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Diners relive the golden age of air travel

Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 02:02

Caviar washed down with vodka, shrimp cocktail and chateaubriand steak, carved seat-side -- diners relive the golden age of air travel at a restaurant that recreates the experience of flying Pan Am 50 years ago. Jane Ross reports.

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Air travel isn't what it used to be. Crowded terminals and cramped seats leave passengers longing for the golden age of flying -- when cabins were spacious, food was delicious and the Champagne flowed. Which is why a Los Angeles restaurant is bringing the glamor back to air travel, offering a retro dining experience on board an exact interior replica of a Pan Am Boeing 747 from the 1970s. The plane doesn't go anywhere, but, with fine Champagne, vintage cocktails and a five-course nostalgic menu, the passengers don't really mind. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRENDA MCCLURE, 'PASSENGER' FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "Oh, it's outstanding." (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVE BRISVOIS, 'PASSENGER' FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "It was really delicious. It was real food. It wasn't airplane food, it was real food." The creative force behind the restaurant is Anthony Toth, a self-confessed aviation junkie who's been collecting Pan Am memorabilia since his first flight on the iconic airline at the age of five. 19. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAN AM EXPERIENCE CO-FOUNDER ANTHONY TOTH, AN AVID COLLECTOR OF AIRLINE MEMORABILIA, SAYING: "I actually had a lot of vintage menus from all my days of traveling Pan Am and so I picked really what my favorite one was and I went to a caterer and had them replicate the menu in exact detail. And so, tonight, we're serving an authentic Pan Am meal, which would be chateaubriand carved tableside or chicken served with a roasted peppercorn sauce. We also have a vegetarian option, since it is actually 2017. And so, we had that caterer reproduce that menu for us on every Pan Am Experience and part of the experience is actually how we present it and roll it on the cart and it's what really brings the Pan Am menu to life." This trip back in time doesn't come cheap, with tickets going for up to $690 a pair, as much as a flight on a real plane.

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Diners relive the golden age of air travel

Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 02:02