Flying Like Royalty On Airplanes In The 1960s

Submitted by: fancylad 10 months ago in Lifestyle


Traveling by air used to be like this -- it was the norm. What happened? We went backwards on air travel, too. What you're seeing here is a typical flight on SwissAir in the 1960s -- a more civilized time for traveling by air.
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Male 329
It just shifted to space travel, that's all.

You've seen Elysium? Something like that: all of us plebs can suck it up and pay gobs of money for the lowest tier of service, pack it in with our dirty animals and sickly population, argue with robots who will eventually replace the pilots, flight attendants, booking personal, bag checkers, etc., while the equivalent of the folks in these pictures will be orbiting the planet for thrills and getting even more fame and status for doing so.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Have I missed the mark?
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Male 2,452
cheeseb   So get rich
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Male 968
Nothing changed, first class travel like this and better still exists. All that really happened is that cheap flights became available because there was a demand. I certainly don't agree that things have gone backwards here, millions can now afford travel that would have been prohibitively expensive back in the "golden age".
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Male 1,996
mrteatime and if you are 5 feet tall with a 26 inch inseam you can streatch out in comfort:)
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Male 2,452
I remember flying like this up until the 70s after that it went down hill. And yes you can blame Capitalism they made flying a viable alternative to trains or driving before that it was a rich mans game. They made flying affordable to the average person.
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Male 1,996
casaledana of all the changes to aviation in the last 50 years, 9/11 had the greatest negative impact followed by the 2007 recession.
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Male 1,412
Travel used to be an adventure.  It became a commodity.

The race to the bottom.

The relentless pursuit of greater profits and increased margins.

The apathy of the general consumer, to be satisfied with substantially less, paying marginally less
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Male 5,145
Look at that leg room and full course meals!  I'm personally afraid of flying (you got to Mr. T me to get me on an airplane) but I'd pay good money to fly like this again.
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1,035
What happened? Capatitalism became more corrupted.
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Male 1,996
layla_wilson no, actually it became more affordable, and the things they cut were legroom and service.

The airline deregulation that occurred in 1978 allowed the market to determine rates and carriers could compete for customers by balancing cost and amenities.  You can get this experience today in business class for about the same price as then.  And what you can get today that you couldn’t get back then is a flight from Chicago to San Diego for $97 (cheapest flight I found today online)

Check this out
https://www.fastcodesign.com/3022215/what-it-was-really-like-to-fly-during-the-golden-age-of-travel
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Male 9,723
layla_wilson Before you bitch about capitalism causing crappy airline service, also not that capitalism also gave you the ability to catch any one of over 100,000 flights a day. 
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megrendel that would have been completely possible without capitalism... 


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Male 9,723
layla_wilson Sure it would...why by 2017 da guv'ment would be rolling out their 12th Ford Tri-motor to great fanfare.
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1,035
megrendel your an idiot. 
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Male 9,723
layla_wilson says the person incapable of recognizing how capitalism promotes competition, technology and drives innovation.

Such a great rejoinder.  Did you have to consult a thesaurus?
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Male 896
layla_wilson People got exactly what they asked for. Cheaper flights with less amenities. Business and first class still exist, but most of the population would rather be abused for a discount.
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