An interesting article on SAS (Scandinavian air service) turning 70 this year. This is such a contrast how passengers were feted in the past compared to the present day. But then one forgets that back in the day, an airline ticket costs many times it does today even adjusted for inflation. And the passengers? Probably a list of who’s who…
I read somewhere that it costs the equivalent of today’s A$72,000+ in the late 1930s to fly Sydney to Singapore! You need to know it took 4 days and 3 stopovers, all at nice hotels and luxury! Well if I were paying that much, I’d expect that and much more.
You will also need to be reminded that steward/ess of that time were trained not only to push carts of drinks and food. They were articulate, spoke several languages etc. I read somewhere they are also trained to be knowledgeable about the places they travel to and can act as “ambassadors” to the passengers. Some even doubled up as nurses or governesses aboard flights with children. Afterall, they were looking after the offsprings of the wealthy or powerful.
This is like space tourism.
You can now sign up for US$250,000 for a seat on Virgin Galactic’s space flights. Being amongst the first to be in sub-orbital space would be like those travelers in the 1930s flying propeller planes. Some say the cost of flying to space may come down to “as low as” a trip to the polar regions. Wonder how they will serve drinks or if you really needed the bathroom…some day we will look back as we confirm our budget flight to the moon (for $99 perhaps), and reminiscent how people can pay that much for just a sub-orbital jaunt.
So there is no real comparison to the past, except to know that affordability has increased. Which is good (for all of us) or bad (for carbon footprint, that’s earth?).Pick your poison, a dull life or one where you can circle the globe?