Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1883 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3394 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!!!
FLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 5020 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3381 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.
KKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3326 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.
We are the people of American Airlines. And we know why you fly.
Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1883 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 3282 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!!!!!
A330cfbus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3230 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.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3139 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. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
Boyshane From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3121 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!
UA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3043 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.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3011 times:
I'm a check-in and gate agent for SWISS (btw: Hi, KL713 ), 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.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3000 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 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!