Delta Air Lines was the first carrier to launch DC-8 service in 1959 and in 1962 a Delta DC-8 was the first commercial plane to fly from Los Angeles to Atlanta in less than three hours, according to their newsroom-press kit. For this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps, I bring you the DC-8-60 (really a -61) that made its first appearance in the late 1960s with the map below in effect in 1987. It appears the last passenger flight with Delta was in 1989 and the carrier sold most of the fleet to UPS.
Seating a total of 212 passengers with 18 in First Class and 194 in coach, Delta opted to have a far forward galley, lavatory and closet complex as opposed to United’s version just forward of the wing. I’m curious to know what that ‘X’ box is just to the left as you enter the cabin. It could be a crew rest area, but this bird wasn’t configured for international flying and it’s obviously not a blocked seat as the ‘x’ denotes on 35D. Delta did restrict smoking in coach to the unique section aft of door 2L/R, which is nice to see. In First Class you’d find me in row three or four and in coach I’d certainly be keen on 11A or 11F, otherwise an emergency exit row.
Where would you sit?