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Pritchett Leaves Pan Am for Flying Tiger

Pan Am World Airways vice president Donald E. Pritchett is leaving that airline to join Flying Tiger Line as vice president-flight operations, it was announced Thursday.

Pritchett, 56, is the second executive to leave financially troubled Pan Am in two weeks. Pan Am’s executive vice president-marketing, R. A. McKinnon, resigned earlier to take a similar post at American Airlines.

A Pan Am spokesman said the resignations were “personal decisions on the part of both men . . . they had opportunities elsewhere and took them.”

Two weeks ago Pan Am, in an announcement that seemed to underscore its troubles, said it might sell its 5-month-old New York-Washington shuttle operation unless it starts to make money soon. Pan Am is currently seeking wage and benefit concessions from its employees.

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Flying Tiger, the air cargo unit of Los Angeles-based Tiger International, said Pritchett was filling a post that had been vacant for more than a year. Flying Tiger is also facing its own financial troubles and recently won major concessions from its employee groups.


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