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Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:03 am

Ok so this may have an obvious answer but is there a specific cabin temperature for particular aircraft on particular routes/flight levels etc?

I have been on various flights where either I am freezing or boiling hot. I always consider asking the crew to change the temp. but I figure that they are not going to change things for 1 person.
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:51 am

the cabin climate control takes cool air from the AC packs and adds warm air called TRIM air to warm it to a desired level. The selector knobs in the cockpit typically have seven detents or so- COOL, WARM, and several in between. If things get chilly, they'll move it a notch warmer.

If you ask, and other ask, they might change it.
I nearly froze to death on a United 737-291 going DFW-IAD a few years back- but like you, I didn't want to say anything!
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:01 am

I read something once about this in an in-flight magazine. It said the pilot contros the temperature for the aircraft and that in most aircraft types, there is one control for the forward part of the plane and one for the back, so it is entirely possible to have some people freezing up front while those in back are feeling a bit warm. The magazine also suggest notifying the flight attendant of your comfort level so he or she can make suggestions to the pilot.  Smile
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:31 am

What also makes airlines opt for a non-personal climate control cabin?

like those Asian carriers that dont offer personal blowers and you have to live with what the actual cabin temp offers? while in US, you mostly get the fans and can use them when its too hot etc.

even my AirAsia aircraft had personal blowers, but they were not blowing and I nearly died in the a/C on the way from KUL-BKK (it sure was not room temp)

dont ya hate those days when the APU is not working once you board and no one bothered to hook up the conditioning unit at the gate on a hot summer day, while in a cramped 747-251B
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:45 am

On the Airbus A320, the aircraft climate control is divided into: cockpit, fwd cabin and aft cabin. Each area has a knob that can adjust the temperature from "hot" to "cold". These controls are quite effective as one night, we were working late on a plane and I noticed immediate temperature changes with a twist of the knob.
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:53 am

On the 747-400 the cabin crew can adjust the temp +/- 5 degrees. If there is more required, then it's a call to the cockpit. The cabin is divided into 4 zones all can be individually set. In addition, the cockpit has it's own temp control.
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:05 am

On AA's 777s, and I'm sure on all 777s, flight attendants have total control of cabin temperature. Ours are broken into several groupings, two for first class, two for business class and three for main cabin. They are quite effective and very appreciated by the cabin crew.

There is a touch-sensitive screen located at doors 1L, 2L and 4L where temperature, lighting, call light management and other items can be addressed. It's a very nifty little system.
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:29 pm

Hi. FokkerVII: I agree 100% with you. I have also been frozen or boiled many times on airplanes and this is something I can't understand. At home or in cars with air-conditioning there is an standard temperature which is considered the most commonly comfortable, and it is 21 ºC. I cant' see how a machine that can cross the Atlantic and even land by its own it is not equipped with such a simple and efficient device as a thermostat almost always fixed on this 21º C point (the "COOL" or "WARM" positions the others have mention are the most subjective indication one can imagine; it is as if the pilot instead of indication of altitude in feet or meters got "LOW" or "A LITTLE TO HIGH"). In a couple of flights (Iberia, Air Europa, Ryanair) I asked the cabin crew to adjust the (obviously extreme) temperature and it worked. Regards
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RE: Cabin Temperature

Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:54 pm

As far as gasper fans go, Malaysia, it's airline choice.
And no, not all of the US carriers have them. In fact, AA does not have gaspers on the 767 fleet, and neither does Delta. Come to think of it, I don't think I know of a US major with gaspers on 767s. Scandinavian ordered them, so I am sure they're offered.
As far as them not being on, the gaspers are controlled by their own fan attached to the main air mixture manifold. If the pilot doesn't turn the gasper fan on, you get no air!
Also, I am pretty sure a gasper fan is NOT on the MEL (minimum equipment list) so if the fan went INOP on your flight, well, too bad for you, we're not gonna hold the plane for it.

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