Iâ€™ve mentioned before that itâ€™s a toss-up for me as to whether the Boeing 747 or Douglas DC-10 is my all-time favorite airplane, and here is another variation of the 747 for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. Called the â€œSPâ€ for Special Performance, it is basically a shorter version based on the 747-100 and allowed for longer flight ranges with a reduced capacity. Sadly, I never flew on any of the SPs and I doubt I will given the only airline still flying them is Iran Air.
American bought two 747SPs from TWA in the late 1980s for their Dallas to Tokyo-Narita nonstop flights, and configured them to cater to the large amount of high-yield First and Business Class traffic frequently seen at that time on the Tokyo routes. This map doesnâ€™t provide pitch info (the distance between seats), so the First Class section to me looks like it would be a little tight if the person in front of you were reclined fully flat in those sleeper seats. American operated these until about 1992, so itâ€™s fascinating to see that a U.S. carrier still allocated sacred cabin space to a stand-up bar. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d like the upper deck on this bird given itâ€™s small size, so youâ€™d likely find me in 6A or 6J in First; an aisle in Business such as 19D or 19G; and if I were relegated to coach Iâ€™d hope for the exit row aisles in row 30.
Where would you sit?