TurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1304 times:
ON 747 Freighters, what is the upperdeck used for? LIke on Atlas, Cargolux, Polar, Etc. Even on Airline freighters like BA and SIA, what do they use the upper deck for? Do they have seats there? Also, is there usually only the two flight crew onboard or is there a flightattendant....like for the long-haul pacific flights, to serve them meals etc.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1238 times:
I´ve been on a LH B747F (pure freighter, not a converted passenger one) once. It reminded me a bit of a truck. A bit austere like Airsicknessbag wrote with a few normal economyclass-seats and "beds" in the very back. No FA. The captain has to prepare is own coffee. A very "frugal" folding stair leads up to the upper deck.
Nothing like you would expect on a plane worth about 150 million bucks even i its a "truck".
AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
I was told there were some studies conducted either by Boeing or some 747F operators to determine if it would be possible to sell revenue seats on the upper deck, especially for 747-400Fs which would have features the pax-version upper deck.
But this would have been rejected because of the custom issues.
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
I just came back from Los Angeles to Luxembourg on Cargolux 744F LX-OCV. The upper deck on all our 10 aircraft is equipped as follows :
Cockpit (of course), behind that on the starboard side a little galley and 2 10-men liferafts, on the port side the emergency exit with the slide. Then on the starboard side you get have the door that leads to the ladder down to main deck, opposite on the port side is the lavatory. Then you have 6 Business Class-like seats (just as shown on Chris Coduto's photo) posted by FlyVirgin744, one couple on the starboard side, 2 rows with 2 seats each on the port side. At the end of the upper deck is a little door that leads to a small room with 2 bunks for crew rest. The 744F has 3 passenger windows on each side of the upper deck. As you see on Chris's picture, the second row on the port and the row on the starboard side have 2 windows each, the third window leads into the crew rest compartment.
"Passengers" on these flights are usually deadheading crew members, Cargolux employees on business or holiday travel and cargo attendants (e.g. for horses). It is not possible to buy a ticket for these flights.
Service is minimal as there's no flight attendant on board. The passengers enjoy a cold meal while the crew gets warm meals, the reason for that is that it is too dangerous for the passengers to operate the oven.. they could burn down the aircraft by putting plastic plates in the oven etc.... there are snacks, sandwiches and cold and hot drinks available. The crew is usually very open-minded towards aviation-interested passengers so that I could enjoy a jumpseat on most sectors.
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1176 times:
I believe that the A3XX will be the ultimate Combi. Straight-through seating on the upper deck for, say, 200, and straight-through cargo on the mid-deck, and passenger luggage in the regular holds. That could definitely make money on long, thin, primarily-cargo flights.
Fxra From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 708 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
Yes, there are a couple of seats in the front of our MD-11's, not anywhere enar the space of the top deck of a 747. Again, used for crew resting, loadmasters for offline ops, special couriers, animal trainers, and employees who can hitch a ride. There are usually only 2, but up to 5 on a few of ours.