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. Log in below. Forget that pre-flight visit to the Qantas First Lounge – after take-off, you could instead enjoy an exclusive atmosphere in what was the Captain Cook Lounge on the Boeing 747's upper deck: If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address There was also no AVOD. Once Qantas was able to obtain approval for passengers to sit on the upper deck during take-off and landing, the aspirational allure of the Captain Cook lounge made way for reality of revenue-raising seats, while Qantas also coined the term 'business class' in creating a new level of service between the rarified first class cabin and the entry-level economy class experience. I think the lounges on today's aircraft are a better and cleverer use of space. Remember it well, apparently I had a grin on my face to be remembered. British Airways was a stalwart in the first class market, never more so than aboard the iconic Boeing 747. This service departs Seoul at 4pm and arrives in San Francisco at 9am. Instead, we're reflecting on the Captain Cook lounge of the original Qantas Boeing 747, as the era of the Qantas jumbo jet – which began in 1971, lasting just shy of 50 years – draws to a close with this year's retirement of the last Boeing 747s in the fleet. The Korean Air First Class cabin is located in the nose of the Boeing 747-8. 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). Qantas: the Boeing 747 Captain Cook Lounge. That Continental photo looks like a set from an Austin Powers movie. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. Do it! Would have loved to have flown the 747SP. The story begins as I make my way to the Asiana Airlines First Class lounge. (For what it's worth, I still get dressed up, high heels and all, when flying). While the Boeing 747 is often said to have democratised travel by enabling airlines to carry many more passengers at much lower prices, the Captain Cook lounge made the upper deck unapologetically upper class. Like David and many readers here at E.t., my love affair for air travel was born. All of these photos are taken from the top of the spiral staircase (near the cockpit door), looking back towards the aft of the aircraft. 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. Offer ends 31st March 2021. Ignorance can be bliss. If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. The Captain Cook lounge, on the upper deck of the first Qantas Boeing 747s. Go on! Didn’t receive an activation email? It's a pity that the lounge area of the QF A380 is such a miserable place. I recall 4 flight crew on my flight ( 2 pilots in the seat, 1 to rotate and a navigator/flight engineer sitting directly behind the first officer's seat in the cockpit with many dials and switches along the wall. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. 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). Aircraft: Boeing B 747-400 Cabin: First Class Seat: 2K. I dare you! Those ropes wrapped around the base of the swivel chairs and tables caught my eye back then as well as the back wall decor and wood turned pieces on the partitioning panels. A short but memorable flight but nothing like it looked back in the 60s! Great pix. 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. ... On the Boeing 747-400s, British Airways First Class crams in 14 open seats into the nose of the plane. Just nonchalantly drape one of her big furs over your shoulders ;-), Not possible. As a first class traveller I can use the Senator area. Paul. Boeing designed the 747's upper deck to be a first class lounge or just extra seats. Virgin Australia reopens Perth, Gold Coast lounges, Hilton Honors 2021 status match unlocks fast-track to Gold, Diamond, Review: the 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder is more fun to drive than a 911, Pre-flight COVID test required for all flights to Australia, 5 reasons you shouldn't bin your boarding passes, What to do when an airline cancels your flight, New ways for airlines to win your business. 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. Yes, the lounge at the front area is probably residue space and the airlines make do with it as best as possible. Recall leaving my drink downstairs and the Steward bringing it up to me. 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'. Out of pure curiosity.. on aircraft installed with the lounge. THAI First Class routes as of 9 November 2017. My  ,  how   things   change! Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi? Introduced in the late 1960s, it was the largest civilian airplane in the world, and set a new standard for glamour in 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. 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. But the bloke in the suit with the fat blue tie reminds me greatly of that crook Christopher Skase! Many friendships & laisons were developed! Pan Am, where did these photos come from? The Singapore A380 has been the benchmark in first class luxury over the last decade. Great article! 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. For the first class Trippe actually got some of his double-decker vision in the final 747, with its famous upper deck. First Class passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport have access to a special first class check-in. Other examples include Pan Am, the first operator of the 747, which used the upper deck for a restaurant for first class passengers. We don't really need a lounge in today's biz class seats with music, movies and even a minibar at arm length in the comfort of our seat whether upright during a meal, relaxing recline position or flat out sleeping. 