United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5276 times:
Most B 747's Upper Decks are actually Business Class Seats. However, why don't they move their First Class on the Top Floor, and have the Business Class on the First Floor? I understand that some of the Business Class Seats are actually between First and Economy Class.
Upper decks are usually quieter. And by putting the First Class up there, it can provide the First Class Travellors a much quieter environment. But why don't they do that?
USflt1778 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 269 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5188 times:
The nose section is much roomier than the upper deck. There is more room for overhead storage, and generally there is a large open area in the middle of the cabin providing even more space. The galley is also more spacious than those I have seen at the back of most upper decks.
You also have at least a small amount of traffic into and out of the cockpit on the upper deck. On the main level, the F cabin is accessed only by the F passengers and the f/a's that are working there.
Additionally, keep in mind that a handicapped passenger would have trouble going up the stairs (most airlines with Biz on the upper deck usually have a few rows on the main deck too). I worked for a medical assistance company and we frequently purchased F class seats for people with broken legs, back injuries, etc.
Hugo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
The nose section of the 747 is really the nicest place to sit. There is less traffic, one does not have to climb a stairway, one can disembark first, and it feels more exclusive. That said, the upper deck is also a nice area.
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5074 times:
IMHO the upper deck is far better than the pointy end. Up there, you get the feeling of being in a small exclusive airplane rather than lumped at one end of a large airplane. Albeit that the walls taper, I also like the space and surface between the side of the seat and the wall on the upper deck. Last flew, and will next fly, SQ bus class and always ask for the upper deck.
FTraveler From United States of America, joined May 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4971 times:
In the old days when Pan Am dominated international air travel, the upper desk was used as a first class lounge. During meals, seats would be swiveled and card tables would be extended to create several (think it was 4) dining tables that sat 4 persons and gourmet meals would be served, course by course. No PTVs, no flat beds, but it sure was a wonderful experience.
Blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5483 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4929 times:
EL AL has first class on the upper deck and my grandparents flew first while we flew business in the nose section on the lower deck. I went to visit them on the upper deck and the lowerdeck had a hell of a lot more room. The nose section on the lowerdeck is also kind of comfy. Unlike the upperdeck, you have more space to put a beverage table.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Spaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4906 times:
When Pan Am was flying no PTVs or flat beds even existed. They didn't have the technology at the time for thoses things. Therefore you cannot blame them for not having thoses things. Luft Hansa uses their upper deck for first class.
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3075 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4889 times:
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another problem wiht the upper deck is that because its further from the center of motion (a line that runs thru the cabin lengthwise) you feel motions much more. People with inner ear problems can get very very motion sick on the upper deck of 747s.
Also whats been said about the nose and sapce is completly true, and you cant even hear the engines up there dugin cruise, the A/C mutes it out
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United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4892 times:
In those days, the idea of Commerical Airliines is to fasten everyone on their seats and take them from one place to another. Besides, thy didn't have the technology at that time for things like PTVs, Flat Beds etc.