I worked for Finnair in the early 70's. We had, if I remember, 8 Super Caravelles, very comfortable to fly in. These configurations are purely from memory:
Seating was 2+2 in F, with the first 2 rows on the left only facing each other, with a table in between.
Seating was 2+3 in Y, the pairs on the left and 3's on the right. All Y seats facing forward.
Y97 all economy, used mostly for charters
F12 y67 In this configuration, there was a cargo compartment fitted on both sides of the
aisle, directly in front of F-class, and just aft of the front door and galley. It was only used
for cargo when required and rarely for baggage. Between Schiphol (AMS
) and Gothenburg (GOT
used to load flowers mostly. There was often a weight & balance problem with the Caravelle being so
tail heavy, so the front cargo compartment helped quite a bit in that case. On flights where the passenger
loads were light, usually 35 and under, passengers often had to sit in the first 7 rows of Y-class for takeoff
and landing, again for weight & balance. The cargo was held in place with netting, and covered by an orange curtain.
In those days, airline personnel were absolutely not allowed to ride in F, nor any travel agent upgrades. There was
simply no question, it was almost as if there were 2 flights: 1 for F and 1 for Y. Of course, I knew most of the crews,
and there were numerous occasions where nobody was booked in F, so we got to sit up there. Very reliable plane,
rarely serious mechanical delays. The 8 caravelles were named after major Finland cities: Pori, Lahti, Jyvaskyla,
Kuopio, Turku, Tampere, Helsinki, Oulu. Interesting times those were.