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Any Gate Agents Here?  
User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

We hear alot about other airline jobs here, but personally i think it would be fun to be a gate agent or "work" that position, getting to open aircraft doors all day long and then close them and watch ramp operations. So if your a gate agent just say who ya work for and maybe tell a little about it and im sure I will have plenty of questions to follow!!!

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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3222 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

Well, I used to be a gate agent for HQ at ACK.


14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 5010 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

Im a gate agent at Northwest/Continental in Montreal..

its very stressful! You need to be on time, not one minute late, or else fear company reprecussions. Then you've got oversold flights, flights with people stuck at customs, flight with 1000's of stanby's, but its so much fun.

In Montreal, we have an arrivals agent that places the bridge on the aircraft. The arrivals agent deals with 'specials'... we the gate agent start boarding half an hour prior. We are suppose to pull the bridge off 5 minutes before the "brake release" time, which is the sched departure time on ones ticket.

Ask as many questions as you want...

Cheers,
Mark
NW/CO CSA


User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

I work the gate agent position for HP a few times per week and have worked for EA and CO too. Ask as many questions as you wish!


PRINAIR : Puerto Rico International Airlines
User currently offlineKKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

I'm a gate agent for AA. It can be a very stressful job, as mentioned previously, however, it is a fun job overall. Every day is different. One nice thing about being a gate agent, is the interaction we have with the flight crews.

KKMolokai



We are the people of American Airlines. And we know why you fly.
User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

I am a gate agent for CO at EWR.


CB777


User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

FLYUL that must be alot of fun do you get A320s or A319s up there? If so i have a question in regurads.

Prinair if you work for HP then you dont get too ever open the aircrafts doors corect? Isnt the operation agent the person that does that?

KKMolokai so over time do you ever get supprized like say you knew a FA and when the door opens its them? And your like hi, if not then do you usually introduce your selves and shake hands?

So what are all you guys respnseable for? What aircraft are the funnest to work? See im 14 and im a aviation nut, well the other day my friend took me up to the gate and i got to play gate agent and close a 737 door and operate the jetbridge! it was very fun! ive heard that the gate agent usually is responseable for closing the aircrafts door and opening it, is that how it usually works or are there some aircraft ware the F/A does most of it??? Thanks alot guys!!!!!


User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

Delta Air Lines in Portland, OR. Might be Atlanta soon.


It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineA330cfbus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

I do gate agent at least once a day here from WestJet, in YYZ. It's a great job... lots of fun... as said above, you must be very punctual, and very organized. It can be very stressful, especially dealing with 150 people in the period of 30 minutes that we have to turn an aircraft. It's great bridging the planes, and being on and off the planes all day, dealing with the flight crews, being out on the ramp, and seeing all that goes on down there. And there is a great feeling of accomplishment when you get that plane pushed on time.

User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

At HP the gate agents get to open the aircraft doors or help the flight attendant open the door depending on aircraft type.


PRINAIR : Puerto Rico International Airlines
User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

I'm an agent for Chicago Express (ATA Connection) in Toledo... There are more of us around here!

joe


User currently offlineN839MH From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Gates here in DFW, Delta Air Lines, the "new" connection carrier.

Soon to be no more widebody's in DFW for Delta....rumor has it come December.



Solodude!
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

Well, I used to be a gate agent for Frontier at LAX. I started as a front ticket agent, then worked my way back to the gate agent position, then became the operation agent for 2 of the four daily flights to DEN we had then. By far, the ops agent job was my best niche with the company. I enjoyed every minute of it. Feel free to ask any questions you wish.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

What's an "Ops Agent"?


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

N839MH... I know the rumor mill is vicious but do you really believe they're gonna yank all the widebodies out of DFW? I mean, seriously, DFW-ATL is one of Delta's busiest air corridors.

Even here in PDX, we get numerous 767 operations. I find it hard to believe that DFW would lose all widebodies.

Less widebodies, yeah, I would believe that. But it seems to me that Delta needs that lift into Atlanta. Especially as mainline at DFW keeps getting pulled down.

