I previously posted American’s 727-100 from 1977 and here now is the stretched -200 series for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps.
American offered 16 seats in first class and 111 in coach on this pre-deregulation 727-200. Seat pitch in first was probably around 38-inches and economy likely had a very generous 36-inch pitch.
Following deregulation, American removed one row of first class, offering 12 seats up front. And in economy, they tightened the pitch and added rows to bring the cabin capacity to 138 – a whopping increase of 27 seats! I’ll post that seat map in a future installment.
In first, you’d find me in 4F or 5F and in coach I’d be keen on a window in row eight or nine.
Where would you sit?
American Airlines Boeing 727-100 (1977)
American Airlines Boeing 727-100 (1985)
United Airlines Boeing 727-200 (1979)
Here’s a fantastic flash back of United Airlines, and the U.S. airline industry, circa 1980. I’ve seen this hour-long video before, but just came across it again yesterday and it’s truly a gem. It really doesn’t get going until about nine minutes in with an interview of then President & CEO of United, Richard Ferris.
I jumped around a bit and found some gems, including a reporter who stated while interviewing a United executive, “anyone who has been traveling for some years will have noticed that air travel has in general become more impersonal, less comfortable and less elegant.” What would he think today?
There was also a great in-flight clip of a sparsely occupied upper deck First Class lounge on a 747 where the commentator remarks, “seems like a waste of space.”
The conversations with reservations agents are also priceless. If you don’t have an hour to spend watching, just jump around like I did and you’ll find some other remarkable moments.
It’s time for another edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps and this is probably one of the coolest layouts for a Douglas DC-10-10 that I’ve ever seen. The American Airlines configuration shown below seated a total of 264 passengers and was flying in the pre-deregulation era when airlines were less concerned with packing the greatest amount of passengers onboard.
First Class seated a total of 44 passengers in the common 2 x 2 x 2 layout, but with a special “Dining In The Sky” section. Similar to the ones found on their Boeing 747-100s at that time, four seats were designed to swivel around a central table to create a unique section perfect for both eating and socializing. I’d imagine a few poker games went down, too. I had wondered if American ever began row numbering with ‘1,’ and this map answers that question. Up front I’d mostly likely be in a window in row three or four.
Coach seated a total of 220 passengers and this was at time when seat pitch either matched or was just a shade under what First Class enjoyed. Be sure to note the center section ‘E’ seats didn’t exist at that time. Here I’d also be in a window ahead of the wing for the best view, probably in row 13 or 14.
Where would you sit?
Image courtesy American Airlines