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?