Briefly, the film is an extended commercial for Pan-Am (Pan American Airways, now defunct). The critical link is Merian C. Cooper, the producer of Flying Down to Rio and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Pan_AM, who served for decades.
You can also check out the gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can and even more recently, the Pan Am name and logo were used by designer Marc Jacobs for a line of handbags and accessories.
The history of Pan Am is phenomenal. Full intrigue, scandal, happiness and sadness. I'm predicting the show is going to be a hit. With this said, if you are looking for a piece of Pan Am history to wear on your arm or in your pocket ... check out the bags, watches, passport covers and more at Get Go Retro! "Carry on!"
Sources: Contact Michael Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org; http://unrealityshout.com/blogs/abc-order-new-pan-am-based-drama-series; http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/news/a277872/abc-orders-pan-am-drama-pilot.html