It’s time for another Vintage Airline Seat Map, and I’ve gone even more vintage than normal bringing you an American Airlines Boeing 707 (type 123) “LuxuryJet” from the 1970s. Keep in mind this was back in the days of generous seat pitch in coach, and service to match. First class seated 14 passengers in a 2 x 2 configuration, and included a bar forward of row 2 as well as a carry on luggage rack. Coach seated 123 passengers in the typical 3 x 3 layout. My guess is that smoking was allowed plane-wide. For those not old enough to know any better, this bird typically had open “shelves” above the seats and was flown during a time of more civility, as well as when most (all?) people actually checked their luggage. Could you imagine the carry on situation today with such a setup?
Sadly, although I was alive when this aircraft was in active use, I did not fly on it. If I had the chance, you’d find me in the back of first class away from the galley, probably row 5. In coach, I’d try for the exit rows in case they offered even more room, and would likely also have a good view of the movie screen (and yes, I bet it really was a pull-down screen!) I wonder if you could hear the movie over those engines?
Where would you sit?