Vintage Airline Seat Map: TWA L-1011 TriStar (Domestic)

I previously posted the international configuration of a TWA L-1011-100 TriStar and I’ve selected the airline’s domestic version for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps.

This L-1011 also had three classes of service, but the business class – Ambassador Class – cabin was in a 2 x 4 x 2 layout versus the more spacious 2 x 2 x 2 found on the other bird. First Class also appears to have a tighter pitch, though the description still labels the seats as “Sleepers.â€

Seating a total of 275 passengers, there were 28 seats in First, 48 in Ambassador Class and 199 in coach. Like the international configuration, there were no dedicated lavatories for Ambassador Class, which I find a bit odd.

In First Class you’d find me in row two or three, row eight or nine in the middle cabin, or row 17 or 18 in coach.

Where would you sit?

a diagram of a passenger seat


  1. Ooooh, I remember being stuck in the middle seat in Y. What an unbelievably bad way to do things! Loved the tristar though – beautiful aircraft.

  2. I traveled first class a lot in the early to mid-70’s the L-1011 was by far my favorite, well made, ultra-safe. That’s the technology that put man on the moon. It cruised through the bumps. I was usually in aisle 3 and had the good fortune to fly to Chicago next to the 1973 Playmate of the year. What more could a guy want?

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