Airline: Style at 30,000 feet

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Airline: Style at 30,000 feet (published by Laurence King) is a fascinating run through every aspect of airline style – from company liveries and the interior designs of planes to advertising, haute couture, and airborne haute cuisine.

And from the “Nostalgia” file comes this book by Keith Lovegrove.

Airline: Style at 30,000 feet (published by Laurence King) is a fascinating run through every aspect of airline style – from company liveries and the interior designs of planes to advertising, haute couture, and airborne haute cuisine.

Divided into four sections covering fashion, food, interior design and identity, Airline tells the story of how airborne culture has changed since the 1920s.

The featured image, above, is of Aki Alma, a showgirl at the Stardust Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas, standing on the wing of a Boeing 737 with her 37-foot likeness in the background. The plane was part of the Western Pacific Airline’s “AirLogo” programme from the mid-1990s, in which the carrier used the exteriors of its aircraft for advertising.

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Have a look at a selection of images from the book.

Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove and published by Laurence King Publishing
Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove (Laurence King Publishing)
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove
BEA’s popular uniforms, designed by Sir Hardy Amies, 1972. ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove (Laurence King Publishing)
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove
Dyspepsia on board BEA in the 1960s; open cold beef sandwich with gherkin garnish. ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove (Laurence King Publishing)
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove
Mayonnaise with everything in the airport kitchens of the 1970s. ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove (Laurence King Publishing)
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove
Champagne and sushi in the ‘Kiku-no-ma’ lounge of Japan Airlines Douglas DC-8 in the 1950s. The Kiku (chrysanthemum) is the imperial flower of Japan. ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove (Laurence King Publishing)
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove
The Boeing 747 first-class ‘Tiger Lounge’ bar. Built as a mock-up in 1972 for a Boeing product-development study, the lounge for first- and business – class passengers was to be situated in the hold with a vertical viewing port in the central table. ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove (Laurence King Publishing)
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove
‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet‘ by Keith Lovegrove and published by Laurence King Publishing.

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Airline: Style at 30,000 feet was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by Oonagh Shiel
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