747-400F

From:         rna@gsb-mailhost.stanford.edu (Robert Ashcroft)
Organization: Stanford University, CA 94305, USA
Date:         28 Feb 95 22:57:36 
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In article <3ii177$jim@iia.org>, Andrew Chuang <chuanga@iia.org> wrote:
>Almost all Trans-Pacific freighter services stop in Alaska.  Even with
>the new 747-400F (which Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Singapore and Asiana
>have), airlines still schedule a stop in Anchorage.  All the airlines
>that have ordered the -400F opted for extra payloads instead of extra
>range.  Unlike human beings, cargo don't care much for non-stop service. :-)

Speaking of the 747-400F, Boeing used the old 747 top, i.e. it
ditched the stretched upper deck.

I've wondered about what a 747-400F would be like with a stretched
upper deck devoted to passengers.  It would be sort of like one of
those cruising cargo ships that have a small number of passenger
cabins.

I very much doubt that Boeing would ever make such a beast, but I
wonder what the economics are like.  You can fit a decent number
of passengers in the stretched upper deck.  You could see it as
a Combi with a huge freight fraction.  (have they made -400 Combis
yet?)

Getting people in and out of the upper deck might be a bitch,
however.

Comments?

RNA