Flypdx From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12694 times:
It is still used today around the world. The larger airports that have large widebody aircraft utilize the concept on some gates. Here in the US I know that LAX and SFO both have dual jetbridge gates and I would bet there are others. United is introducing the dual jetbridge concept for Ted flights out of Denver and Southwest utilizes dual jetbridge gates at several of their stations.
Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 12450 times:
Here in YYC, Westjet uses a dual jetbridge system for their 737 fleet. It fits any of their NG's, and also the -200 model (no longer with the airline). Here is a link, with pictures of the jetbridge in use:
SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 12275 times:
I have boarded and de-boarded aircraft using a second jetway, as recently as 2005.
ORD has this system with some of their gates, especially at Terminal 1 (United). When I made my first ever trip to London, UK in 2003, I boarded a UA 777 from ORD gate C16 (or was it C18), a gate with 2 jetways--one for first/business, and the second was for economy. I boarded through the 2nd jetway--the one on the right side of the boarding lounge.
I have arrived at LHR several times (at T3), and T3 has 2 jetways at most of its gates.
I will be flying out of LHR T3 on 9th August to go home for a short summer break, and will be boarding a UA 777 through the 2nd of two jetways at the gate.
So, I have experienced two airports with double-jetway boarding--ORD and LHR.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
They're not at every gate, but you can find them at both IAD and DIA, I have used them at each airport.
No idea what the gate numbers were though.
With the amount of people that you can cram into a 739ER and sales success of the 777 and 787 I would think that you might start seing them be added to help reduce turn times.
But... That would also reduce the amount of time that passengers have to hold onto their luggage while waiting to get to their seats; which means that it just makes too much sense for an ailine to do.
You would almost think that airlines would at least board 757s using 2 jetbridges. Maybe not at every airport, but at like EWR, DFW, ATL, IAH, ORD.
Any airline that has 100 plus 757s and flies them out of a hub should be able to justify the expense based on the shorter turn times at least at the hub airport.
Although the aircraft are not parked with the long section of the fuselage parallel to the building, similar to the pic in 12, they are still quite easily put on the aircraft. I think they normally put the front one on first and then the rear one, but they seem to work rather well. If an airline can use them, they will.
It's even better that for the BA gates at SFO, when you are in the lounge, you can walk straight onto the forward air bridge so that you dont have to go out into the crowd! It's a nice touch.
As someone pointed out above, the need to accommodate more aircraft at terminals brought an end to this practice. Fuselages are obviously longer than wings, and parallel parking requires some maneuvering room (read: dead space)