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Flying On A Cargo Jet

Sat Jun 08, 2002 1:35 am

Are there any Cargo lines that will transport passengers (a limited number of pax since there are few seats) on a Cargo Jet? Or is it prohibited by law? Just wondering.

On a cargo 747 you could have seats in the upper deck with pallets on the main deck that would allow for a dozen or two people. And squeeze a little more revenue out of a loaded plane!
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RE: Flying On A Cargo Jet

Sat Jun 08, 2002 3:14 am

I always wondered about this, too... Yet no answers up to now.
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RE: Flying On A Cargo Jet

Sat Jun 08, 2002 3:41 am

Yes, well, and no. You are correct that the hump on 74's can and quite often does contain regular pax seats, but not just anyone can ride. Those seats aren't sold, they are used by DH pilots, company employees and up until recently, jumpseaters.
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RE: Flying On A Cargo Jet

Sat Jun 08, 2002 3:54 am

Well cargo attendants sometimes have to accompany their goods in person.

If you know someone high up, your suitcase might be declared "cargo" for that flight and you become "cargo attendant".

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RE: Flying On A Cargo Jet

Sat Jun 08, 2002 4:07 am

The use of passenger seats is very restricted. Cargo carriers can only carry the people listed in 14 CFR 121.583 without complying with the the passenger carrying requirements of 14 CFR 121.309, 121.310, 121.391, 121.571, and 121.587. I'm not going type all of the stuff in but it limits it to company employees, FAA/NTSB inspectors, and people essential to the safety of the flight/cargo. The other regs cited are about seat belts, safety announcements etc;

Having said that, UPS used to fly passengers in the 727-100QCs for special charters.
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RE: Flying On A Cargo Jet

Sat Jun 08, 2002 4:24 am

It's been my experience so far that anyone working for that particular company can 'jumpseat' on cargo aircraft - they certainly can on ours.
We do most of our work for DHL and TNT at the moment an we can all ride as jumpseaters, but we do NEED to seek permission first, and gain captains permission and a ticket.

Hope this helps,

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