I previously posted a Continental Airlines â€œPub Versionâ€ of the Douglas DC-10-10 from the 1980s, and the one appearing below was their long-haul DC-10-30 from the same time period.
Itâ€™s reported in the Continental Wiki (sourced from a book written by a former Continental manager) that President Jimmy Carter approved Continental to begin flying from Los Angeles to Australia via Honolulu, American Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand. That service began May 1, 1979 and Iâ€™m unclear whether this bird was still flying that route in l987 when this map was published. Continental also used DC-10 equipment to fly from Los Angeles to Taipei via Honolulu and Guam.
I found a site selling old aviation items including a Continental DC-10-30 postcard with verbiage on the back stating, â€œâ€¦ our new DC-10-30 is the ultimate in travel convenience. First Class sleeper seats for stretching out, fine food and beverages, high fidelity headphones and much more.â€ I remember the DC-10s having those air tubes that connected to the headsetsâ€¦ boy have times changed.
This aircraft was configured to seat a total of 250 passengers with 24 in First Class, 31 in Business Class and 195 in Coach. In First Class youâ€™d find me in row two or three, likely a window. I have no idea what that extra space is behind First Class, but do have another CO -30 config to post another time that does make use of that space. In Business Class Iâ€™d be in row nine or 10 and in Coach Iâ€™d vie for the exit row aisles in row 19. Notice the lack of closets in First and Business? Maybe that’s what part of the extra space behind First contained.
Where would you sit?