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717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:52 pm

Hey there,
I have a question for anyone who knows about the doors on these aircraft. Why is the door on 1R alot smaller than door on 1L. Everytime I'm in HNL and am flying a 717, and I see the caterers, I always see the agent ducking to get in the aircraft at 1R, so I guess I would just like to know why the 1R doors are so small?

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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:54 pm

Great question! When I have to work the DC9 I love when I get one of the old Eastern A/C..they have the larger 1R
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:05 pm

Regardless... I've heard that the main cabin doors on the DC-9/MD-80/717 series aircraft are really light and can be opened very easily as apposed to say that of a 737. I can see why, they seem to be "hinged" at the bottom, making the top part of the door heavy, and with more momentum, that probably assists in the opening of the door, however closing it might be a different story.

NWAFA: How much larger are the doors on the aircrat you spoke of (1R)
 
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:08 pm

Being used for catering purposes only, Douglas decided the smaller door was a better choice in terms of design structure. If memory serves, I believe the 1R door on the 737 is also slightly smaller then the 1L.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:08 pm

FlyBoy

They are full size..just like 1L
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:10 pm

NWAFA,
do u have a pic of this so called aircraft with the same size door, if so could u please email it to me?
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:12 pm

CO

I dont have a pic of it...I know ship 9989 is a former EA with the larger door.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:13 pm

Speaking from 15 years experience, I can definantly confirm MD80 doors are much lighter and easier to open and close than their Boeing counterpart.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:15 pm

It's the same with a CRJ. I seen them use the 1R door for the catering truck. I think that Douglas and Bombardier are the only ones that do this
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:48 pm

When I worked for NY we had DC-9-30s MD-80's and 737-3T0s and let me tell you the DC-9/MD80 doors were a piece of cake.

Only problem was standing by them when the plane was de-iced. You could very easily get wet from it as it seeped in.

As a side note, Boeing also made the service doors on many of the 707 series a/c smaller.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:50 pm

The 737-800 doors are not that hard to open/close at all. In fact, although S80 doors effortlessly swing closed, they are in my opinion harder to "lock" closed. 737 doors lock quite easily.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:08 pm

The forward starboard side door on the DC-9 family was available in a couple different sizes...the standard, smaller size and then the larger sized door that airlines like Eastern ordered. The door is used for catering as that is where the forward galley is located.

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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:19 pm

I can definantly confirm MD80 doors are much lighter and easier to open and close than their Boeing counterpart.

This is true. At AS the R1 door is used strictly for catering needs. That is not an exit from the a/c. Those doors are pretty cool actually...they look cute. Ive never really been through those doors but Ive opened one on N979AS and that was very very easy to open. All AS MD-83s have the small R1 door.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:24 pm

How are people getting that personal comment line at the bottom of their messages? I feel like I've shown up at the Southwest ticket counter two minutes prior to departure and have (successfully) missed the flight.

Can someone help me out?

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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:29 pm

Iflewrepublic ... you'll find the tag line in your profile settings.
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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:30 pm

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RE: 717/MD80/DC9 Door Question

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:35 pm

Thank you so much!

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