Chris From Canada, joined May 1999, 160 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 780 times:
Here's a question some older readers may know. On the Electra(L188) the last three cabin windows are very close together. Were there passenger seats at these windows or was it a galley area? Thanks, Chris
CV880 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1175 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 746 times:
It was a lounge area. Basically, there were sofas mounted sideways along the cabin sidewall, on both sides of the cabin. Since the fuselage was tapered, they made something of a V shape -- very intimate. When the L188 was used for two-class service, it served as a lounge for F class pax, who occupied seats in the area right behind the galley. Later, as more of them became all-coach, the rear lounge could be occupied by anyone, and if they were fitted with shoulder harnesses, could be occupied at takeoff and landing. I did just that on an Air California L188 from Tahoe to SFO.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 740 times:
Hi Chris. Like my older brother CV880 said infact those 3 windows were a lounge area, but the interesting thing is that not all the airlines ordered that item in their L188 I know at least 2 airlines that ordered the plane from the factory that didn't have that lounge, they were KLM and Garuda. Another interesting thing that you might not know but you can check it out is that KLM was the only airline to order their L188 with Hamilton Standard propelers ( round tips like the P-3 Orion ) I don't know why they did that but they were the only ones!