Remembering the glamour of air travel in the 60s and 70s 98



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It was only a few decades ago that flying was considered a glamorous experience. The cabin crew and pilots donned exquisite and eye-catching uniforms. Passengers had to walk across the tarmac to board a plane, where they were greeted by hostesses in mini-skirts and knee-high boots.

Travel was an upper-middle-class experience and people dressed up to fly. Air hostesses served full meals and baggage was included in the cost of a ticket.

The good old days of airline travel are behind us, but it’s always a joy to revisit the fantastic fashion and flying experience of yesteryear.

So let’s take a walk down memory lane tonight as we reminisce about the glamour of flying. What are your fondest flying memories?

Trans Australian Airlines 1958 ticket


Qantas economy passengers in 1960s


Image source: Qantas

First class food and wine


Image source: Qantas

Uniform 1959


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Qantas 1965 hostess


Image source: The Australian

Colourful Qantas airline uniforms from the late 1960s

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Image source: Qantas

Blue uniform from the 1960s


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Qantas airline uniforms 1971

qantas 1971

Image Source: The Australian

TAA hostess evolution


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What memories do you have about flying in the 60s and 70s? Do you miss this fabulous, fashionable era?

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  1. i flew from London to Salisbury ( Rhodesia ) in the mid 60s totally different flying experience from today

  2. In 1972 the return fare to London was $1400. In 1974 they halved it to $700. My late husband worked for Qantas and we paid 10% in those days.

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