FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4829 times:
Anyone know what is the upper deck is used for on the pure freighter version of the 747? Are there any seats or sleeper-beds for the flight crew? Perhaps they use the space for small, portable pieces of freight, such as live animals & parcels? All replies welcomed. Regards.
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Gmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2160 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4811 times:
Yes there are seats up there for transportation of staff. If you think about it....on a normal 747 there are stairs...i don't think there are stairs on a 747F, just a ladder....the pilots have to get up there some how...I think if there were stairs, there wouldn't be room to front load cargo
Ejazz From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2002, 727 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4774 times:
Our B747-400 freighters have a ladder which is retracted at times to aid in cargo loading. The upper deck houses 6 business class seats, a galley, 2 bunks and a host of emergency equipment. The seats are there for such people as animal handlers, who are required to occupy a seat during take-off and landing.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8137 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4705 times:
I'm not surprised at the fact the A380-800F will have 12-16 Business class type seats. I believe that certain types of payloads the A388F carries requires a handler to accompany the cargo for various reasons, and having near-flat or flat-reclining roomier seats is a good idea for cargo handler accommodation given A388F flights will be longer in duration than 747-400F or MD-11F flights.
KAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4670 times:
On our 744Fs we have 6 biz class seats and 2 sleeping bunks. Our 742Fs have seating for 3 (cattle class seats) and 2 bunks as well. While our 743F has 8 seats and 2 bunks. Some airlines do it differently (I know that Atlas only has 4 seats), but I believe that this is pretty standard.
And yes, there is a retractable ladder on al of them, so we can load cargo underneath the upper deck.
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Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4345 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4372 times:
Years ago (mid 80s), Flying Tigers' 747s had seats up top, and they allowed OA employees to non-rev up there. It was a great way to get from ANC to HKG, NRT, etc. Course you had to bring your own food and stuff, but it was still a unique way to travel.
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