nomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 5157 times:
I remember the 707 coach lounge very well. In the early 1970s I flew back and forth between New York and Denver quite often. They were on almost every flight.
TWA put these on the 707 at the hight of the "Coach Lounge Wars." American started this on their 747s. The planes were not going out full so seats were removed to creat a 'living room' in the sky. There waas nothing like it since the Pan Am cClippers in teh 1930s. TWA, United & and Continental followed with their own 747 lounges. Pianos, pubs, lounge singers, etc were added to get a jump on the competition. Almost all US carries also had coach lounges on their DC-10s & and L-1011s. As far as I know TWA was the only one to have a coach lounge on a narrow-body aircraft so I guess this was the final shot in the 'war'.
I never saw the 707 lounge being used very much. I sat there a few times just to try it out. This was at the same time TWA had the fold down middle seats in coach and when the flight was not full, there was already quite a bit of space. I do remember the flight attendants using the bar in the coach lounge for cocktail service. Rather than using a cart, cocktails and soft drinks were put on small trays with nuts and snacks and brought to each seat. Very civilized and typical of TWAs inovative service. The lounge divided the cabin into 2 compartments. This version of the 707 was the most comfortable narrow-body aircraft I have ever flown on.
milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1998 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4413 times:
I don't personally remember the TWA 707 coach lounge. United's DC-8-10/20/50's all, from delivery, had a five seat coach lounge across from the rear service door and galley delivery but those seats were sold. Coach lounges became the rage with the delivery of the DC-10's to American in November of 1971. TWA ordered L-1011's and they were a year away, so the 707 lounge must have been installed to try to stay competitive with UA and AA and their DC-10 coach lounges. Then American installed a piano in the coach section lounge of their 747's. About this this same time, UA equipped many of their DC-8's with 2-3 coach seating. As the article says, the 707's lounges were pulled two years later in 73, but the wide bodies kept their spacious lounges for a bit longer. Crunch time came with the first oil price shock after the 1973 October Yom Kippur War, and then away went the lounges altogether. But I can tell you that flying in coach with 8 across seating on the DC-10 and the spacious lounges was a pleasure. Flying was fun.
Tomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 871 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4320 times:
I seem to remember AA having a Coach Lounge on their 707s shortly after the "widebody look" interiors were installed in the early 70s. Part of their "Americana" service upgrade I believe. Can anybody help?
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DL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1951 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3964 times:
Quoting Jackbr (Reply 5): I'm surprised TWA only put the lounge on the -131Bs, but the 707-331/331B/Cs already had a forward First Class lounge, so I suppose that is why.
Both the -131Bs and -331Bs had a small bar (galley) aft of the 1L door and a "carry on luggage" compartment across from the forward galley installed in the mid 70s. I assume this was where the lounge was, since no hatracks existed above the lounge.
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28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
As I recall coach lounges were not permited in international flights for competitive reasons. This might explain why TW only had the lounges on the 131 models. On the TW 747, the coach lounge was positioned between Coach and First Class, which enabled it to be utilized as a second First Class lounge (in addition to the upper deck) on international flights.
As the 707 coach lounge was positioned in mid coach cabin, this alternative would not have been possible in international flights.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25311 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3249 times:
Quoting 28L28L (Reply 9): As I recall coach lounges were not permited in international flights for competitive reasons.
Correct. IATA resolutions, based on agreement of IATA-member carriers, prohibited that short of thing. Also restricted Y class seat pitch to a maximum of 34 inches and set a limit on the minimum number of seats abreast by aircraft type.