From: firstname.lastname@example.org (George Hull) Organization: DirecTell L.C. - Park City, UT. - 1.801.647.0214 Date: 03 Mar 95 02:27:49 References: 1 2 3 4 5 Followups: 1
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> 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?) My understanding of the long-range 747 situation is that you can either carry a lot of people a short distance or a lot of fuel to carry less people farther. I'm told that even the 747-400 can find itself tight on fuel with a full load on a long stage length . . and long range is what the -400 is all about. > Getting people in and out of the upper deck might be a bitch, > however. Not any worse than it already is on a 747 with the stretched upper deck.