I flew on 3 or 4 AC
Vanguards (the first one when still TCA), and one BEA Vanguard (LHR
). It's the only type where I've flown on one operated by every original customer (both of them)!!
They were somewhat noisier than the Viscount thanks to the R-R Tynes, but the big windows (like the Viscount) and spacious cabin made them quite pleasant. They were also significantly faster than the Viscount. AC
's were much more spacious in Y class than BEA's as AC
had 5-abreast seating while BEA's were 6-abreast. AC
's initial configuration was 96 seats almost equally divided between Y and F -- 50 Y and 46 F class (2-2). Only 6 BEA Vanguards were 2-class.. The rest were all-economy with 132 seats. I think the Vanguard's maximum certificated seating was 139.
After the first couple of years of AC
service, which was during the period when Y class was taking over from F as the standard product in North America, they reduced F class to 18 seats in the rear cabin. I think total AC
seating then increased from 96 to 108 (90 Y and 18 F).
And in their livery when delivered.