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Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding  
User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

The Sydney Morning Herald publishes:

"Qantas will be using two airbridges - one at the front and one at the rear of the aircraft - to make sure the larger passenger numbers do not slow boarding times."

Interesting... but at which airports will these be fitted? I assume Sydney for one... Qantas doesn't even offer dual bridge boarding for international flights from Australian airports that I know of. A sign of things to come?

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

The QF press release said they'd be installing them at Sydney and Melbourne.

But front and rear? Don't most people use doors 1 and 2?

N


User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2392 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

They are installed at gate 10 (SYD) and gate 23 (MEL). VH-EBA was parked on gate 10 for cabin services trials using doors L1 and L2.

User currently offlineCX 4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

I have read a book somewhere sometime ago showing how major US airports connected the airbridges to the B707s. They offered two distinct boarding gates for one single aircraft; the first airbridge connected to door 1 and the second gate connected to the rear cabin door. As a result, the plane was parallel to the passenger terminal. It was my first time to see airplanes park that way.

But I'm worrying that if this kind of boarding procedure will cause passenger weighs to distribute unevenly? Will the tail slide down if passengers in the back embark faster than those in the front?


User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2392 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

It's not uncommon for forward and rear doors to be used for boarding using stairs:

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The use of aerobridges has changed to use nose in parking as space is at a premium. Those that use two doors generally use doors L1 and L2
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Amsterdam Schiphol is an exception, their aerobridge can reach doors 4 on a 747!
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User currently offlineMD-87ER From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

They had the same type like Amsterdam at the old IAB in JFK. But I never saw them in use.

Southwest is also trying to speed up the boarding by using a 2nd Jetway at the back of the aircraft. I don't know at which airports they have them or if they only tried out a prototyp.


User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

The information that I have is that BNE, SYD, MEL and PEr will receive the dual aerobridges. Door 1L will be used for J and forward Y self-loading cargo (SLC) whilst rear-cabin SLC will use door 2L.

Dave


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1825 times:

I have boarded a KLM 743 @ AMS through door 4 via a jetway. Up over the wing and back down again, great fun! Speeds up the boarding process by distributing the entry flow of passengers more effectively, but surely quite expensive to install...


I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

So AMS uses front door and back door boarding? For example how does a CX A340-300 park at AMS?

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