Kaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
I have always wondered why the airlines who convert passenger aircraft to freighter aircraft cover the windows as well. I mean, doesn't this just add time, money, and extra weight (for window covers)? What is the reason behind this?
When an ac is converted to cargo mode, all the internal commercial out-fitting is removed including the shades used by passengers to shut the windows.
While flying at high altitude, the influence of the sun light entering the fuselage through the windows is not negligible in terms of heat and dis-coloration, which may affect the cargo transported.
Hence the specially covered windows.