Imag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 199 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4058 times:
If someone wanted a 748F with the stretched upper deck like the 748i, is that possible? Ie have a 748i body with the nose opening? Would there be any restrictions on what can be carried on the upper deck, say extra seating/bedding for pilots or extra carrying capacity?
Obviously there would be extra issues like getting more people up into the bubble up the small ladder, but in theory is this possible?
B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1713 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3983 times:
If you threw enough money at Boeing, I'm sure it could be done. But why would you make such a daft move? The standard upper-deck has more than enough space at it is; in fact quite a few B747-400SF conversions have put a bulkhead on the upper-deck as there is no need, at all, for all that space.
Try having a look at the upper-deck of existing B747-400Fs and you'll find most operators have a rather sizeable galley, between 4 and 8 business-class seats + bunks for between 4 to 6 people. Really, what more do you need?
Getting people up the stairs from the main-deck is not any issue, getting them evacuated in case of an emergency would be. But that's not an issue either, as the door (there's only one; the LH one is blocked) is fitted with a slide, which can be used as an inflateable and is, if memory serves me right, certified to carry 20 people - more than any 747F will ever carry.
Your idea is, I'm afraid, not viable.
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Jbernie From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3826 times:
I guess military operators could find potential in such an aircraft as you could carry cargo & the extra space upstairs could be used for troops/technical support in good comfort but I am not sure that the demand would be there, but if you are willing to pay (like QF on their 744ER) then Boeing will accomodate you if the build is in fact possible.
Litz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3797 times:
Doesn't the upper deck on a747 intrude into the main deck's airspace (e.g. : the floor of the upper deck is below the crown of the ceiling) ?
If so, it would then restrict the amount of cargo you can put in the nose (and under the upper deck), whereas rearward of that point, you can load full circumference cargo.
Therefore, if you put in a standard upper deck (which, as noted, provides plenty of usable space for crew + pax) you carry more cargo. And when your airplane carries cargo for a living, this is never a bad thing.
Francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4167 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3549 times:
Quoting Litz (Reply 4): Doesn't the upper deck on a747 intrude into the main deck's airspace (e.g. : the floor of the upper deck is below the crown of the ceiling) ?
You are entirely correct. Freighters make no money carrying people, and the extended upper deck reduces the volume available for freight on the main deck. It is one of the disadvantages of the -400BCF over the straight -400F.
I suppose it could be done, at a cost, but unless for a very specific use, it would be completely useless. Not to mention that the resale value of the aircraft would drop a lot.
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Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3730 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3310 times:
The -400BCF still has the extended hump, but under that the upper deck floor is reduced to allow the same amount of 10ft high pallets as a -200F, but 2 less than a -400F. However, the -400BCF does have the ability to carry 30 pallets, the same as the -400F and 1 more than a -200F. You only lose a small amount of volume compared to the -400F, but still have more volume than the -200F and longer range than the -200F.