chateaubriand. China plates and real silverware. Does that sound like your last
airline meal? Didn't think so.
But it was part
of air travel in the past. And the most glamorous parts have been lovingly
recreated by The Pan Am Experience, a four-hour simulated flight on an exact
replica of a Boeing 747.
The Pan Am Experience is as close as
you'll get today to enjoying the glamour of circa-1970s air travel, complete
with authentic decor, plush Sleeperette seats and flight attendants wearing
crisply pressed 40 year old uniforms.
The plane is
“hangared" at Air Hollywood, an aviation-themed movie studio that has provided
airport and airplane sets to a variety of films. But every other Saturday
night, Air Hollywood treats its guests to the kind of flight that
disappeared well before Pan American World Airways declared bankruptcy in
1991. You won't actually leave the ground, but that's a small quibble.
The Pan Am
Experience was designed by Peter Toth, a hardcore collector of airline
memorabilia and an all-around obsessive about Pan Am. “The Pan Am brand just
resonated with me, and I instantly became obsessed with aviation," Toth told
Yahoo. “Younger generations have no recollection of what it was like to
fly during the '70s."
Experience ticketholders can expect 4 course meals with
lofty-sounding entrees recreated from real Pan Am in-flight menus.
The meal begins
with choices of shrimp cocktail or tomato and mozzarella drizzled with a
pesto glaze. For the main course, selections include Chateaubriand carved
from the trolley or Roasted Chicken with Peppercorn sauce. Each meal comes with
fresh vegetables and roasted potatoes.
fly first class comes with a price tag of course – USD345. Despite the hefty
fare, the Pan Am Experience is sold out until July. Air Hollywood will announce
a new set of Saturday dates 17APR.
One part of the
experience isn't quite so authentic. There will be no lighting up a cigar or
cigarette after the meal. Most people won't mind.