johnpbarlow wrote:There's one reader comment to the Lowell Sun article that suggests the PAR's adopted name maybe wasn't such a great PR move:
Perhaps entrusting an airline that went bankrupt with rail safety and maintenance wasn't the best idea
What an incredibly ignorant comment on the part of that reader. Pan American had a stellar record for safety and maintenance, and everything they did was first class. They were, and still are, widely considered the greatest airline in history. Had it not been for terrorists blowing up one of Pan Am's 747s, murdering 270 innocent persons, Pan American World Airways might still be in business today. After that tragedy happened, the two nails in the coffin were an unsuccessful attempt to merge with Northwest, and skyrocketing fuel prices attributed to the war in the Persian Gulf.
A little history goes a long way.
If, as the reader implies, the original Pan American World Airways had purchased and taken over Guilford Transportation Industries (and the Flight 103 bombing never happened), we would likely be talking about the finest and most respected regional railroad in North America.