Vintage Airline Seat Map: TWA Boeing 747-100

It’s time for another Vintage Airline Seat Map and I bring you a Trans World Airlines Boeing 747-100 from the early 1980s. Divided into three cabins, this workhorse of TWA’s international operations seated 21 passengers in First Class, 52 in Ambassador Class (Business) and 359 in coach. Pan Am also filled the pointy section up with 21 seats, and although the map states they are “sleeper†seats, I’d have to imagine they didn’t recline to a full 180-degrees due to the cabin density.

Ambassador Class looks to have incredibly spacious aisles and it appears those passengers shared the two lavatories with First Class since I don’t see any aft of the Ambassador cabin. I’m surprised TWA didn’t make the entire upper deck non-smoking and find it strange to split the seating the way they did. It was a different time, that’s for sure, but in that small of a space they might have well made it all smoking up there.

Coach has a number of two-seaters, which would be perfect options for couples and otherwise it’s the standard 3 x 4 x 3 layout. In First Class you’d find me in row 2 or 3; Ambassador in 11 or 12; Coach I’d hope for seat 15-8 or 43-8 with the incredible legroom. Also, I have no idea why TWA bucked the industry and decided to number their seats instead of lettering them. If anyone knows why, I’d love to know!

Where would you sit?

a diagram of an airplane seat


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