Piedmont Airlines began operations in 1948 from its home base of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and eventually grew into a national carrier with a route network stretching to the west coast (and later to Londonâ€™s Gatwick Airport). The east coast was still its strength with the largest frequencies operating from hubs in Charlotte, Baltimore and Dayton. Everything Iâ€™ve read about the carrier seems to indicate it was a beloved airline by passengers and employees, and the absorption by USAir in 1989 was heartbreak to many. The former Henson Airlines operates currently as Piedmont Airlines as a regional carrier within US Airways operating Dash-8 aircraft.
Here is Piedmontâ€™s Boeing 727-200 seat map in a two-cabin configuration seating 12 passengers in first class and 134 in coach. In first class youâ€™d find me in row 3 or 4 away from the galley and row 5 certainly looks appealing in coach, but I wonder if there is really as much room at that bulkhead as what appears. Otherwise Iâ€™d select a window seat a few rows back for optimal camera use forward of the wing. How horrible would rows 27 and 28 be? Ouch!
Where would you sit?