Throwback Thursday // Delta’s 747 Super Jet!
By: Marie F., Delta Archivist, Atlanta
We flew with style into the wide-body jet era with the double-deck Boeing 747 in October 1970. Carrying 370 passengers, the 747 held more seats than our first three jets combined!
Upstairs in First Class, we offered the “world’s first flying penthouse,” a private lounge with six seats sold to small groups traveling together. It was staffed with its own flight attendant and bar, serving “midnight snacks, hunt breakfasts, leisurely luncheons and cocktails.”
Throughout the plane, our customers enjoyed new amenities—many familiar to you on Delta flights today. Our first personal audio in-flight entertainment, called “Deltasonic,” had seven hi-fi channels playing the Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Beethoven. The first issues of Sky magazine were on board. Overhead bins now held carry-on bags instead of open luggage racks like our earlier jets.
See our original 747 brochures, photos and more at Delta Flight Museum’s new 747 gallery.