One woman who knows what it was really like in the glamorous era of Sixties air travel is former air stewardess Libbie Escolme-Schmidt who flew the world with BOAC – the British Overseas Airways Corporation.
She says that the new drama captures the mood of the time almost perfectly – and adds that the life of modern-day air hostesses – as seen on recent fly-on-the-wall documentaries such as Airline – is completely unlike that enjoyed by the women who worked in the industry in its infancy.
‘The lifestyle is no way near as interesting as the times we enjoyed,’ said Libbie. ‘The Pan Am girls were gorgeous and they were all blonde.
‘But whenever we crossed paths in New York, I used to hold my head high and be proud of being part of BOAC. We were more glamorous.