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Old 07-23-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Of note, from the WSJ

The Golden Age of Flight - WSJ.com

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The piston-driven planes of those days, like the Lockheed Constellation and Douglas DC-7, were noisy and often ferociously bumpy. They couldn't fly over storms and turbulence the way jet-powered airplanes can. Engine failures were more frequent. So were crashes. And the cost of a ticket was affordable for only an elite few.

A round-trip coach ticket between New York and Los Angeles was $208 in 1958, according to the Air Transport Association. You can still sometimes find a $208 ticket today, but that 1958 price is $1,570 in today's dollars.

"Most people who think of the Golden Age age of air travel probably didn't fly then," said Daniel Kasper, a managing director at LECG, an aviation consulting company. "The Hollywood image never focuses on how many people were left outside the gate because they couldn't afford it."
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I think you're kind of stating the obvious...
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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I encourage everyone to read that article as it pretty much debunks the myth of the "golden age" of flying.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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I think you're kind of stating the obvious...
Stop complaining about air fares - consumers are getting a smoking deal. If you complain about service, buy a first class ticket. That is akin to what flying was back then - free food, service, etc, at a price that corresponds to what it cost to fly back then too.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: on an island
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For me personally there really was a golden age--I was a United Airlines brat, born in 1954.
We got around pretty well back in the day.
Maybe in terms of pricing, service, and all-around value, the average customer's golden age was in the mid-90's up until 9/11.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:40 PM
 
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Stop complaining about air fares - consumers are getting a smoking deal. If you complain about service, buy a first class ticket. That is akin to what flying was back then - free food, service, etc, at a price that corresponds to what it cost to fly back then too.
First Class domestic ain't all that much these days,maybe a better seat. Three Grand to Hawaii with chicken breast and a sundae chaser ! Would have flown cattle car if my knees were better.At least the 764 is a nice plane.
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