AV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1348 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7500 times:
I have never flown on Virgin but I have a question on their windows on the 744's. If you look toward the rear windows above the registration you can see that two are blanked out. Why? What is the configuration inside that calls for these two windows to be blanked? Also there is one strange blanked out window between doors 1 and 2. I have seen the same arrangement on a SAA aircraft, has this aircraft also flown for SAA?
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6613 times:
I didn't notice this until i opened this thread, the only reason i can think of blanking these windows out is to accomodate X number of rows of seats on this plane. It can't be for routing air conditioning ducts as the AC wiring and ducting is routed further up the fuselage on a 744.
9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6118 times:
SQ have quite a number of windows deleted at difference sections of their B744s. One was behind Door 3L in Seat 39A on 9V-SMT, which was a terrible flight because the no window next to me and wasn't easy to stare out of the window through the emergency door. Last time I flew 9V-SPF in 39K (N.B Their 744s have slightly different configurations) and one window was missing.
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4809 times:
I was in G-VWOW and i'm pretty sure it had it. It's not just G-VGAL it's every aircraft in the fleet and most likely every aircraft in the world. Just look at a British Airways B777. Nearly half the business class windows are gone.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4347 times:
All airliners, not only 747s have differing window patterns with 1 or more windows plugged mostly depending on the seat-, toilet- or galley-configuration.
But that in the case of Virgins 744s an a/c duct distracts the view (only on the right side) is pretty odd and has nothing to do with the 747 as an aircraft type itself.
Most Jumbos don´t have a plug there and a more practical solution is factory standard. The only real "missing windows" you´ll find on all 747s (SP is a bit different though) are the ones in front of door no.3 on top of the wingbox because of stability reasons.
Vs744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4107 times:
I can confirm that ever 744 I have flown on with VS has this. thats G-VROM, G-VLIP, G-VROS, G-VHOT, Ruby Tuesday and Lady Penelope.
I asked this question a while ago about the A340-600 having the same thing in row 19. I got the seat once, and was very disapointed!! There is just a blanked panel next to the seat. The conclusion that someone came up with was that this was a fusilage joint.
Another theory was that it was there in case an engine blade snapped off...and the third response was the air con duct.
I havent heard a confirmed answer yet...other than I know for a fact its not a galley, toilet or rest area access...