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Question On TAM Fokker 100 Rear Exit

Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:14 am

Sorry if this has been discussed before. But I did a search in the forum index and no answers came up.

In the late 90’s TAM operated a large fleet of Fokker 100’s. Most of them (not to say all) had an extra door at the port side between the wing and the engine.
I always thought, it was an extra emergency exit. But there are a few pics in the database on which there is a stair positioned near these doors. Did TAM ever use this exits for regular (passenger) use?
Did other Fokker 100 users ever used these doors for service or pax? I know KLM Cithyhopper had a few Fokkers in this configuration but I never heard them using these doors.
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RE: Question On TAM Fokker 100 Rear Exit

Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:27 am

G,day

These are likely former Swissair aircraft, Swissair ordered these with the additional doors for catering.


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RE: Question On TAM Fokker 100 Rear Exit

Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:47 am

Mexicana's also had the extra door...
 
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RE: Question On TAM Fokker 100 Rear Exit

Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:19 pm

The history of the additional Fokker 100 left-side rear door can be traced to the MD-80 of Swissair.

SR was the very first airline to order 10x Fokker 100 in 1983. As the Swiss airline was a large MD-80 operator at the time, it was accustomed to using a rear Economy Class galley which was catered through a left-side rear service door on the MD-80. This door was also an additional emergency exit.

SR wished to use the Fokker 100 in a similar manner. The Economy class had to be catered from a rear galley and SR designed special Fokker 100 catering vehicles to use the very tight space between the wing and left engine. Fokker even shortened the flap track of the left wing to make additional space available for SR to use this rear catering door.

Later Guiness Peat Aviation ordered 150x Fokker 100 for their leasing business also specifying this rear door. For GPA the additional door permitted a higher seating density than the standard Fokker 100. Upto 122 seats using the door as an emergency exit. Portugalia, TAM and other GPA Fokker 100 operators all had this additional door installed.

Other changes to the Fokker 100 are the small F28 cargo doors (used on all early aircraft SR, KL) and the large cargo doors specified by USAir and American Airlines.

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