From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris) Organization: The Pipeline Date: 30 Mar 96 16:01:03 Followups: 1
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A friend of mine and I (for our own amusement) are discussing plans for our own airline. One idea of mine was to use the upper deck of 747-300 and -400 aircraft on very long hauls for an ultra-exclusive first class product. As part of that we discussed the feasibility of using a separate upper level in hub terminals for these passengers, and allowing them to board from that level directly to the upper level of the '47. Anticipating the challenge of operating a 40-foot-high Jetway (R), I sketched a custom version of same for these aircraft. My friend maintains that the upper deck doors are designed to be used as emergency exits only and could not be easily modified for routine use. He said that the slide housing blocks the entrance. I knew this was true on the -100 and -200 but are the -300 and -400 the same? My cutaways do not elaborate on how the door operates. Any information would be appreciated.