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Why Is The 747 Considered To Be "Inflexible"?  
User currently offlineb6a322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7117 times:

Whats up Anet!

I've noticed over time that many members here (and possibly even airlines) deem the 747 to be "inflexible" when it comes to certain options.

Let's take IFE for example. If you take a look at an LH 747-400, its economy class offerings are far less than the rest of LH's fleet of say, A340s, A330s, etc.

Does this have anything to do with something as simple as a Boeing/Airbus thing or is it more complex along the lines of more dated engineering as it is an older bird?


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15745 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7064 times:

Quoting b6a322 (Thread starter):
I've noticed over time that many members here (and possibly even airlines) deem the 747 to be "inflexible" when it comes to certain options

I would guess that the most likely explanation is that the 747-400 is probably the oldest member of most widebody fleets, and in some cases may be nearing retirement. I know that DL is updating their 747s to BusinessElite, but I don't know if AVOD is coming as well.

I would wager, however, that the offerings aboard the 747-8I will be comparable with newer planes.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6388 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6643 times:

Well,

SQ certainly had very nice IFE installed, in every seat, in economy on a 744 when I flew it to SIN and back in 2008...   The same can't be said for comfy seats in economy, though    I wish someone, somewhere would invent an economy seat that you could get a decent amount of rest in (like, as in, reclining enough for people like me who can't sleep in a relatively upright position...).



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17041 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6552 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
I wish someone, somewhere would invent an economy seat that you could get a decent amount of rest in (like, as in, reclining enough for people like me who can't sleep in a relatively upright position...).

It's called a business class seat.  



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6388 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6144 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 3):
It's called a business class seat.

Yeah, but those cost a fair amount more coin than steearge class          When you're travelling for pleasure, and can barely afford economy seats for your family, I'm afraid you're SOL...  



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6087 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
wish someone, somewhere would invent an economy seat that you could get a decent amount of rest in (like, as in, reclining enough for people like me who can't sleep in a relatively upright position...).

Check out Air New Zealand's sky sleeper couch offering.



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User currently offlinenycbjr From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6068 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
I don't know if AVOD is coming as well.

IIRC the ship is getting a nose-tail refurb including AVOD in both classes.

Cheers
  


User currently offlineGlom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2818 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

It's inflexible because if you try to bend it, it'll break. Now an aircraft that can be bent like a stress doll, that would be impressive.

User currently onlinewestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 751 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

Good one, Glom.  

I can remember very clearly being an 8th grader in Seattle when the 744 first flew. Time flies.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15745 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5170 times:

Quoting nycbjr (Reply 6):
IIRC the ship is getting a nose-tail refurb including AVOD in both classes.

That's what I thought. The gist of it is that the inferior IFE on some 744s is not a limitation of technology, just the economic case.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4531 times:
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It could also be just because of how big it is. If you have say a 777 you can get the same distance with similar cargo load on less fuel.
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