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Old 4th Jul 2018, 06:49
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swh

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Originally Posted by stilton View Post
Unheard of to ‘de activate the front cargo hold’


That certainly limits flexibility, is the weight savings from not installing cargo handling
equipment that critical?


Seems like a show stopper for some airlines
Since no other aircraft can fly that sort of time and distance with a comparable payload that efficiently, it is not a show stopper.

Many 777s fly around with next to nothing in their cargo holds when flying a ULH, and it is costing fuel to have that sitting there empty.

Most airlines do not have city pairs they want to serve that far apart, that is the limiting factor. Probably only a dozen airlines in the world that would have the need for it.
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