Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines DC-10

When Delta Air Lines acquired Western Airlines in 1987, they integrated Western’s DC-10-10 fleet into their operation. The seat map below reflects a -30 configuration, and unless I’m wrong, Delta never had -30s so I assume this is a typographical error (this map was published in July 1987). Potential error aside, I’m a DC-10 aficionado and bring you Delta’s layout for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps.

Seating a total of 284 passengers, first class offered 36 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and the 248 seats in coach were in the typical 2-5-2 layout.

You’d find me in row two or three in first class. In coach I was always keen to sit near the wing and engine, so you’d find me in a window somewhere in rows 12 to 15.

Where would you sit?

a diagram of an airplane seat

Related posts:

United Airlines DC-10-10 Seat Map

Eastern Airlines DC-10-30 Seat Map

United Airlines DC-10-10 Seat Map w/Lounge

Continental Airlines DC-10-30 South Pacific Seat Map

Northwest Airlines DC-10-40 Seat Map



  1. What were the rules for the “buffer” rows? I was born in 1987, so I don’t remember seeing anyone ever smoke on planes.

    • @The Weekly Flyer: I believe so (DC-9-50s).
      @Jon: Buffer rows were basically a joke. Smoke filtered through the entire cabin. It was pretty nasty.

  2. I’ve probably said this before, but as an airline nerd since the single digits ages, I love these vintage seatmap posts. I used to collect timetables. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch on that I was not the only person that did so until I’d lost most of them.

    • @Marshall Jackson: Thanks! I, too, was hooked early on and according to my parents, I used to stare at the jets flying overhead as an infant growing up near-ish O’Hare. I wish I would’ve saved more of my timetables and paraphernalia, too.

  3. I remember Delta’s L-1011s but I don’t remember ever seeing one of their DC-10s. I wonder how long they flew them?

    It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago when DC-10s and MD-11s were common. I was at DFW this morning and saw a UPS MD-11 take off…. what a pretty plane.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • @AAdvantageGeek: Delta flew ’em a little more than a year, according to Airfleets – not long at all.
      @Delta Points: Yep, we bloggers and more. I love ’em, too, so they’ll definitely keep coming.

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