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Was The Concorde Jetway-compatible?  
User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11514 times:

I've been wondering this for a while now, and whenever I see a picture of a Concorde on the ground, it beegs me to ask it here even more. Where the Concordes able to be hooked up to jetways? If not, where did they park at JFK? Also, given their height, did they need special airstairs, provided they used them? What is the height of the boarding door via airstairs vs the main deck of a 747 or a380? Also, what were the schedules for the Cncordes in and out of JFK? (Both AF and BA)

Here's an example of one in TLS:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-F...d=ed5de9bb24cafdc2323f9f326d59c2cf

Any info is greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 200 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11501 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhN2ND3dybo

Stop the Video at 3:56, there you will see a Concorde on a jetway in Paris.
Stop it again at 7:35 there you will see the Concorde docked on a jetway in JFK.

[Edited 2012-08-03 22:47:06]

User currently offlineambanmba From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11334 times:

Definitely jetway compatible... I flew BA2 from JFK-LHR and we boarded via a jetway and disembarked via jetway at the other end.

Incidentally, flying time was 3h17m...  

-ambanmba



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User currently offlinePHX Flyer From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11321 times:

Concorde routinely used jetways in regular passenger ops:


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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11133 times:

Absolutely, my airport had several gates marked specifically for the Concorde, albeit they spelled it "concord"- I put the jetway on several times for charter ops.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10268 times:

G-BOAE parked at JFK August 23, 2003.



User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10035 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Thread starter):
What is the height of the boarding door via airstairs vs the main deck of a 747 or a380?

I don't know the exact height, but the door sill on the Concorde is about the same as a 747. I once boarded a Concorde via stairs and they were the same stairs used for widebodies. (I didn't get to fly on it though.   )

The door sill looks higher because the fuselage is so skinny. Maybe slightly wider than a CRJ. I don't have the exact dimensions.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9612 times:

Quoting bohica (Reply 6):
The door sill looks higher because the fuselage is so skinny. Maybe slightly wider than a CRJ. I don't have the exact dimensions.

Concorde passenger cabin was about 4 inches wider than the CRJ and about 4 inches narrower than the Embraer 170-195 series.


User currently offlineL1011TGU From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9522 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Quoting bohica (Reply 6):
The door sill looks higher because the fuselage is so skinny. Maybe slightly wider than a CRJ. I don't have the exact dimensions.

Concorde passenger cabin was about 4 inches wider than the CRJ and about 4 inches narrower than the Embraer 170-195 series.

A friend once told me that it was like flying an MD88. An MD88 going Mach 2 at FL600, but nevertheless, the size felt like an MD88.


User currently offlineadg737800 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8436 times:

It was tiny inside. Imagine a CRJ with tiny, tiny windows. My only ever flight on Concorde was really claustrophobic. But amazing!!!!

Terminal 4 at LHR had jetways directly from the Concorde lounge. JFK also had jetways too and IAD too for Concorde.



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User currently offlineOllieJolly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2012, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8160 times:

I was flying home from JFK - MAN back in late October 2003 and I saw Concorde parked, I'm pretty sure I remember it being parked at a jetway.

User currently offlinejmbweeboy From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7852 times:

As the others have mentioned, definetly jetway for sure at JFK. The interesting thing I recall is the Concorde had such limited space for things, including reading literature, that we had to choose the material of our choice from a table which was on the jetway at JFK just before we walked on the plane (and of course head to crouch our heads down) as the entry door was so small (and I am only 5'9"!) Flew it in 1984.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7817 times:

Speaking of limited space, just how big we're the cargo pits? What did the cargo doors look like and how were they operated?


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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7282 times:

Quoting adg737800 (Reply 9):

I'm surprised that it was claustrophobic. Weren't they in all business class config.?


User currently offlineMark2fly1034 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7145 times:

It almost looks like the height of maybe a 757 or maybe 777 height (777 might be pushing it). I was trying to think what it would look like with 757 engines and I think it has to do with the illusion because the engines do not hang down near the ground.

User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2037 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6923 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 13):
I'm surprised that it was claustrophobic. Weren't they in all business class config.?

The seats were more like your typical domestic first class seats but smaller. Remember the plane was 2+2 and narrower than a E-Jet. The service and especially the speed were the selling point, not seat comfort or window size (the windows are as mentioned tiny). Since you were only in them for a little over 3 hours it wasn't a big deal.

[Edited 2012-08-04 17:20:02]

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4466 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

When the Concorde visited ROC for the first time in 1986, it not only used a Jetway, it used a Jetway that was ramped up from the ground level. At that time, ROC was a one-story terminal (except for a small second floor for management offices and HVAC). I have a newspaper photo from one of the Rochester photos showing the plane at the gate with Jetway attached. But would not be legal to post.

Jim


User currently offlineadg737800 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 13):
I'm surprised that it was claustrophobic. Weren't they in all business class config.?

Economy sized seats but with good legroom (36" pitch maybe?), so it wasn't uncomfortable. The windows were tiny, maybe 6" from top to bottom and, as other posters have said, the fuselage was narrower than a CRJ. Like I said earlier though it was a memorable experience and the take off amazing due to the speed and noise - it was like a rocket!



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User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4516 times:

Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 16):
When the Concorde visited ROC for the first time in 1986, it not only used a Jetway

Concorde came to PDX a few times, and always used gates and jetways near the end of D concourse.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4486 times:

There are some pictures of jetway connection aswell as mealdelivery truck connection with the Concorde here from SVG Stavanger Sola Airport in Norway. The Concorde was several times at Sola and several years ago there were 3 Concordes inbound to Sola airport and two Concordes at the same time at the airport:

Pictures here:

http://www.stp-norway.com/STP/Visit/Concorde/concorde.htm


Here is a rare video of landing and takeoff as well as jeyway connection of a Concorde at Sola Airport in Stavanger:

http://www.nfo.no/nyinfo/top/Video/video.htm

( Video is at the very end of the page )


User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4255 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 13):

I'm surprised that it was claustrophobic. Weren't they in all business class config.?

