JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 9 Posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1793 times:
A friend asked me a question to which I had no answer. Although I know that the upper decks on Cargo 747’s are used as crew rest areas, are/were there any operators that sold commercial seats "upstairs"?
Vunz From Netherlands, joined Jun 2001, 360 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1749 times:
I'm not sure about having seat capacity on the upper deck on 74F's, but some cargo flights take passengers. Like LY1862 that crashed in Amsterdam back in '92. That one had a passenger on board, must have been seating somewhere, although it could have been the jump seat.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1729 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1738 times:
I know that NCA and JALCARGO's planes have pax seats on the second floor. But these are reserved for ppl who are taking their horses (for races, cars for races, etc) to a foreign destination. Not any single normal passenger can buy a seat on these planes unless they have something extremely important for them in the plane.
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7313 posts, RR: 61 Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1732 times:
Quoting Vunz (Reply 1): although it could have been the jump seat.
This PAX was LY staff, travelling on a Jumpseat.
It don't think it would be allowed to have regular PAX at the upper deck and Cargo only on the main deck. And I am not sure it would be very profitable either!
The maximum decent capacity at the upper deck on a B747-200 is 27/30 PAX in a single Y config.
It would of course require a F/A.
Moreover, the emergency evacuation procedure at the upper deck of a B742 requires the PAX to go down to the main deck and leave the plane throught one of the main doors.
The upper deck exits must be used only if it is really impossible to reach the main deck for evacuation.
In a case of evacuation on water, you can not use the exits at the upper deck.
So quid if you have only Cargo on the main deck ?
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7313 posts, RR: 61 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
Quoting Avianca (Reply 4): well at least the airlines do not sell the seats, but many cargo airlines offers the free seats in the upper deck (mostly they have at least 6 to 8 seats) as non-rev to there clerks...
Of course, the seats upstair in the B747F are used sometimes as jumpseat for non-rev PAX.
I flew back BKK-CDG on board an AF's B747F on one of those seats few years ago.
Talking about AF, the airline is going to start next year the conversion into full Freighters of 2 of the B747-400 PAX (ex-Combi).
19 seats should be installed at the upper deck ... It's just enough to carry quite a few non-rev PAX without a F/A ....
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8435 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
I am certain that years ago Seaboard World ( who were later absorbed into Flying Tigers which in turn disappeared into FedEx) did sell seats on the upper deck of its 747F - does anybody with a better memory than me remember this ?
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Euclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1542 times:
I also seem to recall that Hydro Air Cargo sold pax seats on their converted 747 freighter, but I may be wrong. They operated mostly or exclusively from South Africa to Belgium until the aircraft was damaged in a landing incident at Lagos. The last that I saw of this plane it was still parked at Lagos covered in a thick layer of dust.
Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2264 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1474 times:
The answer for regular passengers is no. Only couriers, airline staff, deadheaders, etc.
The most obvious reason why the answer is no is that the cockpit door on freighters is not reinforced, so the entire upper deck is considered essentially the flight deck. Here in the U.S., that means no paying passengers.
Wrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
Quoting JoKeR (Reply 8): Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 7):
CargoLux used to but not sure since 9/11.
A brief search revealed that they had a "J" class on the upper decks of their old B747-200F's.
I think that if you are the owner of some ( or all ) of the cargo on board the plane on Carlux , You can e-mail them and ask to travel with your lugguage and although you have to go through vigorus secrurity tests ( no criminal records etc) If the capitain of the flight your cargo is on gives the nod of the head, you can get one of the seats on the upper deck.
Now i'm off to transport some cargo from Luxor to .... somewhere i guess
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Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 11): I think that if you are the owner of some ( or all ) of the cargo on board the plane on Carlux , You can e-mail them and ask to travel with your lugguage and although you have to go through vigorus secrurity tests ( no criminal records etc) If the capitain of the flight your cargo is on gives the nod of the head, you can get one of the seats on the upper deck.
Now i'm off to transport some cargo from Luxor to .... somewhere i guess
yes as I know Cargolux still offers this on flights...
same goes for LH (at least on the B747 operated by AirAtlanta), as the MD11f has only 2 seats if I am correct.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4015 posts, RR: 52 Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1058 times:
Quoting Avianca (Reply 4): Quoting Ktachiya (Reply 2):
I know that NCA and JALCARGO's planes have pax seats on the second floor.
but the seats are on pallets and only used and loaded when they need the seats...
Not true... in fact most JL freighter have only 3 Y-class seats (1 row) on upperdeck. On the -200F series only JA8161/69/93 have C-class seats installed (total 6 seats)
The new -400F have also 6 C-class seats installed on upperdeck. Although no PTV's
btw, passengers on board are either the companies own staff and/or dead-head crew. IF "normal" pax are onboard, they are to accompany a cargo shipment which is loaded on the maindeck only! Cargo loaded on the lowerdeck on a cargo aircraft is usually not accompanied.
Second point of notice is the transport of some dangerous goods, which are that high risk, that they're only allowed for transportation on full freighter/cargo aircraft. In case of "normal" pax/cargo attendant the aircraft is not cargo anymore, but pax aircraft (!). And therefore the dangerous goods are not allowed on board anymore.
When the companies own staff is on the flight, or deadhead crew, this rule does not apply.
Hope this helps you out a little,
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Trolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
I remember seeing a docmentary about a guy exporting prized cows from New Zealand to China on an SQ747. The interesting thing was that if he went back to check on his beef-burgers-to-be on the main deck, he had to carry portable oxygen with him in case of loss of pressure.