Mit
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What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Sun Mar 11, 2001 12:46 pm

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.)
 
Turbolet
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Sun Mar 11, 2001 7:26 pm

On a Viscount, for example, the seat pitch was allegedly a stunning 38"!!
Now that's what I call comfort!
-turbolet
 
AgnusBymaster
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Sun Mar 11, 2001 9:50 pm

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

38 on a Viscount is an exception.
 
BostonBeau
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Sun Mar 11, 2001 11:30 pm

yah....34-36 was about right. That extra couple inches sure was better on the knees though.
 
LoneStarMike
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 5:38 am

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

 
dynkrisolo
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 5:55 am

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.
 
dynkrisolo
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 6:07 am

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.
 
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 7:23 am

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

Peter
 
l'espace180
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 8:15 am

I think Frontier's "Standard Class" was not quite standard compared to the other airlines ...
 
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RE: What Was Seat Pitch In The Good Old Days?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 9:54 am

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