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Vasu
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F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 12:20 am

Hey

I noticed that F100s seem to have two different types of exit/airstairs:

#1 - Built in airstairs, drop-down door


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#2 - No airstairs, slide-to-the-side door


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Were these customer options? Or do older F100s have different door arrangements to newer ones? Is one arrangement more popular than the other? Can the drop-down door F100s be connected to airbridges?
 
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 1:15 am

Yep, customer option.
KLM Cityhopper has bird with both types of doors, due to them originally being delivered to 2 different customers.
 
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 1:21 am

ERJ's are the same way.

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Airstairs for those who park the type on hard stands and usually don't use jetways for them, and sliding doors for those who generally use the jetways.
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 3:12 am



Quoting Vasu (Thread starter):
Can the drop-down door F100s be connected to airbridges?

I don't see why not. You can put a jetbridge up to a CRJ and they have drop down doors. For the CRJ, all you need is an adapter which is basically a plank with railings. I'm sure the arrangement would be the same on a F-100.
 
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 5:58 am



Quoting Bohica (Reply 3):
I don't see why not. You can put a jetbridge up to a CRJ and they have drop down doors. For the CRJ, all you need is an adapter which is basically a plank with railings. I'm sure the arrangement would be the same on a F-100.

Also, the handrails on the stairs need to be able to be lowered. But I'm sure they do on the F-100s with stairs.
 
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 6:53 pm



Quoting Bohica (Reply 3):
I'm sure the arrangement would be the same on a F-100.

I think I've seen it done somewhere - but can't remember where or which operator (probably KLM)

The additional challenge with the F100 is that the steps actually are moulded into the entry vestibule, so the adapter would have to reach not just to the door sill, but further into the vestibule to complete the span (the first pic above shows the general arrangement of the steps quite well).
 
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sat May 17, 2008 7:10 pm

KLC has both types of F100, all F70 have air stairs. Comes down to customer preference, as KLC's fleet is made up of F100 that come from all over the place they have the 2 types. With the air stairs to connect to an air bridge you put down the door, fold the handrails and install a floorboard for the gap over the location of the first step to create a level floor to access the bridge. Easy!
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RE: F100 Airstairs

Sun May 18, 2008 3:52 am



Quoting Vasu (Thread starter):
Can the drop-down door F100s be connected to airbridges?

I've been on many KL F100s (and F70s) with built-in airstairs which boarded from bridges. I think U.S. customers (AA and US) ordered them with the sliding door option and no airstairs since they mainly used them at airports equipped with bridges. On the other hand, at AMS all KL CityHopper flights using the F100s and F70s normally park at remote stands served by buses so the airstairs are very useful and avoid the need for a set of portable stairs at each of the 30 or 40 parking stands used by those flights.

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