Secret Revealed – The Secret Chambers Where Pilot & Cabin Crew Rest & Sleep (Photos)



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Aug 29 2014
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After Malaysia Airlines lost two Boeing-777 via MH370 and MH17 in less than six months, the impact on the aviation industry was tremendous. The lost of lives are not limited only to the passengers, but also the crew on board the planes. Regardless whether the plane was missing due to unknown reasons or shot down by missiles, the cabin crew members were as innocent as the passengers.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - AirAsia Crew Members

Ever since the twin disasters, a whopping 200 cabin crew had resigned from Malaysia Airlines, not that the top management really cares as they have a much bigger problem – continuous financial losses and a need for a massive bailout. Most of the time, we take for granted about the welfare or the stressful job of a crew member. Most of us know very little about cabin crew. For example, do you know where do they rest or sleep during long haul flights?

 

Yes, most of us have not given that a thought and assumed the crew members are robots working 24 hours like house maid. And nope, they don’t sleep on their own seat just like passengers, nor they have a mini penthouse hidden behind the end of the plane. They have their own secret sleeping quarters or compartments. For 777-200, it’s called LCRC (Lower Crew Rest Compartment) which normally contain 6 bunks – one of the ugliest crew rest area.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Richard Branson as AirAsia Crew Member

Then you have OFAR (Overhead Flight Attendant Rest Area) for 777-300 with 8 bunks. Needless to say, this is one of the most luxury and beautiful rest area for crew members. Nevertheless, all crew rest compartments are locked and not accessible by any Tom, Dick and his hamster. Let’s take a look how the crew rest area looks like, shall we?

 

To access the crew rest area, you need special keys to unlock an unmarked tiny security-locked door, which is found at the very end of the plane.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Security-Locked Door

 

Rest area for cockpit and cabin crew are separately located – front and rear.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Security-Locked Door for Cabin Crew at Rear

 

Once the door is unlocked, you’ve to climb up the steep narrow staircase.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - steep narrow staircase

 

The cockpit crew rest area is located right above first class passengers, a tiny slot just enough to fit two pilots. It looks more premium than first class, huh?

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cockpit Rest Area Diagram

 

As tiny as it looks, Boeing 777-200ER, 777-200LR and 777-300ER provides rest area which seems quite comfortable.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Pilot Taking a Rest

 

Pilots have their own separate sleeping compartment and it’s more private and luxury than cabin crew, such as this one on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Pilot Luxury Private Beds

 

Welcome to Crew Rest Area or Compartments or simply Crew Bunks. Depending on type of plane model, a Boeing 777’s secret bunk beds are the best seats – better than First Class passengers (*ouch*).

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area

 

This crew bunks on Boeing 787 are so luxury that you should try ask for an upgrade from your first class. We know kids are going to love this.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787

 

Even crew bunks on 777-240LR look fabulously nice. And the heavy and thick curtains are used for maximum privacy.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 777-240

 

Emirates, the 6-Stars airline has its crew rest area at the right block, if viewed from the rear of its jumbo jet.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area - Emirates Airline

 

Inside the crew rest area, Emirate’s Boeing 777s long haul flight such as this has a long corridor housing up to 8 crew bunks.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area - Emirates Airline Boeing 777

 

Crew rest area on Singapore Airlines – each measuring two metres long and 75cm wide.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area - Singapore Airline Boeing 777

 

Crew bunks on Etihad 777, another 6-Stars airline …

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area - Etihad Airline Boeing 777

 

A cabin crew member happily taking her rest …

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area - A happy cabin crew

 

A very satisfied crew member taking her rest, beating those in the First Class.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area - A very happy cabin crew

 

This is Boeing’s solution for 787 Dreamliner for crew rest area, a relaxing space above the main cabin, accessible by a small ladder.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner

 

Alert – Security Breach!! Eating and drinking are not allowed in the crew rest compartments, perhaps?

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - No food or drink

 

The bunks come with features such as sound-proof curtains, a small mirror and hooks for light items hanging.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - curtains, a small mirror and hooks

 

Of course, adjustable reading lamps are fitted, just like all the passengers.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - reading lampSecret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - lighting

 

There’s a temperature control for crew members to prevent them from getting frozen or toasted.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - temperature control

 

What if the main entrance where the staircase you used to climb up is somehow blocked? No worry as there’s emergency exit under one of the bunks.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - emergency exit

 

Crew member just need to lift up the bunk’s mattress and voila, the escape hatch.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - escape hatch

 

And where does the emergency exit send the crew members to? Right to the seat 65G (in this 787 Dreamliner example) through the overhead luggage compartment (*ouch*). Stay cool, this is not a “real luggage” compartment. Can you notice the missing latch in the photo? Apparently, this special compartment can only be opened from “inside”. So next time you can’t open certain luggage compartment, you know what is that for (*grin*).

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 787 Dreamliner - escape hatch to luggage compartment

 

This is how crew bunks look like on a Boeing B747, less luxury as compared to 777 or 787, but easily more comfortable than economy class.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Boeing 747 - less luxury

 

But not all crew members are lucky to get their rest on a luxury bed. Some airlines such as this Royal Dutch Airlines’ Boeing 747 crew bunks look like a run down motel.

Secret Revealed - Crew Rest Area - Cabin Crew Rest Area on Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747

 

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Comments

Fantastic ! It is luxury beyond luxury, home away from home. Comfort comes first in order that the crew are refreshed after the rest. They deserve it really, I mean the luxurious rest area.

always thought the crew were just sitting at the back during rest times. Eye opener. Very interesting. Well everyone needs good rest especially long haul.

yeah, they deserve it … perhaps the only perk they have on board the plane …

This is a great websit and I enjoys looks at its and i wante to be cabin crew when I greow up

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