Airline hostesses have always been the focus of glamour, particularly in the 50s and 60s. Aircraft manufacturers, like Boeing, and airlines have always used them to highlight new aircraft and new passengers features. READ: Passengers moving to launch 797 – a plane all passengers will love The following images from the vaults of AirlineRatings.com showcase many of the great airlines of the past and a few that have survived through to the present day. The first airline hostesses flew for United Airlines in 1930. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. The Douglas DC-3 (below) in the 1930s brought an entirely new level of safety and comfort to flying. Hostess attends to a passenger on a corporate DC-3. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. The Douglas DC-4E followed the DC-3 but was too luxurious for airlines who wanted a leaner more economical model. Hostess attends to mother and child on the Douglas DC4E in 1939. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. After WW11, commercial aviation was dominated by the Douglas DC-6 and DC-7 (below) and the Lockheed Constellation series. Hostess greets passengers on a Pan Am DC-7C. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. Lounge on board a Lockheed Constellation Qantas was a big user of the Lockheed Constellation and launched the world’s first around the world service in 1957. The hostesses look more like matrons in their long white outfits. Qantas Super Constellation in Auckland. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. Hostess and Steward on board a BOAC Constellation. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. Into the jet era, United Airlines offered a male-only flight between New York and Chicago on its French Caravelles. Hostess lights up cigars for male passengers. Colorized by Benoit Vienne. Ansett-ANA hostess serving drinks. Braniff hostesses in the mock-up for the Boeing supersonic transport.