Buy Your Ticket for Dinner on a Pan Am 747 One Week From Tomorrow


I hope you’ve all marked your calendars for the Crankyspotting Dorkfest on September 28 here in Southern California. As a reminder, during the day we’ll meet up at In ‘n Out by LAX for some burgers and spotting. That night, you’ll have the chance to dine on a Pan Am 747. I didn’t have details when I first posted about this, but now I do. So read on…

Pan Am Napkins

As a reminder, Anthony Toth has built an incredibly accurate mock-up of a Pan Am 747 in a warehouse east of downtown LA. I’m putting together an evening of drinks and dinner onboard for 28 lucky people who will get to dine and drink as they would have back on Pan Am during its heyday.

First Class – 14 people will be able to pay $150 each for a First Class experience. You will board the aircraft and take your First Class seat in the nose of the 747. There you will enjoy drinks and soak in the surroundings. When it’s time for dinner, you will be escorted by your flight crew (all original Pan Am stewardesses) to the upper deck dining room where you will enjoy your meal.

Clipper Class – Another 14 people will be able to pay $100 each for a Clipper Class experience. You will board the aircraft and take your Clipper Class seat just behind the nose section in the 747. This version of Clipper Class was little more than a premium economy-style section, but you will only be there for drinks. After the First Class passengers are escorted upstairs to dine, you will be escorted into the First Class cabin for your meal.

All meals will be the same, and you will be able to choose your main course when you sign up.

Those 28 tickets will go on sale next Friday, July 12, at 9am Pacific Time at

This is first-come, first-served with no special preferences for anyone. Payment is via Paypal, but you don’t need a Paypal account to pay – you can just use a credit card during the process.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

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10 comments on “Buy Your Ticket for Dinner on a Pan Am 747 One Week From Tomorrow

  1. Sadly, I only flew Pan Am when they were in their death spiral (from the late 70’s to the late 80’s). I had numerous bad operational and customer service experiences with them (I started flying UA cuz they bailed me out of numerous jams caused by Pan Am). Wish I had known what they were like in their heyday.

    1. Bill – You can bring as many checked bags as you want. But you’ll have to load it yourself and there isn’t a cargo hold. So, um, well…

  2. As a former Pan Am purser, I certainly hope that you’ve carefully selected your former stewardesses for this event. We had far too many attitude queens working for us at the end, and they share some of the blame for the demise of this once great airline.

  3. Sorry, but I can’t make it. I’ve read/seen extensive coverage of this ‘mock-up,’ and I suspect the event will be great fun. If I had another excuse to be in the LA area that day, I’d be there for the entire ‘trip.’ Silly, hilarious and likely great fun, it is exactly the somewhat goofy thing that I like to do. Let’s hope that the ‘gate delays’ are not excessive… Have fun!

  4. Excellent.

    I’ll restrain myself this one time and not run off with a safety card or two.

    Would there be a problem if we brought a camera along?

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