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Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:21 am

why is the left door used 99% of the time?
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san2snow
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:28 am

On most airplanes the right forward door is a service door for the galley and is a bit smaller than the left door.
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:31 am

I concur with San2snow. The right door is used less than 1% of the time and that is only if the left door, and all the other doors are malfunctioning.
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:33 am

not on all planes sans. the EMB-145 has the same size door on the left whic we use for galley access. even had to deplane a flight using that door when the right door with an airstair jammed on us. the CRJ door is smaller, only ment for gally carts. the MD-80 series and boeing 717 also have a smaller door on the right side. most other planes have a regular size door on the right.


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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:40 am

i mean as in PAX using doors
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:13 am

Last regular aircraft with right hand side was I believe the Comet 4

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Also aircraft transiting Sal in the Mid Atlantic have been seen with airstairs on the right only

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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:22 am

Cargo doors are at the right. And most of the servicing is done that side as well
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:30 am

Correct with all the posts. Why don't you take a look next time your waiting for your a/c. You will see the first 1-2 doors on the right side (#1 engine side) and soon after the departure of the pax. A galley truck will come around and take the trash out and re-stock the a/c. I have noticed that the back door is sometimes used so that ground crew can get in and out to speak to the fight crew.


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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:32 am

I have used the 1R door one time on the 737-800. We were using air stairs because of a malfunctioned jet bridge. It is considerably smaller, constantly reminding customers to watch their heads. I used the same gate again, we used the 1L door.

The way it is set up, the customers had less "tarmac time" using the R door. It was a convenience thing, but I think the size of the door nixed that idea and walking around to the 1L door was the way to go.

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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:35 am

Why do we drive on the right side of the road?
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:51 am

Aren't jetways configured for the left doors on planes, or can they swing around to fit the right door too?
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:59 am

At airports that use hardstands and ferry pax using mobile lounges (like @ JFK and IAD), the right doors do get used from time to time. I remember taking a DL 777 from MCO-JFK about four years back, and we deplaned using the righ side doors using the mobile lounges. Typically, the right side doors only get used if the left door(s) are unavailable for use (like if the jetway is inop, or the position of the hardstand does not permit the use of the left doors). With all of the important ground servicing doors on the right side of the a/c, they try to avoid using the right side doors for pax emplaning/deplaning so as not to affect the turnaround of the a/c.
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:08 am

LOL In fact just today at AUS while waiting for my brother to board the plane the left door was used for filling the galley with food on Southwest Airlines.

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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:18 am

Years ago when the 747 was a new plane, TWA routinely used both left and right doors to board and deplane at ORD.

The plane was parked liked a 707, and the jetbridge was extended to L2. This was used for coach passengers.

The first class passengers used the adjacent gate, and the jetbridge was positioned at R1.
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:45 am

Actually, I have witnessed jetBlue deplaning from the right side before. Now that I think about it.
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:53 am

Port=left - ships do the same! Tradition originally, I guess, but now it is of course important that everybody does the same, ie jetbridges always on the port side of the plane!

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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:59 am

Dbo861 is correct. Most jetways at airports are made to attach to the left side of the plane. The only time you would use the right door is when you use the flight stairs on that side.


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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 4:47 am

The only time I've seen boarding from other than door L1 is on a 737-400 in Boise, ID. They don't have a jetbridge for Alaska's planes, so it is like boarding a commuter aircraft, except if you are behind a certain row (I think row 18), they board you through door L4. Pretty cool set-up, keeps from delaying people getting to their seats.
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 7:21 am

Way back in 1985 my family flew on a TWA 747SP from JFK-CAI and returned two weeks later. We used the 1R door both times at JFK with a jetway and the 1L door at CAI. Was the only times I've ever used a R door.
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 7:24 am

At JFK you see jetways attached to the right side of the plane (eg Iberia I think there was a pic of it)
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 7:29 am

why is the left door used 99% of the time?

Depends who you are. Today at work i used the right doors constantly. I was giving a hand loading catering  Big grin


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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:17 pm

On the super puma the right door is'nt used for loading/unloading pax because of the danger of the tail rotor.
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Mon Jul 05, 2004 11:34 pm

Does any of it have to with the country's preference? On a few occasion, I have boarded from the right in DEL, India.
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:06 am

I remembered one time deplaning off an AA 747 through the right side in ORD.

I also remember boarding and deplaning from a Piper Cherokee on the right side. (It's the only door.)  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:42 am

Cancidas, the galley door on the ERJ is considerably smaller than the main passenger loading door on the left side of the aircraft. If you look at pictures, the top of the galley door is about as high as the top of the cockpit windows, where as the main door goes much higher.


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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:52 am

As has been mentioned above, T5 at JFK, the old TWA terminal, had at least one gate set up to load/unload 747s on the right side. I remember getting off a flight from Paris that way.

The only other place I have seen the right side doors used was at Sal, en route JNB-JFK, as shown in the photos posted above.
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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Tue Jul 06, 2004 1:31 am

Eastern used both at MIA.




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RE: Right Door On Planes Rarely Used!

Tue Jul 06, 2004 2:11 am

Geoffm, I don't know how ships are in general, but at Miami the 5 or so cruise ships have passengers get on and off the starboard side.
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