Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11189 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
According to Flight International Northwest might become the lauch customer for the 747-400 SF when the first 744 will be converted to a freighter. Although very happy with their fleet of 747-200Fs (and their low operating cost!) Northwest might need the extra range of the 744.
This news of cause will again start rumours of NWA buying some surplus 744s from United!
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16457 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
Although I would imagine NW focusing on removing the passenger 742 before the 742F. With a fleet of 20 742 and 12(?) 742F's, maybe NW could make UA an offer for some surplus 744's. Ironically, there are 2 -451's in the UA fleet from a cancelled NW 744 order in the mid-90's.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1689 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
"I believe that the extended deck on the 747-400 creates height requirements on cargo loaded through the nose."
You have it almost right, The 747-200/400 do have a hight limit for cargo load from the nose, but it is the same no matter if the aircraft is "SUD" or "Non-SUD" The hight limit is caused by the support trusses for the upper deck including the cockpit. There is no limit for cargo aft of the upper deck trusses, that is why the -400F is built with the "Classic" upper deck.
From all the things I have read on the proposed -400SF there is no plan to install a nose "hatch", only the port side cargo door like all 747F's have.