The birth of business jets dovetailed the birth of commercial jets. As airlines grew in popularity and size, Pan Am’s founder, Juan Trippe, an innovator in many aspects of commercial aviation, had his sights set on the travelers not on his planes … those flying private planes.
In the early 1960s Juan Trippe became focused on finding a way to bring those flying private aircraft into the Pan Am system and developed The Pan Am Business Jets Division. As Mr. Trippe developed The Business Jets Division he created the specifications for a cost effective and practical corporate jet, an aircraft with new turbo-fan engines and dual rear-wheel landing gear like the airline’s commercial aircraft. The result of Mr. Trippe’s vision was the Dassault Myste 20, renamed the Dassault Falcon 20, and the General Electric CF700-2D-2 turbofan engines.
Pan Am Business Jets were marketed to corporations as an economical alternative to its airline service when routes were non-existent or schedules were inconvenient. When businesses needed to place executives anywhere in the world, and Pan Am’s commercial service was unavailable, high value business travelers could still experience Pan Am’s service while using the airline’s aircraft and airports.