Vintage Airline Seat Map: Continental Airlines Airbus A300

Given my frequency of flights on Continental Airlines lately, I thought it appropriate to feature another aircraft from the airline for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. This is the Airbus A300 (or A300B2 if you want the nitty gritty). Configured for two classes of service, they were reallocated from Eastern Airlines over to Continental when Frank Lorenzo, heading Texas Air Corporation, needed to shuffle assets around in an attempt to help keep Eastern afloat. These birds eventually retired from Continental’s fleet in 1995.

I’ve read online that the interiors were in poor condition and no work was done to “Continentalize” them besides the exterior paint job. Regardless, I still would have liked to take a flight on one just to experience it. The First Class cabin had 24 seats in a 2x2x2 configuration and was perfectly situated between doors 1 and 2. Here you’d find me in 1A or 1L if the bulkhead offered plenty of legroom, and if not, then an aisle in the middle section in row 2. In Coach, seats 27B and 27K look very appealing as a solo traveler, and otherwise I’d probably be somewhere in the row 6 to 10 range.

Where would you sit?

Comments

  1. They were not retired in 1991, as you say above. I flew on them as late as 1995. I believe they were retired in 1996-1997.

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