ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1419 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1161 times:
The top one is one of the 500's that was converted to a 4 door config. The doors came from chopping of a full size door on a Tristar that was being broken up. It also is so we can operate the aircraft with the maximum amount of passengers. The lower one is the standard length 1/100. I hope this helps.
AKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2194 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
Rich International pioneered hig-density seating on the L1011-500. Their one and only -500, acquired shortly before they went belly up, was the first of its kind retrofitted with the additional small exit doors just aft of the wing. If you search the photos, you will find pictures of ATA's new L15's in this configuration now.
Here's a thread that talks about the door configuration in more detail:
757PF From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
OK.....I got it now.
Since the caption of the top pic does not say "-500", I was assuming it was the longer -1 or -100 model. It looked about the same length to me.
But when I look more closely I can see you guys are right........the top one is a -500 short model, with the add-on mini exit door.
That's the difference I wanted explained.....why the narrow door was at the very rear of the one plane, and second-from-the-back on the other. But now I can see that it's a -500 and was modified after being built.
Thanks for the help here.
BTW........Are those exits with the ultra-slim door equipped with the plastic slides? Would have to be a pretty narrow slide huh? Or does it fully inflate into a regular-sized slide when somebody pulls the switch/cord?
Also: How narrow is this door? Would a hefty-sized football player have any trouble getting out this exit do you think?
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
The answer is very simple - ATA operate their L15s in a high density configuration, and the FAA has a requirement that exits must be no more than x number of feet away from y number of passengers. As ATA is the only US charter operator of the L15s, it's the only company to have modified their aircraft, using the aft doors off longbody L1011s. They are designed for one passenger to exit at a time; whereas the wide ones are designed for two pax to exit at a time.
All of ATA's -500s came from Royal Jordanian.
Incidentally, only British Airways had the double sized doors in the aft position on their longbodied L1011s - that's why the Caledonian aircraft are currently equipped to carry 393 pax, versus around 350 pax for 'normal' longbodies.