** The original movie starred Burt Lancaster, Music/DeanMartin, Helen Hayes, Barbara Hale and George Kennedy.
** Aside from George Kennedy's reappearance as Patroni in ''Airport '75'', there's Charlton Heston, Karen Black, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Sid Caesar... the list just keeps on going.
** ''Airport '77'' had Creator/JimmyStewart, Jack Lemmon, Brenda Vaccaro, Lee Grant, Creator/ChristopherLee...
** ''Airport '79'' also featured an ensemble cast, though its actors were more famous for their TV work.
* BillingDisplacement: Charlton Heston in ''Airport '75'' is billed first, but Karen Black's character gets the most focus, as well as screentime.
* FranchiseKiller: Almost everyone agrees that ''Airport [='79=]'' was the end of the line for the series.
* PlayingAgainstType: In ''Airport '77'', Creator/ChristopherLee, frequently cast as a suave villain, plays the selfless Martin Wallace who [[spoiler: sacrificed his life when he tried to help rescue the other passengers.]]