Crew rest compartment

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A crew rest compartment (crew rest) is a section of an airliner dedicated for breaks and sleeping by crew members, usually located above or adjacent to the passenger compartment.[1] Crew rest compartments are normally segregated, with separate compartments for the flight crew and the cabin crew.[2]

Picture of a crew rest compartment showing bunks and seats
A multiple-bunk Class 1 crew rest compartment.

On long flights, crew members may sleep in crew rest compartments during off-duty periods.[3] Federal Aviation Regulations have provisions requiring crew rest areas be provided in order to operate a long flight by using multiple crew shifts.[4]

Passengers are restricted from accessing crew rest compartments by regulations, additionally their entrances may be secured by locks and may require ascending a ladder for access.[5]

Crew rest compartments may not normally be used during taxi, takeoff, or landing maneuvers (TT&L).[6] In flight crew rests that contain standard seats, an exception may be made to allow seated crew during TT&L.[7]

The Federal Aviation Administration defines three classes of crew rest facilities, dependent on the number of crew and the duration of the flight.[8] Crew rest periods may be provided in higher classed rest areas than required, for example some airplanes may not have a class 2 rest facility, providing breaks in a crew rest.

Crew rest aboard a Gulfstream G550

Rest facility classifications from highest to lowest:

  • Class 1 rest facility: This class requires access to an area physically separated from the flight deck and the passenger cabin; contain bunks or other flat areas for sleeping; have provisions for sound and lighting isolation.
  • Class 2 rest facility: This class requires access to at least a lie flat seat and separation from passengers by a curtain.
  • Class 3 rest facility: This class only requires a cabin seat that is able to recline and has foot support.

Aircraft with crew rest compartment[edit]


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  2. ^ "Federal Register | Special Conditions: Airbus, Model A350-900 Series Airplane; Crew Rest Compartments".
  3. ^, Annie Kingston (21 January 2016). "The Reality Of Being A Flight Attendant". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ George, Fred. "Preventing Crew Fatigue from A to Zzz". Business & Commercial Aviation. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. ^ Brown, David (13 October 2014). "Inside Look: Crew Rest Areas on Different Airliners - AirlineReporter". Airline Reporter. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Federal Register | Special Conditions: Airbus, A350-900 Series Airplane; Crew Rest Compartments".
  7. ^ "Special Condition D-04" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Advisory Circular AC 117-1" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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