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Throwback Thursday: American Airlines first class in the 1980s

“American Airlines flight attendant Cathy Scheu in the upstairs portion of the first class section of the new 747 luxury jet to Tokyo. The jet has been remodeled to appeal to the rich who fly to Japan,” this 1987 photo caption said.
“American Airlines flight attendant Cathy Scheu in the upstairs portion of the first class section of the new 747 luxury jet to Tokyo. The jet has been remodeled to appeal to the rich who fly to Japan,” this 1987 photo caption said. Star-Telegram Archives

It was the luxurious way to fly to Japan in the 1980s.

American Airlines launched service to Tokyo Narita from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in May 1987 and the carrier was proudly showing off its Boeing 747 first class.

“American Airlines flight attendant Cathy Scheu in the upstairs portion of the first class section of the new 747 luxury jet to Tokyo. The jet has been remodeled to appeal to the rich who fly to Japan,” the photo caption says.

The Boeing 747s carried 185 passengers with a configuration of 29 First Class seats, 78 Business seats with two “stand-up bars” for the premium passengers and 78 Main Cabin seats.

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