Who, other than cabin crew, is going up and down between Business and First during the flight? I was one of three young Aussies heading to the USA as an exchange student. Hear! It was born on that flight and Captain Cook's Lounge forever etched itself into my memory. The spacxe could also be used for an extra 1-2 rows of seats. In all my years working for them I do not recall Red carpet/seat covers. The lurid colours and patterns were on-trend for the early 1970s, as was the nautical theme of lanterns and globes, a ships' wheel and faux wood dividers. 45 years later, only a handful of airlines still boast a proper inflight cocktail bar, foremost among them being Emirates' Airbus A380... ... while Qatar Airways' superjumbo also does a classy number. Such luxury didn't last long. It will be interesting to see how VA's new bar stacks up - the promo images are certainly promising. The spiral staircase was quite a lot of fun if you happened to be on it when turbulence hit! First Flight of the Boeing 747 on Feb 9th, 1969 (50 years ago) Today, February 9, 2019, is the fiftieth anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747, aptly nicknamed the Jumbo Jet (after an enormous nineteenth century Sudanese bush elephant in PT Barnum’s circus). American Airlines also included the 'Piano Bar' on their LuxuryLiner DC10-30's and this was, similar to Continental's Pub zone, also open to all classes .. being located in the rear economy zone. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. For the first class Trippe actually got some of his double-decker vision in the final 747, with its famous upper deck. A few posts refer to the QF A380 lounge as a waste of space - I think it is more a case of a left over space that was difficult to use and they have not used it well. In particular, I’ve always found Thai’s first class in the nose of the 747 to be an especially charming experience (though at this point that’s a thing of the past). We were all welcomed, birthday drinks were provided once they confirmed I was old enough. Somehow we all ended up in the Capt Cook Lounge not knowing it was for the elite. August 17, 2020 Sam Chui. A short but memorable flight but nothing like it looked back in the 60s! below, then click 'Submit'. Facebook 0 Tweet 0 LinkedIn 0 Pin 0 Email 0. Can anyone read the name on that Queen of the Sky at the top of the article? The lounge is divided into a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge. I remember the rear lounges in the Vickers Viscounts that flew from Perth to Port Heldand in the mid-60s. My brother and I would fly that way to meet our parents where ever they were based, during our school holidays. The irony was not all passengers realised it was open to all & those in the know headed straight to the Pub for the duration. Choosing the best First Class product. Flying for the masses was a new phenomenon where many dressed up, hair was coiffed and the anticipation for air travel made for wonderful times. Closer to home, Virgin Australia has a popular bar on its Boeing 777s flying between Sydney, Melbouirne and Brisbane to Los Angeles. Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. What at rotten shame that as Qantas's first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 was in August 1971, the last should fly out in the same month in 2021, fire engines spraying her, bands playing and the crowds cheering and/or crying? More ET articles on inflight bars and lounges: David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis. The 747-200 soon followed, with its launch in 1968. Great pix. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to The Lounge. Sadly, I was still learning to walk when the Captain Cook Lounge made its splash on 'the scene, baby'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. So we are looking towards the back of the plane here. Aircraft: Boeing B 747-400 Cabin: First Class Seat: 2K. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. I think the lounges on today's aircraft are a better and cleverer use of space. When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? 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My flight kangaroo-hopped via a "shocked at the humidity" Bangkok and Bahrain where the Petroleum Flare stacks lit up the night sky and where the tarmac walks of these cities made embarking and disembarking by Tullamarine's new aero-bridges look like 1st world luxury. Sometimes, Brisbane also has First Class. The flight crew were terrific with visits to the flight deck etc. Boeing designed the 747's hump-like upper deck to serve as a first class lounge or (as is the general rule today) extra seating, and to allow the aircraft to be easily converted to a cargo carrier by removing seats and installing a front cargo door. I had recently flown United on their Boeing 767 in first class but was excited to fly the ‘Queen of the Skies’ before her retirement from United back in November. Although the C-141 Starlifterwas in the process of being introduced, they felt that a much larger and more capable aircraft was needed, especially the capability to carry "outsized" cargo that would not fit in any e… Do it! The choice was as varied in Asia with Japan Airlines opting for something simple yet social... ... Air India for something eye-catching and with uniforms to match... ... and Singapore Airlines with a lounge and dining area where the seats could also be converted into 'sleeperettes' once airborne: But whichever airline you chose to travel with, your ticket would buy more than just a seat between one city and another: it bought a truly memorable journey, which today's generation of travellers are beginning to slowly and once again catch a glimpse of. 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