Throwback Thursday: Air France's Tummy-Filling Transatlantic Meals on the 707
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't 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.
We can only imagine what it would have been like in the mid-1960s, planning a trip to France on one of the new Boeing 707s. Dreaming of nibbling croissants on the street, sampling fine French cuisine, and sipping French vintages would be part of the agenda and Air France knew it. That's why it's no surprise their advertisements highlighted the elaborate meals onboard their jet service from New York, Chicago and LA.
This poster above exhibits the nine essential parts of the service, about which Air France was so proud. Not only would De Luxe Class (business class) passengers be treated to the reduced flying time and comfort of jet service across the Atlantic, but also onboard meals worthy of the Paris route. Taking consistency into consideration, all of these beautiful meals will be served depending on mileage from origin city.
A second course of pâté de faisan served in the pheasant at 526 miles from take-off and a mysteriously-decorated lobster course at 700 miles out. A few courses of after-dinner treats start at 1,200 miles out, and business class passengers enjoyed a little after dinner liqueur 1,600 miles from the flight's origin.
And, for those passengers in Economy? A cold meal that is "also French, also delicious" would be served. Obviously little has changed over the past 50 years.