Jetways cost between $300k-$500k depending on what features are added on.
Here in MLB the airport authority owns all the jetbridges and leases them out.
These jetbridges were made in Utah and then trucked in on low profile flatbed trailers.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4713 times:
Yes, usually the airport owns the jetways and rents them to the airlines. But there are certain scenarios where airlines own the jetway's outright. Many times, this is to ensure that the airport can't turn "your gate" into a common use type shared by many airlines.
But, it can backfire. I know of one airport where TWA owned their jetways, but when they were acquired by AA, AA rejected the leases on them. Delta decided to "inherit" the gates since they were right beside Delta's gates and would help with the operation. Only problem was, an extinct company owned the jetways, so there was no legal way to acquire them. Then, when the jetways needed maintenance, the airport's stance was, "Not our jetways, not our problem", and the airline's stance was, "Well, who's problem is it, since we don't own them either(just using them).
It was eventually agreed and contracted by both Delta and the airport, that Delta would pay the airport an agreed sum if the airport provided needed maintenance on the jetways when called upon.
So, its usually safer just to let the airport rent the airlines the jetways, IMO.
Minnahoco From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4593 times:
Jetways are not most peoples hi point, but let me share my long ago past.
When UAL began Jet service (DC-8) in 59-60, they elected to have Jetways in SFO. AAL and TWA did not. UAL equipped (their expense) one gate with 2 Jetways (front door, back door). I was one of 6 first trained to operate the Jetways - so I got a lot of overtime. They eventually had 2, or maybe 3 gates equipped with 2 Jetways each by the end of 1960.
We were actually licensed, and when a DC-8 landed, before I walked down the Jetway, I had to show my license to the Chief or Passenger Service on duty, or in his absence, the Chief of Ground Operations (I was a Passenger Agent).
Fun times. Wish I had kept my license when I left in mid 1960.
Lexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4427 times:
Quoting Cslusarc (Reply 4): I thought is some cases jetways may be owned by airlines, but in others circumstances they could be owned by the airport authority.
I believe AA owns their(or some) jetways at BNA as well. We have one that is sitting in front of the observation area just collecting rust at the moment. It always seems to make it into one or two good pictures too!