Vintage Airline Seat Map: Northwest Airlines DC-9-10

I’m putting a little narrow-body love out there for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps with a Northwest Airlines DC-9-10.

The configuration appearing below was flying the skies in 1987 and seated eight passengers in first class with 70 in coach. Based on the website, it appears Northwest also had a layout with 14 seats up front and 64 in coach.

What’s interesting on this map is the notation that rows 3-7 offered the most legroom – almost an Economy Plus of sorts (or I should say Economy Comfort since Delta gobbled up Northwest).

In first class you’d find me in 2D and in coach I’d be in 4A or 5A.

Where would you sit?

a diagram of a coach class

Northwest Airlines DC-9-10 Seat Map

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  1. I was a NW Gold person in the olden days. I remember two things: 1) having to call at 12:00 midnight the night before a flight to confirm upgrades, and 2) when in First Class, having to walk all the way back on this plane in order to get to the lav…..

  2. I worked for NWA from 85 to 95. The DC-9’s all came over with the Republic Airlines acquisition, which is why Planespotters shows their operation date as 01-10-86, the date of the operational merger (10/1/86 in the USA!). The 14-seat F class configuration was before NWA; they only flew it with 8F and 70Y. I flew one only once, from DTW to ABE. The fuselage and wingspan were so short, and not much lift required, that the wings did not have slats on the leading edges like other jets did!

    • @mspswede: Thanks for the background and particularly about the differing cabin configurations. Wow, I had no idea this jet lacked leading edge slats.

  3. Hi Darren:
    I flew for Northwest between 1956 and 1960. Any seat maps from NWA B-377 Stratocruisers? DC-4’s? DC-6’s, DC-7’s, Lockheed Electra’s. All propeller driven airplanes.

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