An individual on Reddit has shared an image of a Seventies-era drinks menu from defunct provider Ansett Australia, which provided cans of beer for 30 cents, Coke for 10 cents, and packets of cigarettes for a jaw-dropping value of 45 cents.
It additionally bought miniature bottles of imported whiskey for 45 cents (35 cents for the native stuff), juice for 10 cents and specifically chosen Australian pink and white wines for 40 cents a glass.
It isn’t clear precisely what 12 months the bar record was utilized by Ansett, and the general price of residing has modified so much previously 5 a long time, however these costs are nonetheless tremendous low cost by at present’s requirements.
If the menu was from 1975, that 30c can of beer would price the equal of round $2.17 at present after inflation, in keeping with a tough estimate by the RBA.
“No marvel they went bust with these costs,” one individual commented.
“I used to be born too f**king late,” one other mentioned.
In addition to the low costs, many individuals on Reddit have been struck by the inclusion of cigarettes on the in-flight menu.
“Cigarettes on a flight. Yikes,” somebody mentioned.
“I’ll always remember flying Qantas as a child up the again of the aircraft with the people who smoke for 12 hours to LAX and again,” one individual commented.
“I’m simply sufficiently old to recollect being in a aircraft when smoking was allowed,” one other mentioned.
“Solely a curtain separated the smoking and non smoking sections. It was completely foul.”
Australia was the primary nation to completely outlaw smoking on home flights in 1987.
We have been practically the primary nation to ban smoking on worldwide flights, however then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke feared a smoke-free Qantas can be deprived by international opponents that allowed its passengers to gentle up at any time when they needed.
The Australian authorities ultimately banned smoking on worldwide flights inside Australian airspace in 1990, and in 1996 banned smoking on all Australian worldwide flights.
Ansett noticed a couple of smoke-free years earlier than it collapsed out of the blue in 2001, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and about 16,500 individuals out of labor.
The collapse — which was the most important lay-off of workers in Australian historical past — adopted years of economic hassle egged on by deregulation of Australia’s aviation business, powerful competitors, an ageing fleet and value movement issues.
By 2001 Ansett was mentioned to be haemorrhaging about $1.3 million a day, with no hope of a bailout from the federal authorities.
Someday after September 11 terror assaults within the US, Ansett’s proprietor Air New Zealand — itself in turmoil — put Ansett into voluntary administration. Two days after that, directors at PricewaterhouseCoopers decided there was no manner Ansett may proceed and operations have been shut down instantly.