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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 12392 posts, RR: 51
Posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8065 times:

Don't these bring back (sometimes cringeworthy) memories?

US Air (1980?): http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=P-Mt2GN-FlM

USAir/British Airways: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7KCL5wh8T0

BAOC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Wqm0_pNXsMs

Continental: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGDok9dsL44

TWA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIavXew9bPY

United: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Ta3Z0XlknPc

American: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTeZKhE0y_A&feature=related

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User currently offlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 922 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7860 times:

Here´s two from Aeroflot: The second video looks like...... I dont know what (Chorus Line?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wssM7GUH-rU



[Edited 2011-10-09 15:38:13]

Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineZuluAlpha From Thailand, joined Mar 2010, 471 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7756 times:

And we have to include this one from SouthWest


CRJ CR7 D10 DHT DH8 DH2 DH3 DH4 EMB ER3 E90 F28 J32 M80 SH6 320 332 333 380 717 732 733 734 738 743 744 752 762 763 772
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7477 times:

Some of my favourites from when I was a kid!

BCal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ZNtmjKMeG6s

BA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nkbcqA1_mY

If only I could still fly to Paris on a BA Tristar for £45 return!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0B6U4aJWhI

Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineViscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7387 times:
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Love this BOAC one  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuoV0mfxdUI

Has anyone access to another famous BOAC one featuring Millie Fisher? I worked with her after she stopped flying. She was a really classy lady and full of amazing stories about her "glory days" on BOAC VC-10s & 707s  

RIP Dan-Air. Where the Secret was SERVICE.
User currently offlineBeiaard From United States of America, joined May 2011, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7147 times:

Perhaps my two favourite advertisements ever:
AA 9/11 Ad Part 1
Part 2

And a couple that remind my of my childhood (all US Air)

Thanks a bunch, now you've got me waxing nostalgic. It's gonna be a long night.   


User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7111 times:

The award winning Southern ad spot


Pre hockey stick EAL:


Peter Sellers hawking TWA:


The 'Yes' campaign:


funny PSA commercial:


User currently offlineskyguyB727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6755 times:

I love this AA ad from the 1970s. It really projects the professionalism, glamor, and excitement of the airline industry.

This DL ad from 1986 (the "We Love To Fly And It Shows" campaign) was cute and memorable:

I wish I could find the one from the same campaign that featured the res agent taking the call from the military guy using the payphone on base. After he's done, he hands the phone to the next guy. The agent ends up booking flights for everyone on base. After she disconnects, the supervisor asks if she's taken many calls. She replies, "Just one."

User currently offlineseachaz From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 222 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6395 times:

Another one from Delta with the full 'We love to fly" chorus:

User currently offlineRentonView From United States of America, joined May 2005, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6351 times:

Quoting skyguyB727 (Reply 7):
I love this AA ad from the 1970s. It really projects the professionalism, glamor, and excitement of the airline industry.

I totally agree; I think that AA ad was one of the most feel-good airline commercials ever.

My all-time favorite, the United "Nancy" commercial from 1982:
The "Fly the Friendly Skies" brand was at its peak!

And this one from a bit later, which is equally adorable:

Finally, just before PSA was completely absorbed by USAir, it had the following commercial, which included its best jingle to date (IMO): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ4wM9-QNQ0&feature=related.

Too bad ad jingles are so rare now; the really good ones truly helped shaped airlines' identity in the '70s, '80s and early '90s: United, USAir, Delta, American, in particular. I loved them all. OK, I love jingles in general. And I obviously have a soft spot for doe-eyed flight attendants.


User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 980 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6244 times:

I'm quite fond of this 1966 Ozark commercial, which seems like something right out of Austim Powers, except in black and white!


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1785 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5615 times:

This one's not a commercial, it's a promo for the Australian ABC network back in 1972, featuring preperations for a TAA (now QF domestic) flight. Both TAA & QF were government owned til the mid 90's, so no issues with using the state-owned TV network to 'promote' an airline...


Another TAA commercial from 1984, promoting their 3-class cabins. First class died out domestically here sometime in the 90's.


TAA was renamed Australian Airlines in 1986 (proably in preperation for privitisation - they ended up being merged into QF in the early 90's.) The 'back to normal' line in the ad would place it just after the 1989 pilots stike


A Qantas commercial from the early 70's, showing the bar in the 747 upper deck - this would have been a cinema commercial, being in colour & it's length. No colour TV here until 1975...


