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What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?  
User currently offlineMit From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2737 times:

Anyone know what the coach seat pitch was on major airlines in the "good old days" before deregulation? Are there any good pics of older interiors on a.net? (I've looked w/o much success.)

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User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

On a Viscount, for example, the seat pitch was allegedly a stunning 38"!!
Now that's what I call comfort!
-turbolet


User currently offlineAgnusBymaster From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

It wasn't all that much. Maybe 34 inches on most carriers, 36 on the nicer ones.

38 on a Viscount is an exception.


User currently offlineBostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

yah....34-36 was about right. That extra couple inches sure was better on the knees though.

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

You want a picture of how it was in the old days? Go here:

http://www.cuug.ab.ca:8001/~busew/fl_photos70.html

and scroll down to the 4th picture. This is a photo showing Frontier Airlines Standard Class (coach) in the 1970's. Look at that woman's long legs and btw, could her miniskirt be any shorter?  Smile

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1866 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

I don't think the seat pitch was too much more generous twenty or thirty years than now. Thirty years ago nearly every major airline had around 16F and 126Y seats on the B707, for example.

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1866 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

Oops... I didn't complete my message. One reason that everyone feels the seat pitch is decreasing is because people on the average are becoming taller and heavier than people were thirty years ago.

User currently offlineLV-7772 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Does anyone remeber when the 747s were 3-4-2 ...those were the good old days.

Peter


User currently offlineL'Espace180 From France, joined Sep 2000, 938 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

I think Frontier's "Standard Class" was not quite standard compared to the other airlines ...

User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

According to a book on Qantas, "Cleared for Takeoff" (circa 1980's), there was a standard of 34" for Economy Class and 42" for First Class in the old days.

Apparently the move from 9 to 10 abreast in the 747 happened sometime in the late 70's at Qantas.

Cheers,

Justin


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