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Why Are Catering Doors So Small?

Wed Jul 04, 2001 2:46 pm

It seems on most aircraft that the catering doors are much smaller, especially on MD-80's and DC-9's and even on the old 707's but the catering doors on the 737's and 757's are only a few inches shorter than the doors on aircraft left. Why dont they just use a normal door on aircraft right? Anybody know why???


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RE: Why Are Catering Doors So Small?

Wed Jul 04, 2001 10:44 pm

As far as I know, on all of the newer aircraft coming off the line, the doors on the left are identical to those on the right, for passenger boarding/deplaning/evacuation ease, maintenance commonality, and crew familiarity. The smaller galley service doors, such as on the MD-80, were designed simply to fit a cart through in normal operations, and a person during an emergency.

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