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. The 747’s upper-deck lounge was initially conceived of by Boeing as a rest area for flight crews. Always at the forefront of fashion: Qantas uniforms in the 1970s. Facebook 0 Tweet 0 LinkedIn 0 Pin 0 Email 0. While you are at 'it', any ideas about the Air India shot? A TWA 747, Boeing's first jumbo jet. It will be interesting to see how VA's new bar stacks up - the promo images are certainly promising. I've often thought that the grand staircase on the A380 is a stunning architectural feature that serves little purpose. Let's start a movement to "Banish The Bar" and have all that space given over to more spacious Business Class seating! There'll never be another Qantas plane that lasts so long. 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). As "glamorous" as it looks, is there really any need for these social spaces on a plane? I think I very much miss the Qantas of old. That said, I opted to retrieve my luggage and check-in again to experience Lufthansa’s First-Class Terminal. The old First Class seat onboard Thai Airways’ Boeing 747 has a width of 23 inch (58 cm) and a pitch of 203 cm (80 inch). If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. Enjoy 150,000 bonus Altitude Points when you apply, are approved and spend $4k on eligible purchases within 90 days of approval - Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard with Altitude Rewards. Seoul airport is not too busy and neither is the lounge. I remember the rear lounges in the Vickers Viscounts that flew from Perth to Port Heldand in the mid-60s. 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. 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. I think inflight lounges are a waste of premium space which would be better used for more revenue earning seats or improved comfort of existing seats. parties. You wonder what someone was thinking to even put it in there. Here are the best watches of the year: should you care? Looking at the pictures I was wondering the exact same thing - looked like a chair in front of the cockpit door! Choosing the best First Class product. The QF A380 "lounge" is more a waste of space and certainly doesn't do the job it was intended to, not that I'm complaining as I have no interest in nor ever use the on-board lounges. Airbus A380. Thanks David for a fantastic article that brought back many wonderful memories some of which I wrote above. Already have an ET account? The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. At no time were we ever questioned nor asked to leave. T&Cs apply. There is a huge LUFTHANSA FIRST CLASS sign on the wall … Truly iconic. 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We were all welcomed, birthday drinks were provided once they confirmed I was old enough. I flew the QF 747-SP to Honolulu... back in the day, and they had a small economy section up there, was a pretty cool experience being seated up there. At door 2L we took the stairs to the upper deck, where the first class cabin is located. In fact I have the place nearly all to myself. American Airlines offered a lounge with a bar and piano, on the main deck. Reminds me of travelling from MEL to SIN in the mid 1970s on a QF 747-200 in first class - Commonwealth Pubilc Servants and their families went overseas on long term asignment in First then! 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Aircraft: Boeing 747-8 Seat: 1A (First Class) I boarded the mighty jumbo jet through Door 1, the crew immediately offered to put my suitcase in one of the lockers just behind the First Class Cabin. Continental Airlines also opened a large main deck lounge, open to all passengers. Now our minister's get savaged by media for even commuting to Canberra and every travel expense scrutinised, let alone a foreign diplomat deployed to the other side of the world! If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address 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. That portrait of Captain Cook is at the REAR of the upper deck (think the galley location in the 744), it's not the cockpit. Resend one to yourself here. But of course, we're not. The 747 is a double deck plane. Is the A380 front staircase a standard feature or is it something that can or has been done differently ? There were 19 flight crew back then vs the 14 on current day 747's so service was far more attentive and "air-hostesses were glamorous" although we lost that prestigious moniker as PC police later forced us to call them flight attendants. Factually, Cook's Endeavour reached Australia in April 1770 and landed at Botany Bay. My memory is that it was meant to be a regular return flight. And it's not as if Qantas' crew uniforms from the same era were any less 'fashion-forward'. Isn't she just beautiful? 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. I've been trying to figure out for hours where I'd seen that before, quite disturbing. Fly safely and with true elegance, one and only, Queen of the Sky. Thai Airways Royal First Lounge Bangkok. 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? It consists of a bench that seats about 6 people in a row, the bench seating being low and uncomfortable, with not even a cushion available. So we are looking towards the back of the plane here. The flight deck was accessed through door in the same place as in the later 747s. It was not just Qantas which provided a great lounge space on the early 747. Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge. The only downside was they ran out of lobster (first world problems!). Click How time has changed. Thai Airways’ first class lounge. The Captain Cook lounge, on the upper deck of the first Qantas Boeing 747s. Photo: Qantas. Sometimes, Brisbane also has First Class. The Boeing 747 made its first flight for an airline in 1970. There was a toilet on the starboard side directly behind the cockpit for the flight crew. However, I’d have to stay in the normal first-class lounge on the main terminal. Factually, Australia was founded in 1788, so adding 200 years means the date should be 1988, not 1970. Think maybe only 4 were allowed upstairs during landing and takeoff.. We too were dressed up with jacket etc.. great days. Lufthansa’s 747-8 first class cabin features eight seats, just like the A380 and A340. 