Airplanenut From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 665 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2538 times:
I was wondering if anyone knew whether cargo aircraft are pressurized or temperature controlled outside the cockpit. It seems like it would be costly to pressurized the cargo, but at the same time, if an animal is being shipped, it might appreciate the oxygen.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10339 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2496 times:
Of course. The differnence between and pax and a cargo airliner are the freight door and the strenghtened floor.
Not only might the animals shipped "appreciate" the oxygen, the crew who might need to go and inspect the cargo section does as well. Not speaking of horse grooms who usually travel with their valuable freight. Besides, there is delicate freight which requires to be shipped in a pressurized environment.
The 747 freighters have seats in the bubble and Cargolux did even sell these at times to freight forwarders and good customers.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6138 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2470 times:
Yes, they're fully pressurized and heated, as people have said above.
What people have NOT pointed out yet is that you can't pressurize the cockpit without also pressurizing the rest of the aircraft- it would blow apart. Now, you can set the back of the plane (or lower decks as on my 747 freighters) for a far cooler temperature if you like, but you typically run all packs in flight. Unless one goes INOP on you, then you MEL it to home base and call it a day!
Acey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
I was watching an aviation DVD of Atlas Air and they were talking about how they sometimes have flowers and need to have the temperature very low, almost like a refrigerator. I'm sure there are other reasons requiring hot or cold temps, like vaccinations, etc.