Piedmont Airlines began operations in 1948 from its home base of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and eventually grew into a national carrier with a route network stretching to the west coast (and later to London’s Gatwick Airport). The east coast was still its strength with the largest frequencies operating from hubs in Charlotte, Baltimore and Dayton. Everything I’ve read about the carrier seems to indicate it was a beloved airline by passengers and employees, and the absorption by USAir in 1989 was heartbreak to many. The former Henson Airlines operates currently as Piedmont Airlines as a regional carrier within US Airways operating Dash-8 aircraft.
Here is Piedmont’s Boeing 727-200 seat map in a two-cabin configuration seating 12 passengers in first class and 134 in coach. In first class you’d find me in row 3 or 4 away from the galley and row 5 certainly looks appealing in coach, but I wonder if there is really as much room at that bulkhead as what appears. Otherwise I’d select a window seat a few rows back for optimal camera use forward of the wing. How horrible would rows 27 and 28 be? Ouch!
Where would you sit?