And finally, another Australian cinema commercial from the early 70's, this one for Pan Am. What more would you want in an airline ad. A hot blonde pax, travelling SYD-LHR via Bali, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beiruit & Rome. A trip that would have been VERY costly back then, this chick was no 'hippy trail' traveller.... One of the youtube comments puts it perfectly - 'Who is this chick and who gave her permission to live this fabulously......, and why didnt she take me with her? LOL'


Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineinfinit From Singapore, joined Jul 2008, 837 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5511 times:


The first Singapore Girl ad from Singapore Air. Any discussion of vintage airline ads would be incomplete without this. It is probably the most successful marketing campaign in the airline industry. Probably pretty sexist back then but a symbol of grace, class and elegance now.. SQ altered the whole competitive landscape of the commercial aviation industry and this was the marketing campaign that launched them. They consistently adhered to it as they went from a little unknown regional carrier back then into one of the most profittable airlines now.

And a little later...

User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5302 times:

Old Malév commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bf6c...=LLfQFWFkOjZ3gmP3RPm44xkQ&index=31

User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 6898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5257 times:

Quoting infinit (Reply 12):

The first Singapore Girl ad from Singapore Air.

What fascinates me more than anything else about this commercial is that they use the same "A Great Way to Fly" slogan. In fact they could practically re-run that commercial today. SQ are just that timeless!

Ansett Australia RIP. I love these commercials...



Nothing beats Enya's Storms in Africa (and that includes Enya's Now We're Free a la QF!)

and just weeks before their collapse:


Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlinepliersinsight From United States of America, joined May 2008, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

As to the BOAC ad:

Flying then, classy.

Flying today: The crew up front is all paid 14K a year and may or may not be trained well* because the Rolex wearing professionals depicted were furloughed or forced into retirement only to have the pensions taken away, the crew in the passenger area is rude and tells you to hurry up and be seated, the guy with the snorkel and mask would be pulled as a potential terrorist and 10 passengers would complain to the airline about the baby crying. The stuffed bear would need to be checked baggage for an extra $150. A baby bottle? Is it gluten free, high fructose corn syrup free, enhanced with DHA and served in a voc compliant sterile bottle? Was the bottle warming fee of $15 paid? The seats would have 1/3rd of the width and 1/2 of the pitch. "On behalf of Captain Smith" would be replaced with "Come on y'all let's take a ride, and listen up to my seatbelt jive". Oh, and the flight engineer works for a cargo carrier or is depicted by a mannequin in the Smithsonian. To top it all off, the VC-10 on the route was replaced by 25 ERJ flights on the half hour.

User currently offlinextra1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 112 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Old CX commercial, advertising " non-smoking flights to Britain"!

User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Quoting solnabo (Reply 1):



Dont really know what to say with that one haha

User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13240 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

OK, there might be just a tiny bit of bias here, but this is one of my all time favourites:


This is from the mid-to-late 1980s.

User currently offlineMNMncrcnwjr From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Here are a few from North Central .. With possibly the BEST jingle ever....


Air to air DC 9 footage ......


User currently onlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1657 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Northwest commercial after the Twins won the World Series in 1991


User currently offlinealoha73g From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2406 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

Quoting Beiaard (Reply 5):
Perhaps my two favourite advertisements ever:
AA 9/11 Ad Part 1
Part 2

I love these AA ads as well!!

From Aloha's Final ad campaign in 2008 is this gem. Simple but it highlights Aloha's greatest asset, its employees:

This was run in the weeks after Aloha went out of business in 2008, very good job by "Friends of Aloha," highlighting Aloha's colorful past and wonderful employees:

My All-Time Favorite Aloha ad campaign with the "Spread A Little Aloha" song (early 2000s):

Aloha Airlines - The Spirit Moves Us. Gone but NEVER Forgotten. Aloha, A Hui Hou!
User currently offlineSPQR From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Quoting D L X (Thread starter):
TWA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIavX...w9bPY

my fave, 'a delicious steak in coach on all 1011 meal flights to the east'

Although the colours would make me go blind after 5 hours, the 2X2-2X2 seating with extra padding is appreciated

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