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Airport International Paperback – 9 Jun 1978

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Thus edition (9 Jun. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330254170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330254175
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BGT1785 on 14 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who travels by air, but be warned, you must be brave to take it with you on a flight! Better to read with your two feet firmly planted on the ground. Shocking, funny, extremely enjoyable and educational.
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By Rockomoto on 30 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great old book I heard about and couldn't really find anywhere else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Getting there is half the fun 2 Oct. 2014
By marksutherland - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This "exposè" is written in the style of the greats: Paul Theroux, Ecix Newby, Pico Ayer etc. One reviewer comments that it's about "the early days of air travel." Geez, I'm not that old; the thing was up to date when published in 1981. But have a look at the [current] prices: Hardback: $3,203.88, paperback: $235.95. How do sellers concoct these numbers?! Happily, further investigation revealed what looks like a more recent edition, with a different cover than the one shown here and considerably cheaper. And I assume all the words are the same.
Thirty-three years ago this book helped push me into a travel writing career. And many of the airlines' nicknames of that period remain smilingly in memory:
How about Pandemonium Scareways for Pan Am, with Air France morphing into Air Chance. (Too easy a shot, that one.) Delta means "Don't Ever Leave The Airport," whereas SAHSA of Honduras is an acronym for "Stay At Home, Stay Alive." Canadian CPAir [CPA] means Can't Promise Anything", and, fittingly, El Al stands for "Every Landing, Always Late". Then there's "Try Walking Airways" for TWA. Iberia Airlines transposes as Hysteria Airlines, and GARUDA was a "Good Airline Run Under Dutch Administration (when Indonesia was the Netherlands East Indies). The Big AA on the tails of American stands for Amateurs Anonymous, and QANTAS becomes "Queer And Nice Types of Stewards." I can't recall them all, but LUFTHANSA is a standout: "Let Us Fondle The Hostesses And Not Say Anything."
And that's just half a page worth.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
informative account on airport functioning 27 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
well i have read it long back . ill like to read it again. its full of facts about airport functioning and illegal functions that are happening around the airports all,over the globe. there is so much to learn about aparticular area in this book
Airport Confidential Hooks You 4 Feb. 2012
By B767Captain - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was 17 years old and away at Boy Scout camp for the summer. I read it cover-to-cover and could not put it down, and have read it again and again. It describes in great, entertaining detail how airports, airlines and employees around the world do their job. It is dated---circa 1981---but very relevant and captures the essence of airline flight and travelling thru airports. I lost my first paperbound copy, but luckily found a hardback copy in great condition at a used-book store on Ventura Blvd in Los Angeles about 10 years ago. I treasure this book, and recommend it highly.
A Very Interesting Read 14 April 2014
By 1234 - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book if full of interesting information about what goes on in Airports as well as what is was like when commercial aviation began.
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