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The IAD Mobile Lounges!  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Backin 1994 I took UA from SJO to IAD via MEX. We were then to take a flight to CDG. What caught most my attention were the moble lounges; these big white machines that would take you from the gate to the airplane.

1) I wondered if these are still there IAD or have been replaced sinceits 11 years since I last went there

2 )Does any other airport have these mobile lounges?

3)Since when have they been around ?

Regards BM

http://www.airchive.com/airline%20pics/Dulles%20Compressed/Dulles%20mobile%20lounge.jpg

[Edited 2005-06-24 14:30:34]


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

Well I was just talking about these weird looking things this weekend while I was in Paris. It turns out CDG also uses these lounges. Quite a shock to see them driving around since I've never even heard about them before let alone seen one.

Funny you should also mention IAD as I was talking to JGPH1A about the lounges and he told me IAD have them too. He then waffled on about his ancient trips on Connies accross the pond but that's for another thread.

Alex



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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

IAD still has them to bring passenger between terminals, and sometimes to/from planes.

JFK also has quite a few (most are parked near the stands at T4), although I think it has been years since they have been used (as evidence by their funky colors).

-Will



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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

These mobile lounges are more commonly used today to transfer passengers from terminals to the planes.

For example at CDG, if your plane has been parked at a remote stand instead of useing stairs and a bus they just bring the mobile lounge right to the plane and you walk into it and then it takes you to the terminal.

It takes away the hassle of walking down the stairs and going into a bus.

At IAD I think they use them to transfer passengers from the check-in terminal to the different terminals.



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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

 crazy 

The IAD mobile lounges are horrible. Last time i was in one,it started filling with smoke as we pulled away from the gate! Im glad they are being replaced eventually,and for that walkway to concourse B



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User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

At BWI we have a few in case all of the gates are full, but I'm yet to see them be used.

NTS



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 4):
The IAD mobile lounges are horrible. Last time i was in one,it started filling with smoke as we pulled away from the gate! Im glad they are being replaced eventually,and for that walkway to concourse B

I kind of like them--gives you a unique view of airport operations. Heck, I have three hours in IAD on Wednesday--might spend a good amount of time on them  Wink



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User currently offlineToTheStars From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

I used to work the TWA, IAD-CDG years ago and we allways boarded the entire 747 with the mobile lounges. It actually worked out really well. They would pull up to two or three doors and it was like...our guests are here.


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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8741 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 6):

I kind of like them--gives you a unique view of airport operations. Heck, I have three hours in IAD on Wednesday--might spend a good amount of time on them

You want to get off as quick as you can. These things are just horrible, clumsy to operate, taking too much time to get from the terminal to the plane, uncomfortable and simply too small to cater for today's demand. A relict from the 70s. Buses are much better but then you would have to change some of the terminal design. First airports to have them was IAD and YMX which have a very similar terminal layout.

If you look at a imetable from these days it notes that mobile lounge departure is 20 min before fligth departure.



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 4):
The IAD mobile lounges are horrible. Last time i was in one,it started filling with smoke as we pulled away from the gate! Im glad they are being replaced eventually,and for that walkway to concourse B

They are indeed horrible. However, relief is on the way. Next time you are at IAD, and have to go to Concourse C or D on one of those "lounges", you will get a good look at the construction of the new rail system adjacent to Concourse B.


User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

There was a discussion recently on topic.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...general_aviation/read.main/1975542



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User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

The mobile lounges are still operable at IAD. As far as how long they've been there, I do remember throwing up in one  drool  waaaaay back in 1970! So they've been around for at least 35 years.


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User currently offlineAtcrick From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 770 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

I don't know if anybody has noticed, but there are actually two different types of these people eaters at IAD. One actually lowers when it leaves the terminal and raises back again at its next stop. The other is higher and doesnt raise or lower at the terminals. Really weird things. I wonder what they have worked out for the drivers because there was a big dispute years ago between the airport authority and the drivers union about IAD installing walkways or another form of transportation between terminals because the drivers would then be out of work.

Atc Rick



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User currently offlineXkorpyoh From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

i just flew into IAD a couple of weeks ago and it is really not userfriendly.
if you arrive at concourse D or C you need to go to the boarding area, wait with every other person that has just landed from different gates and sometimes you need to wait for the next one because the first fills up quickly.
the waiting, loading, driving through the tarmac (that was good), and off-loading is really a pain and takes about 15-25 minutes or so.
Once at the main terminal i saw the drawings for the new train being built to take you to the different concourses ... finally!!.

I think the main terminal is still amazing.A break trhough in innovative architecture in the 60's and the people movers where really something else back then when jet bridges didn't exist (right?!)....but times have changed.


User currently offlineTundra767 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2005, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 6):
I kind of like them--gives you a unique view of airport operations. Heck, I have three hours in IAD on Wednesday--might spend a good amount of time on them

I love them. They are so cool. I love going to IAD to ride on these. THe ones in CDG are also great!


User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 4):
The IAD mobile lounges are horrible. Last time i was in one,it started filling with smoke as we pulled away from the gate! Im glad they are being replaced eventually,and for that walkway to concourse B

No worries. They're going away. Soon hopefully.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

The lounges are very annoying, I fly to and from IAD on BA so get the trip round to Concourse D, no walkway for me  Sad Last time we were sat for about 10-15mins waiting for a space between the traffic. The first time I went on one I thought it was quite novel but am thoroughly sick of them now when you have to sit around waiting for space. They also have a weird smell....

