Vintage Airline Seat Map: USAir DC-9-30

I’ve selected a USAir DC-9-30 for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. Configured in a single class layout, it seated 110 passengers in the usual 2 x 3 format common to all DC-9 series aircraft. The first two rows featured unique forward and aft facing seats with tables in between each grouping of seats. This might be fun, especially if you were in a party of 4 or 6, but otherwise I’d hate to sit there. If row 3 had as much legroom as the map shows, that’s where you’d find me sitting, and probably on the two-seater side. If not, I’d be inclined to sit in the exit rows, which I’m sure had additional legroom beyond what appears on the map.

Where would you sit?

a diagram of a seat


  1. One of my first flights as a kid was on Allegheny on one of these DC-9-30s. My parents and I sat in row 1 and 2 (by ourselves as most flights back then were lightly loaded). We played card games most of the way on the shared table. If only I had a camera back then…

  2. I go along with your mention Darren! I flew a US DC9 on Easter 1984 from Buffalo to La Guardia. A fantastic approach parallel to good old Manhattan!! I can remember they brought sandwiches form the rear of the aircraft to the front. Big Sandwiches. Really big roast beef ones. After two I was satisfied. I only ask myself, where did they bring the sandwiches from? There are only lavatories in the back. Hmm, perhaps they had different variants.

    On the same trip I flew also on a Pan Am 741 over the Atlantic. I remember there were 8 seats (2, 2+2, 2) for the Clipper – Class arrangement. In those years I threw away lots of schedules including these fantastic old seat maps. I have some from the beginning of the 90s. But no Pan Am. Only Lufthansa, United, Alitalia, Air France, and some more.

    I like your collection of seat maps. I am very glad about your engagement. I hope yopu will find lots more of them Darren !!

    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany,
    Stephan Petersilie.

    • Thanks for your comments, Stephan, and glad you’re enjoying the seat maps. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who likes them.

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