Thanks for the replies on my input on the UPS passenger flights.
|Quoting Texdravid (Reply 15):|
Why would anyone want to fly a freighter?
Usually, freighters are older, noisier, and less fuel efficient aircraft that are do not have the reliability as newer passenger aircraft. Plus, if one was flying LAX-NRT on a cargo flight, you would have to stop at ANC!!
I think you may be a little off on your assumptions on cargo aircraft.
While your comments were true at one point or if you look at smaller cargo carriers, like Kalitta, but if you look at the fleets of carriers like UPS, FEDEX and DHL. you will see that they have a large fleet of new and modern aircraft. DHL has replaced many of their older DC-8s with 762s and 757s. UPS has many newer MD
-11s, 757Fs and 767s. And Fedex has many MD
-11s, DC-10s that have been converted to MD
-10s, A310s and have ordered the A380F. Also many larger cargo carriers have been buying new 747Fs.
While some of the planes may have been retired EARLY by airlines, many are newer airframes, like the MD
-11. As far as reliability, I would say that they are much more reliable as the utilization at a cargo carrier is much lower. They usually do two or less cycles a day, where as a commercial passenger airliner may do 5 or more, which increases wear and tear.
I for one would fly on a cargo plane anytime, as the planes are maintained to the same standards as commercial airlines, if not better, and you get a chance to fly on some great airframes, like the MD
-11, that are no dwindling in numbers at the commercials.