* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The landing.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Joe Patroni became a RecurringCharacter in each of the sequels, though not with the same job. He was always played by George Kennedy.
** Helen Hayes' Oscar would also cement this status.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. 11 years after the movie came out, Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to Los Angeles International Airport after it collided with a Piper Cherokee Archer, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. There was initial speculation that the Piper's pilot had a heart attack.
** In ''Concorde: Airport '79'', Robert Wagner is trying to murder his girlfriend. Some might see this as a cruel irony to the dispute over his real-life drowning of girlfriend NatalieWood.
** The Concorde that was used for that film (and is seen exploding in the end) crashed as Air France Flight 4590 on July 25, 2000 in Paris, killing 113 people.
* ProductPlacement: Despite being over twenty years since its first flight, Boeing couldn't have written a finer commercial for the 707.
* {{Sequelitis}}: Three, in fact.
* TheWoobie: Inez, and arguably Sarah Demerest.