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AA Widebody Interiors Late 70s/early 80s  
User currently offlineExitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5262 times:

To anyone who worked or flew with American in the late 70s/early 80s, what was the cabin interior design inside the 747s and DC10s prior to the blue/sandstone square pattern that lasted until the late 90s? I know they had red, blue and grey pinstripe seats in the early/mid 70s. What came after that?

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User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5192 times:

In first class, the seats were a bright redish/orange cloth with a vinyl drape over the top adhered to the seat with velcro. I believe coach seats were upholstered in the same way as well.

User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5137 times:

Here's a DC-10's interior from the 70's:


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User currently offlineExitRowAisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

Thanks for the replies so far. I know the 727s had the bright orange interiors, I thought the widebodies were different. The photo shows an interior from the early-mid 70s, I was looking for the one that came after that, but before the blue/sandstone interior of the late 80s-90s.

User currently offlineExitRowAisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4803 times:

Thought I would try one last time. I was wondering if anyone remembers the AA 747/DC10 interiors from the very late 70s/early 80s, after the interior shown earlier in this post, but before the ubiquitous blue/beige square pattern of the late 80s/90s. The pic in Reply 2 shows the 2-4-2 layout of the early/mid 70s. I thought they changed the interior when they went to 2-5-2. I vaguely recall commercials from 1981-82 that showed seats with wide burgundy diagonal stripes in coach along the windows, with another pattern in the center, but can't find anything like that in pictures.

Any takers?


User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4769 times:

The "Orange/red" interiors (shown in the picture) were replaced by the "blue" interiors starting in 1984 (when I stareted with AA). The 727s were updated first, then the DC-10s. There was no other color scheme between the orange/red and the blue.

User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4667 times:



Quoting 28L28L (Reply 5):
The "Orange/red" interiors (shown in the picture) were replaced by the "blue" interiors starting in 1984

What "Blue" interiors are you refering to exactly?

This one???

Also, were any of the classic red/orange seats still in place in 1985 or so, when my family flew American to Vegas for the first time? When exactly did the last of the classic colored seats get change? I assume it took a while.


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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

I cannot answer your question regarding the DC-10 or 747 in the early 1980's. I remember the red and orange interiors that you are talking about and I saw them on a 727 once, but that was around 1984. I remember the bulkheads were decked out in the same cloud scheme that came with the blue and grey checkered interiors, but instead of having blue and grey clouds they were red, orange, and brown. The first time I saw the blue and grey checkered interior was in 1986 on an MD-80 and later that same day on a 727-200. I remember the MD-80's flight attendant jump seats were red and I wondered if perhaps the MD-80 was originally delivered with the red and orange interiors. Back then, some seats were blue with grey squares (like the F-100 photo above) and some seats were grey with blue squares. At some point in time, they took away the grey seats and made them all blue. I guess it saved on having to keep two different seat covers stocked.

One thing I noticed.........I never saw a DC-10 with that same interior. The DC-10's that I saw had a very similar interior, but they were slightly different. The seats were the same shade of blue, but instead of having grey squares, they had a grey aztec-like design separated by thin horizontal red pin-stripes and little Eagle logos all over. I saw this same seat cover on an American Eagle J-31 as well. Again, very similar to the rest of the fleet, but a little different.

Sorry I cannot help you with your original question.


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1992 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

Yeah I was thinking the same things however i still can't remember what color of the AA seats in 1985. There's something missing about seats color in between 1980 to 1985. However, i do remember AA crew wore red vest with blue shirt and another fat female crew wore blue dress and her hair looked like tall cone hair pun. LOL!


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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

I was just watching a youtube commercial from American Airlines in 1982. It shows the same seats that are in that DC-10 photo above. The seat shown is red with the white headrest cover and what apppears to be the blue and red outlines on the edges of it.

User currently offlineGayStudPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 457 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4666 times:

Too bad AA didn't introduce some of their revenue enhancement ideas on the pictured DC10. No center overhead bins... hhmmm, and checked luggage at 15 bucks a pop.

Does anyone recall the seat pitch? 34"?


User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3017 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4666 times:

Looks like 2-4-2 on the DC-10-10 depicted above. Nice!


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User currently offlineExitRowAisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4234 times:

Thanks to everyone for the replies so far. I don't think the DC10s/747s ever had the orange interior of the 727s (or did they?). The 727s had orange seats with a very subtle black diamond pattern. The headrests were leather/vinyl with brown and orange stripes. First class was similar, then went to brown leather while coach was still orange. I always thought that interior was very warm and comfy looking. The first MD-80s were delivered in the blue/beige checked interiors, but had red patterned cloth first class seats and red F/A jumpseats, then went to leather fairly quickly. I remember late 1985 being when the 727s went blue/beige. The DC10s I was on all already had the blue/beige checks in coach, but I'm pretty sure there was another design before that. I think it might have had some large geometric patterns on it. Maybe it's just a false memory!

User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2297 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

Just FYI, the blue/beige seats that have been referred to here are known at American as the tri-bar scheme. There was an aztec design that also appeared on the three-class A300s. While those seats remain on those particular 10 A300s, the seat covers have been replaced and now reflect the blue scheme found on all the new/updated interiors.


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User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3943 times:



Quoting DL Widget Head (Reply 2):
Here's a DC-10's interior from the 70's:

Looks pretty tough for the passengers to see the television screen!



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