I remember struggling up that spiral staircase, but when you got to the top - it was so comfortable and elegant. August 17, 2020 Sam Chui. But with the last of the 747’s retired, British Airways overall seat count for first class has been reduced dramatically too. Yet a redesign of the area could produce excellent results. Great article! Only a swinging door separated the the cockpit to this lounge however I cant recall it having a lock, certainly nothing like today's security doors. Here are the best watches of the year: should you care? The old First Class seat onboard Thai Airways’ Boeing 747 has a width of 23 inch (58 cm) and a pitch of 203 cm (80 inch). Photo: Qantas. Facebook 0 Tweet 0 LinkedIn 0 Pin 0 Email 0. Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox, Blast from the past: the Qantas Boeing 747 'Captain Cook lounge'. There were 19 flight crew back then vs the 14 on current day 747's so service was far more attentive and "air-hostesses were glamorous" although we lost that prestigious moniker as PC police later forced us to call them flight attendants. The spiral staircase was quite a lot of fun if you happened to be on it when turbulence hit! Picture this: an exclusive inflight lounge with its own tended cocktail bar, where well-heeled flyers can relax in a private club-like space with plush seating and contemporary finishes. It was not just Qantas which provided a great lounge space on the early 747. I remember lufthansa had this upstairs lounge for a short time too and this seemed super glamourous.. now I think people want sleep and privacy most! There was a toilet on the starboard side directly behind the cockpit for the flight crew. August 17, 2020 Sam Chui. Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic. British Airways did not exist in its current incarnation when the Boeing 747 was launched in 1970. That portrait of Captain Cook is at the REAR of the upper deck (think the galley location in the 744), it's not the cockpit. 45 years later, only a handful of airlines still boast a proper inflight cocktail bar, foremost among them being Emirates' Airbus A380... ... while Qatar Airways' superjumbo also does a classy number. Totally agree! Somehow we all ended up in the Capt Cook Lounge not knowing it was for the elite. Aircraft: Boeing B 747-400 Cabin: First Class Seat: 2K. I have used it when wanting to talk to a collegue, but the seating is not very suitable for that purpose. third Already have an Executive Traveller account? or if taken from the other side where are the stairs ? Thai Airways’ first class lounge. The British Airways First Class Lounge at Chicago has some great views across the apron where we were able to view the aircraft movements. Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Seating. I’ll be curious to see how this plays out, but it sure would be sad if Thai Airways eliminates first class. But the stairs in the 747-200 were spiral, and at the FRONT of the upper deck. All of these photos are taken from the top of the spiral staircase (near the cockpit door), looking back towards the aft of the aircraft. Truly iconic. Passenger visits were permitted mid flight. Already have an Executive Traveller account? Now.... Just makes me want to dig up mum's short dresses, and get a beehive hairdo done for my SIN-MEL next week. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. How things have changed. It will be interesting to see how VA's new bar stacks up - the promo images are certainly promising. The Lounge. Paul. Introduced in the late 1960s, it was the largest civilian airplane in the world, and set a new standard for glamour in the skies. Lufthansa’s 747-8 first class cabin features eight seats, just like the A380 and A340. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password. When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? I was one of three young Aussies heading to the USA as an exchange student. I think the lounges on today's aircraft are a better and cleverer use of space. But of course, we're not. I will definitely be sharing your story with him. Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. New cards only. While the Boeing 747 is often said to have democratised travel by enabling airlines to carry many more passengers at much lower prices, the Captain Cook lounge made the upper deck unapologetically upper class. The flight deck was accessed through door in the same place as in the later 747s. I think inflight lounges are a waste of premium space which would be better used for more revenue earning seats or improved comfort of existing seats. Agree that Qantas A380 'Lounge' is a complete waste of space. Great pix. I recall 4 flight crew on my flight ( 2 pilots in the seat, 1 to rotate and a navigator/flight engineer sitting directly behind the first officer's seat in the cockpit with many dials and switches along the wall. Forget that pre-flight visit to the Qantas First Lounge – after take-off, you could instead enjoy an exclusive atmosphere in what was the Captain Cook Lounge on the Boeing 747's upper deck: Guests could simply grab a newspaper or magazine and make themselves comfortable... ... or ditch the reading material in favour of fine wines and a little conversation: While Qantas again provides a small inflight lounge and meeting area on today's Airbus A380s, it's not quite the upper deck of the '70s. 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Air India for something eye-catching and with uniforms to match... ... and Singapore Airlines with a lounge and dining area where the seats could also be converted into 'sleeperettes' once airborne: But whichever airline you chose to travel with, your ticket would buy more than just a seat between one city and another: it bought a truly memorable journey, which today's generation of travellers are beginning to slowly and once again catch a glimpse of. Of an age when flying on a 747 was just short of a miracle. Flying for the masses was a new phenomenon where many dressed up, hair was coiffed and the anticipation for air travel made for wonderful times. Do remember the spiral staircase and lounge upstairs. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. I never had the previlledge of long haul first class travel in those days when I was still a kid. Just nonchalantly drape one of her big furs over your shoulders ;-), Not possible. Let’s take a look at the United Airlines Boeing 747 First Class flight I took between San Francisco and Frankfurt on a mini-round-the-world trip I booked using Aeroplan miles. Loved the retro lounge and would welcome a mock up somewhere, where we could come and enjoy. Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi? So we are looking towards the back of the plane here. As borders come down, where can you travel across Australia? As "glamorous" as it looks, is there really any need for these social spaces on a plane? Factually, Australia was founded in 1788, so adding 200 years means the date should be 1988, not 1970. 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