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A Piano Bar…on an Airplane?!!

by jeffreyJuly 11, 2014

So I came across an article the other day that had some cool retro airplane cabins and spotted this photo:

american airlines 747-100

Source: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/3969134/

For those (like me) that needed to do a double take:  yes, that is a piano installed on a Boeing 747! Sometime around 1972, American Airlines introduced their new “LuxuryLiner” fleet; here’s a commercial hitting the highlights:

Here’s a shot of the entire lounge:

Source: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/1344151-traveling-back-70s-3.html

Source: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/1344151-traveling-back-70s-3.html

American Airlines’ new “LuxuryLiner” fleet featured many of their McDonnell Douglas DC-10, Boeing 707 and Boeing 747-100 aircraft. The Boeing 747-100s were probably the coolest in that the airline removed 60 seats and placed a living room-sized lounge and piano bar for its coach passengers to enjoy. Just look at how much fun they’re having (in this staged photo by a professional photographer):

Source: http://airlinespastpresent.blogspot.com/

Source: http://airlinespastpresent.blogspot.com/

I don’t know about you, but I’d take the above photo any day over the current reality of flying coach:

Source: http://pagesay.com/messed-up-flight-dont-settle-for-a-food-voucher/

Source: http://pagesay.com/messed-up-flight-dont-settle-for-a-food-voucher/

The lounges were all equipped with Wurlitzer electronic organs:

Source: http://www.710kmpc.com/photo.htm

Source: http://www.710kmpc.com/photo.htm

And, flying in First Class didn’t suck either:  passengers were able to reserve a table for up to 4 people to eat dinner, hangout etc…

Source: airlinespastpresent.blogspot.com

Source: airlinespastpresent.blogspot.com

aa 747 luxury liner

Here’s another AA commercial from 1972 touting their new fleet:

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  • Lars Condor

    Jeffrey…This is Great!. Thanks so much for putting this together. I have often told stories of piano bars in the back of DC-10’s and on 747’s during the 1970’s but the stories are rarely taken seriously. I was young, but the video is exactly as I remembered it . A couple of additional points. The DC-10 (widebody aircraft) was were land in smaller airports, including Buffalo and Rochester. On a flight from Rochester, NY to New York LGA or Chicago, American would routinely fly these DC-10’s equipped with these bar’s in the sky.40 years later, regional jets make up most of the service on these short routes if you’re lucky. But I can remember flying a 55 minute flight from Buffalo to New York and going to the lounge.

    The other side note is “THE PLAYER” with the lighter is Henry Winkler a.k.a. “THE FONZ”…Forget about smoking in planes today, you can’t even bring a lighter anywhere near an airplane. I would like to share this with the http://www.passportpremiere.com community. It may also be shared with the business & first class community at http://www.1st-air.net……

    Will get it out sometime in July

  • Paul Duca

    And for those who don’t know or remember, the spokesperson in both ads is Chet Huntley–after he retired from his long time position as co-anchor of NBC’s nightly news show with David Brinkley.