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Classic Video: I was a Jet Set Stewardess from the Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel has issued this great video that serves as a time machine back to the late 1950s and early 1960s during the initial “Jet Set” era.

Warning: this look back at the past may be a cultural shock for some.

Watch the full show from the Smithsonian Channel: CLICK HERE

Smithsonian Channel

The description by the Smithsonian: In the 1960s, jetliners changed air travel forever. Return to this golden age of commercial flight, when pilots looked like movie stars, passengers ate 7-course meals in economy, and charming stewardesses became the glamorous faces of the industry.

This video above includes insightful interviews with former stewardesses (mainly from BOAC and Pan Am) and also great color footage from the early jetliner era.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 707-436 G-APFH (msn 17709) of BOAC taxies at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on September 1, 1970.

BOAC aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Pan Am aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Cyprus Airways ends all operations, will be liquidated

Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) yesterday (January 9) ceased all operations after nearly 68 years and will be liquidated. The decision to shut down came after the European Commission ordered the airline to pay back over €65 million ($77 million) in what was deemed to be illegal state aid. The EC has been investigating this controversial state aid since February 2014 and the flag carrier has been struggling to reorganize and to continue operations.

Cyprus Airways commenced operations on October 6, 1947.

The airline issued this statement:

Nicosia

January 9, 2015

Dear Passengers,

Following the adverse decision of the European Commission for Competition, issued January 9, on the application of the Republic of Cyprus of a Restructuring Plan for Cyprus Airways (Public) Ltd submitted in October 2013, the Board of Directors of Cyprus Airways has decided to initiate the procedure for voluntary liquidation and to that effect all necessary measures will be taken.

In the context of the above decision all operations of the company will be suspended as of the close of business January 9.

Cyprus Airways would like to warmly thank the millions of passengers who flew with the airline over the years, for their choice and support. Special thanks are also expressed to the staff of the airline as well as its associates, whose professionalism and dedication were always at the service of the passengers.

We are extremely honoured to have made a valuable contribution, over the last 68 years, to the development of the economy of Cyprus and its tourism industry in particular. We have flown the flag of our country worldwide with pride.

The government of Cyprus announced that it has decided to offer alternative arrangements to all passengers who have Cyprus Airways tickets. The cost of all alternative arrangements will be undertaken by the Republic.

The affected passengers of Cyprus Airways, who have arranged their travel with departure days up to and until 9/2/2015, can immediately contact the travel agency Top Kinisis Travel Public at the national telephone number 77787878, or if they are calling from overseas at the telephone number +357 22869999, in order to arrange for the issuance of a new flight ticket. For the remaining passengers, with departure date from 10/2/2015 and onwards, a new announcement will be made in the coming days.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. An historic photo of former American Airlines Boeing 707-123B 5B-DAP (msn 17635) in the 1977 color scheme.

Cyprus Airways aircraft slide show:

Historic Photo of the Day – May 28, 2013

Braniff International Airways (1st) Boeing 707-138B N107BN (msn 18739) DAL (Bruce Drum). Image: 102890.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Taken February 21, 1972.

Braniff International Airways (1st): AG Slide Show

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Azza Air Transport 707 struggled to gain altitude

Azza Air Transport (Khartoum) Boeing 707-330C ST-AKW (msn 20123) struggled to gain altitude before it crashed yesterday in Sharjah (near Dubai) according to eyewitnesses. The captain managed to crash the classic airliner on a road avoiding the populated areas. The freighter was operating for Sudan Airways.

A Sharjah Airport camera captured the airliner taking off and making a hard turn to the right before crashing. One witness saw something falling from the airliner which can be seen in the video (commentary in Arabic from YouTube):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee8xcSPsCVc

News link with a video:

gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/emergencies/plane-was-in-air-but-nose-would-not-lift-before-it-crashed-in-sharjah-1.517696

Picture of ST-AKW before it crashed:

airlinersgallery.com/2/24db1bb/#/gallery/crashed-aircraft/azza-air-transport-707-300c-st-akw-grd-sen-kd-lr-903873/

Azza Transport Boeing 707-330C ST-AKW crashes

Azza Transport Company (Khartoum) lost its Boeing 707-330C ST-AKW (msn 20123) on takeoff at Sharjah today (October 21). The classic airliner crashed two miles from the airport and burned. The airframe was originally delivered to Lufthansa as D-ABUJ on February 27, 1969. Since then it has also served with Condor, United Arab Emirates (A6-DPA), Sudan Airways (ST-AKW) and Ibis Air Transport (P4-AKW) as well as other carriers.  The six crew members died in the crash.

News link:

news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091021/wl_africa_afp/

uaetransportaircrash_20091021130955

QANTAS today celebrates 50 years of jet service

 

The small ceremony was held at the gate prior to the departure of QF 73 to San Francisco.  A cake, bearing the same design as the TV monitor screen, was cut by Val St Leon, a QF Boeing 707 captain of the time. He is accompanied by Alan Joyce, CEO, and some "hostesses" wearing uniforms of the period.  Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

The small ceremony was held at the gate prior to the departure of QF 73 to San Francisco. A cake, bearing the same design as the TV monitor screen, was cut by Val St Leon, a QF Boeing 707 captain of the time. He is accompanied by Alan Joyce, CEO, and some "hostesses" wearing uniforms of the period. Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

 

 

Monitors at QF check-in counters carried this "Celebrating 50" message.  (John Adlard)

Monitors at QF check-in counters carried this "Celebrating 50" message. (John Adlard)

 

 

Boeing 707-138 N31239 (msn 17696) "City of Melbourne" is pictured on a test flight prior to delivery on July 16, 1959 as VH-EBA.  VH-EBB (msn 17697) actually arrived first on June 26, 1959.  (Boeing)

Pictured in the 1959 colors, Boeing 707-138 N31239 (msn 17696) "City of Melbourne" is pictured on a test flight prior to delivery on July 16, 1959 as VH-EBA. VH-EBB (msn 17697) actually arrived first on June 26, 1959. (Boeing)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) today (July 29) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its first jet flight. On July 29, 1959 Boeing 707-138 VH-EBC departed Sydney bound for San Francisco as flight EM 774 via Nadi and Honolulu. The flight was performed in 14 hours and 15 minutes, setting a new record. Congratulations QF!

 

Press release:

finance.yahoo.com/news/Qantas-Marks-50-Years-of-the-bw-316865075.html?x=0&.v=1