Here’s the last Vintage Airline Seat Map of 2012 – a high-density United Airlines Boeing 747-100 seen flying the skies in 1998. I was working for United at the time and recall it primarily doing turns from Chicago to Honolulu and back as UA1/UA2.
I had the pleasure of flying this configuration once from Chicago to Seattle in 1996. And as it so happened I was on N4724U, which was the same aircraft as flight 811 from Honolulu to Auckland on February 24, 1989 where sadly 9 passengers died as a result of a cargo door failure. Its registration at that time was N4713U.
First class offered 42 seats, 16 of which were upstairs. The row of six coach seats behind row 10 was used for crew rest, if I recall correctly. I’m a big fan of the nose of the 747, so you’d find me in row 2 or 3 up front. In 1996, I was in coach seat 46K. But I’d be keener on those two-seaters up in rows 19-21 if this bird were flying today.
Where would you sit?