Naomi Watts' latest starring role is glam poster girl for British Airways, as the world-famous Aussie actress recreates an iconic BA ad to celebrate the airline's 80th anniversary of flights 'down under'.
Watts slipped into a vintage swimsuit for this modern take on the classic poster image, which was used decades ago to promote the launch of a London-Brisbane service on April 13, 1935, under the name of Imperial Airways – British Airways predecessor – in conjunction with Qantas Empire Airways.
And it was a far cry from today's one-stop flights from Sydney to London via Singapore.
The trip stretched out over 12 days, beginning with a flight to Paris to connect to an overnight train to Brindisi, where passengers resumed their air journey as political considerations then prevented Imperial Airways flying over Italy.
In all, there would be no less than ten nights spent along the route in carefully selected hotels around the world – including Baghdad, Delhi, Bangkok and Singapore.
A one-way ticket cost A$376 (£195) – that's a hefty $23,470 (£12,158) in today’s money, and nearly twice the price of a return ticket in British Airways' luxurious first class cabin today.
From 1938 the final stage of the journey took place on Qantas' Empire Class flying boat service between Singapore and Sydney’s Rose Bay, although this still needed four full days (with three overnight stops).
Only 16 passengers could be accommodated during flights with overnight legs, but they enjoyed “the most luxurious saloons ever prepared in an aircraft” spread over a series of tiered cabins including a smoking room and bunk-like sleeping berths.
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