TwoLz2Rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 429 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
Why havent many airports adopted the dual jetbridges for the big planes like at AMS? it seems like it would help speed up boarding and deboarding. Also, does AMS use them on their MD-11's and 747's on a regular basis?
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4781 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2838 times:
Duals are used at many airports but mainly the type that feed the front two doors. And soon you will see dual level bridges for the 380 popping up around the place. In fact there is already one at DXB. Notice the bottom right.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11135 posts, RR: 61 Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2716 times:
I've heard jetbridges are pretty expensive, especially the dual jetbridges.
In my experience, many major European airports either have only a few dual jetbridges or even none at all.
I think one of the reason is space. Dual jetbridges need a large area which in many congested airports is probably not practical.
For some reason also, in some airports like BEY, they often only use of the two jetbridges. I assume because airlines may not want to pay the fees for the use of both and just pay for the use of one of them.
They do save on loading and unloading time though.
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Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2769 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Dual boarding bridge really doesn't take up any more space than with only one if its a gate where a widebody can park. It's all about costs borne by the airport.
For example, a large majority of gates in Asia have two and perhaps three in the future because there are more widebody flights as a percentage.
Tokyo Narita doesn't have a single single boarding bridge gate!
This may be true for Singapore Changi too.
Of course, there's not as much need for dual boarding bridges in Europe or US but int'l terminals typically have some at major airports.
BCAL707 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2505 times:
It's interesting that at some smaller airports where tarmac boarding is still done (San Jose, California SJC), depending on the airline or ground handling agent, you will see the front and rear doors of a 737 (or similarly size aircraft) both open and in operation for boarding and de-planing, with the mobile stairs. Very quick way to get out of a 737! It's great. Therefore, obviously, saves a lot of time to board and un-board an aircraft.
However, some dual jetbridges meet up at one point, and everyone still bottle-necks in the same passageway. That's not much of a help.
CRGsFuture From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 536 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
I think duel-jetbridges are useless. Most meet up at the same point in some airports, and others might lessen some congestion but the price for using both of them is expensive and worthless to some airlines.
It's really only useful if your a hub airline at that particular airport like KL at AMS.
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Beertrucker From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 398 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2461 times:
WN at ALB uses duel jetways. One of the front door and one for the back door. On all 737's. They have them at both their Gates. Helps with unloading and they have it open on most of the loading. I don't know of any other airports that WN uses this at.
If you look close in the background of this photo you can see a jetbridge high in the air. That is so that the 737-700 you see in pic can get under it. it then will go to the back door. when a 737-300 comes in it stays lower cause of no winglet.
BenThePlaneHen From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
I believe Vancouver has the prettiest jetbridges in the US terminal. They are clear and you can see right through them.
I also think it's neat that airports are getting 2 story jetbridges to accommodate the A380.
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A2 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 39 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
I believe dual jet bridge are useful on widebody aircrafts. Especially for unloading of passengers. The passengers on the right side of the plane can use to front door to exit, while passengers on left side of the plane typically use the second door to exit.
If I am not wrong, Changi airport is now upgrading some gates with triple jet bridge. One for upper level and two for lower level.
Beertrucker From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 398 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2288 times:
If you look at the pic I put again. To add to what I said before. The one in the air is for the plane in the pic. But if you look close above the plane. You see a blue slanted just before the tail. That is the height they keep it for a 737-300. And if you don't think it is a gate look close you can see the C3 sign which in ALB is on top of the jetway right at the end of it where it meets the plane.
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 23 Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
In AMS only the F-gates are equipped with dual bridges, and as far as KL goes they can be used only on the B747 and MD-11, not on T7 or B767.
When there's a storm (and that's often ) they cannot be used, when the cargodoor of the B744-combi is still open it can not be taken off. So it is useful when boarding some flights but not at all times.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4717 posts, RR: 26 Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2058 times:
CO is using duals at IAH at some widebody gates but primarily I think it's used for first class passengers and the second door for coach passengers, at least that was how we boarded and deplaned last time I was on a widebody at those particular gates where duals were used.
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