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User currently offlineScaredflyer21 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

Do all airliners have aft airstairs,what airlines use them?

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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1013 times:

Most airliners with tail mounted engines do. Goodness knows why, but my guess is its simply a good place to put them. They dont take up space in the actual cabin area. I immagine airliners with wing mounted engines dont use them because of the jet exaust that would wash over the passengers using them. Anyone know anything else...?


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User currently offlineJt8djet From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1007 times:

The only Boeing with AFT Airstairs (excluding 717's) is the 727, none of the others have them. A few of the 727-100's also had FWD stairs at the L1 door. I think some 737's have FWD stairs, but I'm not sure if they all do or it's an option.



User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 999 times:

The 737-100 had aft stairs at the aft left pax entry door. Actually the folding stairs had the door as an integral part of the stairs assemby. This was on People Express's 737-100's they purchased from Lufthansa. I'm not sure if was standard equipment on all -100's


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 980 times:

The logic behind the built-in airstairs on the DC-9, 727, 737 classic was that many of the airports that these planes would be flying into, in the 1960's, simply didn't have the facilities to handle loading and off-loading passengers, not jet ways. And it is cheaper to have the airstaris on the plane than to drive the stair truck up. Of course nowadays you'd be hard pressed to find a commerical airport that didn't have some minimal ability to handle full-sized jets.


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