With more 747-200 aircraft as well as -300 models being relegated to cargo duties, it made me wonder about the feasability of airlines using combi aircraft on low-density passenger routes.
For example, if an airline wanted to operate a 747 in combi-mode, would they have to have the main-deck cargo area stop at door 4, as found with EVA, KLM, etc., or would they have the option of increasing the cargo area as far forward as just aft of door 2 or door 3? [Thinking along the lines of if the airlines just left it as-is, with pretty much no "quick-change" option to complicate wiring, pipes, etc.]
With trans-oceanic range, the planes could at least take 150-175 Economy Class passengers, as well as 18-24 Business Class passengers. This would be similar to having the capacity of CO
's 757's across The Pond, but with signifigantly more cargo...
Would it be possible and would airlines actually put it to use?
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