A quarter of a century before Tony Fernandes laid claim that “Now Everyone Can Fly”, Boeing rolled out its first 747 Jumbo Jet (Sept 30 1968).
It was a truly milestone for aviation history. With a capacity that doubled those of the prevailing 707 and DC-8, and powered by 4 super-efficient turbofan engines, it made air travel much less costly. Few people now realize that.
Whereas in the past air travel was the domain of the rich and famous, WOW EVERYONE COULD FLY thenceforth. Yes, every Abu, Ah Kow and Arun boleh juga.
Interestingly, whereas previously air travellers dressed smartly (coat & tie for men), a new breed of passengers in skimpy shorts, Japanese slippers, singlets and backpacks had come to form a major and important class of customers for the airlines.