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User currently offlineKaligrafy From Canada, joined May 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 27522 times:

Just a quick question :

Is it possible to book tickets on cargo flights (fed Ex/UPS or others)?

Is there some places available for the crews that may be empty and that one could buy for a cheaper price than normal passenger flights?

Thank for any info!


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User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 27511 times:

I think the general answer is 'no'.

I do know that Federal Express has a firm policy that you must be a corporate employee to ride on one of their aircraft (aside from FAA check ride pilots, etc.).



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 27414 times:

Out here
Only Licenced personnel Employed in that Cargo Airline or Regulatory Authorities can travel on Cargo Airlines.
regds
MELK



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User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 27325 times:

There are exceptions. One way would be to transport a "high value" shipment or animals. In that case, there are couriers/grooms who accompany the shipment. In reality, it's an awfully expensive way to travel on a freighter!

User currently offlineFedexexpress From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 27049 times:

I fly FEDEX all the time.. But i am a fedex express employee!! Its a awesome benefit. Plus i work at the Indainapolis Hub for fedex and we have alot of flights that come in go in 1 days time matter of fact about 110 flights a day!! I love sittin in the cock pit !! ITs awesome and plus its FREEEEEEEEEEEEE.Eric


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User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 27051 times:

Quoting Fedexexpress (Reply 4):
I love sittin in the cock pit !! ITs awesome and plus its FREEEEEEEEEEEEE.Eric

Not to rub it in, but I sit in the cockpit all the time, up on the left side and I get paid for it!!!


User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 27019 times:

IIRC UPS used to offer seats on some of its planes to paying passengers. Anyone confirm?


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User currently offlineFedexexpress From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 27022 times:

YES THEY DID UPS WOULD CONVERT DURING THE DAY THEY WOULD FLY PAX.. AND NIGHT FLY THE FREIGHT!!!!


"Its not what your country can do for you its what you can do for your country" JFK
User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4192 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 26981 times:

Pax flying these days is about the equivalent of shipping yourself anyways.

...self loading cargo.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 26959 times:

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 5):
Quoting Fedexexpress (Reply 4):
I love sittin in the cock pit !! ITs awesome and plus its FREEEEEEEEEEEEE.Eric

Not to rub it in, but I sit in the cockpit all the time, up on the left side and I get paid for it!!!

 bigthumbsup  Amusing reply.

Hows the rest area on MD-11 & B767 Freighters.


regds
MEL



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User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 26958 times:

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 5):
Quoting Fedexexpress (Reply 4):
I love sittin in the cock pit !! ITs awesome and plus its FREEEEEEEEEEEEE.Eric

Not to rub it in, but I sit in the cockpit all the time, up on the left side and I get paid for it!!!

 Smile hehe. You're flying 744F's for SQ Cargo, aren't you?



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 26852 times:

Quoting Fedexexpress (Reply 7):
UPS WOULD CONVERT DURING THE DAY THEY WOULD FLY PAX.. AND NIGHT FLY THE FREIGHT!!!!

I believe Fedex considered it at one time too, but decided, like UPS found out, it didn't work.

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
There are exceptions. One way would be to transport a "high value" shipment or animals. In that case, there are couriers/grooms who accompany the shipment.

And depending on the number of "handlers" and live cargo I've seen situations where they had to stay in the back with the animals. Seats are installed and walk around O2 bottles supplied. They communicate with the crew via intercom.

We also carry Diplomatic Couriers escorting Gov't. freight.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 9):
Hows the rest area on MD-11 & B767 Freighters.

Not as bad as sleeping in a coach class seat. In the MD-11 we either have a long cushion (futon) that you can lay in the floor or some guys prefer to lay the futon in one of the courier seats in the foyer. I prefer the floor however the air leak around L1 door seal creates a cold draft that requires lots of blakets. Also if you lay on the floor keep your head "uphill" . On some MD-11s we have a CRA crew rest area that is a telescoping box that once in flight can be opened to reveal 2 bunks. They're fairly cramped and if the ventilation isn't good can be stuffy. Blankets and airline pillows are supplied. I've got a couple of pics of this but no way to post them.


User currently offlineTymnBalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 26829 times:

I have some vague recollection that Flying Tiger carried passengers for a short time on the upper deck of the 747 freighters. I could be hallucinating that though.

C.



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 26796 times:

I've got a mate who lives in Zimbabwe and I believe that he's made several trips from Zimbabwe to the UK on cargo 747's into Manston. I understand he's got a friend who works for the airline (sorry, don't know the name of it) and they seem to allow people to sleep on mattresses on the upper deck for a lot less than a return ticket on a passenger airline.

Now, I'll caveat this by saying that my mate is a bit of a wind-up merchant, so he could have been spinning me a yarn, but I did believe him when he told me. If anyone knows of any reason why I shouldn't believe him, please let me know!



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