Regards from PDX....



It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineBoyshane From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

I'm do gate for Continental Express. I also do ticket counter and most everything else except ramp. I love working the gate! It's a lot of fun, especially when working with someone else. If you are doing everything by yourself then it can get real stressfull.

We only get the small ERJ 135/145s in so it's nothing compared to the Boeings. We have a check list that we follow up at the gate with what to do, when to call standbys, print paper work, board...etc. I especially like to do the announcments.

You basically go up to the gate 30 minutes prior. Then get the paperwork ready, assign computers, get fuel load, call that in. Then about 20 minutes prior we call a pre-board. While boarding we are reconciling seats and monitor the flow of carry-ons incase we need them gate checked. Call by rows, then all passengers all rows. Make our final boarding call and see if there is anyone that isnt boarded. Close the gate door, head down to the plane. Hand the flight attendent their report and wait for more paperwork back. Then they close the door and we drive the jetbridge back. Once the brake is released the times are entered so we go back up to see if we were 10 early or not. After all that we go up and do the paperwork for the flight.

Every flight is different and interesting. Hope this helps!

-Shane
COEX
ASA/CRO


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

You open the door to a whiff of stench, the flight attendants are usually grumpy and then the pilots want to talk to you about why your station is replacing 737's and 757's with CRJ'S.

constant whining, late people. Constant needs to turn a late flight in 25 minutes and you have 10 wheelchair passengers to board first.

it is very stressful, other than the pilots and flight attendants the job is a breeze.

plus the UAL flight attendants only want to complain about how they don't make any money and life sucks.


ual 777 contrail


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

I work gates for CO in CLE. I'm working COEX flights right now-I got tired of being the one working CLE-LGW 3 or 4 times a week.  Wink/being sarcastic

Actually, the truth is the shifts at Express right now fit my schedule a lot better than any shifts over on the CO side.


User currently offlineDelta728 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

Work Dl gates here in busy ATL.......always interesting.......hey Deltasfo......come on down....more interesting here than PDX.....lol

User currently offlineUA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

Former gate agent for SkyWest dba United Express out of SFO until a little over a month ago... started up school in a different state. OH-LGA (Kai) is currently a gate agent with them, and was my coworker.

User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

I'm a check-in and gate agent for SWISS and TAP Air Portugal @ AMS......Most of the time I work with the Airbus A319/320 and the Avro RJ100/85....

but not for long...I'm now in my last 2 weeks as check-in and gate agent.....from next week I'm gonna leave the aviation world for a while......



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

I'm a check-in and gate agent for SWISS (btw: Hi, KL713  Big grin ), Olympic Airways, LTU and Hapag-Lloyd at STR - I'm working for a handling agent, so there's quite a variety of airlines we work for. I used to work for Sabena, LOT, Swisswings flights, too - but that's history. Different airlines use different computer system, so the number of airlines/flights I can work for is limited.

KL713, are you working for Dutchport?


User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Hi Ndebele,  Big grin

Dutchport doesn't exist anymore, they went bankrupt somewhere in october/november last year...

most of the by Dutchport handled airlines (exept for SN and SR ofcourse  Sad )are now handled by other handling agents @ AMS

since the end of 2001, TP, LX and AF are with Aviapartner, LO with KLM and NTL with GlobeGround, can't remember which other airlines where handled by Dutchport

I work with a lot of former Dutchport employees who lost their jobs when they went bankrupt.

Do you guys also work with that old ORCA check-in programme for the SWISS flights?

regards,

Danny (KL713)



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

Dutchport went bankrupt? I didn't know. I used to work for Swissport, and when they sold our station at STR in April last year, Dutchport still existed - we don't get much company information since. I only wondered why we got tons of bagtags with "Dutchport" logo last year, they said they bought it for cheap, who knew that it was cheap only because Dutchport went bankrupt. Now I know. Oh yes, and somebody printed "Swiss-Sport" (!) over the old Dutchport logo.

