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Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

Sun May 02, 2021 8:45 pm

Starlionblue wrote:
N965UW wrote:
https://youtu.be/LxS2RR-Vx_s

Access to the A350's forward hold via the E&E compartment at 1:22


Compared to the A330, the A350 hatch is nicely off to the side and a bit out of the way. The wide cockpit can accommodate that position. On the A330 it is right in front of the cockpit door, which you definitely want to close before opening the hatch. Otherwise, someone coming in might not see the opening and fall in. Yes, this has happened.

That plane definitely still has that new plane smell. So clean! Doing walkarounds on brand new A350s it was almost startling to actually see squeaky clean gear wells. :D


Ever been on a plane so new, you got to peel the protective film off the surfaces and screens?
 
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Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

Sun May 02, 2021 11:59 pm

VSMUT wrote:
Starlionblue wrote:
N965UW wrote:
https://youtu.be/LxS2RR-Vx_s

Access to the A350's forward hold via the E&E compartment at 1:22


Compared to the A330, the A350 hatch is nicely off to the side and a bit out of the way. The wide cockpit can accommodate that position. On the A330 it is right in front of the cockpit door, which you definitely want to close before opening the hatch. Otherwise, someone coming in might not see the opening and fall in. Yes, this has happened.

That plane definitely still has that new plane smell. So clean! Doing walkarounds on brand new A350s it was almost startling to actually see squeaky clean gear wells. :D


Ever been on a plane so new, you got to peel the protective film off the surfaces and screens?


I vaguely remember peeling the film off some screens in the crew rest. It was something like the sixth or seventh flight for that tail according to the tech log and we were the first crew to use the bunks.
 
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Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

Tue May 04, 2021 1:16 am

VSMUT wrote:
DIJKKIJK wrote:
Read somewhere that IL-86 was designed in such a way that the passengers could board the cargo hold first, place their own bags in there and then climb up into the main cabin to occupy their seats. Apparently, this was popular in the erstwhile USSR.


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The Presidential Il-96 also has this feature. Not sure about the regular passenger Il-96s though.


Now THAT'S something I've never seen before in pax ops.
Thanks for that.

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