries to celebrate in 2017:

90 years since Pan Am was first established in 1927

70 years since Pan Am inaugurated the scheduled service to/from Tokyo, Japan in 1947

50 years since Pan Am inaugurated the scheduled service to/from Osaka, Japan in 1967.

 

 2017 World Wings International group at the Pan Am Alumni Japan Reunion

Members of the World Wings International-Japan, 2017

 

Following welcome greetings by Kango Iio, chair of the Association, a congratulatory message from Ed Trippe, chair of Pan Am Historical Foundation was introduced to over 220 members and guests in attendance. Members from the USA, Canada and Australia joined and renewed friendship as well.

Guests included a representative from Japan Association of Travel Agents, travel writers, journalists, and a university professor who shared respective personal episodes related to Pan Am.  A copy of “PAN AM - Personal Tributes to a Global Aviation Pioneer” was presented to guests as a token of the celebration. 

 

2017 Pan Am Alumni Association Japan Reunion in Tokyo rsz
A crowd of Members and guests at the party in 2017

 

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