A340 Lower Deck Modules

Fri Sep 15, 2000 10:18 am

Hi there,

Airbus' website mentions a variety of modules (sleeper cabin, lavatories, crew rest area...) available for the A340.

Which carriers have chosen one (or more) of these options? It seems that noone's using the sleeper one.

Any comments welcome. Thanks in advance  
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RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Fri Sep 15, 2000 10:32 am

Cathay Pacific uses the sleeper cabin on its Hong Kong - Anchorage - Toronto flight. I have personally been in this cabin and also seen it from the cargo hold outside. It is pressurized and is the size of two LD3, or one LD6 baggage containers. I must say the quarters inside are quite small and would not recommend anybody over six feet trying to use them.

Regards Darryl
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RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Fri Sep 15, 2000 4:09 pm

Premiair A330 have lavatories on their lower deck, and resting-cabins for cabin crew.
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RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Sat Sep 16, 2000 1:49 am

Air Canada uses the lower rest crew quarters on their Asian routes out of Vnacouver.
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AF Uses The Crew Rest

Sat Sep 16, 2000 2:56 am


Air France uses the crew rest area on its A340s. One of the advtanges of this system over the OHCRF (Over-Head Crew Rest Facility) is that you can easily get the crew rest container out of the aircraft to clean it up (whereas you need to be in the aircraft for thr OHCRF).

However on routes where there aren't any payload restricton, crew rest takes up some place from cargo containers. And the crew rest on the lower is really narrow.

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This is a crew rest facility of and Airbus A340. Similar to those used by Air France

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Sat Sep 16, 2000 5:15 am

Looks just like the LD-11 lower lobe crew rests we use on our 777. These aren't as easy to remove as one may believe, there are after all power and ac connections to deal with, it would be much easier to clean on board. Also the module is not a pressure unit, the lower cargo deck is pressurized.
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RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Sat Sep 16, 2000 11:25 am

Air Canada Also uses the sleepers on the Asian flights out of Toronto, the 14hour+ flight. I believe the crew (FA) are allowed 2 hours of rest for those flights in the lower module.

RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Sat Sep 16, 2000 1:01 pm

Thanks for all the responses!  
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RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Sun Sep 17, 2000 3:05 pm

That flight out of Toronto stops in Vancouver for fuel so technically its all of the Asian flights out of Vancouver because I don't think they need rest between Toronto and Vancouver.
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RE: A340 Lower Deck Modules

Mon Sep 18, 2000 2:22 am

How dose the crew get down to the cargo/lower deck?
I thoguht you cant get down there in flight?

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