11/18/2010 10:36 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Class Warfare: Economy Class vs. First Class (INFOGRAPHIC)

In the early years of commercial flight every seat was luxurious, with free drinks, 7-course meals and lots of legroom. In 1957, when flying Economy Class first became an option, it was not so very different from flying First Class. But over the years, especially as a result of airline deregulation in 1978, the gap in cost and service between flying Economy Class and First Class has become a chasm.

Did you know that Economy Class on American Airlines 747s once included an Economy Class Lounge with live music from a Wurlitzer organ? Or that today there are Emirates flights where First Class passengers can take a shower onboard? Take a walk through history with this infographic.