Covert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2917 times:
Kotoka International Airport Accra Ghana...
LH565 Boeing 747-400
BA2078 747-236 Occasionally in the past...
AZ847 747-243 Seasonally...
Many African airports also. In Abidjan Air France did the same. Don't forget about Dakar either...
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2588 times:
Bangkok, too, sometimes.
When the old Subang (ex-KUL, now SZB) was still the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur, it was kind of congested. Gates were not enough and often those Jumbos had to deplane using airstairs. I remember QF's B747 doing this once and I believe it was quite common during peak hours when international 747s of LH, BA, QF, AF and MH all arrive together. Later, BA switched to the B777 and now all of the above have ditched KUL...
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2504 times:
I flew CEB-MNL on a Philippine Airlines 747-400 and deplaned via stairs. This is common practice there. Since PAL uses their 747's for the long international flights later at night, they don't pull into the domestic gate at all. Instead, it stops short of the gate to deplane and then the workers ready the plane for the international night flight and "drive" the plane to the international terminal.
BTW, a bus took us to the terminal. But while waiting for the bus, I stood next to its massive engines and got a fresh whiff of jet fuel smell. Awesome!
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
Crazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2489 times:
Yeah, I've deplaned from 747's as well as A320's and A300's at Frankfurt. It's a real pain... especially during the Winter. I sort of dread landing at FRA and taxiing past that little cargo satelite building to the remote stands. On the other hand, it is sort of fun to be outside such a massive aircraft... and sometimes I have snapped a few photos.
My outbound flights from FRA have always departed from the terminal, however.
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