Throwback Thursday: What Airline Websites Looked Like Over 10 Years Ago
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
It's hard to imagine, we know...but a whole 14 years ago the internet did exist. It not only existed, but it was hot enough at the time for airlines to take notice, and begin shifting focus to things like online bookings, flight status, web specials andwe laugh nowpager alerts.
Today we're rewinding to 2000, the good old days before smartphones, before the TSA, and before airlines understood that flash-heavy welcome pages made for horrible user experience. Let's take a look:
aeroflot.com in 2000, and 2014
airindia.com in 2000, and 2014
alaskaairlines.com in 2000, and 2014
alitalia.com in 2000, and 2014
britishairways.com in 2000, and 2014
cathaypacific.com in 2000, and 2014
delta.com in 2000, and 2014
japanairlines.com in 2000, and 2014
lan.com in 2000, and 2014
lufthansa.com in 2000, and 2014
qantas.com in 2000, and 2014
southwest.com in 2000, and 2014
united.com & continental.com in 2000, and 2014
usairways.com in 2000, and 2014
Bonus: two airlines with websites that existed after 2000:
hawaiianairlines.com in 2004, and 2014
jetblue.com in 2002, and 2014
Note: We really wanted to include American Airlines and some other international carriers, but the wayback machine wasn't playing nicely for all searches.