JU101 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 832 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1958 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 (?).
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1939 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.
EasyJet From Australia, joined May 2001, 63 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1908 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.