I just thought of a question so I thought I would ask. For an Airline (eg Cathay Pacific) that operates the same version of an aircraft in both passenger and cargo form, would there be a pool of Pilots that would fly both kinds (eg 747-400 and 400F) or would they just stick to there sub-types.
Funny you should ask that as I had asked one of our freighter pilots that just the other day. He told me that they fly whatever aircraft they are rated on, and are not limited to specific sub-types, i.e. if they can fly the 747-400 then they fly both pax and freight versions. His east-bound assignment had been a 744 and then went back out to Korea on a 744F.
But I don't know how it works elsewhere, although it seems more logical to do it that way.
is that a light at the end of the tunnel or just a train?
It also depends on whether the Cargo airline is a separate legal entity or not. E.g. LH Cargo is technically an independant company, their pilots have contracts of their own etc. - they can´t just interchange their personnel with LH mainline.