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How does Embraer E-Jets integral air stairs work?

Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:05 pm

I've noticed that the Embraer E-jets series have an integral air stairs option. But how does it work? Where is it stored? I don't see a small opening like one would find on the Boeing 737, DC-9 and MD-80/90's.

Also does the Embraer E2 series have this option?
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Re: How does Embraer E-Jets integral air stairs work?

Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:03 am

The airstairs sit on a track, they are stowed forward of the door internally. They are manually moved into position in front of the door, then a panel with buttons controls retraction and extension. They cannot be operated from the outside, and the L1 cabin door cannot be closed with the stairs extended.

This is one of the major reasons the Lineage has not sold well. Operators hate them, I can think of only a couple non-lineage airframes that are equipped with them. I'm not sure if the E2 has the same option.

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