As part of the $750 million deal when United Airlines purchased Pan Amâ€™s Pacific division in 1985, they acquired 18 of the carrierâ€™s widebody aircraft. For this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps Iâ€™ve selected a United Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar, one the fleet types coming out of that acquisition.
Iâ€™m sort of surprised at how much real estate was dedicated for First Class and this is the first time Iâ€™ve ever seen the amount of seats in First being more than Business Class. Seating 36 people up front in a 2 x 2 x 2 format, Iâ€™d be in a window seat mid-cabin in row three or four. The incredibly small Business cabin seated 32 passengers in an uncomfortable looking 2 x 4 x 2 layout. Here Iâ€™d want to be away from the lavs, so probably a window in row nine.
Coach also looks pretty tight with a 10-abreast 3 x 4 x 3 configuration. The cabin width of a L-1011 is more than a foot shorter than a Boeing 747, where such a layout is common. Iâ€™d definitely go for row 17 or 18C/18H.
Where would you sit?