It must have felt like private travel. The passenger list was handed out before take-off. A well-known banker in seat 3A. The Prime Minister and his wife row 5. Greta Garbo all the way in the back, incognito… Gracious conversation was an art.
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Aged clarets and Krug champagne. Real silver on starched linen. Refueling in Athens, Amman or Aden, enjoying a Corona or Chesterfield with the local station chief. Lobster cocktail, foie-gras, cheese and coffee with petit-fours. Travel the world in style…