You can tour a Condorde at Boeing's Museum of Flight (is that the name of the place?). My sister and I peeked inside recently - we were both shocked at the narrow and basic interior. The seats looked very narrow - it must have been a cozy ride bumping elbows with the glitterati that flew that plane!


User currently offlineharpandshamrock From Ireland, joined Mar 2011, 133 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3979 times:

I was lucky enough to fly on Concorde as a very excited 12 year old from LHR-CDG (with a detour over the Atlantic and Bay of Biscay to permit supersonic flight), and at both airports jetways were used. I also can vouch for what others have said about the rocket like performance!


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13042 posts, RR: 78
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Quoting adg737800 (Reply 17):
Economy sized seats but with good legroom (36" pitch maybe?

Nearly, 38 inches. For both BA and AF.
Though the type was certified to carry 128 pax, both airlines knew that the market would be all 1st class so therefore a good standard of galley provision and decent legroom was needed.
So it was 38 inches seat pitch and more galley and general stowage space, for 100 pax.

In flight, it didn't feel as cramped as you might think just being on the ground, of course it helped when the journey time was half that of other airliners.
BA did a series of major cabin upgrades over the years. IFE at the end, was a CD based audio system. The regular customers tended to work, charter pax were too into the whole supersonic experience anyway.
Put it this way, you can see some movie any day, how often would you see that very dark sky at 58-60,000 feet, the curvature of the Earth?
Plus you could follow the speed, altitude, outside air temp, distance to go, on LCD displays on each bulkhead.

'Cargo' was really baggage rather than dedicated freight.
On some charters and BA's LHR-BGI service, there would be usually rather more of that than the core market of regular business pax frequently going to/from JFK.

On all my commercial flights (airline staff discounted), it was entered via a Jetway.
Including my first, IAD-LHR in 1993. (The thrice weekly IAD run by BA ended in late 1994 after 18 and a half years though it remained a regular charter destination).

But many pax would have used steps not Jetway, since for most of it's active life BA and AF ran many charters each year, many to smaller airfields.

My non commercial Concorde flights - from my time in BA Concorde Engineering - such as the last Concorde engineering test flight in Aug 03, we boarded via steps in the BA Engineering base.
G-BOAE's last ever flight, the last supersonic flight of my lifetime too, for it's delivery to retirement in Barbados, we boarded from T4 via steps. In the rain. 4 hours, 10 mins later, it was NOT raining at BGI!

One non commercial one however was boarded via a Jetway, from the lovely BA Concorde lounge at T4.
it was one of a series of flights to test new seats, new menus, help to re-train cabin staff, after the grounding in 2000.2001. Myself and 97 other BA Concorde staff, were 'commercial pax' for a LHR-LHR flight, but with the length, speeds. altitudes of a normal LHR-JFK service, just a turn back at 30W.
We boarded, euphoric. Three and a half hours later we walked back up the same Jetway at LHR, when we started to hear indications that we had returned to a different world.
The date was 11th Sept 2001.

The effects of that day, more then the AF crash, would be one of the main reasons the aircraft was retired early, by 3-5 years most likely.

However, for all your Concorde questions, for pics, including very detailed interior/cabin/hold ones and so much more, this is your one stop site;

www.concordesst.com


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7928 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

I think it was fortunate that the Concorde started its services only a few years after the Boeing 747, McDonnell-Douglas DC-10, Lockheed L-1011 and Airbus A300B came into service. Remember, airstairs that worked for the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 were not high enough for the 747, so they had to build higher airstairs and jet bridges that could reach the same level as the 747 doors. As such, it didn't take much for jet bridges to make themselves compatible with the Concorde.

Compare this to what happened to the Tupolev Tu-114 when it started to fly to airports outside Russia just before 1960--the passenger doors were way above the level of the airstairs built to accommodate the 707 and DC-8. I remember they had to put an extension ladder on top of the airstairs so they could reach the doors of the plane when it visited then-Idlewild International Airport during Khrushchev's first visit to the USA.


User currently offlineMAUZAO From Brazil, joined Aug 2012, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

Saw her connected to a jetway several times at Rio's GIG and JFK.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 25, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 23):
Compare this to what happened to the Tupolev Tu-114 when it started to fly to airports outside Russia just before 1960--the passenger doors were way above the level of the airstairs built to accommodate the 707 and DC-8. I remember they had to put an extension ladder on top of the airstairs so they could reach the doors of the plane when it visited then-Idlewild International Airport during Khrushchev's first visit to the USA.

In the photos below of the Tu-114's first visit to IDL in 1959 you can see the extension to the then-tallest stairs that had to be used to reach the doors. Pan Am terminal then under construction in background of first photo. And the famous designer, Andrei Tupolev, in 3rd photo.

http://www.gstatic.com/hostedimg/f19b1135e1247808_large

http://s017.radikal.ru/i430/1201/02/5988926af402.jpg

http://www.gstatic.com/hostedimg/6e8d9b78d1863d0c_large

[Edited 2012-08-05 14:23:28]

User currently offlineMAUZAO From Brazil, joined Aug 2012, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

... wonderful pictures of the TU 114 in NYC, thanks for posting.

User currently offlineAircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 8
Reply 27, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 22):

I generally enjoy all your posts, but the Concorde ones are among what make this site so great. Thank you! (hope I do not bruise your modesty too much!)


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