With Continentalâ€™s takeoverâ€¦ errâ€¦ merger with United Airlines, they now have 747s in their fleet again. It has been more than 20 years since the last Boeing 747 was seen flying in Continentalâ€™s livery and Iâ€™ve picked that version for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps.
The map appearing below is either a -100 or -200 series 747 acquired from People Express, and I notice from Continentalâ€™s fleet history on Planespotters.net that they picked up both variaitons from the defunct carrier.
This bird seated a total of 470 passengers with 24 in First Class and 446 in coach. Anyone else notice something missing from the map? Whereâ€™s the upper deck layout? The main deck seated 430 passengers if my quick math is correct, so that leaves 16 seats that must be upstairs. Wonder what the layout was since a 3 x 3 doesnâ€™t fit. Was it four rows of 2 x 2?
If row one really had that much leg room as what appears, thatâ€™s where youâ€™d find me in First, otherwise Iâ€™d opt for row three or four. In coach Iâ€™d prefer a window seat somewhere in the 15 to 18 range for a view back at the engines and out the side for the landscape below.
Where would you sit?