c5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4492 times:
When an airline orders an airframe just for the capacity rather than the range (DL and the 764), is it possible to have the manufacturer put in an extra cargo bin where the ER fuel tank would go. Now, I realize that DL uses the range of the 764 now, but they originally ordered it for domestic runs, so they would not have needed the extra tanks if they had kept it domestic.
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tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4442 times:
Quoting c5load (Thread starter): When an airline orders an airframe just for the capacity rather than the range (DL and the 764), is it possible to have the manufacturer put in an extra cargo bin where the ER fuel tank would go
Generally no...on most ER models the extra tankage is either in the horizontal tail or an expanded center wing tank. In either case, you can't store baggage in the wing box or horizontal tail.
If you have an LR model (or some 737's) that have auxiliary fuel tanks in the cargo hold, you can remove those tanks to recover cargo space if you don't need them.
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
Yes... USAirways did that with their 737's......
Are we talking removal of auxiliary tanks, or actually cutting into the normal tank system?
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4331 times:
Marshall Aerospace has built and installed auxiliary fuel tanks in the cargo compartments of for several Boeing aircraft, including the the 747 and the 777. Additionally, they installed auxiliary tanks to a number of DL MD-11's and all the the Lockheed L-1011 tanker/tanker freighters operated by the RAF.
Marshall is currently working on auxiliary tanks for the Boeing P-8 which is a modified 737-800.