Step back in time to the early 1970s when the Boeing 747 first took to the skies, heralding a short-lived era of luxury air travel on board the Queen of the Skies. Now.... Just makes me want to dig up mum's short dresses, and get a beehive hairdo done for my SIN-MEL next week. Ultimately, the 747-8 was announced in 2005. My dad Ken Linkenbagh was a Chief Steward with Qantas during this time. Who, other than cabin crew, is going up and down between Business and First during the flight? Several versions of each variant have been produced, and many of the early variants were in production simultaneously. First Class passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport have access to a special first class check-in. 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). It's a silly one. At no time were we ever questioned nor asked to leave. I remember lufthansa had this upstairs lounge for a short time too and this seemed super glamourous.. now I think people want sleep and privacy most! The 747 could carry more people than any other aircraft for 37 years, until the Airbus A380 was made. Facebook 0 Tweet 0 LinkedIn 0 Pin 0 Email 0. How times have changed! Remember Qantas flew them to SFO and Panam had them also out of Sydney to LA. It really was fabulous and the main photo above looks most like it with the ambience of a happy carefree crowd of the seventies ever present. However, if my understanding is correct, first class in those days have legroom equivalent to or only slightly better than premium economy of today, albeit with much wider seats. Already have an ET account? It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to Lufthansa business class 747-400. Just happen to have Stevie Wonder on board who sat at the piano for the flight & played all his hits to a very exclusive audience. This lounge was very busy today due to both flights being delayed, meaning there were both a 747 and an A380 load of first class passengers in the lounge. Yet a redesign of the area could produce excellent results. I’ll be curious to see how this plays out, but it sure would be sad if Thai Airways eliminates first class. Isn't she just beautiful? Factually, Australia was founded in 1788, so adding 200 years means the date should be 1988, not 1970. When I toured a Pan Am 747SP at Sydney Airport around 1970, I seem to remember that it also had a small library, consisting of a bookcase and a couple of lounge chairs, but have never seen photos of this. As "glamorous" as it looks, is there really any need for these social spaces on a plane? Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic. Qantas: the Boeing 747 Captain Cook Lounge. Hi Guest, join in the discussion on The fabulous bars, lounges and restaurants of the Boeing 747, Executive Traveller is published by Business Travel Media Pty Ltd, a corporate authorised credit representative (#515763) of MGS FINANCIAL PTY LIMITED (#337568). Photo: Qantas. Yesterday we published a brief history of the Boeing 747.Today, we want to focus on how the Boeing 747 helped shape the story of British Airways. I was on board on one of these flights as an 11 year old. parties. This service departs Seoul at 4pm and arrives in San Francisco at 9am. August 17, 2020 Sam Chui. I will definitely be sharing your story with him. 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. The Sydney to Seoul leg was on an Airbus A380, which was temporarily put on the route; normally, it’s an older Airbus A330 flying the daily morning service departing Sydney at 9am and arriving in Seoul at 5:30pm. Great article! Aircraft: Boeing B 747-400 Cabin: First Class Seat: 2K. But of course, we're not. Dad's already taken the furs...... cheeky bugger. I think I very much miss the Qantas of old. As GgFlyer notes, the QF lounge is woeful - a poky, uninviting space that would be better used as a (much needed) additional lavatory/changing room. So an inflight lounge in those days make sense. The 747’s upper-deck lounge was initially conceived of by Boeing as a rest area for flight crews. We could be talking about the bar of the Emirates Airbus A380, or the lounge of Qatar Airways' own superjumbo. A short but memorable flight but nothing like it looked back in the 60s! On second thought. Of an age when flying on a 747 was just short of a miracle. My wife, 3 young chioldren and I were the only FC passengers so had the run of the upper deck lounge to ourselves - the perfect way to travel with young children. Love the pics of well heeled gents wearing ties and jackets on long haul flight ... today is more likely to be dressed in PJ's. The Singapore A380 has been the benchmark in first class luxury over the last decade. Thai Airways Royal First Lounge Bangkok. As a kid in the '70's I had the privilege of 1st class travel on QF B747 - this has brought back some great memories. United's cocktail lounge sported a large communal bench and both bright yellow and cool blue chairs in a colour scheme that's a little more on the 'modern' side... ... with flight attendants bringing Champagne to your seat. (For what it's worth, I still get dressed up, high heels and all, when flying). Out of pure curiosity.. on aircraft installed with the lounge. The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. Somehow we all ended up in the Capt Cook Lounge not knowing it was for the elite. I dare you! The flight deck was accessed through door in the same place as in the later 747s. 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. Can anyone read the name on that Queen of the Sky at the top of the article? Continental Airlines also opened a large main deck lounge, open to all passengers. However, presented by the difficulties involved with tuning pianos and how easily a little turbulence or a bumpy landing could make a traditional piano change key in an instant, AA opted for electric Wurlitzer organs: Appreciated by passengers and cabin crew alike, the organs provided live inflight entertainment that was always in tune. Let's start a movement to "Banish The Bar" and have all that space given over to more spacious Business Class seating! Obviously this year isn’t the best time, but if I wanted to fly a Boeing 747 the future, which airline(s) cargo/passenger would be my best bet. Except perhaps just to stretch out during a long flight. 