#FlashbackFriday - Classic Airline Advertisements

In this original post, I showed off 10 classic airline ads created during the golden age of travel. These ads were designed to show off airlines destinations, along with aircraft and in-flight amenities. Below are another 10 of my favorites found on my Pinterest board, Classic Airline Advertisements.

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Pan Am

Photo courtesy of everythingpanam.com

Until the U.S. airline industry was deregulated in 1978, this New York-based company served as America's flag carrier to international destinations. This 1960 ad posts fares as low as $298 to Europe. That ticket would cost $2,397.43 today.

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I had the chance to fly on VASP, a carrier based in Sao Paulo, before it was shut down in April 2005 after becoming financially insolvent. But in its heyday, the carrier flew to all of Brazil's major airports, along with cities in North America and Europe. This ad touted what was considered "quick" service between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

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Did you know that TWA was the first airline to show in-flight movie? It debuted in 1961, showing the film "By Love Possessed," starring Lana Turner.

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Canadian Pacific Airlines

Image courtesy of James Vaughan/Flickr

This Vancouver, Canada-based carrier flew from 1942 to 1987. It not only served Canada, but also had flights to Europe, Asia, and Australia. It brought the piston-powered Douglas DC-6 into its fleet in 1953.

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Delta Air Lines

The Atlanta-based carrier took delivery of its first Douglas DC-8 on July 22, 1959. As part of that delivery, Delta unveiled its iconic widget logo to tout what it was calling its Royal Jet Service. The DC-8 stayed in the carrier's fleet until 1989, when it was retired.

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This 1931 poster was used to advertise the Dutch flag carrier's flights to Palestine.

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Mohawk Airlines

This Ithica, New York-based regional carrier was founded in 1945. It concentrated on routes in the mid-Atlantic and mid-west regions of the country, flying BAC 1-11 jets, along with Convair CV-240s and Fairchild Hiller FH-227s. It merged with Allegheny Airlines in 1972.

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Olympic Airways

Greece's flag carrier, owned by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, released this ad in 1970 to show the love passengers could feel when flying on the airline. The carrier, founded in 1957, ceased operations in September 2009.

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American Airlines

Image courtesy of James Vaughan/Flickr

This 1954 ad touts the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline's Flagship system. That system was the brand given by the carrier when the U.S. government gave it permission to fly international routes to countries including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Russia.

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Continental Airlines

In the 1960s, the carrier was based in Los Angeles, where it was pushing to grow after merging with Pioneer Airlines. The carrier used its Boeing 707 Golden Jet service to fly to destinations including Hawaii.

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