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CRJ DHC8-Q400 SAAB340 Passenger With Wheelchair

Sat Apr 22, 2006 7:24 am

This is about airports in Japan. Almost all boarding bridge of all airports here are for aircraft size of 737/MD87 and or above.
For boarding and deplane of CRJ SAAB340 DHC8-Q400, usually passenger use stairs buit in the aircraft. Only limited number of airports have lift car for wheelchair passengers. In many cases specially at smaller airports, we have no way but to ask wheelchair passengers to put their arms around airline ground staff and airline ground staff take their legs. Do you have better way of carrying wheel chair passengers at your airports?
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RE: CRJ DHC8-Q400 SAAB340 Passenger With Wheelchair

Sat Apr 22, 2006 7:33 am

When I was a kid back in the mid 60s, my parents took me to BAL which of course is now BWI. On the ramp was an Eastern Airlines Electra with the then new hockey stick livery. Electras at least out of BWI still used air stairs. I remember watching with my little sister, the Captain and First Officer carry the passenger while still sitting in their wheelchair. One picked up the foot supports, the other held the handles. Flash forward to the 21st. century. For asile chair passengers, we use this technique however, we just have to negotiate the jetway in and out of the plane. Then while still at the base of the jet way, we transfer the passenger to either a conventional wheelchair or, their scooter.

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RE: CRJ DHC8-Q400 SAAB340 Passenger With Wheelchair

Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:04 am

This is understandable for an airport in a poor country. However, for a nation that is so rich and which has come up with all sorts of modern conveniences, lacking such equipment is unacceptable, even at small airports.
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RE: CRJ DHC8-Q400 SAAB340 Passenger With Wheelchair

Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:10 am

When i was flying on an LH flight LHR-DUS there was an elderly woman in a wheelchair, they made her walk up the stairs with a ground staff person right behind her in case she fell, that's all i saw , i couldn't see her when she was inside the A/C.
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RE: CRJ DHC8-Q400 SAAB340 Passenger With Wheelchair

Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:21 am

At Delta in pittsburgh, for our CRJ's (If we didnt use the jetway) we had a little wheel-chair lift that you could place the person in the wheelchair and the attendant (f/a, gate agent, ramp agent, whoever) inside and then wheel up to the plane, then the little stand would hydraulically lift up, and then you could wheel into the plane.


(we use a similar thing at RegionsAir)
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RE: CRJ DHC8-Q400 SAAB340 Passenger With Wheelchai

Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:54 am

In the US a law went into effect Dec 4 2002 requiring all (part 121?) airlines, not just commuters, to load persons with reduced mobility in a dignified manner. This means you dont go call a few people to carry the person up the airstair, you need a wheelchair lift. There is an advisory circular on this equipment here that deals with it. I'm surprised that a country like Japan does not have a requirement like this also.

The Dash 8 Q400 aircraft also have an aisle wheelchair stored onboard in the fwd wardrobe.

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