HnlBoi From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 129 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3009 times:
This may sound strange but, who determines which door will be used for boarding? either the first door in F class or sometimes the 2nd door in Y. Ive come to notice that different cities and certain airlines use specific doors.to board. Example 2 weeks ago on my DL flight from HNL-SFO we used the door 2 to board. When we got into SFO we deplaned off at the 1st door. On the departure flight we boarded from the 2nd door. To me if I was a First Class passenger I wouldnt want a stream of people coming through. Some peace and quite would be nice b4 the flight.
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2952 times:
The door used for boarding is determined by the configuration of the terminal building itself, the jetway, and the markings at each individual gate. We prefer to use the 2L door if at all possible for boarding on 757/764/777 because it greatly reduces traffic around the cockpit during preflight phases, as well as provides extra convenience for customers and crew in the premium cabin.
Usually we don't even know which door will be used until we are on the stand and see which door the jetway driver rolls up to. We have a pretty good idea of what gets used, but sometimes there are surprises. Normally the flight attendants assigned to 1L and 2L will communicate via interphone to see which door, or both, will be docked for that particular flight.
MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8600 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2952 times:
Quoting TymnBalewne (Reply 1): So First can get off first on arrival and so that the entire passenger load doesn't walk through first
Good Idea. On US I board the 757 at the L2 door and exit at the L2 door. I've seen the L1 door used twice. I fly US 3-4 times a year and thats weird. But ground ops usualy is in control. so my opinion doesnt matter.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8818 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2886 times:
Sometime depends on airline preference (I've always seen AA 757s board through 1L), but I would guess is the biggest thing is the ability of the gate. For example, while DL boards 757s through 2L over 90% of the time, I believe there are some gates on the B concourse that can only have 757s board through 1L. For the most part though, I would think airlines prefer 2L, as it allows a better pre-flight beverage service (AA is a little hit-or-miss on domestic flights, so not as big of a deal boarding 1L) and keeps the front cabin a little quieter. Personally though, I don't mind them boarding 1L...when in F, I'll board when it's called so I'm not getting bogged down putting my bag in the overhead, and flight attendants have always just asked the next group of passengers going to coach to wait at the door for a second so they could serve the F cabin. Personally, I prefer deplaning from 1L, as it's quicker that way for F passengers to get off first.
Or on the aircraft itself. Douglas TriJets have a very particular characteristic when it comes to the doors. The L1 door is narrower than the L2 and thus the L1 is more likely used for boarding by the crew at a remote ramp than at the gate. I remember when I flew on LT's MD-11, boarding was always through the L2. I don't remember my DC-10 flight with KL though, but I probably boarded through the L2 as well.
Geniusjacky From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
One thing I am curious. I was on a AA flight at NRT. There are two jetbridge available at terminal 1, but only one (the second one for 2L) is used while the other just sit there not connected. Is that just special for AA or they just want to make it standard as ORD (where I departed) only has one jetbridge? Because I saw other airlines, e.g. CX using both just right next to the AA plane.
Hiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2132 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2484 times:
There are a lot of variables in door use...some dicated by time and some by cost.
Preferred is 2L on departure...far bigger area to work pax thru...and 1L on arrival so F deplanes first for single jetway operations. However...that involves locking up 1L after deplane and guideman to 2L during servicing for boarding which can delay a quick turn.
Dual jetways are great but require 2 agents when costs only allow 1 agent if there is sufficent ground time. Also at airports where the facility is owned by the airport there could be a cost for use of the second jetway as well. Remember the 763 comes in two variants...some with 2 doors ahead of the wing and some with 1.
Finally gate config may require a single jetway only is installed and that it can only reach 1L or 2L.
On a KL 747, you'd be boarding/deboarding through the L2 and L4 door, if the overwing bridge is used. It requires a specially trained crew because of the danger of damage to the wing if not properly operated.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
Quoting TymnBalewne (Reply 1): Well, the preferred BA way on widebodies is disembarkation from Door 1, and embarkation from Door 2. Where possible, the airport will move the jetbridge.
So First can get off first on arrival and so that the entire passenger load doesn't walk through first on their way to their cabin.
Not always and I guess it might depend on the aircraft and the gate. I flew IAD-LHR-IAD in BA in F a couple of weeks ago and for some odd reason boarding on IAD-LHR was done through 1L which meant every single passenger trapsed through the F cabin, probably ruining the blue carpet in the process It did make the pre-flight service tough for the FAs.
Usually when it comes to leaving the aircraft it is done through door 2 on the 777 with the Club World passengers being held back for First passengers to get off first. The same procedure goes for the 747 but of course with 1L, although on occassion it has been through 2L and so the CW passengers get off first.
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