airplanetire
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What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:44 am

What major airports of the world do you sometimes get off of your plane by stairs, not by airbridge? What size airplanes do this? I was on a trip to Greece and Turkey this summer and we flew between ATL and ATH via ZRH on Swissair fligths. On the flight from ATH to ZRH, we flew a Swissair A321 and instead of going to an airbridge, we went to a "parking" area and just got off on stairs.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stair

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:54 am

At Charles deGaulle (CDG) in Paris we got off of our Air France A320 using stairs, and we boarded our Continental 777 using stairs, we went in the second door right by the engines, you don't realize how big they are until you actually walk next to one.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:55 am

At DFW I deplaned an ASA CRJ-600 using the built in CRJ stairs.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:56 am

FRA, CDG, LGW, LHR, ZRH, and GVA will all have you deboard and board via stairs a lot of the time.

That's one thing that's great about European airports.

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 9:57 am

At airports like CDG, do they always make flights like Continentals 777 ones to the US go on stairs?
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:00 am

At EWR you board the CO ERJ's and ATR's from stairs. A bus takes you out to them. If it's an international flight (Canada) I think thy take you to the international gate.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:20 am

At BKK you sometimes board/deboard a/c with stairs, including 773 and 744 flights I was on.

You then get on a bus that zips under the nose of all the other birds on it's way to the terminal!
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:39 am

At DTW, you board most of NW's CRJ's and AvroRJ's via stairs. A bus takes you out to the regional 'terminal'
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 11:07 am

at YOW you use stairs on First Air and Canadian North flights
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 11:18 am

Tel Aviv still boards this way. They are building a new terminal, so that will eventually change.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 11:44 am

I boarded a 727 in DFW using stairs.
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 12:02 pm

Ive been on a DL 772 that deboarded via stairs at LGW and a Swissair A320 At Geneva
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 1:12 pm

Hey,
ILS I believe that you must use the stairs most of the time on an CRJ-600 as I did 2 times in CLT and 2 in YEG.............
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 1:41 pm

STT in the caribbean uses stairs for every plane. In SJU to board commuters you must use stairs, but jets have jetways. Only been to those two airports in the caribbean so no help about other airports there. Anyone been to SXM? What do they use there?
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 1:50 pm

CDG - didn't quite deplane on the tarmac but onto one of those hydraulic buses that rise up to the aircraft's door level. I guess the airport is just pressed for gates. For boarding, we would walk down the jetbridge halfway and load onto the bus to the aircraft that's parked miles away...makes for a nice tour of the airport.

STT-All boarding and deplaning done on the tarmac, whether it's an ATR or a 757.

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 1:58 pm

at phl because of too few international gates, at the afternoon peak up to 5 planes end up parking and transporting passengers to terminal by bus
 
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Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:05 pm

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:13 pm

I have deboarded on an A320 and the 727 at DCA and LGA once on USAirways Shuttle. I dunno if theyll still do now.

Flying on ACA at IAD, you use the stairs since they don't use jetways.
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:13 pm

I know you can (or atleast could when I was in these places)
FRA - NZ 744 & LH 320
ATH - LH 320?
CAI - MS 340
BKK - TG 744
SYD - UA 744 & AN 762
DXB - LH AB6

All were international flights and many more in Australia on domestic but I guess most of those airports wouldn't be considered "major". If the weather is nice and I'm not in a hurry then I prefer the stairs otherwise give me an aerobridge.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:32 pm

i think on both delta and usairways shuttle flights they use a jetway and a stairway, one at each end of the plane to decrease the time it takes to unload.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:38 pm

Hong Kong.

B757/B737/MD80/90 usually.
Of course, during typhoons, a lot more aircraft deboard by stairs.

BW
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:39 pm

Lisbon and Porto, Portugal

Boarded an A310.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:45 pm

CDG is a bit pressed for gates now, but once the new terminal is completed, there won't be problems. When I flew there this Christmas, we parked right by the construction, and you could see the terminal taking shape.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 3:19 pm

At Auckaland airport I regularly see passengers getting off the aircraft via steps. They are usually 767's (from what I have seen).
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 3:37 pm

I have deplaned by stairs at LHR (it was raining) and Seoul's Kimpo. I boarded an aircraft at HKG (Kai Tak) using stairs. Little need for stairs at Hong Kong's new airport and Seoul's Incheon. Have no idea why we used stairs at LHR. Suppose they wanted to welcome us to some fine London weather.
 
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Sun Feb 03, 2002 3:40 pm

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stair

Sun Feb 03, 2002 4:55 pm

About CDG, if you fly in a turboprop or regional jet, you take a bus and walk.
for bigger planes, it depends if there is an airbrige available at the time the flight arrives, and if the airline wants to pay for it. (the airline will pay less for the bus than forthe airbridge)
another reason is that if an aircraft has to stay at the gate for 4 or more hours, the airline prefers a remote parking , as it will be cheaper than using the airbridge for the arrival, and then towing the plane to a remote parking, and the coming back at the gate.
I think it is the same in most of the European airports.

When Linate was the main airport in Milano, you had to take a bus.
In STN, the fastest growing London airport, most of the airlines are low cost (Buzz, Ryanair, Go)
Space is not a problem. and the aircraft are just parked in front of the airbridge. But those airlines do not want to pay for it. Then, you walk...
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 5:54 pm

i boarded Airtours 767-300 via stairs at SYD coming home
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 6:01 pm

At VIE, you board all RJ´s using stairs and then you may also sometimes board heavies and some mid range aircrafts using stairs.
When I landed in VIE after my OS A340 ATL-VIE flight, we left the a/c using stairs. It was minus 7 degrees celcius and I was wearing shorts. Damn that was cold!!!
At Västerås, Sweden, and Faro, Portugal, you also always use stairs.

