DE727UPS From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 10917 times:
There are jump seats on all cargo aircraft, and the 747's tend to have some of the old first class seats in the upper deck for company crew transportation. At UPS, there a four really nice seats on our 747's. UPS only allows a certain small group of air district employees the opportunity to ride, they are not pilots.....of course, other airline pilots are welcome anytime to the jumpseat, as are UPS mechanics. Fedex has a much more open policy. I've heard they let their rampers ride the jumpseat, don't know about other employees, and I would doubt you could just "take your friends". I'm sure you don't have to pay, either. As far as the general public being able to ride on a freighter....forget it.
Baec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10892 times:
As you see seats on upper deck of Freighters, they are for pilots to rest during flight. Some Freighters go oversea to about 15 to 18 hours long.... they have plenty of pilots for those flights. Too bad we cant aboard jets like those.
AN727 From Australia, joined Apr 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10879 times:
Fedex allows all international express staff to jumpseat. To jumpseat you need to be able to speak to English. There are other rules.
The jumpseats are the same as seen in Castaway. The jumpseats in a MD-11 do face backwards.
Depending on the type of the aircraft and if a crew rest is needed.
Generally Airbus 300 & 310 has 6 to 8 seats
MD-11 & DC-10 kas 4 to 6
I wonder how many jumpseats that the A380 will have?
Jumbojettim From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10858 times:
Any permanent-part time or full-time employee at FedEx can jumpseat. They cannot bring friends. For myself, I have "jumpseated" to YMX, PHL, LGW, CDG, and ARN, cost $0. This is an incredible benefit that FedEx offers. The only drawback is that you can be "bumped" from a flight just prior to departure.
Fxra From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10838 times:
As stated, ALL Fedex Express employees (rampers, couriers, service agents) and FedEx Corporate div employees can jumpseat on fedex planes. THe ohter companies (FedEx Ground, FedEx Logistics, FedEx Trade Services, FedEx Pizza Delivery, etc...) cannot jumpseat.
You must somprehend and speak english, take a certification test every six months... and a few odd other requirements (no facial hair, dress requirements). In addition, there are some exceptions... but usually they go under Animal Handlers and Special Cargo COuriers and such. No, i cannot take my freinds.. (i wish.. and so do they).
Its a great benefit, especially if your young and single and like to bounce around. But again, you can be bumped at anytime... and the boxes have priority over any jumper. But i think a number like only 30-40% of the seats are used system wide. I've personally been all over the US and to HKG, ANC, HNL, SFS, SYD, and few others on the jumpseat. I think other cargo airlines allow some employees to ride. But i don;t beleive you can buy tickets to fly on the cargo carriers... the ultimate in no-frills
Crj-900 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 10793 times:
If I had the choice, I would without hesitation take a cargo aircraft before a comercial flight. You cannot beat the leg room(I'm talking about wide body aircraft), or the company you get on the flight. If you get tired, roll out your ground sheet and sleep. It is difficult to get jumpseats on cargo aircraft though, but not impossible. It really depends on who your friends are and where they work(or where you work). Of course there is always a chance that you can be bumped, in the case of "Cargo Aircraft Only" dangerous goods, last minute priority company jump seats for AOG's and the like.
So, to make a short story long, united747-200, you can jump seat on cargo aircraft.
FedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10780 times:
You can also be bumped if the CG of the plane is so close to the forward limit. A jumper does account for a small amount of weight on the W/B manifest. I have seen a few planes leave that were so close, that a single jumper would have put the plane out of CG.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10761 times:
I send my employees on cargo flights all the time. They are much cheaper and save on my travel budget immensely. The only complaints I get is that it is difficult to get out of the box and the packing peanuts tend to hold lots of body heat.
United747-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10732 times:
Thanks you everyone! You have given me hopes about flying on cargos. My uncle is president of government travel on Northwest (he gets congressmen, senators, etc. to fly them) maybe he could "help me out." The reason I wanted to fly on a cargo is so I could see the cockpit action. I have flown business class on a United 747-400 and I saw the cockpit before we took off, but in a cargo, maybe the pilots would be more open for visitors in flight. Once again, Thanks alot!
Rkmcswain From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10726 times:
Does UPS still do this?
Reported by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin 03/07/1997
UPS plans to start passenger flights
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service will soon begin delivering people as well as packages.
UPS said yesterday it can convert its Boeing 727s in under four hours by loading a platform fitted with carpeting and seats through the extra-wide cargo doors. "They'll take out the package service on Friday and convert it to a passenger liner, and take it out for service again on Monday," UPS spokesman Mark Dickens said.
The weekend passenger flights are scheduled to start March 15. Each plane will seat up to 113 passengers. Flights must be booked through a cruise line or tour operator. Plans include flights from Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Louisville, Ky., to Orlando, Fla., Puerto Rico, and Mexico.