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747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 7:55 am

Anybody know of any airports around the world right now where regularly scheduled 747 flights deplane by airstairs rather than jetbridge?...I'm thinking SXM but I'm sure there are others.
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 9:27 am

Kotoka International Airport Accra Ghana...
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Many African airports also. In Abidjan Air France did the same. Don't forget about Dakar either...

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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 9:40 am

When I was in Frankfurt it looked like they had just as many airstair "gates" as they did jetbridge gates. Many of those with airstairs had 747s in them. That was a durn crowded airport!
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 10:10 am

TLV until they get their new terminal.

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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 10:59 am

It happens a lot to me at even 'major' airports like NRT and HKG because there's no gates available.
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 11:27 am

I beleive this was done at JFK at one point long ago. I do not know if it has been done there at all recently. Perhaps someone can comment on this?
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 5:20 pm

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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 7:59 pm

Also Grantley Adams Intl, Barbados.
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Fri Oct 11, 2002 7:59 pm

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RE: 747 Deplaning

Sat Oct 12, 2002 3:11 pm

Bangkok, too, sometimes.

When the old Subang (ex-KUL, now SZB) was still the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur, it was kind of congested. Gates were not enough and often those Jumbos had to deplane using airstairs. I remember QF's B747 doing this once and I believe it was quite common during peak hours when international 747s of LH, BA, QF, AF and MH all arrive together. Later, BA switched to the B777 and now all of the above have ditched KUL...
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Sat Oct 12, 2002 6:10 pm

CPT in South Africa.

At LHR we use stairs when all the jetty stands are full. BA use them an awful lot over at T4.

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RE: 747 Deplaning

Sun Oct 13, 2002 8:45 am

Manila, Philippines!

I flew CEB-MNL on a Philippine Airlines 747-400 and deplaned via stairs. This is common practice there. Since PAL uses their 747's for the long international flights later at night, they don't pull into the domestic gate at all. Instead, it stops short of the gate to deplane and then the workers ready the plane for the international night flight and "drive" the plane to the international terminal.

BTW, a bus took us to the terminal. But while waiting for the bus, I stood next to its massive engines and got a fresh whiff of jet fuel smell. Awesome!
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Sun Oct 13, 2002 10:30 am

Yeah, I've deplaned from 747's as well as A320's and A300's at Frankfurt. It's a real pain... especially during the Winter. I sort of dread landing at FRA and taxiing past that little cargo satelite building to the remote stands. On the other hand, it is sort of fun to be outside such a massive aircraft... and sometimes I have snapped a few photos.

My outbound flights from FRA have always departed from the terminal, however.
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RE: 747 Deplaning

Sun Oct 13, 2002 8:29 pm

I've deplaned from a 747-200 at Tokyo, Narita Airport using airstairs. I love it, it really makes you appreciate how large that airplane is. Its amazing.

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