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Korean 744 Cargo Without Freight-door, Why?  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10735 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2382 times:


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After being returned from lease to Air India this Korean Air 744 has adopted Cargo titles - but clearly has not been converted to a freighter. Is it a Xiamen to be converted there? If so, why has it been painted before conversion? That seems like a waste of money.

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User currently offlineStudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Hi NA,

If you can open up the Large version of the picture, you can clearly see that this aircraft has been converted to -400F. You can see at the aft the A/C designation, 747-400F. Also, if you look closer, the main-deck windows has been covered from the inside of the plane. It is darker than those on the upper deck. It's just a matter of covering the windows at extra cost, which probably isn't worth the money..

Hope that helps..


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

But still, its clearly to see it got no freight-door yet, has not been converted yet. HL7606 has been handed back by Air India in March, so I assume its now being converted. I just find it odd, that it got a full fresh KE-livery and then they cut up the aircraft in the rear a few weeks later.

User currently offlineMaartenV From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Could they have placed the cargo door on the other side of the plane? I know its usually, if not always, on the right side, but never say never.


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3023 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
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in this case ill say never...

The only certified position for a SCD on the 747 is on the left.

But this one is really strange... why would they paint it up in Cargo colors, have the doors sealed and windows at least partially plated... but no SCD??? If its due for conversion why paint it fully? Confuseded i is...



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User currently offlineStudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Quoting NA (Reply 2):
But still, its clearly to see it got no freight-door yet

Hmm.. that's one good point as far as conversion goes.. My bad for judging it too quickly.. I wonder how they'll make loadings and unloadings...

I, for now, am also confused..

Quoting MaartenV (Reply 3):
I know its usually, if not always, on the right side, but never say never.

MaartenV,

I think you're mixed up with Pax version of the plane.. A Pax 747 has its cargo doors on starboard, but as NorthStarDC4m said, the certified position for a 747 SCD is on port...


User currently offlineGrimey From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Look at the letters A and I in the word "AIR", they look as if they go over the opening of the door and I just can't seem to see the line of the door and the aircraft. It's just something I noticed so don't go taking my head off if I'm wrong.

Grimey


User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Guys the pic is taken in Xiamen, thats where they convert them so this has just arrived for freighter conversion. I assume after returning from AI KE painted the plane and then sent it for conversion.... not sure why they did not do it later or have Xiamen do it.

Behind this plane you can see two other 744's waiting for conversion, one in SAA colours and one all white.


User currently offlineMrMcCoy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Bingo. According to the MEG database, she's in for a conversion to add the door, remove interior, install pallet rollers, re-inforce the belly, and install a (drumroll please) SCD!

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