I should have asked for a time machine for Christmas because I really would like to fly on the aircraft featured in this edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps – a United Airlines Boeing 747 from 1979. I should note that I turned seven that year, so was around, but didn’t end up taking my first flight until 1982. Why didn’t I start mileage running earlier? 😉
The guide this map came from doesn’t specify whether this is a -100 or -200 series, and United flew both variants, so your guess is as good as mine. Seating a total of 374 passengers with 26 in First Class and 348 in Coach, United primarily flew this aircraft on transcontinental and Hawaii runs.
Be sure to check out the seat pitch figures where coach had either 36” or 38” depending on seat location. This is probably one of the last 747s to dedicate the entire upper deck to a lounge given the Airline Deregulation Act was signed into law the previous October and cabin real estate became much more valuable. Interesting to note is the lack of galley, or buffet as they’re calling it here, just aft of First Class. It’s also a shame they couldn’t have a movie screen/projector in that first coach zone between doors one and two.
In First Class you’d find me in either row two or three and definitely a window seat. In coach I’d favor 18H if I were alone or 17J/K if traveling with a partner.
Where would you sit?