Spaceman
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Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:21 am

What passenger/commercial aircraft currently flying has the greatest available cargo volume in its belly?

MTOW doesn't matter. I just want to know who has the most "trunk space".

I have heard that A340 has greater cargo volume than the 747 or 777.

 
Spaceman
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:22 am

Please don't include any combis.
 
SQ25J
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 8:57 am

I believe the A340-600 has the most belly container positions
 
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:00 am

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dairbus
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:34 am

The manufacturer's websites show the following:

Aircraft Underfloor Cargo Volume

747-400 6,025 Cubic Feet (170.5 Cu m)

777-300 7,680 Cubic Feet (217.5 Cu m)

340-600 7,331 Cubic Feet (207.6 Cu m)


It seems that the 777-300 is the winner in terms of total volume. The Airbus website says the 340-600 has 42 container positions and I believe the 777-300 has the same number. It seems length beats width. Big thumbs up
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Spaceman
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:37 am

Is it true that Boeing planes only have room in front of the wing box and not aft for cargo?
 
twa@fra
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:48 am

no, many planes only have a big front cargo door which can load big pallet`s (96`or 86`) and a small aft door for LD2 or 3 containers.

but i don`t know that it`s typical for boeing
 
dairbus
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RE: Greatest Cargo Passenger Jet?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 10:06 am

As far as I know, all airliners have cargo bins forward and aft of the wing. That said, Twa@fra is correct in stating that the cargo doors on widebody aircraft do vary. Most of the 767's (non ER) have small cargo doors fwd and aft that are just large enough for containers. Most (not all) of the 767ER models have a larger fwd cargo door in order to accommodate pallets. The larger cargo door is a customer option.

Most 777's I have seen and worked on have two cargo doors of roughly equal size which are large enough to load pallets. One exception are some of BA's 777's which have a small aft cargo door for containers only. Again it is up to the customer.

On the Airbus aircraft I have seen, the A310 has a large fwd door only while the A330 and A340 usually have two large doors. The 747 I believe is only available with the larger doors.

If anyone has more info, let us know.
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