747-8 Upper Deck

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  1. Skyring

    Skyring Established Member

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    From Wikipedia's 747-8 article:
    Further down the aircraft, it has been proposed to put "SkySuites" in the crown area (the space above the passenger cabin, currently used for airconditioning ducts and wiring). The wiring and ducts will be moved to the side to create space for these facilities — consequently they will not have windows. The SkySuites will be small individual compartments with sliding doors or curtains, and which may feature beds, seating, and entertainment or business equipment. A common lounge area would also likely be provided. Boeing has also proposed smaller, more modest "SkyBunks". Access to the crown area would be via a separate stairway at the rear of the aircraft. Passengers using the SkySuites, which will be sold at a premium price, will sit in regular economy class seats for take off and landing, and move to the crown area during flight.

    On the face of it, this seems like a great idea. Dozens of people exit the economy cabin for their Skysuites, leaving dozens of empty seats downstairs for everyone else to spread into.[/url]
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  2. Kiwi Flyer

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    Call me a sceptic but I cant see this as being popular. How many westerners choose a capsule hotel when staying in Tokyo for example?
     
  3. Skyring

    Skyring Established Member

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    Yeah, but on a long-haul flight you are cramped for choice. If I didn't like sticking my head out of the window so much, I'd be keen on somewhere I could stretch out flat.
     
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    I really dont think these "beds" will have much space - it is behind the hump after all.
     
  5. oz_mark

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    I would think that if Boeing freed the space in this area up, the airlines would find other uses for it. I also am not sure how popular the idea would be with economy passangers.
     
  6. markis10

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    Some airlines already have crew rest areas in the rear of the aircraft above the economy section, needless to say no windows!
     
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    ie How many seats can be squeezed in :?:
     
  8. Skyring

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    But the view is superb.

    I was on a Qantas jumbo, somewhere between Sydney and the other side of the world, waiting for a toilet, when I saw a stewardess open a discreet little door and enter. Much to my astonishment, I saw that it had a steep set of stairs inside.

    "Stairway to heaven", I murmured to her, but she gave no sign of hearing me, closed the door, and left me imagining those perfect legs climbing up to some crew rest area, where comfortable accommodation, trained masseurs, soothing music and refreshing drinks awaited.

    I have put my name down to be one of those masseurs, but like the pert stewardess, Qantas management gives no acknowledgement of my desire.
     
  9. Skyring

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    I make no doubt that there is room up there amongst the ducts and cable runs, boxes of Christmas decorations and the inevitable family of possums, and undoubtedly you could sell comfortable private beds for the round or well-heeled passengers.

    The result of having dozens of passengers stretched out upstairs must be that the downstairs section becomes more sparsely occupied, even on a totally full plane. After all, these suites cannot be occupied during takeoff and landing because of the problem of evacuation, so those who have purchased these beds must sit downstairs at beginning and end of the flight, and what is to stop those cramped nearby from expanding into the vacated territory?

    Mr Bloggs and his secretary move upstairs to their suite, and while they are relaxing horizontally, I can raise the intervening armrests and enjoy my own little bed, three seats wide, at no additional cost.

    I'm all for it!
     
  10. oz_mark

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    You must be confusing the Qantas rest area with some other airline.
     
  11. Skyring

    Skyring Established Member

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    Fantasy Airlines, in my case. I haven't been lucky enough to get up there where the stewardesses kick off their boots, loosen their tight-fitting uniforms and spread themselves out in ecstasy, but I can dream, can't I?
     
  12. thadocta

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    LOL :roll: :roll:

    http://www.airliners.net/open.file/816541/M/ for a better view.

    Dave
     
  13. Skyring

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  14. thadocta

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    I like that pic - absolutely brilliant.

    I agree with you about A.net, it is a great place to play, particularly the forums - so many children posting in there it isn't funny! (Well, actually it IS funny, but we won't go there). Almost as funny as the children in the http://www.railpage.com.au/ forums.

    Dave
     
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    Both are too claustrophobic for me.
     
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    I note in the crew bunk at http://www.airliners.net/open.file/816541/M/ there is a weight limit indicated on the side of the bunk namely, "Bunk Load Limit 170 lb/Each" which, if my calculations are correct means just over 77kg. I think a lot of us would miss out on that bunk.
     
  19. Skyring

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    Especially if you were planning on doing anything but sleeping...

    Pete, having his erotic illusions shattered, one by one
     
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