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. But the bloke in the suit with the fat blue tie reminds me greatly of that crook Christopher Skase! Read more: Creating Virgin Australia's swanky new Boeing 777 bar. In 1963, the US Air Force started a series of study projects on a very large "strategic" transport aircraft. The First Class cabin is configured with only 6 seats in a 1 x 1 layout but unlike on their Airbus A380s, there is no onboard bar or communal social area. American also had a small (4 person) First Class lounge in their B707-323C which served SYD during their initial Australian foray in the early 1970's. There'll never be another Qantas plane that lasts so long. When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? Taking an approach more akin to what we'd see today, Air France, Continental Airlines (now merged with United Airlines) and United itself provided guests with spacious seating and cocktail bartender service: On Air France, guests mingled at the bar or while being served snacks in the surrounding seats... ... and on Continental, the bar was the focus of the room and most seats came in pairs, easily accommodating couples and travelling companions... ... yet leaving an opening at the bar for extra guests or to chat with the crew. Think maybe only 4 were allowed upstairs during landing and takeoff.. We too were dressed up with jacket etc.. great days. Looking at the pictures I was wondering the exact same thing - looked like a chair in front of the cockpit door! The Captain Cook lounge, on the upper deck of the first Qantas Boeing 747s. You wonder what someone was thinking to even put it in there. Hear! 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. Let’s take a look at the United Airlines Boeing 747 First Class flight I took between San Francisco and Frankfurt on a mini-round-the-world trip I booked using Aeroplan miles. Normal companies would never pay for this even for their CEOs on business trips. 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We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. Sometimes, Brisbane also has First Class. The extremely wide staircase between the decks could be narrowed, with perhaps a relocation of the CSMs office on the other side, could result in a very usable space for a decent J/F lounge or bar. Picture this: an exclusive inflight lounge with its own tended cocktail bar, where well-heeled flyers can relax in a private club-like space with plush seating and contemporary finishes. The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. The ultimate flight experience though was told to me by my then MD who flew the Pan Am flight between JFK - LON where there was a piano in the upstairs bar for 1st class passengers. When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? Log in below. Agree that Qantas A380 'Lounge' is a complete waste of space. If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address The comfort of our individual seats is so much better in today's biz class seats compared to the "first class" of the 1970-s.Come to think of it, maybe Etihad use the front space as part of their Residence suite? third Recall leaving my drink downstairs and the Steward bringing it up to me. I flew an SP out of Cairns to NZ (I think Wellington) when Qantas introduced the 747SP to FNQ in the 70s. The irony was not all passengers realised it was open to all & those in the know headed straight to the Pub for the duration. These aircraft would be almost exclusively used on long-range routes to Europe, Asia, South America, and North America until the introduction of the Airbus A380. Choosing the best First Class product. 1970 was the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Captain James Cook, who claimed Australian for the English empire, so the Captain Cook lounge drew on his name as well as his Naval heritage. Didn’t receive an activation email? Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox, Blast from the past: the Qantas Boeing 747 'Captain Cook lounge'. I remember struggling up that spiral staircase, but when you got to the top - it was so comfortable and elegant. 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. However, I’d have to stay in the normal first-class lounge on the main terminal. The only downside was they ran out of lobster (first world problems!). As borders come down, where can you travel across Australia? Convert your points to Virgin Australia Velocity, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and more. I feel sorry for the extroverts out there who can't contain themselves and feel the need to engage in what would be a blissful, disconnected, "me" time in the air. British Airways did not exist in its current incarnation when the Boeing 747 was launched in 1970. My  ,  how   things   change! below, then click 'Submit'. here to apply. Airbus A380. It was not just Qantas which provided a great lounge space on the early 747. I've been trying to figure out for hours where I'd seen that before, quite disturbing. 18th of Jan, 1975, It was my 18th birthday and my first ever flight with Qantas. I was one of three young Aussies heading to the USA as an exchange student. Loved it. Had a fantastic flight in F on Thai late last year from Hong Kong to Bangkok (before heading back to Aus) when the whole cabin seemed to be in a big party mode as half the cabin was booked by a family on some anniversary treat. The Boeing 747 made its first flight for an airline in 1970. Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you It will be interesting to see how VA's new bar stacks up - the promo images are certainly promising. 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Seat pitch was what seemed huge in Economy however First had large armchairs, poor by today's pampered standards and Qantas had not yet invented business class. I have the vaguest of vague memories of the Continental bar (as a child, through the haze of obligatory tobacco smoke) - it seemed to be quite the party in the sky, not that I imbibed (or inhaled), of course. Sadly, I was still learning to walk when the Captain Cook Lounge made its splash on 'the scene, baby'. I cant think why a piano on an airplane wasn't a sustainable idea?! Of course, these lounges were primarily the purvey of carriers prior to the introduction of Business Class. Lots of amazing stories shared. THAI fly three different First Class products: Boeing 747 new version. The 747 is a double deck plane. Also read: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar face off in A380 'bar wars'. 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Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Blast from the past: the Qantas Boeing 747 'Captain Cook lounge', Executive Traveller is published by Business Travel Media Pty Ltd, a corporate authorised credit representative (#515763) of MGS FINANCIAL PTY LIMITED (#337568). They   still   continue   to    bleed    government    coffers    with   business   class   flights    for  uncessary     overseas   travel ,   while   the   government    struggles   to   find   money  to   fund    healthcare! 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. below, then click 'Submit'. A TWA 747, Boeing's first jumbo jet. 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? I remember the rear lounges in the Vickers Viscounts that flew from Perth to Port Heldand in the mid-60s. 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