Re: B727/737 Passenger/Cargo convertibles

Date:         19 Feb 98 01:34:44 
From:         Bob Mann <rwmannco@interport.net>
Organization: R.W. Mann & Company, Inc.
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Antoin Daltun wrote:
> On the original B737QC the "overheads"...were not removable or palletised.  I
> suspect the B727QCs were the same.
...
> The problems with QCs were the compromises outweighing the expected higher
> utilisation [clash between passenger and cargo demands late evening/early
> morning, conversion times], alternative nigh-time uses [passenger
> charters], the interior compromises that were needed [high operating
> weights due cargo gear, limitations to pallet profile] and the extent of
> damage to the passenger amenities from cargo loading.

B727QC bins/PSUs/"overheads" are removable and removed for cargo/package
operation.  Inability to remove overheads would restrict use of a standard main
deck "plug" container and thoroughly compromise netted cargo build-up profile.

Thoroughly agree on the reasons widespread QC use waned.  Eastern Airlines
invested a fortune in the concept for pax-to-cargo use, and fell on their sword
doing so.  UPS' reverse (cargo-to-pax) experience has yet to be fully sorted.

- Bob Mann

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