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:51 pm

Unless you fly AA, DL, or WN, at SJC you will board by stairs.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:36 am

I've disembarked at Geneva, JNB, Islip, DCA and embarked at BCN, Cape Town, and JFK using stairs. Of course, with the exception of Cape Town and JNB, all these flights were on regional aircraft, but still- it's a cool experience.
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:44 am

I disembarked an AA 757 in Caracas (CCS) by stairs once. There were other times we used a jetbridge though.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:21 am

I once disembarked at MAN at one of the remote stands it was a Canada 3000 A330, and the stairs we moving all over the place it was at rear of the plane.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:42 am

At FCO, I desembarked from a Delta MD-11 using air stairs. From there, we boarded a bus that took us across the tarmac to the main terminal area. At the time, there was some major construction going on on what looked to be a huge brand-new terminal. This was in the summer of 1999.

At ZRH, I did the opposite. To get to my Swissair A320, we passed through a ground level gate and boarded a bus to a large ramp crowded with Swissair narrowbody jets. We then used air stairs to board the plane.

Most recently last September, we had to use air stairs to board a USAirways A319 in San Diego. It was an early morning flight, and almost all the jetways were occupied. Gate 19 is also at ground level, so we passed through a glass door and onto the tarmac, and up the air stairs to get on the aircraft.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:04 am

SXM boards using the stairs. No jetways.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:20 am

In Munich sometime a bus take you from the gate to the plane, but then you don't you the stairs but an airbridge.
The fact is that airbridges are not connected to the terminal, but alone in the stands.
Very strange.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:25 am

In Brussels you can go down by stairs, when you have a small aircraft like CRJ, DeHavilland Dash, ATR, Embraer,... The most other aircrafts depart from an airbridge. Also charter airlines make sometimes use of stairs.

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 5:58 am

At Dublin you can disembark off a lot of flights using airstairs and either walk into the terminal or be bused in depending on the flight.EI133
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 6:32 am

I've boarded/deboarded with stairs at NRT and HKG (yes, even the new HKG airport gets crowded at times) before.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 10:46 am

At CGK (Jakarta International), most domestic flights (excluding Garuda's) are using stairs. The planes are either B737s or Fokker F28/100.

At DPS (Bali International), some flights have to use the stairs due to the limitation of the airbridges available. I boarded and deboarded GA's A330-300 using stairs last year.

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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:06 pm

Long Beach, CA, has no air bridges whatsoever - it's the stairs everytime. As a bonus, you can admire the tastefully restored Art Deco terminal.
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 12:48 pm

I have used stair de-boarding flying AA at Barajas, DL at Malpensa, and LY at Ben Gurion.
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 1:07 pm

I know the old airport at Ontario was entirely outside, and i deplaned off a NW 757 from Minneapolis many years ago. I also find that many flights into Cancun Mexico have stairs exiting the plane, because the airport only has about a dozen air bridges...
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 1:31 pm


My use of stairs on non-regional aircraft:

Tucson (TUC) (both boarding and de-planing)
Aeromexico DC-9

La Paz, BCS (LAP) (both)
Aeromexico DC-9

Barcelona (BCN) (de-planing) (w/ bus to terminal)
BA 767

London Heathrow (LHR) (boarding) (w/ bus from terminal 4)
BA 757

Dublin (DUB) (both)
Ryanair 738,732

Birmingham, England (BHX) (de-planing)
Ryanair 732

If the weather's nice, I have no problem with using the stairs as long as the handicapped are accomodated.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:20 pm

No one's mentioned one of the biggest, if not the biggest, 747 "bases" in the world--Tokyo's "New" Narita Airport. There, NW quite frequently utilizes the bus gates where you both plane and deplane using a bus and stairs. It's actually quite neat as you get to ride right next to a whole bunch of 747's, mainly NW and UA. That place is truly a a/c spotter's heaven, rivaled by only a few other airports in the world.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:50 pm

How about AMS??

I boarded a DL 763 three summers ago with a bus and air stairs. It seemed like it was the only plane that boarded in this manner though.

At NAS, all American Eagle flights require airstairs, although you walk down the air bridge and than walk down the stairs instead of stepping onto the plane.

I rememer boarding a LH plane from DUS to ARN a few years ago with a bus and air stairs. I can't for the life of me remember the plane other than it was a narrowbody and might have been Lufthansa CityLine or something? Any help??

TNNH
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 7:50 pm

At JNB there is a mixture of stairs and bridges. The International terminal has a number of bridges, but at busy times there are many heavies parked towards the airfreight area. Those will all be stairs and busses.
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 8:37 pm

I don't know if Berlin Tegel and London Stansted would classify as major airports, but at both places I have departed via stairs (A320 at Tegel & B733 at Stansted)
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 10:07 pm

I LOVE using stairs instead of the boring airbridges! I have managed to board quite a few planes this way incl.....

Rich International Tristar (at Gander)
Airtours 757/767/A320
Air 2000 757
TransAer A300
British World Bac1-11 (via the rear airstairs!!! Big grin )
bmi A321/737

plus a few more less intersing types!
 
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RE: What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?

Mon Feb 04, 2002 10:25 pm

GRU will use them when there is no space. I've used them twice that I remember. They put you on a bus and take you to customs. The vast majority of the time I have used the jetway.

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