07 January 2012 @ 10:29 pm
The Airline Sleeper Berth  
*If you like airplanes and vintage ads, you'll enjoy the pages of old Boeing magazines saved HERE.

Trans-World Airlines (TWA), 1954

Pan American World Airways, 1956

Six more ads featuring sleeping on airplanes ...

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TeaRoses: Beauty by ladyfoggrosehiptea on January 8th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
My mom slept in one of those once, on a transatlantic flight. Must have been around that time, now that I think of it. Thanks for the ads!
Lardvarkcionaudha on January 8th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
I feel robbed.

Utterly, irrevocably robbed.
FJ!!: Hector The Protectorfj on January 8th, 2012 10:05 am (UTC)

Actually, +17 million.
Hello unknown guest: Tamakibrinylon on January 8th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
This, absolutely.
Do NOT provoke the Anger Monkey!adrienneee on January 8th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
If you can swing biz class on one of the fancy Middle Eastern lines (Qatar Air) or upper class on Virgin Atlantic, this sort of thing still exists. I worked for a while overseas and was able to fly this way and I cannot lie, IT IS AMAZING. VA has these cute diagonal seat pods that fold out and they bring you a down comforter. QA's super fancy first has ACTUAL ROOMS. To say I was disappointed when the company elected to fly us coach the last year I went is an understatement.

Also: VA! Has airport lounges! With free, AMAZING food! LIke, RIGHT THERE at the airport, and it's full of people acting like this sort of thing is TOTALLY NORMAL. My mind was blown.
Pat Bpbrim on January 8th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but back then you probably wouldn't have been able to afford it. That $55 up-charge for a berth in 1956 is equivalent to $450 today -- for an up-charge, not for the base ticket!
Disco citizen: Wood:  First Jack Harknessteamrodent on January 8th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
I'm sure my Mom would've liked a bed when she flew to Hawaii.
Singe Addamssingeaddams on January 8th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I would've liked one when I flew to Hawaii, even though my flight only lasted seven or eight hours.
Geek Queen: mst3k cardboard nasa1geek_queen on January 8th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
My favorite of the bunch is the "Europe is only a dream away" ad.
Singe Addamssingeaddams on January 8th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Y'know, it occurs to me that these long-haul sleeper services would have been hell on the crew. And the thought of being trapped OVERNIGHT in a plane with a screaming kid makes me shudder.

That being said it still looks like a lovely way to travel!
Ejia Arath: It's just a ball of dust.ejia_arath03 on January 8th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I neeeed one of those. Especially if I'm going to visit my mother in California. Eighteen hours!
superfan1superfan1 on January 10th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Those look really comfy.
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