New Qantas museum exhibit recollects the 747 ‘area’ age

A picture of the Qantas duplicate from the airline’s one hundredth anniversary video.

A reproduction of a Seventies Boeing 747-200 first-class inflight lounge put in within the Qantas Founders Museum harkens again to a time when flying was costly however nonetheless a spacious journey.

The custom-made duplicate was constructed for the airline’s centenary security video and can function in the principle exhibition corridor of the museum in Longreach, Queensland.

It was constructed to scale utilizing unique plane wall panels taken from a retired Qantas 747-200 within the Mojave Desert and options meticulously recreated materials and the vivid colours of the last decade.

READ: Qantas asks $1 billion for additional legroom.

Qantas donated funds raised from its 747 retirement pleasure flights to assist cowl set up prices.

The Flying Kangaroo took supply of its first B747-200 plane in 1971 with a nautical themed higher deck lounge for first-class prospects that was accessed by spiral stairs.

The lounge had area for 15 passengers, a cocktail bar and included seats that swiveled 360 levels.

It was an unique retreat for first-class passengers to get pleasure from a drink or two, smoke, dine on prawn cocktails and socialize in model.

However all good issues come to finish and the lounge was changed in 1979 when Qantas launched enterprise class on the 747.

The {photograph} beneath reveals what it regarded like on the time.


And right here’s the spiral staircase.


In financial system, passengers luxuriated in a 2-4-3 inside with seats set 36 inches aside – this actually was the “area” age.


However Qantas was not the one airline to take a look at gracing the spectacular new plane with lounges.

Even earlier than it rolled out in September 1968,  airline inside designers have been scratching their heads on the best way to use the big area that the 747 offered.

Lounges, piano bars, cocktail bars, and downstairs galleys have been all on the playing cards with  American Airways kicking issues off with this bar located behind the financial system part.


Continental Airways, now a part of United, additionally had an financial system lounge (beneath).


And to not be not noted Trans World Airways additionally had an financial system (coach) lounge (beneath).


In the meantime, Qantas has launched a commemorative gin utilizing botanicals sourced from the central-western Queensland area that’s residence to Longreach.

The gin from distiller 4 Pillars options indigenous substances comparable to lemongrass, macadamia and lemon myrtle and celebrates the airline’s 100 years of historical past.

This features a label with gray stripes to copy the vertical corrugated iron from the unique Qantas hangar at Longreach.

Over the approaching months, Qantas will function the gin in a signature centenary cocktail named the “Longreach Fizz” for purchasers visiting the Qantas Worldwide First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, the Brisbane Worldwide Lounge (which lately reopened as a part of the two-way bubble with New Zealand) in addition to the six home Chairman’s lounges.

Picture: Qantas




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