Qantas to ban some wheelchairs | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Login Now to remove this and all advertisements (GOLD and SILVER members)
Not a member? Register Now for free

Qantas to ban some wheelchairs

Status
Not open for further replies.

NM

Enthusiast
Moderator
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
16,213
Qantas
LT Gold
Virgin
Red
Flights
My Map
From News.com.au

QANTAS will ban some wheelchair-bound patrons from certain aircraft because their chairs don't safely fit through cargo doors.

Several Qantas staff had been seriously injured, including one permanently disabled, while trying to load the electric wheelchairs into some planes, the airline said.

Qantas said some electric wheelchairs would be excluded from flights on their fleet of 737s, 717s and Aerospace 146s because of the problem.
 

JohnK

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2005
Messages
43,719
NM said:
Several Qantas staff had been seriously injured, including one permanently disabled, while trying to load the electric wheelchairs into some planes, the airline said.
I haven't seen the cargo doors of an aircraft to be able to comment but someone else may be able to confirm the accuracy of this statement.

Ms Grant said the cargo doors on the aircraft were not large enough to safely accommodate wheelchairs with a height greater than 84cm, 70cm and 99cm respectively.
Again I am not sure but I didn't think that anything was loaded manually onto an aircraft, especially something that weighed 150kg.
 

NM

Enthusiast
Moderator
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
16,213
Qantas
LT Gold
Virgin
Red
Flights
My Map
JohnK said:
I haven't seen the cargo doors of an aircraft to be able to comment but someone else may be able to confirm the accuracy of this statement.
Confirmed
[quote="JohnK']
Again I am not sure but I didn't think that anything was loaded manually onto an aircraft, especially something that weighed 150kg.[/quote]
On the aircraft specifically referenced in this statement, all loading is manual. The only assistance is the use of a mobile conveyor belt on some aircraft.

Its only 767, A330 and 747 that have containerised freight loading capabilities, and those aircraft are all ok for electric wheelchair carriage.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Community Statistics

Threads
86,083
Messages
2,062,281
Members
53,411
Latest member
JRD146
Top