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Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
How come TWA didn't modify their 741s in the 80s?
That mod was pretty expensive.
The upper deck was extended slightly, (internally), the windows were added, and a second emergency exit was added to allow the greater number of passengers. If an airline kept only three windows and one exit, usually the cabin was left for premium seating, which were aligned with the windows.
Air's first 2 742s, like other early production 742s, had only one upper deck emergency exit on the right side. The next 2 delivered about a year later had 2 exits, one on each side. For the first few years it wasn't a factor as the upper deck was used as a first class lounge, but when they replaced the lounge with saleable seats the 2 742s with the single exit were limited to 16 seats while those with the extra exit had 30 seats. It was originally Y class on the upper deck and the 2 aircraft with the single exit were very spacious with just 4 rows of 2-2 Y class seating and a huge amount of empty space. I travelled up there a few times in those seats. The aircraft with the additional exit had 5 rows of 3-3 Y class seats and it was still quite roomy.
They later moved first class from the nose to the upper deck with 12 sleeper seats 2-2 and the original F class seats in the nose (also extended to the B-zone) became the new J class cabin (called Royal Canadian Class) with 50 J seats replacing the original 28 F class but no change in the seats or seat pitch. It was that product that prompted AC
to introduce their own upgraded J class, if not mistaken also using the same original F class seats.
dropped F class not long after, about the time the 4 742s were disposed of to PIA in an exchange for 4 of PIA's DC-10-30s which better suited CP
's network. They reintroduced F (after becoming Canadian Airlnes) on the 763s and 744s but it didn't last long and was replaced by a significantly upgraded J class product with reclining sleeper seats much like the original F class seats that made F redundant
If memory correct, CP
's 742s were among the first built with the extended internal upper deck modifications that added a few feet to length of the cabin at the rear. Some carriers used that area as an upper deck galley.