As part of the $750 million deal when United Airlines purchased Pan Am’s Pacific division in 1985, they acquired 18 of the carrier’s widebody aircraft. For this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps I’ve selected a United Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar, one the fleet types coming out of that acquisition.
I’m sort of surprised at how much real estate was dedicated for First Class and this is the first time I’ve ever seen the amount of seats in First being more than Business Class. Seating 36 people up front in a 2 x 2 x 2 format, I’d be in a window seat mid-cabin in row three or four. The incredibly small Business cabin seated 32 passengers in an uncomfortable looking 2 x 4 x 2 layout. Here I’d want to be away from the lavs, so probably a window in row nine.
Coach also looks pretty tight with a 10-abreast 3 x 4 x 3 configuration. The cabin width of a L-1011 is more than a foot shorter than a Boeing 747, where such a layout is common. I’d definitely go for row 17 or 18C/18H.
Where would you sit?