Inspiration – Pan American World Airways Logo Facts, Meaning, History & PNG

Pan American World Airways Logo
  • Pan Am had to file for bankruptcy in 1991.
  • Meaning and history 1927 The very first logo was created for Pan American Airlines in 1927 and only stayed active for several months.
  • It was a circular badge with lettering and delicate graphical, executed in a black and white color palette.
  • The logo had a double outline, and the main inscription arched along the upper interior part of the framing.
  • 1928 – 1944 The redesign in 1928 introduced a new logo; which stayed with the famous air carrier for more than a decade.
  • It was a smooth and solid blue and white badge, with the globe inscribed into an enlarged stylized wing, spread to the right, and a sleek “PAA” abbreviation in the same shade of blue, set on the left from the globe.
  • The lettering was executed in a custom italicized typeface with its stable and bold letters decorated by sharp serifs, elongated and pointing to the right, standing for motion, speed and reflecting the purpose of the company and the field of its activity.
  • 1944 – 1955 The winged logo was redesigned in 1944, keeping the original idea and color palette; though elevating both.
  • The shade of blue became brighter and more intense, the globe was now more white than blue, got meridians and more details on it, and started looking more vivid and voluminous.
  • As for the lettering, it was now set in white right on the wing and got its typeface refined as well.
  • It was a solid light blue circle with thin white arched meridians on it and one vertical line coming through the center of the badge.
  • The “Pan Am” logotype was written under the emblem in bold black capitals, executed in a font, resembling the one from the previous versions, with sharp serifs.
  • 1957 – 1971 The redesign of 1957 moved the lettering to the center of the circle.
  • The typeface remained untouched, but the color was changed from black to white, and the size of the letters got a bit smaller.
  • As for the globe itself, it got its colors elevated too, with the new shade of blue replacing the bright sky shade.
  • The light blue contoured globe was now set on the left from the enlarged wordmark, written in the same shade of blue, using a very simple sans-serif typeface for its title case letters.
  • 1973 – 1991 The iconic sharp logotype came back in 1973, being placed on a solid blue globe again.
  • This is, definitely, the most recognizable Pan American Airlines logo ever created for the air carrier.
  • 1996 – 2004 The Pan American World Airways logo featured the colors of the sky and clouds, blue and white.
  • In the center of the design, there was the lettering “PAN AM” (the abbreviated name of the company) featuring an unusual type with sharp serifs.

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