08/23/2012 08:06 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2013

Air New Zealand Celebrates 30 Years Of LA To London Route (PHOTOS)

We just can't get enough of retro photos of flight attendants. There are the snapshots of Continental's old crew getup pre-United merger, British Airways' uniforms through the years and a history of Alitalia's uniforms -- because who doesn't love snapshots from Italy in the 50s and 60s?

Here's a fresh bunch of fashion gems from the 80s, courtesy of Air New Zealand, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Los Angeles to London route.

Back in 1982 when the route launched, there were just two weekly flights, which were flown on the Boeing 747-200 aka the Ritz of the Skies. Since the late 90s, the route has been flown daily and seen 7,700 round-trip flights for a total of 84,000,000 miles. The trip takes about 13 hours.

Air New Zealand is celebrating with a chance to win a vacation in London, special fares, and free sightseeing passes. More on that here.

We've long loved Air New Zealand for its crazy flight demo videos and ads. Its most recent animated take features caricatures of Ed O'Neill and Barack Obama, among others. Funky fitness guru Richard Simmons took a stab at the safety rundown, though he was once accused of "murdering" the airline's mascot Rico.

Oh, and Snoop Dog (Snoop Lion?) once did a rap with Mr. Rico. Word.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post said that United took over Continental Airlines. In fact, they merged. We regret the error.



Air New Zealand In The 80s