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Everyone loves the idea of ​​traveling to the 1950s, the so-called “golden age” of travel. But the reality was quite different and much more dangerous.

Imagine that you are halfway through your flight to London. The plane lands, the plane door opens and the intense smells of India fill the plane. You look out the window and see the lights of the fires still burning in the cabins overlooking the airport.

So why do people love the idea of ​​old-fashioned travel? After all, it was a long time in heaven.

Is this a pink travel glasses case? Let’s go back to 1947, when Qantas took the kangaroo route from Australia to London.

Today, the Flying Kangaroo flies direct from mainland Australia to London non-stop.

But there was a time, not too long ago, when it took 7 stops to go by kangaroo in London.

The original 1947 Kangaroo Route

And it was big business to travel, and also difficult for Qantas to get by.

After all, landing in some of these countries was quite complicated back then.

So, let’s take a bite of our grapefruit and pineapple cocktail – the food they served on board back then, and step back into history.

Qantas was flying to London for WWII, sort of. They had a codeshare agreement from Brisbane to Singapore as early as 1935, using the de Havilland DH86 Express, which could only accommodate 10 passengers.

When the plane landed in Singapore, passengers connected with a Qantas partner, Imperial Airways, who took them to London.

But it was not a 15 hour flight like today. It was 12 and a half days.

By 1938 Qantas had taken more of this trip itself, and by 1947 there were up to 6 weekly flights between Sydney and England.

Flying to Singapore was part of the experience.

The fastest route was 78 hours

And then the Kangaroo route was born. Qantas used the Lockheed Constellations, with ten crew on board, including three pilots, a navigator, a radio operator, two flight engineers and three cabin crew.

Between them, they only took care of 29 passengers. Enough to make today’s airline accountants cry.

And if you were one of the lucky few to get a seat on board, you were pretty rich. The cost of the flight from Sydney to London was around $40,000.

But for that price, you have to see the world, literally.

Qantas flight to UK by Constellation in 1935.

Departing from Darwin, at the northern tip of the Australian island, the flight would fly to Singapore, then to Calcutta, before a new stopover in Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito and then Rome.

Over the next decade, Qantas was quite experimental. Adding cities like Frankfurt, Zurich, Rome, Athens and Colombo, while other cities dropped out.

Fly to London has been experience.

Passengers loved it, and before long competitors came for Qantas’ golden goose.

BOAC operated four Britannias a week in both directions, Air India flew the Super Constellation between Sydney and London, and KLM ran a Super Constellation between Sydney and Amsterdam.

Then came the era of the jet! In 1959, Qantas turned to Boeing to build an aircraft that could put it ahead of the competition. And Boeing delivered, with the 707.

The 707 was a game changer for the flying room.

At present, Qantas incorporated the kangaroo route into a race around the world.

With flights from Australia to the United States and then to London in what became known as the Southern Cross route.

These were such extraordinary and exciting times for passengers and those who work in the airline industry.

By the 1970s, the 747 had again changed the landscape. The queen of heaven could fly faster and longer.

And with it, drastic changes to the kangaroo route.

As planes got bigger, routes got smaller, and stops to places like Bombay were no longer necessary.

Airlines have taken their marketing from adventure to speed and efficiency.

The photos are great, but the reality was quite different.

Soon there was only one stop, usually Singapore, with its sky bridges and air conditioning. Replace local smells and curiosities.

Now there are loads of airlines flying the route, from Singapore to Emirate, Etihad, Thai and British Airways.

The planes are more sophisticated and, depending on the wind, this flight to London now takes 21 hours, instead of 12 and a half days.

And very soon, the kangaroo route won’t be descending at all, flying directly from mainland Australia to London or New York directly.

But take a minute to think back to that time when traveling was an opportunity to see the world, to experience new cultures.

But for those of us who only grew up in the jet age, it’s nice to imagine what it was like.


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