Vintage Airline Seat Map: United Airlines Boeing 747-400 OB

I’ve posted several United 747s in the past (here, here and here), and now bring you the version I most frequently flew in the 1990s for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps.

Personally, I loved to sit downstairs on this aircraft in the forward business class section (rows 5-7). If I recall correctly, however, the middle seats in rows 25-27 offered the most legroom.

And these were the days before Economy Plus, so rows 32-34 in coach were very tight, as I recall sitting there on a flight from Australia to the U.S. and it was incredibly uncomfortable.

Where would you sit?

a diagram of a plane

United Airlines Boeing 747-400 OB Seat Map

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  1. That was back when LCD displays were expensive. How did the “personal video”, that they offered in first class, work? Did they have handheld viewers back then?

  2. I was a Delta flyer in the early 90s and I think that they were still using projectors on the L-1011s. United must have been ahead of everyone else back then.

    The passenger experience has come a long way since then!

  3. No, personal videos meant in-seat videos in the armrest run in a loop. If you had flown LH old F, TG old F, OZ old F on the 744, you know most of these airlines have 2+2 config in F on the 744. Handheld device did not exist in the 90s, and it didn’t even become popular in the mid-2000. As there were no power plugs in the seat itself, so where to plug any handheld device or even laptop.

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