From: ditka!sgiblab!uunet.UU.NET!sq!trigraph!briand (Brian Dickson) Organization: Trigraph Inc. Date: 07 Dec 93 11:39:16 PST References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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In <airliners.1993.795@ohare.Chicago.COM> kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz) writes: >>(which doesn't make a whole lot of sense... how would the flight attendants >>communicate with the pilots---anyone remember these things??) >For simple communications they can just use the intercom, as they do >often on all-passenger configurations. >Such configs still do exist -- OAG shows both Air Canada and Alaska >Airlines as having mixed-config 737-200s with the cargo area ahead of >the passengers. Having travelled on such a config, I can attest to its strangeness. I watched them load the cargo from the lounge -- they have "pallets", shaped like 1/2 the inside of the airliner, that get rolled in through enourmous openings, which I assume are either cargo doors or removable body sections. The cargo units apparently are designed to be locked down, with a passageway left from cockpit to passenger area -- there is a door in the forward "bulkhead" of the passenger section, and I believe I saw it used (if memory serves.) The passenger section in such a config is a surreal environment -- about a dozen or so rows of seats, four (I think) cabin attendants, which makes the pre-flight safety blurb much less formal -- there are few enough passengers that it is possible for everyone to become acquainted on even a short haul. Until it starts moving, it doesn't even feel like a real airplane, more like one of those mockups you might see in a museum, or a ride at Univeral Studios (except with shorter lines ;-). If you're one of those people who like flying on just about everything not made by Airbus ;-), its quite an unusual (even exciting, almost scary) way to fly. -- Brian Dickson firstname.lastname@example.org Trigraph, Inc.