- The real star of the show, the Boeing 707 (a 707-349C, serial no. 19351[503rd 707 off the production line], originally registered N324F), was leased to MCA/Universal Pictures from Flying Tiger Line (now merged with Fedex) for the filming of the exterior shots. After filming was completed, the aircraft returned to Flying Tigers and was later sold, going through various owners before meeting a tragic end in a takeoff accident on 21 March 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Trans Global Airlines was the name of the notional airline for the film. For many years it was not unusual to see props from the movie (with the fictional TGA logo) in other Universal films where airliner interior scenes were shot.
- Expanded from a Canadian TV production Hailey wrote called Flight Into Danger (1956) (TV).
- At 'Dean Martin' 's request, Petula Clark was originally offered the role of Gwen Meighen.
- Dean Martin received 10% of the film's gross which added an additional $7,000,000 to his salary.
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