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Novelty Flight Service Of The 70's & 80's  
User currently offlinePassBureauMgr From United States of America, joined May 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3715 times:

Back in the 70's & 80's several airlines designated "special service" on some of their flights. For instance Delta had their "Royal Service" on many Nonstop flights, Western Had "Champagne Flights", Hughes AirWest had "California Wine Taster Flights", Alaska had "Gold Coast" Service & Golden Nugget flights.(only to name a few)
All these flights had special cuisine, special liquors & drinks etc in both Y & F classes. You don't see this type of marketing anymore, mainly because of the cost & the discounted fares, but back then the service was really something.
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User currently offlineTravisKensil From United States of America, joined May 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

Actually United has a somewhat similiar service with their P.S. product. http://www.unitedps.com/main.html

User currently offlineKahala777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Premium Service is nothing more than a 757-200, with the condensed service of what used to be the 767-200!

PSA offered a Lower Deck Lounge on the L1011, SFO-LAX!

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Wardair had very colorful and comfortable DC-10s!


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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2510 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

AS had some very interesting themes back in the 70's. They had some 707's done up like a gay 90's bar, with the FA's wearing period costumes. They also had quite an elaborate Russian theme when they flew there as well. I don't recall exactly what they called it but it could have been "Golden Cosack" service. If you are ever at SEA, they have a display near one of the gates on the C concourse showing both of these themes.

User currently offlineUsagypsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Rubbish Kahala777... have you ever flown PS? I fly out of my way to use them on transcons. The first seat is above and beyond anything AA offers even if it is on a modified Spacebed ala SQ

User currently offlineKahala777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Quoting Usagypsy (Reply 4):
have you ever flown PS?

Yes, 4 times in the past 3 months.

JFK-SFO, SFO-JFK
JFK-SFO, SFO-JFK

Quoting Usagypsy (Reply 4):
I fly out of my way to use them on transcons.

That is good! I have been booking American Airlines and their 767-200, 767-300 when at all possible!

JFK-SFO, SFO-JFK
JFK-LAX, LAX-JFK
JFK-SFO, SFO-JFK
JFK-SFO, SFO-JFK

Quoting Usagypsy (Reply 4):
The first seat is above and beyond anything AA offers even if it is on a modified Spacebed ala SQ

The Business Class seat on United Airlines is more comfortable than the First Class one! .. To be honest! ... In my humble opinion!  Wink


Regards - Kahala777


User currently offlineUsagypsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

I don't believe you have flown the United First seat then, mate... no way....

Well, its good to know that we won't have to compete for seat availability!


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5049 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3408 times:

Ozark Airlines had "Wine Cellar In The Sky" service on select flights in the late 70's and early 80's.

Ozark did not have a First Class section on it's aircraft, and this service was a novel idea to entice upscale travellers to fly OZ's business markets, usually on flights at least 90 minutes in length.

The service was usually offered at non-meal times after breakfast and included a small bottle of wine from a selected wine list, some cheese and crackers and fruit. I remember flight attendants hated it because they had to do the regular beverage/snack service, plus another run for the Wine Cellar service for 100 passengers.



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3371 times:

New York Air of course had the Flying Nosh on it's shuttle flights between LGA-BOS & LGA-DCA.

We also had the "wine of the month" program. All free of charge on peak shuttle flights!


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