Ciro
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Popularity Of The "Quick-Change" Aircraft

Mon May 19, 2003 6:33 am

Hi,

I wonder why the 737 and A-320 "Quick-Change" versions, for evening cargo services, are not very popular. Is it because of the interior damage the freight causes in the aircraft?

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RE: Popularity Of The "Quick-Change" Aircraft

Mon May 19, 2003 6:57 am

It may have something to do with the fact that there is propbably a weight penalty ofr the QC version. It would have a lower payload tthan either the pure passenger or freighter version.

 
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RE: Popularity Of The "Quick-Change" Aircraft

Mon May 19, 2003 7:01 am

I think its also that the modern versions haven't been certified by the FAA.

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RE: Popularity Of The "Quick-Change" Aircraft

Mon May 19, 2003 5:07 pm

I didn't understand why a lower payload would be a matter, considering that "QC" aircraft fly late-night services mainly, instead of being parked idle in the tarmac.
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RE: Popularity Of The "Quick-Change" Aircraft

Mon May 19, 2003 5:27 pm

The FAA has pretty much refused to certify any new combi aircraft. This is fallout from an SAA 747 that burned up over the Indian Ocean a number of years back.

Also I think that some of the new "G" requirements for seats would require some significan re-engineering.

QC airplanes are really popular up here. They allow an operator to tailor the configuation of the aircraft to the freight and pax he has to move.
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RE: Popularity Of The "Quick-Change" Aircraft

Mon May 19, 2003 7:55 pm

2 reasons they are not as popular as they could be.
1) Logistics with the seats. Your rotations have to work perfectly, or you may end up with the seats in one location, and the plane in another one.
2) The seats you have in those planes are fixed on pallets. That means they cannot accept an IFE system.(if you start to have cables and connection, you cannot change the configuration in 20 minutes) And those seats are not up to the standards of some airlines.

ONe good example in France: Europe Airpost (formerly l'Aeropostale) has some 737 QC for the night .
In the psat, they were used during the day by AIr Inter for French domestic flts. After the Air France bought Air Inter, they used them for a few more years, and decided that the seats were no longer up to their standards. (and they stopped using them)
The good news is that Aeris, who got slots at Orly from the defunct AirLib, has decided to use them to start their low cost operation

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