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Freighters - What Are They Like

Sat Sep 18, 1999 3:09 am

I've never seen the inside of a freighter. Is there any space behind the cockpit before the pallets? Do they have galley, lav, and do they have any seats at all up front? What about long-haul freighter jets: do they have crew rest quarters or even seats for a crewmember to rest out of the cockpit? Do they have any F/A's? if not how do you get your meal? Also, for any pilot/crew flying them, do you think it is more boring than if you had 100 or so people back there?
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RE: Freighters - What Are They Like

Sat Sep 18, 1999 7:34 am

Pure freighters have a completely open interior. There is usually space behind the cockpit for the crew to move about. Many freighters have moving load floors to assist with freight placement. Usually, freighters are equipped with lavs. About galleys, I am uncertain. For longer flights, there probably is some provision for crew meals and rest. There are airliners in service which are combi layout - meaning they carry both passengers and freight. Usually, the passengers sit in the forward half or two-thirds of the plane, and the freight occupies the rear section. Passengers board the aircraft the normal way - through forward doors. Freight is loaded through an upward-hinged cargo door at the back of the aircraft, usually on the left hand side. Combi aircraft have full provisions for carriage of passengers - galleys, lavs,passenger service units, etc., up front so they differ very little from all-passenger aircraft. UPS has become known lately for operating convertible freighters. It uses its 727-100QCs in this way. The seats (on special pallets) and airliner interior (overhead bins, galley, etc.) are loaded on when the aircraft is empty, and installed by a special crew. When the passenger flight has been completed, the aircraft is converted back to the freighter configuration.
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RE: Freighters - What Are They Like

Sat Sep 18, 1999 8:29 am

In the 747
The upper deck is all crew
there are eight seats for crew in the upper deck.
There is a gally wear crew can make there own food ( a micro)
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RE: Freighters - What Are They Like

Sat Sep 18, 1999 9:44 am

FedEx uses about 6 MD-11's that have a crew rest bunk behind the cockpit. It is a soundproof room that expands out from the left side cockpit bulkhead providing two bunks for the 'resting' crew to sleep in. FedEx uses those aircraft for the 12 hour KIX-MEM flight.
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RE: Freighters - What Are They Like

Sat Sep 18, 1999 10:45 am

Freighters have awesome climbing charecteristics when flown empty.
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RE: Freighters - What Are They Like

Tue Sep 21, 1999 1:35 pm

Most cargo aircraft are stripped of most non-essential items to save weight and are very bare inside. However the crew still need to be comfortable so there is nearly always a lavatory as well as something resembling a galley (hot tea and coffee making facilities). For long flights, airline style meals are provided which can be heated up in ovens (by the flt crew) which are sometimes onboard. A large number of DC8 freighters which I've been on have had ovens on board. Most freighters being converted today from passenger usage retain the galley and lavatory area behind the cockpit making the life a lot easier for the flight crew.
The A300s which are being turned into freighters have a huge area between the cockpit and 9G web net which contains 3 airliner style seats and 1 seat previously used by a F/A. This gives gives the a/c the ability to carry six jump seaters in relatively comfortable conditions.

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