Upgrd 38: Airline Nostalgia

A 50 minute flight with a full catered meal and dessert? Are we talking about some far off international carrier? No of course not, unfortunately though you will need a time machine.

Listen in to our semi-historical talk about our earliest flight memories as we are joined by veteran traveler Todd, a meterologist at an east coast University. We discuss:


  • CO's old flights to/from BOS/DEN on the A300. Carved roast beef at your seat.
  • Flying TW's L-1011 BOS-ORY service, and being the only one in F.
  • TWA 747 BOS/JFK/BOS repositioning flight where upgrades were free and easy.
  • Almost never missing an upgrade on Eastern Shuttle in the 80s thanks to their "Executive Traveller Program."
  • Knowing how to get an F seat on the "all coach" Eastern Shuttle. Sometimes they put an L-1011 or A300 on the LGA/BOS service, and savvy flyers would enter the L2 door and turn left instead of right. An F seat was yours for the taking!
  • American Airlines 747 with piano

We will be live streaming from the San Diego Film Festival next weekend, make sure you join us and send your question live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/upgrd (Link will work Saturday, September 26 at 4pm PST)

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Dave September 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Where did all the podcasts mp3s go? Can't seem to find them anywhere...

Mike September 29, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Sorry Dave, the audio player was not working. It is now fixed and shown below each podcast post.

Dave September 30, 2009 at 06:40 am

Thanks Mike!!! :)