So you're working for Aviapartner. Must have been a huge success for GlobeGround to get the handling for all KLM flights at AMS  Wow! Are AF, TP and LX the only airlines handled by Aviapartner AMS? Or are those the only airlines that use the "old" ORCA system? We use ORCA for Swiss, the OA system for Olympic, CODECO for LT and HF, and I have to say that ORCA is still the best of those three: very simple, after a few lessons you have learnt everything, CODECO is much more complicated! And there's nothing CODECO can do but ORCA can't. I love ORCA!


User currently offlineDe727ups From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

"One nice thing about being a gate agent, is the interaction we have with the flight crews."

I thought gate agents hated pilots?


25 KL713 : TP and LX are the only ones using the ORCA system, AF has his own French system. BA, IB, CX, KM and K8 (Dutch Caribbean) are also handled by Aviapartn
26 DeltaSFO : I thought gate agents hated pilots? We do? I wasn't aware of that.
27 Flyboy80 : DELTA SFO I HAD ALOT OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU BUT YOU NEVER E MAILED ME SO I COULD ASK BTW I AM IN EUGENE, OREGON! Oh and no one ever said anything about
28 CB777 : as for CO at EWR the CSR's (Customer Service Agent) usually meet the planes. I usually just close the door for departure. I don't really have a favori
29 Flyboy80 : How do you close a 777 door from the outside anyway? Its pretty big! Is it hard?
30 JmhLUV2fly : I work with AirTran, been with the company sence March of this year, I am just now getting a taste of how it is to work the gate, believe me it is not
31 AWA22 : At HP in the field stations at least the ops agent takes the inbound and outbound radio calls from the pilots, prepares the load plan and directs the
32 Stretch 8 : Lads: From the descriptions above, it sounds like hard work. At my home airport (IAD), Virgin is advertising for customer agents. Am I loony, or would
33 CO/ba : HP is also hiring at IAD for gate/ticket agents. The VS schedule would not be compatible with your real world schedule.
34 Flpuck6 : Try being a gate agent with an airline who has another airline doing that airline's work, i.e. I work for Air France, I have done gate work, but it's
35 Boyshane : Hey Alpha 1, That's cool that you do gate out there in CLE! Are only flights go to CLE, im in MSN. I've got a few friends that work out there. Do you
36 Post contains images Flyer732 : Not much to it, open the door then close the door. My favorite part is closing the door cause then they're all getting the f*$& outta my face Working
37 N839MH : DeltaSfo....as for Delta in DFW not having any widebody's next schedule change, it appears DFW will lose its MD11's and its B764. Also we are now hear
38 Boyshane : Flyer732- Hasn't Atlanta gone Federal yet or do you still have to sit GSC? Today was our last day before TSA took over and we no longer have to sit do
39 Flyer732 : Boyshane, ATL is federal, but we still have many other things to do on the concourse. I've never sat at the checkpoint, Delta usualy did that.
40 Rydawg82 : Gate Agent here for AS at Anchorage, Alaska....Best job I could think to have at this point in my life....Ryan
41 Flyboy80 : thanks guys this is really fun, why is a 757 door hard to open, is it just really heavy???
42 Post contains images SafetyDude : N839MH I heard the answer before but I forget...so what is it? -Will
43 UA744Flagship : Ryan! How is Alaska? E-mail me man, I never got to non-rev ANC.
44 Rydawg82 : Alaska has had a great summer, now it just rains *cries*...Down to Seattle for 12 hours today, spotting.....Got to love this job. As far as the 757 do
45 N839MH : SafteyDude...Im not sure about the 767 doors, why they don't shut all the way with the switch.. I was hoping somebody on airliners knew.
46 LH423 : CSA (Customer Service Agent= Gate Agent) for British Airways in Boston. LH423
47 Ual777contrail : The 757 door is very hard to open and close, that is door 1. when you go to door 2, the door right in front of the wing it is pretty easy. door 1 in m
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