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747 Cargo

Thu Apr 13, 2000 11:55 pm

Could you tell me what is the use of the upper deck in a 747 Cargo? Is it room enough to put some containers (I guess not...)?
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RE: 747 Cargo

Fri Apr 14, 2000 12:43 am

Usually serves as a crew rest area, with a few seats installed plus perhaps a galley. Can also be used by couriers or non-revs.

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RE: 747 Cargo

Fri Apr 14, 2000 12:58 am

Pretty sure thats why they still have the small hump like the 100 srs
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RE: 747 Cargo

Fri Apr 14, 2000 1:15 am

I can speak for Lufthansa's 747-200s in that if they were converted pax models they retain the passenger upper deck. They use to have 18 coach class seats with the standard issue galley and forward lavatory, retained from when these a/c were all pax. When LH put the new first class seats in their other a/c they took out the coach seats and put in the old first class seats, now there are 8 first class seats up top. the galley and rear storage area is unchanged. The 747-200Fs that were delivered as freighters have only four coach sized seats and a small galley as well as a sleeping berth with two bunks. They also have a lavatory but entire area is only about 1/3 the length of the former pax a/c. The additional section of the "hump" is open from below- if you are on the main deck and you look up you can see where the compartment ends, there is a window in the sleeping berth where you can look down onto the cargo deck. This allows at least one more pallet position of tall freight to be carried on the freighter. Their -200s (former pax) also dont have the swing up nose, only the aft cargo door. No frieght is carried forward of the upper deck access ladder in these models.

Cargolux's 747-400s have the short hump like on the -200 and only 3 first class sleeper seats, a sleeping berth and no windows!

RE: 747 Cargo

Fri Apr 14, 2000 6:24 am

747-400 freighter, with a standard Boeing upper deck, just aft of the cockpit has a galley on the left, a lav (old blue water style) on the right. Only a curtain and bulkhead seperate the cockpit from the aft cabin. Aft of the galley is the main deck acces door and ladder, a L shaped seating area (room for 2 seat assemblies on the right, 1 on the left) and a crew rest bunk area (with 2 bunks) behind the aft bulkhead. Seating on the upper deck is usually two or three first class seats depending on the operators preference, but the supernumerary seating is limited to the number of escape harnesses on the aircraft (8 in the cabin, 4 in the cockpit). There is also an escape slide at the upper deck service door just like the 100/200 pax models. There is one window on each side of the fuselage in the bunk area, two each side in the seating area. Interesting point of the upper deck is that it creates more drag than the stretched upper deck, but due to the extra weight and reduced ceiling height on the main deck, Boeing kept the 200 41/42 section. Many operators also store maintenance/IPC manuals and other equipment on the upper deck. The entire cargo compartment is covered with either hard or soft liners and cannot be seen from the upper deck.