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747-200s Emergency Exits... Weired

Tue Dec 21, 1999 8:09 pm

i recently saw a photo of CX B747-267 B-HKG in old colours, in 1980s kai tak scene with 4 maindeck emergency exits... in an photo, the same aircraft in late 1990s had 5 maindeck exits... why??
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RE: 747-200s Emergency Exits... Weired

Tue Dec 21, 1999 9:36 pm

No, it's not weird, it's just not painted!!!
If you look closely at the photo, you'll see there is a door there, but CX haven't outlined it, so it blends into the green bachground. With the new colour scheme they have outlined all 5 doors so thats why it appears to have gone from a 4 to a 5 door machine. It was also a practice done by swissair on their old scheme on the B747-300 models. The last door (on the starboard side anyway) wasn't outlined, so it too looked like a 4 door machine, but the 5th was there, just hiding.
Hope this helps!!!!!!
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RE: 747-200s Emergency Exits... Weired

Tue Dec 21, 1999 9:54 pm

There are some B747-200s without the overwing doors - most of which were operated by British Airways. The UK CAA had alternate evacuation rules to the modern norm and BA was able to remove the doors to save weight on the airplanes.

RE: 747-200s Emergency Exits... Weired

Wed Dec 22, 1999 1:40 am

The overwing exit was missing from the first picture because it was blocked off, in the same way as BAs 747-200s. The door is still there, just sealed shut and panelled over on the inside like any other window. CX later took the decision to re-instate the exit, relatively simple, and outlined it at the same time.

The rear doors on some of Swissair's 747-300s was not outlined because they are Combis, there is only freight in the rear section, and no need for an evacuation route from here.

Airlines cannot pick and choose which exits to outline, to suit their livery or any other reason. Outline painting of ALL emergency exits/doors is a mandatory ICAO requirement, and has been since the 1960s

Hope that answered your question
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RE: 747-200s Emergency Exits... Weired

Wed Dec 22, 1999 2:34 am

What is the deal with some -200s having 1 UD door and some having 2? I was at O'Hare a few weeks ago, and I saw a 1-door UD 742. I went on it and in the cockpit, there was a book that said "747-238"