And not forgetting that today we can get specials to London from about $1700 ($131.08) at times.
Meanwhile from 1950...
AKL or WLG to SYD was NZ£50/8- ($2964.00 today) return, with a baggage allowance of 66lbs (30kg).
From 1951; AKL - SUV was NZ£55/16- ($2975 today).
Each service was all First Class, on Short Solent Flying Boat with TEAL.
Economy Class for TEAL was introduced with the DC-6s in 1954.
From a historical perspective, we can't really complain that we are being short changed with airfares! It interests me though, how percentage-wise the economy and first class fares seemed closer back then than they are today - 33% difference on the SYD route between economy and first class in 1969.
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