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Friday 15 October 2010

Forty years ago Concorde was being tested prior to going into commercial service but already prompting complaints about noise from those who lived under its flight path. The Boeing 747 "Jumbo Jet" undertook its first commercial flight and one package tour operator had to get permission to offer a four day break in Majorca for just £18. Today the internet has left the package holiday industry on its knees, airlines are accused of charging unsustainable fares, Concorde has ceased flying and the Jumbo is being replaced by a generation of even bigger aircraft. You and Yours marks its fortieth birthday this month with a look back at the travel industry of 1970 and of the future.


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  • Travel in the 70s

    Cast your mind back to before you could create your own holiday on the internet, pre no-frills airlines and when ‘going abroad’ was just becoming the norm. So what was travel like in 1970?

  • The birth of the Jumbo Jet

    In January 1970 the first jumbo jet carrying fare-paying passengers touched down at Heathrow airport. It was known as the Queen of the Skies and revolutionised affordable long-distance travel.

  • How airtravel has changed

    From state owned airlines to free market, flying was once the preserve of the rich but is now accessible to most. The revolution in air travel has driven our desire to see the world.

  • Changing face of airports

    Growing passenger numbers has meant a transformation in how our airports operate and what they look like over the last four decades.

  • How holidays have changed

    From the pinnacle of the package tour in the seventies, to today's do-it-yourself approach.

  • Changes to consumer protection

    Our current system of financial protection for air travellers dates back to the 1970s. How might it change to make it fit for purpose for an internet age?

  • Travel of the future

    A report into the future of the travel industry has warned that it continues to face a tough battle to survive and grow. So how will it develop from here?


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