7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
Looking at some of the older pics in the database it looks like jetways made their first appearance in the 60s--although they looked kind of short and "boxy," does anyone know when they first came into existence?
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Type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4990 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3516 times:
I think that they came as a product of the "Jet Age", hence the name "Jetway" (Which is also a brand name). I believe they started being used around 1960 or so. It seems that propliners always used stairs.
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ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3412 times:
I believe I read somewhere that UA "had them invented" and first installed them at LAX. They used two on each aircraft. A DC8 or 707 would park with the portside facing the terminal - this is way back when Terminal 7 (and others at LAX) were true satellites. A 'jetway' would be connected to the forward (1L) entry door for 1st class, and in the rear (2/3L) for economy class. My source: Book "United, THe Mainline Airway", by George W. Cleary, Page 78, also see page 87 for a shot of SFO.
Phollingsworth From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3396 times:
DL claims the original Jetway (TM) idea. They expanded their concourse at ATL to accommodate the new DC-8s using second floor lounges. One of their GSE engineers supposedly came up with the idea so that passengers would not have to go down and then up a flight of stairs to get from the lounge onto the a/c. DL the contracted with FMC corporation to construct them. FMC later named this division Jetway Inc. which is where the name comes from. The official non trademark name is loading-bridge.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26444 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3269 times:
There are several companies who build them, though Jetway is the largest company. Also, Jetway was the original coloquialism, and the one most often used in the US (for whatever that means). LAX is probably the most jetway heavy airport, as even the bus gates have jetways
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