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A380 Boarding - Stairs And Luggage

Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:42 pm

In most cases, the A380 boards on both decks. But in some cases, and sometimes with economy on both decks, passengers board on the lower level and have to ascend to the upper level with their carryons. I would imaging this must slow down boarding considerably. Do the airlines have a solution to this, or just deal with it?
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A380 Boarding - Stairs And Luggage

Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:11 am

If there is no upper deck bridge then loading by lower deck only would lengthen loading and unloading process. Normally upper deck passengers, no matter what class, use the upper deck bridge. Lower deck passengers us the lower deck bridge. It is just like a normal plane but with two floors. The airports have the solution with the double level bridges. The old 747's with the spiral stair cases were the tricky ones, the 744 had a straight and wider staircase so much better. Boarding concerns regarding the 380 I find tend to be myths, was on SQ 833 from PVG-SIN last Saturday, sat at 78G upstairs economy rear of plane, flight was full. Boarding was done in about 30 to 35 mins and getting off was about 10-15 mins. Both PVG/SIN have three bridges for the 380.
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A380 Boarding - Stairs And Luggage

Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:54 am

Quoting cloudboy (Thread starter):

If the carryons are in limits concerning size and weight there shouldn't be any problem when using lower deck bridges only.

Also keep in mind, that there are remote stands on a lot of airports worldwide with people using stairs climbing up to get in the plane. There are normally not more than 2 sets of stairs for narrow body aircraft with ±200 passengers. I don't think that there is any A380 on the market with 200 seats upwards in the upper deck.

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