Itâ€™s time for another edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps and Iâ€™ve selected the Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 TriStar appearing below. The L-1011 was the DC-10 alternative with both aircraft exhibiting nearly the same design and passenger volume. Eastern Airlines took delivery of the very first L-1011-1 in early April of 1972 and began passenger service later that month. While popular with the airlines that flew them, Lockheedâ€™s reentry into the commercial aircraft market with this bird eventually failed due to production delays, engine manufacturer issues and the lack of a larger, longer range option in the early development.
This version seated a total of 316 passengers with 28 in first class and 288 in coach. In first youâ€™d find me in either row two or three, likely a window, as row one appears rather tight due to the curvature of the fuselage though I doubt as much as this map makes it appear. In coach my preferred seats would be a window or aisle (on the two-seater sides) in rows 21 or 22. Why not the forward coach zone? Well, back in the 1980s we didnâ€™t have all our wonderful technology to entertain ourselves, so the movie would have been a big highlight for me not to be missed. Itâ€™s also nice to see Eastern isolated the smoking section in coach to the rearmost zone aft of doors 3L & 3R.
Where would you sit?