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747 Deplaning  
User currently offlineTu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

Anybody know of any airports around the world right now where regularly scheduled 747 flights deplane by airstairs rather than jetbridge?...I'm thinking SXM but I'm sure there are others.

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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3151 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...

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User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

When I was in Frankfurt it looked like they had just as many airstair "gates" as they did jetbridge gates. Many of those with airstairs had 747s in them. That was a durn crowded airport!

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

TLV until they get their new terminal.


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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 512 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

It happens a lot to me at even 'major' airports like NRT and HKG because there's no gates available.

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7459 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3072 times:
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I beleive this was done at JFK at one point long ago. I do not know if it has been done there at all recently. Perhaps someone can comment on this?

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User currently offlineWhiskeyflyer From Ireland, joined May 2002, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

Johannesburg International, South Africa
Morning air helps wakes you up as you come down the steps after the long overnight flight from Europe.

User currently offlineJdb From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2893 times:

Also Grantley Adams Intl, Barbados.

User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6539 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2913 times:

Don't forget the alltime classic: Kai Tak!  Big thumbs up

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A shame that it was closed before I ever got a chance to fly there  Crying

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2822 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...

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

CPT in South Africa.

At LHR we use stairs when all the jetty stands are full. BA use them an awful lot over at T4.


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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

Manila, Philippines!

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!
User currently offlineCrazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2723 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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User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2670 times:

I've deplaned from a 747-200 at Tokyo, Narita Airport using airstairs. I love it, it really makes you appreciate how large that airplane is. Its amazing.


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