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Old 17th Feb 2015, 20:04
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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,300
Is it really that efficient/sensible?

I can't imagine how expensive these custom airstairs units are (including maintenance).
Additional drivers' wages
Who monitors the back doors when the aircraft is loaded and unloaded (door/airstairs clearance)?
Additional groundstaff for directing passengers past the wings (Are most terminal buildings in front of the nose?)
Passengers subjected to noise from the APU.
Passengers deplaning at the rear may slow down catering staff at the rear.
Toilet and water trucks are sometimes the first to get to the aircraft on some aircraft types. Would airstairs prevent easy access? Would the pax be subjected to the smell?
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