The Pan Am Experience: Inside dinner on a fake Pan Am 747 at Air Hollywood

Recently, I visited the Pan Am Experience for dinner onboard what is probably best described as the world's most accurate airplane movie set. 

Guests paid $197 to dine in first class on this fake Pan Am 747 and $297 to dine in the upper deck lounge. Dinner, which included chateaubriand cut in the aisles, was served by actresses wearing 70s-era Pan Am flight attendant uniforms. 

Air Hollywood, the group behind these dinners, plans to offer them for the foreseeable future. As of this writing, tickets are available, though prices have gone up. You can find more information on Air Hollywood's website. 

How does it all work? Here's what your flight will be like. 

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with check-in at the Pam Am ticket counter. 

Boarding passes are given out at check-in. 

Next, passengers wait in the gate area for boarding to begin. Cocktails  in the waiting area (and all booze and food on board) are included in the price of the ticket. 

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Passengers are greeted on board by an actress dressed as a flight attendant. Or stewardesses, if you would prefer. 

Passengers quickly notice the details on board. Almost everything is original. While this is now a for profit enterprise, the Pan Am experience was started by an Aviation Geek who just loved the airline. Well before he thought about making money with his hobby, he just wanted everything to be perfect. 

The crew then conducts a safety briefing. 

Menus are handed out, and the crew takes drink orders. 

In the upper deck lounge, dinner is served from a cart. The crew, meanwhile, snacks on economy class meals. All the food is purchased from Flying Food Group, a real airline caterer near LAX. 

These two below met in 1988 on a Pam Am 747. He was a pilot and she was a flight attendant. They married three years later. On this Saturday, they were celebrating her birthday. She cried when she walked on board. The mockup was that perfect, she said. 

Four hours after it began, the fake flight ended. First class is quiet again, as is the upper deck lounge.

The crew gets the galleys in order and prepares to head home. 

If you want to learn more about the Pan Am experience, watch my two-minute video with Anthony Toth, the aviation buff who created it. 

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