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Fedex MD-11 Pax Window Question?  
User currently offlineLEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

I just happened to notice today on close inspection of N619FE that this Aircraft has passenger windows but is not a converted passenger Aircraft.Why would this be? Photo below shows clearly.

I am thinking maybe if the US Gvmt needed to use them as troop carriers in emergency/wartime situations or for leasing out to charter operators.

Or was it a production issue where all fuselages were built the same to save on costs maybe?

In many years of seeing these birds had never noticed this before.


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4183 times:

Quoting LEEDS19 (Thread starter):
Or was it a production issue where all fuselages were built the same to save on costs maybe?

I'm certain the reason was cost / convenience.  

I'm guessing it was easier to build a passenger fuselage, then plug the windows, rather than build a dedicated non window "F" fuselage. I could be wrong, maybe someone on the other side of the pond can correct me if so 



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3988 times:

As much as I know all MD11Fs have plugged windows. A cost-saving measure - in building. but certainly not in service. It makes the surface slightly uneven and that´ll cost a penalty in fuel.

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