The pilot's rest area inside an Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Photo: Howard Slutsken | Airways News

The pilot’s rest area inside an Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Photo: Howard Slutsken | Airways News

Often passengers on long-haul flights do not stop and think about the need for the flight crew to rest. Pilots and flight attendants only have a certain number of hours that they can work, and then they need their time to rest.

Some airlines opt for crew rest areas either above or below the passenger cabin of the aircraft, while others will have crew just use your standard passenger seat.

A crew rest sign means business

A crew rest sign means business – Photo: David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter

We have had a chance to visit quite a few different rest areas and I have to say that one thing that most of them have in common is they are small. They probably wouldn’t be a good fit for those who are claustrophobic.

It is not always easy to get to the rest areas (normally, steep stairs or a ladder), and once you are in, there isn’t always too much room to maneuver. However, what they do offer is a private space, away from passengers, to get some rest.

We wanted to share the number of different crew rest areas that we have visited. Enjoy the photo tour:

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Flight attendant crew rest on an Air Canada Boeing 787 - Photo: Howard Slutsken | Airways News

Flight attendant crew rest on an Air Canada Boeing 787 – Photo: Howard Slutsken | Airways News

LAN Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

A seating area for the pilots on this LAN Boeing 787 - Photo: David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter

A seating area for the pilots on this LAN Boeing 787 – Photo: David Parker Brown

Flight attendant rest area in the upper portion of this LAN 787 - Photo: David Parker Brown

Crew rest area in the upper portion of this LAN 787 – Photo: David Parker Brown

Although on the main deck, these two seats are for crew rest. They recline more and have curtains to seclude them from the rest of the cabin - Photo: David Parker Brown

Although on the main deck, these two seats are for crew rest on LAN’s 787. They recline more and have curtains to seclude them from the rest of the cabin – Photo: David Parker Brown

United Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

The upper crew rest area in a United Boeing 787-8

The upper crew rest area in a United Boeing 787-8 – Photo: Mal Muir

The stairs to the crew rest area - Photo: Mal Muir

The stairs to the crew rest area – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter

A closer view of the United crew rest area - Photo: Mal Muir

A closer view of the United crew rest area – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter

Third 787 Made – ZA003

This is in the third Boeing 787 ever made, ZA003. It is still in process of being worked on - Photo: David Parker Brown

This is in the third Boeing 787 ever made, ZA003. It was still in process of being worked on – Photo: David Parker Brown

A closer view of ZA003's crew rest area - Photo: David Parker Brown

A closer view of ZA003’s crew rest area – Photo: David Parker Brown

 

Air New Zealand 777-300ER

This is the pilot's rest area in the upper front of an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER - Photo: David Parker Brown

Pilot’s rest area in the upper front of an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER – Photo: David Parker Brown

China Eastern 777-300ER

The flight attendant rest area on the 777 - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

The flight attendant rest area on the 777 – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Close up shot of the crew rest on China Eastern's new 777-300ER - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Close up shot of the crew rest on China Eastern’s new 777-300ER – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

American Airlines 777-300ER

The pilot's rest area in AA's Boeing 777 - Photo: David Parker Brown

The pilot’s rest area in AA’s Boeing 777 – Photo: David Parker Brown

The pilot's sitting and sleeping area in the 777-300ER - Photo: David Parker Brown

The pilot’s sitting and sleeping area in the 777-300ER – Photo: David Parker Brown

The upper flight attendant rest area on American's 777-300ER

The upper flight attendant rest area on American’s 777-300ER

Condor Airlines Boeing 767

On Condor's 767s pilots have a special resting place located in the standard business class section. There are thick curtains that separate them from the main cabin

On Condor’s 767s pilots have a special resting place located in the standard business class section. There are thick curtains that separate them from the main cabin

Flight attendants have a similar set up located in the back of the economy cabin

Flight attendants have a similar set up located in the back of the economy cabin

Antonov AN-124 Crew Rest

The hallway of the crewrest area on an AN-124 - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMultimedia

The hallway of the crewrest area on an AN-124 – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMultimedia

The living/crew rest area on this AN-124 - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMultimedia

The living/crew rest area on this AN-124 – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMultimedia

Malaysian Airbus A380

The Malaysian Airbus A380 has triple bunks - Photo: David Parker Brown

The Malaysian Airbus A380 has triple bunks – Photo: David Parker Brown

Singapore Airbus A380

Pilot's rest area in a Singpoare Airbus A380 - Photo: David Parker Brown

Pilot’s rest area in a Singapore Airbus A380 – Photo: David Parker Brown

Lufthansa Airbus A380

Pilot rest area on a Lufthansa Airbus A380 - Photo: David Parker Brown

Pilot rest area on a Lufthansa Airbus A380 – Photo: David Parker Brown

Crew lavatory located in the front of the A380 - Photo: David Parker Brown

Crew lavatory located in the front of the A380 – Photo: David Parker Brown

United Airlines 747-400

Front crew rest area on a United Boeing 747 - Photo: David Parker Brown

Front crew rest area on a United Boeing 747 – Photo: David Parker Brown

A bit older looking, this is a rest area in a United 747-400 - Photo: David Parker Brown

A bit older looking, this is a rest area in a United 747-400

Not totally impressed yet? Check out the crew quarters on a private Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental BBJ!

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11 Comments

Thanks David for posting all of the pics! Some of these rest areas are more luxurious than some apartments I’ve lived in!

Haha! Mine too. Plus they are cruising at 30,000 feet!

David

Thanks for sharing this clear and detailed photos.If I’m not a FA,I never get a chance to see this rare pics.

Not sure that all of them are clear — really hard to take good photos of them.

David

Thanks David for posting all of these and I get to see some of my handiwork in them as well!

In photo 2 and 13 the video monitors for the IFE are mounted to articulating arms (video deployment arms) that I designed. We also have some in the 777 OFAR (flight attendant rest) of several long-haul top international customers as well.

Looking forward to hearing about the next geekfest, when will info be available?

Hey Chris — you did some great work.

Hoping to have more info soon. Just be sure to watch out on the mailing list!

David

The 78 OFCR is a bit of a let down after the 777. I guess there is only so much space in the crown and they did what they could.
Coming down the steps can be lethal especially when you’ve been wrenched from a deep sleep. You really need to hold on on the way down!
The real luxury though is to have your own crew lavatory.

The steps for most were the most challenging for sure. Especially being a bigger guy.

But yes, since the 777 has a bit more space, they are larger crew rest areas — hard to beat the A380s.

David

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Man, the crew rest area in the 777 looks great!

Howard Nam

Nice!
Btw, who is build these rest area cabin for 777?

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