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Why Do 747 Combis Have Windows Along Cargo Section  
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Can anyone explain why this is the case? I would assume the windows are quite useless?


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

That is because airlines have to plan for the future, that means you never know what will happen to the aircraft, maybe you re-configure it into an all-pax aircraft tomorrow. Look at LH's 744 Combi: There are seven 744 Combis, all of which got delivered between 1989 and 1991, equipped with both a side cargo door and windows along cargo section. Well, in 1999, when LH Cargo got MD-11F, LH decided to re-configure these 744 Combis into all-pax aircraft. I don't think passengers would be happy to board an aircraft without windows.

User currently offline757pf From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Yes, I'd have to agree totally with NDEBELE on this one.

Along the same lines.......I was wondering how the SUD of the Boeing 747-300F Freighters were configured? I know KLM operates this odd type (743F). Was curious as to what's "upstairs" in this rather large SUD area?

The same question would also apply to an even rarer type flown by KLM.....the B747-200SF (with SUD). What's upstairs? Lots of crew seating? Maybe a billiard room? (That'd be kinda cool, huh?)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

Then what did they do with the side cargo door? Is it still there? Would fell a bit insecure if I were sitting right next to this huge door inflight! (or perhaps even leaning against it!)


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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Planes have lots of doors !!, whats the difference if its big or small !, I've flown on the Philippine Airline 744 with a cargo door twice and I never fell out !!!!!!

The reason its a combi is because it can be cargo and it can be passenger if they want. Thats why it has to have windows.


User currently offlineNavion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

Actually, the Combi is different from the convertible. A Combi is usually both pax & freight at the same time. The reason for windows is not only the ones stated above but also the fact the Combi divider between the passenger cabin and the cargo deck is movable. If an airline has more cargo to move, the divider will be moved forward to allow for more pallets. Conversly, if cargo demand is down and pax deman is up, the divider is moved further aft. Of course if the main deck isn't needed at all, then the divider is removed totally and passenger accoutrements are installed.

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