Aviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3044 times:
One reason was he number of catering trucks needed to cater the a/c for say 500 or more pax for 2 levels .
With servicing most widebodies rampers and catering staff are in eachothers way. They are blocking us and we are blocking them. Personaly I don't have trouble with coöperating with them... Buth instead of being there for a little while in case of an A380 they could be around for the whole ground time. And airlines might be requiring the same ground time for an A380 as for a 747 or a 777.
Personaly I don't see why it would be a disaster as long as you have the right equipment. We use transporters to bring the cargo pallets and containers with cargo or baggage to the loader. But at some stations they drive the cargo and bags alongside the loader. In this case that would give a lot of trouble when the catering trucks are around all the time since they are narrowing the space you need to load as they are often standing right next to the loader.
But I like to learn from the experience of rampers who already dealt with the ground service of an A380.
Offcourse al opinions are welcome...
I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!