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. third 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. Several versions of each variant have been produced, and many of the early variants were in production simultaneously. When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Class of service: Royal First. How was the flight deck accessed on these earlier 747's? No wonder that some of us 'old-timers' fondly recall this as the 'golden age' of air travel ! 18th of Jan, 1975, It was my 18th birthday and my first ever flight with Qantas. Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi? or if taken from the other side where are the stairs ? I flew an SP out of Cairns to NZ (I think Wellington) when Qantas introduced the 747SP to FNQ in the 70s. This aircraft is currently serving the Aucklan… The world's first Boeing 747 set the trend for what was to come, with Pan Am turning the jumbo's entire upper deck into a 'restaurant in the sky' for its first class passengers: Travellers could share the experience with up to three companions... ... or could make new acquaintances and discuss the issues of the day. 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. Login now. Surveys at the time indicated that around 30% of Pan Am's passengers chose to fly with the airline for this feature alone, and it's one that you can still experience on the ground – just not in the air. A vlog of our BA First Class experience flying from London Heathrow to Las Vegas McCarran airport. interact with our community. The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. 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. In all my years working for them I do not recall Red carpet/seat covers. The irony was not all passengers realised it was open to all & those in the know headed straight to the Pub for the duration. 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. 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. Thank God the things that really matter (e.g. New cards only. It can carry people, cargo and many other things. Already have an ET account? The Lounge. 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I was one of three young Aussies heading to the USA as an exchange student. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Remember this so well. We have earphones for audio music only and movies (if available) were on a public screen. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to third 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. Here are the best watches of the year: should you care? I can recall Qantas flying to Rome and Athens back then as well as other European cities and the 747 would sweep by both Melbourne and Sydney to pick up passengers on certain long haul flights to fill the plane. The Seoul to San Francisco leg was on a new Boeing 747-8i aircraft (this aircraft will temporarily be serving Sydney in September-October 2017.) 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… The 747-100 was the original variant launched in 1966. Featured in this review, this product with nine individual suites is the best of the three and tends to fly to/from Sydney and within Asia. 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Already have an Executive Traveller account? It's a silly one. 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. It truly was the golden era of international travel. Of an age when flying on a 747 was just short of a miracle. Its predecessor, the British Overseas Airways Corporation – or BOAC – introduced its first 747 in 1971, initially flying the type to New York. 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. The elegant yet powerful 'Queen of the Skies' joined the Qantas fleet in 1971. The flight crew were terrific with visits to the flight deck etc. Passenger visits were permitted mid flight. Loved it. How things have changed. In consultation during development with Pan Am chairman Juan Trippe, it became the first-class passenger lounge that the aircraft was known for. Korean Air 747-8 First Class. Lufthansa business class 747-400. Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Seating. 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. From here, Qantas would also order the Boeing 747-300 in 1985 and the famous Boeing 747-400 in 1989. 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. British Airways First Class Lounge. Qantas should improve on their lounge a bit, doesnt look to good when you compare it to EK and EY. Vintage Airline Seat Map: United Airlines Boeing 747 with First Class lounge (1979) December 21, 2011 by Darren 6 Comments I should have asked for a time machine for Christmas because I really would like to fly on the aircraft featured in this edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps – a United Airlines Boeing 747 from 1979. Only a swinging door separated the the cockpit to this lounge however I cant recall it having a lock, certainly nothing like today's security doors. But with the last of the 747’s retired, British Airways overall seat count for first class has been reduced dramatically too. Lufthansa’s first class product on the 747-400 is different than on the rest of the fleet, given that each seat features a seat and bed combo.Throughout the rest of the fleet they just have comfortable seats which turn into fully flat beds. 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