Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2158 times:
Ok, I have always wondered this. Why do you always board the aircraft from the left side? There are perfectly good doors on the right side. Come to think of it, I don't think I have ever boarded from the right side. Does anyone know this? Thanks in advance.
JWM AIRTRANS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2097 times:
Well, on most ac, the galley is on the port side, only for loading and unloading food, so it is pretty standard to have it on the left side. I hope this makes sense. On a DC9 or a similar plane, this door enters thru a galley. Although this may not be true for a 747 or whatever, it has become standard practice.
RyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
Actually Eastern Airlines had a few gates in Miami for their L1011's that were on the port side. I know there is a picture on this site somewhere that shows what I am talking about. If I find it again I will post it.
HeavyCapt From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
People...the port side is the left side.
Most commercial airliners have cargo doors on the starboard side. The passenger doors on the starboard side are fully functional unless we are speaking about older jets such as the DC-9, 727-100, 707. Bearing this in mind it is done in order to do more things around the jet simultaneously. So that cargo may be loaded while boarding passengers for instance. On the larger as well as some smaller aircraft, catering is usually boarded on the starboard side concurrently with the passengers. All of this mumbo jumbo really means shorter turnaround times and theoretically more revenues for the carrier.
DirkSavage From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
One more consideration. Back in the day (I'll use a 727 here) a lot of airports had ramp pax loading (i.e. you walked across the ramp, and up a stairtruck). On the right side of the aircraft were the refuel point/control panel, the cargo pit doors, and also as stated before, galley door, and the APU exhaust. So it was safer and more operationally efficient to load on the left while ground service operations were going on, on the right.. I guess it became more standard industry-wide when the various airport authorities put in jetways.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
Thanks for all of the info that actually provided some actual info (seem redundant). Oh well, this is one of my questions that actually got answered. Thanks! That pic of the Eastern L-1011 is unusual. Is this gate still in operation at MIA? Who uses it and for what aircraft type?
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7130 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
Don't forget: many (most? all?) narrowbody jets have no full-size doors on the right side. On the 737 (pre-NG, anyway) the left forward door is 34 by 72 inches, the right is only 30 by 65. Loading on the right = lawyer heaven.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
This reminds me of a time where we deplaned/boarded a Frontier 737-200 from the RIGHT/REAR door due to a broken jetway. Since we couldn't park the aircraft farther back because of space constraints and the jetway was fixed in place, we elected to deplane using airstairs on the right side. However, upon placing the stairs next to the plane, we realized they were too high for the -200 so we took them to the back door which is up a little higher. This worked out and we eventually got everyone off and on the plane on that side, although it was a pain trying to load the aircraft and fuel it with people walking around. At times we had to stop what we were doing to let passengers pass.It was pretty weird to say the least.