If you look closely enough, you'll see that the first 737 from the left, and the first 737 from the right, both have aft air stairs. My question is: can anyone give me the registrations of those 737's that had aft air stairs and flew for Aerolineas?
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
Actually, there are several 737's with the built-in aft airstairs. Several airlines, such as Alaska, US Air [Piedmont], and then whomever received their aircraft after them such as Eastwind, etc. operated with the aft stairs.
Lima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 16 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
Aerolineas had two B737-287C, Combi aircraft. One was for sure LV-JND (Ciudad de Comodoro Rivadavia). If you look at this picture you see the aft door is different. The other 737 I don't remember, perhaps someone else do.
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 20 Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1738 times:
Our 737-100s (all ex-LH and PE) had the rear airstair that were built into the door. It was a weird looking contraption, and was activated by pulling a red handle through a horizontal track, and the door would flop down, and the stairs would unfold section by section. Last flight I took on one of those beasts was in '99 EWR-RDU-EWR for a round of golf. The flight attendant at 2L was having a hard time opening the door up, and I went back and we tried our damndest to move that handle, but I guess it was jammed. Finally, the Captain (on 757s now), a good friend of mine, and former football player like myself, came back and all three of us pulled on the handle so hard that when it finally released, we were all thrown back into the 2R doorway! Pretty funny experience, I think that was the last time they ever used that airstair, because we wrote it up as inop and, as they were only a few weeks from retirement, nobody ever bothered to replace it.
The newer models only had the airstair at 1L (folded into the belly), that setup was probably not even an option on the models after the -200. I'm sure the thing was pretty damn heavy!