Jlk From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 184 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9602 times:
I was reading Barron's this weekend and there was an article about why Chinese Airspace is so crowded resulting in huge delays and excess fuel burn. It basically discussed the difference in regulations between China and the western nations like tail to nose distance, vertical separation, horizontal separation etc.
In passing, the author mentioned that to avoid the long delays because of congestion, business passengers between HKG and PEK prefer to take the 0325 flight eventhough it is a cargo plane and departs at an inconvenient time. This way they can beat the congestion and apparently this flight has a good track record on punctuality.
CX2034 HKG 03:25 PEK 06:30 0 03:05 330
I was surprised to know that Cargo flights carry passengers as well. Is this normal with other airlines?
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8665 times:
Cargo aircraft (like B74F/B74Y/M1F) will only take passengers as;
- substiture/deadhead flightcrew
- airline staff on duty (e.g. cargo staff/loadmaster etc.)
- other passengers, only being of importance to attend a specific cargo shipment on board
This is a basic rule and used by most common airline companies operating cargo aircraft.
It's absolutely not common, and mostly not allowed to take revenue passengers onboard of cargo aircraft.
1) the aircraft/flight will loose the status 'Cargo Aircraft' and this may cause difficulties when carrying some dangerous goods.
2) airline companies usually don't have traffic rights to transport revenue passengers on their cargo flights.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"