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TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)  
User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 20809 times:

Another thread mentioned various marketing gimmicks of the old days designed to entice passengers. Starting in 1970 TWA had the 'twin seat' which featured a center seat whose back folded down to make a cocktail table when not occupied. They also had some colorful cabins:


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Here's an 880:


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From what I've learned, the cabins of the aircraft were made to look different by deliberately mixing various seat covers from one big collection, so the 880 you'd fly one day would have one motif, and the others would look different. There were blues, greens, golds, reds, oranges for the seat covers (each with its own number), and five different carpets (gold, blue, turquoise, red and orange), depending on the aircraft. (It looks like the 707s above are orange and blue respectively, and the 880 is gold)

Do any of you have memories to share about flying on, designing, or working with these cabins? Any pics you could scan and post? I think it was applied fleet-wide, so the widebodies had them as well. One ex-TWAer I spoke with said these were a big pain to maintain, since you had to stock so many replacement seat covers at various stations on the system, but they are fun to look at.

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User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 20655 times:

I enjoyed seeing those. Brings to mind the "Golden Age" of aviation. Here are a few others I saw that looked like "flower power".


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User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 20606 times:

Those are great.

BTW, the scoop on the Wardair DC-10 interior is that it's based on the Braniff Big Orange 747 (N601BN). Wardair ended up with the erstwhile Big Watermelon (N602BN) which was never delivered to Braniff, but must have had the interior installed. The seat covers, walls, etc. are identical to the 'red room' and 'yellow room' in the BN 747. You can almost treat that as a fantasy pic for a BN DC-10 cabin circa 1973.


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20539 times:

This is one of the coolest threads... I enjoyed all the classic pictures... Great Job

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4016 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 20348 times:
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I enjoyed too looking at those interior pictures. At that time American, Delta and Northwest also had seats of various colors:


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Many thanks to the photographers who took the pictures of the aircraft cabin interiors and contributed to this website!

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



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User currently offlineNomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 20329 times:

In addition to the bright seat colors, TWA comissioned an artist to do a series of Peter Max-style murals to cover the bulkhead mounted movie screens on the 747s and L-1011's. They were brightly colored and had various themes from the TWA route system; 'Europe' 'Asia' 'USA', etc. These same murals were reproduced as menu covers in both First Class and Coach. It was even suggested that you collect them all and frame them. (I still have a few!)

BTW, TWA was also the only airline to have a mid- cabin Coach Lounge on their domestic 707s. A pair of seats faced each other with a small cocktail table between. Across the aisle was a tiny stand up bar. The lounge divided the cabin into two sections and eliminated the long tube look. I remember these 707s as the most attractive and comfortable aircraft I have ever flown.

nomadic


User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 20299 times:

They remind me of Varig interior of the 70/80's.
Big flower, orange,yellow,green...

USADreamliner


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 20283 times:

The second Braniff also had the middle seat fold down option in its 727's I remember they touted it as a friendly feature and more room for the business traveler.


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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 20170 times:

Wow! Wardair certainly did have eye opening designs!
I think airlines used color to add to the excitement of air travel.
What I seem to remember of DL at the time was army drab green seats and carpeting and white or beige walls. The most boring of them all!


User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 20069 times:

Looks so much nicer, and creates a way warmer atmosphere than todays navy blue or gray cabins.

Why not bring back the multicolored cabins and wall-panles with decorations like in the old days.

tg 747-300



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User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 20029 times:

Hey folks, thanks for all the great replies. I have a TWA Tristar brochure from 1972 and you can see those Peter-Max type murals that Nomadic mentioned. One of them features a bright orange-red Chinese type design (looks like a Chinese junk and a dragon). Up in First Class there's a silhouette of an African woman with some abstract rings, and another features Michelangelo's David and the Parthenon, in more green/blue colors. Obviously, TWA destinations were being featured.

While we're at it, here is a TWA 747 from the same period:


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Even the upper deck got this treatment. It's also clear that the 747s were set up so that each compartment had it's own theme. If you combine all the TWA pics in this thread you can see how someone really went to town to mix the various colours.

The L-1011 in the brochure I have shows that the L-1011 had one them throughout coach and one in First Class. On that aircraft, the coach featured 5 different seat covers: rust, beige, blue, yellow and olive-gold, with a turquoise carpet. First class was the pink, orange, and a brownish orange with a red carpet. Many of the seat covers in that aircraft are featured in the photos here. I'm sure many more of them were mixed in various ways on the various TWA aircraft. In fact, I was daydreaming about this during a very boring meeting today.

I wonder how many total seat covers there were and I can't imagine that the ones shown here are the extent of them. It's sad to think that all the records and materials for these designs were probably thrown in a dumpster somewhere. Argh.


User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 19977 times:

Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 10):
I have a TWA Tristar brochure from 1972 and you can see those Peter-Max type murals that Nomadic mentioned.

Do they look like these?


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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19890 times:

I love this thread too. I have a thing about aircraft interiors, and I love being able to look at the pictures, especially in the 70's and 80's when designers had a bit of imagination prior to the current theme of aircraft interior design which seems to center around blue, blue and more blue-and mabie a bit of grey to spice things up...

