PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 25521 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!
Fedexexpress From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 25245 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
"Its not what your country can do for you its what you can do for your country" JFK
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 25048 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.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 24992 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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