Vintage Airline Seat Map: Northwest Airlines DC-10-40

I’m returning back to one of my favorite airplanes for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps with the Northwest Airlines DC-10-40 appearing below. Similar to the -30 series, this variant was also a long-range widebody with the extra set of main landing gear wheels. Originally intended to be called the DC-10-20, Northwest requested the name be changed to -40 so they could advertise they had the latest version. I doubt what appears below was the launch configuration, but in the late 1980s it seated 18 passengers in first class and 266 in coach. In first you’d find me in row three and in coach I’d definitely be in rows five through eight. What’s ridiculous in my mind is how they split the smoking sections up all over the airplane. What’s the point?!

Where would you sit?

a diagram of a plane seat


  1. I flew on one of these from IAD to AMS back in 1997. I was amazed at how comfortable quiet it was compared to an old 737 I’d flown on a couple months before

  2. I flew one from HNL to DFW back in 95. I sure wish I could find the tail number on the one I flew on. It was a great flight!

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