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Awesome Article and photos on flying BA First Class Ultra Long Haul in 1968

Awesome Article and photos on flying BA First Class Ultra Long Haul in 1968

Old Mar 12, 19, 6:30 pm
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Awesome Article and photos on flying BA First Class Ultra Long Haul in 1968

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At a cost of £630, traveling from London to Australia in 1958 required 130 weeks worth of the average wages, six stops, 35 hours of actual flight time and more than 60 hours of constant travel. That’s a lot more than any “around the world” flight found today. Here’s a relayed first hand account of the journey, using original photographs, menus and boarding passes from his 1958 flight.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 7:38 pm
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Really amazing. Thx for this
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Old Mar 13, 19, 12:29 am
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I love things like this. Thanks for posting.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 12:59 am
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Amazing! This is a great share!
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Old Mar 13, 19, 2:22 am
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Love this sort of stuff. REALLY like even earlier travel stories.... Empire class Flying boats Portsmouth to Rose Bay and that sort of thing.... (8 days??) Im just old I guess...lol
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Loved it. Note that Qantas had buy on board in 1958!!!
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"Ask your steward for book matches" that would have gone down well on Monday's BA11 to Singapore!
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OP has 1968 not 1958!
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Odd thought perhaps, but 60 years' on what will our grandchildren think of today's profligate air travel, with its uneasy veneer of sophistication.
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Love it, thanks for posting!
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Old Mar 13, 19, 5:20 am
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Magical nostalgia!

I wish cigarettes were still £0/1/9 for 20 (c. 9p in today's money) instead of around £9!!
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Double checking the "130 weeks worth of the average wages" statement: online inflation calculator suggests that £630 in 1958 = £14,338 today. Certainly an eye-popping amount, but 130 weeks worth of wages? I assume not.

PS I originally thought that the receipt said 1968, hence the potential confusion in the title thread.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 9:34 am
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130 days seems more or less accurate (median salary around 27.5k atm)

Great pictures!
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Old Mar 13, 19, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by BAGoldBoy View Post
OP has 1968 not 1958!

Can a moderator please change the title? I mistyped the year.
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Originally Posted by bosman View Post
Double checking the "130 weeks worth of the average wages" statement: online inflation calculator suggests that £630 in 1958 = £14,338 today. Certainly an eye-popping amount, but 130 weeks worth of wages? I assume not.

PS I originally thought that the receipt said 1968, hence the potential confusion in the title thread.
Over time wages tend to rise faster than the prices of goods, so will tend to rise faster than inflation. The statement may be correct.
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