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More Upper Decks...

Fri Oct 06, 2000 11:56 pm

Sorry to return to the topic just minutes later, but I forgot to ask:

Are upper deck doors on the newer 747s (-300/-400) ever used for regular passenger boarding/disembarking or are they strictly used for emergency operations.

And secondly, how do these doors open?

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RE: More Upper Decks...

Sat Oct 07, 2000 12:00 am

The upper deck doors on 747-300s and -400s are used for emergencies only during regular operations, but can be used for maintenance purposes. They open upwards, swinging out away from the fuselage, rather than to the side.
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RE: More Upper Decks...

Sat Oct 07, 2000 12:54 am

They are hinged upwards, like the gull wing doors on a 1950-s Mercedes 300SL. They are usually used for emergencies, however I remember reading somewhere if a 747-300/400 is configured for very high density seating (SR perhaps?) and the internal stair case is removed I guess they would have no other choice but to board thru those doors?
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No Jetways High Enough

Sat Oct 07, 2000 1:20 am

747-451, there are no jetways that can reach up to the 747 upper deck, so boarding/disembarking via the upper deck doors would be impossible. However, there are escape slides that deploy from those doors in an emergency. I am certain there are no 747s without the internal staircase; how would the pilots reach the cockpit?

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