Brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1988 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
Last night a friend emailed me a question. He recently flew through ATL, and noticed *some* (not all) arriving aircraft were met "at the end of the runway" and towed into their bays. He didn't notice which bays in particular -- but he did mention that it was different airlines and different plane types.
He was wondering why this would be the case. My guesses were (unlikely) fuel-saving measures or (more likely) jetwash restrictions (I remember we had to be towed into one of the gates at LGA for this reason).
Why would aircraft be towed to bays from the runway/taxiway at ATL?
Dl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1564 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 3587 times:
Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 3): Working for an airline that has a base there, I can assure you that isn't the case. Might look like that becuase they're crossing downfield or taking the Victor loop around the end of the runway.
DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
i was at ATL on october 28th and saw a lot of this as well, mostly DL 767s being towed (i don't know where) but a couple were towed to the gate underneath the crown room i was in, thought it was a little strange.
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2880 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
They are getting towed from remote parking spots at either the TOC or the North pad to a gate for a outbound flight. This happens at a lot of airports. There just isn't enough gate space for airplanes to sit for long layovers.