Quoting Atcrick (Reply 12):
I don't know if anybody has noticed, but there are actually two different types of these people eaters at IAD. One actually lowers when it leaves the terminal and raises back again at its next stop. The other is higher and doesnt raise or lower at the terminals.

I didn't realise there were two different types. I just thought they all had the ability to lower. I flew into in IAD on a 777 a couple of years ago and there were two lounges, I left out the one at the front of the aircraft and as it lowered you got to appreciate the size of the GE90s! I don't know care much for the technical side but they were impressive close up!



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User currently offlineBH From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

The planemates at BWI see regular action due to the A.T.I. DC-8 that comes in for A.M.C. Also they use it on the C-130's and other military aircraft that drop off and pickup.

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Quoting SafetyDude (Reply 2):
IAD still has them to bring passenger between terminals, and sometimes to/from planes

Thankfully the Terminal B walkway is open, I was flying to IAD every week for 10 months and I grew to hate those "mobile" lounges.


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

I must be the only person in the world that doesn't find the mobile lounges all that bad.

N


User currently offlinePotomac From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

gigneil, i'm with you. sure, the eventual train service may make things faster (though i would venture to say not by all that much), but you cant beat the views across the field from those things.

but yes, the trips have been longer than normal due to the routes they have to take now to avoid construction zones. more ramp time for viewing as far as i'm concerned.


User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 19):
I must be the only person in the world that doesn't find the mobile lounges all that bad.

They aren't bad but if your delayed it seems like they never have a spare to come get you out of the tin can.


User currently offlinePlanenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

MEX has them as well to take passengers to the remote stands at the far end of the domestic terminal. I believe their being phased out though in favor of bus+stairs.

These vehicles are called "Aerobus" at CDG. I believe they're used only at T2 A, B, C, D. They attach to the terminal just before the jetways that lead to aircraft parked actually parked at the terminal. They have a route that they must follow to get you to the remote stands. It involves traveling alongside the terminal under the extended jetways and I swear there is less than two inches of clearance. One time I thought for sure one was going to ram into the jetway on its way underneath only to be relieved when it missed by what looked like a hair's width.



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8093 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

When my DH flight was delayed 8 hours, I think I speant a good hour or more riding those suckers around. What with the big honkin' appendages on the roof, though?


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User currently offlineCATAvNews From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 20 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

You know the two poles sticking out the top? They are there so that people don't drive them out of the airport. The poles are too tall to slip under the fence.

25 AADC10 : There are two types of mobile lounges at IAD. The one in the photograph is an older one that was designed to meet aircraft directly. It has lifts that
26 Post contains links and images Zippyjet : IAD was designed specifically around the concept of mobile "lounges." Back in 1962, when IAD opened, the airport and those lounges were then consider
27 NRTfan : An underground is in construction at IAD to replace the mobile lounges. Due to be completed in 2011 I believe. I agree that for busy travellers, they
28 Bluemeatball : The old Atlanta airport terminal also had mobile lounges in the Eastern concourse area. Once clearing security, one took a right turn and there were t
29 ACAfan : JED also has the mobile lounges. The Saudia terminal is very compact and uses them exclusively. The difference is that the windows on the mobile loung
30 Hiflyer : Zippyjet has it right...Dulles was designed around the mobile lounges and the original mobile lounges were designed for narrowbody aircraft only. Driv
31 Post contains links Pensacolaguy : For those interested pictures/drawings and more information, on the Autotrain at IAD..Here is the link: http://www.metwashairports.com/d2/projects/au
32 Post contains images RayChuang : I think if they can design the mobile lounges to handle modern widebody jets and make them fuelled by clean-burning natural gas they could still have
33 1MillionFlyer : the underground walkway from the Main Terminal to the A/B concourses is already open which is great if you are flying CO/NW/DL/B6/US/AF/DH/Virgin/SAS
34 Gigneil : You couldn't possibly be serious. N
35 Mir : I deplaned using a mobile lounge at JFK once that I can remember, but that was a long time ago (it was a Swissair flight). Definitely 1997 or later t
36 ETStar : The people movers are great at IAD, especially if you have time to kill. Slow, but alright. Certain airlines, like Saudia and Ethiopian, park at remot
37 TymnBalewne : Just a bit of trivia... The IAD mobile lounges are (well, were when I worked there) identified by US state names. The pic in the original post is of I
38 FutureFO : The ones with the shark fins are PlaneMates and the ones with the flat roofs are Mobile Lounges. Planemates were designed and used for the remote park
39 BoeingATL : I always got a kick out of them at IAD, don't get there very often. Reminds me of "Jetsons" meets "Hummer" Never seemed like a very efficient way of m
40 Zippyjet : Amazing how we have different descriptions for the things out the top of the plane mate. I always thought of them as boat smoke stacks or camel humps
41 TymnBalewne : I had the opportunity to ride on a planemate with HRH the Prince Philip, (Queen Elizabeth II's husband). He remarked that some of the lounges seemed
42 Kempa : The ones with fins can be raised and lowered. They are lowered to drive, and can be driven only from one end - the one far from the doors. The fins ho
43 Cgnnrw : I also think the mobile lounges are sort of funky...In the mid-90s I flew in and out of IAD quite frequently and always got a kick out of the reactio
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