Greenpoint Develops 747-8 ‘Aerolift’ Elevator

 - December 28, 2009, 8:07 AM

Greenpoint Technologies’ design team has released its concept for a ground-to-main deck elevator for executive versions of the Boeing 747-8.

The elevator, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based completion center, “is capable of transporting passengers from the ground to the main deck, providing an elegant and secure method to board the aircraft.”

The system consists of an automatic door on the fuselage, a power unit and lift structure from the keel up through the main deck, a lift carriage with internal doors and a cabin enclosure. The carriage was specifically sized to permit transport of a wheelchair and attendant and will carry as many as four standing passengers.