Manufacturers: Arzberg China and Rosenthal China
User: Lufthansa Senator
Date of examples: circa 1958 – 1960s
Notes: Lufthansa Senator Luxury Non-Stop Service began in November 1958, between Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and New York. Senator flights were extremely popular with world-famous transatlantic travelers. Senator flights offered an on-board chef preparing gourmet meals, caviar, premium liquors, cigars and a fine collection of wines served throughout the flight. The Senator Flight aircraft was a Lockheed Super Star Constellation and normally carried 95 passengers but for Senator Service was reconfigured to carry only 32 passengers for a higher standard of comfort and service.
A cabin staff of five attended to passengers every need during the flights. The 1960s and 70s saw Lufthansa Senator Service eventually become synonymous with First Class. By the 1980s a world-wide recession saw the phrase Senator Service largely fade from the pages of Lufthansa's advertising. With a partial resurrection in the 2010s, the Lufthansa Senator Lounge can now be found at select major airports world-wide.
Lufthansa stylized crane over "Senator" in black on a gold shield on a black body. Gold stylized crane and "Senator" on black shield in Rosenthal white body version. Pictured on a postcard is the Senator Service logo on a white body plate, thought to be Rosenthal China. That's the plate beside the beer keg!
Hartford Courant – Sunday January 17, 1960
Flight World Magazine – 1958, Issue 11
ID and photos: Roland Burritt and Steven Koska
Author: Steven Koska