"Northwest Orient is paging Portland passenger Mrs. Yamada. Mrs. Yamada to the Northwest Orient ticket counter, please!" Circa 1957 Northwest Orient Airlines ticket jacket and gate pass, featuring the airline's flagship Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser.
From almost the beginning of air travel until the early 2000s, ticket jackets were important travel tools, holding paper tickets, boarding passes, airline contact information, advice for travelers, and were a marketing and advertising vehicle for the airline.
The illustrated Boeing Stratocruiser was the hot ticket of the era with a spacious passenger cabin, a lower level cocktail lounge, and a high "glamour factor" in the closing days of piston airliner dominance in airline fleets. 56 were built for Northwest, United, SAS, BOAC, Pan Am, and AOA and they provided mainline service from 1949 until the arrival of B-707 and DC-8 jets in 1958-59.
But not for Mrs. Yamada. Her flight 572 was a DC-6B Aloha Service all-tourist class offering, departing Honolulu at 6:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays with dinner served enroute, arriving Portland at 5:40 am. The 1957 published fare of $125 one-way is equal to $1,142 in 2019.
Thanks to timetableimages .com for the ability to read a 1957 Northwest timetable for the flight and fare details! © 2019 Timothy Haskin
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