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Flashback Fridays: Lounge Seating

rwest Employee
Employee

An unforgettable fixture of our early cabins was their classic lounge seating.  For over 30 years, they could be considered the most sought-after, or avoided, seats on the plane. 2 Lounge seats could be found in the first and last rows, as well as around the overwing exits.  The reversed row of seats made a great place for business travelers to have a meeting “on the fly”, or a family to start off their vacation early with the face to face seating. 200RETIRE_218 When the 737-700s started joining the fleet in 1997, our cabins began their gradual transition the configuration we are accustomed to today, primarily due to new Safety guidelines as well as advancements in technology.   In 2001, the Spirit interior was introduced, with all -300/-500 series aircraft changing over to the 122/137 seat cabins when they came in for scheduled Maintenance.  On January 17, 2005, the last -200 was retired, along with its aft-facing lounge seats remembered by many for their many years of service.  
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pkvol
New Arrival
Lounge seating was a lot of fun and a way to meet more people. Flying aft-facing from the first row aisle, you got to see about everyone on board which is the basis of my favorite SWA memory - Raisins.