doulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 529 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3672 times:
I have noticed over the years that most Boeing 707s and 720s had small galley service doors on front and rear.There are some exceptions.
American Airlines Boeing 707-123B and 720B had a front full size galley service door but the rear was the standard small door.Their 707-323B and Cs did not have full size service doors just the standard small size.
Eastern Airlines Boeing 720s had full size service doors at the front and rear inaddition Eastern's 720s had two overwing exits.
United's 720s had full size service doors at both ends.
Western's 720Bs had a front full size service door while the rear was the standard small door.
What other airlines had this?Was this an optional feature Boeing offered at the time? I never saw any of the 707-320 series have the large service doors,just the smaller doors.
jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7405 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2165 times:
Quoting doulasc (Thread starter): Was this an optional feature Boeing offered at the time? I never saw any of the 707-320 series have the large service doors,just the smaller doors.
These were individual preferences of the airlines which had in many cases had cumbersome catering requirements, that a larger could accommodate. Most airlines went with the standard service door layout as they were adequate for operational needs of most carriers. In the early 60's, most of the ground services were carried aboard in "carriers'. Bu by the mid-60s, the trolleys became more widely used and the need for larger doors were not quite needed.
In a similar stipulation, Eastern's DC9-30's had larger galley service doors, unique to only Eastern