The Incredible Meals Served By Airlines During The 1950s And 1980s

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Airlines tend to have a bad rep for the quality of meals they serve. And thinking about the journey from the catering kitchen to our plates, I can’t say I’m surprised. After the airline food is prepared, it’s chilled and stored until it’s time to load the meals onto a truck and, finally, onto the plane where it’s served to the passengers—which could be hours later.

But things haven’t always been this way. These vintage photos, taken between 1950 and 1980, show the service and gourmet meals served by Scandinavian Airlines during the golden age of aviation. As you can see, it’s a far stretch from the meals served by today’s low-cost airlines!

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SAS DC-8-33. Interior, service on board, cabin 1960s, first class

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SAS DC-8-33, Sercvice on board, meals served, first class 1980s
SAS DC-8-33, Sercvice on board, meals served, first class 1980s

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