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QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:15 pm

Are there any airports in QR's vast network where they routinely (so not a one-off) use stairs to embark and disembark?
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:12 pm

It is not uncommon at Doha. In fact, 5 of my last 8 stops in Doha used stairs.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:18 pm

TXL because they hardly have 77W-capable gates.
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:17 pm

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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:20 pm

Would also be great to know why you are asking particularly about QR and stairs?
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:39 pm

I've used stairs every time I've been through Doha... which is 10 times.
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:42 pm

Flew BOS-DOH-BLR-DOH-BOS within the past couple weeks and all flights arrived and departed from a jetway - no stairs. That said, I did see plenty of WB and NB at hard stands with stairs on the apron.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:26 pm

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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:49 pm

I've once used stairs to board a QR A380 at Bangkok and once to deplane at Doha off an A340-600
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:19 pm

Due to major ramp construction in Doha right now they are using quite a few hard stands at the moment
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:21 pm

Cheers all.
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:31 pm

MLE, been there. Really cool to see everything using stairs still, even our A350 and EK 77W.
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Re: QR and stairs

Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:44 pm

At good ole Kathmandu
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:04 am

I have noted that the Middle East redeyes out of BKK routinely sees one (sometimes two) of the ME3's A380s/77Ws (usually EK, sometimes QR or EY) frequently parked and being prepared for departure(s) at the remote stand(s).

Having said that, I guess it would give the BFS ground handlers some bus-driving tasks during the redeye hours hauling people to the awaiting A380/77Ws out on the remote stand(s).
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:46 am

On a side note, how does that work with handling handicapped people who are wheelchair bound? Would ground staff have to carry the person down the stairs?
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:59 am

RichardWelling wrote:
On a side note, how does that work with handling handicapped people who are wheelchair bound? Would ground staff have to carry the person down the stairs?


There's a lift similair to the catering vehicles. Usually positioned on the right side of the aircraft.
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:22 am

Anytime I’ve had a morning arrival in DOH it’s been deplaned via stairs.
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:58 am

I'm quadriplegic, in a wheelchair, and I travel frequently. Moat airports use the lift as mentioned. However, some airports get the ground staff to carry you down the stairs. (I'm talking about you Denpasar). Going backwards down a steep set of stairs off a widebody aircraft is not fun and I usually shut my eyes until I reach the bottom.

I was actually tipped sideways off the stairs in Santiago de Cuba (Cubana, not QR). Miraculously I wasn't physically hurt although I did hurt my pride as my pants fell down in front of the other passengers waiting to board. Oh well I survived and have the story to tell
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:12 am

skyhigh wrote:
I'm quadriplegic, in a wheelchair, and I travel frequently. Moat airports use the lift as mentioned. However, some airports get the ground staff to carry you down the stairs. (I'm talking about you Denpasar). Going backwards down a steep set of stairs off a widebody aircraft is not fun and I usually shut my eyes until I reach the bottom.

I was actually tipped sideways off the stairs in Santiago de Cuba (Cubana, not QR). Miraculously I wasn't physically hurt although I did hurt my pride as my pants fell down in front of the other passengers waiting to board. Oh well I survived and have the story to tell


That’s really unacceptable- I’m sorry you had that experience. IMO Any ICAO, or IATA registered carrier should have appropriate equipment at all stations to handle pax with challenges using stairs. Part of a station pre-start up audit to ensure compliance.

In a lot of instances airport companies allocate bays, and increasingly its seen that the airport should be providing this specialised equipment not the carrier or handling agents. I hope ICAO introduce and expected standard for all airports.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:21 pm

At Dublin this morning, the early flight used the 200 gates, which is stairs only; mostly the use the 300 gates, which have airbridges.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:56 pm

Flew DUB-DOH-KUL-DOH-DUB last year, and the KUL-DUH sector on an A346 deplaned via stars at DOH. Was interesting walking out in to 46° heat at 11pm, let alone being up close and personal with the A346.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:36 pm

SCFlyer wrote:
I have noted that the Middle East redeyes out of BKK routinely sees one (sometimes two) of the ME3's A380s/77Ws (usually EK, sometimes QR or EY) frequently parked and being prepared for departure(s) at the remote stand(s).

Having said that, I guess it would give the BFS ground handlers some bus-driving tasks during the redeye hours hauling people to the awaiting A380/77Ws out on the remote stand(s).


Probably because there are too many 380 flights during that period.
I once onboard a EK 380 flying from HKG to DXB via BKK and
we end up parking at a remote stand in BKK near cargo terminal.

The pilot said that the gate we supposed to have was still occupied by a delayed flight.
So if there were other 380 gate available, we should have no problem finding another one.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:18 pm

I flew LOS-DOH-MAN about 4 years ago with stairs only in DOH
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:43 pm

But why does DOH do this? Lack of gates? It kinda got me annoyed when it happened to me.

Supposed to be one of the finest airlines in the world, I get that it happens sometimes to everyone, but to have it be routine is another story.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:53 pm

Fiend wrote:
I've once used stairs to board a QR A380 at Bangkok and once to deplane at Doha off an A340-600


How wonderful to have been up close and personal with these two jets....especially the A340-600.
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:59 pm

PHL-DOH A350 arrival and my DOH-EBB A320 departure both used stairs at DOH.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:39 pm

DOH airport is already too small for QR operation after only around 5 years of operation. It has been planned extremely badly. Once came off a flight from Kuwait and was parked on a remote stand on the other side of the airport from the main terminal, in the middle of Summer! And the rest of the airport was EMPTY! At least 90% of the gates were available. Took me around 25 minutes to get from the plane to the terminal after landing. And QR allows for extremely short connection times on its web site. Less than an hour I believe.
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:40 pm

Why do people see off pier arrivals as a negative? at some airports such as T5 at LHR you can get to immigration faster than using the pier and TTS.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:15 pm

zrh177 wrote:
At good ole Kathmandu

Agreed, the rest of the airport is a mess but KTM is worth it just to for the ramp boarding/ deboarding and the view of the Himalayas on clear days from the ramp.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:46 pm

Lofty wrote:
Why do people see off pier arrivals as a negative? at some airports such as T5 at LHR you can get to immigration faster than using the pier and TTS.


Agreed... would rather arrive on 576 than 566 and take that poxy train.
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:05 am

danj555 wrote:
But why does DOH do this? Lack of gates? It kinda got me annoyed when it happened to me.

Supposed to be one of the finest airlines in the world, I get that it happens sometimes to everyone, but to have it be routine is another story.


I love boarding aircraft by stairs... when the weather is fine, such as it is in Doha.

What I hate is the bus ride. However, if you're in business class on Qatar Airways, you get a special business class only bus and everyone gets a seat.

Now that bus is one I don't mind at all! You can see it here - https://travelupdate.boardingarea.com/airport-transfer-bus-doha/
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Re: QR and stairs

Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:20 pm

I believe ADD uses stairs, because at the time QR arrives/departs ET is in the middle of it's huge evening bank and it (along with other Star carriers) utilize all available jet bridges. Also, QR is punished to use the extremely outdated regional/domestic Terminal 1
 
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Re: QR and stairs

Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:59 pm

Some flights at CMB uses the stairs. I did use stairs once at DOH.

Hopefully there are plans to build out the D and E wings sooner than later. I believe the terminal design was intended to mimic that of HKG.

ETA: Looks like this expansion is in the works with a goal of completing in time for the 2022 World Cup.

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