Charles, SJ

PS: Anyone got pics of interiors from the old CP Air or UTA prior to merging with AF?



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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19853 times:

the L1011 looked very spacious from the inside


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User currently offlineTWPHIL From France, joined May 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19726 times:

The 1011's were very spacious...but noisy..Strong and capable to fly non stop from BOS to CDG then on to CAI and BOM or TLV... Long and great memories from a former TRANS WORLD employee.Long life to all TWA fans.

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2089 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19718 times:

Brings back horrible memories of Air New Zealand 762 & 742 interiors up to... wait for it... the mid 80's... yellow/teal/light blue seat covers and in the case of the 762's... grey & white walls... it was awful!

User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19718 times:

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 12):
PS: Anyone got pics of interiors from the old CP Air or UTA prior to merging with AF?

I have a CP Air brochure for the DC-10 from 1980. They still went for the brighter colours such as yellow/orange and red. Here and there on bulkheads there were some eskimo motifs. The red and orange were also used on the DC-8s. First Class had a red pattern that reminded me of raspberry sherbet. I'll
try to find the brochure and report more details.

I have a UTA folder from 1973, when they introduced the DC-10 and the billboard UTA, with the doors painted dark blue (back when EuroWhite was new and exciting). Anyhow, the seat covers were a subdued plaid, pretty nice looking, as most of the shades were beige or nutmeg color. I remember the headrest covers had big flowers on them (for the South Pacific no doubt).


User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6936 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19702 times:

I guess you had to be there (a lot of nostalgia on this thread.) The open bars seemed totally awesome, as did the lounges. BUT the color patterns on the seats were horrendous. I liked the cleaner, one-pattern approach that the cabins had in the 1980s (that lasted through the 1990s and today.)

Tommy in EWR/LAX.



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User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19680 times:

Quoting DL Widget Head (Reply 11):
Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 10):
I have a TWA Tristar brochure from 1972 and you can see those Peter-Max type murals that Nomadic mentioned.

Do they look like these?

Yeah WidgetHead, those are they. You can barely glimpse the Statue of David one in the background. This must have been a hybrid interior when they were changing over to the blue and red, but hadn't changed the bulkheads.


User currently offlineToTheStars From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19654 times:

TWA at one time also used different colored boarding passes to coordinate with which zone of the 747 cabin that you were seated in. Since there were 5 colored zones on the main deck you just matched your boarding pass with the color of the zone. Incidentally the upper deck lounge was advertised as "the penthouse." Flight attendants wore paper dresses matched with the destination, "Penthouse pajamas,' "the Roman toga," "the English pub girl" to name a few.
In 1978 TWA changed everything by changing cabin interiors to the more conservative, blue,red,grey scheme and by introducing the Ralph Lauren military inspired uniform, that every other airline has worn for the last 25 years.

Imagination, service and marketing set airlines like TWA, Eastern, PanAm and Braniff apart from the others. Unfortunately it takes more than that to survive in today's world. Ask AA.

[Edited 2006-02-07 22:53:58]


TWA-Airline To the Stars
User currently offlineToTheStars From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19589 times:

Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 10):
I wonder how many total seat covers there were and I can't imagine that the ones shown here are the extent of them. It's sad to think that all the records and materials for these designs were probably thrown in a dumpster somewhere. Argh.

It was quite a hassle getting a matching seat cover if by chance one was soiled during the flight. Each different seat cover had a serial number on the bottom. The f/a's had to call fleet service and give them the seat and seat cover number of the cushion. They usually would have one delivered before the flight departed. Now they just throw a blanket over it.



TWA-Airline To the Stars
User currently onlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1259 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 19023 times:

The old days of aviation! It's times like those, looking at those crazy colors, that I'm glad I wasn't alive in the '70s.


Sic 'em bears
User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 18837 times:

In the summer of 1986 my wife and I traveled to FRA from BWI on what was supposed to have been a World Airways DC-10. However, at that time, World was pulling back from its transcontinental/transatlantic scheduled pax service and subbed some flying to Skystar International. Imagine the look on our face as we walked down the jetway [you couldn't see the aircraft from the departure lounge because of construction if I recall] and entered what I believe to have been a former PA 707 - 20032/793. The interior was dingy at best.

However, on the way home, we boarded a former NW/BWIA 707 - 19631/634 - that had the wildest melon and lime interior fabrics. It was truly a blast from the past, the stenciled TROPICAL TRANSIT titles on the side as we boarded from the tarmac in FRA did not add to our confidence.

Anyway, a groovy experience and a fun topic.



"Nuts to the man in 21D!"
User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 18786 times:

Groovy baby! Oh behave! So Austin Powers and Dr. Evil!
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User currently offlineAirlineAV8tr From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 191 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 18759 times:

Great photo collection! I wish you would've included the mini-skirt, and gogo-boot wearing "stewardesses"!


