The 747 was conceived while air travel was steadily increasing in the 1960s with its first inaugural commercial service with Pan American Airlines in 1970. With a much larger passenger capacity than the 707 which it would eventually replace, the airlines also wanted to create a world class travel experience for its passengers with more space, creature comforts and exemplary customer service.
The 1970s was without doubt, a golden age of air travel. This era often saw the upper decks of Boeing 747s turn into full-scale cocktail lounges, restaurants and social spaces for first class flyers. With cabins surrounded in the “hip” colors and materials of the day, first class passengers could move about, go upstairs to the lounge for a roast beef meal carved right at their seat or enjoy a martini while singing around a piano.
Often referred to as the “Queen of the Skies”, the early 1970s heralded a short-lived era of luxury air travel and the consummate example of catering to the jet set lifestyles of the time.