Some Questions About The Boeing 707

Fri Jul 09, 1999 1:58 am

I was reading in the book "Widebody, The Triumph Of The Boeing 747" that the 707 at first had 2x3 seating in Economy. Did any airlines in the USA, have this type of seating?

About the Lavatorys.
Did the 707 have the same features in it's Lavatorys as todays aircraft (Sink, Lock that activates lights. etc)

Also, about TWA's 707.
Did they have pull down trays on the back of the seats? If you know anything more about TWA's 707's could you please post it here?

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RE: Some Questions About The Boeing 707

Fri Jul 09, 1999 2:38 am

In the mid-to-late 1960's, Continental received CAB approval for 3 class seating, First (4 across), Full fare coach (5 across) and economy (6 across). Don't know how long this continued (until DC-10 & 747's in CO's fleet), wether or not on 727's also, or what routings (ORD-LAX, HOU-LAX). Continental had a reputation for innovation in the 1960's.
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RE: Some Questions About The Boeing 707

Fri Jul 09, 1999 2:44 am

All airlines used 2-3 seating in their early 707s. Until the jets (with their greater capacity), most airlines used their new types (DC7s, Connies) for all first class, and economy class was on older planes (DC3s et al). The early 707s was half-and-half. The reason for the two overwing exits on each side is cos the forward of the two would be at the back of first class and the second window exit (three windows further aft) would be at the front of tourist class (as it was then known). And you know how back those exits are, so you can imagine how big first class (2-2) was. Pretty much the same lavs, just a bit older looking - probably one of the most futuristic part of the plane to passengers in 1959, although all of the 707 interior must have looked like something from a sci-fi movie compared with the DC8 with it's big and badly-spaced windows which meant inconveniently inflexible seat pitch options and curtains (yes!). I don't know for sure but I would lay money on the probability that the initial layout for TWA and everyone else came with fold-down tray-tables.
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RE: Some Questions About The Boeing 707

Fri Jul 09, 1999 5:27 am

I believe that some of the very early American 707s did not come equipped with the fold-down trays. Seem to recall pix of the AA interior showing a little pocket in the back of the seat in front, which held the snap-in meal tray.

TWA definitely had the fold-downs, and and the latch which held the table in the 'up' position was a little chain which snapped into a slot on the tray table, instead of those little rotating latches.

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