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User currently offlineEconoBoy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 157 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

One of the features about the interior of the Lockheed Tristar that I liked was the jaunty artwork on some of the bulkheads, based on a sort of ‘Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’ theme: it livened up the interior. Do any planes today feature art on the inside? All the planes that I’ve been on since just seem to have blank swathes of beige/cream plastic.

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User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2010 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 1892 times:
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Air Afrique used to have outstanding west african art and design on all cabin bulkheads, and also woven into the seat fabric. Sabena once had odd pop-art versions of gothic architecture on its side cabin walls. Royal Air Maroc had charging horsemen on its cabin walls on the old 707's. It seems most airlines nowadays opt for far less expensive factory options rather than any type of customization. Some airlines have discreet logos patterned onto cabin bulkheads (like KLM and Lufthansa).


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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Thomas Cook UK have some of their newer A320s and A321s painted with beaches and the sun at the front and back of their cabin.


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 1876 times:


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Looks like there's something on the walls  Smile

Tom


User currently onlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2601 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 1846 times:
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Interior artwork was very fashionable in the 1960s and 1970s with murals, artwork and vividly patterned bulkheads and sidewall panels. Airlines now avoid such interior decor because it can be costly to install and as fashion changes the design chosen will often look very dated, and the airline then faces the expense of having it removed/replaced. There is also a mainteance factor in the upkeep of such artwork against general wear and tear.

I remember Air India had some very ornate designs on the windowpanelling on their B747-200s when they were delivered.

Some examples:

Pan Am TriStar 500

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Wardair DC-10-30

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British Airways B747-100

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Braathens SAFE B767-200

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Thai Airways A300-600

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TWA B707/B747

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TWA TriStar

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Delta TriStar

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If you look at the photos below from it's retirement flight you can see the same gold bulkhead pattern and fake wood laminate partitions remained on the TriStar with Delta until the end 30 years later.


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CROSSWIND

[Edited 2004-03-31 23:11:09]

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4656 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

The Vickers VC10 had some beautiful bulkhead artwork when it was originally introduced, city scenes and such in black and white.

It was replaced in a 70s refit with some coloured pop art things that weren't as nice.

The original Qantas 707s had Australian plant motifs along the plastic bits that surround the cabin windows, which were themselves patterned.

If I ever had an airline, I'd bring back this sort of thing straight away. The interiors nowadays are all the same, and it's such a shame. I'd rather have an elegant cabin over a PTV any day!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinePA841 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

I know from brochures I've seen that CAT...Civil Air Transport of Taiwan back in the early 60's had this really fab Chinese motif with lucky Dragons and the legend of the Moon Princess on the walls of the cabin. Their flight attendants were dressed very Suzy Wong in their black cheongsams. Very 60's

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4656 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

I hate how all the interesting threads never have many responses, especially if it's about something in the past. No-one has a sense of history!!

Now, back on topic...!  Smile

I wonder if the majority of interiors (even now) are designed by designers, or are just sort of thrown together from a standard template... other than that, I'd love to check out photos of old interiors, I find them fascinating!!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 1651 times:


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The Emirates Airline bulkheads also have a picture on them. Click on the photo to see it better.

EmiratesA345 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently onlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2601 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
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ClassicLover,
Will try and keep this one going then!

The city scenes have made a return in the UK in the last few years.

British Airways have black-and-white photographs of famous European cityscapes mounted on the forward bulkheads on all their shorthaul aircraft. Nice touch with their all leather interiors... unfortunately no photos on airliners.net.

However, the VC-10 comment did jog my memory, the 1970s design is pictured below;

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I think airlines are starting to do more to individualise their cabins and are starting to move away from plain white/grey bulkheads, but the designs are generally corporate logos as opposed to the abstract designs of the past. On the other hand the days of the patterned sidewall panel is long gone...

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4656 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

When I visit the UK, I intend to go to the aviation museums and visit all the planes that I've only read about! Can't wait!

Something I forgot about the VC10 - it wasn't just black and white city scenes - they were 16th century reproductions from proper art - London from memory!

Would love to see the BA ones now though!

Eh, I need to fly more  Smile

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2296 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

The first class bulkhead on Reno Air's MD-80s and MD-90s was classic. It was a beautiful mountainscape that wasn't tacky, but contemporary. Too bad there is no pic of it here on A.net.

AA used to have a cloud theme on the bulkheads of it's 727s (maybe others, too, but I only saw it on the 727). There aren't any pix of it, either.

AA's new bulkheads on the MD-80s isn't artwork, but it does have a design. You can see that below. TWA's newer MD-80s had their globe logo on it, too.


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User currently offlineJsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

I recall being on CP DC-10 - C-GCPE in 1997 flying from YVR - HNL. That aircraft had Canadian 'images' for want of a better word on the bulkheads and panelling. I recall seeing a fly fisherman, a few totem poles, some native Canadian animals, images of the Rockies etc.

A nice (but felt very outdated) touch to today's otherwise generally bland interiors.

Ansett had modern Australian paintings featured on the bulkheads/dividers of some of its B767-200 aircraft as late as 2001.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

SAA's old Boeings (were talking 70's and 80's here) had animal scenes on the sidewall panels, and on the backs of the bulkhead-mounted movie screens (geez, showing my age here !).

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