Schweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1421 times:
The YAK40 is a most interesting corporate jet: there are loading stairs in the rear. Where on earth do the avionics, hydraulic system, wiring and other stuff go? Wouldn't the rear door take up a lot of space? Isn't it sort of a waste of money to put a rear door since corporate jets carry only about 10-20 people on average? I guess the Russians have little patience when boarding or leaving a plane!
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5552 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1334 times:
1) The Yak40 is NOT a corporate jet. It is an airliner that seats from 24 to 40 pax depending on config.
2) It was designed to operate from semi-prepared (gravel) or grass airfields.
3) It was designed for internal Russian feeder services, hence it often operated multi stop, bus like route from very small airports, hence having built in airstairs was convient
4) Built in airstairs were once very common and can be found on the Caravelle, B727, DC9 and B737-200 (not rear airstairs), also BAC 1-11? & HS Trident?
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
The BAC 1-11 certainley had rear airstairs,I used them on a BIA 1-11-400 on a flight from Gatwick to Naples, but I am quite sure the Trident didn't have them, although it did have to doors on each side forward of the wing.