Vintage Airline Seat Map: American Airlines DC-10 ‘Standard’ from 1987

Last month I published a seat map of American’s “Standard†DC-10 from 1985 sporting a spacious coach cabin. I noted in that post that a mere two years later in 1987, this same aircraft was reconfigured with 22 additional seats in the rear cabin and promised to share the higher-density layout.

Here, then, is American’s DC-10 Luxury Liner seen flying the skies in 1987 for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps.

The additional seats came by way of adding a pair of two-seaters on each side of the aircraft in between doors 2L/R and 3L/R, a pair of two-seaters in the rear-most section and three rows of middle five-seaters. If you’re doing the math, that’s one too many seats – note the very last row in the middle section formerly had four seats, but now only three.

Surviving this configuration, though, was a coffee bar in the very back along with two coat compartments (for coach!).

In first class you’d find me in a window seat mid-cabin, such as 3A or 3J. And in coach I always loved sitting near the engines as they had such a distinctly fantastic howl.

Where would you sit?

a diagram of a plane

American Airlines DC-10 Standard Seat Map (1987)

Related posts:

American Airlines DC-10 ‘Standard’ Seat Map from 1985

American Airlines DC-10 ‘Dining in the Sky’ Seat Map

American Airlines DC-10 ‘International’ Seat Map


  1. Another Luxury Liner!! You’re right that AA should bring that back for the 773, especially given the upgraded amenities they are touting on it. Anyway, on this one you’d find me stretching my legs in row 1 up front (better access to the Airfone from that row!) or row 22 AB or HJ in back.

  2. I flew on an American DC 10 from IAH to DFW in about 1986 or 87. The plane then went on a longer segment from there but I just did the hop.
    There were maybe 40 or 50 coach pax that morning. I remember leg room being fairly tight, but I had elbow room!
    I did enjoy the cockpit radio feed to the air-powered headphones of the era, though things were exciting for a minute or so when controllers were telling the American 10 heavy pilot of traffic in the area that he wasn’t seeing.
    That was my only AMR DC10 flight. I suffered a NWA DC10 once, and dad got me in biz class on a JFK-IAH Pan Am ’10 around 1988.

  3. The mile range on this aircraft is horrible. 3445 statute miles. Thats not a whole lot more than Florida to Alaska really. Doesn’t really seem too great in my eyes. I also like to think of this as in gas miles, like a car. MPG. 3445 miles to a tank is like driving a Hummer or old 70s Cadillac with a giant 400hp V8 or something. Totally inefficient motor. Now we have these super long flights capable in planes much larger than the DC-10 that have not only better range but just better MPG like driving a Honda Civic or something today. Also if you think about it, planes these days are kinda built all plasticy like a Honda Civic too.

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