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User currently offlineCallBell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 223 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Niger...Airways/Boeing-747-236B/0817729/M/

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...Airways/Boeing-747-236B/1325649/M/
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...Airways/Boeing-747-236B/0520037/M/

Does anyone know why this 747 seems to have Door 3R blocked off? If it did, was there a seating capacity limit on this aircraft?

[Edited 2008-10-05 18:31:45]

[Edited 2008-10-05 18:33:46]

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

The overwing exits can be blocked and have been so by several operators including BA, KLM as I recall.


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User currently offlineCallBell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Any idea why it was done?

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

More seats = more $$$$

As I recall sometime in the late 80s, some rules changed in Europe that allowed for airlines to block off overwing exits on the then (classic) 747s.



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User currently offlineCallBell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

But more seats would mean more exits necessary. Blocking off exits would reduce the number of seats permissable on board.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Quoting CallBell (Thread starter):
Does anyone know why this 747 seems to have Door 3R blocked off? If it did, was there a seating capacity limit on this aircraft?

That aircraft was leased from BA. A few 741/742/743 operators including BA, KL and CX (they were possibly the only ones, not sure) had the overwing #3 door exits deactivated sometime in the early 1980s or thereabouts. In the cabin they were panelled over with standard wall panels and several additional rows of seats were installed in those areas, although some lacked windows. I recally flying on BA and KL 747s after those exits had been sealed off.

While the change apparently met certification requirements for evacuation, it was controversial among air safety experts since it obviously meant a much longer distance to the nearest exit for quite a few passengers, especially when combined with the increased number of seats.

Photos below of BA/KL/CX aircraft after the #3 exits were deactivated and the door outlines deleted.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

Korean Air also. Suspect more out there also.


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