mmo wrote:It's not about waiting, it's about having to pay for air stairs! Nothing is for free and it's probably a minimum of $125 per use so $250 for departure and arrival. So, the money adds up quickly.
mmo wrote:But it costs money to have the use of the air stairs. That is why several low cost carriers have opted for self contained stairs. They pay for air bridges too, so it's not all about time the bottom line for the true LCCs is $$$!!!
JAGflyer wrote:Several aircraft that make up my airline's fleet had airstairs installed from the factory. I don't remember which exact ones they were however I know we have one or two which were previously operated by a now defunct European charter carrier. The stair systems were removed by us as we don't require them and the extra weight/maintenance is therefore not worth it. The door below the L1 door, the control panels on the forward attendant panel, and the handrail attachment on the bulkhead are the only remaining traces of the stair system.
Acey wrote:It's not necessarily a matter of not wanting to wait for stairs, but some fields might not have any at all... or only one, in which case they could then go to the back door to allow dual boarding. Of all airlines, FR definitely would not get this optional equipment if they didn't see a need for it.
BravoOne wrote:L1888, I seem to recall the Electra also had stairs as standard equipment at the left loading door just forward of the wing?
So what carriers have opted for this option?Is it available for A32X as well?
longhauler wrote:BravoOne wrote:L1888, I seem to recall the Electra also had stairs as standard equipment at the left loading door just forward of the wing?
The Viscount and Vanguard, too were equipped with boarding stairs. The Viscount at its forward entry door and both doors in the Vanguard.
I guess it was a factor of airport facilities, as well as fast turns on short haul aircraft.
Viscount724 wrote:I believe only a minority of Viscounts built had airstairs. They were rare on the 700 series except on those built for Capital Airlines that went to UA after their 1961 merger.
MD88CLE wrote:speedygonzales wrote:The Il-86 had airstairs with boarding thorugh the cargo deck:
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Aeroflot ... 86/2363036
The same kind of setup was an option on the L-1011.
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