Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Boeing 747 Combi  
User currently offlineJU101 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 832 posts, RR: 3
Posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

I noticed that a few airlines in lesser developed countries operate this aircraft, but i dont quite understand how is it feasible to operate such an aircraft as is the B747 Combi. How many passengers could such a plane hold in a two-class cabin layout, with maximum load?

I highly doubt that its fuel efficient. The only conceivable benefit could be the added cargo space (?).

4 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9502 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

Probably these airlines rely heavily on Freighter service, rather than being an airline for passengers only.

KLM, Air France, Air Canada own the B 744 Combi as well. So, not necessarily to be third world countries.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

All those airlines do operate heavily into 3rd world countries, though (especially KLM and Air France)...

Combi's have the advantage of being able to be used in a variety of configurations. Either full passenger, full cargo or a mixed layout with the aft area of the cabin being used for cargo on routes where there are less passengers.
You gain a lot of flexibility that way. For example, you could fly passengers from your main hub to some airport somewhere, and fly cargo back. Then fly cargo from your hub to that airport and return with a load of passengers. (might not be economical, I don't know the time needed for converting the cabin).
Or you can use them for passenger flights during the busy holiday seasons, and cargo for the rest of the year.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineJU101 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 832 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Thanks guys!

Just one thing... What is the maximum number of passengers that such a plane could accomodate?

User currently offlineEasyJet From Australia, joined May 2001, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

I was on a Malaysian Airlines 747 Combi, flight to Frankfurt before, 1/3 of the maindeck space was used for cargo.

As for the configuration, it really depends on the airline. Some might choose to have business class on the upper deck only, first class in the front zone, and following that economy class. Others might choose to have more business class seating than economy class. The combi excels in what it's best at, choice and flexibility in configuration.

The boeing website says,
Typical 3-class configuration (with cargo),
266, plus 7 pallets on maindeck.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Boeing 747 Combi posted Sun Jun 3 2001 05:56:27 by JU101
Boeing 747-8I Operating Empty Weight posted Sun Nov 12 2006 15:18:58 by TomB
747 Combi posted Tue Oct 24 2006 21:10:11 by Musapapaya
Boeing 747-300 Sightseeing Flight posted Tue Oct 24 2006 18:13:31 by Canberra
Boeing 747 LCF Successfully Test Swing Tail posted Tue Oct 24 2006 02:37:26 by Brendows
Boeing 747-8 Coming Into Being @ Right Time 4 BA? posted Wed Oct 18 2006 23:07:38 by Coelacanth
5th Engine On Boeing 747's? posted Mon Oct 9 2006 08:47:43 by BamMargera
AeroSur Boeing 747-100! posted Thu Oct 5 2006 20:18:34 by Ghost77
Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Completes First F posted Sat Sep 9 2006 17:20:03 by F14ATomcat
Boeing 747 LCF Achieves First Flight posted Sat Sep 9 2006 16:58:40 by Greaser