Pan American employees slate reunion

Former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) will gather in Miami Saturday, Dec, 7, for a reunion at their old headquarters on the Miami International Airport, currently the corporate offices of Pan Am International Flight Academy, the surviving training division of the airline.

Mary Diorio, President Pan Amigo Inc., says: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to host “Pan Am Day” and bring together the former employees of Pan American World Airways. This is a tightly knit group of people, still very connected and loyal to each other, with a great sense of pride having worked for what many still consider the world’s greatest airline.”

Pan American World Airways ceased operations under bankruptcy on Dec.r 4, 1991.

pmor_110414_017-ProofPan Amigo is inviting former employees, families and friends to join them for this noon to 4 p.m. free reunion, surrounded by Pan Am history as they mingle and share memories and experiences of their years of service with the airline.

“We thank Pan Am International Flight Academy for once again hosting this day, which is special to so many,” Diorio said. “Stepping through their doors is like coming home.”

The building is a favorite of the reunion group — as it still prominently displays the large airline logo on its exterior, has a two-story lobby with large murals and displays of Pan Am in its glory days, and houses a Pan Am memorabilia shop on the mezzanine level overflowing with PAA merchandise.

Pan Am International Flight Academy continues to occupy the 200,000-square-foot training facility the airline built for its training division back in the early 1980s. The academy’s CEO Vito Cutrone, who himself started with the airline in the 1960’s eventually becoming an executive officer, calls the former airline and its people his “family.”

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