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Cargo influences British Airways to use big jets on European hopsThe cargo team at British Airways is substituting some large planes on intra-European routes for cargo reasons. (www.freightwaves.com) More...
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"Widebody aircraft, especially the 777, can hold much more cargo in the lower hold than standard passenger jets" Really, who would have guessed!
Wow what a news flash instead of two smaller ones use one large airplane to do that same job. That would be a normal reaction to any freight issue as one large cost other than normal upkeep on a pieced of equipment is the person or persons required to operate it in this case pilots.
Question: on a recent BA flight London-Austin disembarking passengers was delayed when crew announced that last minute cargo additions were not included in calculations(assuming weight/balance). If the passengers would have gotten off the plane would have tipped tail down. This was an A-350. Now I have no experience in large jets or jets at all but this does not sound like a safe situation. Can someone comment on this for me.
Larry, you don't mention is if there was actually a delay loading cargo at the beginning of the flight. A more likely scenario was a problem with the sky Bridge and getting it lined up with the door properly. By keeping everybody in their seats focused in a completely different direction it also encouraged everyone not yo dawdle once they let you off the plane.
But I would be interested to see if most of the cargo traffic is ex-UK, rather than into....