B-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2307 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?
CX 4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2264 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?
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2143 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...