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Let’s Reminisce Over Airplanes That Had Piano Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Pubs, and Restaurants

Airlines today just aren’t up for a good party anymore. Look at those fancy folks hanging out in comfy swivel chairs, ordering Martinis and asking attractive strangers, “So, do you come here often?” Don’t they look like they’re about to have the best flight of their lives?

While most of the lounges of the era were confined to the upper decks of 747s, Continental was another airline that took a democratic approach, installing “Polynesian Pubs” in the economy class section of their DC-10s and 747s.

The 1970s was without doubt, a golden age of air travel. It was the era that saw the upper decks of Boeing 747s turn into full-scale cocktail lounges and restaurants for first class flyers. On the lower deck, there were also coach or economy lounges. Continental Airlines had a pub while American Airlines had an infamous piano bar.

Qantas Airline’s 747B boasted a luxurious “Captain Cook First Class Lounge” (pictured above). Here’s a closer peak into life on the upper deck… read more >

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