Anyone flew the 747-200 upper deck?

Old Apr 19, 20, 4:38 am
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Anyone flew the 747-200 upper deck?

So I never had the opportunity to fly the Upper Deck of the 747-200 on BA.
What configs did the upper deck feature?
Anyone got pics, a seat map or stories?

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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:11 am
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I am a bit ashamed to admit, I did fly on the 200 "Classics" from time to time back in my student days and at the time wasn't aware there were economy seats upstairs in the bubble. I just rolled up to the check counter and asked for a window seat without inquiring if there were seats available on the upper deck. A bit of a missed opportunity there.

Here are the seat maps, dated 1993.


Boeing 747-400



Boeing 747-100/200
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:21 am
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My only time in CW on -200 was in 1997 and it was on the Upper Deck. If memory serves it was a very small cabin - 12 seats or so...
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:21 am
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I did an ATC fam flight to Washington in the early 90s and in the absence of a J class seat was given the whole of the front row upstairs to give me easy access to the flight deck. In those days once we'd been introduced to the crew, ATC fam flyers were allowed to come and go onto the flight deck as we wished with just a courtesy knock before we entered!
The "crew get together" in the hotel at Tyson's Corner was something to behold.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:23 am
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Yes I worked those Upper Decks on the 747-200. They were a great little cabin and an odd choice for location to WT. I am going back some years - 1993 comes to mind and I remember that this aircraft certainly operated on USA routes. I think that they had gone by the early nineties however and were configured for CW.

I am wondering if I ever had C-W-S as a UM - now that would make far more interesting reading!
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:29 am
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I flew a couple of times between BOM and LHR on the upper deck in economy late 80's and early 90's

It was tight up there, but I seem to remember that the first row aisle seat was great because one could look right into the cockpit as the door was usually open for the entire flight.

I remember being seated in the cockpit for a couple of take offs and landings (a family friend was a purser on BA and when she was on the flight I got treated very well :-) )
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:33 am
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Ha.
Im sure I flew that heading out to Canada in September 2001, for my elective, in economy.
I was upstairs and even got into the cockpit. (A week before the 911 attacks)
I even had unlimited legroom in front of me, too.
It was one of my BEST ever flights.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
I am a bit ashamed to admit, I did fly on the 200 "Classics" from time to time back in my student days and at the time wasn't aware there were economy seats upstairs in the bubble. I just rolled up to the check counter and asked for a window seat without inquiring if there were seats available on the upper deck. A bit of a missed opportunity there.

Here are the seat maps, dated 1993.


Boeing 747-400



Boeing 747-100/200
The smoking guidance catches my eye.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 5:50 am
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Originally Posted by u01sss3 View Post
The smoking guidance catches my eye.
I was about to say the same thing - just as well the smoke from row 4 of first does not travel to the rest of the seats . How very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 6:47 am
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The -136 had 24 economy seats or 16 Super Club bench seats and then 12 CW cradle seats the -236 had 30 economy seats.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 6:53 am
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Originally Posted by ens100 View Post
I was about to say the same thing - just as well the smoke from row 4 of first does not travel to the rest of the seats . How very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Ah - now thats very interesting. Him Indoors and I often asked for the smoking row even thought we did not smoke. Those smoking in there would fill the cabin with their digusting smoke. We figured that if we sat there and did not smoke then at least one side of the aircraft would be smoke free, This was really most unkind of us and we did not regret it one iota. Requests to swap were met with a firm No. I am so so glad that those days are well behind us.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 6:54 am
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Had multiple trips to/from JFK on 747-136 in 56A was a great seat with tons of leg room, also had a few on the 236 in 57A (to IAD if I recall correctly), also a great seat.
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Old Apr 19, 20, 6:58 am
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I flew in Y in the upper deck on the 747 a few times back in 1993 and 1994. I would not be able to tell you if it was a 200 or a 400
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Old Apr 19, 20, 7:03 am
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I only remember sitting on a 747 Classic upper deck once, but I do have several memories of visiting the flight deck as a kid (one was LHR-JFK, age 5), and the spiral staircase confusing me. Oh, I did okay on the steep stairs, it was just like climbing a helter skelter... but it turned me around spatially, and had me absolutely convinced one of the decks was flying backwards...
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Old Apr 19, 20, 7:24 am
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I flew in the upper deck of the classics when they were first class lounges in the 70s. You sat downstairs for take off and landing but had full use of the upstairs lounge for the rest of the flight for dining and generally relaxing. There were only three windows on each side in those days. From what I recall there were rarely any other passengers in first, when we used to make regular runs to Australia and back. The lounge kind of made up for the fact that there weren’t flat beds even in first then, let alone what masqueraded as ‘business class’.
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