If we went into the funeral business, people would stop dying.-Martin S. (PanAm CEO)
25 Apollo13 : What was with all of he color choices back then. They were bright orange, orbright yellow, bright green. Everythin was bright as compared to today's s
26 GoldenArgosy : Best thread in a long time. Enjoyed the comments and the photos. Total flashback when I saw those overhead dome lights on the TWA 707 and the smoking
27 Rolfen : You had smoker compartments back then so the plane would also have an interesting smell. I love the 70ies styling.
28 Upupandaway : To be replecd by safe/generic/corporate/marketing driven ennui/blandness. I distinctly remember my first AirNz DC10 flight in first to LAX in 1974. Y
29 Upupandaway : In most aircraft at the time, non smoking was the smallest part of the cabin. Freaks!
30 Dl_mech : I'm glad that I got to fly on all those 707's........
31 Upupandaway : Yes Thank God you weren't alive inthe 70's!
32 ContnlEliteCMH : So businesslike/professional = boring. Right. Look, I'm no fan of the '70's, though I was alive for nearly the whole decade. I remember green carpet,
33 MattCLE : I flew on a Delta 727 from CVG-PHX in December '95, and that a/c had the flower power seats.
34 SR100 : The individual perception changes. When I was a child and flew the "new" interiors of Braniff and TWA in the mid/late 60's, I found they where modern
35 Post contains links and images Malaysia : The last US airline Flower Seats I ever went in was the DL 727-200, but other than that the latest I flew was in 2005 several times on Thai Airways A3
36 AA777223 : I don't think I really know how to take that...
37 CF-CPI : Someone sent me a list from TWA maintenance showing each Convair 880, by ship number, and the seat covers each one would get. It has taken me awhile,
38 LongHauler : I remember when Air Canada's interior colours were dictated by aircraft type! The Viscount had alternating blue and yellow seats. (All Y) The Vanguard
39 Post contains images Ctbarnes : I vaguely remember a description in a 70's AC timetable of the 747 having each of the four Economy cabins decorated in the style of one of the four s
40 LongHauler : that's right, the B747-100/200 had blue aisle seats/red window seats in the lower deck F cabin. In the upper deck F lounge, the carpet was red, the s
41 Post contains images Ctbarnes : Discotheque at 40,000 feet, anyone? Have DJ will travel! Charles, SJ
42 CF-CPI : The economy seats in AC's widebodies had an interesting shape. They were somewhat bulbous and rounded, and featured a control panel that flipped out
43 Nomadic : The paper uniforms were part of TWA's 'Taste Of Europe-Flying In The USA' promotion. Menus featured European dishes. Music from Italy, France, etc pl
44 LH459 : I remember all of those! I also remember a flower interior on an SR DC-10 around 1986 or so--unfortunately, I can't remember the rego, and I never sa
45 ToTheStars : Thanks for the info Nomadic...I wasn't with TWA during that time but have sat on many jumpseats listening to some of the great stories...Do you remem
46 CalAir : Excellent trip down memory lane guys. Can I ask, does anyone know what the interiors oft the DC-10 and 767 were like on AA in the early to mid 1980's
47 Ctbarnes : The only pictue in the database of an AA DC-10 in the database is in reply 4 above. They went throug several re-vamps including red and orange, as we
48 CF-CPI : At an airliner show I picked up a bunch of Boeing pics showing 767 cabins, including early AA and TWA. You mention the blue seats with grey blocks, b
49 Post contains links and images Christao17 : Tell me that these colorful seats on TG's A340-500 don't keep the spirit of the 70s alive and well: And did anybody else think it was odd looking at t
50 DL_mech : TWA flew with open hatracks until late 1983 (707 retirement). IIRC only hats, coats, pillows and blankets were allowed up there.
51 Post contains images SATX : Oh dear, and I was previously thinking of taking TG as a one-stop option from Texas to Thailand. Oh well.
52 Nomadic : The Peter Sellers commercials were great. IIRC he played a variety of characters in a whole series of commercials. My dad was a dispatcher with TWA f
53 Post contains images Zippyjet : Brought to you courtesy of Zippyjet
54 Post contains images Zippyjet : Austin Power's jet had that shag-a-delic 60's look inside and out! And here is a flight attendant in a miniskirt!
55 Post contains links CalAir : I seem to recall seeing that cabin in a book somewhere, I know that the F cabin was awful! Brown and gold chevrons! Just go onto www.tv-ark.co.uk and
56 CalAir : Just out of curiosity, in a few of those pics, there seems to be "woodette" on the cabin walls and bulkheads.......why??
57 Dc863 : I flew a Delta 727-200 in 1995 from ATL-ORD v.v. which had the early 70s interiors. Wood trim, red, yellow orange seats. Couple that with the old rota
58 Post contains images Amirs : VS looks like that today ...
59 Zippyjet : How about a DL 727 back in '76 with paisly seat coverings?
60 SR100 : There was a single Balair DC-10-30 with a yellow/orange/brown flower power interior, that was also used on some Swissair flights from time to time. T
61 Levent : I have a pair of seats from one of Martinair's DC-10's, which were removed from the aircraft when it was converted into a KDC-10 for the Dutch Air For
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