Exitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4512 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?
ExitRowAisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4371 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.
ExitRowAisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4053 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.
28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4019 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.
TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 647 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3917 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?
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.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1922 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3917 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.
FlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1926 posts, RR: 27 Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3917 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!
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1922 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3917 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.
ExitRowAisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3484 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!
QQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2221 posts, RR: 14 Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3253 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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