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Are you serious?
Well, that is exactly what UPS executives asked in the 1990s when they realised that many of their ‘planes were sat idle over the weekend. I stumbled across this really interesting article recently, that is well worth a read:
(TL;DR – Install seats and overhead bins on a Friday afternoon, fly some punters somewhere hot, remove seats and bins on a Monday morning and get back to ferrying parcels)
I found this article really interesting, and frankly rather amazing, especially this YouTube video.
Not sure I’d have been happy sat next to that big cargo door!
I can’t imagine it happening now, in fact the modern equivalent would probably go something like this;
- Aircraft is stripped off all seats and bins
- Leased on short-term to cargo airline
- Seats are ‘densified’ onto pallets
- Aircraft is returned from cargo airline
- New seating pallets are installed along with most of the overhead bins
Aerosavvy.com is also a good source of technical aviation information for novice AVGeeks. If you’ve ever wondered what the different lights on aircraft or runways are for, that’s covered. Along with seat belts, transatlantic navigation, go-arounds and ETOPS (which turns out doesn’t actually stand for Engines Turn Or Passengers Swim!). Who knew?
What’s in it for me?
Er, nothing really! No bonus points earning opportunities, no bargain premium cabin fares, we just thought it was interesting.
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