707guy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3022 times:
I believe the airstairs are a per operator item. I know that DL's 732's used to have them but they were removed do to weight. Aircraft could carry more without them and the stairs were not needed since most airports now have jetways. I have seen them on a 733 that is a charter aircraft.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1552 posts, RR: 24 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3010 times:
Like a lot of other things electronic equipment,APU,engines etc.the stairs are optional too.My previous company was a charter company and those stairs were handy to escape from airport stair fees.But the current airline is a flag carrie with lots ofground equipment of its own so doesn't have it.Helps to reduce the airplane weight also.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31457 posts, RR: 57 Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2851 times:
Considering most Airports are Equipped with Grd Stairs.It might be preffered to drop off the excess weight.
Its common in Freighters to NOT have the Airstair Installed.
Depends on Company policy.