...but don't forget the bellys, they can turn into a rampers nightmare if needed. Pit 3 can hold about 4500 lbs and pit 4 can haul aprox 6000 lbs (very rough figures).
Huh?!? This isnt an M80. The 732C has TWO cargo pits #1 and #2. And the main cabin is capable of holding 7 pallets, not only 6, regardless of whats on them, seats or igloos.
As far as the main belly on any Alaska 737 (-200 -400 -700 -900) they have six cargo pits. 3 Pits are forward, 3 pits are aft. I only mentioned pits 3 and 4 as they are the largest. On the -400s they are capable of carrying just about the amount typically loaded in an Igloo thus not being too much of a loss on cargo capacity. The other pits can be loaded as well, I was just referencing the larger pits. Also I'm not sure if AS
has reconfigured their combis since your days there, however there are only 6 pallet positions upstairs. AS
can operate them in All seats (111 seats), 2 pallet (72 seats), 3 pallet (56 seats), 5 pallet (26 seats), or freighter (6 pallet) at no time has the main deck of a AS
73M had 7 pallets to my knowledge.
Also I'm not sure how much of a fit the FAA will throw with these birds. We are talking a fixed bulkhead, not a quick change. As I understand, the FAA didn't want to certify a movable bulkhead, thus AS
has picked a fixed configuration that is sure to be a winner. One thing AS
does is their homework, I highly doubt they would have waited almost 2 years to announce a 73M replacement if the FAA wasn't going to ok it.
You can take the pup out of Alaska, but you can't take the Alaska out of the pup.