Anair80 From Suriname, joined Oct 2000, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6673 times:
I saw in Curacao (CUR), that they lift wheelchair people with a fork lift that has a box attached to it. What an ugly box that was...! and how frightening it must have been for those using a wheelchair.
Anyways, our flight was late by 20-30 min..
But hey, I guess there was no other way...(at least at that moment)
UA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1745 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6674 times:
One time a KOA this was the case. Since they don't gates and UA operates large aircraft (763/772) to KOA, i wondered the same thing. But then when I was flying to SFO, we had an older woman in a wheelchair, who was capable of walking but not up the stairs to the 763's door. So, they put her in her wheelchair and into a scissor truck (like a galley truck), but has a window and is empty, presumably for PAX and equipment. She was raised to door 1R.
Lparky From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6665 times:
that's exactly how me and the missus boarded in CUR, she didn't like the lift at all. We go every year down to Bonaire, (she likes to paper mache flamingos, thats her specialty) and the sunlight is good for her varicose veins and we take a day to curacao to shop.
Anyways, I would love to get her aboard one in one of those sissor trucks, those sound great. What airport was that at?
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6591 times:
At SJC they use a forklift with a "Box" that it lifts that they roll the wheelchair into, lift up, and then up even with the "platform" at the top of the airstairs.
Of course, if you are using internal airstairs, that would work only if you retract the stairs and then have the forklift move up to the aircraft itself. Which would sound a bit like a good way to do a lot of damage to an airplane.
Flyboy1980 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6571 times:
The same is used here in New Zealand - a forklift with a platform attached that has 2 sides and a back, but the front is open (but usually has a seatbelt type thing across the front for safety).
The platform is raised to the door sill height and the person either comes into the a/c in an aislechair or if they can walk on flat surfaces, usually walks on board themselves. We often used to use it for older people who had problems with the steep steps of the airstair door on the ATR-72.