By Ashlee Kieler
September 19, 2014
What if I said you didn’t need a speeding Delorean and 1.21 gigawatts to revisit the past? No, you just need a few hundred dollars and the willingness to spend that money to sit on a movie set and pretend you’re flying in a Pan Am jet from a bygone era.
The Pan Am Experience, which is really just a set at aviation-themed film studio Air Hollywood, aims to take guests on a trip back to the 1970s when travelers enjoyed five-star dinners and unlimited cocktails in the lap of luxury – all without actually going airborne.
The supposed blast from the past starts on the main deck of a re-created Pan Am 747 with cocktail and beverage service provided by those famous polyester-clad flight attendants. From there guests can choose from a variety of video and audio selections while reclining in the classic Pan Am Sleeperette seats.
When it’s time for dinner, guests can climb the staircase for cocktails and a gourmet meal is served. Don’t worry, the food is reportedly freshly made, not an actual holdover from the ’70s.
“Everything from the china to the glassware is authentic with careful attention to the exquisite service delivery of the era and menu offerings of Pan Am,” officials with Pan Am Experience say.
To end the evening customers are invited to look at airline memorabilia and other film production sets at Air Hollywood.
While most everything is authentic to the ’70s, the cost of admission isn’t. For the approximate price of a modern airplane ticket – you know, one that actually takes you from one place to another – consumers can purchase either a first-class ticket for $297 or the equivalent of today’s economy class ticket for $197.
The Pan Am Experience, A Real-World Simulation of a 1970s Flight on a Pan Am 747 Jumbo Jet