It’s time for another edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps and I’ve selected the American Airlines Boeing 747-100 appearing below. This map was published in 1977 and shows the reconfigured layout after American took out the piano bar and lounge in coach. Seating a total of 396 passengers with 66 seats in first class and 330 in coach, American flew this exclusively on long haul domestic flights.
In first class you’d definitely find me in the nose and while row one looks unique, I’d definitely choose a seat mid-cabin. Check out how huge the center table looks and of course notice the unique “dining in the sky” section and upper deck lounge. In economy I’d prefer the first zone of seating with particular focus on the two-seaters in rows 18, 19 and 20. How nice that American offered a total of 20 of these pairs of doubles. Of course this was pre-deregulation before airlines started stuffing as many seats in as possible. I’d love to know the seat pitch figures. Seven rows in the nose plus those tables behind the first row leads me to believe it couldn’t be more than 38″ in first class.
Where would you sit?