EconoBoy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 157 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1705 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.
PA110 From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1966 posts, RR: 25 Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1651 times:
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).
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 58 Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1605 times:
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.
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.
PA841 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1510 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
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4578 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1453 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...!
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!!
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 58 Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1375 times:
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;
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...
Jsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1261 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.