Flashback Friday: Remember these retro holiday snaps?
Finnair was founded 95 years ago this month – and the age of flying has surely developed since then. So, buckle up and join us for a walk down memory lane as Blue Wings recants the pleasures of modern globetrotting.
Oh, the golden age of travel. When people dressed in their Sunday best and inflight meals were served in four-course fashion. Up until the 1960s flying was a luxury. Then suddenly people had more income, holidays were longer, and jet planes replaced propeller aircraft making flying abroad more cost effective and of course faster. Finns started to swap their cold and dark winters for sunnier destinations while summers were spent discovering the wonders of Italy or sipping café au lait in fashionable Paris.
The great Finnish holiday
One of the first destinations that charmed the Finns was the Canary Islands. Tour operator Aurinkomatkat, founded in 1963 and owned by Finnair, took planefuls of Finnish holidaymakers on Finnair Super Caravelles to the Spanish archipelago five times a week. New modern hotels with swimming pools and “en-suite” telephones awaited the Finnish leisure travellers. Most people spent their holiday soaking up sun on a beach, but there were also excursions to banana plantations, shopping trips, and even fashion shows.
A world away
During the decades to come, exotic destinations were added. Picturesque Greece appealed to the crowds while the more adventurous travellers headed to remote Pattaya in Thailand. Most people chose a package holiday since the era of independent travel was yet to come…
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Text Laura Iisalo