Flying today is rarely enjoyable, but back in the days of Donna Summer and Farrah Fawcett, things weren't so bad. Seats were wider, meals were more luxurious, and no one wore pajamas to the airport. The elegant service of now-defunct airline Pan Am is remembered most fondly, and an L.A.-area company is exploiting that nostalgia for Pan Am's glory days with a new flight-less experience.
For about $300, but varying depending on level of service, flying fanatics can enter a life-like Pan Am plane from the '70s and enjoy a four-course meal, a Me Decade-era film, and dessert, cocktails, and coffee. But that's just scratching the surface: "As soon you set foot inside the aircraft, your Stewardesses adorned in original Pan Am uniforms will welcome you onboard with a glass of fine champagne as Frank Sinatra’s soothing voice will transport you back in time," according to the website of Air Hollywood, the company behind the "Pan Am Experience." "With flute in hand, we encourage you to explore the aircraft — from First Class on the main deck, to Clipper Class aft of the galley, and the Upper Deck dining room. The interiors of each cabin have all been uniquely restored to Pan Am’s original cabin décor and branding elements."
The china and glassware are from real Pan Am flights. "Fliers" can also peruse authentic Pan Am memorabilia, including uniforms and handbags.
The 747 replica was originally created as a movie set by the company Air Hollywood, which also built "planes" for Bridesmaids and The Wolf of Wall Street. The "flights" begin in January; click here for info.